You may have heard about the demise of Crumbs Bake Shop, the Manhattan-based bakery that had 48 stores in 10 states and one of the primary leaders of America's Great Cupcake Craze. Despite its renown, Crumbs shut off the mixers and closed its doors on Monday after years of declining sales and local ... More >>
Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with a spacious kitchen. They often bring some of their market's best ingredients home with them and cook up a feast, and when they're not cooking at home, ... More >>
I love chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispies treats, but it's always a letdown when I see them wrapped in Saran by the register at fast-casual spots. Why not offer desserts more in sync with the menu? That's why I appreciated the globally-inspired desserts at the Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in CitySet ... More >>
Amy Sayles Panzano 909 17th Street 303-296-3525 panzano-denver.com What do you enjoy most about your craft? I get to be imaginative by creating art with food, and I get to create new and exciting flavors for people who might have never thought to try X and Y together. This is part two of my in ... More >>
Andrea Wight Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 beastandbottle.com This is part one of interview with Andrea Wight, pastry chef of Beast Bottle. Part two of my chat with Wight will run tomorrow morning. A lot of us can recollect the first time we baked a batch of brownies, but wha ... More >>
The title of this week's review of Spuntinomay be "The Grill Next Door," but there's nothing common about co-owner Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's desserts. I caught up with the four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist by e-mail, curious to see what the new season might mean both for Spuntino and for de ... More >>
July is National Ice Cream Month, and in honor of that manufactured holiday, Boulder Ice Cream is rolling out a new line of gelato. Figo Organic Gelato is made with "only the finest gourmet organic ingredients," according to the Figo website, in seven flavors ranging from Figo's Vanilla Trio (a blen ... More >>
I didn't think much about dessert at The Universal, which I review this week, until I'd finished my tempeh banh mi. "Will that do it for you?" the server asked as she came to clear our plates. When we inquired about sweets, she said they didn't have any. I knew that the kitchen bakes the occasional ... More >>
Although we proclaimed the Boulder-based Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato the best ice cream in the area in our Best of Denver 2013 (in addition to Glacier's several spots in Boulder, a Glacier outpost opened at 3455 South University Boulevard in February), there are many other great spots for ice cream i ... More >>
The 100 Favorite Dishes countdown continues, and No. 98 is the chocolate caramel sea salt tart from Spuntino, created by pastry expert Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, who's married to John Broening, an equally talented chef. They've recently revamped the restaurant, and Spuntino is now getting raves for many ... More >>
Crazed collector Andrew Novick even collects food memories with his camera, and sometimes he shares them with the world, as he does with Sweet Tooth: 1000 Photographs of Desserts (that I ate), an exhibit that opens with a reception from 5 to 11 p.m. tomorrow at cupcake emporium The Shoppe. We aske ... More >>
Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. Thumbprint jam cookies -- also ... More >>
Matt and Mike Casarez have their hands full running Crook's Palace, the historic Black Hawk restaurant they opened in 2008 with a board of burgers and beer -- and a commitment to making what they could in house. "I have a passion for food and so does my brother," says Matt. "When we started ... More >>
Elissa RoeschWe've got a roster of gatherings this weekend that includes baby showers, birthday parties and Easter. Charged with bringing something to each, we contemplated just phoning in a beverage pairing -- until an urge to get into the kitchen overcame us. So instead, we baked carrot c ... More >>
The Springs Cupcake TruckWhen Denon Moore, owner of Cake Crumbs Bakery, 2216 Kearney Street, unveiled the Denver Cupcake Truck this spring with her husband Sean, her vehicle became one of the first street food concepts to hit the Mile High City. And now, Pat Kennelly, Moore's aunt, is launch ... More >>
For proof that the cupcake trend is far from wearing out its welcome, look no further than Rosie Cakes, a new cupcake rig that hit the road running in September, after the woman behind the wheel, Rosie Desjardins, gave up a gig go-go dancing in Hollywood to unleash a cupcake-mobile on Denver ... More >>
"I love this little truck, so much, in fact, that I could seriously put a little bed in there and sleep in it." Kathleen Nevin, the baking mistress behind Big Fat Cupcake, 129 Adams Street, just bought herself an antiquated ice cream truck for $900 in Colorado Springs, and while it's current ... More >>
Tim Nugent was sweet, but got the boot.Dessert's a funny thing in fancy restaurants these days. No more slices of cherry tart, chocolate cake or apple strudel unless they're miniatures, deconstructed, flavored with something incongruous like curry, set on curlicues of sauce you have to sample ... More >>
Kim and Jake Rosenbarger bake a lot of cakes for special occasions, but they're just as likely to give customers a reason to come into their Boulder confectionery to enjoy dessert for no occasion at all. At Kim and Jake's Cakes, 641 South Broadway, the couple has offered treats since they op ... More >>
Lori Midson I'm not a sugar fiend -- never have been, never will be. But that doesn't stop others from trying to convince me to change my weird ways, which is what happened the other night when a friend all but forced me to lap up the orange Creamsicle ice cream with Mandarin oranges and hou ... More >>
Mary Lovett loved to cook growing up and learned a lot from her mother and grandmother, but it was watching Martha Stewart that really taught her how to bake. "She taught me quality and standards and not to compromise," Lovett says. Lovett's years of self-taught baking culminated last month ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerPistachio French macaroon ice cream sandwichWe've been jealously eyeing the French macaron trend as it spreads like wildfire through culinary hot spots like New York. Our search for these delicate almond meringue confections in the Mile High City had yielded nothing to satisfy ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerChocolate and fleur de sel caramel tart with milk chocolate gelato and nougatine crunch. Oh, yes.If your New Year's resolutions have you off the sugar, this post isn't for you. If, however, you've instead vowed to be more mindful of the quality of your indulgences and are keeping ... More >>
So, you know that old cliche, "If you can't say something nice about someone, then shut the fuck up"? I'm going to follow that advice here and just spell it out: Folks, today is National Cheesecake Day, and in honor of the high-calorie, right-to-your-butt occasion, the Cheesecake Factory is offer ... More >>
Lori MidsonAs reported here a few weeks ago, Colore Pizzeria Moderna, a new pizza and pasta joint at 2700 South Broadway, was supposed to open today, but I just talked with co-owner Caroline Momo-Torres, who says that it's not going to happen. "It's like the last month of pregnancy, you know? I know ... More >>
We know that cupcakes aren't technically candy, but luckily we've found a loophole around that for Valentine's Day. The Shoppe, at 3103 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating the holiday with a variety of adorable and delicious cupcakes all dressed up and masquerading as Valentine's candy. But these are ... More >>
While I wouldn’t think that northwest Denver would be the best spot in the world for a late-night menu, Gemelli's owner Ken Griffin apparently feels differently. Back when I was doing my review of the then just six-month-old restaurant at 4363 Tennyson Street, this plan was still just a twinkle in ... More >>
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