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Follow Top Chef Season 15: Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine

Follow Top Chef Season 15 in Colorado: Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine
5 days

Rich in homegrown ingredients, nationally recognized chefs and a thriving maker culture, it's no wonder Bravo set its 15th season of "Top Chef" in breathtaking (and delicious) destinations in Colorado. Experience the highlights for yourself on this flavor-packed tour of the celebrated culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Aspen and Telluride. Start your journey in the Mile High City.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local:

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Day 1
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Larimer Square

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Victorian buildings house specialty boutiques, unique-concept dining and one-of-a-kind shops in the heart of Denver.

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Lunch

Rioja

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Cuisine featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and influenced by local and seasonal products. Chef/owner Jennifer Jasinski, winner of James Beard Foundation's 2013 Best Southwest... Read More

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Rhein Haus Denver

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Rhein Haus brings authentic German food and beer to downtown Denver. Try some traditional meals like Schnitzel and Spatzel with a pretzel on the side and a pilsner or kölsch to wash it all down,... Read More

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Enjoy a Slice of Bavaria:

Choose a European brew from the extensive beer list at Rhein Haus, where Keegan Gerhard (chef and owner of Denver’s D Bar Restaurant) brought the cheftestants to taste authentic German eats, and play bocce at one of the five indoor courts.

Dinner

Bar Dough

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Bar Dough is an Italian kitchen that has an elevated take on traditional cuisine in a cozy neighborhood setting. Read More
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The Denver Central Market

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Denver Central Market brings a gourmet food emporium and community meeting place to the heart of Colorado's capital city.

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Sip & Savor:

Pick up some mouthwatering, house-made confections at Temper Chocolates and belly up to the bar at Curio for a cocktail (we like the Fancypants, a blend of vodka, lime, bubbles and popping pearls).

Lodging

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block

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Discover handcrafted hospitality at the boldest new independent hotel in Downtown Denver's LoDo district. Make your move to The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Denver Milk Market

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Denver Milk Market is an all-local mix of takeaway and dine-in restaurants and bars run by Colorado chef Frank Bonanno. Read More
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Savory Spice Shop

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Savory Spice Shop offers a large variety of blends and spices. Our spices are ground fresh in weekly batches, so that we can offer the freshest possible product. Our more than 160 blends are... Read More
Lunch

Comal Heritage Food Incubator

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Comal is a lunch restaurant + training program started by Focus Points Family Resource Center. Its goal is to provide skills in culinary arts and business as a platform for economic development... Read More

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Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion

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Initially built as a private residence in 1908 the house has been available for use by Governors since 1960, serving both as a family home and and site for official Governor's functions. The... Read More

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Stroll Through History:

Opt for a self-guided tour of the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion, where former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooker and his wife, Robin, hosted a challenge. 

Dinner

Tag Restaurant

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TAG represents a culmination of Chef Troy Guard's travel experiences from Singapore to Japan, New York to Hawaii- he showcases it... Read More

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Green Russell

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Named for William Green Russell, a Colorado gold miner in the 1850s, Green Russell is a cocktail joint with the feel of a Prohibition-style speakeasy. The new establishment boasts three bars,... Read More

Insider's Tip

Enter Through the Pie Shop:

Green Russell, the 1920s-style speakeasy owned by celebrated local chef and “Top Chef” guest judge Frank Bonanno, is situated within a pie shop in Larimer Square. Be sure to order a slice of fresh pie, if it’s available, and silence your cell phone (except inside the telephone booth).

Lodging

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block

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Discover handcrafted hospitality at the boldest new independent hotel in Downtown Denver's LoDo district. Make your move to The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Mercantile dining & provision

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Offering Chef Alex Seidel's signature take on elevated comfort food, the restaurant follows in the footsteps of the award-winning Fruition Restaurant, creating seasonally-inspired dishes and... Read More

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DIY Boulder Farm Tour:

Drive to Boulder, where your culinary adventure continues. Pick up a Farm Trail map from Boulder's Convention & Visitors Bureau to discover the county's bounty of local farmers and producers on your own.

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Black Cat Organic Farm

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Jill and Chef Eric Skokan have created an organic 425 acre farm located just outside of the city that now supplies the bounty of the restaurant, a booth at the Boulder Farmers' Market, and CSA's... Read More

Lunch

Rayback Collective

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Situated in the heart of Boulder, the Rayback is a food park. A bar. An event space. A backyard party. More than 30 taps on deck & a rotating set of some of the area's most beloved food trucks... Read More

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Tour Boulder by Bike

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Rent a cruiser from one of the more than 40 B-Cycle stations in the city and ride along the Boulder Creek Path, which follows the namesake waterway through town from Boulder Canyon to Valmont Reservoir. “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons explored some of the city’s trails with Bobby Stuckey, master sommelier/co-owner of Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine.
Dinner

Frasca Food & Wine

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Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the... Read More

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Avery Brewing Company

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We are dedicated to making beer from the inside out: we brew what we like to drink--with utter disregard for what the market demands--and search out fans with equally eccentric palates.

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Reserve a Tour:

Guided tours of Avery Brewing's massive facility are offered Monday–Friday at 4pm, Saturday at 2 and 3:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Reserve your spot on their website: AveryBrewing.com.

Lodging

St Julien Hotel & Spa

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St Julien Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of downtown Boulder, Colorado, sits at the base of the Flatiron Mountains and offers breathtaking views and world-class accommodations. The hotel is... Read More

Insider's Tip

Extend Your Trip After Boulder:

If you have an extra day, make the trip to Estes Park Campground at East Portal near Rocky Mountain National Park or the Stanley Hotel — both sites of "Top Chef: Colroado" cooking challenges.

Day 4
Breakfast

Santo

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Santo is inspired by Chef Hosea Rosenberg's home Taos, New Mexico, and its Northern New Mexican cuisine.

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Grab Breakfast for the Drive to Aspen:

"Top Chef" season 5 winner Hosea Rosenburg is the chef/owner of Boulder's Santo, which offers breakfast to-go Monday through Friday, 7am–11am — the perfect fuel for your drive from Boulder to Aspen.

Lunch

Ajax Tavern

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The Tavern comes to life at lunch, and the party rolls on well into the night. If you go no further on the menu, try the truffle fries and Ajax double cheeseburger – they earned their reputation.... Read More
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T-Lazy-7 Ranch

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Located in Aspen, Colorado the authentic T-Lazy-7 Ranch has been the jumping off point for a variety of adventure activities since 1938. T-Lazy-7 is the gateway to the world famous Maroon Bells,... Read More

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Book a Fly-Fishing Excursion:

Follow in the footsteps of the cheftestants, who were tasked with catching and cooking a fresh catch at T-Lazy-7 Ranch, by embarking on your own fly-fishing adventure at the stunning property. Guided fishing excursions at the ranch's private beaver ponds are hosted by the Little Nell Adventure Center.

Dinner

Element 47 (at The Little Nell)

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Whether you ski in for lunch, drop in at the bar for a more casual rendezvous, or join us for the most special of occasions, you'll be greeted with warmth, not formality. There is no dress code ... Read More

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Red Light Lounge at the Little Nell

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Those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime wine-tasting experience can book a coveted table at the Little Nell’s Red Light Lounge, hosted in the luxe hotel’s 22,000-bottle wine cellar. Enjoy a private cellar tasting, catered to your every need and hosted by a Little Nell sommelier. Once an invite-only activity, the tasting room is now available to just four to six guests at a time.
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Viceroy Snowmass

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Viceroy Snowmass, where luxury meets convenience at this chic mountain side resort tucked into Snowmass Base Village, 7 miles from Aspen.  Offering unrivaled ski-in-ski out access to the slopes... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

Cafe V

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Jump start your morning in Café V with an Illy coffee, latte, cappuccino, hot tea, mocha, Americano, espresso and hot coco. If you are feeling a bit famished and need a bite our chefs prepare... Read More

Insider's Tip

Grab Breakfast for the Drive to Telluride:

Order an espresso and a smoked salmon or prosciutto and mozzarella panini to-go for the scenic drive from Aspen to Telluride.

Lunch

New Sheridan Chop House

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Steak house bistro offering a selection of grilled prime steaks. Read More

Insider's Tip

Savor Something From the Grill:

Order the Dry-Aged Bone-In Bison Ribeye at New Sheridan Chop House. The dish was adored by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio — brothers who competed against each other on "Top Chef: Las Vegas" and served as guest judges on “Top Chef: Colorado.”

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Alta Ghost Town

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The center of mining activity in the Alta-Gold King area from 1877 to the late 1940s, Alta is situated about 10 miles from Telluride. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site includes several original buildings, including cabins, a boarding house and outhouse buildings — all of which look spectacular amid the idyllic high-alpine backdrop.
Dinner

221 South Oak

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221 South Oak is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home, steps from the Gondola in Telluride Colorado.  Chef Eliza produces eclectic cuisine in an intimate atmosphere.  221 is perfect for... Read More

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New Sheridan Bar

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Dating from 1895, the Historic Bar is one of the oldest bars in the west and beloved by the locals. As Telluride’s best bar, it is here that we locals hang out, meet and plan our backpack trip, our... Read More
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Hotel Madeline Telluride

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Hotel Madeline Telluride is nestled in the heart of Mountain Village, just steps from the complimentary gondola to Telluride. Its enviable ski-in/ski-out perch is the ideal starting point for a day... Read More