By Jonathan Shikes
By Alex Brown
By Cafe Society
By Samantha Alviani
By Lori Midson
By Mark Antonation
By Loren Lorenzo
By Nate Hemmert
Many miles south, another "Taste" event, the Taste of the Tech, runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on May 25 at the Sheraton (7007 South Clinton Road, Englewood). Tickets are $20 per person, and the event benefits the worthy Denver Rescue Mission. Twenty of the DTC area's best restaurants -- I didn't know the DTC had twenty restaurants -- are supposed to be there, and entertainment will come courtesy of the Queen City Jazz Trio and the Jackman Brothers. For reservations, call 303-297-1815.
620 E. 6th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Region: Central Denver
My March 30 Second Helping on Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant (431 South Broadway) prompted an e-mail from a reader who pointed out that the Imperial doesn't offer green tea ice cream. And he's right -- the kitchen serves ginger ice cream, but since it tasted like a damp, cardboard box, I might as well have been eating green tea. Or brown tea. Or old tea bags. Apparently the restaurant hasn't been happy with the ice cream, either, because Imperial confirms that they're considering switching to a different brand -- Claudia's, perhaps, which is made in Denver and was mentioned by the e-mailer -- and possibly adding the green tea flavor. Hey, even dry cardboard would be better than what they're serving now.
Poor Oscar Aguirre caught some flak from the folks at Las Deliciasand some of its fans, who accused him of dissing Las D in last week's Mouthing Off. The disputed item involved a recent Wall Street Journalstory that gave good ink to the Aguirre family, which runs Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe (2005 West 33rd Avenue); Oscar's mother, Rosa Linda, was quoted extensively in the piece. Talking with Westwordabout the article, culinary student Oscar mentioned that he wanted to add a wine list to Rosa Linda's repertoire and make other changes to "distinguish ourselves from Las Delicias and El Noa Noa" -- the latter of which, by the way, is owned by one of his relatives.
By that, Oscar says, he meant making Rosa Linda's different, not better than the other two eateries. "The people who called think I was saying that I think we serve better food and that I think we're the shit, and that's definitely not what I was saying," he says. "What I was trying to convey was that we need to do something to make ourselves stand out. It's restaurants like Las Delicias and El Noa Noa that have made this a great culinary city, and I was not in any way suggesting that there is anything wrong with those places."
Although he's sorry for any confusion, "I think this will help me to step up to the plate and deliver on what I'm trying to do," Oscar says. "This is about me having a goal for my family's restaurant, and I plan to do the best I can to achieve that goal."
And, hey -- if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.