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8 YEARS OF FOOD & CULTURE WALKING TOUR EXPERIENCE
Our mission is to help visitors and residents alike enjoy the best that Denver has to offer by highlighting off-the-beaten-path, “non-touristy” food and drinks along with a local insight of its treasures. 

 Lindsay
Owner

Originally from Oregon, I moved to Denver in 1996 as an entering Freshman at the University of Denver. I immediately fell in love with Denver and its fantastic quality of life! In 2005 I graduated with my MBA from the University of Colorado Denver.  I am a bit of a wanderlust, having lived in Australia and Japan, so in 2008 I left Denver and headed down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I fell in love with its amazing food and warm culture and started Vallarta Food Tours with my husband, Paul, in 2011. Connecting people with the local culinary and cultural scene is a passion of mine!  My love of Denver brought me back to create Denver Food Tours in 2016 and I love sharing and being a part of the amazing things happening here!

Favorite Denver Eat:

Sushi Den

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Favorite Denver Cocktail:

A martini at the Cruise Room

Favorite Denver Neighborhood:

I’m partial to the DU/Wash Park neighborhood. I love that park and the surrounding restaurants.

What do you love about Denver?

I’ve always loved the work/play balance of life in Denver and I’m really blown away by the changes over the past 25 years. I am excited about our future!

ETHAN
Tour Manager &Food Ambassador

I've been a Denver resident since August 12, 2009.  I came out here from Detroit looking for a couple years of fun in the mountains, and ended up finding my new home!  On my days off, you can find me running long distances for no apparent reason, riding my bicycle in search of amazing craft beer, or playing guitar for my cat (or whoever else happens to be around). I've been a Denver resident since August 12, 2009.  I came out here from Detroit looking for a couple years of fun in the mountains, and ended up finding my new home!  On my days off, you can find me running long distances for no apparent reason, riding my bicycle in search of amazing craft beer, or playing guitar for my cat (or whoever else happens to be around).

Favorite Denver Eat:

I’m a fried chicken nut, and kind of a traditionalist when it comes to certain types of cuisine. That being said, right now my favorite dish is the Fried Chicken & Waffles at Devil’s Food on South Gaylord. It’s a perfect blend of spices on the perfectly-fried chicken that compliments the salty and peppery gravy, served alongside a crispy and fluffy waffle. Top that off with some Vermont maple syrup, and you’re on your way to starting your day off right: with a nap.

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Favorite Denver Cocktail:

Not only do I have a fried chicken addiction, but I’m also kind of a bourbon nut, and sticking with the traditionalist in me, I’d have to say my favorite cocktail in Denver is the Brown Derby at Bear Creek Distillery. Their straight bourbon grain bill is a corn, barley, and rye blend that offers a unique balance of sweet and spicy, with a nice roundness to the nose that plays well with both sweet and tart mixers.

Favorite Denver Neighborhood:

My favorite neighborhood in the city is the one I live in: Capitol Hill. It’s a mix of old and new, grit and glam, punk rockers and yuppies, and claims the south half of Colfax between Broadway and York, a fun strip of epic dive bars including Nob Hill Inn, Squire Lounge, and The Satire. If you want to learn a little something about this city that they probably won’t tell you over brunch and bottomless mimosas, this is the place to do it (especially on a Friday night…trust me on that).

What do you love about Denver?

It’s hard to pinpoint what I love most about Denver, but what I know let’s me do the things I love to do is the weather. Clear skies 300 days a year, summers that are hot but not humid, mild winters…there may be a few other places where you can go snowboarding in the morning, and then take a nice long bike ride in 70 degree weather on the same day, but I’m hard-pressed to think of many.

What do you love about being a Taste of Denver Food Ambassador:

The number one thing I love about being a Taste of Denver Food Ambassador is the connections in the community that I’m a part of. It’s amazing how close-knit the restaurant community is here, and I’m delighted to share that with tourists and locals alike.

Adrianne
Food Ambassador

I have been living in Denver for over four years! I moved from New York to Denver in 2014 to attend graduate school at Colorado University, Boulder. When I’m not leading tours, I love to be outdoors hiking or camping!

Favorite Denver Eat:

My favorite restaurant here in Denver is Linger, because of the unique menu and creative cocktails.

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Favorite Denver Cocktail:

My favorite brewery is Crooked Stave, located in The Source. Crooked Stave has an amazing selection of unique sour beers, I highly suggest the Sour Rosé!

Favorite Denver Neighborhood:

The RiNo neighborhood, which is my favorite area to hangout because of all of the incredible street art and murals, as well as the endless amounts of shops, restaurants and micro-breweries.

What do you love about Denver?

I love living in Denver because of all of the amazing restaurants and breweries, as well as how close the city is to the mountains.

What do you love about being a Taste of Denver Food Ambassador:

I love being a Taste of Denver food ambassador because I love meeting new people, trying new foods, and giving people from all over the world an opportunity to learn more about my amazing city and our booming food scene.

BRIAN
Food Ambassador

I'm from Littleton Colorado, a suburb of Denver. In my free time my girlfriend and I scour the city for the best of Denver's cheap eats and post them on our instagram @the10dollardiner. We've spent over two years living overseas together and can't wait to add to our list of 40+ countries visited.

Favorite Denver Eat:

Bijus hot vindaloo curry

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Favorite Denver Cocktail:

Any beer from Ratio brewery.

Favorite Denver Neighborhood:

South Broadway!

What do you love about Denver?

I love Denver’s charm and it’s eclectic neighborhoods.

What do you love about being a Taste of Denver Food Ambassador:

I love being a tour guide because we visit places that are hidden gems. Also, I’m a history nerd so I love sharing my knowledge of Denver.

Adrien
Food Ambassador

I am a supposedly rare Denver native! I lived in Portland, OR and Washington DC from 2008-2016, so I've been back in the Mile High City for about two years. Outside of food tours, I am an amateur
woodworker, bar trivia host/enthusiast, karaoke hype woman for my friends, and powerlifter. To nobody's surprise, I love to hike, eat delicious food, and travel. Not sure I could call myself a Coloradan
otherwise 🙂

Favorite Denver Eat:

This is an impossible question, but I love the handmade pastas at Mercantile Dining & Provision and have had some truly amazing agnolotti there.

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Favorite Denver Cocktail:

I am of two minds when it comes to cocktails: 1) bourbon/rye/scotch/whiskey or 2) tequila/mezcal. For the first category, I’m a big fan of the Monkey Wrench at Panzano and the Quoth the Raven at Nocturne. For the second, I like the Muy Macho Margarita at Blue Agave and the Mezcal-arita at Adelita’s.

Favorite Denver Neighborhood:

Mine! I live in the heart of Capitol Hill, which means I can walk almost anywhere. The Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum are both a few blocks away, as is the 16th Street Mall shuttle that will take me all through downtown for free.

What do you love about Denver?

I love that Denverites take recreation so seriously–people want to take advantage of the unmatched natural beauty our state has to offer. It makes the city feel vibrant and unpretentious.

What do you love about being a Taste of Denver Food Ambassador:

I love getting to meet people from all over the country (and world!). It's amazing to swap stories and learn about where other people live, what they love to do, and what brought them to Denver. I'm regularly surprised by how much you can learn about a group of people in three hours!

BRANDON
Food Ambassador

I am originally from Rochester, NY. Then moved to Baltimore for 7 years before moving to Denver 3 years ago. I enjoy hiking and exploring new destinations. My favorite thing to do in my free time is attending EDM events. (Electronic Dance Music).

Favorite Denver Eat:

My favorite dish so far is the Duck Confit Hash at Avelina. The Octopus appetizer comes in close second.

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Favorite Denver Cocktail:

Not only do I have a fri As a sour beer fan my favorite brewery is Crooked Stave. They have the best sours in the city. Favorite cocktail is Angel’s Envy at the Crimson Room. Can’t beat watching them smoke the glass for this delicious cocktail ed chicken addiction, but I’m also kind of a bourbon nut, and sticking with the traditionalist in me, I’d have to say my favorite cocktail in Denver is the Brown Derby at Bear Creek Distillery. Their straight bourbon grain bill is a corn, barley, and rye blend that offers a unique balance of sweet and spicy, with a nice roundness to the nose that plays well with both sweet and tart mixers.

Favorite Denver Neighborhood:

LoDo. It is so live at night and the options of hangout spots are endless!

What do you love about Denver?

Denver has a Plethora or great restaurants more keep opening up each year. Also Denver’s nightlife scene is hands down one of the best in the United States. One more thing I love about the city is its laid back atmosphere.

What do you love about being a Taste of Denver Food Ambassador:

My favorite part of being a Taste of Denver guide is meeting many new people and sharing my passion for the city’s history and culinary offers with them. Also getting to meet people like Karen Pence. The owners are great people to work for is another favorite.