As is the tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they divine the coming year’s biggest restaurant news.
Linnea Covington, freelance writer, Westword
I have a feeling Middle Eastern food might be making a big splash. It's time Denver got in on the hummus game.
Gigi Sukin, editor, CoBiz
I think we’re going to continue to see closures of old-school Denver institutions, as rents skyrocket. Denver’s suburbs will continue to attract impressive chefs and operators, creating clustered destinations spread around the city.
Alexandra Palmerton, food and booze editor, 303
“Denver Officially Has More Restaurants Than Residents”
Andra Zeppelin, former editor, Eater Denver
“Record number of restaurants shutter in the metro area;” “Frasca Food and Wine announces cookbook;” “Restaurateur Dave Query ditches traditional tipping system.”
Brittany Werges, managing editor, 303
“Fed up with Rent, Denver Restaurateurs Buy Colorado Mills, Turn it into Food Amusement Park”
Ruth Tobias, writer, Zagat Denver
Is it me, or is there a marked revival of cart service and tableside preparations? Cocktails, Caesar salads, cheeses, desserts — I'm loving that old-school showmanship. More please.
Laura Shunk, freelance writer, Westword
I think we'll see more out-of-towners establishing a stake here. And something has to give on the shortage of cooks — so that's gonna be in the news.
Callie Sumlin, associate food editor, 5280
“Blank Accused of Sexual Misconduct”
Denise Mickelsen, food editor, 5280
More food halls; more bistros; more Asian fare; continued struggles with restaurant staffing and wages; and I hope, an increased focus on food waste, sustainability, and maybe even the addition of Israeli and Filipino cooking.
Rebecca Treon, freelance writer, Denver Post
The headline I'd love to see is that food insecurity has been eliminated, and a focus on positive restaurant culture as a workplace.
Ashley Dean, culture reporter, Denverite
Troy Guard is going to open at least one more Los Chingones after the Lakewood one, right? Maybe two? Five? Headline: Los Chingones to become more ubiquitous than Starbucks.
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