New Year's resolutions from Max MacKissock, Matt Selby, Mark DeNittis, Michael Long and twenty-one more Denver/Boulder chefs
Haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet? That makes two of us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, we prodded more than two dozen Denver/Boulder chefs to find out what they resolve to do in 2011.
Their answers ranged from the obvious (get in shape) to the romantic (spoiling a girl with food and drink).
Read on for the full list.
Max MacKissock, Squeaky Bean
I resolve to...get a real kitchen in the Squeaky Bean. It's been fun, but the butane and smoke are starting to get on top of me. I need to drop some pounds. This is my usual cycle: I'll be in good shape by May, and fat again by Thanksgiving. We want to build a green house behind the restaurant, too, and I want to make my restaurant better every day.
I resolve to...learn how to make cheese and pasta by hand, provide more education and growth-based opportunities for my chefs and cooks, cook with -- and learn from -- talented Denver chefs, cook more often with my kids and become close personal friends with TroyTulowitzki.
Paul Reilly, Encore
I resolve to...drive to work less, and after seven years of living in Denver, I will finally eat at Sushi Den. I will eat lunch with Wade Kirwan more often, and I will look at reviews on Yelp less -- and sleep better because of it.
Lon Symensma, ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
I resolve to...reach out to more local farmers and source high quality, local ingredients to highlight on the menu. Also, since I moved to Denver, I haven't had much time to enjoy Colorado, so another resolution is to take some time and explore my new home.
I resolve to...I don't usually make any, because I feel it sets you up for failure when you have to make one, so I prefer to make resolutions at other times. That being said, I really want to loose twenty pounds; I want Rioja to get a James Beard award for Best Restaurant in the Southwest and I want Euclid hall to kick ass and get national publicity because I think the place is cool and Jorel is great. I really want to promote him
Aaron Youngblood, Dixons Downtown Grill
I resolve to...stop using my work out bench as a coat rack, treat myself to a vacation (if I have some time), spoil a lucky girl with food and drink, and to just relax more and enjoy life since I'm such a stress ball that doesn't stop to smell the roses.