Make Your Plans for Mile High Asian Food Week




Colorado’s Asian culinary scene is thriving—and people are starting to take notice.


This year, several Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) eateries and chefs were named 2024 James Beard Award semifinalists, including MAKfam’s Kenneth Wan, Yuan Wonton’s Penelope Wong and Denver’s Sắp Sửa restaurant.


Multiple AANHPI-owned restaurants also got nods when the Michelin Guide came to Colorado for the first time last year: Noisette, a French restaurant in Denver that’s owned by Lillian and Tim Lu, earned a coveted “Recommended” designation from the guide, as did Q House (helmed by chef Christopher Lin) and Temaki Den (co-founded by chefs Toshi Kizaki and Kenta Kamo.) Tommy Lee’s Hop Alley also got Michelin’s “Bib Gourmand” rating.


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Another sign? After a resoundingly successful first year in 2023, Mile High Asian Food Week is back. Not only that, but this year’s line-up includes twice as many participating restaurants.


From April 28 to May 4, more than 100 vendors throughout Denver, Boulder and beyond are offering insider perks like discounts, secret menu items and specialty menus. This week-long celebration showcases the wide array of AANHPI cuisines and shines the well-deserved spotlight on these local businesses.


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“Mile High Asian Food Week is a reminder to visit spots you’ve never been to before or check out a familiar favorite,” says Annie Guo VanDan, Mile High Asian Food Week organizer. “It is also a great way for our participating chefs to flex their creative chops and showcase something new and different. Beyond discounted offerings and other promotions, there are specialty dinners by reservation only, limited menu items, and vendor collaborations, such as Noisette and the James Beard finalist chef Penelope Wong of Yuan Wonton, that are exclusive to the food week.”


Some of those specialty dinners and collaborations are already sold out. However, some still have seats available—like the Noisette/Q House collaboration dinner.


You view the full list of participating vendors—as well as what they’re offering for Mile High Asian Food Week—on the event’s website. There’s also a handy map in case you want to hit multiple spots in one go. If you have dietary restrictions, you can also filter the list that way, too.


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“It’s worth noting that Mile High Asian Food Week is a completely volunteer-run operation and our organizing and supporting teams consist of all AANHPI women,” says Joanne Liu, who founded Mile High Asian Food Week last year. “To grow Mile High Asian Food Week, we had to look beyond our small but mighty group and ask for additional support from the community so that we could revamp our website, reach out to restaurants through street team members, a number of which are bilingual, and seek additional marketing support to help spread the word. This has been a tremendous labor of love that could not have been possible without the help of our volunteers.”




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