December 2016 Around Town

Darren Pusateri returns to The Squeaky Bean Farm + Table as Executive Chef

The Squeaky Bean Farm + Table is extremely happy to introduce their new Executive Chef, Darren Pusateri.  Pusateri was part of the kitchen team that opened The Squeaky Bean in its current LoDo location in June 2012, and after several years cooking and staging in other kitchens, he is now returning as Executive Chef.  Pusateri has already introduced a new fall menu that features rustic comfort food highlighting the seasonal flavors of autumn, and showcasing produce grown by The Squeaky Bean partner Josh Olsen, at the farm Olsen manages at Warren Tech in Lakewood, “Acres”.

Chef Pusateri is a veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, starting work at age 13 as a dishwasher in his family’s south Florida restaurant. Always knowing that he wanted to become a chef, Pusateri enrolled at the Florida Culinary Institute after high school while also working as a Commis Chef at the prestigious Ritz Carlton Hotel in Palm Beach. After graduating culinary school he earned another degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Lynn University in Boca Raton, and since then, has cooked in many restaurants including the Ritz-Carlton, several of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, Frasca Food and Wine, Elway’s in the Ritz-Carlton, Izakaya Den and Ototo Den, Gallo Di Nero, and most recently, TAG Restaurant and Guard and Grace.

“I’ve always been passionate about using the freshest produce and products that can be found, and letting the natural flavors shine through,” Pusateri said. “It’s a really exciting opportunity to work with Josh and Acres, to bring veggies and herbs grown just a few miles away to the plate.”

“Chef Darren is a rock star,” said Squeaky Bean partner Johnny “Beans” Ballen. “He’s worked in some of the best kitchens in Europe, in the U.S, and in Colorado. The three of us (me, Josh and Darren) have been friends for years, and he’s also passionate about the “transFARMative” cuisine we serve here.  We couldn’t be more excited to have him back, now taking the helm as Executive Chef.”

New City-Wide Art Celebration and Juried Exhibition

Art District on Santa Fe is thrilled to announce To Denver, With Love,  a NEW celebration of Denver’s growing creative community designed to elevate art, showcase talent, encourage collaboration and innovation, honor our city, and most of all, to inspire. Art is all around us and touches every aspect of our lives—and we’re on a mission to raise awareness of its impact. The community is invited to share photography, painting, murals, screen prints, sculpture, poetry and prose that expresses what art means to our city, through each person’s unique vision and experience. Members of all Denver neighborhoods and creative districts are encouraged to participate.

Participation is open to all residents of Denver and regional neighbors, but the subject matter must pertain to Denver. A jury comprised of some of Denver’s top cultural leaders — including Gwen Chanzit, Denver Art Museum curator of modern art; Mark Sink, co-founder of MCA Denver and founder of Month of Photography Denver;  Rick Griffith,Denver Commisioner of Cultural Affairs and owner of Matter; Jolt, muralist and leader of Westword’s Artopia; Brian Corrigan, founder of Oh Heck Yeah and Amy Phare, Board President of Art District on Santa Fe– will select the winning submissions who will be honored in a pop-up exhibition and commemorative coffee table book in 2017.

Anyone is welcome to submit art and written word for consideration, including Instagram photographers, amateur artists, professional artists, galleries and community organizations. Each online submission requires a $35 entry fee. Details about required submission dimensions, resolution and word count are detailed here: