The St. Regis Aspen Resort brought on Samir Roonwal as its new executive chef. Chef Samir, who most recently served as the executive chef at the Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana Hotels in Dubai, now oversees all of the resort's food and beverage operations, including Trecento Quindici Decano, Shadow Mountain Lounge, in-room dining, banquet, and catering. He is replacing chef David Viviani who moved on to the Montage Kapalua Bay in Hawaii.
Josh Prater recently became the executive chef of Wing Hut, a 12-year-old Aurora restaurant specializing in wings and craft beer. Prater's background includes experience at The Oven restaurant in Lakewood, Jennifer Jasinski's Rioja and Euclid Hall, and, most recently, Williams & Graham and Bar Dough. In his new position, Prater will stick with some standbys but will also tweak the offerings by adding signature sandwiches, amping up the beer program, and sprearheading beer dinners and tap takeovers.
After six years of work with the Big Red F Group, some at Jax in Fort Collins and some at Lola in LoHi, chef Kevin Grossi has left to open his own restaurant. The Regional will open just blocks away from Lola in July. A casual lunch and dinner spot, the new eatery will focus on iconic American regional cuisine. Grossi is perfecting dishes like shrimp 'n grits, porchetta sandwiches, and clam rolls.