Peak Magazine - "Unanticipated Journey Into the Kitchen"
In New York, [Kate] and Chris had several years to curate the idas behind django's. 'We had the time to ask ourselves what was important," she explains. "The flatware, the glassware, everything mattered to us. We spent a lot of time thinking about it. It was a night and day experience." (Peak Magazine, 2014)
Wine & Spirits Magazine
If the powder at Crested Butte doesn't provide enough frisson for one day, step off the slope and through the curtained foyer into Django's. Roam through Chris Ladoulis's Mediterranean-focused wine list, where most bottles run less than $45 and are available by the quartino. All the garnachas, negroamaros and southern French blends are ably matched by the dishes his wife, Kate, turns out, like lamb and date meatballs on butternut squash foam. (W&S, 09)
5280 / Denver Magazine
…Django’s will be packed. And for good reason: the husband-and wife team behind this small plates bar churns out some of the best food in Western Colorado. This summer, check out a few of the newer additions to Chris (host) and Kate (chef) Ladoulis’ menu, such as cocoa butter caramel seared scallops with haricot verts and Meyer lemon confit. (Denver Magazine, Jun 2010)
Outside Magazine - "Small Plate Restaurants in the Mountains"
Transplanted from Manhattan, Chris and Kate Ladoulis (Kate trained at the French Culinary Institute) bring the big city to CB’s first small-plate restaurant. Try the crispy Colorado bass with foamed vanilla-saffron sabayon, and the beef, lamb and slider sampler. Django’s forgoes skis-on-the-wall décor for a more functional mosaic of the wines of southern Europe. (Outside Magazine, Jan 2009)
James Beard Foundation
"[Chef Kate's] artful Mediterranean-inspired small plates, supplemented by her husband Chris's clever wine pairings, have all the locals and visitors talking."
Zagat - "13 Ski Area Hot Spots to Try Now"
Django’s, a stylish and popular Mediterranean-tinged small-plates lounge where the menu ranges from polenta-dusted baby artichokes with Parmesan-almond dip to coco butter-seared scallops with brown-butter brittle and Meyer lemon confit.
Christie's Luxury Defined
"Django's, on the other hand, offers innovative tapas-style small plates and an impressive wine list in intimate surroundings."
Django's (on the mountain) is an exceptional spot for that special dinner made up of a progression of unforgettable small plates. (Chicago Tribune, Oct 2010)
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OpenTable - "Top 100 Restaurants Fit for Foodies in the US"
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Colorado Homes & Lifestyle
Locals and food critics agree that after a romping day on the slopes, Django’s is the spot to unwind. In the heart of Mountaineer Square at the base of the ski hill, the restaurant offers an extensive international wine list and cuisine that puts a Colorado spin on Southern European classics (think Rocky Mountain elk tartare). (Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Sep 2012)
Dallas Morning News
Hot spot at the resort base with a creative small-plate menu, excellent wine list and great vibe. (Dallas Morning News, Jan 2010)
Spork Orlando - "Colorado Culinary Finds"
After a long day of skiing there’s no better way to feed your appetite than with exceptional small plates, an extensive wine list and crafted cocktails. Inspired by the cuisines of Southern Europe, Django’s is sure to delight everyone in your party.
This high-end, intimate resto, draped in sheer curtains and with a wide, open kitchen, serves gourmet tapas just steps from the slopes. “Date with a pig” isn’t as dirty as it sounds — Medjool dates wrapped in Serrano ham — but it isdecadently enjoyable, as are the crispy Brussels sprouts and braised spiced boar belly.