This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Troy Guard's "modern steakhouse," Guard and Grace, which didn't quite live up to expectations -- or its hefty price tag. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked to Dave Query of the Big Red F about being the first owner of Q's in the Hotel Bouldera ... More >>
The Hotel Boulderado opened on New Year's Day, 1909. Since then, restaurants have operated almost continuously in the hotel, including Q's, which set up shop there nearly twenty years ago. But yesterday Q's closed its doors, and a new concept called Spruce will soon take its place, with an expected ... More >>
Ten years isn't a long time, unless you're in the restaurant business, in which case surviving a decade can seem like a monumental achievement. And with the rapid changes in Denver dining tastes and the explosion of hot new restaurant neighborhoods over the past few years, older eateries find themse ... More >>
A half-dozen years ago, there was a race to see which restaurateur would open the first hip noodle bar in the area. Frank Bonanno won when he opened Bones at the very end of 2008; soon after, Dave Query's Big Red F group debuted Happy Noodle Houseat 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, and XO took over an ... More >>
Cliff Young and his son, Zachary, are planning to open a bar right around the corner from CY Steak, the restaurant that Cliff opened next to the Diamond Cabaret in October 2009, next September. The name of the spot: O Bar. "It's something my dad always liked," says Zachary, explaining that it is p ... More >>
Reality TV fans know him as the quirky but loveable co-star of the Discovery Channel's short-loved series Brew Masters. Beer geeks know him as the guy who helped create and produce odd, boundary-busting beers for Delaware's famed Dogfish Head Brewing for nearly a decade. And now Colorado will get to ... More >>
After a decade with Big Red F, Dave Query's burgeoning restaurant group, which includes Lola, three outposts of Jax Fish House (a fourth will open this spring in Glendale), Centro Latin Kitchen, West End Tavern, Zolo Grill and the Bitter Bar, chef and brewmaster Ian Clark, currently the chef at Jax ... More >>
Jax is about to add a fourth location, in the new City Set development in Glendale, behind the Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Cherry Creek Drive -- an area definitely shy of good restaurant options. Jax isn't the only eatery going into the project: Udi's will have an outle ... More >>
There's a cornucopia of culinary events this weekend -- from farm celebrations both urban and rural to beer olympics, wine festivals, a toga party and more. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
The second week of September is full of culinary events; and there's something for everyone -- especially if you're free on Sepember 15. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Earlier this year, when I interviewed James Van Dyk, the executive chef of Lucky's Cafe, a breakfast and lunch joint in Boulder, he mentioned that in the year he'd been cooking at the long-standing cafe, an extension of Lucky's Market, he'd significantly changed the menu, "transforming it," he said, ... More >>
Fifteen years ago, remembers Rick Betance, he hired James Lee at Zolo Grill, giving the bartender his first real bar job, a position that would plant the seeds for Lee's rise to mixology stardom. Now, after Betance spent years as an owner and operator of a boutique hotel in the Alaskan wilderness an ... More >>
Boulder may have been knocked out of our Street 16 neighborhood tournament (look for the winner later today), but it was Cafe Society's pick for the Best Food Neighborhood in our Best of Denver 2012 -- and this week's culinary calender will highlight many reasons for that. But there are plenty of e ... More >>
In this interview, James Lee, one of the godfathers of Colorado cocktail culture, discusses the Pimms Cup that made him see the light, one thing he thinks bartenders absolutely have to measure, and the night he was called the worst bartender ever.
Will Wild Catch reopen this week, as remaining owner Daniel Kuhlman has promised? Does Lou's Food Bar need a kick in the pants? And what qualifies as a chain restaurant in Boulder, anyway? SALT? Any of Dave Query's spots? These are all hotly debated issues on Cafe Society.
Lori MidsonLast night, Boulder's best chefs cooked at the fortieth anniversary gala for the Flagstaff House.Mark Monette, executive chef/co-owner of the Flagstaff House, stands in his kitchen, beaming like a kid who just got his first video game. "These are all guys I know -- guys who I respe ... More >>
"I had nothing to do with it, other than drinking at the bar last Tuesday night," claims Jamey Fader, the culinary director of Big Red F, the Dave Query restaurant group that operates numerous dining dens in Denver and Boulder, including West End Tavern, Lola, Zolo Grill, Happy, Centro and J ... More >>
Lori Midson Jay Spickelmier Japoix 975 Lincoln Street 303-861-2345 www.japoix.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Jay Spickelmier, executive chef of Japoix. To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow. Jay Spickelmier is wrist-deep in a large, deep, flat-bo ... More >>
James Lee and Dave QueryThe explosion of cocktail culture in Colorado was ignited by a legion of talented bartenders working to prove that their craft is more than mixing rum and Cokes; it's creating drinks that reflect their deep understanding of spirits. And few bartenders have done more t ... More >>
The last time stunt-eater Adam Richman, star of Man V. Food, was seen chowing down in Denver, he was taking on the seven-pound burrito at Jack-n-Grill. And after many hours of prepping and filming and chatting and chewing, the burrito won. But that didn't discourage Richman from making a sec ... More >>
Chef Christopher Cina will be cooking at Jax Denver in JuneChristopher Cina, who's done hard time in galleys all over the metro area, including the Fourth Story, Aubergine Cafe, Tuscany, Zenith and Twig's Wine Bar and Pickles Deli in Tipsy's, a Goliath-size liquor store in Littleton, and is ... More >>
Jax Fish House, which is part of the Big Red F Restaurant Group, has introduced its own wine -- with the help of vintner Sineann, a small winemaker in Yamhill County, Oregon, run by Peter Rosback. That's after Big Red F head honcho Dave Query traveled up and down the West Coast looking something goo ... More >>
Well, at least someone in the restaurant industry has some money now... You've all heard that Colorado's own Hosea Rosenberg (chef at Dave Query's Jax Fish House in Boulder, at least for now...) won this year's Top Chef prize. He walked away with a slot at this year's Food Wine Festival in A ... More >>
Hosea Rosenberg, chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder, has made it to the final round of Bravo's Top Chef; the winner will be revealed tonight on the season finale. Cheer the hometown favorite at West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, where Rosenberg will be holding court alongside Melissa Har ... More >>
Frank Bonanno got his noodle bar, Bones, at 701 Grant Street, up and running at the end of December. Dave Query opened his Happy Noodle House at 835 Walnut Street in Boulder on Friday, February 13. The only holdout now? XO, the noodle bar and healthy Asian concept from the guys at the Jet Ente ... More >>
The premiere episode has run, the first two chefs have been booted, and while I know everyone in town was excited about having two locals in the game (Hosea Rosenberg, exec chef at Jax in Boulder and Melissa Harrison, sous at another Dave Query joint, Centro Latin Kitchen), how ‘bout us having thr ... More >>
An embarrassment of riches and bitches.
In a town filled with good restaurants, Prima couldnt cut it.
A visit to Mr. Wizard.
Theres lots of activity bubbling below the surface.
Get fresh at Oceanaire.
Eat, drink and be merry.
Fat City Chops
War and Pizza
Lola's fans have discovered the joy of Mex.
Joe Schneider treats Boulder diners to island delights.