Take it slow. At 11 a.m. today, Slow Food Denver will host a tasting at History Colorado, in conjunction with the current show Food: Our Global Kitchen. At 5 p.m., Slow Food Denver will go global itself when it hosts a free lecture by acclaimed Sicilian chef Fabrizia Lanza at Fuel Cafe. Then at 6:30 ... More >>
Ian Clark BRU handbuilt ales & eats 5290 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 720-638-5193 bruboulder.com This is part one of my interview with Ian Clark, exec chef and head brewer of BRU Handbuilt ales & eats; part two of our chat will run in this space tomorrow. More than a decade ago, when he was still in ... More >>
I remember standing in front of a pyramid of potatoes at the supermarket many years ago in my hippie days, tripping on mescalin and trying to select a few spuds for dinner. It was taking a long time because every potato in that pile had its own unique and mesmerizing characteristics, and every singl ... More >>
Nuclear warfare, biological warfare, meteor impact, global pandemic, global warming, supervolcano, alien invasion, zombie apocalypse... sharknado? All are theoretical ways that human civilization could meet its demise. And while all are gruesome, most would allow the human race to depart Earth with ... More >>
Pretty much everyone who loves food has read Michael Pollan, knows about the argument by Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham in his book Catching Fire that cooking is what made us human in the first place, and understands that food is more than a bunch of inert substances whose only function is ... More >>
Earlier this week, on Monday, I spent the afternoon in Kansas -- specifically St. Francis, Kansas, a small, sleepy town just a few miles east of the Kansas/Colorado border, population a mere 1,200. Cattle far, far outweigh humans in St. Francis -- there are thousands and thousands of them -- and o ... More >>
Winner announcement: Congratulations to kristenschenck2, the winner of our Michael Pollan contest, who wrote: "Trying to eat ground beef after reading Omnivore's Dilemma is like trying to swim in the ocean after seeing JAWS." Kristen, we'll send you an e-mail about how you can get your tickets. Mic ... More >>
Most fans will know author Rory Freedman as co-author of the bestselling Skinny Bitch, a lifestyle book disguised as a diet book. Now she's back to expand on her philosophy about animals in Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals. And to some people, it will seem radical. We talked to Freedman ... More >>
This is part two of my interview with Michael Pollan, author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation; Food Rules: An Eater's Manual; The Omnivore's Dilemma; In Defense of Food; Second Nature; The Botany of Desire and A Place of My Own. Part one of Pollan's musings ran yesterday. Pollan will a ... More >>
This is part one of my interview with Michael Pollan, author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation; Food Rules: An Eater's Manual; The Omnivore's Dilemma; In Defense of Food; Second Nature; The Botany of Desire and A Place of My Own. Part two of Pollan's musings will run tomorrow. Pollan wi ... More >>
Over the last few months, I went from the worst shape of my life to the best while continuing to eat like a food critic. Don't punch me in the face; instead, read how I did it in this series: It's been almost a year since that full-length mirror-initiated wake-up call sent me to Jamie Atlas, Bonza ... More >>
Michael Pollan -- journalist, advocate and patron saint of sustainability in our food system -- was in Denver this week to speak to a crowd at the Paramount about the importance of understanding where our food comes from. After his talk, he headed to Fuel Cafe, where he had a low-key, private dinner ... More >>
If food is, indeed, the next rock-and-roll, as Ferran Adria once said, then Michael Pollan is certainly one of its superstars; the author and professor has made major inroads in how we all think about what goes into our body, using his body of work -- which includes Botany of Desire, Omnivore's Dile ... More >>
Journalist, author, professor and sustainable living advocate Michael Pollan is lecturing at the Paramount Theater tonight, and yesterday, we held a contest that would give one Cafe Society reader the opportunity to snag a pair of complimentary tickets to his presentation. We asked readers to submi ... More >>
"You would not have bought this book and read this far into it if your food culture was intact and healthy." Michael Pollan I'm just about finished with Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, a great read that's as fascinating as it is depressing. It's the kind of book that can make you somewh ... More >>
In 2008, shortly after she finished reading the Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Lisa Rogers was trolling the internet when she found statistics related to the Colorado food supply. The Denver area spends over $5.7 billion on fresh food every year, she learned, but just $4 million of th ... More >>
A Flickr photoUnless you're like Michael Pollan, who thinks paying eight bucks for a dozen eggs is cool, or you're one of those urbavores who raises your own fowl, chances are good your fridge has contained eggs affiliated with the recent massive recall.
Lori Midson Craig Dixon, executive chef of Cafe Options Craig Dixon Cafe Options 1650 Curtis Street 303-573-0733 www.cafeoptions.com Craig Dixon, chef of Cafe Options, is struggling. I've just asked him what it's like to work in a kitchen staffed predominantly by females -- the restaurant ... More >>
About a month ago, if you'll recall, I raked my former idol, Mario Batali, over the coals for jumping on the bandwagon of the cute veggie campaign, Meatless Monday. And in the aftermath, as was only fair, I was chastised for my pigheadedness (no pun intended). But as my comments about anima ... More >>
Mario Batali endorses Meatless Mondays"He's dead to me." That was a good friend's immediate response to the news that Mario Batali, patron saint of cured meat, is supporting Meatless Monday, a non-profit that's trying to convince Americans to go vegetarian one day a week in order to reduce t ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Got some gaps in your culinary education? There are seven different culinary workshops, discussions and demonstrations this week, plus tons of wine tastings, Dining Out for Life and the inaugural Boulder Brew and Music Festival. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead: Monda ... More >>
Adam Brock and others speak out."You are what you eat" -- we've all heard that one before. But writers and activists such as Michael Pollan have brought the issue of conscious eating into the forefront. And tonight, the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will serve up "Conscious Eating: ... More >>
The original Chipotle,now a fast-food shrine.From the moment it opened at 1644 East Evans Avenue, close by the University of Denver, Chipotle Mexican Grill a hip storefront joint that served giant burritos, was a giant hit. Three years later, the homegrown chain had three Denver locations -- ... More >>
As mentioned earlier this morning, my final book-signing in Denver (at least for the foreseeable future) is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Broadway Book Mall (200 South Broadway). That hasn't changed. I'll still be there, in the flesh, signing pen in hand. I'll probably read a bit, s ... More >>
Chances are that if you read or watch anything (besides McCommercials) regarding the state of our food system in the United States, it will mention the staggering amount of processed crap we manufacture and the integrity of our diets versus the price -- both financially and physically. Michael Pol ... More >>
I love the restaurant industry for so many different reasons. I love it because it is the last great American meritocracy, where nothing matters but what you can do on the job and where hard work, smarts and stamina are truly rewarded. I love it because it provides a creative outlet for so ... More >>
The cover is green for a reason Reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma fucked me up good. It changed the way I looked at food forever and seriously altered the way I actually ate. Considering that eating is my vocation, this was no small thing. I have never looked at an ear of corn ... More >>
Right this minute, the future of ten of America's great food cities is being decided. By readers of the Huffington Post. No, seriously. This isn't a joke. As you are reading this, the highest-rated, single-most popular story at HuffPo is a poll for the ten best food cities. Denver is on that ... More >>
Take solace in the present folks, because tomorrow is the day you'll stop eating like you did yesterday. That is, of course, if you go and see the documentary Food Inc. The film opens in Colorado tomorrow at the Landmark Chez Artiste, located at 2800 South Colorado Boulevard. I recently screened the ... More >>
A Flickr PhotoYou may not have the thing on the left, but read the thing on the rightThe good people of Boulder are mere hours away from contact with the Great Green One. Yes, Michael Pollan, the Godfather of sustainability, is coming to the green mecca for a reading and book-signing at 7:30 p.m. to ... More >>
I am a serious science fiction geek. And while, in the food world, I generally contain my geekery to zombie movie references, Starblazers jokes, Blade Runner allegories and a recent, minor obsession with the high-tone weirdness of molecular gastronomy, lately I've been thinking about some of the ot ... More >>
If you must go for gourmet pizza, go to Sazza.
Sushi Den is a big fish in the Denver pond.
After planting a rumor, Colterra clarifies.
The greening of Bradford Heap.
Estillo Mexicano—those were the magic words at Tacos D.F. Mexican style: just spice and meat—rough-chopped grilled steak, marinated in God knows what, with caramelized onions in the case of the asada, and naked chopped pork, redolent of char for the carnitas. If you had to gussy up the ... More >>
Ferran Adria has created a real tome on the range.
My McDonald's lunch was fast, but a flop.
Again the Masters of their doman.
How the right cuisines could conquer the world.