David Zahradnik

David’s Motivation

I believe communication, working hard, and dedication are factors that lead to success. Achieving goals takes a lot of drive, devotion and determination; with the right support and expertise, success can be yours.


Growing up in a family of farmers and successful entrepreneurs in Iowa taught David the value of hard work and launched his interest in the hospitality industry.

David came to Colorado in 1996 to attend the Colorado Institute of Arts, where he graduated top of his class in the Culinary Department.  Now, with over 30 years of restaurant experience in both front and back of house, he has worked, owned and consulted for many F&B establishments, including 16 years with Secret Sauce (Vesta, Steuben’s Uptown & ACE).  David joined Sanborn & Co. to help others achieve their industry goals.

David was the founding President of Eat Denver from February 2007-January 2009, he sat on committees that pioneered two of their biggest annual events, The Big Eat and Harvest Week.

Career History

Present                       Sanborn and Company, Inc. Associate Broker

2016 – Present            NPLH LLC, Investor/Partner

2015 – 2016                WineStyles, Manager

2014 – 2015                Lady Gregory, Chicago, GM and Bar Manager

1999 – 2013                Secret Sauce, Sous Chef, Manager, GM


Former Board Member of Eat Denver (formerly DINR)

Founding President of Eat Denver from February 2007-January 2009

Committee Member of Big Eat, Harvest Week, and Steering Committee for Eat Denver

Culinary Arts Associate Degree, Colorado Institute of Arts

Fun Facts about David

Swam with sharks and lived to talk about it.

Campfire Culinary Aficionado (aka cooks stuff in foil over fire).

Lost 22 golf balls in one round.

Dad Joke extraordinaire and purveyor of everything Pun-nny.