WINE + FOOD Guest Chef featured in Denver's Best Restaurants for every relationship status

Headed through Denver on your way to the Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival?! We just couldn’t resist sharing this article with you from The Know, featuring Denver’s best restaurants for every relationship status. Yep, you read that right. This article features restaurants that are perfect for:

  • Impressing a first date

  • Those who have been dating for a while

  • Individuals who need to break up

The article also features Lon Symensma of Cho77 who is participating in the not-to-miss SOUPÇON LUNCH WITH SPECIAL GUESTS on July 26th.

Image provided by Cho77

Image provided by Cho77

If they don’t fall for you while chewing on Cho77’s dumplings then, sorry, it ain’t happening.
— Allyson Reedy, Special to The Denver Post

We’ll let you read the article for yourself, but here are just a few drool-worthy notes on Chef Lon Symensma’s impressive culinary accomplishments, curtesy of ChoLon:


“In 2010, Chef Lon Symensma moved to Denver to open his flagship restaurant, ChoLon. Having just left New York City’s swanky Buddakan, which was the 5th highest grossing restaurant in the United States at the time, he was ready to start his own venture. ChoLon, which translates to "big market,” is named after the largest Chinese-influenced market in Saigon, Vietnam.  In 2011, ChoLon was a James Beard finalist for the “Best New Restaurant in America” award.  In 2012, Symensma was nominated for Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” in the Southwest. ChoLon’s upbeat service, sexy ambience, and innovative cuisine has led the restaurant to be ranked in the top ten of 5280’s “25 Best Restaurants” list every year since it opened.

In spring of 2015, Symensma opened Cho77, his highly anticipated second Denver restaurant.  Inspired by the style and flavors of street vendors found across Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, Cho77 is a casual, exciting complement to ChoLon.

Symensma opened the third restaurant in ChoLon Restaurant Group, Concourse Restaurant Moderne, in the spring of 2017.  Concourse is located in Denver’s newly renovated Stapleton neighborhood, the former home of the Stapleton International Airport. Concourse offers elevated New American cuisine in a family-friendly environment for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Symensma’s accomplishments include earning a silver medal for team USA in the 1996 Culinary Olympics and graduating with honors from the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, he spent his early twenties apprenticing in highly rated restaurants across France, Italy and Spain.  He worked under Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for many years, and spent time with him in several of his restaurants, including Jean-Georges Shanghai and Spice Market.”


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