Fish foodography: Justin Brunson's Wild Catch opens to smooth sailing in Uptown
When the fish meets the land, you have Wild Catch, Justin Brunson's urbanized house party celebrating sustainable sea creatures that opened this week in the former Tastes Wine Bar space at 1033 East 17th Avenue. Brunson's food -- pure, clean, confident and ingredient-driven -- already has major buzz (on Sunday night, Denver's best chefs, including Frank Bonanno and Jeff Osaka, were in attendance), and so does the restaurant's snazzy iPad wine list, a high-tech cheat sheet with detailed descriptions and ratings of all the labels.
Lori Midson The kitchen squad at Wild Catch
And the kitchen squad, sidekicked by Lance Barto (the former exec chef of Strings); Johnny Fermento (Fruition and Food Guy Catering); Josh Kauffman (former sous chef at Steuben's); and Galen Kennemer, another Fruition alum who's worked alongside Brunson at Masterpiece Deli for several years, is as impressive as any in Denver.
In snapshots, here's the culmination of their efforts from my dinner at Wild Catch on Monday night.