Denver chefs pick their favorite kitchen tools and gadgets

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Lori Midson
Denver chefs have intimate relationships with their knives -- and a lot of other cool kitchen gadgets.
Knives, meat grinders, tweezers. Every chef has a favorite kitchen gadget, and as part of my Dish interviews with many of the Denver chefs who make culinary magic in this city, I asked them about their favorite kitchen tools.

Not surprisingly, knives are sacred (although for several different reasons), and none of our chefs, thank God, admitted to having a love affair with an egg separator. But still, some of their answers (hooks?) may surprise you:

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The dishes at Dish: Mezcal's squash blossom quesadillas and mahi mahi ceviche

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Lori Midson
Roberto Diaz, exec chef of Mezcal

Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Roberto Diaz
Mezcal
www.mezcalcolorado.com/

What are you serving at Dish? Squash blossom quesadillas and mahi mahi ceviche. Squash blossom quesadillas are really popular in Chihuahua, Mexico, and summer squash is in season right now. They're a delicious complement to our refreshing, tangy, and succulent mahi mahi ceviche.

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The dishes at Dish: Mythos Greek pork, chicken and gyro pitas

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Kate Levy

Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Street Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

John Moutzouris
Mythos Gourmet Greek Food Truck
mythosgreekfoodtruck.com

What are you serving at Dish? Bite-sized, marinated, flamed and grilled chicken pitas, pork pitas and gyro pitas with our homemade, fat-free Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce. We're a Greek street-food truck, and that's the perfect example of Greek street food.


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The dishes at Dish: Oh Henrys from the Tasterie Truck

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Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Street Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Nathan Miller
Tasterie Truck
www.thetasterietruck.com/

What are you serving at Dish? We'll be serving the Oh Henrys, a peanut butter puffed-rice treat with a layer of chocolate on top. I chose this because it's something I grew up with, plus it's simple, which is how we like to do things.


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The dishes at Dish: Gumbo, red beans and rice from Mikes² kitchen

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Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Mike Carlin and Mike Levine
Mikes² kitchen
www.mikes2kitchen.com/

What are you serving at Dish? Gumbo, red beans and rice, all of which represent American street food, and they're rustic and full of flavor -- just like us. We chose these dishes because we want to ensure that the guests get a great sampling of mikes² kitchen; we also took into consideration that serving 2,500 guests in one service needs to be flawless.


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The dishes at Dish: Biker Jim's flight of sliders

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Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Jim Pittenger
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
bikerjimsdogs.com/

What are you serving at Dish? We'll be hustling a flight of sliders: elk, wild boar and pheasant. They're a great representation of the different flavors and styles of sausages we provide at the restaurant.

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Announcement! We have a winner of our VIP Dish contest

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Dish (formerly Menu Affair), Westword's annual culinary bash that extols the city's best bites, wine sips, suds and sounds, kicks off tonight at Ninth Avenue Historic Park with food from thirty restaurants and food trucks all invited to participate by Cafe Society scribes, along with such liquid assets as beer and wine, along with a celebration of the Art of the Cocktail, and live music from Air Dubai, Rachel Platten and Robert Eldridge.

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The dishes at Dish: Manna from Heaven's bánh mì

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Lori Midson

Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Manna from Heaven
www.mannafoodtruck.com/

What are you serving at Dish? We're doing our version of a bánh mì with our own signature-marinated meat. It's Vietnamese street food, and our most popular dish on the truck.

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The dishes at Dish: Euclid Hall's sausages, pickles and bretzels

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Lori Midson

Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Jorel Pierce
Euclid Hall
euclidhall.com/

What are you serving at Dish? Short-rib beef kielbasa and uncensored hoppwurst with mustards, pickles and bretzels...because that's what we do - and it makes people's bellies happy.


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The dishes at Dish: The ÜBER Sausage's Swiss sausage

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Lori Midson

Cafe Society invited some of our favorite restaurants and food trucks to share samples at Dish, September 9 at Ninth Avenue Historic Park. Here's what they'll be serving:

Brad Arguello
The ÜBER Sausage
www.theubersausage.com/

What are you serving at Dish? The Swiss sausage, which is a typical European street food found in Austria and Switzerland. It's a free-range veal-and-pork sausage served on a fresh French banquet, topped with chopped onions, parsley, spicy mustard, clover sprouts, and then dusted with a delicious curry-based blend of twelve spices. It's our signature sandwich. Alex Gschwends is the co-owner of the restaurant, and his grandfather, Leo Gschwend, came to Colorado from Switzerland in 1950 and started a successful catering company. Out of all the amazing dishes he prepared, the Swiss was his favorite.


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