These Women Are Leading Denver and Boulder’s Culinary Scene – 5280 | The Denver Magazine

» A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

Eat and Drink

If you want to support female-led food and beverage businesses in Colorado, this is a good place to start.


From running restaurant kitchens to brewing Coloradans’ favorite craft beers, women are leading in all facets of the Front Range’s exciting dining scene—and driving its success. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we hope this list makes it easy for you to find and support female-owned and -operated establishments from Aurora to Boulder and beyond.

Who did we miss? Email us at; we’ll update this list regularly.



Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Catering and Meal Delivery Services

Coffee, Tea, Juice and Kombucha Shops

Culinary Retail

Culinary Tours

Food Trucks

Food-Related Organizations and Associations

  • Above the Bar: CC Chaput, co-founder; Jillian Hapak, co-founder
  • Bridge House/Community Table Kitchen: Isabel McDevitt, CEO
  • Chef Ann Foundation: Ann Cooper, president and founder; Mara Fleishman, CEO
  • Colorado Restaurant Association: Sonia Riggs, president and CEO; Emily Ewing, office manager and executive assistant; Devany McNeill, vice president of strategic partnerships; Molly Mulderrig, senior membership manager; Emily Rickert, membership services representative; Erin Dewey, communication & membership coordinator; Mollie Steinemann, manager of local government affairs; SallyAnn Prier, events and sponsorship manager; Laura Shunk, president of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation; Courtney Baylie, grant & scholarship coordinator for the Colorado Restaurant Foundation
  • EatDenver: Katie Lazor, executive director
  • Flatirons Food Film Festival: director, Julia Joun
  • Metro Caring: Teva Sienicki, CEO; Donna Munip, COO and CFO; Sisi Dong Brinn, CIO
  • Project Angel Heart: Jennifer Lackey, interim president; Summer Polson, sous chef
  • Work Options for Women: Julie Stone, executive director; Angela O’Leary, director of operations; Bailey Denmark, director of development; Kristi Hornick, director of recruitment and community engagement; Tessa Houston, culinary program and special projects manager; Yoselin Corrales, manager of student services; Tamika Simmons, program coordinator; Ebony Magee, mobile culinary classroom assistant chef instructor; Shannon Boehler, cafe and commissary supervisor
  • Women’s Wine Guild of Colorado: Abbie Minton, Sarah Shomaker, and Jessica Roat, co-founders


Denise Mickelsen, Food Editor

Denise Mickelsen oversees all of 5280’s food-related coverage, and feels damn lucky to do so. Follow her on Instagram @DeniseMickelsen.