Pierre Wolfe, Denver area chef and media personality for more than half a century (including an early Littleton stint), will share memories and stories at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Littleton Museum in a free program. The event is sponsored by the museum, Historic Littleton Inc. and Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum.
Wolfe was born in Berlin of Alsatian descent and moved to Colorado in 1950 after serving with the Allied forces in North Africa and the Middle East as a 16-year-old. His first Denver job was at the Brown Palace. In 1952, he became chef at the Patio Lamaze Restaurant at Belleview and Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. (Renamed The Patio in 1953.)
The restaurant offered a high-end menu: steak Diana, frog legs, Chateaubriand, Parisian chicken, bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee — many items were served, or at least flamed, at tableside, a bit of showmanship he took with him when he moved to the Quorum, near the Capitol in Denver in 1960.
Well-known guests were found at the Patio frequently, and a highlight was a press dinner for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower on June 25, 1952, when he was campaigning for president. Press secretary James Hagerty was the planner. Wolfe discussed his military service in North Africa with the general.
The dinner menu was printed by the Littleton Independent on 4½-inch wide satin ribbon. Wolfe treasures a sample signed by Dwight and Mamie Doud Eisenhower.
In 1956, Wolfe met his wife-to-be, Jean Brown, with whom he has traveled widely — the equivalent of four circles around the globe, he says. He logged more than 40 years in the restaurant business in Denver, including The Normandy and Tante Louise after the Quorum. He retired in 2000 and has published two books and kept a radio show going since then, as he and his wife traveled. (He has served as guest chef on cruise liners en route.)
He has broadcast his radio shows from around the world since he began in 1956 in Denver. He currently has a nationally syndicated Sunday afternoon show, where he hosts guest experts from food and travel fields.
Wolfe published his first book, “Tastefully Yours,” in 2002 (out of print, but available at Bemis Library). It is a history of Denver restaurants, with menus, gossip and critiques and some recipes. He acknowledged many friends who were sources for his extensive material — and said “if the recipes don't work, call them, not me!”
His latest book, “The Tall Fellows,” is a novel that grew out of his war experiences. (Copies will be available.)
Chef, media personality and author Pierre Wolfe will speak at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Admission is free. 303-795-3950.