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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View from the Other Side of the Swinging DoorFebruary 14, 2020 - Frank Bonanno
Jacqueline wrote about Valentine’s Day, starting with a view from 2003. I’m starting with January 31 of this year, because if you’re a cook, Valentine’s Day starts in January. Really, it’s been hanging out there since November. Someone might ask me my favorite way to prepare a turkey or pie, and my answer is, I
View from Your Shoulder, Valentine’s EveFebruary 14, 2020 - Frank Bonanno
(That’s Lynn Whittum in the photo. See her tension, waiting for diners on a big night? For 25 years, Jacqueline and I experience Valentine’s together, but differently, and we wanted to explore that. This is Jacqueline’s take . . .) It’s February 14, 2003 and I’m sitting on a cooler in the Luca kitchen,
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.