Happy Hummus Day!

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To commemorate National Hummus Day, we’re sharing a healthy and delicious Roasted Red Pepper Hummus recipe created by our Executive Chef at Sports Authority Field, Nikki Olst.

 “We love this in the kitchen for a number of reasons; the touch of spice and tang from the roasted red peppers, how easy it comes together, and it goes great with everything!”

-Nikki Olst, Executive Chef at Sports Authority Filed

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Yields 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes {includes 30 minutes of chill time}

Ingredients
1 {15.5 oz.} can chickpeas, rinsed
¼ cup roasted red peppers
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup water
1 garlic clove, minced
¾ tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions
Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 45 seconds.  Transfer to a serving bowl & chill until the flavors have blended, at least 30 minutes.  Serve cold with assorted crackers, tasty veggies & pita bread.

Epicurean Sports Featured at Flavors of Denver 2015

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Chef Nikki and Juan getting ready for Flavors.

Last night our very own chef, Nikki Olst, Executive Chef at Sports Authority Field at Mile High was invited along with a few other top local chefs to prepare a multicourse dinner to help fund the research, education & advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

The event, Flavors, was held at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and showcased signature dishes from culinary experts beyond traditional restaurant fare and encouraged guests to “unleash their inner foodie.”

“I’m truly overwhelmed by how grateful I am to be apart of this culinary world! The passion and drive I witnessed tonight was very special; it’s not everyday we get to step out from behind the curtain (or shall I say stove) to cook tableside for 10 guests.”

-Chef Nikki Olst, Executive Chef at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

One course Chef Nikki was particularly excited about preparing was the faux oysters, a dish that consists of oyster lettuce, ginger prosecco mignonette, apple chip & fig. Nikki was introduced to oyster lettuce on a recent trip to Napa.

Overall, the event was a great success and everyone including Nikki had a great time!

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Peyton The Town Orange

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Oh happy day – Peyton Manning has come to play!

As Sports Authority Field at Mile High‘s exclusive caterer, the mixologists at Epicurean pulled an all-nighter to create a cocktail celebrating Manning’s signing with the Denver Broncos.  Someone had to do it.

And while we are known for our food, we are clearly fans of a good cocktail – though we’ve finally gotten smart and burned the incriminating photos.

So in honor of Manning wearing the orange jersey AND his roots as a good ol’ southern boy born in New Orleans, we’ve created the You Da Man-ning Rumble Punch:

You Da Man-ning Rumble Punch
Ingredients:
– 1 oz white rum
– 1/2 oz Cointreau liqueur
– 4 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice
– 1 oz pineapple juice

Directions:
– Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
– Shake well & strain into a cocktail glass
– Raise said glass to Peyton Manning while saying (out loud, preferably) “You da MAN”
– Drink it down.  Repeat.

Cheers,
Stephanie Blackford
Communications & Community Outreach Director
sblackford@epicureancg.com