Larry DiPasquale Inducted Into Visit Denver’s Hall of Fame

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The great thing about working for Epicurean, besides the obvious (risotto and crème brûlée) is that I get to write and post these blogs about basically anything. The rest of the team is busy with other things (risotto and crème brûlée) and I have free reign. I am drunk with power.

So – while the one and only Larry DiPasquale would never, ever advertise the fact that he was recently inducted into Visit Denver’s Hall of Fame, I can. And I would. And I am.

Last Thursday evening, Visit Denver welcomed several stellar individuals, along with Larry DiPasquale, into the Hall of Fame. Honorees included Grace B. Gillette, Dick Monfort, and Joe and Jeff Shoemaker.

Visit Denver also recognized the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts | Denver Center Attractions| Denver Center Theatre Company, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Mountain Parks, Jennifer Jasinski and the Solheim Cup as Tourism Stars.

It was quite a night – and not just because our fearless leader was recognized. With over 500 people in the room, a beautiful dinner (by a fabulous caterer) complete with gorgeous centerpieces in Denver’s premier ‘room with a view,’ we were all reminded that Denver is a hub of arts and culture. We are a community dedicated to – well – our community.

Denver continues to draw thousands of leisure travelers and conventioneers annually. People like Jennifer Jasinski want to build restaurants here. People like Jeff Shoemaker want to keep our river clean. People like Larry DiPasquale want to feed the hungry and homeless, foster great talent, and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to carry the torch to go bigger and do better.

We also like to have a little bit of fun. So after making Impact Productions (Visit Denver’s production company) PROMISE to put our favorite picture of Larry With The Mustache in the video, we simply had to sneak in some fake ‘staches just for laughs. He was a good sport – as was his wife Jill, daughter Christina, and Christina’s date, Taylor. Is it just me – or would this photo make a great holiday card?

 

(submitted by Stephanie Blackford)

 

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Mother’s Day and The (Much) Deserved Dessert Pizza

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Mother’s Day comes oh but once a year, though anyone who has a mother, knows a mother, is a mother, or is married to a mother (yes, that means all of us) knows that mothers are – excuse the catering pun here – the meat and potatoes of life.

But meat and potatoes won’t do for a Mother’s Day celebration. Mom deserves something special, something sweet, something surprising. No, not surprising like a call from the principal. And no, not surprising like finding a half-eaten tuna sandwich in the glove box. We mean something GOOD.

The Sicilian Dessert Pizza is recipe number 27 in the Epicurean Catering’s 30 Year Cookbook, but it is definitely a contender for the number one spot in the favorites line-up. Larry DiPasquale and a team of chefs traveled to Florence, Italy and returned with several divine recipes, including this one. Combining Colorado’s glorious fruits with Italy’s pizza expertise is pure perfection. We are giving you our secret recipe to make this dish at home. We didn’t want to, but our mothers taught us to share.

Epicurean’s Sicilian Dessert Pizza

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked Sicilian pizza sheet or focaccia sheet, 12×18″
  • 1/2 orange, skin on, sliced thin
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • 8oz Marscarpone cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 oz  white or dark chocolate, shaved (lots more to taste)
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier (lots more to taste)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan
  • Add brown sugar and cook until it forms a syrup, approx. 3-4 minutes
  • Brush dough sheet with butter/syrup mix
  • Layer with sliced oranges
  • Top oranges with sliced strawberries
  • Slide pizza into oven (pizza stone recommended) and bake until dough begins to brown, approx. 5-7 minutes
  • Remove from oven and place dabs of Marscarpone cheese around the tp of the pizza, 3-4″ apart
  • Sprinkle with Grand Marnier
  • Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes or until Marscarpone begins to melt
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with white chocolate
  • Cut into 2×2″ pieces and serve warm

Take a Peep at This!

Peeps winner

Our Epicurean Street Cuisine is the bomb when it comes to food trucks; it is a sad soul who misses out on our signature Sweet Potato Fries. And we can’t even begin to explain the delectable deliciousness of an Epicurean wood-fired pizza. There simply are no words.

So when we glanced at today’s paper and saw the winning design for the 6th Annual Denver Post Peeps diorama contest, we were thrilled. Long live the food truck! And all hail the Peeps!

Eat Your Veggies

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Epicurean Street Cuisine, the newest baby of the Epicurean family, has amassed quite a fan base. The Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza Oven is hot-literally-and the Epicurean Food Truck is the most popular spot at Civic Center Eats. Why? Well, it could be our fabulous food, our amazing staff, or that adorable truck. Or maybe it’s the combo of whiskey and French fries?

Yep. You read that right. This week at Civic Center Eats our chefs created the latest, greatest dish-Whiskey Fries. What’s not to love? Shoestring French fries topped with pulled pork and collard greens dancing in a gravy of poblano peppers, cheese, and whiskey. This totally counts as one of those pesky veggie servings the American Medical Association keeps kvetching about, right? Right.

Want a free sample of these delectable treats? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when we will be rocking and rolling the Epicurean Food Truck.

– Cheers