Restaurateurs are constantly balancing the desire to pioneer hot new neighborhoods with the business need to tap into a safe customer base. Corner House, which closed in the RiverClay condo building in Jefferson Park earlier this year, may have just been ahead of its time for the neighborhood. Since ... 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 >>
Years ago, in 2003, John Broening, Robert Thompson and Thompson's ex-wife, Leigh Jones, opened a downtown French brasserie called Brasserie Rouge. It was, for its short tenure, the best restaurant in Denver -- not just the best French restaurant, but the best restaurant. Period. During the time Bra ... More >>
Jeremy Thomas Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar 1512 Curtis Street 303-534-1155 www.legranddenver.com This is part two of my interview with Jeremy Thomas, chef of Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. What's never in your kitchen? Green peppers. When I worked at Sacr ... 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. Pete just celebrated his birthd ... More >>
In this week's Chef and Tell interview with Matt Lewis, exec of Bones, he extols the virtues of women in the kitchen, pho and pop-up restaurants. But Lewis also has a passion for the food he cooks at Bones, including the noodle joint's famous escargot pot stickers. "The escargot pot stickers at Bone ... More >>
Part one of my interview with Adam Watts, chef de cuisine at Jax Boulder, ran on Wednesday; this is part two. Adam Watts Jax Fish House Boulder 928 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-444-1811 www.jaxboulder.com If you only had 24 hours in Denver/Boulder, where would you eat? I'd start out with brunch at B ... More >>
James Van Dyk Lucky's Cafe 3980 Broadway, Boulder 303-444-5007 This is part two of my chat with James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe in Boulder. Part one of our interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Just one: Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York. David Chang's food ... More >>
Jeff Russell District Meats 1625 Wazee Street 303-623-1630 www.charliepalmer.com This is part one of my interview with Jeff Russell, exec chef of District Meats. You can read part two of our chat in this space tomorrow. Dinner was bonding time, Jeff Russell recalls. "Food was the thing that brough ... More >>
I'll never forget the first time I attended the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. It was the final year that Julia Child, the late, great American chef who demystified French cuisine -- and passed away in 2004 -- made an appearance at the annual Aspen culinary orgy, back when there was no Food Network, ... More >>
When Elena Zasytiene moved to Denver from Colorado Springs, she knocked on restaurant doors looking for a job, but no one would hire her, so she shrugged it off and followed her gut: She, along with her partner, Baiba Sisco, signed a lease on their own restaurant, La Merise, a French food temple tha ... More >>
Happy Bastille Day, Denver. We'll grab just about any excuse to pop open a bottle of French wine and chow down on baguettes, but the storming of the Bastille on July 14 may be the best excuse we'll find all year. While one of our favorite spots for a French feast, Brasserie Felix, closed ear ... More >>
Mark Monette Flagstaff House 1138 Flagstaff Drive, Boulder 303-442-4640 www.flagstaffhouse.com This is part two of my interview with Mark Monette, executive chef of the Flagstaff House. Part one of that interview, in which Monette talks about cooking with Thomas Keller and his disdain for ... More >>
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part one of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Lon Symensma talks faster than a ... More >>
Lori Midson Jim Cohen The Empire Lounge & Restaurant 816 Main Street, Louisville 303-665-2521 www.theempirerestaurant.com Pizzeria da Lupo 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-396-6366 www.pizzeriadalupo.com This is part one of my interview with Jim Cohen, chef/owner of The Empire Restaurant ... More >>
Lori MidsonMaurice Couturier, the French-born chef/owner of Le Mistral, which opened December 28 in the former Mel's space at 5970 South Holly Street in Greenwood Village, struts an impressive curriculum vitae: The chef, who owns Grappa Mediterranean Bistro and Cafe, which he opened three yea ... More >>
Lori Midson The Empire's Jim Cohen will open a pizza joint in Boulder Last night, during a dinner celebrating Julia Child at the Empire Lounge and Restaurant in Louisville, at which chef-owner Jim Cohen turned out a lovely four-course meal honoring the legendary empress of French cooking, th ... More >>
Matthew BisanzThousands of tasty meals were created in Julia Child's kitchen.Bet you didn't know that Empire Lounge & Restaurant's executive chef Jim Cohen was named one of the eleven best chefs in American in 1983 -- by none other than foodie queen Julia Child. Cohen worked alongside Child f ... More >>
Lori MidsonAvenue Grill executive chef Andrew Lubatty Andrew Lubatty The Avenue Grill 630 East 17th Avenue 303-861-2820 www.avenuegrill.com This is part two of Andrew Lubatty's Chef and Tell interview. To read part one of that interview, click here. Culinary inspirations: When I was fourte ... More >>
One of the many forms of bouillabaisseIf you're bummed because you missed National Noodle Ring day last week, take heart: Today is National Bouillabaisse Day! Not that this classic French stew needs its own day to be validated, but if you've ever slurped a truly wonderful bouillabaisse, you ... More >>
Actress Meryl Streep as "Julia Child" in the new film, Julie and JuliaTo celebrate the release of Julie & Julia, the new flick about beloved American chef Julia Child and Julie Powell, the tenacious food blogger who conquered all the recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the ... More >>
Lunch: In the blitz of lunch hour Indian buffets, India's Pearl stands out because it doesn't have a lunchtime buffet at all. Instead, the upscale curry house at 1475 South Pearl Street, offers a fantastic lunch thali, an ornate, sliver tray propped with an assortment of individual dishes, all ma ... More >>
Freshen up your French cuisine in this cooking class.
This has been a tough year for French restaurants. French 250, which Jason Sheehan raved about when he reviewed it last spring; closed abruptly this fall after just a year in business -- and at the same time, La Chaumiere bid adieu after more than thirty years in Lyons. But there are st ... More >>
"You know what they call French food in Paris?" the chef asked, repeating his shtick. "What, chef?" I responded, my fingers sore and shredded from peeling hard-boiled eggs under tap water, my brain numbed from hours of prep. I'd heard the question before, as well as the answer, but that didn't matt ... More >>
On a roll at French bakeries.
Suddenly, Chi Bistro was being hailed as a restaurant featuring 'American classics with a flavor of French Indochina'—which ought to have meant Cafe du Monde and crme caramel, pho, fish heads and pigs roasted and redolent of gunpowder and Zippo lighter fuel, but didn't, of course, except for ... More >>
When it comes to French cuisine, I wont surrender.
This bistro is a beauty.
Like Old Times
A meal to remember at Brasserie Rouge.
Mateo wants to serve good food and cater to a hip crowd -- but it can't do both.
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