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Networking Dinners

** Update, October 13: Motorcoach transportation will be provided to all restaurants.**

Please sign up before 12:00 noon on Friday at the registration desk for the Networking Dinners. Online sign up is now closed.

Wind down the evening with your colleagues starting with good food and conversation at one of Denver's many top restaurants. We have selected five outstanding restaurants for the Networking Dinners, a popular optional feature of the Leading Edge Consortium. The Networking Dinners are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16. We will make the reservations.  Each participant is responsible for all costs of their dinner.   

Click on the link for each restaurant to access menus and restaurant details.  Please use the large, black button at the bottom of the page to select your restaurant for the Networking Dinners (available only for consortium registrants). You will be able to see a list of other consortium attendees that have selected that restaurant. 


Restaurant selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and varies by restaurant.

Make sure to visit each restaurant's Web site for a complete list of menu items.  Just click on the name of the restaurant.

Restaurant Choices: 

BuckHorn Exchange.  Denver’s original steakhouse, The Buckhorn Exchange is a National Historic Landmark and Western Museum serving the finest in Old West fare since 1893 – a truly historical Denver experience! Prime grade beef steaks, buffalo prime rib, elk, salmon, quail, game hen, and succulent baby-back pork ribs are just some of the marvelous offerings on the Buckhorn menu. Exotic appetizers such as alligator tail, rattlesnake and buffalo sausage are available, and no dinner is complete without the house specialty, Rocky Mountain Oysters. For dessert, the hot Dutch apple pie ala mode with cinnamon rum sauce, or the double-chocolate Rocky Road brownie are sinful experiences that will forever remind you of your visit to the one and only Buckhorn Exchange.

Cool River Cafe.  The ambiance at Cool River is warm yet elegant, as it feels like a grand staircase of a Colorado mansion as you enter. It is a fine steak and seafood restaurant with a southwestern twist along with an elegant and elaborate bar with hancrafted billiard tables behind walls of glass.  The restaurant and bar are separated by an extraordinary cigar room adorned with stuffed leather and elegant appointments.  There are only three Cool River Restaurants in the country, one in Denver and two in Texas. 

Yia Yia's Euro Bistro.  Yias Yias has been a top pick of Denverites for more than a decade. The casual elegance of this restaurant is refreshing. Every dish is a work of art pleasing not only the palate, but the eye, as well.  Bistro specialities include wood oven-roasted chicken, escargot butter-encrusted sea bass, gnocchi, and short rib braise to name a few.  

Darcy's Bistro & Pub.  As Colorado Pub Company's first restaurant, Darcy's paved the way for a new concept in metro Denver dining. It was the first to combine the ambience of an Irish pub – complete with a bar that harkens back to Ireland – with the gourmet food of an upscale bistro.  Darcy's successfully combines traditional Irish fare, such as corned beef and cabbage, with great steaks and fresh seafood, delicious tapas (Spanish small plates), salads and sandwiches. The décor is lush with leather booths, hand-painted tiles and an expansive mahogany bar, but the feeling is of comfort. The Happy Hour crowd at Darcy's enjoys the numerous cask-conditioned beers on tap, spirits – Irish and otherwise – and an extensive wine list. 

Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana.  You will enjoy the ambience of this very special, award winning authentic Italian restaurant. The award winning wine list is next to none and definitely worth the trip in itself.   The menu’s change monthly. Menus are based on authentic Italian recipes. Emphasis is placed on simple, fresh ingredients and Italian cooking methods. Fresh pastas are made in-house daily and our dried pastas are imported from Italy. All meals are complemented by a selection of hand-made breads baked according to traditional methods. The core lunch and dinner menus include a selection of antipasti, soups, salads, wood-fired pizza, housemade pastas, grilled and rotisserie roasted meats and a wide variety of desserts.