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.
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.
On any given night, Frank Bonanno is cooking at one of his restaurants’ ten venues, opened in as many years, ten different styles of cuisine, all with a focus on beautiful, unadulterated fare, all culling from the inspiration of his Denver home. Cookbook writer, entrepreneur, chef–Frank Bonanno is, in short, driven.
Chef Driven takes you across the mountain landscape with Frank as he visits the farmers, ranchers, brewers, and bakers who share his connection to the Colorado soil and his spirit of artisanship. We offer you the West as we see it daily, with some great cooking along the way.
Industry news, events, happenings, how-to’s and our opinions on the culinary world, being an enrepreneur, giving back to the community, paying forward and how to appreciate family/friends.
A Fish StoryJune 23, 2017 - Frank Bonanno
I love fishing. My father was an avid angler, crazy for the sport. That’s him at the bottom of this post. An old newspaper clipping, he’s the handsome guy holding the shark’s head. My dad could spend entire days laughing with a group on the ocean, or alone in his head with the fish and
Go Dutch, BabyApril 30, 2017 - Frank Bonanno
That’s me flipping pancakes at Frontier Days in Cheyenne. It’s the largest pancake breakfast in the world, and for awhile afterwards I binged pancake cooking. Every morning and many nights I tried different thicknesses and flavors until I got it out of my system pretty much forever. Then Jacqueline made Dutch Babies for breakfast one
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 Jacqueline, Liza, Nick, Jim, and many more.
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.
Nick Gray is a Colorado Native. That means something in these parts. A graduate of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Nick is the Bonanno Concepts Chief Financial Officer. He runs all finance and accounting operations across the Bonanno Concepts family, and seeks out new businesses and new business opportunities. Nick is also in charge of office snacks. He is an athlete and a gentleman.
Adam Hodak is co-owner of Green Russell and Beverage Director of Bonanno Concepts. Adam provides ongoing spirits education to some 300 team members, creates seasonal drinks menus for each restaurant, and competes in local and national bar competitions. Adam has a deep knowledge of cocktail history, bar haunts, beers, local producers, geography, politics, chess, and Magie, the Gathering.