As the bars of your parents and grandparents slowly atrophy, the layers of paint and smoke are peeled off and the floorboards ripped up, no one is quite sure how to replace these one-time classics while maintaining their old-fashioned spirit. But Frank Bonnanno's Vesper Lounge found a way. The for ... More >>
Being a restaurant critic is a bit like being a colander. Every time I enter a restaurant, I'm filling myself up, both literally and figuratively, with thoughts about everything from how the sauce tasted to lighting and noise levels to whether or not the server knew his stuff. When it's time to writ ... More >>
Eric Cimino Luca D'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 lucadenver.com Like a lot of kids, Eric Cimino had a grand plan for when he arrived at adulthood. He wanted to be a psychologist, figuring he'd excel because he was the guy everyone hit up for guidance. He even graduated from Northern Arizona ... More >>
The twenty-plus blocks stretching up Larimer Street from Speer Boulevard have become a real restaurant row, full of ambitious dining rooms and casual comfort joints, bars both upscale and still down-and-dirty. And dotted through those blocks are coffee spots-- some dating back decades, some just ope ... More >>
We gave the Broadway/Baker retail strip the award for Denver's Best Neighborhood Shopping District two years in a row -- in 2012 and 2013 -- for so many good reasons: The area is spilling over with hip, modern creative ventures. But some of that contemporary spark flares further south, too, along An ... More >>
Hugo Matheson The Kitchen Boulder & [Upstairs]; The Kitchen Denver 1039 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303-544-5973 1530 16th Street, Denver; 303-623-3127 www.thekitchencommunity.com This is part one of my interview with Hugo Matheson, exec chef of The Kitchen Boulder and The Kitchen Denver. Part two of o ... More >>
"If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would you go?" became a central question for Mike Dion after the success of the Denver-based filmmaker's 2010 film, Ride the Divide. That question became the tagline for his next film, Reveal the Path, which took Dion and some of the world's top mounta ... More >>
Tomorrow morning, Hugo Matheson, Kimbal Musk and Jen Lewin will open the doors to the The Kitchen Denver, the Mile High City outpost of their expanding empire which started in Boulder eight years ago. The new restaurant -- which features a massive bar, three patios and several nooks and crannies for ... More >>
Jenna Johansen, the former exec chef -- and still part-owner -- of Dish restaurant, in Edwards (she's now in Denver, engaged to Il Mondo Vecchio sausage king Mark DeNittis, who's involved with a new project, Salumeria Cansano in Wash Park), is strutting her culinary prowess on a new Bravo TV show, A ... More >>
Jeremy Kittelson Ambria 1201 16th Street 303-623-8646 www.ambriadenver.com This is part one of my chef and tell interview with Jeremy Kittleson, exec chef of Ambria. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Before Jeremy Kittelson opened Ambria in mid-November, he conducted a tasting, and while h ... More >>
For last week's "Year in Review," we recapped what the subjects of the 2011 Chef and Tell interviews would like to see less of in Denver. This time, we're serving up their wish lists of what they'd hope to find on Denver's plate in the new year - everything from year-round farmers' markets to whole ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part one of my interview with Rob Lawler, former chef and the sovereign of cheese at the Truffle. Part two of my chat with Lawler will run tomorrow. Rob Lawler The Truffle 2906 East Sixth Avenue 303-322-7363 www.denvertruffle.com When you actually want someone to cut th ... More >>
Lori Midson Robin Baron Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar Udi's Bread Cafes (four locations) www.udisfood.com This is part one of my interview with Robin Baron, executive chef of Udi's Pizza Bar, Udi's Bread Cafe and the soon-to-be-open Pickled Lemon in Boulder. Part two of my interview with Baron will r ... More >>
Seasoned backpackers know that just about anything tastes good after a long day on the trails, but that doesn't mean your camp meals have to be boring: Dan Hayward, owner of the Savory Spice Shop in Boulder, is the featured guest at the Spicy Divas Cooking Lesson tonight at 7 p.m. at Outdoor ... More >>
Jenna Johansen dish 56 Edwards Village Boulevard, Edwards 970-926-3433 www.eatdrinkdish.com This is part two of my interview with Jenna Johansen. Part one of this interview ran yesterday. Greatest accomplishment as a chef: Opening my restaurant. I've done a lot of work to get to where I a ... More >>
Lori Midson Justin Cucci Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200 www.rootdowndenver.com This is part one of my interview with Justin Cucci, owner and executive chef of Root Down and Linger. Part two of my interview will run in this space tomorrow. Justin Cucci has spent the majority ... More >>
Back in August, local restaurant consultant and chef Michel Wahaltere was preparing to join the street food revolution, promising to launch Aja to Go, "the first mobile food truck in the city to travel day and night around Denver serving up great sushi, salad bowls, noodle bowls and Asian tap ... More >>
Tiffany got jettisoned.Tiffany got sent home from Top Chef this week. I was a little distressed when Arnold was told to pack his knives a few episodes back, because his problems were the fault of mean-spirited Lynne, and also I expected him to come up with some interestingly piquant dishes ov ... More >>
This week in culinary news, Breckenridge Brewery celebrates its anniversary, different venues around town offer Tour de France specials, Le Central launches a Wednesday night crepe special through July -- and much more. Here's a taste of what's ahead: Tuesday, July 6: Le Central, 112 East 8 ... More >>
Cubeb seared big eye tuna, chick pea salad, green curry cucumber sauce with a Jakarta Mule - Bombay Sapphire with homemade lemongrass ginger beer Last night's Bombay Sapphire Spirit of Exploration dinner at Elway's Cherry Creek was definitely an exploration -- of some seriously fantastic worl ... More >>
Dave MonneratOoh la la. City Council candidate Jon Lehmann's got himself a campaign chef!One Denver City Council candidate hopes to win 'em over with food. Jon Lehmann, one of ten candidates vying for the council seat recently vacated by Rick Garcia (who went to work for the U.S. Department o ... More >>
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clintonâ€™s song) to the Best H ... More >>
It’s not torture, but this latest Mideast thriller’s as conventional as they come. We’re (water) bored. (Sorry.)
Tout de Suite
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Sparrow should be grounded.
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Uneven direction adds flaws to risky Merchant of Venice.
The Earth's Sharp Edge finds imaginative and joyous ways to cross borders.
Sean Kelly is back in the kitchen -- back where he belongs.
High on Highland
Eating well for a good cause.
John Hickenlooper's lastest, and other news on the food front.