It was kind of cold and crappy this week, but that was just a way to enhance your appreciation for this weekend, which is supposed to be the kind of beautiful where cartoon birds appear from trees. Ride your bike to one of these shows:
Tonight the Open Media Foundation will celebrate seven years of independent voices on Denver Open Media -- which not only runs Denver's public-access channels on Comcast, but also provides training and services for non-profits and kids. From the hundreds of nonprofits and thousands of people it work ... More >>
Dan Landes, owner of WaterCourse Foods (which I review this week) has brewed his share of beer over the years -- so to him, beer and vegetarian food have always gone together. But he's excited to see that the craft-brewing industry is starting to agree. "Maybe when I started, a brewer wouldn't have ... More >>
When Dan Landes opened WaterCourse Foods in 1998, people assumed vegetarian cooking revolved around two ingredients: tofu and portobello mushrooms. Thankfully, options have broadened significantly since then, not simply at WaterCourse, where the menu is today is not just vegetarian but often gluten- ... More >>
Often overlooked for its bigger, brasher cousin, East Colfax Avenue, the quaint little strip of 13th Avenue between Downing and Sherman streets is one of the few remaining arteries of pedestrian shopping, historic buildings and authentic culture in the Denver area. Its lack of recognition may actual ... More >>
Sam Pike knows how to tell a story. There's a good one behind The Forum, the series he founded that will have its fourth edition, "Of Rabbits and Hares," at 6:30 p.m. tonight. "I was visiting a friend out in the middle of Nowhere, Michigan, with a six-hour layover in Minneapolis," Pike remembers. So ... More >>
Money: who needs it? Well, probably you. But this week, you won't have to spend any of it to get out of the house. Whether you want to see a tribute to Woodstock, Joss Whedon's Serenity, or an evening of live storytelling and dance, you can do it all without dropping any cash. Read further for our p ... More >>
While it's true that a venue can make or break the show regardless of the talent on stage, this is doubly true with comedy. Location, comfort level, atmosphere, drink prices and, yes, quality of performers all play a large role in whether a comedy fan will Google your location when making Saturday n ... More >>
It's easy being green these days, thanks to City, O' City and WaterCourse Foods, which are already off to a big year. "Business is really good," reports owner Dan Landes. "We're seeing newer and newer faces." But that doesn't mean they're younger faces: The biggest demographic growth has been in men ... More >>
Local author (and Watercourse Foods owner) Daniel Landes will be signing copies of his new book, Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampede, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Tattered Cover LoDo. Portions of the novel, which features art by local painter Ravi Zupa, will be familiar to diners who've frequented Wa ... More >>
While it often gets overshadowed by the music scene, Denver actually has a rich history of underground literature. From the Kerouac-inspired bohemian coffee and bookshops of 1960s Colfax to the Yellow Rake readings at Old Curtis Street Tavern, our city has been spawning independent works of fiction ... More >>
"Comics and sci-fi are the new archetypes of our culture; we relate to Star Wars and Stan Lee's characters, and we've created new mythologies through them," says Dan Landes, restaurateur and self-confessed sci-fi geek. And on May 4, Landes's City, O' City hosted a full-on orgy of nerdness with the M ... More >>
Dan Landes loves sci-fi. And he'll prove it on Friday, when he hosts May the Fourth Be With You -- a sci-fi extravaganza complete with costume contest, live music and movies -- at his restaurant, City, O' City. Landes wouldn't reveal what costume he'll be wearing, but in anticipation of that orgy o ... More >>
Science fiction isn't for everyone. But those who get it, really get it. "Comics and sci-fi are the new archetypes of our culture, we relate to Star Wars and Stan Lee's characters; we've created new mythologies through them," says Dan Landes, restaurateur and self confessed sci-fi geek. And this Fri ... More >>
See Also: Best of Denver 2008: Best Singer-Songwriter Since moving to Denver in 2000, Joe Sampson has been a highly visible member of the scene, but it's always been either as member of bands like A Dog Paloma or Bad Weather California, or collaborating on projects like Wentworth-Kersey or playing ... More >>
No more weekday morning meals at WaterCourse.Jonesing for breakfast on 17th Avenue on a recent weekday, we stopped by WaterCourse Foods, hoping to score some breakfast tacos, a plate of French toast, even a vegan pastry. But sadly, our plans were foiled: The restaurant was dark, and new hour ... More >>
The newly renovated City, O' City prepares for the crowds.After a month-long renovation and expansion project, City, O' City reopened in September to both raves and rants from fans of what had been a casual hipster hangout, and is now twice as big and much more polished. Veggie Girl had love ... More >>
Pizzeria BastaThe garden at Pizzeria Basta, early in the season.Kelly Whitaker, chef-owner of Boulder's Pizzeria Basta, spent every summer of his childhood on a farm -- and he hated it. "My grandfather was a farmer, and I spent every single summer on his farm, but I hated vegetables, and my f ... More >>
Aurora HendricksHazel Rah tomatoes are on the menu at WaterCourse Foods and City O' City.When Dan Landes and his family converted their Lakewood backyard into a small farm four years ago, they started planting vegetables to use at WaterCourse Foods and City O' City, the two vegetarian eaterie ... More >>
City, O' City's new kitchen is open -- as is owner Dan Landes.The expanded City, O' City has been open less than a week, but people have no shortage of opinions on the new, improved space -- even if they have yet to see that space in person, and have only read about it here. The comments -- ... More >>
Stephanie DeCamp"It's pretty unprecedented, what we're doing here," says City O' City chef Brendan Doyle, who's chomping at the bit to open the restaurant's expanded space today -- after more than a month off for renovations. "And we're all super-excited about it," he continues. "We use the ... More >>
The original dining area at City, O' City...now closed for August.Most restaurant closings are not good news. But when City, O' City closed its doors on Sunday night, it was a cause for celebration. "In a mescal-induced dance-party frenzy, we knocked the wall down between the existing space a ... More >>
Lori MidsonThe former Moxie space will make way for an expanded City, O' CityThe plans for the new, improved City, O' City go to the city today. Dan Landes, who opened the original WaterCourse Foods in the City, O City space in 1998, has now bought the whole building, which will allow for a m ... More >>
Last night some of Denver's creative-minded people attempted to tackle the future at the first Forcasters event, a monthly presentation series that will take place every third Thursday at Paris on the Platte. As it turns out, that's not quite as easy as one would suppose, and while there were ... More >>
Lori MidsonBack in September, Brendon Doyle, the head chef of Jonesy's EatBar, parted ways with Jonesy's owner Leigh Jones. "I want a chef that has kitchen manager capabilities, and that's not Brendon," said Jones at the time. Doyle, for his part, made it clear that he was looking for "some ... More >>
The Steamin' Demon leads a fleet of mobile vendors to 15th and California streetsJust two weeks ago, several of the city's food trucks added a new weekly stop to their rosters: Wednesday appearances at 15th and California, the site of the Tiri's Garden farmers' market. That crowd was led by ... More >>
Photo courtesy Chris MedvedWaterCourse and City O'City owner Dan Landes (l) with sous chef Max Maxfield in the "Steamin' Demon."Denver's mobile food scene just keeps rolling. Today's Civic Center Eats Outdoor Cafe will mark the third outing for the "Steamin' Demon," a new vegetarian and vegan ... More >>
Hungry for a bite? It's a blog bonanza. Today in Cafe Society: • The eleven Halloween treats you really don't want to see in your pillowcase. • A farewell to Via Modern Tratteria & Bar. • Indulging at Indulge Wine Bar. • Trying cookies that are Boulder Baked. • Dan Landes guests on the ... More >>
City, O City should get real about its vegetarian leanings.
Celery, I can forgive. Bad French, never.
WaterCourse is a growing concern.
Having Your Cake
Great vegetarian food requires patience.
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