Daniel Asher

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    April 22, 2014

    Photos: A delicious preview of Linger's new spring menu

    "During the winter season, we hibernate inward," says Daniel Asher, culinary director of Root Down and Linger. But spring? Spring, he counters, "represents turning outward, feeling the sunshine on our skin and setting the tone for seasonality that takes us through the rest of the year." Spring, he ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Shoni Jones, exec of Root Down at DIA: "Stop supporting major food chains!"

    Shoni Jones Root Down C Concourse, Denver International Airport 303-342-6959 Oops, I was way off," says Shoni Jones, the executive chef of Root Down at Denver International Airport, clearly surprised by the numbers in the text message she just got from her mom, who lives on a spr ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Reader: Bento boxes remind me of elementary-school cuisine

    An "inspiration trip" to Japan last fall inspired Daniel Asher, the culinary director of Linger and Root Down, to bring back the bento box. "In Japan, the bento is a way of expressing a multi-course meal experience in a moment, and here, it's our way of wrapping all of those concepts into one idea, ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    A trip to Japan inspires Linger to launch lunchtime-only bento boxes

    It was an "inspiration trip" to Japan last fall, says Daniel Asher, that gave him food for thought. Asher, the culinary director of Linger and Root Down, says part of the journey stemmed from "wanting to be infused with a new perspective on cuisine, especially street food," the mission being, he add ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Harman's Eat & Drink hosting Cochon555 Chef's Course

    As we reported a few weeks ago, Cochon555, the nationwide swine tour and chef battle that trots from city to city in an effort to ballyhoo the benefits of heritage-breed pigs, is stopping in Denver on Sunday, March 9, specifically at the Ritz-Carlton, where five local chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rio ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014
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    November 4, 2013

    Come Rain or Come Shine benefit for flood victims at Balistreri tonight

    Colorado restaurants and residents alike have been eager to lend a helping hand to the very start of the food chain: First with the Tables to Farm dinners at Colterra and SALT that benefited Boulder County farmers, and tonight with Slow Food Denver's Come Rain or Come Shine fundraiser. See also: H ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Slow Food at Linger, benefit for farmers at SALT and more on this week's culinary calendar

    Tables to Farms is a new program launched by Boulder and Denver area chefs and restaurateurs to help farmers who suffered the ravages of last month's flood. From now through November, participating restaurants will collect cash donations from customers, and some will hold special fundraising events; ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Round two with Kelly Whitaker: "When did we stop being the cook?"

    Part one of my interview with Kelly Whitaker, exec chef-owner of Pizzeria Basta , ran yesterday. This is part two of our chat; part three will run tomorrow. Kelly Whitaker Pizzeria Basta 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-997-8775 What are your kitchen-gadget obsessions? Cryovac ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Win tickets to tomorrow's Colorado Urban Winefest at Infinity Park (winner update)

    Update: We have a winner of our Colorado Urban Winefest contest giveaway.This morning, we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: What's the furthest distance, in exact miles, that a participating winery traveled to Denver to be a part of Colorado Wine Week? Congrats to Skinney85, who g ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Truck it! Food, music, beer, wine and karaoke all on the menu this weekend

    Truck It! goes down today from 4 to 9 p.m. at Gateway Park Fun Center in Boulder. The food-truck gathering features eats from Denver and Boulder area mobile vendors, live music, games and local beers. The culinary lineup includes Tasterie Truck, SaltBox, Comida, Crock Spot, Cheese Louise, Top of the ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Pastry chef Samm Sherman of Linger and Root Down teaches tonight

    The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, is welcoming chef Samm Sherman (of Linger and Root Down) today for a special cooking class focusing on her signature pastries. The class and tasting runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $80. Keep reading for a look at the curriculum. See also: ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Photos: Elise Wiggins, Daniel Asher and Riley Romanin take on salmon for the chance to cook at the Kentucky Derby

    Earlier this week, three Colorado chefs -- Elise Wiggins (Panzano), Daniel Asher (Root Down and Linger) and Riley Romanin (Hooked in Beaver Creek) -- convened in the kitchen of Metropolitan State University Hospitality Learning Center to vie for an opportunity to cook at the Taste of Derby competiti ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Dia De Los Muertos, Halloween and more beer on the calendar this week

    Despite its ongoing fight with the city, El Diablo will be hosting its annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Tuesday, October 30. And that's not the only spooky event on the culinary calendar -- there are plenty of Halloween parties that should be a real treat. Here's a taste of what's on the m ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Dine out for a good cause tonight

    The thirteenth annual Flavors of Denver takes place this evening from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 1111 14th Street. The event features signature dishes from twenty local chefs, including Daniel Asher of Root Down and Linger, Mitch Mayers of Black Pearl, Jensen Cummings of Row 14, Eric Ri ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Culinary calendar: Denver Food and Wine pours into the weekend

    The eighth annual Denver Food and Wine Classic -- a three-day celebration of local food, wine and spirits -- is in full swing on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver. And the last two days are filled to the brim with events. Here's the schedule:

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    August 29, 2012

    A culinary guide to the Taste of Colorado

    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:

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    August 24, 2012

    The winning Denver Burger Battle burger is now at a Larkburger near you

    The crowning burger at Wednesday night's Denver Burger Battle, at least according to the restaurant industry judges -- Hosea Rosenberg, Jenna Johansen, Daniel Asher and Max MacKissock -- was the meat candy from Larkburger, Thomas Salamunovich's fast-casual empire of artisan burger joints that got it ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Denver Burger Battle heats up Sports Authority Field tonight

    The third annual Denver Burger Battle goes down at Sports Authority Field at Mile High this evening. The popular event is nearly sold out, but there are still some general admission tickets available.

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    August 16, 2012
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    August 10, 2012

    Contest: Win two free VIP tickets to the Denver Burger Battle

    In less than three weeks, there's going to be a war in the Mile High City, but instead of weapons, this brawl is all about the beef, the bun, condiments, grease, blood and char. Twelve superpower burger houses and restaurants -- Larkburger, Citygrille, Crave Real Burgers, Mateo, TAG, Highland Tap & ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Reader: Celebrity Chef Tour has jumped the shark -- where's Henry Winkler?

    Celebrity chefs are winging into Colorado for this weekend's Aspen Food & Wine festival, and one lands in Denver today: Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of Dirt Candy, a renowned vegetarian restaurant in New York, will be at Linger tonight as part of the Celebrity Chef Tour, a moveable feast that crosses A ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Announcement: We have a winner of our Celebrity Chef Tour contest

    Amanda Cohen, the chef-owner of Dirty Candy, a vegetarian restaurant in New York that's generated national accolades, will be in Denver Wednesday night as part of the Celebrity Chef Tour, a moveable feast that traverses to venues all over America to pay homage to the late James Beard, the "father of ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Contest: Win two seats to the Celebrity Chef Tour at Linger

    Next Wednesday night at Linger, local chefs Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco, Bones, Green Russell, Lou's Food Bar and Russell's Smokehouse), Eric Skokan (Black Cat Bistro and Bramble and Hare), Ann Cooper (the Renegade Lunch Lady), Daniel Asher, Samm Sherman and Justin Cucci (Roo ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Biker Jim on where he'd eat if had only 24 hours in Denver

    This is part two of our interview with Biker Jim, chef-owner of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. Read part one of the Biker Jim interview. Jim Pittenger Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs 2148 Larimer Street 303-550-8231 What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary stand ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Denver's ten best new restaurants

    At the end of last year, we published our list of the ten best restaurants that had opened in 2011 -- as we saw them at the time. Over the next few months, though, as we prepared for the Best of Denver 2012, we had a chance to really digest what the 300 new restaurants had brought to the city, and o ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Rumor has it Root Down will open a location at DIA

    Not long ago, searching for a decent meal at Denver International Airport was like trying to discern the literary value of the Twilight saga: it just didn't exist. But over the past few years, the concourses have picked up a few decent options, including the Chophouse on Concourse A and the wine bar ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Root Down's monthly raw food dinner tonight comes with Denver Restaurant Week price

    Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue, will host its monthly raw food dinner this evening, when diners can enjoy a special three-course raw, vegan dinner prepared by Raw Food-Certified chef Daniel Asher. And because it's Denver Restaurant Week, the meal will only cost $26.40! Reservations are required, t ... More >>

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    March 3, 2012

    Fuel's Bob Blair on cooking for Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan -- journalist, advocate and patron saint of sustainability in our food system -- was in Denver this week to speak to a crowd at the Paramount about the importance of understanding where our food comes from. After his talk, he headed to Fuel Cafe, where he had a low-key, private dinner ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Where did Michael Pollan eat post-Denver speech? Fuel Cafe

    If food is, indeed, the next rock-and-roll, as Ferran Adria once said, then Michael Pollan is certainly one of its superstars; the author and professor has made major inroads in how we all think about what goes into our body, using his body of work -- which includes Botany of Desire, Omnivore's Dile ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Round two with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's

    J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 This is part two of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part one of our interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I eat at Tom's Home Cookin ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Raw vegan dinner at Root Down

    A Flickr photo.​There are many reasons to love Root Down, Justin Cucci's restaurant at 1600 West 33rd Avenue, including chef Daniel Asher's five-course, raw vegan dinner offered from 6 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday. The menu changes, but the price is always $42. To make a reservation, call 303-993- ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    El Diablo hosts Gemini in July, a five-course tequila dinner

    ​El Diablo, 101 Broadway, will host a five-course Gemini in July tequila dinner. Guest chef Daniel Asher of Root Down will be working in the kitchen with Sean Yontz; guest mixologist Carrie Scroggins with be working with Gemini tequilas, alongside Gemini Brand Ambassador Tom Wagstaff. The even ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Women & Wine, tequila dinners, Summer Brew Fest and more on this week's culinary calendar

    ​There's a lot of wine on this week's culinary calendar -- but you'll also find beer, tequila, pesto and cherry pie. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead:

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    June 16, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    Food lust from last night's Chefs Up Front Denver dinner

    Lori MidsonLobster, enoki mushroom and tenderloin carpaccio hand roll from Jonesy's Eat Bar​Last night, Denver's who's who of chefs congregated at the Colorado Convention Center for Chef's Up Front Denver, a fundraiser that benefited Cooking Matters, a nonprofit that fights childhood hunger a ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    April 7, 2011
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    January 14, 2011

    New Year's resolutions from Max MacKissock, Matt Selby, Mark DeNittis, Michael Long and twenty-one more Denver/Boulder chefs

    Lori MidsonBrad Rowell, chef at Colt & Gray, resolves to eat twenty percent less pork fat per day and replace that with twenty percent more Schlitz​ Haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet? That makes two of us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, we prodded more than two dozen Denver/ ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Tonight: Raw vegan dinner at Root Down

    ​Raw food is the latest trend, and you can try it yourself (with some veganism thrown in for good measure) tonight and every Tuesday, when Root Down chef Daniel Asher prepares a five-course, raw vegan dinner. The meals, available from 6 to 10 p.m. by reservation, are $42. Root Down is located ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Changes at Menu Classic Mondays and more

    Lori Midson​Special dinners abound this week -- and even some regular features, such as Vesta Dipping Grill's Menu Classic Mondays, are ramping things up for the season. Keep reading to find out what's new on the menu at Vesta (and elsewhere):

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    November 22, 2010

    Martin Luther King Jr. Early College wins EatWell@School culinary competition

    The winning team plating the winning dish​LiveWell Colorado sponsored a nine-week after-school culinary program with three Denver high schools that culminated in the winning team from Martin Luther King Jr. Early College taking home first place at the competition last Friday. The all-female te ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Chef and Tell with the Lobby's Charley Sinden: corn sprouts, his favorite pizza and that offal thing

    Lori Midson ​ Charley Sinden The Lobby 2121 Arapahoe Street 303-997-9911 This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Charley Sinden, exec chef of the Lobby. See what Sinden has to say about roach coaches, liver and the Domino's cheese pizza delivery in the first s ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Tonight: Root Down hosts a raw vegan dinner

    A Flickr photo.​Think a raw vegan diet sounds like the most boring food choice on the planet? Root Down chef Daniel Asher hopes to change your mind with his five-course raw vegan dinner. He dishes up a different feast every Tuesday, focusing on local produce. All raw, o course. The dinner is a ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Rudi's rolls out new gluten-free bread at Root Down dinner

    Root Down's Harvest Week cantaloupe & tomato gazpacho served with a grilled cheese sandwich on Rudi's gluten-free bread.​If you're not familiar with Rudi's Organic Bakery, a Boulder-based bread company, then you should really make its acquaintance -- particularly if you are gluten-intolerant. ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Culinary calendar for the week ahead: A harvest of summer classes

    A Flickr photo​This week, on top of the usual wine dinners and cooking classes, there are classes on preserving your summer harvest, the continuation of Empire Lounge & Restaurant's Jim & Julia Dinner Series, and much more. Here's a sampling of what's on the culinary calendar menu:

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    August 5, 2010
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    June 10, 2010

    Uncooked: Root Down rolls out raw food every Tuesday night

    ​"I've been doing raw food for six years and was shocked when I moved from meat-and-potatoes Chicago to healthy Boulder and saw that there was such a big gap in raw food restaurants," says Daniel Asher, chef of Root Down and the former chef of Organic Orbit, a vegetable-focused Boulder restau ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Tonight: March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    ​Tonight, the Colorado Chapter of the March of Dimes will host its annual Signature Chefs Auction at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street. Tickets to the event are $150 per person and include small plates from many of Denver's top chefs, as well as live music and an auction th ... More >>

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