EatDenver promotes the importance and diversity of Denver’s independent restaurants.

Denver’s rising tide means that our local restaurants can thrive together and share a city-wide reputation for great food, entertainment, and incredible service. We have members who are both independent operators, local concepts, and chef-driven restaurants. Our members share their insights as veterans and and experts across the hospitality industry.

EatDenver is comprised of over 100 independently-owned restaurants in the metro area. Our members include such notable names as Rioja, Steuben’s, Root Down, Old Major, TAG, Snooze, Work & Class, Mizuna, Elway’s, Cholon, and Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs.

From staffing to maintenance, marketing to legal issues, running a restaurant means wearing many hats. We’re all here to support you.

Some of our members are veterans on the Denver dining scene; others are newer. But one thing we all have in common is that we bring our A‑game when it comes to supporting and elevating Denver’s independent dining scene.

Member Benefits

community

Community

Connection to a community of like-minded restaurant owners, chefs and managers committed to the success of your restaurant(s). Most members say this alone is worth the price of membership.



access

Access

Members-only listserv allows easy communication with hundreds of your peers. Need a plumber recommendation? Vendor selling sausage casings? Feedback on a GC? We make it easy to email your community.



education

Education

Get tickets to our monthly education events, bringing leaders like Ari Weinzweig to dive into new topics. Bring yourself or send a delegate. This member benefit is flexible and transferable between your employees, making it a perfect leadership/employee benefit across your company.

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Ongoing Education And Support For Members

Our monthly meetings are where we connect, share, and learn from experts in the hospitality industry. Here are some examples of past meetings topics:

  • TED-style talks on hospitality featuring Bobby Stuckey, Dave Query, and more.
  • Governor John Hickenlooper speaking about the importance of independent restaurants and the economic and cultural impact they provide our city.
  • Design and construction panel with prominent restaurant architects and contractors.
  • Social media panel with Yelp! and information on how others deal with good and bad reviews, etc.
  • Colorado Farmers & Ranchers summit on sourcing opportunities.
  • Marketing panel with food writers from The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Westword and national blogs.
  • Affordable care act panel with local health insurance experts.
  • Profit and loss seminar with Matt Vannini of Restaurant Solutions, Inc. and Adam Schlegel, co-founder of Snooze.



support

Support

A strong EatDenver represents a collective local, independent restaurant voice in discussions with our city, with our community development partners in higher education and government, and economic development.



benefits

Benefits

We carefully screen and allow vendors to make benfits available to our members—insurance, restaurant supply, and graphic design, to name a few.



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Play

Members all take part in some of the city’s most visible and praised events, which create food focused experiences for hundreds of diners in our city.



Annual Events & Programs


Dining Deck

EatDenver Dining Deck

Every year for the holidays, we create a custom-crafted card deck with promotional deals from our member restaurants. Each card in the deck offers $10 off any $25 food purchase. With fifty-two participating restaurants, that’s $520 of dining deals for just $50. It’s the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the serious Mile High food lover.

This has proven to our biggest fund-raising effort and an excellent marketing tool for our member restaurants.

The Big Eat

The Big Eat

This summer crowd-pleaser has sold out every year since its inception in 2012. Over fifty of our member restaurants set up shop under the twinkling lights of Denver Center for the Performing Arts, serving up everything from lamb ragu to bacon wrapped shrimp to mini-eclairs and cupcakes for dessert. Don’t let the bite-size portions fool you—people leave hurting!

In 2015, we took the event to new heights, courting sponsors, a new location, and break-dancers that elevated the scene.



Harvest Week

Harvest Week

This is our annual celebration of Colorado’s bounty: local produce, fish, poultry, meats, beer, and spirits. Over five days, we showcase independent Denver restaurants and their talented chefs, with whimsical themes like the “Praise the Lard Barn Dance Brunch” and “The Rocky Mountain Showdown: Grapes vs. Grains.”

The GrowHaus, an urban farm, offers the perfect atmosphere for these rustic, outdoor communal dinners, each of which features five EatDenver chefs creating dishes based on the theme.

Colorado B2B Farmer's Market

Colorado B2B Farmer’s Market

The Colorado Business-to-Business (B2B) Farmer’s Market is an annual opportunity for food and farm businesses to meet, greet, and create new business relationships. The event is a no-cost, no-frills, no-hassle way to connect Colorado food producers to Colorado food buyers.

Now in its second year, this collaboration with Denver Urban Gardens and Slow Food Denver is an annual fair for producers to touch their community of independent restaurants.





How to Make it Happen

Criteria

We want to be as inclusive as possible, but we do require that you meet our indie criteria. To become a member, your establishment must:

  • Be locally owned and operated, with no more than seven locations of the same brand (by the same name) when you join.
  • Have food as an element of your restaurant; this can range from a full service kitchen to an artisan cocktail bar with a thoughtful bar snack menu.

  • Participate in one of more of the following EatDenver events/programs: The Big Eat, Harvest Week, The Dining Deck.
  • Sorry, no franchises.


Annual Membership Cost