Michel Wahaltere has cooked all over Colorado, most recently at Gisella, in Aspen, which closed last year. He was the opening chef of Campo de Fiori in Cherry Creek -- now Pikkas; the original exec chef of the 9th Door in LoDo; the opening chef of MiniBAR, a concept that also shuttered years ago in ... More >>
Labor Day weekend is full of culinary jubilations, including the Taste of Colorado. But if you want to get the hell out of town -- and away from the oppressive heat -- head to Vail, the site of Gourmet on Gore, an outdoor culinary and libations festival that kicks off on August 30 and runs through S ... More >>
Kelly Whitaker Pizzeria Basta 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-997-8775 pizzeriabasta.com This is part three of my interview with Kelly Whitaker, exec chef-owner of Pizzeria Basta. Parts one and two ran earlier this week. What are your kitchen-gadget obsessions? Cryovac machines and immersion ci ... More >>
Lori MidsonMichel Wahaltere's head is hanging out the window of his paddy wagon parked in an abandoned lot on East Colfax, between York and Josephine, when he suddenly looks up, thrusts open the doors, grabs my hand and drags me around back. "See this?" he asks, panting and pointing to the n ... More >>
Lori Midson Brendon Doyle Jonesy's EatBar 400 East 20th Avenue 303-863-7473 When Brendon Doyle got his first cooking gig, it had nothing to do with his love for food or the line. "My first kitchen job was at Woody's Wings N Things, and I only took it because all my friends worked there and ... More >>
Lori MidsonBrendon Doyle, the new exec chef at Jonesy's EatBar"I love the gastropub concept, I love the word 'gastropub' and I love Leigh Jones," declares Brendon Doyle, the former exec chef of Campo de Fiori who's now in command of the kitchen at Jonesy's EatBar, the gastropub at 400 East ... More >>
Sunday night at Campo de Fiori (300 Fillmore Street), a group of local restaurateurs and spirit-pushers hosted a kick-off party for Harvest Week, sponsored by DINR (the Denver Independent Network of Restaurants) and offering a taste of what to expect at this year's event, which runs September ... More >>
Lori MidsonCaesar salad from Opus Last night I witnessed the Greatest Caesar Salad competition, an annual battle of the romaine hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food, that pitted seven local restaurants -- Squeaky Bean, Root Down, Campo de Fiori, Marco's Co ... More >>
Seven Denver restaurants - Squeaky Bean, Izakaya Den, Root Down, Opus, Encore, Campo de Fiori and Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza - are fighting for the Caesar salad crown in this year's Greatest Caesar Salad Competition, a no-holds-barred smackdown that gets tossing at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 ... More >>
Jeff Kass. Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass is the author of the other book about Columbine -- and while his effort, Columbine: A True Crime Story, has received only modest attention on a national level, he feels his account has much to recommend it over Columbine, local journalist Dav ... More >>
"I just got an offer to be the personal chef for the McCain family!" wrote Michel Wahaltere on his Facebook page. And, yes, he was talking about that McCain family, the one whose dithering patriarch lost the 2008 presidential election in a landslide. You know how just before you puke, you get that b ... More >>
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