Chef Richard’s new dinner menu debuts!

Chef Richard’s new dinner menu is here!

 

If there’s any chef that can warm Colorado’s weather with a new dinner menu, it’s Chef Richard Glover—and that’s exactly what he is doing.  Organic Wash Park restaurant Fooducopia debuts a new dinner menu today that features a widely creative array of small plates. Meant to be shared, Chef Richard’s new menu is a culinary experience that blends comfort and good honest food.

 

The new winter dinner menu offers a wonderful variety of veggie, meat and seafood small plates to share. A particular focus is on the rich flavors that are great for a cold, winter night. For starters might I suggest a glass of wine and enjoy the cheese and fruit charcuterie board with nuts, honey and crackers. If sharing is not your thing, the menu also includes a lovely array of entree options such as the braised lamb shanks with roasted potatoes and veggies. 

 

 

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Chef Richard’s passion for food

 

If you have ever sat and talked with Chef Richard about food, you know when I say his passion for food is infectious. He wants you to love food as much as he does. When I caught up with Chef Richard to talk about the menu words like, “comfort” and “creative”  peppered the conversation.

“I am excited about this new menu,” he said. “I wanted to try to make the meal compliment the season.” Chef Richard became animated when he explained the process of making the house made pate with clarified butter and crostini. The meat small plates menu item will include a laborious process that will leave you filling happy. Trust me.

Sourcing from small, local food entrepreneurs, Fooducopia believes this is the key to providing healthy, delicious food. The menu includes many local Denver food producers.

So be sure to make a reservation here to enjoy Chef Richard’s new dinner menu.

 

 

Valentine’s – Don’t Wait, Make it a Date at Fooducopia!

Chef Richard’s Menu infuses chocolate into a masterpiece menu!

 

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Richard Glover thinks of two things—flowers and chocolate. So for this year’s Valentine’s Menu at organic restaurant Fooducopia, he has unveiled a romantically delicious three course menu—all including chocolate of course and good honest food. The flowers, well that’s up to you.

So don’t wait make it a date and make your reservations here now!

 

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What makes YOU happy?

Serving you local, organic food makes us happy!

 

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Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia restaurant in Denver that serves organic food.

 

Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia restaurant in Denver that serves organic food, is a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien—the author of the fantasy novel The Hobbit. I am not sure if it is because of the company of friends Tolkien had—C.S. Lewis was one of his most treasured friends—or that he knew what was important in this life.

If you ask Tim, he will tell you that the above quote is one of his favorites. In fact he has it on his desk, computer screen and always on his mind—because he believes what Tolkien penned so long ago.

“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.”

 

What makes you happy?

 

The new year is here and 2018 is still getting used to itself. The resolutions and lists of things to change, get rid of or improve upon are all in clear view, but the questions we need to ask ourselves are: what continues to make us happy? What don’t we need to change but rather keep doing?

Obviously there is no one-size-fits-all type of answer. And thank goodness for that. But finding common ground can make us all happy. And I think Tim is on to something.

History has taught us that selfish wants only bring selfish needs. I am not an expert on Tolkien’s writings. But rather I am here to remind each of us of the weight of his words.

When Tolkien wrote those words, there were no smart devices. The smartphone was not even an idea—nonetheless a device. But now in the digital age that we are in they are a distraction—especially when it comes to dinnertime. Common Sense Media for its #DeviceFreeDinner campaign includes comedian Will Ferrell as a smartphone-addled father trying to get to his hoarded smartphone while the rest of his family just wants to enjoy dinner together without any distractions.

Perhaps the challenge this year is to turn off the hoarded smartphone and value good food, cheer and song.

Happy 2018 from all of us here at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue!

 

Meet Tim’s sister “Mary Potter” . . . the mug maker!

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Fooducopia mug maker revealed!

 

Walk into Fooducopia any day of the week and you will be sure to hear someone ask: “Who makes these mugs?”

Since the restaurant’s opening in 2008, staff has seen the mugs fly off the shelves, as customers just can’t part with this “must have” mug. So where do they come from? Who is the potter who makes these infamous mugs?

Well we are happy to reveal the family secret. Owner Tim Lymberopoulos comes from a big family. In fact he has nine siblings one of whom he calls “Mary Potter.”

“My sister Mary hand makes all the mugs,” Tim revealed proudly. “In fact, I think the coffee tastes better because of the mug.” Customers couldn’t agree more. Last week a family of four came in for brunch and left with four mugs. “So many people will tell me or my staff how much they enjoy our mugs,” said Tim, who regularly meets with Mary to bring in new mugs to the restaurant.

The mug retails for $18 and customers are happy to pay. “This is a great deal,” shared one customer. The mug is handmade, fired in the kiln and unlike any other.

So who is this “Mary Potter?”

Mary Stamatopoulos, who currently resides in the Midwest with her husband Jim and their two kids, has had a passion for pottery for over 25 years. She credits her mom for instilling in her an artistic interest.

“Growing up my mom always had us creating something, whether it was sewing, painting or knitting—she just loved to see us working with our hands.”

So in the early 1990s when Mary was living in Fort Collins, she signed up for her first, but not last pottery class.

The rest, as they say is history.

She didn’t stay in Colorado, but after making a move to Chicago in the late 1990s, Mary quickly found a much loved pottery studio.

“I took several classes at the Lillstreet Art Center when it was located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area,” she said.

“Pottery is so therapeutic—it gets your mind off the stress of the day,” said Mary, who currently teaches several pottery classes to kids and adults in a studio.

“When I am in the studio, working with clay is my gift to myself.”

In fact, the idea for a mug came in the form of a gift. “A few years ago I made a mug for Tim as a gift. I never thought much about it, but rather wanted to give him a mug with the word Fooducopia on it for his office.”  Little did she know what this little keepsake would turn into.

An obvious fan of Executive Chef Richard’s menu, Mary incorporated charm and wit into her design of the mug.

“Fooducopia is a place where everyone is welcome and I see the mug as a bonus,” she said. “Whenever we are in Denver, the restaurant is our first stop—to eat and to make a delivery,” she said with a laugh.

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Well it’s working. “Mary Potter” is busy working on a holiday mug that will make anyone on your list happy. Now through December 31, 2017, purchase two $50 gift certificates  and get a mug for FREE. All while supplies last, of course.

“It brings me joy knowing the mugs can bring a smile to someone having coffee,” she said.

So be sure to stop in today and while you’re at it take us along with you! Share your Fooducopia mugshot with us on Instagram and Twitter at #myfooducopiamugshot

 

 

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