Alex Seidel's much anticipated ode to preserved foods, Mercantile Dining & Provision, opened its cafe and market yesterday at 7 a.m. and completed its debut dinner service later that evening. Fans of Seidel's first restaurant, Fruition, will find a similar menu of focused platings that give the ingr ... More >>
Mercantile Dining & Provision, Alex Seidel's new venture and the last eatery to open in Union Station, will be open for dinner on Monday, September 8. The menu features an expected attention to local produce, meat and dairy -- much of it from Seidel's own Fruition Farms -- as well as preserved foods ... More >>
"We set out to do a small, simple restaurant, not to blaze any trails," Alex Seidel, chef-owner of Fruition, told Westword two years after he opened that award-winning restaurant."The positive reaction has been fantastic, but we never expected this kind of attention. I'm just a simple chef who cooks ... More >>
Provisions seems to be one of the latest restaurant catch words, both nationally and locally. Portland has Olympic Provisions, San Francisco is home to State Bird Provisions and Houston has the unadorned Provisions. Here in town, chef Alex Seidel is about to open Mercantile Dining & Provision at Uni ... More >>
Union Station is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, July 26, two weeks behind schedule -- but one of the restaurants going into the historic building is even further down the track: Mercantile Dining & Provision. Still, Mercantile -- a 5,000 square foot restaurant in the north wing helmed by Ale ... More >>
Earlier this morning, hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and restaurant-industry groupies were eyeballing their computer screens and mobile phones, anxiously awaiting the news, which was live-streamed from the Publican in Chicago, announcing who would make it through to the James Beard Fo ... More >>
With the grand reopening of Denver Union Station less than four months away, Larimer Associates and its partners in the project just announced eight more retail and restaurant tenants for the renovated facility set to debut on July 12. And not only are all of these tenants from Colorado, but several ... More >>
Back in May, during a press conference outside the Oxford Hotel, Larimer Associates and the Union Station Alliance revealed the names of three of the restaurant tenants that will be part of the renovation of the old station: the Kitchen Next Door, Snooze and a new restaurant and market from Alex Sei ... More >>
When you're looking for a special-occasion dinner, it's hard to beat Fruition. Alex Seidel's place is nationally renowned, but the house-turned-restaurant off Sixth Avenue looks deceptively unassuming, with simple furnishings in the small dining areas. But the good that comes out of the kitchen here ... More >>
Fruition chef-owner Alex Seidel is still mulling over the name of his new restaurant and European-style market, which will open in Union Station next summer, but he's made at least one concrete decision that will undoubtedly ensure that the wine program rivals any in Denver: Seidel has enlisted Step ... More >>
Here's where the pig puns start: Two years ago, at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, five Colorado chefs -- Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson (Frasca Food & Wine); Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken); Frank Bonanno (Bonanno Concepts); and Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euc ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation has just released its list -- its long list -- of semi-finalists, and several Denver area restaurants and chefs have made the cut. Jorel Pierce may have gotten bumped from Top Chef early, but the exec chef at Euclid Hall made the cut for Rising Star Chef of the Year. And ... More >>
Just shy of a month ago, Paul Attardi, the familiar front-of-the-house face of Fruition, Alex Seidel's (still) spellbinding restaurant on Sixth Avenue, parted ways with his sidekick after a ten-year business partnership. And now, what may very well be the best front-of-the-house job in a Denver rest ... More >>
I was catching up with a very close friend the other day and we got to talking about cheese. I should mention that he happens to be a former maker of it at Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and is currently managing St. James Cheese Co. in New Orleans, one of the most impressive cheese shops I've ... More >>
Last night, while tottering drunkards, some strapped with clinking beer can necklaces, stumbled by the floor-to-ceiling windows of ChoLon, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, who resides in Chicago, Fruition exec chef-owner Alex Seidel and Lon Symensma, the owner-chef of ChoLon, were in Symensma's kit ... More >>
Lori MidsonOn Thursday, September 29, Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard, who's just about ready to embark on a book tour, along with Alex Seidel, chef/owner of Fruition, will share the kitchen with Lon Symensma at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, when all three kitchen magicians commune to host a ... More >>
Girl and the GoatSeason 4 Top Chef Stephanie Izard It's been a good year for Lon Symensma, the chef/owner of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, the leading-edge Asian restaurant that he opened downtown last October.
Lori Midson Sean McGaughey Opus 2575 West Main Street, Littleton 303-703-6787 This is part one of my interview with Sean McGaughey, exec chef of Opus. Part two of that interview will be posted here tomorrow. Sean McGaughey grew up in Rye, a town of 2,000 on the plains where Colorado, Nebras ... More >>
Lori MidsonAlex Seidel's sheep's milk ricottaColorado creameries Fruition Farms Dairy and Creamery, Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy and Avalanche Cheese Company took home prizes from the American Cheese Society's annual competition held last weekend in, of all places, Montreal, Canada. With 1, ... More >>
Lori MidsonCochon 555 chefs Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Kelly Liken, Alex Seidel, Frank Bonanno and Jennifer Jasinski Lard, have mercy on my soul. To say that I pigged out this weekend is the understatement of the year, and if I was porky before, you should see me now. In fact, I'm fairly ... More >>
Lori MidsonWhich little piggy will take home the top prize at Cochon 555? In exactly 37 days, the third US Tour of Cochon 555, a nationwide traveling pork orgy that spotlights five local chefs, five heritage breed piggies and five winemakers, will hoof it to Denver, taking over a yet-to-be-de ... More >>
Our favorite table scraps of the week from the Cafe Society blog:
Lori MidsonFruition executive chef/owner Alex Seidel is making ricotta cheese from his farm just outside of Larkspur, and several Denver restaurants are pimping dishes, including the one in the above snap, that feature the magnificent cheese, which frankly, deserves a plate of its own. Can ... More >>
Early in 2009, Alex Seidel, chef/owner of Fruition, 1313 East Sixth Avenue, bought a ten-acre parcel of earth that sits off a dirt road, just outside Larkspur, and named it Fruition Farms. From the beginning, Seidel, along with Verde Farms founder Josh Halder, cultivated herbs, greens and v ... More >>
Lori MidsonTickets go on sale today for the Denver Celebrity Chef Tour, a star-studded squad of kitchen sorcerers, including Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's); Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Eric Skokan (Black Cat, Boulder); and Michael Ginor, the co-founder and chef ... More >>
Pizzeria Basta's patio gardenThe patch of earth in the alley planted with herbs and produce may not be as flashy as the mobile vendor cruising down the street hawking banh mi and pork belly, but according to 2,000 restaurateurs across the country, that plot of land is trendier. One third of t ... More >>
A Flickr photoSome of Denver's top chefs are participating in tonight's aptly named Evening of Decadent Delights at Lola, 1575 Boulder Street. Alex Seidel (Fruition) will create the passed hors d'ouevre; Sean Yontz (El Diablo) is tapped for the appetizer course; Goose Sorensen (Solera) will w ... More >>
Lori MidsonTime and time again, in our weekly Chef and Tell interviews, we read about local kitchen commanders lamenting the dearth of Denver restaurant exposure on a national level. In fact, Jeff Bolton, exec chef of Second Home Kitchen & Bar, and the subject of this week's Chef and Tell Q&A ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf you've been following this here blog, then you already know that chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli) are hosting a seafood supper this Sunday at the Infinite Monkey Theorem ... More >>
Lori Midson Jeff Osaka and Alex SeidelThis Sunday, August 22, chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli and Lechon) will host a summer seafood feast at Infinite Monkey Theorem, the urban winery ... More >>
Lori MidsonJeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelveThis Sunday, August 22, chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli and Lechon) will host a summer seafood feast at Infinite Monkey Theorem, the urban ... More >>
Lori Midson Craig Dixon, executive chef of Cafe Options This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Cafe Options executive chef Craig Dixon. To read part one of that interview, click here. Favorite ingredient: Butter. Animal fat is where it's at. You can't fake butter. Humans have sur ... More >>
Lori MidsonJust minutes ago, Food & Wine magazine released the names of the country's Best New Chefs for 2010, and Alex Seidel, executive chef/owner of Fruition, earned one of the ten coveted spots. Bryan Moscatello, the former exec of the long defunct Adega Restaurant and Wine Bar, was the ... More >>
Tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m., Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents Kegs & Curds, a tribute to beer-and-cheese pairings which seem to have suddenly become rather popular. There will be samples of 25 Colorado, U.S. and Belgian beers thoughtfully paired (by the brewers) with twenty g ... More >>
Left to right: Max Mackissock, Jennifer Jasinski, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, John Broening, Alex Seidel, Blake Edmunds and Travis VaughnTwo very different restaurant fundraisers this week bought a literal boatload of help for Haiti. First up: The $125-a-head, six-course meal at Rioja on Monday n ... More >>
Yes, you heard right: This is National Bean Day, an unofficial but dedicated span of 24 hours to all things bean. While an odd website that celebrates these hallmarks of food does not specify what type of bean, we suggest the following culinary regimen to celebrate the bean here in Denver, ... More >>
Lori MidsonAs you already know from spending every second of your spare time immersed in the Cafe Society blog, Alex Seidel, exec chef-owner of Fruition (1313 East Sixth Avenue), recently bought a ten-acre farm in Larkspur, where he's producing vegetables and fruits, raising goats and chickens an ... More >>
Lori MidsonFruition Farms Talk about green energy! For a slide show of Fruition Farms, Alex Seidel's ten-acre parcel of land in Larkspur, click here. Seidel is also the chef-owner of Fruition, at 1313 East Sixth Avenue, and the subject of this week's Chef and Tell interview.
The James Beard Foundation has just released the semifinalists list for its 2009 restaurant and chef awards. And Frank Bonanno -- of Mizuna, Luca D'Italia and Osteria Marco (and now Bones, which opened at the very end of December) fame -- is one of twenty people up for Outstanding Restaurateur.No Co ... More >>
"Value." "The economy." "No new concepts." "Staying open." I talked to four of the top chefs in the state (and possibly the western United States) and asked each of them about the top Colorado food trends of 2009. I wanted to share their bold predictions, like "the new hottest di ... More >>
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The kitchen magicians of Fruition.
Denvers best new restaurant just gets better.
Limón grows with its reputation.
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