MCA Denver & Id Est Host: Dinner Society with Hey Kiddo + Hop Alley


MCA Denver
1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202
United States


About Chef Jonas Zukosky

Chef  Jonas Zukosky smiling and wearing a brown apron.

Meet Chef Jonas Zukosky, a seasoned culinary artist and a longstanding member of the Id Est team, bringing a wealth of expertise from his tenure as the Sous Chef at The Wolf's Tailor. With a rich background in Italian and international kitchens, Chef Jonas has artfully harmonized his diverse training to create exceptional dining experiences across our concepts. Having significantly contributed to the recipe development and the evolution of our newest concept Hey Kiddo, Chef Jonas embodies our commitment to delivering innovative dishes, reflecting his deep-rooted passion for the craft.


About Chef Sean May

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Chef Sean May has held leadership positions at multiple award winning restaurants in his career: Frasca Food & Wine, The Wolf’s Tailor, Uncle and Hop Alley. Currently, he’s part of the team running The Chef’s Counter, a 6-seat experience within Hop Alley featuring an a la carte and tasting menu that blends his training in European, Asian and American cooking.


About Chef Geoff Cox

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Chef Geoff Cox helped open Hop Alley in 2015 and has been Executive Chef since 2017. Over the last 8 years, Geoff has lead Hop Alley to a James Beard Semi-Finalist nomination in 2020 and a Michelin Bib Gourmand award in 2023. His seasonal and farm driven mentality mixed with regional Chinese flavors truly makes Hop Alley’s menu shine as a Colorado-Chinese restaurant.


About Hey Kiddo

Michelin Recommend and part of Id Est, James Beard Awarded Outstanding Restaurateur

High above Tennyson Street, Hey Kiddo is one of Denver's trendiest restaurants. From the third floor location to the eclectic menu, there is nothing typical about this hot spot.

Chef Jonas Zukosky mans the stoves, taking full liberties with an ever-changing menu. There's something for everyone, with oysters, caviar, K-town fried chicken, shrimp toast, crudo and pasta dishes among the tempting options. Flavors and inspiration come from around the world, as in shaken beef that's as much fun as it is delicious. Tonnarelli tossed with asparagus, mushrooms and parmesan is hit with an Asian sauce for a winning dish, and the quirkiness continues through dessert, where rice cream with burnt banana can be topped with sancho, broken cone, lingonberry or caramel.


About Hop Alley

Awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2023, Hop Alley refers to the original name for Denver's Chinatown, but there's nothing historic about this sleek restaurant. In keeping with the contemporary look, the Chinese menu with Sichuan leanings features modern adaptations of classics. There's plenty of originality and bold flavors, as seen in dishes like gai lan, a dynamic plate of grilled Chinese broccoli with schmaltz and oyster sauce finished with house-made duck salt and crispy shallots. Shrimp toast topped with whipped shrimp and chicken thigh is far from standard thanks to mustard gastrique and tiger vinaigrette. Dan dan mian noodles are set with ground pork in a Szechuan peppercorn broth that brings the heat.

Cocktails, like the bees knees with chili-infused honey, also riff on the classics.


About Id Est

Id Est is a visionary hospitality group with a commitment to excellent guest experience and environmental impact. Our restaurant kitchens and bars focus on supporting regenerative agricultural ingredients, specifically by developing a closed loop system for local, heirloom grain. Zero waste principles guide our operations, ensuring a minimal environmental footprint and a dedication to preserving ingredients through our garden and fermentation programs. We prioritize social sustainability, fostering a culture that nurtures and empowers our team, with a goal of creating a balance between excellence and the well-being of all involved.