Durango’s hippest Chefs, your favorite & brand new Durango restaurants will be showing off during the 7th Annual Restaurant Showcase at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 5, 2018!

Advanced reservations are recommended for all of these fine restaurants during the DWE weekend!


Animas Chocolate Company 2800 Main Ave.  – 970.317.5761
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Animas Chocolate Company was inspired by the beauty and nature of the Animas River, and all of the majesty that surrounds it—bringing that splendor and history into simple, yet elegant chocolate.
Our handcrafted truffles, bars, and chocolate confections are made using the highest quality chocolate and only simple ingredients.  We use locally sourced ingredients when we can, and our products have no added preservatives-creating fresh and unique flavors in each piece.
We take our slogan from the river’s historical name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, meaning The River of Lost Souls. When applied to Animas Chocolate Company, we invite you to – Lose your Soul to Chocolate...
Executive Chef: Carley Snider

brew-logo-reverseNEWBrew Pub & Kitchen
117 West College Dr. – 970.259.5959
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
BREW Pub & Kitchen was opened in downtown Durango in March of 2013, by long time locals, Erik & Lainie Maxson with a focus on creating amazing hand crafted beer and delicious fresh food made from scratch. We hand craft our own spectacular beers and feature unique beers from other Colorado breweries as well as wonderful wines & select spirits. BREW is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m. We make nearly every item from scratch and feature locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan & kid friendly.
Executive Chef: Beau Linborg

carver_logoCarver Brewing Co.1022 Main Ave. – 970.259.2545
– Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Since 1986, Carvers has offered to Durango the very best in food and beer. We feature fresh soups and stews, fresh-roasted coffee and a healthy choice of entrées for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are the pioneers of craft brewing beer in the Four Corners with over 24 years’ experience brewing the finest ales and lagers. Come learn about our eco-friendly refillable growler and see what’s on tap.
Executive Chef: Dave Cuntz

ChimayoChimayo Stone Fired Kitchen 862 Main Ave. – 970.259.2749
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Chimayo is a contemporary American bistro with a southwestern flair. Fresh salads, creative small plates, artisanal pizzas, and fire-roasted steaks, chicken and seafood are prepared in twin 600+ degree stone hearth ovens.
Stop by to enjoy happy hour specials Monday – Friday.
Executive Chef: Michael Lutfy
GM: Birgitte Lutfy

Cyprus CafeCyprus Café 725 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.6884
-Thursday Wine Seminar:Merlot. Is it Me you’re looking for? @ 3:00pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Enjoy award-winning Mediterranean cuisine  recommended in Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times- during your stay in downtown Durango, Colorado. Cyprus Cafe serves lunch and dinner, combining innovative meals with excellent service. The Cyprus uses locally raised vegetables when available and natural meats, assuring that every meal is fresh, healthy and delicious.
Owner: Alison Dance
Chef: Vera Hansen

El Moro

El Moro Spirits & Tavern 945 Main Ave. –  970.259.5555
-Friday Cocktail Seminar: “Talk Derby to Me: The Importance of the Craft Spirit Industry” @ 3:00 pm
-Friday Wine Dinner: “Pinot noir, You’re a STAR” @ 7:00 pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
-Sunday Brunch 9-2pm
Modern Rustic Cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Executive Chef: Sean Clark
General Manager: Dave Woodruff

enoENO 723 E. 2nd Ave. 970.385.0105
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Durango’s newest coffee/wine/tapas bar is an exciting contemporary atmosphere dedicated to what we believe are the finer things in life, gourmet coffee, fine wine and tapas. Our by the glass menu is ever changing, bringing you a world of wine one glass at a time. In addition, we offer wine flights for the curious and obscurities for the connoisseur. We feature locally roasted organic fair trade coffees from Desert Sun Coffee Roasters as well as artisan cheeses from James Ranch and Linnaea farms. Established in May of 2010, ENO was conceived as a contemporary slice of life in a small mountain community that was thirsty for such delicacies.
Owner: Alison Dance
Chef: Vera Hansen

fifth street eatery logo blkFifth Street Eatery 139 E. 5th St. – 970.259.1377
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Inspired by the Southern roots of nationally recognized Chef Neal Drysdale, Fifth Street Eatery offers real-deal Southern Cuisine in Durango, CO.  A completely from scratch menu of natural, organic, and local when available products keep the menu fresh and seasonal.  You will be able to taste the passion we put into our food!
Owner: Anne Drysdale
Executive Chef: John Schwarz

Guido’s Favorite Foods  1201 Main Ave. – 970.259.5028
– Thursday Luncheonar: “Study on Sangiovese: Tuscany in the Springtime” 1:00pm
– Friday Winemaker Dinner: “Fashion Show!” 7:30pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Guido’s started as a Gourmet Market in 2001 by Sean Devereaux or “Guido” as the locals know him. Sean went to culinary school in Castiglione d’Asti Italy to fulfill his passion for cooking all things Italian. He lived in Italy with wife Susan where she also studied culinary passions and Italian Language. You will often find Susan speaking Italian to the many Italian tourists that visit Guido’s. Guido’s evolved over the years into a restaurant, Bar, Gelateria and market (gastronomia). Guido’s is Family owned and operated with Daughter Amber joining her mother in 2013. Guido’s is not an American Italian experience. Food enthusiasts seek us out for a truly authentic Italian experience. This energetic Trattoria serves up Roman style pizza, handmade pasta and panini, with a seasonal menu, full bar, all Italian wine list and more. Guido’s is authentic to a fault where you will find each dish served exactly like you will find it in Italy.
Executive Chef/Owner: Susan Devereaux
General Manager: Amber Jacin


Hwy 3 Roadhouse and oyster BarHighway 3 Roadhouse & Oyster Bar 955 Hwy. 3 – 970.247.4702

-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm
Hwy 3 Roadhouse has become a locals hangout! Open just 3 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 4 to 8pm. The Hwy 3 Roadhouse features mostly New Orleans Cuisine with fresh oysters, blue crab cakes, bbq shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, soft-shell crab po-boy with some southwest foods also. Finish it off with bread pudding w/whiskey sauce. A must find for your visit in Durango.
Executive Chef: Chuck Norton

Jean PierreJean-Pierre Bakery & Wine Bar 601 Main Avenue – 970-247-7700
Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00pm
Downtown Durango “Le Cafe Chic & Wine Bar.” Jean Pierre Bakery specializes in French bakery items, French Cuisine, and Wine bar.  Come join us for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.  Jean Pierre Bakery is recommended by “Lonely Planet” and the “Michelin Guide”.
Owner: Jean-Pierre Bleger

GM: Rebecca Bleger

KennebecThe Kennebec #4 CR 124 – 970.247.5674
– Wednesday Wine Dinner:  “Five Course Dinner Paired with Wines”  @ 7:00 pm
– Thursday Wine Dinner:  “Small Bite | Big Nights: Tapas & Wine Pairing” @ 7:00 pm
The Kennebec features Mediterranean & American Inspired Cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar, takeout and an ever changing seasonal menu. Located just 10 miles west of Durango on Hwy 160. Event and banquet facility available.
Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Sunday, Brunch Saturday & Sunday. Reservations accepted.
Chef/Owners: Barbara Helmer & Chef Miguel Carrillo

Mahogany GrilleMahogany Grille 699 Main Ave.  – 970.247.4433
-Friday Wine Dinner: “Bouche & Bubs” @ 7:00 pm
– Saturday Wine Seminar:”Contours & Climate in Cabernet” 1pm
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table at 3:00 pm
Welcome to the Mahogany Grille! We invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of wonderfully prepared cuisine and premier service. Here at the Mahogany Grille, we strive to exceed your culinary expectations, while you enjoy our fine dining atmosphere, personalized service and exceptional live music. Don’t forget to peruse our wine list: The Mahogany Grille has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award for three consecutive years!
Executive Chef: Neal Drysdale

Ore House

Ore House Restaurant 147 East College Dr. – 970.247.5707
-Friday Wine Seminar: “Argentina: Steak, Wine, & Tango” @ 11:00 am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm.
Established in 1972, the Ore House is one of Colorado’s oldest and finest restaurants. The dining room exemplifies the heritage, history and culture of Southwestern Colorado.
Chef owned & operated, you can expect high-end steakhouse cuisine served by a warm & attentive yet refined service staff. You will always find hand-cut steaks, sustainable wild-caught seafood and seasonal local ingredients on the menu. The Ore House is also well known for their extensive Whiskey & Wine collection as well as an ever evolving craft cocktail menu.
Chef/Owner: Ryan Lowe
Executive Chef: Cliff Bornheim

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 764 Main Ave. – 970.382.9790
-Thursday Wine seminar:”Foods you Hate to Love | Wines you Love to Hate” @ 11am
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Classic Bistro setting with the warm charm of our Western town. Located in Historic Downtown Durango, our casually professional staff will make your dining experience memorable. Rooted in American Style cooking, we specialize in locally grown or produced products. Check out our current seasonal menus and award winning wine list.
Owners: Karen and Wayne Barger

SteamworksSteamworks Brewing Co. 801 E. 2nd Ave. – 970.259.9200
-Thursday VIP Welcome Reception @ 4:00 pm on the deck.
-Friday Walk-About Durango Tasting Location @ 4:00 pm in the courtyard.
-Saturday Grand Tasting: Restaurant Showcase Table @ 3:00 pm
Steamworks Brewing Co. opened its doors in Durango in September 1996. Our brewpub has much more to offer than award-winning craft beer. Steamworks’ culinary program is unmatched in the region in both breadth and quality of offerings. Our “gastropub” fare includes regionally-raised meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas, spicy Southwestern-style dishes, and vegetarian & gluten-free offerings provide something for everyone.
Executive Chef: Sean Clark
Co-Founders: Brian McEachron & Kris Oyler


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