Market + Restaurant + Bakery
“In Italy, when you ask someone how they are, they’ll tell you what they just ate.” That simple concept is the inspiration behind The Bindery, a spot that combines the convenience of a market with the warmth and comfort of rustic, fresh-made food. “The goal was to bring a European market style to Denver,” says Chef-Owner Linda Hampsten-Fox, “something we haven’t quite seen all in one concept — somewhat of a San Francisco meets Milan. We wanted to create a place that was modern, yet sustainable with exceptional food.”
The Bindery’s menu is an ode to Hampsten-Fox’s heritage and travels. A daughter of Polish and Czech immigrants, she spent years apprenticing in Switzerland, Italy, and France — learning everything from pastry making in hotel kitchens on the Cote d’Azur to cultivating vineyards in Tuscany. And, over her 25 years in the kitchen, she has cooked for some impressive clientele, from Jane Goodall to Nancy Pelosi to Dave Matthews, and more.
Along with her partner in crime Jake Riley (The Bindery’s Executive Chef), she has created a menu that truly stands out, even in a burgeoning food city like Denver. One of her favorites (and one of their best sellers) is the rabbit pie, a traditional Polish dish rich in a flavor and history that makes it a hearty comfort food. Another don’t-miss dish is the La Dama Bianca. New to the spring menu, this dish highlights a remarkably fresh burrata, as good as any you could find in Italy. “We place the order on Monday, they milk the buffalo on Wednesday in Naples, and we have our cheese on Friday,” she says. Doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Stop by for the “Blue Hour” — Named for the beautiful shade of Denver’s afternoon sky, Blue Hour is The Bindery’s take on happy hour. Every weekday from 4-6pm, they offer deals on wine, cocktails, oysters, and some of their delicious shared plates. Plus, pop by on a Wednesday to snag half-off bottles of wine, all day long.
1817 Central Street // thebinderydenver.com
Images courtesy of The Bindery.