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Daniel Asher is one of Colorado’s most well-respected chefs. His obsession with local agriculture, sustainable sourcing and food justice has been his focus for over two decades in the restaurant industry. As the former Culinary Director of The Edible Beats Group, one of the most successful hospitality brands in the region, Daniel helped to define true farm-to-table cuisine in Denver. He was part of Root Down’s rise to success and opened Linger, Root Down at Denver International Airport, and most recently Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, and he continues to oversee sustainability and culture for the group. He has worked for a number of the country’s most well-known restaurants and catering companies, servicing celebrities & private clients in the US and abroad and founded EcoChef Services, a boutique organic catering company and restaurant consulting firm in 2004.

Chef Daniel was one of the new pioneers in the natural foods movement in the Midwest, exclusively utilizing organic & locally-grown produce, ethically-raised meats & sustainably produced ingredients. His recipes and philosophies have been featured in countless national publications and he has been a promotional rep for dozens of sustainable companies. His relationships in the industry and ability to procure the most unique high-quality products are second-to-none. He is the recipient of the 2015 Philanthropist Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association for his work with dozens of non-profits in Colorado and beyond.

Last year, he partnered with Josh Dinar to co-found River and Woods, Boulder’s “Best New Eatery” (as voted on by Daily Camera Readers) is the culmination of his experience and passions, an expression of the joy and inspiration that comes from gathering at the table to share real, thoughtfully prepared food.