We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniela Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daniela, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I began my ColoradoFoodie account back in 2013. I learned the love of food from my grandma and have enjoyed cooking since I was young. Growing up I worked in restaurants and began to see the hard work, long hours and love that goes into running a restaurant each day. I started to explore dining out at new restaurants in town and I wanted to share my story of food with others. I started my ColoradoFoodie Instagram by simply sharing pictures of food from restaurants all over Colorado. What was once a fun hobby has now opened so many doors that I am so grateful for. I’ve been able to help restaurants promote their businesses and get customers in the doors. I’ve collaborated with restaurant owners during a worldwide pandemic and collected donations to feed frontliners at 3 local hospitals. I’ve seen first hand from restaurant owners how much passion and love goes into the restaurants they open and why they keep coming back each day to share that love with the community. At the age of 31 I’ve also gotten to make new friends in the foodie world and find foodie friends that have the same interests as me. ColoradoFoodie has been so much more than an Instagram page and has allowed for so many wonderful opportunities for me, I’m excited to see what the future of ColoradoFoodie looks like.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
During the day time I am a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Many think that home economics is a class of the past, but life skills courses are taught by Family & Consumer Sciences teachers across the United States. The courses include culinary, nutrition, child development, life management, fashion design, interior design, relationships and more. I have been teaching for 9 years and currently teach three culinary arts courses. I love teaching life skills to students, I think students really enjoy being creative in my class while cooking and learning about food. My classes teach students to read a recipe, measure, practice different cooking methods, convert a recipe, and plate their dishes. We also discuss nutrition, budgeting and purchasing groceries as well as meal planning. My students learn real life skills by participating in catering events at school where they prepare over 1,000 bites of food to feed staff members and our community. Teaching has been very challenging over the past year and a half, I’ve had to be resilient, have an open mind and be open to exploring new ways of learning and teaching. I had to teach culinary skills remotely and ran into a variety of obstacles along the way. I missed my students and the daily interactions we had cooking together. I am very happy to be back in person cooking each day with my students and learning about food together. I’m so proud to teach life skills to students and I truly believe the skills I teach are some that they will remember forever.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting Denver for the week I would be so excited to take them to some of my favorite spots. If my friends came on a Sunday, we would start at Tokyo Premium Bakery for some tasty baked goods and stroll the Pearl Street Farmer’s Market. We could then head over to Wash Park to take a nice walk around the lake and enjoy the weather. From there we could head over to Perdida kitchen for the Yucca Fries and drinks. We could swing by WISH gift shop and do some shopping before grabbing an ice cream at Bonnie Brae Ice Cream. Other favorite bakeries I love include: Devil’s Food Bakery with amazing ham and cheese croissants. For Doughnuts I love Parlor Doughnuts off Broadway for some tasty warm Maple Bacon Doughnuts. They have a variety of flavors from Coconut Cream, Smores and Blueberry. For dinner we could swing by Ace, Eat Serve for a tasty meal and Ping Pong to finish out the night. Favorite Happy Hours in Denver include: Broken Cage, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Hapa and Jing. I also love taking friends and family up to the Mountains. We can stop at Westbound & Down for a beer in Idaho Springs and then head up to Breckenridge to enjoy the mountains. You can rent e-bikes and cruise around or enjoy a spa day. Stroll the streets of Breckenridge and do some shopping. The best place for coffee and croissants is La Francaise Bakery (the almond croissants are amazing). For dinner I highly recommend Rootstalk and order the Rabbit Pasta. A great deal on martinis can be found at Blue River Bistro to end out the night. Another favorite stop further up i-70 is Palisade. Full of lovely wineries and charming shops, we love to explore this town. You can enjoy a wine tour with Dave from Pali-Tours or rent e bikes and cruise around. You can also camp and fish at the river. For dinner I love Peche, it is a true gem in Palisade with a seasonal menu that always has amazing dishes. In Colorado there is so much great food to enjoy, lovely views and tons of hidden gems to find along the way.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My journey of building my ColoradoFoodie Instagram has been guided by one of my mentors in the Restaurant & Hospitality field, Larry Herz. He has been a restaurateur in Denver for over 20 years and now helps promote local restaurants & businesses on his show What’s For Lunch. Larry has taken time to sit down and talk to me about my food blog and the best way to reach my audience. He has helped bring entrepreneurs and foodies together to spread the word about new businesses and continues to advocate for new restaurants. He is great at networking and building relationships and has helped me understand the importance a food blog can make for local restaurants.

Along with Larry, I’d love to recognize all of the other Foodies in Colorado that have takes so much time to spread the word about our food scene. I’ve been so lucky to become friends with other Colorado food bloggers and learn so much from each of them. They have become great friends and helped me navigate the food blogging field. I love my foodie friends!

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Yelp: Daniela Evans

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