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Charitable Thanksgiving at the Squeaky Bean; Chef Shuffles at Central Bistro

And a new cookbook from a local author.

The Squeaky Bean and friends "Feed" 3,000 hungry Denverites this Thanksgiving

The restaurant that once shared a wall with the now-closed Rosa Linda's is taking the torch from the Mexican eatery and pledging to continue a longstanding Thanksgiving charitable tradition. On Thanksgiving Day, the Bean will offer 3,000 people a free meal. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 500 people will receive meals in person at The Squeaky Bean, while an additional 2,500 meals will be delivered by volunteers to those in need.

Chef Matt Selby steps down at Central Bistro + Bar

After nearly two years at the helm of the LoHi eatery, chef Matt Selby is stepping down from the full-time chef life. "I'm retiring from leading as a chef. I've realized that my capacity to lead, share and achieve far surpasses any skill I have for putting food on a plate. It's time to re-connect with my family and recharge my batteries. I'll be seeking consulting and project opportunities both in and outside of the restaurant industry," the chef said. Sous Chef Jesse Vega, a Queens, New York native who has been at Central for two years, has taken over as executive chef.

Lee Clayton Roper launches Fresh Tastes

Fresh Tastes, the follow-up to Lee Clayton Roper's A Well Seasoned Kitchen, is now available for purchase. Roper has gathered a collection of recipes that feature her unique combinations of ingredients and flavors to yield something that every palate will enjoy. Two book signings are scheduled: December 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eccentricity (290 Fillmore) and December 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mariel Boutique (3000 E. 3rd Avenue). More information is available here.

The Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80209 (303) 623-2665 Visit Website

Central Bistro and Bar

1691 Central Street, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 477-4582 Visit Website