Culinary Insider

Become a local food scene VIP with Culinary Insider, offering exclusive access to select Downtown Colorado Springs culinary destinations. With the Culinary Insider pass, get access to off-menu treats at renowned restaurants, breweries and distilleries while earning prizes and special rewards. Scroll down for dining details and link to the prize page.

PASSES now on sale!

Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to scholarships for local students pursuing careers in the culinary arts. Note: the Pass provides access to these specials, which are available at an additional cost.

Exclusive offerings for culinary insiders

Be sure to scroll down to check out incentives and prizes, too!

1350 Distilling

What’s offered: Devil Dog cocktail
Our “Devil Dog” is a rye-heavy whiskey cocktail offered only to Culinary Insiders. Hope you like spicy rye, because this dawg is a double-shot of Leatherneck rye whiskey with a touch of blackberry and honey. 

Brakeman’s Burgers

What’s offered: Exclusive access to the First Responder Special.

Chiba Bar

What’s offered: rotating secret special off-menu items.
Come in between 5-8 pm. for our rotating secret special just for Culinary Insiders. It may be bao, it may be vegan, it may be something we have never created before!


What’s offered: Ephemeral surprise snack + wine course

In true Ephemeral fashion, we’re offering Culinary Insiders an exclusive off-menu course that will vary from guest to guest.

This VIP offering can be accessed Tues, Wed, Thursday from 4 p.m to 10 p.m.

Homa Cafe + Bar

What’s offered: North Park Sandwich
Culinary Insiders get the first chance to experience this off-menu item. The North Park sandwich: roasted pork caramelized onions, banana peppers, bacon, avocado and lemongrass sambai aioli. 

Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

What’s offered: Guinness Beef Crostini throwback!
You won’t find it on the menu these days, but Culinary Insiders get the chance to enjoy this long-lost favorite from the early days of Quinn’s. 

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

What’s offered: Buffalo Fried Oysters
You won’t find this one on our menu anymore, but Culinary Insiders have a chance to devour these oysters on the half-shell with blue cheese, pickled celery and hot sauce. 

Mash Mechanix

What’s offered: personally bottled beer!
We don’t bottle our beer, but Culinary Insiders are a special exception. Makes a great gift too!

Odyssey Gastropub

What’s offered: Short rib Gnocci throwback!
Bringing back an old Odyssey favorite just for you! Our Short rib Gnocci is served with arugula, mushrooms, goat cheese, and crispy sambai onions.

Pikes Peak Brewing Lager House

What’s offered: off-menu item Rocky Mountain High Pastrami Hoagie.

Rooster’s House of Ramen

What’s offered: off-menu item Yuzu Kosho Chicken Wings.

Spice Island Grill

What’s offered: Spicy Jerk Mac & Cheese. What does our staff ask us to whip up for them after their shift? Spice Island’s beloved mac & cheese jazzed up with our signature spicy jerk sauce. A special treat for Culinary Insiders only!

Streetcar 520

What’s offered: off menu cocktail featuring Distillery 291.

The Carter Payne

What’s offered: special pairing of season small bites.  Experience seasonal cuisine at its finest: as a series of small bites! Insiders get a flight of four small-bite offerings, changing weekly.

Track 10 Urban Kitchen

What’s offered: secret off-menu item + cocktail, changing weekly.

The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery

What’s offered: secret menu item, changing weekly. Come back each week to claim the surprise special appetizer, tasting menu, entree or dessert only available to passholders.

Available Tues-Sat from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 


What’s offered: Chocolate Fondant Cake
Indulge in our beloved chocolate fondant cake, served with warm cherry pudding and crème fraiche ice cream, available to Insiders only!

How it works

The Culinary Insider pass is entirely digital. After registering, please check your inbox for a link to access your digital passport.

  • At participating locations, show your pass to your server to access a special off-menu item, which is available at an additional cost.
  • Check in to as many locations as you can in the month of October and be entered to win prizes.
  • One (1) off-menu item per passholder per table per visit. Items are available at an additional cost. Diners wishing to order additional off-menu items must have their own Culinary Insider pass.
  • Event is family-friendly; some items only for ages 21-plus.
  • Be sure to tag us on social media using #Downtown_CS and #CulinaryInsiderDowntownCS

Click to see our fabulous foodie prizes valued up to $500!

Need help with your pass?

 For help, email or call/text 888-921-5333.


Culinary Insider is brought to you by Downtown Ventures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.