The Roving Rooster is a destination dining concept that pairs eclectically creative food with fun, whimsical locations.

“I wanted to create a fun vehicle bringing people together for a dining experience outside the four walls of a traditional restaurant.” ~ Laurie Adams, owner/chef of The Roving Rooster

Please call us at 303-875-7285, or email and let’s get started planning!

Our core values are based on providing you with

  • Progressive Food
  • Ever Changing Spaces
  • Wine & Laughter
  • Exemplary Service

Your next dinner could be in a barn, a river, on top of a building downtown, or around a fire in a mountain lodge.

So, join us at our next destination dinner or, envision one of your own!

About Chef Laurie

Chef/Owner: Laurie Adams

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but Colorado stole my heart at the age of four on a family ski trip to Vail. The next summer we came to Estes Park, and I was hooked. I got to move here in 97’.

Food Philosophy: Use the best local sustainable ingredients I can find, and with a lot of love, turn them into something that I can be proud of.

Best Experience Ever: Spending a summer in Italy, learning everything I could about food. It was extremely gratifying and humbling.

Favorite Quotes: “The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” -Julia Child

“The torch of love is lit in the kitchen.”  -French Proverb

“I like my boeuf bourguignon with a side of whimsy.”  -Laurie Adams

Loves: Record Players, Funny, Cab Franc, Kumamoto Oysters, and Colorado Sky

Can’t stand: Olives, (I know!  I’ve tried), Clowns, Dishonest Food, and Microwaves (I have never owned one!)

Doesn’t Understand: People in this industry that are pretentious. I mean, you are in the service industry.  Where is the pretense in that?

Strangest Pairing: Popcorn popped in coconut oil with a frosty glass of orange juice (oh so good!)

Best Compliment Ever Received: Someone once told me that for their last meal on earth, they would request my fried chicken.  Now, THAT is a compliment!

A Little History

The idea for The Roving Rooster hatched one very hot august afternoon while doing a photo shoot for a Colorado magazine. They wanted to feature me in a piece on chef-owned businesses using organic and locally sourced ingredients. I was thrilled to do the project, intending to promote my growing boutique catering company.

Denver photographer Ron O’Hare agreed to do the shoot. We decided to punch things up a bit with something a little more playful than kitchen shots of me over the stove stirring risotto. The shoot began on a large grassy area in front of the Flour Mill Building then migrated over to the bank of the South Platte River.

All at once, I was knee deep in water, wading around in a white dress.

A wrought iron table and chair were pulled into the river to capture some shots of me drinking wine, and I said, “Why not cater a dinner in a river sometime? Waiters, rolled up tuxedo pants, wading out to the guests serving champagne? Doesn’t that sound fun??” Laughter ensued.

Then I thought, “Why not? Why not dinner in a river?” Three days later, The Roving Rooster got its wings!


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