Jeff Grimm just landed the job as executive chef at Punch Bowl Social -- restaurateur Robert Thompson's dining and entertainment warehouse on Broadway -- a month ago, but he's already thrilled about what he calls a "community stable" environment, where teamwork and pitching in are part of the kitche ... More >>
Guard and Grace 1801 California Street 303-293-8500 I knew I'd need a steak knife for dinner at Guard and GraceGuard and Grace, the steakhouse that Troy Guard opened in March in the bottom of 1801 California Street, a newly renovated 54-story building downtown. I just didn't know it would be for d ... More >>
Celebrate Fashion, the show at the JW Marriott tonight, celebrates the retailers of Cherry Creek North, all of which will bring something different to the runway. SOL, located at 248 Detroit Street, will show off something not often featured at traditional fashion shows: lingerie. (SOL is short for ... More >>
The saga of the Gaylord hotel in Aurora continues -- this time with good news for the folks behind the proposed 1,500-room hotel and convention center. In a letter on view below, the state attorney general's office has denied a request by a group of Colorado hotels that the Colorado Economic Devel ... More >>
On paper, the redevelopment of the old Marriott at Hampden and I-25 looks like a dream deal for southeast Denver, complete with luxury apartments boasting "curated amenities" and a "lazy river" winding through the place. But Holly Ridge residents say that the project has been a nightmare for the nei ... More >>
A new developer will take over the stalled Gaylord hotel project in Aurora, which won an estimated $81.4 million tax rebate from the state last year before hospitality giant Gaylord Entertainment announced it was restructuring -- and that building the 1,500-room hotel and conference center here wasn ... More >>
The 36th annual StarFest Convention brought fans of science fiction, horror and fantasy together at the Marriott in the DTC for three days of games, costumes and celebrity sightings over the weekend. Westword photographer Danielle Lirette stopped by to capture the convention's best costumes. Continu ... More >>
The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts just announced the winners of its 2013 Business for the Arts Awards at a sold-out luncheon at the Seawell Ballroom. "Congratulations to the arts and business leaders recognized today," Governor John Hickenlooper told the crowd of crowd of arts, business a ... More >>
David Payne Jelly Cafe 600 East 13th Avenue, 303-831-6301 1700 East Evans Avenue, 720-596-4108 www.eatmorejelly.com This is part one of my interview with David Payne, executive chef of Jelly Cafe; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. My mom," sighs David Payne, "wasn't a good cook. At all." Pep ... More >>
It's been a very rough week for cycling in Denver, with the tragic death of 23-year-old Gelseigh Karl-Cannon on Tuesday -- the second bike fatality in the city this year. Denver residents who want to support a good cycling cause will have a chance to do so this weekend at a fundraiser for Laura Ba ... More >>
Patrick Hartnett Kachina Southwestern Grill 10600 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster kachinagrill.com 303-410-5813 This is part one of my interview with Patrick Hartnett, exec chef of Kachina Southwestern Grill; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. The restaurants at a Holiday Inn will never m ... More >>
Call it a stampede. This weekend, the Marriott Hotel in the Denver Tech Center was taken over by Colorado's largest anime convention, Nan Desu Kan 2012, and the fantasy enthusiasts who both populate and propel it. In our full slide show of the weekend's costumes, you'll notice well-dressed fans of a ... More >>
Just two months ago, Aurora was looking at the dawn of a new economic era. The Colorado Economic Development Commission had just recommended the proposed Gaylord Entertainment hotel/resort/convention complex receive $81.4 million from the state'sRegional Tourism Act program, on top of the $300 milli ... More >>
Last month, Vincent Palazzotto announced the shutdown of the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program, a nonprofit devoted to the rights of MMJ patients. But he's landed on his own two feet -- which is two fewer than the number boasted by most of his future clients. Tonight marks the grand opening of Wo ... More >>
The Brown Palace has hosted every U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt first visited in 1905, thirteen years after the hotel opened, except for two: Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama. And now Obama has snubbed the Brown again, opting to stay at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek last night...after slumm ... More >>
After some service flubs at Charcoal, the subject of my most recent review, I lamented the fact that the quality of service in many of this town's restaurants has not kept up with the ever-improving food turned out by the kitchens. There are exceptions, of course, and those are worth noting because ... More >>
Which neighborhood has better restaurants? Cherry Creek -- maybe the Duke University of Denver restaurant neighborhoods: prestigious, with a history of success and constant reinvention -- or Upper Larimer, the up-and-coming Ballpark neighborhood on a hot streak? (Maybe a Murray State comparison is a ... More >>
Lori MidsonThe pancake flight at Snooze.We're suckers for a good brunch, that long, leisurely meal that usually involves copious amounts of food and hangover-killing cures -- or enough daytime drinking to get a start on the next day's hangover. Many restaurants try to lure the brunch bunch, b ... More >>
Inside the venerable Palace Arms.After reviewing Edge, the restaurant in the fancy-pants new Four Seasons, Laura Shunk served up "Denver's five best hotel restaurants." Edge didn't make the list. Nor did Palace Arms in the Brown Palace, a second snub for the venerable hotel that has hosted ... More >>
The digs at Panzano.Sitting at Edge in the Four Seasons for this week's review, I contemplated the notion that you can visit a city and never see anything but your international luxury hotel's version of it. Unfortunately, that's what a lot of hotel restaurants bank on -- that you'll be stuck ... More >>
This weekend is huge. It's one of those, "If you aren't here, then you aren't having as much fun as me" kind of weekends. The deck is stacked with amazing things to do, so pick a card -- any card. We've got some passes to Designer Drugs at Club Vinyl to give away, so leave us a comment on a memorabl ... More >>
Lori Midson Scott Yosten Steakhouse 10 3516 South Elati Street 303-789-0911 www.steakhouse10.com This is part one of my interview with Scott Yosten, executive chef of Steakhouse 10. Part two of my interview with Yosten will run tomorrow. Scott Yosten has seen it all: a maître d' who coul ... More >>
A horse is a horse, of course, of course.Cloppity clop. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is bringing back its horse-drawn beer wagon tonight, packing up kegs and cans around 6 p.m. and rolling them down the road to drop them off at the Wazee Supper Club, Mario's Double Daughters Salotto, the Lobb ... More >>
Big pics below.Yesterday on the Metro State campus, the PJ Day Bed Race to End Homelessness provided a colorful contrast to all that white stuff on the ground, with Colin Burke Photography capturing the action. And there are many more PJ-oriented events to come. This evening is the 6th annual ... More >>
Can't make it home for Thanksgiving? Dreading cooking a feast for your relatives? Maybe it's a good year to go out to eat. And we're not talking about some convoluted stereotype focused on the take-out Chinese food place down the street -- we're talking good food at good places around town. ... More >>
Full-sized photo below.If information provided to the Denver Police Department is accurate, Tracy Lee Ottoway qualifies as the customer from hell. Ottoway's been charged with attempted first-degree murder over an incident at Cherry Creek JW Marriott in which he allegedly tried to use an SUV ... More >>
Lori Midson Jon Emanuel, executive chef of Project Angel HeartThere are good chefs and chefs who do good: Jon Emanuel is both. During his career, the head cooker at Project Angel Heart has fed everyone from rocket scientists to garbage men, but his position at Project Angel Heart -- a Denver ... More >>
Amy Herdy. Journalist Amy Herdy has jumped from place to place in recent years. Her first job in this market was as a reporter for the Denver Post -- but she left that position to take a behind-the-scenes role at 9News, as documented in the 2007 Message column "Life Swap." From there, she shifted ... More >>
Want to be a millionaire? Who doesn't? Well, do you own a cat? More importantly, can you think like your cat? And why are we asking these seemingly inane questions? To determine your eligibility for the Meow Mix Game Show, that's why.
Although former New Life Church leader Ted Haggard said that he had been guilty of "sexual immorality" in his 2006 farewell letter to his congregation, he insisted that any massages he received from frequent Westword subject Mike Jones lacked a happy ending. Now, however, at least one news organizat ... More >>
The space looks great, but the food is nothing to write home about.
Letters from the week of 12/13/2007
Bigger isnt always better.
Over the weekend, I finally reached Tom Moxcey, Elway's manager and expert floorman, to see how the second Elway's going into the new Ritz-Carlton Denver on Curtis Street will affect the original Cherry Creek location. "So you sound like you're having a good day," I told him. "It's a good day," Mox ... More >>
Making tracks to suburbia.
Is the government paying for a miracle or a myth?
Mirepoix mixes it up in Cherry Creek.
One Degree of Separation
Denver gets ready to put on the Ritz.
The city lays all its chips on the table in a risky play for a new hotel.
CRL knows how to buy friends and influence people.
Looking for some holiday cheer?
Denver officials join the Department of Aviation and see the world.
CHUCK STEVINSON'S DEATH MAY ALTER THE DENVER DREAMS OF HIS CONTROVERSIAL PHYSICIAN.