Grand Tasting

Grand Tasting

What is it?

The DF+WF Grand Tasting tents showcase the region’s culinary leaders – award winning chefs, mixologists and wine professionals for exploring and celebrating Colorado’s food and beverage emerging trends.

Eat, drink, and explore the creations from more than 40 top restaurants and the Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits wine and spirit professionals pouring over 700 wines, and spirits. The DF+WF event will feature the 5280 Home VIP Lounge, with specialty wines selected by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommeliers and paired with tastes from 12 upscale restaurants. The Wolf Sub Zero/Specialty Appliance Culinary Stage will have demonstrations featuring national and local Celebrity Chef’s and a silent auction.

When and Where is it?

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
VIP Lounge: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
VIP restaurants w/ wine pairing: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
First Tasting Admission: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
General Admission: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pepsi Center – Pepsi Center Grounds

Tickets: General Admission, $125
First Tasting, $165 * SOLD OUT *
VIP, $250 * SOLD OUT *

* Must be 21 & over. No children or pets allowed. *

Complimentary Parking for ticket holders at Pepsi Center

Don’t forget about the convenience of taking the RTD Light Rail right to Pepsi Center!

Participating Restaurants

More restaurants coming soon, be sure to check back!

Aloy Modern Thai


Bamboo Sushi
Butcher's Bistro


Chart House
Cherry Creek Innovation Campus
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Erie Coffee Roasters
Euclid Hall


Frank & Roze Coffee Company
Gateway High School
Greens Point Catering
Hank's Texas BBQ
Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar
Hop & Hoe


Jovanina's Broken Italian




Le French


Liberati Restaurant & Brewery
The Lost Cajun


Milk & Cake
Mixing Bowl
Monarch Casino
Mondo Market


Morton's Steakhouse



Que Bueno Suerte


Ship Rock Grill


Texas De Brazil



The Whiskey Biscuit
Thirsty 30
Thunder Ridge High School


Urban Farmer


Woodie Fisher

* VIP Restaurant

VIP ice sculptures presented by:

Colorado Ice Works

VIP furniture presented by:

Amish Furniture Gallery

VIP fountains presented by:

Birdsall & Co.
Wolf Sub Zero

The Specialty Appliance Culinary Stage by Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom at Roth Living

Jet Tila

Jet Tila- Author and Owner, Wazuzu
Jet Tila is a Chef, culinary anthropologist, entrepreneur, and Food Network star. Jet has roots deeply embedded in the industry and ones that significantly establish him firmly in the artform he is most passionate about: storytelling through food.

Born from the first Thai food family of Los Angeles, California, a family which established the first Thai markets and restaurants in the U.S.—Jet brings innovation and artistry into the traditional Thai food fold to create a signature style that is at heart, his own.

As the inaugural Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine, a title and role entrusted to him by the Royal Thai Consul-General, Jet’s repertoire stretches far and wide. Along with a host of accolades and achievements, Jet’s television career is vast and includes being the new floor reporter on Iron Chef America, Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Games, and the Today Show. Jet is a Dream of Los Angeles Award recipient, a distinction given out annually by the Mayor of Los Angeles.

Jet has also partnered with the Wynn Resorts to open Wazuzu, a groundbreaking take on Pan-Asian dining, at the Encore Casino and Resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Jet has also inspired and cultivated multiple concepts in partnership with the largest foodservice company in the world Compass Group

In order to build a foundation for his rich passionate foundation, Jet attended and completed his culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu, establishing a framework of classical French technique to elevate his extensive knowledge of Asian cooking, and allowing him to more fluidly articulate his artistic capabilities and vision.

Along with his education at Le Cordon Bleu, Jet also completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy. Predominantly cooking within Thai and Chinese cuisines, Jet’s cooking overall represents the neighborhood he grew up in LA.

Jet published the award winning 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die: Discover a New World of Flavors in Authentic Recipes. From a kid growing up in L.A. in a Thai and Chinese family to a prominent chef and restaurant owner, this book is both a chronology of culinary tradition and also its rediscovery.

Jet and his wife Ali release their next co-written cookbook this Spring: 101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How to Make the Classics Even More Delicious.

Ben Davis

Ben Davis- Wolf Sub-Zero Cove
Ben Davis picked up a cookbook at age 12, decided to make a lasagna from scratch, and thus began his career in the kitchen. He graduated from Colorado Collegein 1984 with a degree in history, and after spending two years as a public relations and sports information officer he decided to attend the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Ben spent the next eleven years working with some of Northern California’s most innovative chefs at restaurants such as Campton Place Hotel, Splendido, and the Cypress Club. In the early 1990s, he traveled to France where he apprenticed at three restaurants and then returned to Denver in 1997 to work for Mel Master. He then opened Panzano in Denver, where he served as the restaurant’s first chef.

His culinary career has taken him into the world of specialty foods retailing, avocational food education and a fast-casual southern Indian inspired restaurant start up. Ben is now the Executive Chef of Roth Living, the largest independent distributor of Sub Zero, Wolf, and Cove products in the US. He currently resides in suburban Denver, where he and his wife Jan raised their two children and are now raising their two cats, Violet and Dash.

Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin- Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
Ryan Conklin is a longtime member of the Colorado hospitality community, first as bartender, then bar manager and beverage director, and now as the Director of Mixology and Spirts Education for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.

Exposed at a very young age to the food and beverage world while growing up in Las Vegas, he quickly found his calling. Moving to Colorado fresh out of college to further grow and develop as a beverage professional in the Rocky Mountains, he’s now made a life of sharing his passion for education, hospitality, and cocktails.

Ryan’s an alumni from SDSU, a graduate from the prestigious B.A.R. 5 Day program and a Certified Cicerone. Although he no longer spends his night behind a bar, he aims at providing a fresh perspective to the community and a reminder that we are not serving drinks, but we are serving people.

Master Sommeliers

Jay Fletcher

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier
Jay Fletcher

Sean Razee

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier
Sean Razee

Damon Ornowski

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier
Damon Ornowski