By the looks of this trout, do I need to convince you to try The Kitchen in Denver? And this was lunch! During our last two trips to Denver, we visited this neighborhood bistro for lunch and were equally impressed both times. Not only is the food delicious, but the restaurant’s mission to promote community through food is evident, which really seals the deal for those of us looking for places that truly care about sourcing locally from quality purveyors.
Not only does The Kitchen support the community by serving food and drink produced by locals, its sister organization, The Kitchen Community, has build nearly 200 Learning Gardens for children in schools and neighborhoods throughout the country. The Learning Gardens act as outdoor classrooms, connecting children with nature and the processes of growing and preparing real food. This ultimately teaches children to value the land and make healthy food choices. Read more about it at www.thekitchencommunity.org.
Every Monday at 7 pm, the restaurant serves a family-style dinner around its community table, and 20% of the proceeds go toward The Kitchen Community to create new Learning Gardens. This is truly a farm foodie fanatic’s dream come true– a gathering to enjoy community-sourced food, while simultaneously supporting education to ensure that the next generation can form local food economies.
On the other days of the week, The Kitchen offers a varied menu that has something for everyone, including a seafood bar, local beef and chicken, and vegetarian and salad options featuring locally sourced vegetables. We enjoyed local trout, single-origin coffee, curry chicken salad, french fries, olives… a bit of a smorgasbord. I think I must have been starving and forgotten to take pictures of everything, but take my word– delicious.
The atmosphere is casual, friendly, and light-filled with a large bar stocked with local libations. There is also outdoor seating for those perfect sunny Denver days. The Kitchen is open seven days a week and is now also open for brunch on the weekends. Yay! If you’re in Denver, it’s a must try.
Also, good news! The Kitchen also has locations in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Chicago and sister restaurants Next Door in Boulder, Glendale, and Union Station, as well as a sister restaurant Upstairs in Boulder. There are also plans to open The Kitchen in Memphis.
I love that this concept has expanded on such a broad scale to give more people a taste of what true community is all about. It’s also great to have such a trustworthy brand in so many cities, giving health-conscious travelers a great dining option.
Check out the menus, locations, hours, and read more about The Kitchen at www.thekitchen.com.