My Christmas wish list, not surprisingly, lends itself to all things culinary -- including cookbooks, of which I already have hundreds. But there were a few cookbooks that I treated myself to early: Pok Pok, by Andy Ricker, which is one most detailed (some might say daunting) explorations of Thai co ... More >>
The Next Culinary Voice: Chef's Challenge goes down tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Mile High Station, 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue. Mark DeNittis of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, Jenna Johansen of Epicurean Catering, Matt Selby of Corner House and Elise Wiggins of Panzano will serve as judges ... More >>
UPDATE: We have a winner of our FIVE Hawaiian Luau contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many total events have the FIVE participated in -- in Colorado and New York -- since its inception in 2008? Congrats to Bails, who guessed 46; the actual number is 47. Bail ... More >>
Chef Ian Kleinman of the Inventing Room is spearheading a Willy Wonka-themed dinner at Roth Distributing, 17801 East 40th Avenue in Aurora, this evening at 6:30 p.m. The seven-course dinner is the latest collaboration from the Denver Five (Matt Selby, Brian Laird, Ian Kleinman, Sean Yontz and Jorel ... More >>
It's the sixth anniversary of the Denver Five -- a collaborative dining project from some of Denver's most reputable chefs. And the crew is celebrating tonight with a Five @ Five dinner featuring five paired courses from Matt Selby, Sean Yontz, Ian Kleinman, Kevin Morrison and Jorel Pierce. The loca ... More >>
Matt Selby (Corner House), Kevin Morrison (Pinche Taqueria), Jorel Pierce (Euclid Hall) and Ian Kleinman (The Inventing Room) will congregate in the kitchen of Sean Yontz, exec chef of El Diablo, on Monday, April 22, for the first FIVE dinner showcasing the new crop of chefs that comprise Leigh Sull ... More >>
ViewHouse opens today at the corner of Market and 20th streets on the edge of the Ballpark neighborhood. Lotus Concepts has taken the former home of Mori, a Japanese restaurant, and turned it into a restaurant/entertainment complex with an amazing rooftop. But one reader was more interested in what ... More >>
Beloved Curtis Caldwell - my belief is that your radiant soul is making its journey to the next life and when you get there it will be the most vibrant place with more colors than you can ever imagine even exist. And of course, hundreds and hundreds of hoola hoops in all shapes and colors. I have lo ... More >>
The long-awaited Corner House officially opened today. Partner, general manager and executive chef Matt Selby -- who recently left a fifteen-year chef stint with the Vesta Dipping Grill group -- and his crew are now up cooking up his personal take on a seasonally driven menu in his new space in Jeff ... More >>
The old house at 1515 Madison Street has gone through several incarnations since it was the elegant Normandy, a French restaurant run by Pierre Wolfe. Among other ventures, it housed both PS 1515 and the Pink Elephant -- where cops busted burlesque dancers. Recently, there were plans to open a place ... More >>
Beau Simmons Jonesy's EatBar 400 East 20th Avenue 303-863-7473 www.jeatbar.com Part one of my interview with Beau Simmons, exec chef of Jonesy's EatBar, ran yesterday; below is part two of our chat. Favorite restaurant in America: Longman & Eagle in Chicago, whose motto is "Eat, Sleep, Whiskey." T ... More >>
His long, lanky body clad in a T-shirt, knee-length shorts and Converse tennis shoes, Josh Wolkon slips into a booth at Steuben's, orders a Pimms cocktail and stretches his arms. The last few months have been a whirlwind for the owner of Steuben's, which he unleashed in Uptown in 2007. Next month, h ... More >>
The fourth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge heats up this evening at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue. The party, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., pits fifteen of Denver's top chefs against each other in a friendly competition benefiting the Denver Health Foundation.
Denver Restaurant Week began this past Saturday (prompting some words of wisdom from Matt Selby, chef of Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's) and continues through Friday, March 9. Participating restaurants are offering prix-fixe meals for $52.80 per couple or $26.40 per individual. Visit the w ... More >>
Lori MidsonTop from left to right: Tyler Wiard, Matt Selby, Bryan Dayton and Paul Reilly. Bottom from left to right: Mark DeNittis, Brandon Biederman, Jamey Fader and Enrique SocarrasWhen six Denver chefs, one bartender and, for good measure, a muscled and tatted sausage emperor all trotted ... More >>
The future home of the next concept from the people behind Steuben's and Vesta.Fifteen years ago, Josh Wolkon and his wife, Jen, opened Vesta Dipping Grill in a cavernous space in LoDo, and they've packed in crowds ever since. Those crowds followed them and Matt Selby over to Steuben's, the g ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf you're looking to have a devilishly good time tonight, make plans to attend the Sotol Hacienda de Chihuahua dinner at El Diablo, the rollicking Mexican cantina in the Baker 'hood, whose kitchen extols the virtues of exec chef Sean Yontz. Tonight though, Yontz is sharing his k ... More >>
In addition to a number of restaurant openings, this week is packed with wine dinners, anniversary celebrations and much more; here's a taste of what's on the culinary menu.
Lori MidsonEli Odell Highland Tap and Burger 2219 West 32nd Avenue 720-287-4493 www.highlandtapdenver.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Eli Odell, executive chef of Highland Tap and Burger. Read part two of that interview, in which Odell dishes on hammering eighty pounds o ... More >>
Lori Midson"Believe it or not, it's been pretty calm today," said Frank Bonanno, standing in the kitchen of Osteria Marco, the turf for last night's Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, a gathering of five Denver chefs -- Bonanno, Alex Seidel (Fruition and Frution Farms), Eric Skokan (Black Cat and Bl ... More >>
Tonight Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, will host the Celebrity Chef Tour, a benefit for the James Beard Foundation that features a dinner prepared by Michael Ginor from Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Denver heavyweight chefs Frank Bonanno, Matt Selby, Alex Seidel and Eric Skokan (read Eric ... More >>
Lori MidsonTickets go on sale today for the Denver Celebrity Chef Tour, a star-studded squad of kitchen sorcerers, including Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's); Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Eric Skokan (Black Cat, Boulder); and Michael Ginor, the co-founder and chef ... More >>
A Flickr photoSome of Denver's top chefs are participating in tonight's aptly named Evening of Decadent Delights at Lola, 1575 Boulder Street. Alex Seidel (Fruition) will create the passed hors d'ouevre; Sean Yontz (El Diablo) is tapped for the appetizer course; Goose Sorensen (Solera) will w ... More >>
From left to right: Matt Selby, Tyler Wiard, Troy Guard, Jamey Fader and Brian LairdIn 2003, Leigh Sullivan was questioning what a lot of us in Denver ponder when discussing the Denver dining climate. Why, she wondered, is everyone focusing on the restaurants and chefs in San Francisco, Chica ... More >>
Lori Midson The team from TAGMore than 400 people ate and drank themselves into oblivion last night at Mile High Station, the venue for Denver's annual Share Our Strength benefit, which raises funds to wipe out childhood hunger both locally and across the country. "It was a really great ni ... More >>
Lori Midson If you attend only one food-centric soiree this summer, make it Sunday's Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation event, where 30 of Denver's top restaurants, including Vesta Dipping Grill, TAG, Argyll, Black Pearl, Elway's Cherry Creek, Duo, Solera, Table 6, Venue, Opus and Marco' ... More >>
From left to right: Matt Selby, Tyler Wiard, Troy Guard, Jamey Fader and Brian Laird Earlier this week, Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Jamey Fader (culinary director of Big Red F Restaurant Group), Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's) and Brian Laird (Barolo Grill) all convene ... More >>
Nancy LevineLeigh Jones, behind the bar at Jonesy's EatBar.Leigh Jones, the woman behind Jonesy's EatBar and the Horseshoe Lounge (with partner Margaret Moore), was also the co-owner and designer of the Dish, B-52 Billiards, Brasserie Rouge, Atomic Cowboy and Buffalo Billiards in Nashville an ... More >>
The Denver Five: Keegan Gerhard, Troy Guard, Matt Selby, Jamey Fader and Tyler WiardThe Denver Five -- Tyler Wiard, Keegan Gerhard (D Bar Desserts), Troy Guard (TAG), Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's) and Jamey Fader (Lola and Big Red F Restaurant Group) will convene tonight at E ... More >>
Nancy LevineJimmy Zanon's watermelon/chile margarita Last night I attended the first of a quintet of dinners coming from the Denver Five, the merry band of chefs who've represented Denver so ably by cooking at the renowned James Beard House in New York City the last two years. The group consists ... More >>
Denver Five chefs Keegan Gerhard (D Bar Desserts), Troy Guard (TAG), Tyler Wiard (Elway's in Cherry Creek) and Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's) will join host chef Jamey Fader at Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, tonight at 6 p.m., when all five chefs will convene in Fader's home kitc ... More >>
Lori MidsonStaff from Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben'sYesterday afternoon, Denver's best chefs rolled out the culinary red carpet and rubbed tongs with smitten admirers and other do-gooders who showed up in droves at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, a charity event that benefits anti-hunge ... More >>
See more of Lori Midson's photos at westword.com/slideshow. While I didn't buy the shirt straight off the bartender's back at last night's feel-good Share Our Strength-Taste of the Nation fundraiser at Jonesy's EatBar, the rowdy (in all the good ways) gastropub at 400 East 20th Avenue, I did purch ... More >>
One of the best food events of the year, Plates for the Peak, a small plates fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Urban Peak, a non-profit that saves kids from the jaws of homelessness, returns for a sixth year to Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. The star-st ... More >>
Tonight's Dos Casas, a benefit for Brent's Place, will bring seven of the town's best chefs - Jamey Fader of Big Red F, Sheila Lucero of Jax Fish House Denver, Matt Selby of Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's, Tyler Wiard of Elway's in Cherry Creek, Goose Sorenson of Solera, Sean Yontz of Mezcal and ... More >>
Chefs Up Front, a benefit for Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline, brings twenty top chefs to the Colorado Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. today, March 15. The participating restaurant/chef combos include Andrew Lubatty of Avenue Grill, Pete List of Beatrice & Woodsley, Sean Huggard of Black Pea ... More >>
Lola's Jamey Fader gets creative with dining.
Sushi Den is a big fish in the Denver pond.
Road food brakes for the Denver Public Library.
The owners of Steuben's have region to believe.
What a concept!
Denver chefs take a bite of the Big Apple.
Vesta Dipping Grill
Here's my prescription for starting the year in fine style.
And I'll dine if I want to.
Denver restaurants play musical chefs.