Frasca Food and Wine is turning ten in August and will celebrate a decade of serving its nationally acclaimed brand of Italian-inspired cuisine with a special menu for the week of August 4 through August 9. Since that's a month away, why are we telling you know? In part, because landing a table at F ... More >>
Livability.com, a website that takes readers on a sojourn of America's Best Places to Live and Visit, just released its list of the "Top 10 Foodie Cities" of 2014 -- a roster of allegedly restaurant-strong cities that "strongly support local farmers, showcase regional cuisine and provide residents w ... More >>
Wine dinners this week will transport you from Larimer Square to the South Rhone, and from Boulder to Italy. And at a special spirits tasting at the Museum of Colorado Denver on Wednesday, you can celebrate drinking right here at home: MCA will feature Denver-based Leopold Bros. at the event. Keep r ... More >>
Pizzeria Localeat 550 Broadway will celebrate its first birthday today with a special fundraiser -- and customers are getting the present. From 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, Pizzeria Locale will mark one year in Denver with a "Pay What You Can" special, offering free pizza, side dishes and drinks, in exchan ... More >>
You'll find plenty of foodniks singing the praises of Oak at Fourteenth, the lauded restaurant that Steve Redzikowski and Bryan Dayton opened in Boulder in 2010 -- and again in 2011, following a crushing fire. And you'll find just as many ardent admirers of Acorn, the sequel to Oak that opened last ... More >>
Just under a year ago, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Bobby Stuckey, co-owners of Frasca Food and Wine and the original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, opened a second, more streamlined Pizzeria Locale in Denver in the former Il Vicino space at Sixth and Broadway. Then, late last year, Mackinnon-Patter ... More >>
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Bobby Stuckey, founders of Frasca Food and Wine, know the rules of classic pizza-making as well as fine-dining. They've been to Italy several times; their team members went there before they launched the original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder 2011. But they broke one of ... More >>
Twenty-four 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). The the very last category in our Food & Drink section was one of the toughest picks this year: Best New Restaurant. In ... More >>
Back in 2010, Bon Appétit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton pronounced Boulder the "Foodiest Town in America," a declaration that made former Westword restaurant critic Laura Shunk -- and at least one Boulder chef, Theo Adley -- raise their eyebrows in skepticism. And now Knowlton is back with hi ... More >>
"I met Jim at the Gramercy Tavern," Frasca Food and Wine owner Bobby Stuckey explained by way of introduction to Jim Meehan, the star bartender who stopped into the Boulder restaurant last night to host a cocktail seminar and dinner. "He gave Danette [Stuckey, Bobby's wife] and me a really memorable ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere's a reason why Dave Query, the brains behind the Boulder-based Big Red F Restaurant Group, generates so much respect: The restaurateur, who owns West End Tavern, Zolo Grill, Lola, Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, Bitter Bar and three Jax Fish locations is, quite si ... More >>
For last week's Year in Review issue, we recapped what the subjects of the 2011 Chef and Tell interviews would like to see less of in Denver. This time, we're serving up their wish lists of what they hope to find on Denver's plate in the new year -- everything from year-round farmers' markets to who ... More >>
As we've discovered in our weekly Chef and Tell interviews, Denver's kitchen commanders are, if nothing else, unapologetically opinionated. We pepper them with dozens of questions, and sometimes their answers are salty -- especially their responses to what they'd like to see less of in Denver from a ... More >>
The day I interviewed Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, the executive chef of Frasca Food and Wine, for this week's Chef and Tell powwow, the kitchen crew had just been graced with a bounty of fresh beets, plucked straight from farm earth. The beets, in all their glorious, kaleidoscopic hues, ar ... More >>
Do we cover Boulder too often? Not often enough? Too gently? Not harshly enough? Ellen's suggestion that Cafe Society needs to take a more contemporary approach to Boulder inspired this response from chuckroast: For Ellen's sake, instead of calling Boulderites the "Granola Set," just call t ... More >>
Lori Midson Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson Frasca Food and Wine 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-442-6966 www.frascafoodandwine.com This is part two of my interview with Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, co-owner and executive chef of Frasca Food and Wine. Part one of my chat with Mackinnon-Patterso ... More >>
Lori Midson Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson Frasca Food and Wine 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-442-6966 www.frascafoodandwine.com This is part one of my interview with Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, co-owner and executive chef of Frasca Food and Wine. Part two of my chat with Mackinnon-Patterso ... More >>
Lori MidsonFood Network magazine heralds the pizza at Pizzeria LocaleSix months ago, editors from Food Network magazine zigzagged across the country in search of the holy grail -- or, more precisely, the best pizzas in the United States, and in the September issue, on newsstands August 9, th ... More >>
OpenTable.com, the free (for consumers) online reservations program, just released its 2010 Diners' Choice Awards for restaurants that are most Fit for Foodies, the victors of which were determined by more than seven million online reviews as voted by OpenTable diners. The question is, ho ... More >>
Frasca exec chef Lachlan Mackinnon PattersonOkay, so here's a thoughtful question: Would you rather get naked and dirty with Lon Symensma, the Denver-bound former New York pretty boy culinary artist who NYeater called a "strong contender for the title of New York's Hottest Chef," or Lachlan ... More >>
Boulder has some terrific restaurants, including Arugula, the site of a recent Slow Food dinner that fed the mind, body and soul of Juliet Wittman. But Arugula isn't the only Boulder restaurant that feeds us. Here are five more of our favorites: Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, 303-442 ... More >>
Frasca Food & Wine executive chef Lachlan Mackinnon-PattersonThe Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation lands in Denver tonight, stopping at the Brown Palace, 321 17th Street. That's where Frasca Food & Wine executive chef (and 2008 James Beard award winner for Best Southwe ... More >>
It's not too late to make a reservation for tonight's food and wine dinner at Frasca, the Boulder food shrine to all things brilliant. Tonight's dinner, hosted by Kevin Pike of Terry Theise Estate Selections, is all about grower champagnes, often referred to as "farmer fizz," according to Bo ... More >>
Denver has many great Italian restaurants. As I wrote this week, Mark & Isabella's is not one of them. Here are ten of my favorites: Il Posto (2011 East 17th Avenue, 303-394-0100). Il Posto has an excellent location, crammed between other bars and restaurants, their patios shoulder to should ... More >>
Robin MosesFrasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and his daughter, LydiaLachlan Mackinnon Patterson, the exec chef at Frasca Food & Wine, the restaurant at 1738 Pearl Street that's the best in Boulder (and possibly Colorado), was rather unmercifully booted from Bravo TV's Top Chef Masters b ... 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 >>
For the first time, Frasca Food & Wine is opening for lunch -- but only on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. Although the schedule change is to accommodate people in town for graduation ceremonies at the University of Colorado, you don't need to know a student to sign up for the $50 prix-fixe, four-cour ... More >>
This past year, Frasca made plenty of buzz when the highly acclaimed restaurant that Jason Sheehan reviewed as Fantasy Land revealed that it would be moving from its home at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder sometime in the future. But not, as it turns out, in the immediate future. Surprisingly, the nu ... More >>
While I might not have had much luck at this year’s James Beard Awards, it’s a damn good thing that I wasn’t the only one from our little square state in Manhattan this past weekend. As a matter of fact, Colorado was much better represented at the Chef Awards (which happened on Sunday, a coup ... More >>
Suspicions confirmed: Bud's makes the best burger in Colorado.
Exit Ethels, enter Colemans.
Another star turn for Ian Kleinman.
In a town filled with good restaurants, Prima couldnt cut it.
Southern cooks know how to make something out of nothing -- like frogs' legs.
A weekly menu makes for a delicious change of pace and taste.
Going fusion on Sixth Avenue.
Looking back at the Best of Denver.
I know, I know... this is twice in one week that I'm making fun of the New York Times (see "$115,000 Worth of Pointless Revenge" a few blogs below for my first shot at the Old Gray Lady), but I just couldn't let this one go without a comment. In the February 25 Travel section, writer Michelle Aue ... More >>
WaterCourse is a growing concern.
One of the country's best.
New York State of Mind
For restaurants, this was a very good year.
Beard House Rules
Eyes on the Prize
At Frasca, all foodie dreams come true.