May 16, 2018

Hope You're Hungry for Dinner Society This Summer


With Dinner Society coming up Saturday, May 26, and us drooling uncontrollably awaiting the evening, we sat down with Lauren Patterson, the Manager of Food & Beverage Programs in our Department of Edible Structures, so she could give us the insiders look at Dinner Society and all that it entails.

First off, can you tell us how this whole Dinner Society thing came to fruition?

The museum has a long-standing history of hosting guest bartenders, and the dream has always been to host guest chefs as well.

The director of the museum encouraged me to create an event that showcases the beautiful rooftop space and facilitates a memorable and delicious dinner that is different that anything the museum has done before.

How do you select the partners you work with for these events?

I’m fascinated with chefs that are passionate about what they do. The event gives the featured chef a venue to step out of what they do regularly in their own restaurant. To look at their own craft differently. I’m interested in working with chefs that are excited about having their work on display in a museum, despite the challenges of executing a pop-dinner.

Speaking of partners, the May event will feature Block & Larder chef, Aaron Forgy, and cider pairings by Colorado Cider Company. Can you give us a sneak peek of the menu?

Colorado Cider Company will be sharing some fantastic pairings that will include apples from their orchard in Hotchkiss, CO. The cider is gluten-free, and Chef Aaron will be complimenting that with a gluten-free menu! One of the courses is Surf & Turf, my personal favorite!

Can you tell us how the night goes down? As someone who hasn’t yet attended a dinner yet, paint us a picture of what we can expect…

The evening begins in the atrium of the museum, below the skylight glass walkway, and centrally located to the galleries, Octopus Initiative, and museum shop. You’ll sip on a welcome drink from the bar and enjoy a passed amuse bouche prior to the gallery tour.

This private tour will be the absolute last chance to see Cleon Peterson’s exhibition Shadow of Men.

You’ll work up an appetite for the multiple course meal that will be served at community tables (limited to only 50 guests) in the intimate rooftop Cafe & Bar.

Sold. Where can I get tickets?

We do have a few remaining spots left and interested parties can get their tickets here.

What does the rest of the Dinner Society schedule look like for the spring and summer?

I’m looking forward to hosting women chefs–there are a lot of talented and hardworking women in Denver­–and I’m excited to host some fresh faces. Keep your eyes peeled for each month’s new event on our website!