Before moving to Steamboat, Hannah Hopkins spent 15 years in the NYC metro area where she opened her first restaurant, Dish Bistro and Wine Bar as well as Hopkins Catering Company. Write-ups in the New York Times and an appearance on Food Network’s Chopped proved Hannah’s mettle as a go-getter with exceptional culinary skills. Here, in the Yampa Valley, Hannah served as Executive Chef at Mambo, ultimately rising to co-partner and Operations Manager. She also initiated, and oversaw, the redesign of Mambo’s interior as well as its menu offerings. Hannah is truly passionate about food, always trying to further educate herself, and her travels through Europe and South America informed how she sees the connection between restaurants, travel, wine, music and art. Now, she’s setting her sights on Bésame, an inspired collection of regional Latin flavors located in the heart of Steamboat Springs.
Hannah lives in Steamboat with her husband and three children where she enjoys hiking, the outdoors, traveling, cooking, drinking wine, and spending time with her family and their dog.
Mambo’s manager, Nicci Curd, is a true Steamboat local, and restaurants are in her blood. A member of a long-standing industry family, she started as a dishwasher and worked her way up to head bartender for a busy Denver martini bar. She considers her extensive history in restaurants to have been the best education and training she could have ever asked for, and her fine dining experience spans Asian, American, Italian, Latin and French cuisines. Nicci is also a dancer and singer and she’s looking forward to delivering Mambo’s guests a singular warm and authentic Italian experience.