Hot Rocks Griller Challenge heats up Cherry Creek

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Steve Crecelius
Tyler Wiard of Elway's Cherry Creek, which slid into home as the People's Choice winner.
The fourth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's Cherry Creek last night, a benefit for the Denver Health Foundation, was hot in more ways than one: hot in temperature, with the the late spring sun beating down during the first hour or so; hot in hotties who stripped down because of that sun, but kept on their amazing shoes; and very hot in the competition between chefs making spicy, succulent sliders.

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Steve Crecelius
Aniedra Nichols of Elway's Cherry Creek with her Reuben sliders.
The chefs paired their sliders with appropriate sides and beverages. Here's the lineup:

Chef: Steve Ballas, Steve's Snappin' Dogs
Slider: Homey Denver Burrito Dog
Side: Freshmade Chili Con Carne
Wine: Stemmari Nero d'Avola
(Ballas also had a great beer from Bull & Bush.)

Chef: Robert Bogart, Elway's Downtown
Slider: Sloppy Colorado Lamb Sliders
Side: Golden Raisin Couscous
Wine: Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay

Chef: Michael Bortz, City Bakery
Dessert: Assortment of dessert sliders
Wine: Patrón XO Cafe and Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa

Chef: Jamey Fader of Lola & Big F Restaurant Group
Slider: Ropa Vieja
Side: Black Bean Salad
Wine: Querceto Tuscan Red

Chef: Troy Guard of TAG, TAG|RAW BAR and Madison Street
Slider: Grilled "Hawaii Five-O" Ono
Side: Hawaiian Style Watermelon Mango Salad
Wine: Mezzacorona Riesling

Chef: Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
Slider: Chroni-Chicken Sausage: Curried Chicken Sausage with Cashews, Celery, Bacon, and Radicchio on Focaccia
Side: Baby Heirloom Tomato-Cucumber "Tabbouleh"
Wine: Stemmari Nero d'Avola

Chef: Simon Purvis, EDGE Restaurant
Slider: Kobe Beef with Caramelized Jalapeno, Red Onions, Shaved Fresh Horseradish and Truffle Aioli
Side: Arugula and Shaved Apple Salad with Ver Jus Vinaigrette
Wine: Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay

Chef: Paul Reilly (formerly of Encore)
Slider: Duck Confit French Dip, Brie, Caramelized Shallots, duck Jus
Side: Braised Radishes, Citrus Butter, Sea Salt
Wine: Querceto Tuscan Red

Chef: Matt Selby and Brandon Biederman of Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's Food Service
Slider: Char Siu Bao Buns
Side: Papaya Salad
Wine: Mezzacorona Riesling

Chef: Goose Sorensen of Solera
Slider: Neuske's Bar-B-Que Bacon BLT Slider
Side: Luxardo Cherry and Sherry Jello Shot
Wine: Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir

Chef: Darrel Truett, Barolo Grill
Slider: Braised Lamb with Fava Mint Pesto on a Brioche Bun
Side: Fernet Float
Wine: Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir

Chef: Tyler Wiard and Aniedra Nichols of Elway's Cherry Creek
Slider: Aniedra's Reuben
Side: Sweet Potato Tater Tots with Habanero Ketchup
Wine: Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir

Chef: Elise Wiggins of Panzano
Slider: Italian "Monte Cristo" - Prosciutto Cotto, Smoked Mozzarella with Raspberry Preserves
Side: Minted Melon Salad
Wine: Fuedo Arancio Dalila

Chef: Sean Yontz of El Diablo
Slider: Torta Milanesa
Side: Elote Con Crema Y Rajas
Wine: Fuedo Arancio Dalila

And the winners?


Location Info

Elway's Cherry Creek

2500 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Steve's Snappin' Dogs

3525 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Elway's Downtown

1881 Curtis St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

City Bakery

5454 Washington St. # 10, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lola

1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

TAG

1441 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Diner

9670 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Vendome

1420 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

EDGE Restaurant & Bar

1111 14th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Vesta Dipping Grill

1822 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Solera Restaurant & Wine Bar

5410 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Barolo Grill

3030 E. 6th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Panzano

909 17th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

El Diablo - CLOSED

101 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Madison Street - CLOSED

1222 Madison St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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