Lori Midson

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    October 27, 2014

    Shangri-La Is Now Maci Cafe

    Since Massimo Ruffinazzi, who was born and raised in Italy and then was a chef/partner at Il Fornaio, took over the Shangri-La coffee house in LoHi three years ago, he's given neighbors plenty of reasons to hang out there. Great coffee, for starters, as well as homemade breads, salumi plates and sal ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Fall Has Arrived at Local Kitchens -- Including Mine

    This year, just as I've done for as long as my kids can remember, I joined a local farm share. Flush with produce for nearly five months, I made zucchini bread, seared green beans, melon aguas frescas, panzanella, turnip puree and fennel-and-orange salads, cooking my way from early summer to fall wi ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Patxi's is celebrating its tenth birthday with cake and specials today

    Patxi's is turning ten today and the California-based chain is celebrating with cake and a toast. All three Denver Patxi's locations -- on East 17th Avenue, in Cherry Creek and on South University Boulevard -- will be serving complimentary cake and offering a toast to guests who come in between 3 an ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Reader: Range has almost all the requisite hallmarks of a new restaurant in Denver

    Range opens today in the stunning former Colorado National Bank building, a circa 1915 structure that's been transformed into the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel. The restaurant, designed to mimic a modern-day whiskey saloon, features executive chef Paul Nagan's "modern interpretation ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    The twelve best pizzas in Denver

    Want to provoke a fight? Just start a discussion of where to find the best pizza in town. First you have to weigh the merits of thin/thick crust. Then you consider geography, and the benefits of Connecticut, New York, Chicago and even St. Louis styles. But once you're done chewing over all the possi ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    From Braun to Best New Restaurant: A second helping of Cafe Society, April 7-11

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed the Bar-On family's latest restaurant venture: Braun Taphaus & Grille, a sports bar with an Austrian accent; meanwhile, Lori Midson reported on the new names -- three names, actually -- that the family will use for the rest of its empire, since the ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    The ten best restaurants in the Ballpark neighborhood

    Two decades ago, before Coors Field opened, the area just past LoDo was known as "NoDough." But even then, the area had a lot of promise. And over the last year, that promise has finally been realized, with all those turn-of-the-last-century warehouses now filled to bursting with residences and offi ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Photos of shocking 104-vehicle crash on I-25 that killed one, injured thirty

    On Saturday morning, Cafe Society writer Lori Midson was at the Whole Foods in Washington Park when a sudden blast of winter turned a nearby section of Interstate 25 into crash zone of epic proportions. A total of 104 vehicles were reportedly caught in the resulting chain reaction, with one person ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Stirring responses from some of the chefs we interviewed in 2013

    Over the past year, we've asked chefs, cooks and pastry experts across the metro area to spill their secrets in our weekly Chef and Tell feature. Here are some of our favorite responses from those fifty interviews... See also: The 13 most overcooked food trends from 2013

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    September 30, 2013

    Photos: Pioneer unveils its new rooftop deck complete with mascot -- Boone!

    Denver Boone, the University of Denver's mascot from 1968 to 1998, has been officially banished from the currently mascot-free campus. But Boone's not gone altogether. Today a seven-foot-high replica of Boone was installed on top of the Pioneer, which has been renovating both its interior and exteri ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Reader: Plenty of places in town do handmade pasta

    When Lori Midson dropped by a red-sauce place for a disappointing plate of spaghetti and meatballs last week, her server confided that while the pasta was billed as handmade, it wasn't -- making pasta was so tricky that few restaurants serve homemade spaghetti these days, he told her. See also: - ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Photos: Tarboosh, a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant, opens in Aurora

    Late last week, on Friday, so many people showed up to the opening of Tarboosh, a new Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant in an Aurora strip mall, that the kitchen ran out of food by 5:30 p.m. Yesterday, however, when I stopped in for lunch, the quarters were relatively quiet, save for a sma ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    From A to Z, Alamo Drafthouse to Zanitas: Restaurant roll call for March

    Over a dozen restaurants opened in March, ranging from the ambitious Beast Bottle to Beantree Coffee & Deli. By contrast, only a handful of eateries closed their doors, including Big Easy and Grand Lux Cafe. Keep reading for our Restaurant roll call for March. See also: - Photos: ViewHouse Eatery ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Restaurant roll call for February: Old Major in, Pig & Block out

    More than two dozen restaurants made their debut in February, including the long-anticipated Old Major. But Pig & Block Charcuterie wasn't around to greet its new neighbor (or benefit from some of those customers); it closed last month. Keep reading for all the openings and closings on the Denver d ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Denver's ten best new restaurants

    With new restaurants popping up left and right, Denver's food scene is as exciting as it's ever been. Over 200 restaurants opened in the metro area in 2012, featuring everything from globally inspired cuisine to American classics. In the Best of Denver 2013, we'll unveil our pick for the Best New Re ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    First look: the Armoury opens in the Ballpark neighborhood

    It was a little late coming out of the gate -- the opening was slated for New Year's Eve -- but last night, the Armoury, a new pub that's themed around live music and European football, unlocked its doors in the Ballpark neighborhood. See also: - Armoury, an "old-world pub," will open in Ballpark ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Photos: Seventy slobber-worthy snapshots of the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

    Food, in all its lusty glory, was on display last weekend at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco -- an immense marketplace of hedonistic gluttony that showcased more than 80,000 products from 35 countries, in every edible and drinkable ilk imaginable. See also: - Trends without end: chef predict ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    First look: Maddie's, a new breakfast and lunch restaurant, opens Friday near the DU campus

    Gayor Geller grew up in Harvard Gulch, a tree-lined neighborhood near the University of Denver, and Maddie's, the breakfast and lunch restaurant he's opening on Friday morning in that same 'hood, is a "family project," he says, that's been a dream for decades.

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    January 7, 2013

    First look: Pho Lee -- a sibling of Pho 95 -- opens in Greenwood Village

    Oh, pho for the love of noodles! Denver's culinary landscape, as several industry insiders noted in my comprehensive trend piece that ran a few weeks ago, is stamped -- liberally -- with pho cafes, and now, as we start the New Year, there's yet another new pho parlor, which, if the pace keeps up, co ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Little Brazil -- and its feijoada -- relocates from Westminster to Wheat Ridge

    Finding feijoada in this city is no easy task. The national dish of Brazil, a thick, inky South American stew -- almost like a cassoulet -- stocked with black beans, garlic, sausage and other animal flesh, is available at Cafe Brazil, and, once a week, on Saturday, you could also savor its attribute ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Exclusive first look: Corner House opens on January 11

    Denver foodniks have a lot to look forward to in 2013, including the arrival of several new restaurants: Beast Bottle from Paul Reilly; Old Major from Justin Brunson; new outposts of Root Down, Elway's and Udi's at DIA; a mystery concept on South Pearl Street from the Wynkoop/Breckenridge owners; ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Photos: Colorado's first Fresh Fare by King Soopers opens at Kent Place in Englewood

    It's the first King Soopers of its kind in Colorado, and it's aimed at luring discriminating, savvy shoppers searching for fresh, organic produce, all-natural foods, upscale pastries, cheeses from around the globe, salumi, prime-grade beef, fresh seafood and fish and just about anything else you'd e ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Photos: Mali Thai Cuisine opens in south Denver

    There's no such thing as too many Thai restaurants, and even while the ones we have don't detour from the usual suspects -- noodle dishes, stir-fries, curries and soups -- Mali Thai Cuisine, which just recently opened in a strip mall near the Denver Tech Center in the former Nino's New York Style Pi ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Bacon, beer and Justin Brunson: Porky photos from Denver's kick-ass Bacon and Beer Festival

    Porchetta po-boys with bacon jam; bacon and cashew caramel corn; bacon macaroni and cheese; bacon fat potato chips; bacon chocolate chip cookies; bacon and pork belly Reuben; bacon and ramen; bacon and oyster chowder; bacon fat duck sliders; bacon-strangled flying pig belly; candied bacon; bacon, go ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Midson's favorite cookbooks of 2012: part three

    It's incredibly difficult to do justice to the thousands of remarkable cookbooks published in 2012, but after spending days -- weeks -- roaming through the recipes and lush food porn of hundreds of them, I've picked out my favorites. These are the cookbooks that stock my selves at home, and the coo ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Photos: Smashing cocktails from the Winter Talent Showcase

    An appreciative crowd of convivial drinkers bellied up to the bar last night at Ghost Plate & Tap, the site of Industry Denver's first Winter Talent Showcase, a cocktail-centric bash that pimped the mad mixology skills of several Denver bartenders, including Dante Reesman, Melissa Durant, Matty Durg ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Midson's favorite cookbooks of 2012: part two

    It's incredibly difficult to do justice to the thousands of remarkable cookbooks published in 2012, but after spending days -- weeks -- roaming through the recipes and lush food porn of hundreds of them, I've picked out my favorites. These are the cookbooks that stock my selves at home, and the coo ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    My favorite cookbooks of 2012: the first installment

    It's incredibly difficult to do justice to the thousands of remarkable cookbooks published in 2012, but after spending days -- weeks -- roaming through the recipes and lush food porn of hundreds of them, I've picked out my favorites. These are the cookbooks that stock my selves at home, and the coo ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Here it is! Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink opens to the public on Saturday

    After months -- hell, years! -- of waiting and watching, Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink, Robert Thompson's 24,000-square-foot gastro-diner, coffee bar, lounge, bowling alley, ping-pong powerhouse, pool hall, marbles mecca, throwback video arcade and game hang (deck-shuffle, shuffleboard, darts, pi ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    El Rico Dicho Menuderia Y Taqueria opens in the former Tao Tao Noodle Bar space

    When Tao Tao Noodle Bar, a stellar Chinese joint in Aurora famed for its xiao long bao, mysteriously shuttered in March of this year, the space, which has seen its share of restaurants, sat vacant for quite a while, but late last month, it reopened as El Rico Dicho Menuderia Y Taqueria, a quirky Mex ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Exclusive first look: Lucky's Bakehouse and Creamery opens in Boulder

    There are two species of cooks: those who have baking down to a science, and those who are absolutely flummoxed by anything that has to do with measurements, piping, spring form pans or docking. Jen Bush, who just opened Lucky's Bakehouse and Creamery, in Boulder, is the former, a pedigreed pastry c ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Photos: Barolo Grill unleashes its annual truffle feast

    'Tis the season of decadence at Barolo Grill, Blair Taylor's lovely Italian restaurant in Cherry Creek North that, each year, bestows truffles upon Denver diners during its two-week truffle festival, an annual tribute to fresh black Burgundy truffles and the fall harvest of the coveted -- and far mo ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Exclusive first look: The Populist opens on Wednesday

    On Wednesday, the Populist, a restaurant from Jonathan Power and Noah Price, the duo behind Crema Coffee House, will open its doors on Upper Larimer, its debut arguably one of this year's most anticipated restaurant openings. But there is nothing remotely splashy about the Populist, which, at this p ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Exclusive first look: Jelly Cafe is now open in the DU neighborhood

    And...the wait is over. This morning, Christina Smith and Josh Epps opened the second Jelly Cafe, a year and a half after bestowing the Capitol Hill neighborhood with the original Jelly Cafe, arguably the hamlet's most popular breakfast joint for pancakes, eggs Benny, hashes and bloody Marys. See ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    First look: food porn from Tom's Urban 24

    In case you've been lost in the woods, Tom's Urban 24, a 24/7 grub house with a menu that spans pages -- and cuisines -- opens on Larimer Square on Halloween, and last week, we brought you exclusive photos of the two-tiered space, which is a kitschy, artistically whimsical combination of modern nuan ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    First look: Humble Pie opens today in Baker

    Few people can resist the scent of a fresh-baked pie emerging from the oven, and fewer still have the willpower to snub a slice of fresh pie when it's shoved under their nose. And if you live in the Baker neighborhood, you're really screwed, because as of 6 a.m. this morning, you've got a pie shop.. ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Exclusive first look: TAG Burger Bar opens tomorrow in the former Madison Street space

    In April of last year, Troy Guard, owner of TAG and TAG Raw Bar in Larimer Square, became an operating partner of Madison Street, a Congress Park neighborhood restaurant and lounge that Joe Vostrejs, COO of Larimer Associates, took over in the fall of 2010. The space, a former Dominos Pizza, didn't ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Exclusive first look: the culinary creations at Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink

    There were about a dozen of us, all wrapped around a long narrow table, groaning. Sergio Romero, the exec chef of Le Grand Bistro and Oyster Bar, and the forthcoming Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink, which opens next month in Baker, had decided to host a menu tasting -- a BIG menu tasting -- of some ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    First look: Juanita's, Dylan Moore's new Mexican joint, opens tonight in Baker

    "I'm ready to roll," says Dylan Moore, clad in a black T-shirt and jeans in the kitchen that feeds diners at Deluxe, and now, Juanita's, the Mexican restaurant he'll open tonight at 4:30 in the space that formerly held Delite. See also: - Dylan Moore closing Delite and reopening as Juanita's, a M ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    First look: T|ACO opens Friday in LoDo

    "It's Downtown Denver's Mexican alley," quips Whitney Olmstead. At the very least, the arrival of T|ACO, which opens in Denver (the original location sprouted in Boulder earlier this year) at 11 a.m. on Friday, will make the 1500 block of Blake Street a trifecta of Mexican restaurants, given that th ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Start spreading the news: The Denver FIVE bring their Mile High culinary magic to the James Beard House in New York

    "New York City is the culinary mecca of our country, if not the world," declares Hosea Rosenberg. "It's a place like no other, where ingredients and techniques of every conceivable style congregate. It's where the best chefs on the planet come to shine." See also: - The Denver FIVE culinary stars w ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Reader: Fried calamari is a simple dish, but very tough to do right

    Yesterday Lori Midson served up a picture of some abysmal fried calamari, which a reader quickly pegged as coming from Odyssey Italian Bistro. But it could have come from so many other places that treat calamari just as abysmally.

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    September 10, 2012

    First look: Fooducopia's Corner Store and Cafe opens in the heart of Washington Park

    There are lots of really cool things about Fooducopia's Corner Store and Cafe, which opened last week in Washington Park, but the coolest thing of all may be the fact that I can bribe my kid to ride his bike up there for toilet paper...with the promise of a fresh-picked carrot for his troubles. Yeah ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Photos: Dario Cecchini, the legendary butcher of Panzano, Italy, wows crowds at Panzano restaurant

    A few months ago, during the merry month of May, Elise Wiggins, exec chef of Panzano, took some time away from her downtown Italian restaurant to do a stagisti with Dario Cecchini, the rock star butcher who's made an international name for himself in the diminutive town of Panzano, in Italy's Chiant ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Exclusive first look: Kachina Southwestern Grill opens Thursday at the Westin Westminster

    Sage Restaurant Group, which owns and operates numerous restaurants throughout the country, including the Corner Office and Second Home Kitchen Bar, both located in Denver, is gearing up to make its local offerings a trifecta: On Thursday, the Denver-based group, co-founded by Peter Karpinski, wil ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Photos: Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar opens Friday

    First thing's first: Ceviche, when prepared correctly, is, quite simply, my favorite thing to eat. My mother made it all the time when I was growing up, and my sole reason for going to the coastal cities of Mexico on spring break in college had nothing to do with beach bodies, tequila shots or pole ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Pita Fresh opens near the University of Denver

    When Zinger's, a mishmash of chicken wings, chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches and green chile that wasn't long for this world, shuttered a few months ago at 2075 South University, the corner strip mall space, which was also a Quizno's at one point, opened itself up to another plea for food in the ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Exclusive first look: Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market opens next week

    Next week, after months of construction -- much of it done with his own bare hands -- Iain Chisholm will open Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market, a thirty-seat Italian restaurant on Upper Larimer, in the former Bamboo Hut space and directly next door to the original Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs.

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    July 30, 2012

    Photos: Eat Drink Denver opens on Platte Street (and, oh, the cheese!)

    Cheese, cheese and more cheese. And sausages, olives and olive oils. Panani and sandwiches, chocolate and fresh-baked bread. Pastas and San Marzano tomatoes. At Pollyanna Forster's Eat Drink, the cheese and charcuterie emporium that she opened late last week, following the success of her same-name o ... More >>

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