From staffing to maintenance, marketing to legal issues, running a restaurant means wearing many hats. Couldn’t you use a little support?

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.

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.

So…What Does An EatDenver Membership Get Me?

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.

The opportunity to participate in EatDenver’s signature community events, where you can gain media coverage and exposure to our local food-loving community.

Regular meetings and educational seminars where you and your team can connect with other restaurateurs. Meetings generally take place in a member restaurant and the vibe is relaxed, supportive and fun. Have a topic you’d like to see addressed? Let us know! We love getting feedback from our members about what challenges you are seeing in your restaurants, so that we can use our collective brain power to solve them.

Public relations opportunities and guidance.

Access to a dialogue with restaurateurs that often have the same questions and concerns that you have. We provide the platform (monthly meetings, listserv, newsletter) to ask questions, pose concerns and/or throw out ideas.

Exposure for your restaurant through our website, newsletter, social media and whatever other opportunities we (or you) can drum up!

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 Post5280 MagazineWestwordand national blogs.

Affordable care act panel with local health insurance experts.

Profit and Loss seminar Matt Vannini of Restaurant Solutions, Inc. and Adam Schlegel, co-founder of Snooze.

We want to be as inclusionary 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.
  • Food as an element of your restaurant, be it full service to an artisan cocktail bar with a thoughtful bar snack menu.
  • Not have any franchise locations.
  • Participate in a minimum of one of the following EatDenver events/programs: The Big Eat, Harvest Week, The Dining Deck.
  • Have a representative from your establishment(s) regularly attend monthly meetings or actively participate in an EatDenver sub-committee.

OR… Be active! Attend the monthly meetings, celebrate at our events, join our board or a committee, actively post or contribute to information. Go beyond another decal in your window.

  • Be committed to the organization’s purpose: supporting the independent food scene that contributes greatly to the economy, lifestyle and culture of Denver.

Membership Cost

The annual cost for membership is $300 for your first restaurant and $200 for each additional restaurant under the same ownership.

For more information, email info@EatDenver.com or complete the on-line membership application.

Annual EatDenver Events and Programs

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EatDenver Dining Deck

Every year for the holidays, we create a custom-crafted card deck with promotional deals from out member restaurants. Each card in the deck offers $10 off any $25 food purchase. With 52 participating restaurants, that’s $520 of dining deals for just $50. It’s the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the serious Mile High foodie.

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

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The Big Eat

This summer crowd-pleaser has sold out every year since its inception in 2012. Over 50 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.

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Harvest Week

This is our annual celebration of Colorado’s bounty: local produce, fish, poultry, meats, beer and spirits. Over six 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. The five-course meals are paired with two Colorado wines, a local beer and a signature cocktail made with local spirits. Guests bring their own place settings and are encouraged to dress according to the theme. It’s truly an extraordinary event, and the proceeds benefit both The GrowHaus and EatDenver.