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Mel Master

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Ben Davison of Bistro Vendome: "I don't want snot in my tea"

    Ben Davison Bistro Vendôme 1420 Larimer Street 303-825-3232 bistrovendome.com This is part one of my interview with Ben Davison, chef de cuisine at Bistro Vendôme; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. It's good -- really good -- to be back home again," says Ben Davison, pausing after a long s ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    November 2, 2011

    Brandon Foster, exec chef of Vesta Dipping Grill, on Jimmy Buffett Fridays, the yuck of a yam cake and tie-dye

    Lori Midson​ Brandon Foster Vesta Dipping Grill 1822 Blake Street 303-296-1970 www.vestagrill.com This is part one of my interview with Brandon Foster, executive chef of Vesta Dipping Grill. Part two of my interview with Foster will run tomorrow. "Sweat Hog." Those are the words inscribed ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    June 25, 2010

    The week in Cafe Society bloggery: Stupid lawsuits, shuttered restaurants, Biker Jim's new restaurant, Food & Wine Classic highlights, Chipotle bats 1,000 and Morton's Bob Wiltshire maligns molecular gastronomy

    Lori Midson ​ Our favorite table scraps of the week from the Cafe Society blog: 1. Holy hot dog! After more than a year of searching for a freestanding restaurant to augment his fleet of carts, Biker Jim, aka gourmet wiener hustler, finally signed a lease on a build-out space at 2145 Larimer ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Mel's Bar and Grill will shutter after service on Saturday

    Lori Midson ​Just got off the horn with Chad Clevenger, chef/owner of Mel's Bar and Grill, who called to say he was done -- finito -- with the restaurant that he took over from Mel Master in July 2008. "I'm pretty much over Mel's, over making Cobb salads and salmon for old people that don't w ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    Chef and Tell part two: Goose Sorensen of Solera

    Lori MidsonGoose Sorensen, exec chef/owner of Solera ​This is part two of my interview with Goose Sorensen, executive chef of Solera. To read part one of this interview, click here. Culinary inspirations: Many of the chefs in Denver -- Jamey Fader, Tyler Wiard, Matty Selby, Sean Yontz, Bria ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Chef and Tell with Goose Sorensen from Solera

    Lori MidsonGoose Sorensen, exec chef/owner of Solera​In 1992, Goose Sorensen, then 23, was living in Casper, a fine Wyoming town with bars and brawls and women, but there was something missing, something that Sorensen was longing to have but didn't. That something was -- wait for it -- Benniga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    New menu for Chad Clevenger at Mel's

    ​ I had a rough time of it when last I found myself under chef Chad Clevenger's care at Mel's Restaurant in Greenwood Village. But my experience was nothing compared to how Clevenger and his crew must've felt once my review of the restaurant came out. Still, I have to give the guy credit fo ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    April 28, 2009

    Master, by the glass

    The Master clan was back in town yesterday to do a little family-brand wine pimping at Sketch.  And guess who was there to taste the offerings? That's right, yours truly.  And while I generally avoid things like opening-night parties, wine tastings, benefit dinners and "celebrity chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Mel Master pops his cork at Sketch today

    Mel Master, the man who brought us Mel's (in all its incarnations) as well as numerous other notable local restaurants, returns to Denver for the first monthly wine-tasting at Sketch, 101 Broadway, where his son, Charlie, runs the bar. Mel, who's also a winemaker, will be pouring his Tortoise Cree ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, April 27 edition

    Maris the Great, in living (or at least almost living) color. Grrrrrr. Today in Backbeat Online: • Moving Pictures: Casselman's Bar & Venue, MBV, Autumn Film, Primasonic, Maris the Great, Adai, To Be Eaten and Dualistics. • A first look at the new Fray video. • Are you doing your part to hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    The List: Real Colorado Italian

    This week's review of Locanda del Borgo got me thinking about other spots in town where the view of Italy stops at the door -- which exist wholly as Colorado restaurants that just happen to serve Italian food. What follows is a list of those places which most closely hew to that nativist line and le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Adam Mali resurfaces at Nick's Cove

    The January 11 Denver Post travel section included a Los Angeles Times story on Nick's Cove, a "chic, eccentric hideaway" an hour north of San Francisco -- but one with a significant Denver connection. Turns out the chef de cuisine at Nick's is none other than Adam Mali, the Montecito che ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 23, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
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    July 8, 2008

    Mel's: The Signs, They Are a-Changin'

    The Masters are on the move. Mel’s in Greenwood Village (at 5970 South Holly Street) had a couple of parties (one for friends, and then a knock-down, drag-out staff bash) over the weekend, and is closing today for remodeling. The hostess I talked to last night said that the staff had been told to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2008

    Sheehan: A Few of My Favorite Things

    I had to have some half-unexpected dental work done a couple of days ago. It was nothing terribly serious but it was serious enough, if you know what I mean. Lot of blood, stitches. An annoyance. And as I was getting finished off in the chair, my dentist (a miracle worker, and a nice guy to boot) s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    What the Hell's Up at the Former Mel's?

    At this time last year, fans were still bemoaning the closure of Mel's in Cherry Creek. But there's been a lot of action since then. Mel Master turned his two Montecito restaurants into reincarnations of Mel's -- but now, as detailed here, plans to sell majority interest in the Mel's in Greenwood Vi ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 24, 2008

    Hey, Rube!

    Visit to a culinary tourist trap.

  • Dining

    March 6, 2008

    Agave Grill

    To enter Chad Clevenger’s world, go mouth by Southwest.

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    November 8, 2007

    TV or Not TV

    Frasca is famous — so why is its chef doing an infomercial?

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    October 4, 2007

    Taste of Denver

    You have to crack a few eggs to make a Denver omelet.

  • Dining

    April 19, 2007

    Montecito

    Chef Adam Mali has mastered the art of California cuisine.

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    April 12, 2007

    All the Way

    The greening of Bradford Heap.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2007
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    April 11, 2007

    Sandwich Watch

    Okay, so the last place I ever expected to find a fantastic sandwich was at Montecito -- the new restaurant from the Master family, open since December at 1120 East Sixth Avenue. Some great fish? Yes. Great apps? Absolutely -- and constantly being tinkered with by chef Adam Mali. And I knew the ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 22, 2007

    Old Town

    As new ethnic enclaves appear, the originals die off.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2007

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    Okay, so the rumors have been flying about some big shakeups happening at Mel's in Cherry Creek, and I'm here to tell you that the bad news is true. I just got off the phone with owner Mel Master a few minutes ago, and he told me that Mel's will, in fact, be closing — probably sometime this su ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 19, 2006

    Homecoming

    Again the Masters of their doman.

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    May 18, 2006

    Sex and the City

    New York State of Mind

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    March 3, 2005

    Californication

    How Dylan Moore got his groove back at Deluxe.

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    December 30, 2004

    Twelve-Stepping

    Here's my prescription for starting the year in fine style.

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    June 10, 2004

    Bite Me

    Baby, It's a Wiard World

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    April 15, 2004

    Bite Me

    Travelin' Man

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    January 1, 2004

    The Kid's Not All Right

    It's time for Max Burgerworks to grow up.

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    Backwash

    Jerrys kids are all right: Can the Bianchi Brothers make Denver the Deadhead center of the universe?

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    October 18, 2001

    The Bite

    Eating well for a good cause.

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    April 9, 1998
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    May 15, 1997
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    August 22, 1996
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    January 31, 1996
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