Hungry? This weekend the 29th annual Taste of Colorado will fill Civic Center Park with over sixty vendors serving up eats, as well as daily chef demonstrations, food-eating contests and cooking competitions. It's one big taste of Denver's culinary scene. Here's a breakdown of the menu:
What's a professional eater to do? After a year on the job, Cafe critic Laura Shunk found that she'd gained twenty pounds, and "I now had more rolls on my body than a pastry truck, more cottage cheese on my thighs than a breakfast buffet, more jelly in my belly than a raspberry jam-filled dou ... More >>
Westword's staff trudged their way through many of the dining options in Black Hawk and Central City for last week's cover story, wrapping their jaws around everything from a bargain-priced $2.99 prime rib to a burger and ice cream at Crook's Palace, the only joint in town not located in a ... More >>
Third place Bob Shoudt, first place Pat Bertoletti and second place Tim JanusIt takes balls! There's a new testicle-related world record, and it was set right here in Colorado. This weekend, the Lady Luck Casino in Black Hawk hosted a Major League Eating-sanctioned competitive eating contest ... More >>
Vincent DiamanteWhen we were younger, Rocky Mountain oysters were used to play a cruel joke. We were all victims at some point, and we downed a couple of the fried testicles before learning what they were and turning white, vowing to never touch them again. The gross-out factor of a food con ... More >>
Steve Ballas doesn't believe that the fact his birthday coincides with the beginning of National Hot Dog Month is a coincidence. "I believe in fate and everything happening for a reason." Ballas, who owns Steve's Snappin' Dogs, 3535 East Colfax Avenue, is hoping diners will bank on their ... More >>
A Flickr photo.All eating contests are created equal -- but some are more equal than others. Tonight's inaugural Mezcal Taco Eating Contest rises above the rest simply because -- well, have you ever eaten a taco? They're a lot messier than your average hot dog, is all we're saying. The cont ... More >>
The company behind Woody's Chicago Style hot dog stands wants to give away the store -- or at least one of the stores. CEO Kristen Meyer has created a contest that will give away a franchise as a prize. "Our intent is to just grow our business on behalf of the system and get our name out t ... More >>
Apparently a crisp Ben Franklin, a bottle of wine and your mug shot on the wall of fame wasn't quite enough incentive for the would-be food warriors that Virgilio Urbano, the master dough flipper of Virgilio's Pizzeria, had hoped would try and tackle the 11-pound, 28-inch pizza-eating challen ... More >>
Cajun BoyMongo Marquez (right) chows down.The Fourth of July may have meant fireworks and beer for you, but for nineteen lucky competitors, the big day signified only one thing: hot dogs. Out on Coney Island, New York, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues, the winners of Nathan's hot dog ea ... More >>
The scene from last year's Chow Down for Charity hot dog eating contest. Who do you think can eat more hot dogs in a short period of time: the chefs and volunteers from Project Angel Heart, which feeds over 800 meals to sick and housebound patients every day, or the Glendale Raptors rugby team? P ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerSee more photos from the contest at westword.com/slideshow.John Proctor, a supervisor at the Park Meadows Sam's Club, knew he could eat a lot of hot dogs -- but downing eight and a half in ten minutes in the amateur hot-dog eating competition on Saturday afternoon unlocked a hidden ta ... More >>
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, is kicking off its inaugural Garden Grapes & Hops party tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a flower pot auction, live music from Chris Daniels & the Kings and all-you-can-eat food and drink from 15 local restaurants, including Steuben's, Wynkoop Brewing Company ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerThe man to beat on the 4th, Joey Chestnut Eating 20 hot dogs (with buns) in under 12 minutes used to be such a feat that competitive eaters coined the phrase "doing the deuce" for the achievement. But that was before winning totals in the annual July 4th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contes ... More >>
It's Memorial Day weekend, which means it's time for the Bolder Boulder, when over 50,000 people will run around the Green City. But there's an even more enthralling competition happening in Boulder this weekend. And it involves cupcakes. Lots of them. Thank the people at Tee & Cakes at 1932 14t ... More >>
The world is your oyster in this slippery eating contest at Jax.
Slurp this: On Sunday, March 15, Jax Fish House in Boulder hosted its eleventh annual oyster-eating contest. Today the fun moves to Denver, where Jax Fish House at 1539 17th Street is kicking off its own oyster week, with a $35 prix fixe menu by chef Sheila Lucero, eleven oysters for $11, and other ... More >>
Steve's Snapping Dogs, hot dog
With summer comes grilling and overeating, usually one as a result of the other. But some people like a little competitive juice with their meal, and they take this idea to the next level. Welcome to the ongoing Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs hot dog eating contest – created to raise money for the Colo ... More >>
Another Friday night, another eating competition at Olde Tyme Draft and Dawgs. This time, though, it wasn't hot dogs on the line on March 7, but cookies. Now, my friend Micah has an amazing capacity for sweets. Actually, he has an amazing capacity for just about any food, but he's particularly fo ... More >>
Breaking bread with Colorado's top competitive eater.
Competitive hot-dog eating requires steely nerves and a cast-iron stomach.