He didn't win in 2011, but Max MacKissock, chef and co-owner of the Squeaky Bean, has another opportunity to emerge victorious in Food & Wine magazine's People's Best New Chef battle -- an award that MacKissock was also nominated for in 2011. See also: - An exclusive first look of the new Squeaky ... More >>
Here's where the pig puns start: Two years ago, at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, five Colorado chefs -- Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson (Frasca Food & Wine); Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken); Frank Bonanno (Bonanno Concepts); and Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euc ... More >>
Last fall, in early September, Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, jetted to Denver, his film crew on his heels, to film footage of an upcoming episode of his wildly popular television show, in which Zimmern stuffs his gullet with foodstuffs that some people would find peculi ... More >>
The term "celebrity chef" is as ubiquitous as pork belly, but I bet that if I asked ten people for a definition, I'd get ten different answers. To some, it means a nationally known chef with a mug you'd recognize from appearances on TV. Denver has a few of these, such as Keegan Gerhard of D Bar Dess ... More >>
This, insists Theo Adley, is "going to be fucking epic!" Adley, the former exec chef of the Pinyon in Boulder, along with a bold-name cartel of several other Denver and Boulder chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Euclid Hall, Rioja and Bistro Vendome); Max MacKissock (Squeaky Bean); Jenna Johansen; Hunter ... More >>
The 8th Annual Denver International Wine Festival will uncork at the Grand Hyatt Denver this Wednesday, and will pouring into Saturday, November 10. The event will overflow with educational seminars, culinary pairings and a selection of more than 400 wines; check the website for a full schedule of e ... More >>
Nico Eymar -- or Nico the Frenchie, as his regulars know him -- has been a bartender/server at Rioja for over seven years. Last Friday, he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that will require at least three months to recover from. So his colleagues and friends are hosting a benefit tonig ... More >>
Bentley Folse Finley's Pub 375 South Pearl Street 303-282-4790 www.finleysdenver.com Part one of my interview with Bentley Folse, exec chef of Finley's Pub, ran yesterday; this is part two. Favorite restaurant in America: Both Clancy's and Commander's Palace in New Orleans. Clancy's is a quaint ... More >>
The fourth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's Cherry Creek last night, a benefit for the Denver Health Foundation, was hot in more ways than one: hot in temperature, with the the late spring sun beating down during the first hour or so; hot in hotties who stripped down because of that sun ... More >>
Denver's top female chefs cooked up a storm last night at Temple Emanuel, the stamping grounds for WomenCook, an annual benefit for Work Options for Women, a local non-profit that provides hands-on cooking instruction to disadvantaged women who have hopes of working in the food industry. Hundreds ... More >>
When Trillium, Ryan Leinonen's highly anticipated Scandinavian restaurant, opened a few weeks ago in the Ballpark neighborhood, the accolades began almost immediately, which was good news for Leinonen. "I want to have one of the top five restaurants in Denver," he told me during a pre-opening interv ... More >>
It's that time of year again, when the James Beard Foundation beckons the public fooderati to cast their nominations for the 2012 James Beard Awards, the "country's most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and r ... More >>
Lori MidsonIt was just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday when the car dropped me off at the James Beard House, the unassuming West Village brownstone that's the former home of the legendary late American chef and cookbook author, deemed the "dean of American cookery" in the New York Times, whose qu ... More >>
Lori MidsonIt's going to be "a liquor-infused, gastro-visio musical blowout." That's how Jorel Pierce, the chef of Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, Jennifer Jasinski's nearly unassailable shrine to pig parts, poutine, offal and everything else we love in the food world, describes Euclid's Hall upco ... More >>
Lori Midson Rob Michaels Madison Street 1222 Madison Street 303-736-2260 www.madisonstreetdenver.com This is part two of my interview with Rob Michaels, chef de cuisine at Madison Street. In part one of this interview, Michaels dishes on dumbing down menus, the pitfalls of parsley, and pork ... More >>
Cochon 555When Cochon 555, the nationwide, heritage breed pig-off, trots into town on Sunday, April 3, it won't be just five Colorado chefs battling it out for the "Prince or Princess of Porc" title. In addition to Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bisto Vendome); Kelly Liken (Restaur ... More >>
You be the judge. Cochon 555, the porkeriffic national competition that trots into Denver on Sunday, April 3, recently announced the five Colorado chefs combating for the Prince of Porc title: Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bisto Vendome); Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken); Alex ... 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 >>
The James Beard Foundation awards gala, a glitzy, high-falutin' soiree that honors the best chefs, pastry kings and queens, restaurateurs, restaurants and wine directors in the country, takes place on May 9, 2011, at the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York. And the culinary blowout ... More >>
Lori MidsonWhich little piggy will take home the top prize at Cochon 555? In exactly 37 days, the third US Tour of Cochon 555, a nationwide traveling pork orgy that spotlights five local chefs, five heritage breed piggies and five winemakers, will hoof it to Denver, taking over a yet-to-be-de ... More >>
Lori Midson Last month Jennifer Jasinski, chef/owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, released her first cookbook, A Perfect Bite, a 186-page compendium of recipes from Rioja's' kitchen, accompanied by stunning photography and tips for the home cook. And tonight, at the Larimer Squ ... More >>
Lori MidsonBrad Rowell, chef at Colt & Gray, resolves to eat twenty percent less pork fat per day and replace that with twenty percent more Schlitz Haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet? That makes two of us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, we prodded more than two dozen Denver/ ... More >>
Lori MidsonJorel Pierce Euclid Hall 1317 14th Street 303-595-4255 www.euclidhall.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Jorel Pierce, executive chef of Euclid Hall. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. "You can't write that! I'm not a pussy!" Jorel Pier ... More >>
Lori Midson Matt Anderson Bistro Vendôme 1420 Larimer Street 303-825-3232 www.bistrovendome.com Matt Anderson wanted to become an Olympic downhill skier from the time he was three and wobbled on skis for the first time. But eighteen years later, he threw his skis in the trash. Anderson, on ... More >>
Lori Midson Aaron Youngblood Executive Chef Dixons Downtown Grill 1610 16th Street 303-573-6100 www.dixonsrestaurant.com This is part one of Lori Midson's Q&A with Aaron Youngblood, exec chef of Dixons Downtown Grill. Part two of the interview will run tomorrow. Aaron Youngblood needed a j ... More >>
Euclid Hall's duck foie gras mini poutine.The first six weeks at Euclid Hall were one wild ride, culminating in chef/owner Jennifer Jasinski being named Denver Magazine's Chef of the Year -- and then the restaurant doing 600 covers last Saturday, as Great American Beer Festers left the conven ... More >>
When the crew from Steamworks Brewing makes the trip north today for the Great American Beer Festival, they're have something extra on board for Denver. The Durango brewery is making a limited-edition proprietary beer just for Euclid Hall, the happening new beer-centric gastropub owned by La ... More >>
Lori Midson Vesta Dipping Grill executive chef Brandon Biederman and Lola and Big Red F executive chef Jamey Fader at the 2009 Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's Cherry Creek A swell of Denver's top kitchen masters are playing with fire tonight at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Av ... More >>
Taste of VailYou know that spring has sprung when the crest of Vail Mountain morphs from a skier's powdered paradise into an al fresco grazing ground for foodniks and oenophiles, a transformation that takes place every year during the Taste of Vail, a three-day gastronomic romp that begins to ... More >>
Real food. Sharp utensils. Big fire. A good cause. And Denver's top chefs. That's what's on tap tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue, when eleven of the town's top cookers - Tyler Wiard (Elway's, Cherry Creek); Sean Yontz (Mezcal, Tambien and Sketch); Justin ... More >>
Troy Guard was cooking again last night, and it felt good. The former Nine75/Zengo chef had joined Jamey Fader as a guest chef for a special dinner at Lola featuring dishes inspired by the flavors of Cabo and the Yucatan. It wasn't much of a stretch for Guard, who was raised in Hawaii, and it made ... More >>
A few points about Bluepoint.
While Sparrow looks for a new home, Denver chefs head to New York City.
French toast is in order.
I have reservations about hotel restaurants, including Panzano.
Beard House Rules
Food on Film is so much more than popcorn.
Here's my prescription for starting the year in fine style.
The Name Game
Ham on Wry
A Square Deal
So Foie, So Good
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