Earlier this week, in the kitchen of Metropolitan State University's Hospitality Learning Center, two Colorado chefs showcased their fish scaling, fileting, pin-boning, butchering and cooking skills as part of the Seattle Fish Skuna Bay Kentucky Derby Challenge, a two-hour timed battle that earned o ... More >>
Tequila, says Richard Sandoval,"flows through my blood." And the Mexico born, New York-based chef and restaurateur, who owns dozens of restaurants around the world -- and several in Denver, including Zengo, Tamayo and La Sandia -- now trumpets Denver's first tequila library: La Biblioteca, the origi ... More >>
As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktail ... More >>
Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates a ... More >>
Not every work environment has cocktails on-site, but if your office is at Galvanize, that's one of the amenities. Galvanize, the startup-tech common workspace in the Golden Triangle, has Gather to thank for that. Gather, the on-site cafe overseen by ChoLon chef-owner Lon Symensma, is mixing up ... More >>
Last fall, in early September, Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, jetted to Denver, his film crew on his heels, to film footage of an upcoming episode of his wildly popular television show, in which Zimmern stuffs his gullet with foodstuffs that some people would find peculi ... More >>
You Me And Apollo from Fort Collins started out as the solo project of Brent Cowles when he was seventeen. Over the course of the last handful of years, Cowles has turned what was essentially a bedroom recording project into a full-fledged band. In 2011, Cowles released Cards With Cheats with a nasc ... More >>
People who are truly fashion-forward are often forward regarding things other than street-style, too. This week we focus the spotlight on Malarie Parks, a young woman from Fresno, California, and a former Rocky Mountain of College of Art and Design student who puts all of herself out there -- and ma ... More >>
Matt Lewis Bones 701 Grant Street 303-860-2929 www.bonesdenver.com This is part one of my interview with Matt Lewis, exec chef of Bones. Part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. "Every time I walked through the door of my Italian grandmother's house, even if it was after dinner, the first ... More >>
This is the fourth in a series of pieces profiling Colorado-grown products...and what some local restaurants do with them. "I want to have a relationship with someone who's cooking my food," declares Paul Cure, co-founder of Boulder's Cure Organic Farm. One handshake at a time, Paul and his wife, A ... More >>
Pizzerias, a chef recently groused, are swarming the city like Miller moths. To the contrary, breakfast joints, he lamented, have been regulated to the back burner, slipping into the abyss like paying for porn. But Julia Grother, who just opened Sassafras American Eatery last week in an historic Vi ... More >>
Ambria got off to a fast start at the end of last year. Just two weeks after Ling & Louie's closed on the 16th Street Mall, the Mediterranean-New American restaurant opened its doors in the same spot, with Ambria's kitchen manned by exec chef Jeremy Kittelson, who was a part-owner in the operation. ... More >>
Last night, Denver's future Independent Monitor and two other candidates spoke at their first community forum before the selection is whittled down. While Eddie Aubrey hails from Washington, Stephen Connolly and Julie Ruhlin live in Califonia, and all three boast experience from the Golden State. Wi ... More >>
"Sriracha," says Row 14 executive chef Jensen Cummings as he combines four kinds of garlic and serrano peppers in a food processor, "is like the new ketchup. I even saw it at a Mexican restaurant the other day." Here's how Cummings makes sriracha, in photos:
Released yesterday, the list of finalists for the open Independent Monitor position features three natives of the Golden State. The finalists bring experience at the Offices of Independent Review in their current homes of Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange County. From here, the finalists will be whittl ... More >>
When Dixons Downtown Grill shuttered last Labor Day, it left an enviable plot of restaurant real estate in its wake. Numerous restaurateurs and chefs eyed the behemoth space -- which has since been divided into two separate entities -- but luck was on the side of a Louisville-based restaurant called ... More >>
According to the Interwebs, it's National Pizza Week (who knew?), which seems like as good a time as any to update our 2011 list of Denver's six best pizzas. Herewith, a citywide guide to the top ten palaces to achieve pizza utopia.
Lori MidsonWe've seen a succession of restaurant openings over the last several months, but Linger, the second restaurant from Justin Cucci, the owner/chef of Root Down, may very well be the most anticipated new arrival of the year. And after a remarkably good dinner there last week, at whic ... More >>
Boulder's Twisted Pine Brewing Company is bottling fire. The brewery, which is fond of adding unusual flavors to its whimsically named beers, will release Ghost Face Killah in twelve-ounce single bottles for Cinco de Mayo. It's the first time this very hot (very hot!) cult beer has been sold ... More >>
Congratulations, Denver: You have officially been swallowed up whole by the Matrix. Men's Health recently came out with its list of the country's most socially networked cities, and Denver, of all places, came in third. Do we get a prize for this? Like a new FarmVille animal or something?
Though his debut album, Boy Meets World, came out in 2009, rapper Fashawn has flourished more within the realm of the mixtape, a format he's been using since 2006. Among his many mixtape releases came Ode to Illmatic, a track-by-track take on the classic Nas album that showcased Fashawn's unc ... More >>
Lori MidsonFor those of you who will wake up with a colossal-size hangover on the first day of 2011, having damaged your brain and battered your belly the night before with too many vodka and soda pours, flutes of champagne, or worse, shots of vile Jägermeister, there will be a new breakfas ... More >>
Lori MidsonLast night, a posse of local food scribes got a sneak peak of Bittersweet, Olav Peterson's new restaurant at 500 East Alameda Avenue, which will open to the public for dinner on Saturday. The garden-to-table, artisanal food temple, which Peterson oversees with his wife, Melissa ... More >>
Lori MidsonBrendon Doyle, executive chef of Jonesy's EatBar Brendon Doyle Jonesy's EatBar 400 East 20th Avenue 303-863-7473 This is part two of my interview with Brendon Doyle, executive chef of Jonesy's EatBar. To read part one, click here. One food you detest: Tripe. It's awful -- like ... More >>
I've cooked in chili cook-offs, competed in a hot wings eating contest and eaten my fair share -- and then some -- of jalapeno poppers, New Mexico and Colorado green chile. And I've sampled at least four kinds of chili beer. Hell, my boss even has one named for her at the Wynkoop Brewing Com ... More >>
The Beer Man with the tools of his trade at Twisted Pine.I've used beer to cool the fires of green chile, Buffalo wings and jalapeno poppers. I've chugged it like water on scalding hot days and sipped it like wine to help turn down the heat of fiery discussions. I've drank it warn, but heaven ... More >>
Lori Midson I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Vodka is not my friend. Nonetheless, I recently knocked back a few shots of the clear liquid, which had been infused with murderously spicy Fresno peppers, and mellowed by a plate of pickles. And much to my surprise, I didn't gag, puke, ... More >>
"I have a feeling there's something phishy in Denver."In the not exactly thrilling 1995 cyber-thriller The Net, Sandra Bullock's character, Angela Bennett, reveals that she was raised in La Junta -- a community whose name she pronounces as if she were Hugo Chavez. Little did Bennett know, how ... More >>
Barb MacfarlanePete 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 an ... More >>
Lori MidsonAccording to owner Andrew Casalini, Satchel's Market, his Park Hill restaurant at 5021 East 28th Avenue, is taking on a new chef by the name of Jens Patrik Landburg. A native Swede who began his culinary career at 15 in Stockholm, Landburg made his way to Denver by way of Greece, F ... More >>
All right, break's over, kids. Time for the big takeover. Looks like the Flobots are getting back to work -- and it's about damn time, for chrissakes. While the rest of us slept in intervals as a result of our efforts to diligently invest our time in such noble, productive pursuits as drinking ou ... More >>
Three typical Denverites display their impressive brain capacity.There's a mechanism in every journalist that's triggered whenever a list mentions the city where he or she lives. We're powerless to resist writing about it -- and the urge is particularly strong when the results are complimenta ... More >>
Lots of news organizations, including this one, have embraced Twitter -- but few have done so with as much vigor (and volume) as the Denver Post. The broadsheet's Twitter page lists more than twenty feeds specific to the paper, with some contributed by departments or topics (e.g. crime news and po ... More >>
Breathe Carolina, a band that tours so often these days that it almost doesn't seem like a Denver band anymore (seriously, with the exception of April and May, the act is going to be on the road from now until at least the end of August; check out the list of tour dates on the next page), recently p ... More >>
Oh, how times have changed in the Denver radio market. Back in 2000, KXPK/96.5 FM, then known as the Peak, sold to Emmis Communications for $36 million -- a price tag that didn't seem outrageous at the time. Cut to December 2008, when CBS peddled three high-profile Denver FMs -- KWLI/92.5 FM (know ... More >>
Steffan Tubbs defies logic by returning to his roots.
From the week of September 30, 2004
Western State seeks to save its ski team with a dash for private cash.
Biker Boyz is furious, but it ain't fast, which is a real drag.
As nonprofits fight for SCFD funds, some arts groups could be sqeezed out of the picture.
U.S. Mission supports a network of professional beggars who go door-to-door to pay their rent.
September 24 - 30, 1998
Prison censors' motto: What you don't know can't hurt us.