Thursday, December 31, 2009

Denver Happy Hour @ Fogo De Chao Thursday, January 21st

Happy New Year! Wishing you more Happiness in 2010.

The Co-Host for Januarys’ Denver Happy Hour is Jodi Ellis, Cricket Communications. I met Jodi @ one of my Denver Happy Hours about 4-5 years ago. She has since then become one of my best friends. In 2009, she used me as her real estate broker to buy a home, helped me move & update my new home, helped me bake a pie (for a pie baking contest), took care of my cats while I was away, and the list is way too long to list. I’m very lucky to have her friendship and wanted to introduce her to you.

This month we are meeting @ Fogo De Chao (1513 Wynkoop)….Fogo De Chao is a new authentic Brazilian Style Steakhouse Downtown located @ 15th & Wynkoop. Think the building used to be the post office and now a brand new building. Their delicious grilled meats and salad bar are to die for. They are open for lunch and dinner. They have impressive private rooms for meeting or parties. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a real culinary experience. We will meet in the gorgeous bar area. Fogo De Chao has generously offered samplings of their menu listed below for our enjoyment. Also, they created a happy hour special specifically for our event on the 21st. Complimentary Valet Parking.

Please join us on Thursday, January 21st ..

Fogo De Chao (1513 Wynkoop) Thursday January 21st, 5:30p to 7:30p

Fogo De Chao

1513 Wynkoop, Downtown Denver


Complimentary Appetizers

Pichana (Succulent Prime cut of Top Sirloin)

Pork Sausage

Pao de queijo (homemade cheese bread)

Chicken Breast wrapped in Bacon

Green Olives

Imported Cheeses

Happy Hour Specials

$5 Caiparinhas--a traditional Brazilian cocktail

$5 well drinks & domestic beers.

Complimentary Valet Parking

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Co-Hosts for the Night:

Jodi Ellis – Business Analysis & Project Management Cricket Communications

After traveling the world and building a professional career in Houston, Jodi decided to move to where she would love to live. That landed her in Denver , where she learned to ski and pursued her passion for the outdoors both in the Colorado mountains and the rivers. To support her expensive habit of outdoor gear and gadgets, she practices the art of Business Analysis and Project Management where reading between the lines can mean the difference between success or failure. Attention to detail but being able to keep an eye on the strategic picture has allowed her to add value to every project via different roles and in many different industries. Currently she is working to build a world-class Business Intelligence environment at Cricket Communications~ the company that provides unbeatable wireless service, at prices you can afford!


Jodi Ellis


~More about Fogo De Chao

Fogo de Chão Steakhouse Brings Authentic Southern Brazilian Churrasqueira Traditions to Denver

Fogo de Chão – pronounced fo-go dèe shoun – the authentic steakhouse that originated in Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil. Fogo de Chão offers a dining experience like no other featuring delectably slow-roasted meats prepared by a team of Brazilian-trained churrasqueiros or Gaucho chefs; impeccable service; an award-winning wine list; and a gourmet salad and sides bar. Reservations can be booked now by calling 303-623-9600 or by visiting

The Fogo de Chão dining experience is based on the centuries-old Gaucho tradition known as churrasco, the Gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire. Operating under the unique service concept of espeto corrido, which translates from Portuguese to “continuous service,” Fogo Denver’s team of Brazilian-trained Gaucho chefs will present and slice 15 signature cuts of meat tableside from roasting skewers under the direction of executive chef and general manager Nelson Piccini. Piccini, who grew up following the Gaucho lifestyle on a farm in Southern Brazil, has worked with Fogo de Chão for 18 years.

“We’re thrilled to offer Denver the opportunity to experience our rich, Gaucho traditions through the opening of our Denver Fogo de Chão, and we’re confident Nelson will ensure an authentic experience for all our guests,” said Jair Coser, who co-founded the company with his brother, Arri, in their native Brazil 30 years ago. “We believe that the Denver community will enjoy and crave our 15 cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken roasted slowly over a signature churrasqueira grill by our Brazilian-trained Gaucho chefs.”

One of the most popular cuts of meat served at Fogo de Chão is the house specialty picanha, a prime cut of top sirloin that is roasted slowly to create a succulent taste and texture and completed with a sea salt seasoning or flavored with garlic. Also popular is the filet mignon, cut from the tenderloin and seasoned to perfection. The filet mignon will also be served wrapped in bacon.

While the meats take center stage at Fogo de Chão, the restaurant is also acclaimed for its gourmet salad and sides bar featuring more than 30 items like smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm, tabbouleh salad, jumbo asparagus, cured meats, artisan breads and imported cheeses. The restaurant also boasts a drink menu featuring authentic Brazilian beverages like the Caipirinha and an award-winning, 200 plus label wine list. Lastly, guests are invited to complete their meal with one of Fogo de Chão’s decadent desserts, including the restaurant’s signature Papaya Cream, made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur.

Fogo de Chão will enchant guests with a prix-fixe menu that allows them to sample the entire menu, including all of the meats and the salad and sides bar, or just focus on their favorite items. Guests also control the pace of their meal by flipping small cards between green (more food, please!) and red (I’m on a break now). Dinner is offered to guests seven days a week at $38.50 (meats and the salad and sides bar)/$19.50 (salad and sides bar only), Fogo de Chão serves lunch Monday through Friday, and the price of lunch is $24.50 (meats and the salad and sides bar)/$19.50 (salad and sides bar only).

The hospitable and inviting ambiance of Fogo de Chão is characterized by rich cherry and mahogany wood colors, as well as imported Brazilian slate, which impart a traditional feeling similar to restaurants in Brazil. Upon entering the restaurant, patrons will be welcomed by a stone-clad, oversized fireplace that will set the tone for the comfortable atmosphere. The fireplace also will be visible from the dining room. The salad bar will be fashioned after a grand kitchen table of the ancestors, and large colorful wall murals will display scenes of the Gaucho culture and lifestyle. Lastly, a prominent, glass-enclosed wine cellar and a black walnut wine rack stretching throughout the restaurant will offer patrons a view of the award-winning wine selection.