It's Monday, October 13, and I'm sitting in a red Toyota 4Runner with Jake Norris, head distiller at Laws Whiskey House. The Toyota is idling outside the whiskey house, a new distillery in a warehouse district just off South Broadway. He's very excited because, at last, he's able to do what has take ... More >>
Highlands Garden Cafe is back in business. After a long winter's nap, this week Pat Perry reopened her restaurant in Highland, where the garden is already in bloom. To celebrate the new patio season, Highlands Garden is taking names for a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Mondo Vino (Best Win ... More >>
One of the best parts about Colorado's craft beer scene is that it changes constantly. From one week to the next, beer geeks can hit a new taproom, try an innovative new brew, head to a packed festival and generally make friends in other states jealous. The last year saw a lot of big news -- some ba ... More >>
Nothing says "Halloween is here!" like skeletal Hello Kitty tins filled with sour-orange, bone-shaped candies. Sure, the candies themselves are nothing more than boring Sweet Tarts, but this time of year, it's all about the presentation. Sugarlicious, a sweet shop in Cherry Creek, not only has great ... More >>
Kendra AndersonPinot...yummy.Our wait was finally over. Last night, exactly 365 days after our first, utterly unforgettable evening with eight über-talented winemakers known as the Pinot Posse, we saddled up and ventured into the wilds of the Denver Tech Center for another wine-drenched homa ... More >>
We're in the home stretch of the holiday season, but we've still got one more big blow-out before the post-festivity depression sets in: that epic drink-fest that is New Year's Eve. We fully acknowledge that by the time we ring in the new year, we'll be too, um, happy to taste the difference between ... More >>
St. Kilian's Cheese Shop is a boutique-style gem within walking distance of Mondo Vino and The Denver Bread Company -- making Highland Square a convenient stop for gathering party supplies -- and it specializes in French, Spanish and Italian cheeses, with a few select Swiss and Dutch wheels, and che ... More >>
J. WohletzThere's an "it" couple that everyone wants at their party every Christmas -- the duo that livens up the festivities, gives the crowd something to talk about, and adds that certain something to make the gathering memorable. This pair, for example: a delicate bite of a smooth, hand ... More >>
With all the talk lately about Occupy This and The X Percenters, if you're like us, you're wondering how to align your gift giving instincts with your urge to support businesses hustling to make ends meet just like you are. And since we can't imagine a better way to spread a little joy this ... More >>
Andrew Starr is a choc-tease. He and his chocolatier partner, Jennifer Spielman, own Black Star Chocolates, and they create exciting, luscious and downright sensual confections. Since their chocolate creations are handmade, small-batch and filled with fresh, seasonal herbs and flowers, thought, they ... More >>
Sake, with its range of styles, light body and crisp finish, is ideal for food pairings as well as an easy thing to sip all night long. Plus, you can take down a lot of it and escape a hangover. Those factors should have long ago propelled it into a full-blown gastronomic trend, on every list ... More >>
Get dirty! Head to Fruita for the 16th annual New Belgium Brewing Fruita Fat Tire Festival this weekend, where organizers have dropped most of the pretense in favor of letting people go ride during the day and then party all night. Don't miss the Clunker Crit junker race on Saturday at 2 p.m. ... More >>
In Season Local MarketAfter five years working for Great Divide Brewing, Patrick Langlois has embarked on a new mission, one that explores local food, cooking and, at almost all times, beer. Each week, he'll be sharing a new adventure in his kitchen -- pairing his experiment with a good brew. ... More >>
The Best of Denver 2011 had just hit the streets, so I hit a handy liquor store on my way to a haircut appointment yesterday. The owner met me at the register. "Mondo Vino!" he said. Oops. Mondo Vino had just been named the Best Wine Shop; I was at Wines Off Wynkoop, one of my favorites and a ... More >>
It's a bitter drink to swallow, but Colorado's not exactly famous for making outstanding wines. Instead, an invitation to sample Colorado wines is typically met with anything from incredulity to utter scorn. That's not to say that all Colorado-bred wines suck. It's just that there aren't more ... More >>
If you were there last night, thank you for coming to the first-ever Westword Web Awards party at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street. The room swelled (see full slideshow from the Web Awards) to about 400 bloggers, photographers, shameless self-promoters and artists, who tweeted about the thing ... More >>
Katie Mullen's, the Irish restaurant and bar at 1550 Court Place, opened two months ago, but it's hosting a grand-opening party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 that's a benefit for Friends of the Denver Fire Department. Tickets are $25, and include cocktails and appetizers; for more informati ... More >>
Venue opened just a few months ago in the former home of 8 Rivers. But already on February 3, it's offering its first wine dinner, pairing up with Fran Kysela, who was named one of the top selectors of wine by Wine Advocate. And the pairing has proved such an advance hit that the dinner's already so ... More >>
It's been dark days for Colorado, what with Ward Churchill, JonBenet Ramsey and Michael Tracey in particular (and CU in general) in the news. How like the national media to kick a good state when it's down. Two weeks ago, the New Yorker sidelined Denver, calling it a "second-tier city" in a piece ab ... More >>
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