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Alex Seidel opened Fruition Restaurant in 2007. With its menu of upscale comfort food it was an instant success and remains among Denver's most popular restaurants. Seidel then bought a 10-acre farm... Read More
Alex Seidel opened Fruition Restaurant in 2007. With its menu of upscale comfort food it was an instant success and remains among Denver's most popular restaurants. Seidel then bought a 10-acre farm and became a hands-on farmer, producing fruits, vegetables and cheese and raising animals for his restaurant and others. "I have never specifically used the term farm-to-table," he says. "I've always looked at it as a trendy label that has been given to us." What matters to him are the relationships involved, and Fruition Farms has been what he calls an education in understanding how to grow crops, make cheese and raise animals and how to harvest these foods. "Farm-to-table," Seidel says, "is all of those processes and understanding what goes into the relationship between producer and end user. This hands-on experience has helped us create a viable, long-lasting relationship between farm and restaurant."
- Best for Farm to Table Because: At Fruition Restaurant, the chef and farmer are one and the same–it hardly gets more farm-to-table than that.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Chef Alex Seidel changed Denver's dining scene with Fruition Restaurant and Fruition Farm, where he produces food not only for his restaurants but also others.