Chef Johnny Curiel takes the reigns at Centro Mexican Kitchen

Centro Mexican Kitchen is very proud to announce Chef Johnny Curiel as the new Chef de Cocina. His debut menu showcases regional specialties inspired by his extensive travels across Mexico—from Jalisco and Baja, Chihuahua and Veracruz, Yucatán and Oaxaca, each prepared with the very best Colorado ingredients.

“Dining out is an adventure,” says Johnny. “A restaurant should either bring you back to a place you’ve already been and loved or take you somewhere entirely new and exciting. Each region of Mexico has its own flavors and traditions, and we want to take our guests on a journey to all of them.”

Johnny comes from a proud family of chefs – his mom, dad, and sister are all executive chefs – and he got his start at the young age of 14 washing dishes in his dad’s kitchen. He quickly moved up the ranks, and at the age of 18 decided to travel across Mexico and learn as much as he could about the cooking traditions of each state. In three years he visited almost every state, learning from everyone he could—from famous chefs in bustling restaurants to abuelas in their home kitchens. At 21, he joined Richard Sandoval’s team cooking at restaurants and competitions across the USA and Mexico:  DC, New York, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, and Aspen. He then joined Troy Guard in Denver, working the kitchens of Guard + Grace, Los Chingones, and Mr. Tuna before joining the Big Red F family at Centro Mexican Kitchen.

His debut menu at Centro, inspired by his travels across Mexico, features dishes that speak to each region’s unique cooking traditions.

“When I wrote the new menu, I thought to myself, ‘What is the one dish you will never forget from that place, the one thing you wish you could eat every day.’ I want to show people where I come from, where I’ve been, and the experiences and places that have made me who I am. The Tumbada is straight from the Yucatan, the Zarandeado from Nayarit, and the Mole Negro from Oaxaca. My personal favorite is the Slow Roasted Lamb Tacos—they are inspired by a little taco stand in my neighborhood in Guadalajara that my dad used to take us to every Sunday when we were kids.”

Boulder Country Day School sponsors First Annual Martin Luther King Talent Showcase Event to benefit I Have a Dream of Boulder County

Boulder Country Day School is proud to sponsor the First Annual Martin Luther King Talent Showcase. The event is being presented by Kenneth Flowe and KGNU Radio and will be held on Monday, January 15th at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County.  Contestants will compete for cash and prizes.

Boulder Country Day also supports the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County through their First Lego League program whereby IHAD students are transported by bus from Longmont to participate in this after-school program at BCD.