We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Curtis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor behind the success of my brand is taking the advice of a successful mentor. Larry Herz from Our Community Now gave me the precious gift of his time early on and I did everything I could to honor that and grow my page. To this day he continues to give me advice and I endeavor to implement it as best I can.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First and foremost, I am a public high school teacher of 26 years. That remains my career and focus. My Instagram account allows a creative outlet that exists beyond education and has allowed me to get to know people from other industries including food, beverage, marketing, and a host of others. It’s been an incredible honor to meet and talk with chefs, brewers, and small business owners and hear their stories.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A drinking tour would definitely include adventures in RiNO. With places like Mockery Brewing, Improper City, and Infinite Monkey Theorem, you would satisfy anybody’s drink preferences. Plus, checking out all the murals showcases a thriving art scene.
Some fooding would take place at Crush Pizza and Tap, Beau Thai, and any of the amazing food halls that exist in and around Denver. And I would also probably hunt down Rustic Nomads food truck for a burger.
A stop at Raices Brewing would also be a priority. Not only does it promote the Latinx community of brewers, they always have at least one Latinx food truck on site.
Of course, a trip to the mountains would be included. A quick hop to Wood’s Distillery in Salida and Deerhammer in Buena Vista allows a visitor to get some truly exceptional craft spirits directly from the source.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Larry Herz for his advice and my parents for instilling in me a solid work ethic and an attitude of gratitude.