Press + accolades + PUBLICATIONS
5280 Magazine, Fall 2016
Ridgway Might Just Be Colorado's Tiniest Foodie Town
"LOTUS ROOT. After 30 years of cooking in Telluride, Korea-born Honga Im has relocated to Ridgway. From her new restaurant inside Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, Im prepares organic brown rice bowls and carefully sourced sushi. Vegetarian and gluten-free diners will love the root bowl with kale, Brussels sprouts, beets, and sunflower seeds or the wellness roll with avocado, cucumber, spinach, and sesame oil."
Edible Magazine, Fall 2011
New York Social Diary, January 2008
by Jill Donenfeld
My family has been vacationing in Telluride, Colorado since 1989 and for about that long, we’ve also been devouring Honga’s Blackened Tofu. Honga Im Hopgood began dishing her pan-Asian specialties from a food cart in the late eighties on Telluride’s main drag. For those unfamiliar with Telluride, it is a small town located in the San Miguel Valley. What was once a modest mining town, Telluride is best known now for its spectacular skiing in the winter and its gorgeous climbs, hikes, and mountain biking opportunities in the summer...
Honga's Lotus Petal, Pan-Asian Cookbook, 2007
winner - 2007 Best Cookbook award, foreword review
Sample the delicious flavors and eclectic Asian fare of Honga's Lotus Petal. A local favorite, this venerable restaurant serves up fresh Asian-influenced cuisine from an American skiing mecca. Honga's menu combines flavors from Thailand, Japan, Bali, Korea, China, Vietnam, India, and even Polynesia to create a truly unique culinary perspective. Whether it's the sushi, curry, or vegetarian fare, the focus here is organic, natural, and hormone-free. Honga's menu defines creative. Favorites include Blackened Tofu, Asian Pumpkin Soup, Coconut Curry Mussels, Spicy Poke, and Grilled Salmon and Bok Choy. From the tofu to the fish dishes to Honga's exquisite sauces, this book includes recipes for soups, salads, appetizers, main dishes, sushi, drinks, desserts, and more. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions guide you and the luscious full-color photographs inspire you to bring the simple elegance of Honga's Lotus Petal into your home.
the following publications have positively reviewed chef honga's restaurants:
New York Times
Town and Country
National Geographic Travel
Hemispheres (United Airlines)
Delta Sky Magaizne