Wash Park brunch places all about community

We all need . . .

Fooducopia Restaurant is located at 1939 E Kentucky Avenue in Denver’s Wash Park community.

Every so often my emails take over if I don’t manage them. I’m sure we all have this. Sometimes, it’s a quick delete to the trash, but more often than not there are emails to be read, news to be learned and events to be corresponded. As I write this one, I sure hope you don’t delete but rather keep reading. I promise it’s worth the two minutes of your time. In fact, I hope it  will make you think of the community where you live.

One particular email, immediately drew me in with the following sub head: “One of the world’s leading economists explains why our communities could hold the answer to many of society’s problems.”

Now I am no where near being a scholar and am not sure how I got on this subscription service but it came from the University of Chicago. So not only is it legit, but its scholarly.

The podcast, which you can read here, explores the disempowerment of communities. My heart sank a bit as I read the article. I wanted to say, “now hold on a minute, community is a strong word not to be taken lightly.”

But then again, I started to think perhaps we have taken our community too lightly. When was the last time you didn’t venture out to a far off big box store but rather just went to the local store to get that item you so desperately needed? Or better yet, when have you just stopped and supported the locals?

In a world where social media is what supposedly keeps us “social”, I couldn’t help to feel saddened at how lonely our world has become. Isolation is at its all time highest and that just doesn’t seem right—nor wanted.

Bill Withers says it best when he belts out the lyrics to his song Lean on Me

“We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on.”

When Tim Lymberopoulos first opened the doors to his Wash Park restaurant, he didn’t know what the community would expect. Of all the Wash Park brunch places he wanted one thing:  a place of community.  “There is nothing better than when I am at Fooducopia and I see customers laughing, talking and enjoying a meal together,” he said. “It just makes me happy.” Isn’t that what community is all about?

Or as the song reminds us all:

“If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load…”

 

Thanks for reading…

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!