Jeff Osaka

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    October 9, 2014

    Four Top Culinary Events Today Feature Sips, Soup and Chefs Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski

    You don't need to wait to the weekend to get a full serving of culinary fun. Tonight you can celebrate LoDo, enjoy special dishes prepared by Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski, or get bowled over at a Boulder fundraiser. Keep reading for a taste of what's on today's culinary calendar. See also: Jeff Osa ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    What Does Twelve's Closing Say About Denver's Dining Scene?

    More than forty restaurants opened in July, with dozens more the month before. But amidst the boom comes news of a significant closing: twelve, which celebrated its fifth anniversary with a grand soiree last fall, will serve its last seasonally-inspired supper on August 23. When a place like twel ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Mistakes happen at restaurants -- it's what happens next that's more important

    Mistakes happen -- that's part of life. So it's what happens next that matters most. When mistakes happen in restaurants, I'm always curious to see how the front of the house will react. In my review of The Kitchen Next Door Glendale, I write about one such mistake, the time a busser splattered mu ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    A Welcome Conference for restaurant managers would be welcome in Denver

    At a recent dinner, the plates were being cleared when a utensil dropped and broth splattered all over my husband's shirt. The busser apologized but didn't offer to pay the dry-cleaning bill. Neither the server nor the general manager came over, so the matter ended there, with my husband blotting st ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Mutiny on the Bottle, Whiskey (and water) Rebellion tonight!

    Eat Boston and Water for People are teaming up to bring you a rebellion of the tastiest variety tonight. Whiskey Rebellion, a showcase of American brown spirits that highlights the role of water in the American whiskey distillation process, will take over the Curtis Hotel from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Izu Sushi opening on East Colfax

    Earlier this week, we reported that Mizu, a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, plans to open in November in LoHi. In addition, Nanu Nanu Noodle, a Japanese ramen-ya, part of the behemoth Pacific Ocean Marketplace project that's currently under construction in Aurora, is slated for a fall opening, as ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Mikio Hashimoto, former owner of Japon, opening Tokio in Prospect

    Last September, when Miki Hashimoto, the owner of Japon (now John Holly's Asian Bistro), closed his Japanese restaurant after eighteen years in Washington Park, he teased us with his future plans: "I have some great new ideas and concepts that I'm exploring that Denver hasn't seen," he said, adding ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    From green chile to ramen to Women Cook!, this is a tasty weekend

    May has arrived, with good weather reports and a weekend full of fun. Not only is this Cinco de Mayo weekend, but eateries in the city's arts districts will be hopping on First Friday. You can also taste Jeff Osaka's noodle soup and get into the dark side of the Fourth. But save some room -- and cas ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Rare ramen pop-up dinner and free bagels on this week's culinary calendar

    May is on its way, bringing with it a bevy of culinary events -- everything from tequila tastings to veggie cooking classes. Here's a taste of what's on the calendar this week. See also: Steve Lewis uncorks at Monday Night Wine Dinner at Frasca

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    April 22, 2014

    Colorado Mills food court expands its dining options

    Shoppers at the Colorado Mills Outlet Mall in Golden will soon have several new dining options to choose from: The food court is slated to open three new restaurants next month. See also: Jeff Osaka on ramen mania, his ramen pop-up and Osaka Ramen, his new restaurant

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    March 18, 2014

    The Little Nell and Denver author Adrian Miller nab James Beard Foundation finalist spots

    Earlier this morning, hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and restaurant-industry groupies were eyeballing their computer screens and mobile phones, anxiously awaiting the news, which was live-streamed from the Publican in Chicago, announcing who would make it through to the James Beard Fo ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Pi pie, a pop-up bar and more on the culinary calendar this weekend

    It's 3/14 -- pie day! All three Patxi's locations in metro Denver are celebrating with a $3.14 lunch special: a slice of signature Chicago-style stuffed pizza or hand-pulled thin crust pie, with a choice of salad and a non-alcoholic beverage. The offer is for carry-out only. See also: All aboard! ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Trillium celebrates Jeff Osaka's James Beard Award nomination with a cocktail tribute

    Earlier today, we announced that several local chefs and restaurants were nominated for a James Beard Foundation award -- and that coveted roster includes Jeff Osaka, chef-owner of twelve, who recently just celebrated the Ballpark restaurant's fifth anniversary. And now, Ryan Leinonen, chef-owner of ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013
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    November 11, 2013

    Von Miller waits on you at Ocean Prime, an Oceanaire dinner, Chef & Brew and more

    Tonight is celebrity waiter night at Ocean Prime, where All-Pro linebacker Von Miller and Bronco teammates will trade in their day jobs and run interference at the front of the house. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction; dinner will follow at 8 p.m., when a l ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    From twelve to Trader Joe's, a second helping of Cafe Society: November 4-8

    This week Gretchen Kurtz reviewed twelve,Jeff Osaka's restaurant that will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a big bash Monday. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson talked to Jesper Jonsson of Randolph's about his long culinary trip to the Warwick Hotel. And Mark Antonation reached New China Kitchen in ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Jeff Osaka is the coach of the Denver chef team -- hear from his fans

    twelve, which I review this week, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary next week with a major bash. I reached out to several of the chefs who will be contributing to the six-course feast to ask for their thoughts on what Jeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelve, means to the culinary community. What th ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Photos: FEAST! Vail makes an impressive debut

    FEAST! Vail descended upon the alpine mountain village over the Memorial Day weekend, and for a first-year event, this was definitely a winning feast fit for foodists, cocktail connoisseurs, oenophiles and beer drinkers. From a small-plate extravaganza that showcased the talents of several local che ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Happy Memorial Day! Here's where to eat over the holiday weekend

    Hungry for fun over the holidays? Here's a rundown of culinary events over the three-day weekend. See also: - FEAST! Vail kicks off Memorial Day weekend with a slew of star chefs - 10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), May 24-27 - Denver's ten best Memorial Day weekend shows

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    May 16, 2013

    Reader: Twelve offers a good dining value -- and a great amuse bouche

    When Lori Midson went to twelve this week for a birthday celebration, she feasted on everything from beet carpaccio to sweetbreads. But the real star was the amuse bouche, a grilled scallop in a pool of squid ink. It was a generous offering from a generous chef, Jeff Osaka, named Best Chef Ambassado ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Round two with Cory Treadway, exec chef of the Wynkoop

    Cory Treadway Wynkoop Brewing Company 1634 18th Street 303-297-2700 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 >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Best Chef: A nostalgic look back at our Best of Denver chef winners

    In just a few short hours from now, the Best of Denver 2013 will start hitting the street -- and the web. This year's edition is packed with more than 400 winners (we're still counting). One of the most anticipated categories in our Food & Drink section is also one of the the most coveted: Best Chef ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Celebrate pork in Vail this weekend

    Restaurant Kelly Liken, 12 Vail in Vail, is kicking-off Cochon 555 tonight with a six-course, collaborative menu from five Colorado chefs: Jason Harrison of Four Seasons Resort, Jeff Osaka of twelve , Alex Seidel of Fruition, Lon Symensma of ChoLon and Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe. See also: - Den ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Twelve will open seven nights a week beginning on February 24

    When people ask me what I'd like to see more of in Denver, which is a question I pose every week to the chefs I interview, my immediate response is more restaurants that are open on Sunday and Monday nights. In fact, I was recently having that same discussion with Jeff Osaka, the owner-chef of twelv ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Jeff Osaka's twelve wins the numbers game on 12/12/12

    When chef Jeff Osaka opened twelve in November 2008, he wasn't thinking about a day more than four years in the future, the last triple date of this century: 12/12/12. He wasn't thinking about the future much at all. He'd named his restaurant twelve to reflect the fact that he planned to change the ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    An underground gathering of Denver's best chefs convenes at twelve

    Two years ago, when I did a Chef and Tell interview with Jeff Osaka, the owner/chef of twelve, I asked him what he'd like to see more of in Denver from a culinary standpoint. His answer was poignant, straightforward and inclusive: I want more chefs working to build camaraderie. Sure, we want to b ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Sip great wine on the cheap at four of Denver's poshest spots

    'Tis the season for giving - the time of year for fa-la-la-ing, mistletoe-ing and all the other festivities Bing and Nat sing about. But let's be honest: Decking the halls and making merry can be downright exhausting. So in betwixt the tree trimming and holiday caroling, why not give yourself a litt ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Round two with Sean McGaughey, exec chef of Opus

    Lori Midson​ Sean McGaughey Opus 2575 West Main Street, Littleton 303-703-6787 This is part two of my interview with Sean McGaughey, exec chef of Opus. You can read part one of that interview here. Favorite restaurant in America: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant directly on a farm in ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Denver Burger Battle: The meat of the matter in photos

    Lori MidsonThe crew from Crave compete in the Denver Burger Battle​Aside from the vegetarian burgers from Root Down, which, ironically, were the first to sell out, last night's porny Denver Burger Battle was a carnivorous animal-style nirvana of bloody meat candy, bacon and foie gras. The sol ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Jeff Osaka on monthly menu creation and twelve's February lineup

    Mark MangerJeff Osaka rolls out his February menu tonight.​Several Denver restaurants make seasonal changes to their menus, but none with the clockwork regularity of twelve, which rolls out a new board on the first of every month. And Jeff Osaka, chef-owner of the place, isn't simply recycling ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    More predictions, rants and raves from local chefs on the culinary trends of 2011

    Sustainably-farmed fish will be a big trend in 2011, say local chefs​Yesterday, several local chefs -- Michael Long (Aria and Opus); Eric Skokan (Black Cat); Brandon Biederman (Steuben's); Brad Rowell (Colt & Gray); and Troy Guard (TAG and TAG Raw Bar) -- dished on the culinary trends that wou ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    twelve's December menu debuts today

    Mark MangerChef Jeff Osaka debuts his December menu​When I reviewed twelve a few weeks ago, sampling most of chef-owner Jeff Osaka's November menu, I noted that I was "already hungry for December, excited to see what Osaka will come up with next." Today marks the first day of that new menu, a ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010
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    November 16, 2010

    Jeff Osaka's twelve lures patrons to the Ballpark neighborhood

    Mark Manger​On a block just beyond the revitalized stretches of downtown, twelve, at 2233 Larimer Street, is tucked amidst dilapidated storefronts.

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    October 12, 2010

    Jeff Osaka reopens twelve today with a new fall menu

    Jeff Osaka changes twelve's menu monthly.​Chef/owner Jeff Osaka will reopen twelve today, after an eleven-day break. The restaurant at 2233 Larimer Street is getting close to marking its second anniversary; although the neighborhood was a little lonely when Osaka opened his place, other spots ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Twelve takes a break

    Lori Midson​ If you have a hankering for the food cooked up by chef/owner Jeff Osaka at the almost-two-year-old twelve, head there tonight -- because tomorrow, the restaurant at 2233 Larimer Street will close for an eleven-day "break to rejuvenate." Until twelve reopens, appropriately enough ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Announcing one winner and one last chance to win tickets to Sunday's seafood supper with Jeff Osaka, Alex Seidel, Scott Parker, Justin Brunson and Ben Parsons

    Lori Midson​If you've been following this here blog, then you already know that chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli) are hosting a seafood supper this Sunday at the Infinite Monkey Theorem ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    And the winner of two seats to Sunday's seafood supper is...

    ​Behold the final winning entry in our Sunday summer supper contest. Just in case you missed all this, here's the short version: We asked readers to suggest a name for the coalition of chefs -- Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Jeff Osaka (twelve), Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli an ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Round two: Win free tickets to Sunday's summer seafood supper with chefs Jeff Osaka, Alex Seidel, Scott Parker and Justin Brunson and wine geek Ben Parsons

    Lori Midson Jeff Osaka and Alex Seidel​This Sunday, August 22, chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli and Lechon) will host a summer seafood feast at Infinite Monkey Theorem, the urban winery ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Win free tickets to Sunday's summer seafood supper with chefs Jeff Osaka, Alex Seidel, Scott Parker and Justin Brunson and wine geek Ben Parsons

    Lori MidsonJeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelve​This Sunday, August 22, chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli and Lechon) will host a summer seafood feast at Infinite Monkey Theorem, the urban ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    In the kitchen with Jeff Osaka, chef of twelve

    Lori Midson​Jeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelve, and the center of this week's compelling Chef and Tell interview, changes his menu monthly, hence the restaurant's name. The January board trumpets foie gras and pork belly, Colorado lamb and a vegetarian paella and several sugar-laced finales, inc ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    Lori Midson​What you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were weighing in on twelve's Jeff Osaka, the restaurant's exec chef and owner who's at the center of this week's Chef and Tell interview -- and some controversy surrounding his comment regarding his most critical customer ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Part two: Chef and Tell with Jeff Osaka of twelve

    Lori Midson​This is part two of my interview with Jeff Osaka, exec chef of twelve. You can read part one of my interview with Osaka here. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: I don't have any rules per se. The only thing I ask from my kitchen staff is to pay attention and be respectful. There's ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Pot and pans at 8 Rivers

    Mark MangerExec chef Scott Durrah knows all about pot luck.​ The first time I cooked pot food was my freshman year in high school. Two friends and I pooled our money, bought a quarter bag of Texas dirt weed and some instant brownie mix, and headed to an adult-free house with an open kitchen. ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    John Plessinger in a booth at the Nob Hill Inn, the bar his father put in his name back in 1969, when he was 21.​What you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were hanging on every last word of our hi-larious stories about the time we spent getting up close and personal with the reg ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Twelve turns one today

    ​Happy birthday to Twelve, which brought fine dining to a less-than-fine location at 2233 Larimer Street last fall, but has survived that first tough year. And tonight, chef/owner Jeff Osaka will celebrate his restaurant's first birthday by gifting diners with a complimentary glass of sparkl ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Twelverestaurant introduces its third menu

    When I checked in with Jeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelverestaurant, last month, he told me that although he'd just opened his restaurant at 2233 Larimer in early November, he was already reducing the prices on his changing-monthly menu. (His concept of a dozen menus a year -- each featuring seasonal ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    December 4, 2008

    This just in: twelverestaurant lowers prices, not expectations

    Just got this e-mail from Jeff Osaka, the chef/owner of twelverestaurant, the elegant, if pricy, place that opened exactly a month ago. "Due to the current economy, and feedback from our loyal customers, twelverestaurant has responded quickly and adjusted its price structure to reflect this demand. ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008

    Looking for a good restaurant? You're in the ballpark...

    The Ballpark neighborhood is hot. Last week I raved about Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, at 2129 Larimer Street. And just up the street at 2233 Larimer, in the old home of Kokopelli's (and Manny's Smokehouse before that), the lower-cased twelve restaurant will open on Tuesday, November 4. The chef/owne ... More >>

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