The Culinary Scene in Colorado Springs is a 2017 Must Experience
Celebrity chef, Brother Luck, announces that his newest project, IV by Brother Luck, will open in Spring 2017. The new restaurant will be located in the current Coquette’s building at 321 N. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. IV by Brother Luck will feature a menu of New American fare, with a focus on the historical cuisine of the four corners region where the states Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado touch borders.
“The four corners region has been influenced by Western European, Spanish Colonial, Native American, and Latin American cuisine. I look forward to showcasing an offering that differs from typical southwestern food and view the menu at IV as a hybrid of cultural influence,” said Chef Brother Luck.
The restaurant name “IV” (the roman numeral for four), holds significant meaning to Chef Luck. He has spent much of his time as a chef in Arizona and Colorado, and will pull inspiration from his experiences in the region.
“When planning the new menu, I’m looking for local ingredients to incorporate into dishes with the four corners’ staples of corn, beans, and squash. I’m asking my cooks to go outside and find edible plants that already grow here. We are also extremely lucky to have local distilleries, craft breweries, and other resources to bring into our new space,” explained Chef Luck.
IV by Brother Luck will source from local businesses and individuals whenever possible.
“I look at it this way. There are four key people who I need to work with to source amazing ingredients: hunters, gatherers, farmers, and fishermen. For the hunters, we will work with ranchers such as Cornerpost Meats. Local gatherers and foragers will supply ingredients that grow naturally in the area, and we will continue to work with farmers to better understand the produce that we serve. Since we’re a bit far from the ocean, it’s our responsibility to identify sustainable seafood programs to supply our fish,” said Chef Luck.
Chef Luck plans to offer four seasonal menus throughout the year. The menus will be written based on the freshness of ingredients.
“When I was in Japan, I gained an appreciation for the different parts of each season: the beginning, middle, and end. There’s no doubt that this perspective will carry into the ingredients we use in each seasonal menu,” said Luck.
The number four is also emblematic of Luck’s lineage, and IV by Brother Luck pays homage to his roots. Chef Luck is the fourth generation in his family to have the name Brother Luck.
“This restaurant is really a reflection of my identity. I want to tell stories of my travels and experiences through the food we serve. Each course will take patrons on a culinary journey, and for those who want a deeper experience, I will host a chef’s table in the kitchen,” said Chef Luck.
The chef’s table will likely seat up to 12 guests and patrons will enjoy an exclusive menu experience that is written daily by Chef Luck. This menu will not be available in the dining room. Reservations can be made online, in advance, once IV by Brother Luck opens.
“The food and beverage scene in Colorado Springs is rapidly changing, and I am determined to push the city to the next level. My hope is that IV by Brother Luck becomes a culinary destination,” said Chef Luck.
Chef Brother Luck and his eatery were named the 2016 and 2015 “Best Local Chef” by Colorado Springs Independent and “Most Cutting Edge Restaurant” by The Gazette Newspaper. Chef Luck is the winner of Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, where he won the judges over with his love of pork. Chef Luck was also a finalist on Food Network’s Chopped “Beast Feast” episode, where Alex Guarnaschelli called him “a wizard in the plating department.”
Brother Luck started working in professional kitchens when he was 14 years old. He found a welcoming community of chefs during high school, and was awarded with culinary scholarships through the competitive cooking organizations, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and The Art Institutes (Best Teen Chef 2001). Luck graduated from of The Art Institute of Phoenix and is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation.
After culinary school, Chef Luck continued to work in many fine dining kitchens around the world, including the Takitei and Kinjhoro Ryokans, located in Kanazawa, Japan. Currently Chef Luck is the Chef/Owner of Brother Luck Street Eats, located in Old Colorado City, CO and will soon open IV by Brother Luck in downtown Colorado Springs.
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