Chef Alex Seidel just raked me over the coals. He said I haven’t been to Fruition in a long time. It’s true, actually. Not because I don’t love Fruition. I love Fruition. When anyone asks me what my favorite restaurant is in Denver I always list Fruition at the top.
And seriously, what’s not to love? Food & Wine Magazine named Chef Alex Seidel Best New Chef this year. Having experienced the Aspen Food & Wine Classic with him and his two sous chefs – Kona and Blake, I can vouch for why he was chosen. He turned out the most perfect dish at the Food & Wine party – a lamb rib eye with English pea and potato risotto, sweetbread confit and a wilted pea tendril. It was “close your eyes good.”
I staged at Fruition with former pastry chef, Deanna Parker and I can tell you that the food they put out from such a small kitchen is a miracle in itself. I can also tell you that the food is amazing. The pasta carbonara and the potato wrapped oysters Rockefeller are two of my favorite dishes. These two are staples on Alex’s menu for a very good reason. They’re delicious!
The last time I was in (ages ago) I had the lamb for my main course. It was perfectly cooked and I swooned over the dish. The lemon meringue pie on the dessert menu is one of my favorite desserts in Denver.
And if that isn’t enough, Alex and his partner Paul Attardi have also started Fruition farms so that they can grow their own greens, vegetables and herbs. They currently supply over 30 restaurants in the Denver area. A green house has been constructed to facilitate year round growing. The farm also raises chickens to provide fresh eggs. There is an orchard and a herd of sheep for producing cheese.
While you can’t just walk into Fruition and expect to get a table, the restaurant is small and intimate – it is worth calling ahead and getting reservations. Please go to Fruition this weekend and beg Alex to forgive me. You may even see me there.
For a behind the scenes peek into the Fruition kitchen please sign up for Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour on December 11th.
Fruition – 1313 East 6th Avenue, Denver. 303-831-1962. Dinner Monday thru Saturday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Sundays 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.