Leinonen schedules a practice run in Denver before New York debut.
On Tuesday, November 11, Ryan Leinonen, owner/chef of Trillium in Denver, is cooking at New York’s prestigious James Beard House. His cuisine is described as a marriage of “the New Nordic larder with a classic American sensibility, offering Denver dwellers a dining experience that the Beard folks describe as being “at once adventurous and comforting.” The dinner — three hors d’oeuvres and six courses with paired wines — is $130 for James Beard House members, $170 for guests. Click here to see the menu and/or to make reservations.
On October 22 at 6:30 p.m., Leinonen and his team are preparing that menu in his Five Points/Ball Park area restaurant both as a celebration for guests, friends and family in Denver of what we’ll be preparing at The James Beard House and as rehearsal for their New York debut. As in New York a few weeks later, there is a three-course hors d’oeuvres reception followed by six courses of what Leinonen promises are the most exquisite dishes plus a few new ones, all with wine pairings. There is only one seating at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are required. The cost is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity, which is a comparative bargain. A credit card is required to secure a reservation.