Last weekend was a tough one. My beloved uncle, Dr. P. John Lymberopoulos, passed away.A longtime teacher and administrator at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, “Uncle Takis,” as we fondly called him, had warmth and wit like no other.
I’m not trying to brag when I say this, but I have an amazing family. If anyone reading this, is as blessed as I am to have this bond, you know what I mean when I say— they warm your soul. Sure the pain we went through was not easy, but having my family there to comfort and lean into eases the burden.
Later when we gathered again for dinner at Fooducopia, the pain isolated itself and left the room—at least for a little while—as we shared countless mesmerizing small plates of food. Not to mention treasured moments of reflection.
Coming from a large Greek family, food always takes center stage. Or for this special dinner—it was the guest of honor—as we sat laughing, talking and sharing stories. As I looked around the table, I noticed everyone had a sense of calm. The food and drink prompted us to engage. This is what a shared meal does—or should I say creates.
When we all finished breakfast the next day at our favorite restaurant in Wash Park, our bags were packed to head home, but they were a little bit heavier. Not with material things, but rather memories. And isn’t that what life is all about? The memories we create.
Someone once said that good honest food takes time and patience. Perhaps this is true for all of us. It does take time to sit and eat a meal together. We have to stop scrolling, look away from the distractions and focus on what’s in front of us. Or better yet, who is in front of us. Because without looking we might miss him or her. Uncle Takis you will be missed. May your memory be eternal.
There is much to be said about ending the year on a good note. More often than not, we tend to focus more on what was missing rather than what was fulfilling. Let’s change that mentality—starting on New Year’s Eve.
Here at Fooducopia we hope you will join us to enjoy Chef Richard’s fantastic New Year’s Eve Menu that will help you say goodbye to 2018 with a smile and hello to 2019 with high aspiration.
The New Year’s Eve menu— along with the regular dinner menu which will be available Monday, December 31—is a wonderful way to ring in the New Year. So don’t delay the chance to celebrate the richness of good honest food in a friendly inviting atmosphere. The time is now to make a reservation to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Denver. So don’t delay as spots are filling up quickly. Simply click here!
Fooducopia is located at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue in Denver’s beloved Wash Park!
Are you ready for the return of #goodhonestfood? We thought so.
So we thought to give you a quick heads up! We are almost to the finish line with our remodel. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Fooducopia at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue. Executive Chef Richard Glover and his staff are excited to start serving up #goodhonestfood promptly with our newly remodeled and expanded kitchen.
Be on the lookout for more details on the re-opening. Until then, enjoy the summer and see you soon.
Denver Restaurants Wash Park Fooducopia is a great place to savor the work week
It’s that time of the day on Sunday when most of us start looking at our weekday circumstances. Will it be a fun-filled week or will it be a crazy week spent filled with back to back meetings? Regardless of the reward or loss of the week, moments must be taken into account.
Finding the time to savor is harder and harder to achieve these days. Distractions from all sorts of outlets continue to present themselves front and center.
A few weeks ago, my son shared with me he was taking a break from his video games. As he unfolded his reasonings I felt ashamed. By no means not about him. Gosh I was celebrating with a room full of pride. But rather I felt like I had let him down. When was the last time I did a check on my day-to-day circumstances and how they play out.
I quickly realized I was cutting too many corners. Less and less parts of the day to savor. And the most noticeable place was the dinner table. Dinner became less meaningful. I believe food is the centerpiece—but the art of conversation is what enhances the beauty of the table.
I applauded him for taking the first step—to step away. An act to recharge, reset and renew his mind. As for me, I did something else to step away. I got out our fancy tablecloth for dinner last Sunday and made sure to not skimp on dinner plans.
One of my favorite quotes about food is from Kafka: “So long as you have food in your mouth you have solved all questions for the time being.”
As we gear up for the week ahead of us, let’s remember to find time to savor.
During the week if you need a restaurant in Denver to recharge and refuel, be sure to visit us for breakfast, lunch or dinner this week at Denver Restaurants Wash Park Fooducopia—where good honest food meets at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue.
Ready for Easter brunch in Denver? Whether you are looking to celebrate the day for the reason or simply want to gather up your peeps for brunch, Fooducopia Restaurant, voted best brunch Denver, is the place to be. On Sunday, Fooducopia will be open regular hours from 8 am to 3 pm. Executive Chef Richard Glover and his staff promise to offer a brunch that features good honest food. So why not hop on over for Easter brunch with us at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue!
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