Davy Rothbart is famous for his love of detritus. Ten years ago, he launched FOUND Magazine, an exuberant, low-fi celebration of things left behind: love letters, Post-It notes, journal entries, birthday cards, shopping lists and other strangely revealing minutiae of human existence. FOUND's pages a ... More >>
Aaron Bennett Bácaro Venetian Taverna 921 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-444-4888 www.bacaro.com This is part one of my interview with Aaron Bennett, exec chef of Boulder's Bácaro Venetian Taverna. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Aaron Bennett's career in the kitchen began when he was thirt ... More >>
In the latest installment of a long-running saga, yesterday Governor John Hickenlooper reappointed five of the ten public trustees who resigned last month -- at his request. And he appointed three new trustees in three counties, including one who really puts the "public" in public trustee: sometime ... More >>
Happy anniversary, Mayor Hancock. A year ago, Michael Hancock defeated Chris Romer in the Denver mayoral runoff, capping an unlikely campaign that saw Hancock polling at just 10 percent two months before the May 3 election, then trouncing Romer in the runoff. But where were the big stories taking no ... More >>
So what has America's favorite fast-food fried chicken chain been up to lately? Just the usual stuff, like releasing restaurant founder Colonel Harland Sanders' autobiography that was "found" last year, hiring Top Chef alum Edward Lee to pimp it out using Facebook and YouTube, destroying Indonesian ... More >>
Fifteen years ago, remembers Rick Betance, he hired James Lee at Zolo Grill, giving the bartender his first real bar job, a position that would plant the seeds for Lee's rise to mixology stardom. Now, after Betance spent years as an owner and operator of a boutique hotel in the Alaskan wilderness an ... More >>
After reviewing Hana Japanese Bistro, Laura Shunk served up her list of "Denver's five best Japanese restaurants," places that serve not just sushi, but excellent, authentic dishes from Japan's much broader culinary canon. The list inspired the usual quibbles -- why is this on it? why not that? -- ... More >>
Hana Japanese Bistro is the complete package -- complete with instructions on how to eat there, too. During a recent meal at this six-month-old spot in Louisville, every dish came with a lesson plan. "Eat the hand rolls first," our server advised as she dropped off a tray of sushi that included sev ... More >>
Joe Troupe Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House 1610 16th Street 303-825-1021 www.luckypiepizza.com This is part one of my interview with Joe Troupe, exec chef of Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House. Part two of our chat will run in this space tomorrow. Unless you count shit on shingles, my mom was not a good co ... More >>
This isn't Wildflower -- but it's the next best thing tonight.Remember Vail's Wildflower? The restaurant was legendary, and at 7 p.m. tonight The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street in Louisville, will host a Wildflower Throwback. Wildflower's founder, Jim Cohen, who owns the Empire ... More >>
Lori MidsonLucky Pie Pizza and Tap House is coming to the former Dixons space downtown. One of the most coveted restaurant spaces in LoDo -- the former Dixons Downtown Grill, which closed on Labor Day -- has been snatched up by Brendan McManus, who owns Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap House in Louis ... More >>
FacebookThe City of Boulder is considering ways to make it easier for breweries, wineries and distilleries located in industrial parts of the city to open restaurants. Right now, those businesses are only allowed by the city's zoning code to open a kitchen under certain conditions. For insta ... More >>
Less than a year after opening a second location in downtown Louisville, In Season Local Market has branched out yet again, adding beer, wine and spirits to its repertoire of locally sourced products. "We wanted to provide something that Louisville lacked, a local marketplace as well as a q ... More >>
>Tomorrow is the longest day of the year, and this could be one of the biggest weeks of 2011 for food and drink events, culminating in the long-awaited Colorado Cocktail Contest. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
There is no shortage of hop bombs when it comes to Colorado beers. Whether it's Oskar Blues G'Knight, Dry Dock Double IPA, Odell Myrcenary, Great Divide Hercules, Avery Maharaja, or Ska Modus Hoperendi, hop heads can get their fill of beers brewed with huge quantites of that magical, sweetly ... More >>
Last January, we looked at the high stakes for NetDevil, a Louisville game developer building LEGO Universe, a massively multiplayer online game based on LEGO bricks. Building a successful MMO can be risky, much less one based on one of the most revered toys of all time. As it turned out, LEG ... More >>
Mark MangerStill strong at forty yearsMark Monette laughed when I asked him how he managed to stay motivated to keep his restaurant in top form after a long run in the kitchen, but I'm still not done marveling at the fact that Flagstaff House, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, has been around for ... More >>
A piece of Louisville's past greets folks driving into downtown. Zipping through the bulk of modern Louisville, with all its bedroom-community developments (it took first place in Money Magazine's Best Place to Live: Top 100 in 2009), you'd think that most of the Boulder County berg's Italian ... More >>
Lori MidsonPanang curry from Liang's Thai FoodThe first mobile food vendor on wheels was launched nearly 150 years ago, in 1872, when a Rhode Island native called Walter Scott trotted his horse-drawn freight wagon, stocked with sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and pies around the town of ... More >>
The Blue Parrot is an institution -- like the legislature.A former bar owner will be moving into the governor's office at the State Capitol -- so it only makes sense that a bartender will be soon be serving as chief of staff of the House Democrats, now the minority party. Paul Weissmann has ... More >>
The city is awash in beer dinners this week -- but there are also many classes, food drives and the annual Top Latke Cookoff. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Harry Potter is only barely trailing Star Wars as the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, and that won't last for long. The seventh movie in the series, which comes out tonight at midnight, is expected to do north of $100 million in revenue this weekend. We're less than twelve hours ... More >>
Rock Bottom Brewing, which was founded in Denver in 1991 and now has 35 locations nationwide, has merged with the Tennessee-based Gordon Biersch brewpub chain to form one of the largest craft beer-focused companies in the country. The new firm, called Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, also ... More >>
Craft-beer tasting, bison butchering and wine dinners top the list of things to do this week, but there's plenty more on the menu if those options don't whet your appetite. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Lori MidsonAfter years of managing restaurants, Scott Skiba wanted one of his own, but building a brick-and-mortar isn't cheap, so Skiba, a former manager of Waterloo, a bar/restaurant in Louisville, went the way that several other chefs and restaurateurs have gone: mobile.
NaRaYa has replaced Siamese Plate on the GoI was at Lotus of Siam, one of Lori Midson's favorite restaurants in the world (and she's right -- too bad it's in Las Vegas), eating and catching up on my Westword reading, when I found this report by Michael Roberts on a Thai restaurant group much ... More >>
Daily CameraOpas Sinprasong.When it came to taking advantage of his employees, Opas Sinprasong, who owned several Boulder-area Siamese Plate restaurants, appears to have been an expert. Sinprasong pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and failing to pay taxes -- offenses likely to result ... More >>
Lori MidsonFive months ago, ten months after Fresko, a short-lived Mexican joint at 5062 South Syracuse shuttered, Ghugi Singh, the owner of India House in LoDo and Delhi Darbar in Louisville, signed a lease on the space, which he christened India Tavern. And he was ready, then, to open the ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Beer dinners, wine tastings, and a photography class on capturing images of fine food are all on the menu this week -- and much more. Here's a taste of what's coming up:
At 7 p.m. tonight, the Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street in Louisville, will present the next installation in the Jim & Julia Dinner Series, featuring Jim Cohen's interpretations of iconic Julia Child menus. Dinner costs $45, $65 with alcohol pairings; call 303-665-2521 or visit w ... More >>
A Flickr photoThis week, on top of the usual wine dinners and cooking classes, there are classes on preserving your summer harvest, the continuation of Empire Lounge & Restaurant's Jim & Julia Dinner Series, and much more. Here's a sampling of what's on the culinary calendar menu:
There are plenty of dinners and tastings for oenophiles this week -- plus some beer and St. Germain action thrown in for good measure. Here's a taste of what's to come: Monday, July 26: Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, presents its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, winemak ... More >>
Lori Midson The Empire's Jim Cohen will open a pizza joint in Boulder Last night, during a dinner celebrating Julia Child at the Empire Lounge and Restaurant in Louisville, at which chef-owner Jim Cohen turned out a lovely four-course meal honoring the legendary empress of French cooking, th ... More >>
Matthew BisanzThousands of tasty meals were created in Julia Child's kitchen.Bet you didn't know that Empire Lounge & Restaurant's executive chef Jim Cohen was named one of the eleven best chefs in American in 1983 -- by none other than foodie queen Julia Child. Cohen worked alongside Child f ... More >>
A Flickr photo.This week, both Terroir and Duo are cooking outside their kitchens for various dinners, Twisted Pine celebrates its birthday -- and much more, including classes and dinners for every palate. Here's a taste of what's ahead: Monday, July 12: The City of Aurora offers a kids' co ... More >>
Marcus Samuelsson heats up Frasca.There are cooking classes, specialty dinners and wine events galore this week, including tonight's weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner at Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, which is pulling out all the stops: Attendees will enjoy a special four-cou ... More >>
Paul Weissman has the best resume of anyone at the State Capitol: He's a manager at the Blue Parrot Restaurant, the Italian joint in Louisville where he also bartends. And this isn't just any Italian joint: The Blue Parrot has been open since 1919, and is owned by the Colacci family -- memb ... More >>
Nicole Fox can even get fierce underwater.Nicole Fox, the pride of Louisville, continued her seemingly unstoppable march toward the cycle thirteen title on America's Next Top Model last night -- and at this point, she's clearly gotten into the heads of her remaining competitors. The episode c ... More >>
Enjoy Desserts Galore at a Louisville patisserie.
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WSF investigates a sticky situation.
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