Uncommon Ramen: Here's what's up

If you haven’t been to Uncommon Ramen night at Uchibā yet, here’s what you need to know: each month we invite a truly awesome chef to join us in the kitchen and create an exceptionally inventive ramen dish that honors the tradition, while blowing our minds with palate pleasing twists of all regions and inspirations. Each ramen creation is literally a once-in-a-lifetime creation, so if you’re not there, well, you missed it.

Trust us. You don’t want to miss it. That’s why we’ve put together this handy schedule of upcoming Uncommon Ramen nights and participating chefs:

Monday July 30th : Chef Tommy Lee
Uncle and Hop Alley, Denver, CO

With his own take on Asian Fare, Tommy Lee’s Hop Alley took Denver’s culinary scene to new heights. Denver’s local weekly paper, Westword, claimed that Hop Alley’s instant success was “proof that Denver diners are ready to be challenged, titillated and rewarded with a whole new world of gustatory experience.” We are too! Lee’s ramen skills have been honed and cultivated at his first restaurant, Uncle, which features the holy dish. There’s been a line at the door since they opened.

Monday August 27th : Blaine Stanford
Grace, Fort Worth, TX

Dallas’ own Blaine Stanford, the chef behind the inspired seasonal menus at Grace, makes miracles from fresh seafood, steaks and uplifting twists on American classics. Blaine, who at 19 was one of the youngest graduates of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, has been one to watch since before his career officially began. He cut his teeth with top chefs like Marcus Samuelson and Michael Mina before returning home to Dallas, gaining notoriety at Lola and Fuse, and ultimately opening Grace in 2008.

Monday September 24th : Kathryn Caine
Death & Company, Denver, CO

It takes an insane amount of determination and creativity to work your way up from Stage to Executive Chef, and that’s exactly what Caine did at The Populist. It’s no surprise why the team of New York’s Death & Co., largely considered one of the best cocktail bars in the world, brought Caine in to help launch their second location, seated in the Lobby of Denver’s Ramble Hotel. Their expanded space, multiple service points, and brand new cocktail menu, exclusive to Denver, required a chef like Caine, with equal parts grind and finesse.

Amanda Woodward