Discover the Chef behind One of Aurora’s Most Award-Winning Restaurants
March 18, 2019
There’s no recipe for success, that is until Annette scratch-to-table restaurant entered the scene in Aurora, Colorado in 2017. Chef and owner, Caroline Glover, has earned the spotlight in the world of culinary excellence – and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.
As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Glover’s career took off in New York City where she worked for The Spotted Pig, a cutting-edge gastropub serving British and Italian-style dishes. After a two-year stint at The Spotted Pig, Glover worked on farms in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Glover also worked as a sous chef at Acorn, an award-winning Denver-based restaurant before opening her own restaurant, Annette.
In the three years since opening, Annette was named 50 Best New Restaurants in the Country, Denver’s Best New Restaurant, 25 Best Restaurants by local 5280 Magazine, and was the Denver Eater Restaurants of the Year in 2018.
Glover and her team have been nominated for three James Beard Awards – Best New Restaurant (2018) and Best Chef: Southwest (2018) and Best Chef: Southwest (2019).
Accolades aside, Annette is a place of gathering. Glover vows to treat each and every diner as a guest in her home. Upon entering the corner nook unit in Stanley Marketplace, guests are greeted by an intimate dining space with the charm of rustic-meets-modern decor. Annette instantly feels like home as guests settle in for an experience of locally-sourced fare.
The scratch-to-table mantra is hardly new. What makes it a success at Annette is the purposeful attention to detail and dedication to craftsmanship. Glover’s simple menu embodies the best of flavors, textures, and seasonal offerings. Treat yourself to new-American classics, including in-bone pork chops coupled with black pepper spaetzle, and more untraditional dishes, such as satsumas and warmed beets mixed in a cashew puree. Annette’s menu rotates seasonally to highlight Colorado’s best produce, meats, and seasonings at their peak.
This standout restaurant succeeds in doing what others lack – preparing simple, yet high-quality food that is both creative and nourishing while celebrating the locals who produce it. Glover’s relationships with Colorado-based farmers, ranchers and producers is only one side to her restaurant’s flourishment–the other is her culinary genius.
Glover’s experience in the restaurant industry is full-circle. She earned a degree in culinary arts, worked alongside great chefs across the country, and took a first-hand approach to food production while farming. This diversity in culinary skills is a direct reflection of Annette’s growing popularity and national recognition. And you can experience the wonder and delicious flavors yourself in Aurora.
Ideal for small gatherings, Annette takes individual and group reservations. Groups can be treated to a prix fixe chef menu, take a look at Annette’s website to learn more.
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