Events / Taste America


Wed, February 09, 2022

6:30 PM
Cantina Loca
Price: $300 per pair (single tickets not available) Tickets on sale now!

Cantina Loca
2890 Zuni Street
Denver, CO 80211
Dressy casual attire

A national dining event celebrating your local restaurant community.
Taste America, presented by Capital One, is a nationwide initiative to bring together chefs and diners to support the local restaurants rebuilding a more sustainable and equitable industry.

The dinner at Cantina Loca will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chef Dana Rodriguez of Cantina Loca and Chef Jen Jasinski of Rioja will prepare a multi-course menu that reflects their signature styles, and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the Denver community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.

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Dana Rodriguez
Cantina Loca


Jen Jasinski


The Smoky Tamarind > Rabbit Hole Dareringer Whiskey with Lemon Peel, Cinnamon, Bitters, and Tamarind Paste (created by Cantina Loca, Denver)


White Claw® Hard Seltzer (Black Cherry or Mango)

Lavender Sourdough with Kerrygold Butter and Fleur de Sel
**Vegetarian, dairy-free; contains gluten

SakanaBlue Salmon Aguachile with Serrano–Blood Orange Water
** Dairy-free and gluten-free

DAOU Discovery Rosé 2020

Quince Tortelloni with Saffron Broth, Manchego, Jamón Ibérico, and Herb Salad
** Contains dairy and gluten

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2019

Mezcal and Citrus–Braised Beef Short Ribs with Maizotto Creamy Corn Risotto and Oaxacan Mole Sauce
** Gluten-free 

Orison Wines Rowan 2019

Maizotto Creamy Corn Risotto with Mole and Microgreen Salad
** Vegetarian and vegan

Orison Wines Rowan 2019

Vanilla Bean–Poached Pears with Chestnut Ganache, Spiced Chestnut Syrup, and Toasted Meringue Kisses
** Contains dairy

Whiskey Flight
Rabbit Hole Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye
Rabbit Hole Dareringer Straight Bourbon

Featured Beverage Partners
DAOU Vinetards
Elk Cove Vineyards
Orison Wines
Rabbit Hole Distillery
White Claw® Hard Seltzer

Menu is subject to change. Guests must be 21 years+ with a valid ID to attend the event.

Through our Open for Good campaign, the James Beard Foundation is committed to helping independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term.


Local Partners

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Special Thanks


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Related Info

Reservation Policy: All reservations are nonrefundable and must be made in advance. Should the event be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, including COVID-19, JBF will offer a range of options, including ticket exchanges, option to donate tickets, or a full refund. For more information, contact

Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken. By purchasing and using tickets, you, on your behalf and on behalf of any accompanying parties, agree to (1) assume all risks associated with Covid-19 and other communicable diseases, (2) comply with all related health and safety policies of the James Beard Foundation, Cantina Loca, as well as all applicable federal, state, and local government laws and recommendations, and (3) expressly release the James Beard Foundation and each of its respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, trustees, officers, directors, partners, employees, and agents from any and all claims arising from or relating to Covid-19.

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