Matt Stein Bruxie 1000 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale 303-963-9045 bruxie.com Even after three decades in the kitchen, Matt Stein still shakes his head in denial as he recalls what he was fed when he was growing up in the Bronx. "My mother was a horrible cook, really the worst cook ever," he sa ... More >>
While the rest of you were in Denver, languishing in the beat of the summer heat, thousands of culinary cognoscenti, many of them heeled in stilettos and outfitted in backless black dresses showcasing perfect spray tans, spent the weekend at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen hobnobbing with some of t ... More >>
Cory Treadway Wynkoop Brewing Company 1634 18th Street 303-297-2700 wynkoop.com This is part two of my interview with Cory Treadway, exec chef of the Wynkoop; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Your five favorite local restaurants other than your own: Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder is doin ... More >>
Tommy Lee Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue 303-433-3263 uncledenver.tumblr.com This is part two of my interview with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle; part one of our chat ran yesterday. What do you enjoy most about your craft? Like most cooks, I enjoy the creativity of coming up with new dishes, but the ... More >>
Patxi Azpiroz Patxi's Pizza 3455 South University Boulevard, Englewood; 303-783-2000 185 Steele Street; 303-331-1000 www.patxispizza.com This is part two of my interview with Patxi Azpiroz, exec chef/owner of Patxi's Pizza; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Favorite Denver restaurant(s) ... More >>
Patxi Azpiroz Patxi's Pizza 3455 South University Boulevard, Englewood; 303-783-2000 185 Steele Street; 303-331-1000 www.patxispizza.com This is part one of my interview with Patxi Azpiroz, exec chef/owner of Patxi's Pizza; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. Denver lays claim to an i ... 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 >>
Ed Kammerer Highland Pacific Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3934 West 32nd Avenue 303-477-6644 www.highlandpacific.net Part one of my interview with Ed Kammerer, exec chef-owner of Highland Pacific Restaurant & Oyster Bar, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: We ... More >>
Ed Kammerer Highland Pacific Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3934 West 32nd Avenue 303-477-6644 www.highlandpacific.net This is part one of my interview with Ed Kammerer, exec chef-owner of Highland Pacific Restaurant & Oyster Bar; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. If your kid is a picky eater, Ed K ... More >>
JP Krause Aloft Broomfield 8300 Arista Place, Broomfield 303-635-2000 www.aloftbroomfielddenver.com Part one of my interview with JP Krause, exec chef of Aloft Broomfield, ran yesterday. This is part two of our interview. Favorite restaurant in America: Denver's own Bennett's BBQ, but not becau ... More >>
JP Krause Aloft Broomfield 8300 Arista Place, Broomfield 303-635-2000 www.aloftbroomfielddenver.com This is part one of my interview with JP Krause, exec chef of Aloft Broomfield. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. "Right. My name. It's John Patrick, but ever since high ... More >>
Duncan Smith Dazzle 930 Lincoln Street 303-839-5100 www.dazzlejazz.com Part one of my interview with Duncan Smith, exec chef of Dazzle, ran yesterday; this is part two of our conversation. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: They're really quite simple. First, show up clean and ready to work befor ... 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 >>
Over the past few years, I've been fortunate enough to get to know Dale DeGroff. The driving force behind New York's famous Rainbow Room, Dale has been widely credited with reinventing the bartending profession, setting off a cocktail explosion that continues to this day. He's the James Beard Award- ... More >>
Beau Green Denver Zoo 2300 Steele Street www.denverzoo.org Read part one of my interview with Beau Green, exec chef of the Denver Zoo. Most memorable meal you've ever had: Chef Travis Kight -- our corporate chef here at the zoo -- always takes me out to the best/coolest places to eat. During my tr ... More >>
Beau Green Denver Zoo 2300 Steele Street www.denverzoo.org This is part one of my interview with Beau Green, exec chef of the Denver Zoo. You can read part of our interview in this space tomorrow. It was a juvenile-court judge who forced Beau Green into a kitchen. The 37-year-old chef of the Denve ... 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 >>
Lori MidsonThe cognoscenti of the food world -- 5,000 strong -- descended upon Aspen this past weekend for the 29th annual Food & Wine magazine Classic, one of the most heralded culinary jubilees in the country, It was a whirlwind weekend of unparalleled gluttony, hangovers, pig parties, cele ... More >>
Lori Midson Arik Markus Row 14 891 14th Street 303-825-0100 www.row14denver.com This is part one of my interview with Arik Markus, executive chef of Row 14. Part two of my chat with Markus will run in this space tomorrow. Arik Markus is the chef equivalent of Iron Man on steroids. He races ... More >>
Lori MidsonWill Cisa The Corner Office 1401 Curtis Street 303-825-6500 www.thecornerofficedenver.com/food/dinner This is part two of my interview with Will Cisa, executive chef of the Corner Office Restaurant Martini Bar. In part one of that interview, Cisa dished on monumental cooking dis ... More >>
Lori Midson Jorge de la Torre Johnson & Wales University www.jwu.edu This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jorge de la Torre, dean of culinary education at Johnson & Wales University. Part one of that interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: The She ... More >>
Lori Midson Craig Dixon, executive chef of Cafe Options Craig Dixon Cafe Options 1650 Curtis Street 303-573-0733 www.cafeoptions.com Craig Dixon, chef of Cafe Options, is struggling. I've just asked him what it's like to work in a kitchen staffed predominantly by females -- the restaurant ... More >>
Lori Midson Jacques Pépin, Jean-Claude Szurdak and José AndrésThus ends four days of liver damage, debauchery, hangovers, embarrassments and a swollen stomach. The 2010 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen officially came to a close yesterday, and while the weekend isn't without its fuzzy moments, ... More >>
Lori Midson Spanish superstar chef José Andrés at last year's Aspen Food & Wine Classic Starting today, the glitterati of the food world will descend upon Aspen, when that glitter gulch town uncorks the Food & Wine magazine Classic, four days of over-the-top gluttony overrun with super-star ... More >>
Lori Midson Nelson Perkins Colt & Gray 1553 Platte Street 303-477-1447 Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday; brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. This is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Colt & Gray chef Nelson Perkins. To read ... More >>
Lori Midson Nelson Perkins Colt & Gray 1553 Platte Street 303-477-1447 Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday; brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Nelson Perkins frowns, rolls his eyes and lets out a groan when I ask him about the "G" word. "I fina ... More >>
Lori Midson This is part two of James Mazzio's Chef and Tell interview. To read part one, click here. What you'd like to see more of in Denver from a culinary standpoint: More chefs going out on their own and expressing their individual culinary talent rather than working for chain restaur ... More >>
No time like now, just four days before Christmas, for those of you blessed with holiday bonuses to blow some of that wad on tickets to the annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic, one of the biggest culinary blowouts of the year.Tickets went on sale last week for the three-day feedbag, which comes ... More >>
Thanks to the Gallery of Regrettable Food for this snapQuick! First, think of the worst (but funniest!) possible food or beverage around which to stage a cook-off. Now, imagine the worst (but, again, funniest) place to hold said cook-off. Now, imagine the one celebrity chef on earth who s ... More >>
Photo by Lori MidsonThe tattooed knuckles of Vesta Dipping Grill executive chef Matt SelbyDuring the Taste of the Nation, the July 19 charity event that Matt Selby chef-chaired, he turned to me and uttered one word: "Wow." He was awestruck by the size of the crowd, but also by something else: ... More >>
Lori MidsonTop Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and knifed cheftestant Fabio Viviani By the time the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen ended yesterday afternoon, I'd already seen a whole posse of amateurs puke; another man suffer a seizure just after chef Michael Symor ended a fantastic cooking demo devoted ... More >>
Dwayne Clark just opened his third Davies Chuck Wagon Diner — this one inside a Howard Johnson’s at 12100 West 44th in Wheat Ridge. I remember the days when every HoJo’s had its own restaurant, but the chain has not fared particularly well through the ups and downs of this roller-coaster decad ... More >>
The Fray are waiting for you. The hits just keep on comin'. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Fray is previewing new songs live at Snow Daze in Vail. • Talking golf and rock in a Q&A with Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris. • Apollo Sunshine's Sam Cohen gets the Backbeat Q&A treatment, too. • ... More >>
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