Moonbeam Harvest event announced to the media and general public today


Top Denver Chefs Partner with Clayton Early Learning for a Harvest Extravaganza to Nourish Early Childhood Education & Delight Food Lovers

DENVER, CO - July 9, 2013 – Autumn -- the kids are back to school, fall foliage is ablaze and local produce is at its peak.  This year, celebrate all the wonders of fall with Clayton Early Learning, Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing and improving early childhood care and education, and Troy Guard of TAG Restaurant Group.  Clayton and Guard are working together to create Moonbeam Harvest, a unique event and chefs’ gathering to support early childhood education under the Harvest Moon on September 19, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Fifteen premier local chefs will prepare seasonal dishes with herbs and vegetables harvested from Clayton gardens, and the line-up is impressive.  Led by Chef Troy Guard, harvest-fresh dishes, wine and signature cocktails will be served in the heart of the Clayton Early Learning historic campus.  The event’s honorary chairs are Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  Event Chairs are Tom and Kathy Stokes.  Participating chefs include:

• Daniel Asher, Root Down & Linger
• Brandon Biederman, Ace & Steuben’s
• Mark Dym, Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza
• Jamey Fader, Lola & Big Red F
• Noah French, Sugarmill
• Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group
• Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall
• Kelly Liken, Restaurant Kelly Liken (Vail)
• Shaun Motada, TAG Raw Bar
• Jeff Osaka, Twelve Restaurant
• Scott Parker, Table 6
• Paul Reilly, Beast & Bottle
• Richard Sandoval, Tamayo, al Lado, Zengo
• Gregory Shain, Clayton Early Learning
• Tyler Wiard, Elway’s

The event is further supported through partnerships with Whole Foods, The Patrón Spirits Company and Treasury Wine Estates, and Bounty Level Sponsor Comcast.
Event proceeds will support the children of Clayton Early Learning, which has long served as Colorado’s major proving ground for all things early childhood.  Clayton Early Learning is the state’s leading catalyst in providing early care and education, and collaborating with others to improve these important services.  Clayton’s work focuses on ensuring optimal development during the critical birth-to-5 period for all children, especially those of limited opportunities.

According to Charlotte Brantley, President and CEO of Clayton Early Learning, “Moonbeam Harvest will allow our dynamic chef community to share its bounty and creative talents to support school readiness of Colorado children.  We’re honored and delighted to partner with these extraordinarily talented chefs who believe in the importance of nourishing young minds as well as bodies.”

“With a young daughter myself, I really wanted to create an opportunity to invest in an organization that is focused on early education and that understands the importance that nutrition plays in the development of young minds,” said Chef Troy Guard. “When I discovered the work and impact of Clayton Early Learning, I knew this was the place for us,” he continued.

Moonbeam Harvest tickets begin at $75 and can be purchased by visiting Those interested in sponsorship of the event should contact Denise DesMoineaux-Queen at 303-398-8569 or
About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning is Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing and improving early education during the critical prenatal-to-5 period.  The non-profit organization’s dynamic model harnesses the synergy of research, practice and training to close learning gaps for the children who need it most.  Through its public and private partnerships, Clayton Early Learning drives system change throughout the state championing the fact that quality early education can and does change lives. For more information visit

About TAG Restaurant Group
TAG Restaurant Group, owned by Chef Troy Guard, includes TAG on Larimer Square, TAG Burger Bar, TAG Raw Bar, Sugarmill and two new restaurants coming soon. Each restaurant presents a distinctive dining experience. Chef Guard is known for his use of fresh local ingredients to create playful cuisine that melds classic and contemporary styles. The chic urban atmosphere of each location inspires and promotes a sense of community among friends. This philosophy influences every aspect of the TAG experience from Guard’s innovative menus to the exceptional wine lists and handcrafted cocktails.  For more information visit