Anyone else hungry for this?!

Let’s celebrate!

This week is an important week here at Fooducopia—it’s National Small Business Week. Our country’s 30.2 million small businesses should all be celebrated. And here at Fooducopia, a small restaurant in Denver,  we are more than proud—we are grateful.

Last week we were honored with a feature in Denver Westword regarding our brunch menu.  Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia—a small restaurant in Denver,  had this to say in the article: “People are hungry for food, but I think they are also hungry for community — and that’s what they get here.”

Created in 1953, the US Small Business Administration has helped countless Americans start, build and grow businesses.

So what does this mean for Americans? Plenty. Stop and think for a minute the last 3 stops you made. Did you purchase a coffee at your local coffee shop? Or did you slip into your favorite nail salon and treat yourself to a new mani-pedi? Or perhaps you had a drink at your local watering hole. These places exist because you understand their importance.

Colorado can even boast being a top winner this year. Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced two women-owned firms to receive awards honoring their work in federal contracting and one is from Colorado. MedVed Global, Inc., an 8(a)-certified construction company, from Dolores, Colorado has been named the National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year.

Research always points to the positive benefits of being in community. And with National Small Business Week here, we hope you are able to celebrate your favorite small businesses that are making a profound local impact.

 

Thanks for reading! We look forward to seeing you soon at Fooducopia—at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue in Wash Park!

 

 

 

Wash Park Home Tour brunch headquarters

Wash Park Home Tour brunch with us!

The Wash Park Home Tour, on Saturday, May 11 from 10 am to 4 pm,  is just around the corner. Literally. Fooducopia Restaurant , Wash Park’s brunch headquarters, is proud to support this event, which showcases five distinctive homes in East Wash Park.

A long-standing Steele Elementary PTA fundraising event, the Wash Park Home Tour benefits Steele Elementary as well as the Denver Homeless Education Network. To purchase tickets, click here.

The Wash Park community is home to us. It’s where we celebrate providing good honest food to this one-of-a-kind community. So be sure to visit us at 1939 E. Kentucky Avenue before or after you enjoy the tour. To make dinner reservations click here.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

New menu alert! Let’s brunch in Wash Park

Come Brunch in Wash Park at Fooducopia

 

Fooducopia Restaurant’s Wild Mushroom Benedict for brunch in Wash Park.

Today we are talking about my favorite food word—brunch. As much as I love a portmanteau, I do think it gets a bad rap. Interpreted as strictly a cure for the hangover or a way to indulge, brunch can be so much more. Don’t you think?

Perhaps that is why I think I need to tell you that brunch in Wash Park just got a whole heck of a lot tastier thanks to Executive Chef Richard Glover. In fact, CBS Denver recently featured Fooducopia as Wash Park’s top places to visit.

Fooducopia’s new brunch menu is all about elevated ingredients and staying ahead of the curve—all while keeping it local.  Chef Richard’s attention to detail is evident with each dish featuring a sense of creativity and curiosity.

I mean can you wrap your head around this menu item— Breadworks Brioche French Toast featuring bourbon brown sugar macerated berries, house-made ricotta, candied chili walnuts, with house-made toasted marshmallow whipped cream.

If you are a meat and egg lover,  you can enjoy the Pot Roast Scrambler: a 6-hour slow-cooked local Colorado beef, roasted organic vegetables, and organic potatoes. Comfort at its best.

And the even better news is that the new menu features the same commitment that has never changed. Good. Honest. Food.

“Fooducopia restaurant is all about offering guests the opportunity to explore the world deliciously through good honest food,” owner Tim Lymberopoulos said.  “We are excited for our customers to enjoy this new brunch menu!”

To Chef Richard and his staff it’s simple: achieve  happiness for the customer. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

So are you ready to come brunch with us?

We look forward to seeing you at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue.

 

 

What will you focus on today? 📷

Life lessons through the lens

 

Spring break is always an adventure and this year was no different. We recently took a trip down south to the state of Texas. My oldest brother and his family live there. It’s always a fun time eating, laughing and just making memorable memories. But what happened with the car rental almost took the trip out of focus.

Upon our smooth landing, we were met with turbulence. I knew there was trouble when the  shuttle bus didn’t even feature our rental car company’s logo.

“No ma’am, we don’t offer a ride to that lot,” the bus driver said.

Finally after some serious pleading we convinced a taxi cab to drive us to our rental car. Hot, tired and bewildered to say the least, we loaded up.

The taxi driver sped through the cars on the road and arrived at the GPS-led destination only to find out it was not the right location. The driver took our bags out of the trunk.

“You can’t leave us here?” we demanded.

Luckily we persisted and he re-packed the trunk.

At one point I realized in the distance the airport was becoming smaller and smaller. All that came to mind was that infamous Texas saying: “the worst thing you can be is a damn fool.” And boy did we fit the bill.

We finally reached our rental car location at a hefty price of $60. The place was desolate. No large sign to greet us, but rather weeds choking the sidewalk.

But there is an upside to all this.  We pushed the door open and were greeted by wisdom. Not so much by the rather sheepish staff, but rather what was printed behind them. Standing largely behind the counter on a huge white board was this wonderful image of a camera with words. I have no doubt many people enter disgruntled, to say the least, but these words reminded me that I have a choice of how I was going to exit. Simply put, I re-focused.

My frustrations were not going to dictate the outcome.  Happily we got the rental car and were merrily on our way laughing that we already had an adventure in the first 30 minutes of our arrival to the Lone Star State.

Sometimes the day require’s us to look at life through a different lens, or as this car rental company’s daily message reminds us: “just take another shot!”

So whatever life moments are showing you, I hope you can find the right angle.

And as always, here at Fooducopia, we look forward to seeing you at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue to explore the world deliciously through good honest food here at Fooducopia.

Be sure to stop in to enjoy Chef Richard’s brand new brunch menu!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Look who’s in the kitchen!

Happiness found here

When it comes to organic restaurants to visit in Denver, the list is endless. Denver has seen its culinary scene explode.  And that is exciting for those who reside in and around the Mile High city. Not to mention those who make Denver their destination. Whatever the reason, there is something wonderful cooking around each and every corner.

To zero in a little closer, we are taking you behind the scenes of Fooducopia Restaurant at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue in Denver to introduce you to the chefs who create the #goodhonestfood for breakfast, lunch and dinner at this “hidden gem” in Wash Park.

Meet Executive Chef Richard Glover

 

For many of you who know Executive Chef Richard Glover—you are the lucky ones. His charm and wit will fill a room instantly. Not to mention his storytelling.  Chef Richard grew up in Botswana. Fast forward to university, which led him to the cornfields of Indiana to become a chemical engineer. And then to culinary school. Now can you understand the reason why he is a master storyteller? I thought so.

Chef Richard is the master behind Fooducopia’s much loved menu. “Chef Richard is the main attraction,” owner Tim Lymberopoulos explained. “Using only the finest ingredients is his passion and the customers love him for that”

“I love anything that is honest,” Chef Richard admits.  “Honest food is being true to a culture or a region. Or the preparation and handling of the item is done with grace and knowledge and skill.”

So when it comes to making people happy at meal time—Chef Richard doesn’t disappoint. “Food is magical; it creates happiness and brings back joyful childhood memories, plus it’s the cornerstone of society and of bringing people together.”

There is an old saying that you can’t always have happiness but you can always give happiness. Perhaps this is Chef Richard’s mantra. “What I enjoy most about my craft—the smiles of happy patrons enjoying the moment.”

Meet Sous Chef Christopher P. Silfies

You will always hear a friendly banter coming from the kitchen at Fooducopia. Making the jokes might be Chef Richard but offering the laughs is Sous Chef Christopher P. Silfies. Chef Silfies joined the Fooducopia family a few years ago and patrons are thrilled. “He brings a creative culinary cooking style that customers enjoy,” said Tim.

If he is not in the kitchen, you will find Chef Christopher doing anything outdoors—skiing, hiking— you name it. But his heart is always in the kitchen.

“I have always loved to cook,” Chef Christopher said.  Ever since he was a kid, cooking has been his passion. With his signature bandana, he offers a positive vibe that ripples onto the staff around him. “He is always more than happy in the kitchen,” said Tim.  Perhaps Chef Christopher understands that being  a chef is a selfless act.  “I love to cook great food and see the happiness it brings to people and their tummy!”

Fooducopia prides itself on offering locally sourced ingredients that are organic. Or as Tim is often heard saying about Fooducopia’s mission: “good, honest food that doesn’t tease the brain.”

We hope you can join us to discover good honest food with Chef Richard and Chef Christopher for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue. To make dinner reservations, click here.

 

We look forward to serving you  . . . and thanks for reading!