Frank Bonanno explores the Colorado craft beer scene, focusing specifically on the Denver landscape. The episode begins with a visit to the iconic Great Divide Brewing Co., located in the heart of downtown Denver. To gain a grasp of the brewing styles around the city, Frank also visits Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Sunnyside - a neighborhood that continues to welcome new breweries. The third stop takes Frank to Boulder, where a company called Wild Goose Canning is producing some of the most... [see more] state-of-the-art canning equipment in the country. The crew at Wild Goose convinces Frank he needs to see the canning line in action, which prompts a visit to Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora. Concluding each visit, Frank invites Denver chef Mary Nguyen to join him in the kitchen at Bones to create some beer-friendly dishes, all paired by Bonanno Concepts beverage director Adam Hodak.
Chef Driven, hosted by chef and restaurateur Frank Bonanno, is a travel and cooking show that showcases independent food and beverage artisans. Rooted in Colorado, where Bonanno owns and operates 10 concepts, Chef Driven is ultimately a show about the people that power the restaurant scene -- the chefs, farmers, ranchers, bakers, confectioners, brewers, distillers, cheesemakers and foragers that make restaurants possible. Frank Bonanno is the chef and proprietor of Bonanno Concepts, a Denver restaurant group that's the umbrella to some of the city's most established restaurants and bars. Frank is a graduate of the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and the Culinary Institute of American located in Hyde Park, NY. He has authored two cookbooks, received multiple James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist nominations.