What will you focus on today? đź“·

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s love got to do with it? . . . . Everything!

Reserve your spot! #ValentinesDinner ♥️

 

It seems that every once in awhile we feel the urge to do something special for someone. It’s as if it bubbles up and we just have to go out and do it. And the funny thing is that it’s not so much needed for the other person, but rather for us. Why is that?

I don’t have the answer, but I can recall countless situations in my life where showing kindness to others went straight back to my heart. Perhaps it’s a day where you look in someone’s eyes and you just feel happy. Or it could be that you know that person next to you needs to have their hand held as you lead them up the “high road.” Whatever the reason of which there are many, there is only one motive. Love—the most unselfish necessity that knits this world together.

Acts of kindness take center stage this month with the Valentine’s Day holiday.  So what’s love got to do with it? Everything. Valentine’s Day goes much deeper than a dozen roses or a box of stale chocolates. It should be a burning desire to show appreciation to others—isn’t that what love really is?

Chef Richard’s Valentine’s Week Menu features an amazing display of creative and mouth-watering flavors that are fresh and locally-sourced. Fooducopia, Washington Park Denver restaurants “hidden gem,” prides itself on preparing and serving good honest food to our customers. It’s what we love.

And the approaching Valentine’s Week is no different.  So be sure to make your reservation for a love-ly evening to celebrate your special Valentine.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling your plate with a better food system

Good Food 100 and James Beard unite!

 

There are many lists featuring Denver’s best restaurants—but what do these lists really tell us?

Good Food 100 restaurants co-founder Sara Brito sent out an encouraging press release last week. The release announced a partnership between Good Food 100 restaurants and the James Beard Foundation to accelerate transparency in the culinary community and promote the importance and impact of a sustainable food system.

Brito, co-founder and president, Good Food Media Network, which publishes the Good Food 100 Restaurants List praised the partnership: “This is a natural synergy and embodies both of our commitments to cultivating and nurturing a better food system for all.”

This is where the Good Food 100 Restaurants list goes even further with its findings.

“We know good food is critical to a sustainable and healthy food system, but to what extent? The Good Food 100 is building the economic case to measure that impact,” said Katherine Miller, Vice President of Impact, James Beard Foundation. “As we enter a new phase of the Foundation’s future with a strong commitment to shining a light on a food system that supports people, the planet and economies, we are happy to work with the Good Food 100 team to encourage more robust participation from the culinary community.”

Fooducopia is proud to be part of the Good Food 100 restaurants list highest rating for 2017 and 2018. Good honest food for all is attainable and should be at the top of Denver’s best restaurants list. With this latest partnership, I believe it is only a matter of time before you’ll be filling  your plate with a better food system.

 

 

Denver Restaurant Week Menu is HERE!!

Reserve your Denver Restaurant Week spot!

Local foodies rejoice! The 15th annual Denver Restaurant Week takes place Feb. 22 – March 3, 2019.  So it’s time to Ready. Set. Go and make your reservation to Wash Park’s “hidden gem” restaurant—Fooducopia.

Proud to be a part of Denver restaurants in Wash Park, Fooducopia prides itself on offering good honest food that is locally sourced and seasonal. This year, Executive Chef Richard Glover offers a unique and creative menu that explores flavors in a whole new way.

Join us to enjoy Denver’s largest culinary celebration, Chef Richard’s multi-course meal is $45 per person. Tables fill up fast, so make your plans soon.

As always . . .

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