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Chef Deanna’s culinary career began early on, inspired by growing up not only in the family kitchen; but in the families ownership of several known and well respected restaurants...

While attending SFSU Deanna continued to hone in on her passion working at a high end San Francisco restaurant, and, after graduating accepting a position of management with the private Sacramento Club, where she created exclusive culinary events for political leaders, celebrities, and even Presidents.

Relocating to the Black Forest of Colorado Springs after a few years in Austin, Texas, Deanna started cooking for young professionals and their families focusing on delicious well balanced and affordable weekly menus.

Chef Deanna then launched the award winning Black Forest Chew-Chew and Black Forest Catering Company specializing in international street food and family friendly meals.


  • Food Network Champions - Rocky Mountain Division

  • Featured on Americas Best Restaurants

  • 2024 Best Chef, Best Service, Best Craft Cocktails, Hidden Gem, Best Colorado Cuisine, Best American Cuisine, Best Restaurant for an Anniversary, Best Restaurant for a first Date, Best Restaurant to have dinner, Best Patio, Best Gastropub, Best Wine List

  • 2023 Best Colorado Cuisine, Best Place to have Dinner, Best Wine List, Best Cocktails, Best Hidden Gem, Best Gastropub - The Gazette

  • 2022 and 2023 Neighborhood Favorite - Next Door

  • 2022 and 2023 Best Restaurant Colorado Springs

  • 2022 Best Restaurant, Best Seafood, Best Patio and Best Take Out - Restaurant Guru

  • 2021 Gold Best in the Springs - Best Patio and Best Cocktails

  • People's Choice Awards - Best In Colorado Springs 3 years running

  • Best in Business - Colorado Springs Business Journal

  • IPA Cook-Off Champions

  • Daily Blast Live Celebrity Chef

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