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"Here" is Atlanta, where Kessler is a restaurant reviewer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Make that a nationally known, award-winning restaurant reviewer: Last month, Kessler won top prize for criticism -- and that's all fields of criticism, movies, art and music included -- from the Cox newspaper chain, which owns his paper. And earlier this month, Kessler took first-place honors in the prestigious James Beard Awards contest, winning the Newspaper Feature Writing With Recipes category for his "Upper Crust Cooking" piece. "It was all about how my gratin dish speaks to me," says Kessler, with a maniacal giggle that all the folks he left behind in Denver would immediately recognize.
Kessler, who left Westword almost nine years ago to become food editor at the Denver Post before heading to Atlanta, was replaced at the Post by Bill St. John, who's off this week for Chicago. To replace St. John, the Postagain reached into Westword's ranks: Kyle Wagner's first restaurant review for the Postwill be appear on May 17. Westword's in the middle of a national search for Wagner's replacement; for details, see the ad on page 80.
4700 Cherry Creek Drive S.
Denver, CO 80246
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Southeast Denver
Finally, reader Leslie Fry wonders about the May 9 Bite's reference to being "a Campo de Fiori-free zone." Hey, can you think of another restaurant in town that gets more free press than that Cherry Creek hot-to-trot spot? Well, maybe The Palm.
Speaking of which: On Wednesday, May 8, the lunch crowd at that downtown powerhouse was a real celebrity sweep-steaks. For once, Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber glad-hander Steve Farber was not in evidence at the Palm, although other Firm lawyers were, including K.C. Viejo. Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau head Eugene Dilbeck was lunching with his board president, Walter Isenberg; Denver Post columnist (and Campo counselor) Bill Husted was chatting with Channel 4's Greg Moodyabout his new book; Barry Fey had cajoled Channel 7's Bill Clarke into sharing a meal; Post publisher, National Newspaper Association president and Russian correspondent Dean Singleton was having a last lunch with Alan Walters, who's leaving the Denver Newspaper Agency that Singleton also happens to head (Colleen Brewer will take Walters's spot as DNA veep of display advertising); and Rocky Mountain News publisher/editor/CEO John Temple was consulting with writers Penny Parkerand Dahlia Weinstein.
Fey, in particular, took note of the rare two-publisher sighting. "The president and vice president aren't allowed on the same plane," he pointed out. "My God, if a bomb goes off in here, we won't have anything to read tomorrow morning." And then he added: "But we could still buy concert tickets."
Lots of concert tickets: Fey filed for personal bankruptcy two days later, blaming the soft real estate market.