Well, the fifth annual Chef & Brew competition has come and gone. For those of you who chose to stay home instead of purchasing a ticket, you missed a collision of more than 20 craft brewers and chefs teaming up to create the ultimate in food and beer pairings (and you dodged that bittersweet beer hangover). Guests meandered around the EXDO center, listening to classic rock hits and sampling bite-sized dishes and local pours to their hearts’ content. After visiting each booth, diners had the opportunity to cast their vote for the prestigious People’s Choice Award, but their opinions weren’t the only ones that mattered.
Boulder seafood lovers were no doubt overjoyed when Wild Standard opened its doors in the fall of 2015, offering a rotating menu built around seasonal, local ingredients and the freshest catch available. And while owner and executive chef Bradford Heap has never failed to impress, he stepped it up another notch in recent months by overnighting never-frozen, hook- and line-caught wild Alaskan king salmon to serve in his restaurant. The result? The freshest damn fish you ever tasted in Colorado.