Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
"I'm making things that I want to eat, food that's fun for us to make -- and not pretentious -- and food that we're proud to serve," says Brett Shaheen, the executive chef of the Wooden Table, a new Italian restaurant that opens today at 2500 East Orchard Road in Greenwood Village.
Shaheen, who's spent the last four and a half years working alongside Frank Bonanno -- "I wouldn't be doing this without Frank," he admits -- at Luca D'Italia and Osteria Marco, where he was the executive chef, teamed up with Jane Knauf, a former executive at the Magnolia Hotel, to open the Wooden Table. Earlier this week he held a staff tasting, which he allowed me to crash.
I love both Osteria Marco and Luca, and after sampling more than a dozen of Shaheen's dishes, it's clear that he's confident running his own show. "I didn't want to work for other people any longer," he admits, "and I knew that I could open a restaurant that was really good."
Behold our photo gallery of the terrific foodstuffs coming out of Shaheen's kitchen.