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Punch Bowl Social partners with Chef Hugh Acheson

The Southern culinary sensation is overhauling the menu


Southern culinary sensation and celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson

Award-winning Denver-based restaurant group Punch Bowl Social, founded by entrepreneur Robert Thompson, has appointed Southern culinary sensation and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson to serve as Culinary Partner.

In this newly created role, Acheson will quarterback the ongoing culinary direction of the growing restaurant concept and further strengthen Punch Bowl Social’s commitment to a seasonally inspired, scratch kitchen. Over the past several months, Acheson has been developing his new menu at Punch Bowl Social – a nearly complete overhaul of the food offerings -- which will be introduced at all Punch Bowl Social locations beginning Aug. 26.  

The partnership with Acheson, a well-known and nationally admired chef, is a game-changer for the brand and is the crescendo in Punch Bowl Social’s larger culinary vision. Acheson’s partnership announcement comes on the heels of the recent appointments of Denver chefs Chris Cina and Matt Selby, further strengthening the culinary team as Punch Bowl Social continues to expand nationally.  Through the collaboration, Acheson will develop all seasonal menu changes, create daily green plate and blue plate specials offered at all locations, and provide guidance and leadership on the Punch Bowl Social management team.

Athens, Georgia-based Acheson serves as a Top Chef judge and is best known for his unique food philosophy, sourcing local ingredients and preparing food from scratch while taking foods like farro and quinoa and giving them a unique, soulful, Southern perspective. He has been named multiple times as the Best Chef Southeast by the prestigious James Beard Foundation and has been honored as Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine.

He is the author of the James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook, A New Turn in The South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks and The Broad Fork, Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits. He also serves as chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia restaurants 5&10, The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South, and The Florence in Savannah.

With current restaurants in Denver, Portland, Austin, Detroit, Cleveland and Schaumburg, Ill., new locations of Punch Bowl Social will open in Indianapolis and Minneapolis later this year with six more locations in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood, Sacramento, San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Chicago and Dallas scheduled to open in 2017 and a Brooklyn location in early 2018.

Conceived just four years ago by founder and CEO Robert Thompson, Punch Bowl Social has quickly transformed the dining and entertainment experience. With an approach that focuses equally on food, beverages and games in a large-format, design forward environment, Punch Bowl Social seamlessly blends a high-integrity diner-inspired menu and fun, craft bar offerings with a vintage gaming experience.

Punch Bowl Social brings classic entertainment and real culinary chops together under the same roof, in an environment that is playful, comfortable and surprisingly intimate. Punch Bowl Social's scratch kitchen serves upscale diner-inspired dishes while the bar focuses on delivering top-notch craft beverages. In addition to receiving dozens of awards since opening the first Punch Bowl Social in 2012, Punch Bowl Social was named one of Nation's Restaurant News' "Top Ten Breakout Brands" in 2015. For more information, visit www.punchbowlsocial.com

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