Back in December, we broke the news that Spuntino, chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's neighborhood restaurant in Highland -- a restaurant that turns out everything from unassailable gelato to equally unparalleled porchetta -- would temporarily shutter sometime this February to ... More >>
The 100 Favorite Dishes countdown continues, and No. 98 is the chocolate caramel sea salt tart from Spuntino, created by pastry expert Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, who's married to John Broening, an equally talented chef. They've recently revamped the restaurant, and Spuntino is now getting raves for many ... More >>
Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalog more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates are ... More >>
It's the last day of service at Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue. Owners/husband-and-wife Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold have decided to pursue personal plans back East. See also: -Olivea, one of Denver's top restaurants, is closing in mid-January -First impressions of Olivea -A conversation with Joh ... More >>
What will be the big culinary trends in 2013? As we prepare for a new year in gastronomy, we posed that question to dozens of people in the local food business, everyone from chefs and pastry magicians to restaurant brokers and PR consultants, from brewers and grape gurus to realtors and pig farmers ... More >>
In early February, Spuntino, the Highland restaurant and dessert palace overseen by betrothed couple John Broening (he's the chef) and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (she's the pastry chef) will close for a week -- maybe two -- to undergo a major makeover, and when it reopens, guests will not only be treated ... More >>
All this week, I'll be featuring my favorite culinary stocking stuffers and presents for the fervent foodnik, cook and restaurant fiend in your life. These are all gifts that are available locally -- and locally made or produced -- and they're all things that I hope to find in my own stocking (or un ... More >>
Spuntino has added happy-hour specials and brunch to a roster that includes its renowned gelato, which rated our best ice cream list. Spuntino, which closed earlier this year to retool its concept, reopened in March with a new lineup that included Yasmin Lozada-Hissom and John Broening, along with ... More >>
It's been spring for weeks, but afternoons like this -- afternoons when it's a perfect 71 degrees and sunny -- make it extremely hard for us to stay indoors without losing our sanity. And right about this time of day, we start looking for any excuse we can get to leave the office.
Dorina Miller, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, the pastry chef at Duo and Olivea, and her husband, John Broening, executive chef of both restaurants, quietly re-opened Spuntino last week, the Italian cafe that Miller co-owned with Simone Parisi, who bowed out of Spuntino to concentrate on Parisi and Firenze a ... More >>
Whether you're vegetarian or not, it you'll want to take advantage of the Meatless Monday opportunity at Duo (2413 West 32nd Avenue) or Olivea (719 East 17th Avenue), to restaurants featuring the work of husband-and-wife team John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, who deserve every bit of praise th ... More >>
Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, the pastry chef of Duo and Olivea, where her husband, John Broening, is also the executive chef, was a regular at Spuntino, an Italian cafe in Highland, owned, in part, by Simone Parisi, who also runs a namesake pizzeria and deli, as well as its downstairs restaurant, Firenze a ... More >>
Happy Place: Duo, 2413 West 32nd Avenue, 303-477-4141 The Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The Deals: $2 beers; $3 well cocktails; $5 select wines by the glass; $5 appetizers. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.
Olivea, site of good food and good deeds. Denver's restaurateurs are an incredibly generous group, with chefs and owners alike stepping up to contribute to endless good causes throughout the year. Olivea -- the eighteen-month-old restaurant owned by Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin (who're ... More >>
Tonight, one lucky Cafe Society reader will get to celebrate New Year's Eve at Olivéa, the sensational Mediterranean restaurant in Uptown whose kitchen is overseen by the dynamic husband-and-wife duo of exec chef John Broening and pastry goddess Yasmin Lozada-Hissom. Earlier this week, w ... More >>
Yes, you read that headline correctly: Olivéa, the sensational Mediterranean restaurant in Uptown whose kitchen is overseen by the dynamic husband-and-wife duo of exec chef John Broening and pastry goddess Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, is offering a free three-course dinner for two on New Year's Eve ... More >>
Olivea is one of the seventeen 17th Avenue businesses joining together for the Seventeen on 17th benefit tonight, when they'll all donate 10 percent of their sales to the National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund. That alone is a good reason to visit Olivea. But here's ano ... More >>
Left to right: Max Mackissock, Jennifer Jasinski, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, John Broening, Alex Seidel, Blake Edmunds and Travis VaughnTwo very different restaurant fundraisers this week bought a literal boatload of help for Haiti. First up: The $125-a-head, six-course meal at Rioja on Monday n ... More >>
Mark MangerEric Hines in the kitchen of The Kitchen.There are a few things that I like about Boulder and many that I don't. For example, it bothers me that Boulder exists where it does, snugged up tight against the base of the Flatirons, frantically humping the leg of a mountain range that wo ... More >>
Mark MangerIt worried me that Argyll is located in a subterranean address in Cherry Creek -- which seems to almost always doom any restaurant to a slow, lingering death. It worried me that this particular subterranean address used to be the home of the Squealing Pig: a terrible excuse for an ... More >>
Tonight marks the last in a series of farm dinners at Duo, 2413 West 32nd Avenue, the Highland restaurant where John Broening was cooking before unleashing the kitchen at Olivea, Duo's sister restaurant at 719 East 17th Avenue. But tonight, Broening will be back in his former galley, now run ... More >>
Keith Arnold, Stephanie Bonin, John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom.Eating John Broening's food at Olivea made me think about his other kitchen -- the one at Duo. Duo is...how do I even describe it without it coming out all wrong? For a guy like me -- terminally overfed, always on the hu ... More >>
Mark MangerJohn Broening just added another flatbread to Olivea's menu.Just when you think everything that needs to be said has been, something goes and changes. In the case of my review of Olivea, it's the menu. John Broening and his crew made the switch to a fall/winter menu just days after ... More >>
Mark MangerThis week, Jason Sheehan checks in at John Broening's Olivea. See more of Mark Manger's photos on the slideshow page.
Mark MangerJohn Broening may be quiet, but his food at Olivea speaks for itself."Jesus," I said to no one in particular, dopey smile aimed down 17th Avenue, waddling a little as I cleared the doors of Olivea. "He is just so fucking good..." John Broening keeps a relatively low profile, even ... More >>
What you might have missed while stealing the letters from Bastien's marquee...Jason Sheehan may hate green restaurants but that doesn't stop him from having a list of his favorites.Think you know your Denver restaurant scene? Here's your chance to prove it playing Cook Street's foodie photo s ... More >>
John Broening"We'll have head cheese at Olivéa on Friday -- I expect to see you there," summoned the e-mail. The note - short and to the point -- was from John Broening, the executive chef at Duo and Olivéa: the former a restaurant in Highland with a field-to-plate, seasonal approach to foo ... More >>
Maybe it's a crepe-y crawlie?Is there something alive in the middle of that sandwich? Today in Cafe Society: • Guess where I'm eating? • Guess where I'm drinking? • Coffee break at the Beauvallon. • Chef and Tell: John Broening. • Biker Jim Update: Bad news for the southern suburbs ... More >>
Lori MidsonLunch: There are all sorts of terrific lunch deals throughout our fine city, but every day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the fine folks at Pollo Cabana, a great little Mexican joint at12131 East Iliff Avenue, dole out some of the best bargains around, including nine lunch specials ... More >>
Smoked duck breast at Olivea.This past week I reviewed Sketch--a restaurant that serves almost nothing but meat. And a little cheese. And a few scattered, random plates of olives, cherries, bits of this, pieces of that. I liked the place for its simplicity, for the plain way that it offe ... More >>
Lori MidsonThe Uptown 'hood has no shortage of restaurants, but Olivéa, the new food temple from John Broening, Yasmin Lozada-Hisson, Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin (the foursome behind Duo), located at 719 East 17th Avenue in the former Aix space, could be just what the neighborhood's been waiti ... More >>
Olivea's website photos look good enough to eat.Olivea, the joint effort from Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin (owners of Duo), and John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (chef and pastry chef of Duo, respectively), opens at 5 p.m. at 719 East 17th Avenue, in the former home of Aix. According to t ... More >>
One of the first big restaurant deals of the new year was the purchase of Aix -- by a new partnership comprised of of Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin (owners of Duo), and John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (chef and pastry chef of Duo, respectively). When the quartet took on Aix, they had a con ... More >>
Yesterday, I noted that Aix's website had gone dark -- as its dining room was last Saturday night. But because 17th Avenue is such a solid restaurant neighborhood, I don't think anyone out there thought the space would stay empty for long. I just got off the phone with Keith Arnold, owner (along wit ... More >>
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