Acreage, the first culinary venture from Stem Ciders, is a collaboration by Stem, Chef Daniel Asher, and Kelly Whitaker’s Id Est. Hospitality Group. Born from an inspiring landscape and a dynamic team, Acreage brings the urban cider house experience found in Stem’s RiNo taproom to the countryside.
Chef Daniel Asher, Culinary Director
Chef Daniel Asher’s obsession with local agriculture, sustainable sourcing, and food justice have been his focus for over two decades in the restaurant industry. As Chef/Partner of River and Woods in Boulder, Daniel shares the culmination of his experience and passions, while expressing the joy and inspiration that comes from gathering at the table to share real, thoughtfully prepared food in an intimate one-hundred-year-old cottage.
Daniel is the Executive Chef/Founder of EcoChef Culinary Services, a multi-faceted consulting and events company. Utilizing organic and locally-grown produce, ethically-raised meats and sustainably produced ingredients, Chef Daniel has conceptualized and executed catered events and bespoke dining experiences all over the world. He thrives on seeking the next level of dining excellence and community engagement. As former Culinary Director of the Edible Beats Group, one of the most successful hospitality brands in the region, Daniel helped to define true farm-to-table cuisine in Denver. His recipes & philosophies have been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Plate, FSR, and local news media such as 5280 Magazine, The Denver Post, Westword and Local Food Shift. He has been a promotional chef for sustainable companies such as Whole Foods, Lundberg Farms, Santa Cruz Organics, Green Fest and Farm Aid. Eco-conscious cooking is his passion, and the bounty of Colorado’s magnificent terroir is incredibly provocative.
Chef Daniel is a certified Raw Foods Chef from the Living Light Culinary Institute in California, a Chef Ambassador for the American Lamb Board, Co-Chair for the Chefs Collaborative Colorado Chapter, board member of EatDenver and the recipient of the 2015 Philanthropist Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association for his work with dozens of non-profits in Colorado and beyond. Daniel enjoys sharing his love of Slow Food and advocates for food system change in Washington DC with the 2018 Farm Bill thru Plate of the Union, Food Policy Action, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and the Environmental Working Group.
Stem Ciders was founded in 2013 by Eric Foster and Phil Kao, two passionate entrepreneurs with a deep appreciation for craft, and a strong commitment to reviving the cider tradition. Stem produces cider founded on three main principles: quality, style, and tradition. Stem has created a reputable and recognizable brand in the diverse category of craft cider, and as such, has received critical acclaim and awards at both the local and national level. To learn more about Stem Ciders, visit stemciders.com.
Id Est. Hospitality Group
Boulder-based Id Est Hospitality Group’s team owns and operates a variety of its own culinary concepts, and consults with restaurateurs throughout the country. The team, comprised of Executive Chef and Partner Kelly Whitaker, Partner and Events Director Erika Whitaker, Beverage Director and Partner Alan Henkin, and General Manager, Matt Husted, is behind Boulder’s acclaimed wood-fired eatery, BASTA, recently named on 5280’s list of top 25 restaurants in Colorado; and Æ (Ash), a mobile wood fired kitchen which caters events statewide, in addition to hosting unique pop-up experiences. Id Est’s non-profit, Noble Grain Alliance, is dedicated to educating farmers about – and encouraging them to grow – local grain, through a partnership with University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, while simultaneously creating a demand for the grain from chefs. The group’s newest concept, “The Wolf’s Tailor’ is debuting in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Denver early 2018.