Last night, chefs Brent Beavers
, Jay Gust
and Darrin Bristol
convened at AspenPointe Café
to host a six-course chef's dinner.
Beavers is the current head chef at AspenPointe; Bristol works with him and formerly was the president of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Culinary Federation
; and Gust is the chef/co-owner of TAPAteria
And AspenPointe Café, as we told you about here
in mid-2012, acts as a social enterprise, giving job skills inside the culinary industry to disenfranchised community members or those struggling with recovery, as well as veterans, seniors and the disabled.
Seats for the meal were a very worthwhile $45, all of which gets reinvested in AspenPointe's mission. (No alcohol is served on the premises, and my seat was comped.)
As a whole, this was one of the best chef's dinners I've attended in quite some time, the cafeteria setting hosting plates that could appear at any fine dining establishment in town without causing an eye to bat or blink.
Take a look for yourself, dish by dish, as they were ordered in the meal: