Frank Bonanno is the culinary mind behind ten of Denver’s finest dining and drinking establishments. He is the author of the Mizuna cookbook, the Luca icookbook and the host of Chef Driven on PBS.
Since 2002, Frank Bonanno has been the mastermind behind nearly a dozen Colorado restaurants. Chef Driven offers a rare glimpse of the world from the eyes of a restaurant professional; Frank’s travelogue of experiences with growers, producers, artisans, and chefs who are shaping food culture in the Mountain West.
Jacqueline Bonanno is the Creative Director of Bonanno Concepts. She designs the venues, workspaces, uniforms, menus, training manuals and whatnot. She is a sounding board to the food obsessed and, as Frank’s partner, is very well fed.
At Bonanno Concepts, we strive to throw love as best we know—through food and drink and more. We aim to be a chef-driven restaurant family dedicated to satisfying meals, outstanding service, education, and community. Creating Happy People.
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Lou’s, an Origin StoryJuly 23, 2019 - LIza Krasner
Luca. Listen. I promise you I can make you a better sandwich. I can brine the chicken, so it’s seasoned on the inside, too, and salt and pepper the breading so it’s just perfectly flavored, and cook it in a pressure fryer so that it’s nicely crisped and coated and delicious. I’d put bread and butter
Food and Beverage and Life and DeathJuly 1, 2019 - Frank Bonanno
Jacqueline here. Check out that photo. It’s Tommy Lee, from Motley Cru, who, for fun, cooked with Frank on the Mizuna line. Among our chefs in that photo, Alex Seidel owner of Mercantile and Philippe Failyau of Homegrown Tap & Dough. That year, we had our Bonanno Concepts yearly get together at Per Se, and
How do you run a dozen different concepts, produce a TV show, be a good father and husband? The answer is by surrounding yourself with a rockstar leadership team that includes Nick, Emily, Liza, Burton and many more.