Where to Eat Now: The Bindery

Photo by Morgan Carter

Denver’s food market trend is here to stay. Adding to the likes of The Source, Denver Central Market, and The Preservery, this past weekend we welcomed the Highlands newest marketplace, The Bindery {1817 Central Street, Denver; 303.993.2364}. The expansive 4,000-square foot space truly has it all, functioning as an artisan cafe, bakery, bar, and a sit-down, and an upscale dining experience.

With over 15 years under her belt, Owner/Chef Linda Hampsten Fox boasts an impressive resume, hosting culinary classes in Italy, apprenticing with chefs in France and Switzerland, and has even cooked for notable luminaries including Nancy Pelosi and Jane Goodall. Collaborating in the kitchen, Hampsten Fox has brought on Executive Chef Jake Riley, who helped open Boulder’s Pasta Vino.

The Bindery—the name which pays homage to the many bookbinding and printing factories—serves as an all-day eatery, all of which Chef Hampsten Fox oversees. To see all the inner workings of the concept, all you have to do is walk through the door where you’ll find the chefs working away inside the exhibition kitchen complete with a wood-fired oven. The minimalistic space, outfitted with recycled stone floors and an 18-foot tall ceiling, houses an upscale dining hall featuring an intimate four top chef’s table and a full bar. Given the ample space, Hampsten Fox hopes to implement special events as well as corporate catering right out of the kitchen.

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5 Restaurant Openings to Put on Your List

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From the flames, Tavernetta rises again. The Italian concept dreamt up by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey, chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, and Peter Hoglund was only open for a few days before an unexpected kitchen fire shuttered the restaurant. After two months of waiting, the restaurant will reopen this Thursday, November 9 starting at 11am. Tavernetta draws inspiration from Italy’s multitude of osterias and cafes. Executive Chef Ian Wortham—who traveled extensively through Italy—has crafted a menu to include housemade pasta, build your own charcuterie boards, plus shareable dishes including Fritto Misto (fried prawns) and Crudi Misti (raw seafood platter).

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