After graduating high school, Chef Alberto apprenticed at the Denver County Club under a Certified Master Chef and competed in food shows throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He became Executive Chef at the Denver Country Club, and later took the same position at the Denver Petroleum Club.
In 1994, Chef Al and his wife Lisa decided to relocate to Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. In Grand County, Chef Alberto has worked as Executive Chef at the Ranch House at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, the Shed, and Untamed Steakhouse.
In June 2008, Chef Alberto Sapien partnered with David McKnight to open Tabernash Tavern, which immediately became a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
Since opening, he has been featured in Denver’s 5280 Magazine.
Tabernash Tavern & Wine Bar offers a delicious selection of international favorites, including USDA Prime dry-aged steaks, seafood, vegetarian, and comfort food options with a twist. We also offer organic, cage-free, free-range, and all-natural ingredient dishes. Vegan, heart-healthy, and gluten-free options are also available.
** Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2014**
Our commitment to excellence in wine has been recognized by Wine Spectator since 2014. This prestigious award is given to restaurants and bars that demonstrate a strong commitment to wine service and selection. We take pride in our extensive wine list and our knowledgeable staff, who are always happy to help you find the perfect pairing for your meal. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or simply looking to try something new, we have something for everyone. Come visit us and see why we have been recognized as one of the best places in town to enjoy a glass of wine or any of our six beers on tap.