Ever wonder what happened to two of the Denver area's most heralded chefs? Head to the hills, where the dining scene heats up even as the temperature cools down. That's where you'll find Bryan Moscatello, the chef at the groundbreaking Adega, which was the hottest restaurant in town when it opened ... More >>
A "rising star." That's how Westword restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz described Red Star Deli, a smashing sandwich joint that opened in the Icehouse, along with Studio F, a spacious culinary stage -- and pop- up venue -- for local and visiting chefs to shine in front of captive audiences, in March o ... More >>
This week's Westword has no fresh restaurant review, since the issue is devoted to a look back at 2012 -- the big stories, the small triumphs -- as well as predictions of culinary trends to watch for in the new year. I've reviewed sixteen spots since I joined the Cafe Society crew in September, and ... More >>
Amuse-bouches, those tiny morsels of goodness offered by a chef to kick-start a meal, can be made of nearly anything -- salmon tartare, cucumber gazpacho, asparagus mousse, etc. What they have in common is size (small) and design (creative). But what about an overstuffed sausage-and-cheese burrito o ... More >>
The weekend is packed with culinary events, especially if you're a fan of beer -- and who isn't? Here's what on tap:
The Tour de Jax, a traveling dinner series hosted by each of the three Jax Fish House locations, begins today. Chefs Sheila Lucero, Amos Watts, Kevin Grossi and Adam Watts -- along with special guest (and James Beard Award nominee) Lance Hanson of Jack Rabbit Hill Estates Winery -- have teamed up t ... More >>
Kitchen magician Ian Kleinman is ensconced at James Mazzio's Studio F for the rest of the week, where he'll be offering a special pop-up dinner that plays with liquid nitrogen. Lori Midson was there for the debut of Kleinman's nine-dinner run. So was Stefan:
By 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, the crew was on its sixth dinner in three nights, the wine was flowing, and everyone was getting giddy. But then, James Mazzio had reason to celebrate: He'd just taken over the space in the Icehouse that was formerly occupied by Mise en Place cooking school a little over ... More >>
By noon, there was a line slinking out the door of Red Star Deli, James Mazzio's new sandwich shop that opened at 6 a.m. yesterday inside the Icehouse, 1801 Wynkoop Street, which is also home to Studio F, a behemoth space complete with a state-of-the-art professional kitchen that Mazzio will use, st ... More >>
It's been an interesting past few years for James Mazzio, whose culinary career took a giant leap forward in 1999, when the then-Boulder chef of the long-gone 15 Degrees, snagged a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef crown. Since then, Mazzio has cooked in numerous kitchens throughout the state, incl ... More >>
Lori Midson J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com This is part one of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. I got the gift of the Southern double name," drawls J. Michae ... More >>
If you don't have dinner plans on Sunday night, and want to experience a HUSH rush of dishes from James Mazzio, chef of Pickles Deli and Olive Oil, and a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef star, plus lots of wines from the Infinite Monkey Theorem, then you should consider booking one of the ... More >>
Lori MidsonJames Mazzio sneaks a look at his ticker. He's doing a dinner for a hundred people in less than three hours and his cooks need him on the line. It's the final hurrah in his three-month stint at Le Chateau, the French restaurant where he's been cooking since last October. "They let ... More >>
Originally, Hollywood Theaters was boasting that SkyBox Lounge, the restaurant that's part of the new Southglenn Stadium 14 in Centennial, would be a "gastropub." But now that the place has opened, that label has been dumped in favor of "a creative twist on American cuisine." Although it's ... More >>
Yesterday I kicked off "Staffing Up," with some free advice for how Mark & Isabella can get its act together. But the idea doesn't have to be confined to restaurants that need a swift, motivating kick in the ass; reading through these blog posts for the last few days, I realize that we can a ... More >>
"I've just become the chef of Le Chateau," writes James Mazzio, one-time Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef winner and until recently the exec at the Icehouse Tavern, 1801 Wynkoop Street. But that stint ended early this month when the "high-powered" Mazzio was turned loose by powers higher th ... More >>
If you read yesterday's post about chef James Mazzio's exit from Icehouse Tavern and the uh...unusual changes taking place there, you already have the background for this story. But for those of you who might've missed it (and are too lazy to click on the link above), here are the basics. ... More >>
Lori MidsonJames Mazzio poured his heart and soul -- and a lot of elbow grease -- into Icehouse Tavern, the comfort food restaurant at 1801 Wynkoop Street that took the place of Via and opened in July, after Mazzio had done much of the renovation work himself. "I redid the deck, I'm redoing ... More >>
Lori MidsonHerb-roasted rib eyeEarlier today, while walking out the door of the Icehouse Tavern (only a mere seven hours old at the time of this writing), Highway to Hell, the 1979 cult ACDC album title and hit of the same name, was blaring over the speakers. And in the kitchen, the crew, headed by ... More >>
What will you eat at LoHi SteakBar? We've just gotten word that LoHi SteakBar, the new restaurant spearheaded by Joe Vostrejs and chef-partner Sean Kelly, is opening tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. in the former home of North Star Brewery at 3200 Tejon Street, which is exactly seven hours (that would be ... More >>
Lori MidsonColore Pizzeria Moderna, the latest in a line of Italian cafes owned by the folks who run Cucina Colore at 3041 East Third Avenue and Cafe Colore at 1512 Larimer Street, is scheduled to open June 15 at 2700 South Broadway. When I dropped in on Friday and spoke with co-owner Caroline Momo- ... More >>
James Mazzio had hoped that the Icehouse Tavern, the replacement that the Momo brothers are putting into the former home of Via at 1801 Wynkoop Street, would be ready to go by June 1. But the place is going through a complete overhaul -- with award-winning chef Mazzio doing some of the construction ... More >>
The action is heating up at the Icehouse, 1801 Wynkoop Street, where the Icehouse Tavern could open as early as June 1. It's another project by the Momo brothers, who'd owned Via, the previous occupant of the space, and run Cucina Colore in Cherry Creek. And James Mazzio, Via's last chef and a man ... More >>
To celebrate Colorado Architecture Month, the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects has paired up with local chefs for the Delicious Design program, creating desserts inspired by specific buildings in Colorado. Thursday's dessert was from Steuben's, Friday's featured design from Ca ... More >>
The Ice House has swallowed another restaurant. Via Modern Tratteria & Bar has gone the way of Brasserie Rouge, Anita's Crab Shack, and Cucina Cucina, which all occupied the same space in the Ice House at 1801 Wynkoop Street. Jason Sheehan raved about James Mazzio's menu (he loved Brasserie Roug ... More >>
Just as the lights go out on Neighborhood Flix, a new flick/foods fusion operation has debuted in the metro area. Cinebarre, which has two locations on the East Coast, chose Thornton as the site of its first Western outpost for two reasons, according to general manager Brooke Bieber: our love of bee ... More >>
James Mazzio created great snack food for Neighborhood Flix. It's curtains for Neighborhood Flix Cinema & Cafe, one of the occupants of the renovated Lowenstein complex on Colfax. The combo restaurant/movie theater will close after less than a year in business, the victim of too much competition fo ... More >>
So, what are you doing Wednesday night? Nothing? Good, because I’ve got something that’ll get you up off the couch and out on the town. How ‘bout a chance to see Solera’s Goose Sorensen and James Mazzio from Via going head-to-head in this year’s Mile High Chef competition at Westword's M ... More >>
My notes from my most recent meal at Il Posto are almost indecipherable -- hasty scrawls on the back of an envelope I’d found in my car, on a credit-card receipt from my pocket. Moscato, they say. Fruit loops, Van CA, stale, bur-stuffed chix boob, peach salt, shirt cuffs and Me and My Monkey. Th ... More >>
There will be grub!
In a town filled with good restaurants, Prima couldnt cut it.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for this ice cream.
Chef James Mazzio brings Via back from the brink.
When youre ready, youre ready.
Coming In Under the Wire
After a year on the outside, Sean Kelly is back in the kitchen.
Creative combinations and intense flavors make Triana the area's best new restaurant.
James Mazzio shows why he's the tapas.