Brown Palace’s 125th Anniversary Feast

Denver’s legendary grand hotel’s suitably grand 7-course dinner.

Colorado Day (August 1) commemorated the 141st anniversary of our state’s entry into the Union. Just 16 years later, on August 12, 1892, the doors open to Denver’s splendid Brown Palace — a suitable hostelry for the booming Queen City of the Plains.

The hotel is celebrating its 125th with a weekend-plus of events (August 11-13). For well-heeled gourmands, the seven-course Degustation Menu in the posh Palace Arms restaurant has no peers.  Timothy Ralphs is The Brown’s new executive chef. The alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale has cooked his way around the world, including a 2014 appearance at New York’s James Beard House. He came to The Brown from a private club in Palo Alto, California, and his first major event was this anniversary dinner about two months after his arrival here.

The elegant place setting for the 125th anniversary dinner. Perfect, isn’t it!

Here is the mouth-watering menu:

  • FOIE GRAS TORCHON Colorado peaches, burnt miso, basil
  • LOBSTER MELON SALAD caviar, chili, flowering herbs
  • NATIVE STRIPED BASS creamed corn pudding, roe, local summer squash in bloom
  • MARINATED LAMB grilled cucumber, curried yogurt, green almond tapenade, freekeh
  • COLORADO WAGYU BEEF carrots cooked in carrot pesto, charred beets
  • RIVER RUNS BLUE CHEESE whipped honey, shiro plum, casatiello
  • NEAPOLITAN ICE CREAM TERRINE huckleberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, cake

And here is one of the gorgeous dishes:

Lobster and Salad, presented in a caviar tin because — yes — it is kissed with caviar.

At $150 plus taxes, gratuities and wine or other beverages, there’s no question that the dinner is pricy. But nothing like this is likely to come along for the next quarter of a century. Click here to reserve for this memorable meal.