Would legendary New York Times critic Craig Claiborne have approved of Gretchen Kurtz reviewing So Perfect Eats? "If the granddaddy of restaurant criticism didn't think restaurants had to have tablecloths, a maître d' and a mixologist to be considered fair game," she writes, "then neither do I."
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Ian Kleinman isn't interested in opening his own restaurant. He's having way too much playing around in everyone else's. Last month, Kleinman, the mad scientist behind the Inventing Room, a roving stage of entertainment that revolves around molecular gastronomy, orchestrated a series of fantastic (a ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with Biker Jim, chef-owner of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. Read part one of the Biker Jim interview.
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
2148 Larimer Street
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You have six more nights to behold the wizardry of Ian Kleinman, the molecular genius behind the Inventing Room -- the Willy Wonka of Denver who's currently on center stage at Studio F, the culinary event space and cooking school that James Mazzio unleashed a few months ago to give himself, along wi ... More >>
It's been a whirlwind week for Jenna Johansen. The former executive chef of Dish, in Edwards, which she still co-owns, made her smashing debut on Around the World in 80 Plates, a new chef-driven reality show on Bravo that premiered on Wednesday night (Johansen, by the way, made it through to the nex ... More >>
Jenna Johansen will celebrate the debut of Bravo's new reality show Around the World in 80 Plates at Studio F, 1801 Wynkoop Street, with a series of globally-inspired pop-up dinners starting tonight. Johansen is one of twelve chefs competing on the show for $150,000 in prize money.
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Ian Kleinman lives in a Willy Wonka world. He's the mad scientist, the crazy culinary genius who long ago ditched traditional cooking methods to concentrate on molecular gastronomy, for which he's now known nationwide.
And starting this Friday, you can win a golden ticket to a pop-up dinner that wi ... More >>
March saw some much-anticipated openings, including a Denver outpost of The Kitchen as well as James Mazzio's Red Star Deli in the Ice House, Cinque Soldi Salumeria on South Pearl Street, and the revamped Spuntino in Highland. But longtime barbecue joints dried up all over the metro area.
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J. Michael Melton
1730 Wynkoop Street
This is part two of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part one of our interview ran in this space yesterday.
Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I eat at Tom's Home Cookin ... More >>
Kristine LefebvreLudo Lefebvre
Four months ago, in April, French-born, Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre took a road trip to eastern Colorado, where he shot, skinned and butchered a bison. To show his respect for the beast, he then dropped to his knees and took a bite of its heart, stil ... More >>
Lori MidsonIt had just gone 6 p.m., when light driblets of rain began to drop from the clouds, but the dozens of people with their noses to the window, peering in to catch a glimpse of the famous French chef, didn't seem to notice. Some, determined to be one of the first through the doors, h ... More >>
Lori MidsonLast month, Phil Armstrong, the founder of HUSH Concepts, let loose NOMAD -- one-off dinners that "pop-up" at various venues throughout the city, their addresses kept off the radar until just hours before the dinners begin. James Mazzio was tapped to be the chef for the March dinne ... More >>
HUSH founder Phil Armstrong, Denver's duke of underground dining and restaurateur (he's partnering with Arugula chef/owner Alex Schuler to open Tangerine in Boulder), is moving ahead with plans to introduce pop-up restaurants to Front Range foodniks -- and the first of those pop-up parties wi ... More >>
This week -- through Saturday, November 20 -- Scorpios drink free at miniBAR, 222 Columbine Street (303-668-4064 or visit www.minibardenver.com), from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; there will also be music, food and drink specials. You'll find many more deals and events taking place this week in our culi ... More >>
Earlier this year, Phil Armstrong, a veteran restaurant industry guy who has more ambition than the entire graduating class of Harvard, unleashed Hush, an underground supper club that hosts intimate dinners at various venues around Denver and Boulder, many of them in unusual places -- fields, ... More >>
975 Lincoln Street
This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Jay Spickelmier, executive chef of Japoix. To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow.
Jay Spickelmier is wrist-deep in a large, deep, flat-bo ... 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:
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Sergio Romero will not be cooking dinner at Chefs for the Cause -- and neither will anyone else.Chefs for the Cause sounded like a philanthropic foodie's delight -- six of Denver's top chefs creating delicious food to help raise money for the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. J ... More >>
This just in: The Icehouse Tavern at 1801 Wynkoop Street will be opening June 22, according to James Mazzio, the award-winning chef who ran the kitchen at the space's previous incarnation, Via, and who's taken a very active role in its transformation into the Icehouse Tavern.It's still owned by the ... More >>
Photo by Mark Manger
Today in Cafe Society:
• Up Close: Cracovia.
• MiniBAR mini-opening; grand opening this weekend.
• James Mazzio set to open the Icehouse Tavern.
• Eat Your Beer With Old Chub Bread.
• Our Weekly Bread: Snarf's, mmmm, Snarf's.
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No, Via's not coming back (although AOL sure made it look that way the other day, when it LoDo restaurant -- defunct for many months -- on its home page). But we hear the Momo family, which didn't find the commercial success with Via, even with famed chef James Mazzio in the kitchen, that they have ... More >>