After a decade of running a business and traveling, Denver native and East High grad Paul Laurie returned to the Mile High City last fall with an urge to explore this question: “What would happen if Denver’s most talented chefs, bartenders and musicians were brought together and given complete creative freedom over an evening?” The answer was Silver Spork Social, a special supper club that put on fifteen dinners in Laurie’s LoDo loft over the past year, culminating with bacchanal in mid-November at 3090 Downing Street.

Laurie had originally planned to hold the end-of-the-year bash in a LoDo residence that had once been a brothel, but in just three days, he’d reached capacity for that location.

Laurie plans to put more on Denver’s plate next year.

Inspired by Monkeytown 4’s stint in Denver earlier this year, Laurie says he also hopes to incorporate more art into the events and keep things lively.

I’m more about the engagement, having strangers meet each otherhe says.

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Keep reading to see more photos from the one-year anniversary bash.