Earlier this week, three Colorado chefs -- Elise Wiggins (Panzano), Daniel Asher (Root Down and Linger) and Riley Romanin (Hooked in Beaver Creek) -- convened in the kitchen of Metropolitan State University Hospitality Learning Center to vie for an opportunity to cook at the Taste of Derby competiti ... More >>
There's no name on the sign above the door of De Steeg Brewing, in an alley off West 44th Avenue. Just the image of a Belgian-style beer goblet. But Craig Rothgery wasn't trying to be hip when he signed a lease on an alley space in the Tennyson Street art district for De Steeg, which opens today at ... More >>
Breweries, big and small, have been opening at a dizzying pace over the past year along the Front Range, from Colorado Springs to Windsor and everywhere in between. Denver alone welcomed eight new breweries in the past twelve months, while Boulder County added at least eight, including four within t ... More >>
Lost amid the avalanche of beer tappings during the Great American Beer Festival was a pumpkin beer that Longmont's Left Hand Brewing made just for Old Chicago restaurants as part of its Halloween Mini Tour. The beer, 4 Foodies Ale (see the video above), was brewed in collaboration with Guerrilla Fa ... More >>
"I can't tell you how hard it was to find a new name. Everything I thought of was already taken," says Craig Rothgery, who plans to open De Steeg Brewing in January in the alleyway across the street from the Oriental Theater, at 4342 North Tennyson Street. But De Steeg seems to fit: it translates f ... More >>
The Great American Beer Fest will fill the Colorado Convention Center this Thursday through Saturday. Tickets to the seminal celebration of craft beer sold out in record time this year, and Cafe Society will be offering up comprehensive and "professional" coverage throughout the week -- as well as a ... More >>
Denver is in a frenzy over both tonight's debate and next week's beer-soaked Great American Beer Festival . And sometimes the two obsessions even come together! To check out all the GABF-inspired events, go to our Great American Beer Festival 2012 Calendar of Awesome, which we're updating regularly ... More >>
While Denver's getting better and better at disguising the fact that it was once a cowtown with all the trappings of the Wild West, there are still a few holdover spots that provide a window into this state's rough-and-tumble history. Here, in no particular order, are our five favorite spots to dr ... More >>
The school year's ending for lotsa students -- and so is our salute to bizarre classroom posters from the '70s. Our first batch of rare finds featured captions, while our second and third groupings didn't, so we came up with our own. Ditto in regard to our fourth showcase of these alternately beaut ... More >>
We've all been out on bad dates -- but what's the worst? That question was asked in a funny Denver Yelp thread a while back, and participants responded with some doozies. We've illustrated our favorites and compiled them into a bad date top (bottom?) ten list -- one with a surprise happy ending! Cou ... More >>
While Denver is swimming in great options for sushi, we're woefully short on Japanese joints that feature good versions of the broader culinary canon -- and, in fact, we'd be stoked if a few more spots of this sort opened up, whether they're restaurants serving up Japanese noodles like ramen or soba ... More >>
Last week, we argued that the Women's Final Four in Denver would be more competitive than the higher-profile men's contest -- and so far, this prediction appears to be on track. Kentucky boosters are so sure their team will win the men's championship tonight that they've already rioted, and it's tou ... More >>
The Boulder International Fringe Festival has announced its preliminary 2012 artist lineup, which includes such past fringe faves as TinHouse Experimental Dance, Gemma Wilcox Productions, Square Product Theatre and Band of Toughs, as well as a wide range of on-the-edge artists hailing from New York ... More >>
When Louisville's Viceroy of India changed over to Delhi Darbar, not much changed -- the Indian restaurant served up the same menu as its predecessor, albeit under a different name. But even with a fresh moniker, the owners couldn't make Indian food work in that location, and Delhi Darbar closed its ... More >>
A bevy of beer bloggers will appear on American Craft Beer Radio with Gary Valliere this Saturday when Colorado's newest craft beer radio show takes the air for its third show at noon on 102.3 FM, the local ESPN affiliate. The show will focus on the experiences of bloggers and journalists who have w ... More >>
Colorado will get a new specialty brewer later this month when Elevation Beer Company near Salida opens, crafting seasonal barrel-aged beers on a fifteen-barrel system. We're not talking about your classic, blondes, reds, browns and IPAs here. Elevation's first two beers will be a Belgian-style Quad ... More >>
Last fall a load of pizza joints signed on to open in LoDo; now it looks like LoDo could soon be swimming in sushi. Blue Sushi Sake Grill, an Omaha-based chain, has signed on to take the space at 1616 16th Street that had once been half of Dixons. "We are excited to announce that we will be opening ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado's largest craft-beer makers and the third largest in the country, revealed in May that it was searching for an East Coast location for a second facility. The company said it would make a decision by the end of 2011. Well, we're getting close, and New Belgium has narrowe ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere are nearly a half-dozen pizzerias slated to pop up all over Denver within the next several months, including Wazee Wood-Fired Pizza, a new joint from celebrated New York chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer that's taking over a portion of the former Big Game space. In additi ... More >>
The loft of the Wazee Supper Club has overlooked LoDo for 37 years.Any way you slice it, LoDo is soon going to be rolling in pizza dough. Charlie Palmer, the New York-based chef and restaurateur whose portfolio of restaurants across the country includes such big names as Aureole, Charlie Palm ... More >>
Getting rejected by a potential employer is disappointing. But getting rejected after building the company's logo out of LEGO pieces and submitting it as your résumé is even worse. Thus was the case with Kendra Wiig, who applied for the job of community manager last September for LEGO Unive ... More >>
Young Widows (due Friday, June 3rd at The Marquis Theater with My Disco, Lion Sized and Cannons) from Louisville, Kentucky, seems to evolve its sound with each album as a challenge to the songwriting skills of its members. In the renowned, post-hardcore band Breather Resist, Evan Patterson an ... More >>
There are several frozen-yogurt shops opening soon in Denver, but possibly none so ambitious as Golden Spoon, which will open its first Mile High City outpost -- and fifth Colorado location -- this weekend in Stapleton at 7505 East 35th Avenue. And Mike and Julie Haslar, the franchisees behin ... More >>
Lori Midson Jim Cohen The Empire Lounge & Restaurant 816 Main Street, Louisville 303-665-2521 www.theempirerestaurant.com Pizzeria da Lupo 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-396-6366 www.pizzeriadalupo.com This is part one of my interview with Jim Cohen, chef/owner of The Empire Restaurant ... More >>
The brick-and-mortar movie rental store is a dying breed, but that doesn't mean you can't rent local. Louisville's John Griffin has started a local kiosk movie business called Treehouse Movies. Right now he's got one kiosk in Denver, at the Sunflower Market at 2880 S. Colorado Blvd., and thre ... More >>
"I heart Denver!" Are bed bugs a big problem in Denver? Missy Henriksen, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, which is currently hosting its inaugural National Bed Bug Forum in nearby Broomfield, assures us that the decision to host the confab in Colorado had nothing to d ... More >>
Boulder might be a college town, but we're still a little surprised at the influx of pizzerias there over the last year, especially because these aren't greasy slice joints -- they offer gourmet pies, pulled straight from the depths of a wood-fired oven. Pizzeria Basta, 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, ... More >>
Ototo Food and Wine started pouring November 26.There were many changes in the Denver dining scene last month, with two homegrown chains adding outlets, a couple of national chains entering the market -- and some definite one-of-a-kind restaurants opening. Read on for our Restaurant roll ca ... More >>
Last January, we looked at the high stakes for NetDevil, a Louisville game developer chosen to build LEGO Universe, a massively multiplayer online game based on LEGO bricks. Building a successful MMO can be risky, and NetDevil's previous attempt had fizzled. But judging from LEGO Universe's r ... More >>
Bob Marley gets 8 River's vote.If you're a Democrat who hasn't voted yet, you might want to digest where some of the candidates are throwing their primary-night parties before you give them your support. In the down-and-dirty Senate race, Andrew Romanoff will be at City Hall, 1144 Broadway, w ... More >>
Maybe it's the ridiculous, intolerable heat that made this week so weird and wacky, and the Cafe Society trolls -- specifically "Recession" and "Poutiner" and all your other bogus aliases (we've got your IP address, schmuck) -- so moronic and volatile. Whatever the cause, the last five days o ... More >>
It's not all bourbon and KFC. Kentucky may know a thing or two about food after all, and it's bringing its know-how to Colorado. Wild Eggs, a Louisville-based breakfast super-mini-chain with Colorado roots is expanding into the state in the near future, according to the Denver Business Journ ... More >>
Matthew Morris from top to bottom.Colorado's been on a roll lately when it comes to reality show contestants. Fort Collins' Haeley Vaughn and Denver's Lily Scott made strong showings on American Idol. And Louisville's Nicole Fox actually won cycle thirteen of America's Next Top Model; read ... More >>
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery's locations across the country are holding their annual fundraiser this week to raise money for fire departments and related charities. Although the Louisville-based chain typically allows each of its restaurants to brew their own beers, all of them used the ... More >>
Strap on your ice skates and start enjoying the holidays.
The Peking duck soars above other offerings on an eighteen-page menu.
A visit to Mr. Wizard.
Smoke Free or Die
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The pie's the limit.
After nearly 80 years, the Blue Parrot is as colorful as ever.
The debate regarding cell phones in restaurants rages on.
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