According to Williams & Graham barman Sean Kenyon, who was also the MC at last night's Espolón Tequila Cocktail Fights, Bryan Dayton, bar manager at Acorn, is "pretty." Very, very pretty. And, as Kenyon pointed out multiple times, Dayton was on the cover of GQ magazine. Kenyon was full of quips, co ... More >>
On the Western frontier, fur traders would rendezvous to barter goods and share ideas. Chef Kurt Boucher is now working to create a similar gathering place at the Rendezvous Cafe at the History Colorado Center, one that focuses on homegrown goods. "Basically we're Colorado-based," Boucher says of t ... More >>
Chef Eric Johnson of Via Toscana Restaurant, 356 South McCaslin Boulevard in Louisville, will challenge chef Jeff Bolton of Kachina Southwestern Grill, 10600 Westminster Boulevard in Westminster, in the second annual Broomfield Farmers' Market Iron Chef competition today. See also: - Kachina promis ... More >>
The evenings are getting cooler -- but summer is far from over. With everything from an Endless Summer beerfest to a chef's challenge at the Broomfield farmers' market, It's a great week to get out and get a taste of this town's culinary scene. Here are just some of the event highlights: See also: ... More >>
Update: We have a winner of our Toques and 'Tails contest giveaway! Last week, we asked Cafe Society commenters to guess how many Culinary Connector tours owner Becky Creighton has conducted in Denver. Congrats to BSquared5280, who guessed 330 tours, the exact number. BSquared5280, we'll send you an ... More >>
The eighth annual Denver Food and Wine Classic -- a three-day celebration of local food, wine and spirits -- is in full swing on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver. And the last two days are filled to the brim with events. Here's the schedule:
We named Pinche Taqueria the Best New Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2012, and Bon Appetit agrees; in his list of the country's fifty best new restaurants, restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton names Pinche, as well as Linger and Pizzeria Locale (even though the latter is not so new)...
Andrew Casalini and his wife, Jen Dactano, opened Satchel's on 6th just over a year ago, but the restaurant at 1710 East Sixth Avenue -- a replacement for Satchel's Market, the Park Hill market-turned-restaurant they closed in the fall of 2010 -- is on its third chef. Jared Brant was the opening c ... More >>
Lori Midson Rob Lawler The Truffle 2906 East Sixth Avenue 303-322-7363 www.denvertruffle.com This is part two of my interview with Rob Lawler, former chef and the sovereign of cheese at the Truffle. Part one of my chat with Lawler ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I really do ... More >>
This weekend we found five of the world's gnarliest endurance events, all going down right here in Colorado. This is what you've been training for all summer, right? It's all downhill from here! First up is the Trestle All-Mountain Enduro at Winter Park, a three-day, five-stage mountain bike ... More >>
Lori Midson Wayne Conwell Sushi Sasa 2401 Fifteenth Street 303-433-7272 www.sushisasadenver.com This is part two of my interview with Wayne Conwell, executive chef/owner of Sushi Sasa. In part one of that interview with Conwell, he dishes on working for Iron Chef Morimoto, the genius of Je ... More >>
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part two of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. In part one of that interview, Symensma rips on bird's nests, extols the virtues of lop chong ... More >>
Lori Midson Jack Martinez Jack-n-Grill 2524 Federal Boulevard; 2630 West Belleview Avenue 303-964-9544; 303-474-4242 www.jackngrill.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jack Martinez, owner/exec chef of Jack-n-Grill. To read part one of that Q&A, click here. Six words to d ... More >>
Eliza Gavin does her thang.Top Chef does Telluride? Well, sort of. It was more like Iron Chef than Top Chef during last week's culinary competition pitting a clutch of Telluride chefs against one another during the "World Wine Tasting & Telluride Top Chef Competition Fundraiser."
Top Chef, the often unrealistic reality show that made Hosea Rosenberg, exec chef of Jax-Boulder, a hometown hero when he emerged the conquistador two seasons ago, just released its listage of contestants for season 7, which will be filmed in Washington DC and premier on June 16 on Bravo. ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Eric Stein, chef/instructor at Johnson & Wales. To read part one of that interview, click here. Most embarrassing moment in the kitchen: I worked for a restaurant called Adesso in Providence, Rhode Island, that featur ... More >>
Lori Midson This is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Corey Cunningham, exec chef of Baur's. To read part one of Corey's interview, click here. Proudest moment as a chef: When I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. I'd been cooking for six or se ... More >>
Food NetworkIf you haven't had your fill of Bobby Flay, the Food Network TV personality who recently agreed to throw down a whopping $800,000 to staffers who accused the Iron Chef of cheating them out of wages and tips while working in his Manhattan restaurants, then here's your opportunity ... More >>
Last year's Cookoff for a Cause was just as much fun as it looks.The Women's Lighthouse Project -- which provides support and empowerment for women who are living with HIV -- knows not to fix something when it ain't broken. That's why its signature fundraising event, Cook-Off for a Cause, con ... More >>
Jack AffleckBeaver Creek might be best known for its sick powder stashes, but the culinary scene takes center stage this weekend, when the resort teams up with Bon Appetit magazine to present the annual Master Chef Classic.
It was a highly anticipated episode: Mario, Bobby, Emeril, and the White House executive chef, Cristeta Cornerford would all be there. The secret ingredient? Any vegetable from the White House vegetable garden. And the 7.6 million viewers that tuned in to Iron Chef America on January 3 also ... More >>
What you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were getting your morning groove on at the new Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe, which opened right around the same time as the Denver Biscuit Company. Cupcakes: out; biscuits: in. After hyping and hyping and hyping the two- ... More >>
OUCH. Michelle Obama appeared on Iron Chef America and challenged contestants to use ingredients from the White House vegetable garden. Mario Batali, known for his hideous orange Crocs, dubbed Michelle's dress "Obamatali Orange." Although we prefer him plump, George Costanza has agreed to ... More >>
Thomas Keller While having dinner recently, I overheard a woman trying to familiarize her dining companion with Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In an attempt to jog her memory, the friend asked, "What show is he on?" It's an interesting state of affairs, more obviously a sign of the times. In a ... More >>
If you've never read Anthony Bourdain's infamous post on Michael Ruhlman's blog eviscerating Food Network stars and proposing theoretical Iron Chef matches, please do so now. It's one of the funniest bits of food writing out there. So when I read that Paula Deen got an accidental pork fac ... More >>
The kitchen crew at Cook Street Fine School of Cooking, 1937 Market Street, is searching for a kick-ass judge to sound off at the school's upcoming cook-off, an Iron Chef-like duel on Friday, July 31, that's all part of Cook Street's ten-year anniversary celebrations. If you'd like to voice your ... More >>
These chefs arent kidding around when they go to bat for kids.
Notice something red in your greens lately? Beets have been showing up on lots of Denver menus, mostly in salads, decorated with goat cheese and nuts. Gelman's Restaurant serves a version with green beans and onions, Jonesy's Eat Bar lets the red and gold beets shine without too much dressin ... More >>
Those wacky Republicans! The McCain-Palin Colorado campaign is hosting its seventh -- and final -- Iron Chef phone bank this evening, starting at 5 p.m. at the Centennial headquarters. This week's special ingredient is "Sloppy Joes," in honor of Joe the Plumber. Phone-bank participants are encourag ... More >>
Eat, drink and be merry at the Denver International Wine Festival.
Calling all couch potatoes! Check out the Food Network this Sunday at 7 p.m. for the Iron Chef America battle between Bobby Flay and Martin Rios of the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe. Why? Because Chef Rios brought along his brother Daniel Rios as one of his two sous chefs, and Danny happens to wo ... More >>
This January 26 blog tells of an odd occurrence the previous night on Channel 9. During two sitcoms, Scrubs and 30 Rock, 9News logos briefly blinked on the screen several times, leading one observer to wonder if the station was engaging in subliminal gamesmanship. Definitely not, says Channel 9 new ... More >>
Some culinary wishes and dishes for the new year.
No matter how you slice it, Denver does not have the best pie.
Get a 'Cue
Monday, December 6, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.
Things to do in Denver when you dine.
MissKiss hopes to spark romance
The Dim Sum of Its Parts
A deli piles it on with its NY-style pastrami.