Festival Founder Jeff Hermanson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Theresa Lydick and Jeff Hermanson at the 2018 Crested Butte Wine + Food Festival. Photo by Nathan Bilow.

Theresa Lydick and Jeff Hermanson at the 2018 Crested Butte Wine + Food Festival. Photo by Nathan Bilow.

Congratulations to the Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival founder, Jeff Hermanson, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association at its Directors Inaugural Dinner at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs last night!

Six individuals, including Jeff, were selected for "the significant contributions they made through their leadership, service and dedication to the foodservice industry and community," according to the association. The other winners include Jose Ramirez (Los Dos Potrillos), Kevin Clair (Sweet Basil), Patricia Calhoun (Westword), and Josh Wolkon (Secret Sauce F&B).

According to Westword:

Jeff Hermanson has dramatically changed downtown Denver’s core twice in just over 20 years. The first renewal began in 1993, when he acquired Larimer Square and oversaw its transition from a retail block into a chef-driven dining destination rife with independent restaurants. In the process, he closed the restaurants he operated there in favor of working with culinary talents like Jen Jasinski, Beth Gruitch, and Troy Guard, who rose to become leaders in Denver’s burgeoning dining scene. In 2014, he and his partners unveiled a second turn-around: a re-imagined and award-winning refurbishment of Union Station, which they’d transformed from a drab transit station into a national landmark featuring some of the city’s most renowned chefs. A strong proponent of incubating skilled, local restaurant talent, Jeff has partnered with a number of Denver’s notable chefs and restaurateurs to bring their visions to life across the Mile High City and beyond. Jeff is passionate about remaking the food system, land conservation, and alleviating hunger, and he focuses his philanthropic and social responsibility efforts on these causes. He has served on the Board of Directors of We Don’t Waste and has been a board member and served as the President of the Crested Butte Land Trust. Jeff co-founded the Good Food 100, is a primary sponsor and supporter of Slow Food Nations, and founded the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival.

Read more about the award and ceremony in Westword’s coverage here.