Tales of the Cocktail is a yearly gathering of bartenders, distillers and spirits professionals that takes place in New Orleans every July. It features seminars, competitions and a ton of parties, and finishes with a gala awards ceremony that recognizes the world's best in our industry. I attended m ... More >>
Location, location, location. The subterranean space at 250 Steele Street has swallowed up another restaurant: Big Easy Creole Kitchen. George Gastl, a native of Denver and graduate from the Culinary Institute of Scottsdale, had cooked around the world -- in Santa Fe, Germany and, yes, New Orleans ... More >>
The lovely old building a 777 East 17th Avenue has been home to many restaurants over the past few decades: the French Quarter (which explains the New Orleans look), the Peacock, the Dome, Majorca (where the owners commissioned an exorcism), Toby's and, finally, J.R.'s, a legendary gay bar in town t ... More >>
The Vieux Carré was invented in 1938 by Walter Bergeron at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans. It's one of my favorite classic cocktails, a mix of rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and Peychaud's and Angostura bitters. When made well, it's a fantastic drink -- when made poorly, it's undrink ... More >>
Creole is suddenly on a roll in Denver: Zydeco's opened last fall on Wynkoop Street, a new Gumbo's is going into the space that had been Roam on East 17th Avenue, and the 1812 Restaurant & Bar is currently amassing funds to build a restaurant in Five Points. Now you can add another spot to the list: ... More >>
Because this planet's the only one we've got for the time being, you can never really celebrate Earth Day enough. But there's no rule that says you have to be all self-righteous and earnest or even new-agey about paying homage to Gaia. It's okay to have fun, too, and that's the reason for tonight's ... More >>
Fat Tuesday is the traditional day when folks are allowed to indulge -- before Ash Wednesday shuts all the enjoyment down and Lent begins. Fortunately, you don't have to be Catholic to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras's last hurrah, and while Colorado is far from the French Quarter, there's more th ... More >>
Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and while the holiday is now mostly associated with drunken sorority girls showing their, um, assets for a strand of shiny beads in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the festival used to provide a reason to stuff yourself before forty days of fasting, giving up ... More >>
We've shared our list of the top ten New Year's Eve dining events, but that's far from everything that's taking place this weekend. Keep reading to see a full rundown of what's happening before, during and after the big day; we'll continue updating the online listings until the eleventh hour. Here's ... More >>
Once January rolls around, you'll be working hard on those resolutions -- and your food and beverage consumption will probably decrease as a result. So why not make your last meal of the year really count? Keep reading for our top ten food and drink events for this New Year's Eve -- and mak ... More >>
Tom Borillo and in Michelle Moore in A Streetcar Named Desire.A Streetcar Named Desire opened this past weekend at Germinal Stage Denver. Juliet Wittman's complete review will run in our November 17 issue; in the meantime, here's a capsule critique:
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>
Randall Layman, a bartender at Vesta Dipping Grill, is just back from New Orleans, where he attended his first Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be printing his dispatches all week (read the first installment here).Taryn KapronicaThe Green Goddess Day five: Our last morning in New Orleans is prob ... More >>
Randall Layman, a bartender at Vesta Dipping Grill, is just back from New Orleans, where he attended his first Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be printing his dispatches -- starting with this one -- all week. Taryn KapronicaDay Two When I first visit a city, I always find my mind focused on o ... More >>
Taryn KapronicaRandall Layman, a bartender at Vesta Dipping Grill, is just back from New Orleans, where he attended his first Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be printing his dispatches all week. Day one: Passing the Superdome and several cemeteries before landing in the epicenter of Bourbon S ... More >>
Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>
Editor's Note: Treme writer/producer David Mills died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans. He'd written extensively about theTreme process and his burgeoning love for New Orleans music on his blog, undercoverblackman.blogspot.com. His Times-Picayune obit is here. By Larry Blumenfeld ... More >>
International Restaurant Week will be celebrated in my 'hood starting tomorrow, the party banging up and down the most interesting mainline it contains: Havana Street. This is the week when everyone is encouraged to get out and get weird, to try something they've never tried before, to (oc ... More >>
Dr. Watson's Neglected Patients unite for Guy Fawkes Day.
Thursday, September 28, Boettcher Concert Hall, 303-830-8497.
Let the good times -- and the good food -- roll at Lucile's.
Sister Gertrude Morgan (Ropeadope)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band breathes life into death.
I brake for breakfast at Johnson's Corner.
Denver Center's Streetcar heads in the wrong direction.
Streetcar Named Desire
Will the newly retooled Crushmobile have the horsepower to reach New Orleans?
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band keeps the spirit of New Orleans alive.
While Petra's is a party, Pappadeaux gets a blackened mark.
Fat Tuesday at the Wynkoop
Give our food critic something to chew on.
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