As chef at the now-defunct Row 14, Jensen Cummings was used to being asked to participate in charity events; out of 150 requests, he did 31 events in 2013. And even as he made plans to open his own spot, the Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery, at 2730 South Colorado Boulevard, he was thinking there had t ... More >>
At Barolo Grill, the Italian restaurant that Blair Taylor opened two decades ago at 3030 East Sixth Avenue, there's only one thing on the menu from twenty years ago: the duck. "I'm not allowed to change it," Taylor says. But he can, and does, think about changing everything else. "You have to keep o ... More >>
After cooking around town, including at the late, lamented Encore, Paul Reilly and his sister, Aileen, finally got to open a place of their own last year. And what a place it is! Beast Bottle, at 719 East 17th Avenue, is the restaurant "we conjured in our heads since we were kids," Paul explains. ... 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 >>
No. 94 Head cheese at Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 Beast Bottle has been garnering acclaim almost since the day it opened, most recently winning the Exceptional Newcomer Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association. Chef and co-owner Paul Reilly's ever-changing menu of cre ... More >>
Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex will be the scene for tonight's Top Taco, a taco- and margarita- tasting competition with trophies to be awarded for the Top Creative, Top Traditional Taco and Best Margarita -- with a people's choice and judges' choice for each category. See al ... More >>
UPDATE: We have a winner of our Top Taco contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many Stella's pork carnitas tacos did Comida Cantina at the Source sell during the month of May? Congratulations to lydianew204, who came the closest with a guess of 3,200; the actu ... More >>
On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denve ... More >>
Leo Goto, the legendary restaurateur who passed away on March 3, will be remembered with a Requiem Eucharist at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15, at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street in Denver. Goto, who opened his first restaurant, Leo's Place, in 1969, was the youngest person ever ind ... More >>
Raise a glass to the death of this year's dopiest bill -- so far. Senator Greg Brophy had proposed that parents be able to buy grown-up beverages at Colorado bars and restaurants for children over seventeen. But yesterday a Senate committee decided that Brophy's "Drinks With Dad" proposal was all we ... More >>
The Colorado Restaurant Association usually waits until its annual dinner celebration to announce its Industry Spotlight Awards. But this year, it's revealed more than a dozen people who'll be honored at the April 4 event at the Ritz Carlton, including the new additions to the Colorado Food Service ... More >>
At 10 a.m. today, the Colorado Restaurant Association and other organizations that oppose Initiative 300, the Paid Sick and Safe Leave proposal on Denver's upcoming ballot, will host a "300 against 300" rally in Skyline Park, just off the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe. The organizers are trying to br ... More >>
For the past seventeen years, Westword has celebrated the Denver dining scene with its annual Dish event (formerly known as Menu Affair). And now we're transforming Dish into an even more delicious celebration of the dining scene, working in partnership with Denver Food and Wine and the Color ... More >>
Turn that frown upside down! Yesterday, a bill that would remove restaurants and bars from the archaic, post-Prohibition laws regulating the sales of low-alcohol beers in convenience and grocery stores made it out of the House Economic and Business Development Committee -- 13 to 0. Senate Bi ... More >>
One last beer bill is still alive at the legislature -- which means legislators still have a chance to do the light stuff. Although proposals involving which stores can sell what beers have all died, Senate Bill 60 would allow restaurants and bars to sell any beer.
One last beer bill is still alive at the legislature -- and it could be good news for bars and restaurants, not to mention their customers. Although earlier this week Senator Betty Boyd essentially killed her bill that would have allowed convenience stores to sell any beer, not just 3.2, she' ... More >>
Paula Sandoval and her husband own Tamales by La Casita.John Haney is a Denver cop who happens to own a neighborhood joint, Haney's Coffee Shop. Susan Shepherd is a Highland Mommy who's all about urban farming. Jon Lehmann even has a campaign chef. They're all among the ten candidates runni ... More >>
The Colorado Restaurant Association wanted to encourage a restaurateur to run for the District 1 seat on Denver City Council that Rick Garcia's vacating, and so far it has two, sort of, and a third candidate who's a leader in the urban farming movement. John Haney, a Denver police detective who co- ... More >>
Tocabe's Ben Jacobs could have Denver rolling in dough.If you own a restaurant and have lived in Denver City Council District 1 for at least a year, the Colorado Restaurant Association wants to hear from you. Rick Garcia, the current rep for that district, is moving on to a federal job, so t ... More >>
Mayor John Hickenlooper is stranded in Washington, D.C., where he went to make a fast speech -- and now is stuck in that snowbound city. Which means he probably won't make the Colorado Restaurant Association "Candidates & Cocktails" event that starts at 5 p.m. today at Elway's in Cherry Creek, wher ... More >>
This month, the Colorado Restaurant Association inducted three more people into its hall of fame, an honor bestowed on those who've had a huge impact on the local restaurant scene. The CRA also awarded the Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service to Dick Weil. Weil's restaurant career beg ... More >>
This month, the Colorado Restaurant Association inducted three more people into its hall of fame, an honor bestowed on those who've had a huge impact on the Colorado restaurant world. We're profiling all three here on Cafe Society. First up is Tom Wilscam, who has his fingerprints on many institu ... More >>
On Monday, May 11, Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, will offer a wine dinner with Steve Lewis of Giuliana Imports presenting the wines of Bodegas Muga. Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey will be on hand, and chef/co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson will cook a four-course seasonal menu ... More >>
"Fork the recession!" That's the word from the Colorado Restaurant Association, which today will launch a campaign designed to make us forget the lousy economy and instead "feed the recovery" by dining out at one of Colorado's 10,500 eating establishments. For details, go to www.coloradorestaurant.c ... More >>
Forget about the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Breakfast at Racines this morning was the real DPC -- Denver Power Convention. Chew on this! Over a single hour, our spy spotted the following lineup (not necessarily together): Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce honcho Joe Blake; Dem power- ... More >>
Get tipsy at the Denver Food and Wine Classic.
If Steve Horner gets his way, ladies could be singing the booze.
Where there's smoke, there's ire.
Swill with the swells at the Denver wine fest.
From the week of September 29, 2005
Where There's Smoke
From the week of December 12, 2002
Smoke Free or Die
High on Highland
Hot times in the old town
Denver restaurants band together to raise money for victims of terror.
Denver restuarants are doing great, but Zenith could use a bit of push.
Dining family-style in style.
Here's a tip for restaurateurs: Before you cut into your waitstaff's wages, check state regulations.