In the ballet world, Damian Woetzel is a rock star. A one-time New York City Ballet principal, he retired in 2008, his last performance marked by a burst of critical praise, a shower of blooms and an ovation that lasted ten minutes. Since then, he's been busy. It's impossible to list all his project ... More >>
Samuel McCandless The Squeaky Bean 1500 Wynkoop Street 303-623-2665 squeakybean.net hen he was a kid, the mere thought of cooking panicked Samuel McCandless. "I was kinda scared to cook when I was young, and I have no idea why, other than that I was intimidated and didn't want to be bad at it," sa ... More >>
Tony Hessel West Flanders Brewing Co. 1125 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-447-2739 wfbrews.com This is part two of my interview with Tony Hessel, exec chef of West Flanders Brewing Co; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Which living chef do you most admire? Alice Waters. She was my inspirat ... More >>
Tony Hessel West Flanders Brewing Co. 1125 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-447-2739 wfbrews.com This is part one of my interview with Tony Hessel, exec chef of West Flanders Brewing Co; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. Born in Manhattan and raised in Connecticut, Tony Hessel always thou ... More >>
Patxi Azpiroz Patxi's Pizza 3455 South University Boulevard, Englewood; 303-783-2000 185 Steele Street; 303-331-1000 www.patxispizza.com This is part two of my interview with Patxi Azpiroz, exec chef/owner of Patxi's Pizza; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Favorite Denver restaurant(s) ... More >>
Whenever we have people over, it seems there's always someone who doesn't eat meat. I'm sympathetic to the cause; after all, I grew up in a house with a vegetarian. To complicate matters, guests often aren't fond of soy, so I'm always on the lookout for riffs on rice and beans. When I had the fava b ... More >>
Jeremy Thomas Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar 1512 Curtis Street 303-534-1155 www.legranddenver.com This is part one of my interview with Jeremy Thomas, chef of Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. Colorado native Jeremy Thomas spent a lot of time at the dinne ... More >>
Colorado foodophiles have one -- make that seven -- more reasons to ballyhoo our culinary scene: Today, Pagosa Brewing Company, Avalanche Cheese Company, Ritual Chocolate, Serendipity Confections, Dancing Pines Distillery, Leopold Bros. and Syntax Spirits were all named as finalists vying for a 2013 ... More >>
It's incredibly difficult to do justice to the thousands of remarkable cookbooks published in 2012, but after spending days -- weeks -- roaming through the recipes and lush food porn of hundreds of them, I've picked out my favorites. These are the cookbooks that stock my selves at home, and the coo ... More >>
Josh Monopoli Black Cat 1964 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-5500 www.blackcatboulder.com Bramble & Hare 1970 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-9110 brambleandhare.com Part one of my interview with Josh Monopoli, chef de cuisine of Black Cat and Bramble & Hare, ran yesterday; this is part two. Favorite ... More >>
Part one of my interview with Adam Watts, chef de cuisine at Jax Boulder, ran on Wednesday; this is part two. Adam Watts Jax Fish House Boulder 928 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-444-1811 www.jaxboulder.com If you only had 24 hours in Denver/Boulder, where would you eat? I'd start out with brunch at B ... More >>
Thomas Salamunovich Larkspur 478 Vail Valley Drive, Vail 970-754-8050 www.larkspurvail.com Larkburger www.larkburger.com Part one of my interview with Thomas Salamunovich, exec chef of Larkspur and Larkburger, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Respect e ... More >>
Last month we asked which Denver restaurant would make the best use of forty pounds of cherries from Washington, and Cafe Society readers served up some juicy suggestions for places that could use the fruit to make cherry pie and cherry beer . Now we know the cherry-picked winner of the bounty: Fl ... More >>
Serena Romeo Comida Cantina 721 Confidence Drive, Longmont 720-204-6455 www.eatcomida.com This is part two of my interview with Serena Romeo, exec chef of Comida Cantina. Read part one of my interview with Romeo. What's your best piece of advice to culinary-school grads? Be open to learning things ... More >>
James Van Dyk Lucky's Cafe 3980 Broadway, Boulder 303-444-5007 This is part two of my chat with James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe in Boulder. Part one of our interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Just one: Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York. David Chang's food ... More >>
James Van Dyk Lucky's Cafe 3980 Broadway, Boulder 303-444-5007 This is part one of my chat with James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe in Boulder. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. Back in the '60s, when James Van Dyk was growing up on the East Coast with a single worki ... More >>
Jeremy Kittelson Ambria 1201 16th Street 303-623-8646 www.ambriadenver.com This is part two of my chef and tell interview with Jeremy Kittleson, exec chef of Ambria. Part one of our chat ran yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I really like going to Euclid Hall. ... More >>
Amos Watts Jax Fish House Denver 1539 17th Street 303-292-5767 www.jaxfishhousedenver.com This is part two of my interview with Amos Watts, exec chef of Jax Fish House-Denver. Part one of my interview with Watts ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Next in Chicago. It's a really new an ... More >>
Amos Watts Jax Fish House Denver 1539 17th Street 303-292-5767 www.jaxfishhousedenver.com The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's culinary temple in Napa, gets plenty of accolades, but Cyrus, a petite restaurant in the artsy Sonoma town of Healdsburg, is even better, insists its legion of junkies. And ... More >>
The Good Food Awards has announced the finalists in its second annual national celebration of products that are "tasty, authentic, responsible." And the list includes not just several local brewers and spirit makers, but Dagstani & Sons, "A Very Fine Fruit Company" that makes small-batch fine fruit ... More >>
Mike Peshek Lou's Food Bar 1851 West 38th Avenue 303-458-0336 www.lousfoodbar This is part two of my interview with Mike Peshek, exec chef of Lou's Food Bar. Part one of my chat with Peshek ran earlier this week. Favorite restaurant in America: Pizzeria Regina in Boston. The service is terrible, t ... More >>
Lori Midson Chris Cina Hideaway Steakhouse 2345 West 112th Avenue, Westminster 303-404-9939 www.hideawaysteakhouse.com This is part one of my interview with Chris Cina, executive chef of Hideaway Steakhouse. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Chris Cina wasn't bor ... More >>
Lori Midson Justin Cucci Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200 www.rootdowndenver.com This is part one of my interview with Justin Cucci, owner and executive chef of Root Down and Linger. Part two of my interview will run in this space tomorrow. Justin Cucci has spent the majority ... More >>
Lori Midson Jim Cohen The Empire Lounge & Restaurant 816 Main Street, Louisville 303-665-2521 www.theempirerestaurant.com Pizzeria da Lupo 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-396-6366 www.pizzeriadalupo.com This is part two of my interview with Jim Cohen, chef/owner of The Empire Restaurant ... More >>
Pinons, the best of a bad lot in Aspen?Zeke Emanuel admits he has no qualifications to review food, and that he's writing about restaurants for the Atlantic's website only because he "argued with Corby Kummer about the merits of molecular gastronomy and Alice Waters' cooking." Still, Emanuel ... More >>
Lori Midson It's likely to be the Academy Awards of pickelers, salumieres, cheese-makers, chocolatiers, brewmasters, jam makers and coffee roasters at the Good Food Awards, a new national competition for those who rule -- or think they rule -- the world of hand-crafted foods and suds.
Lori Midson Brad Birky SAME Cafe 2023 East Colfax Avenue 720-530-6853 This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Brad Birky, executive chef/owner of the SAME Cafe. You can read part two of this interview right back here tomorrow. It's 3 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, an hour after c ... More >>
Ah, to be Anthony Bourdain. To get paid to travel the world; to get paid to eat and drink in some of the most exotic cities imaginable; to get paid to curse and guzzle whiskey while mingling with commonfolk who long for your lifestyle; to get paid to talk shit about everyone in your industry ... More >>
Lori Midson Aaron Whitcomb Aaron Whitcomb YaYa's Euro Bistro 8310 East Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village 303-741-1110 www.yayasbistro.com This is part two of my interview with Aaron Whitcomb. To read part one of that interview, click here. Six words to describe your food: Playful, class ... More >>
Lori Midson Samir Mohammad The Village Cork 1300 South Pearl Street 303-282-8399 www.villagecork.com This is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Samir Mohammad. To read part one of that interview, click here.
She is the culinary genius behind Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Along with friend and chef Jeremiah Tower, she pioneered California Cuisine and has had a heavy influence in promoting sustainable, locally grown food sources for restaurants. Her Chez Panisse Foundation introduced the Edible School ... More >>
Thomas Keller While having dinner recently, I overheard a woman trying to familiarize her dining companion with Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In an attempt to jog her memory, the friend asked, "What show is he on?" It's an interesting state of affairs, more obviously a sign of the times. In a ... More >>
Lori MidsonLoHi SteakBar exec chef Sean KellyThis is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Sean Kelly, exec chef of LoHi SteakBar. You can read part one of Midson's interview with Kelly here. Ten words to describe you: Husband, father, cook, dedicated, extreme, blessed, impossible, critic ... More >>
Deluxe is about to get another sibling.Dylan Moore already runs a couple of this city's most engaging restaurants: Deluxe at 30 South Broadway, one of the (very) few examples of intelligently designed, historical California cuisine done right in Denver, and right next door at 32 South Broadwa ... More >>
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Sam'l P. Arnold is still holding down The Fort.
War is hell. Cafe Bisque proves that.
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