At the beginning of the year, the Denver Tea Room closed its doors in the Victorian house at 1820 East Colfax where it had poured for years, in preparation for a move to South Broadway. Now, after months of work, the new spot is ready to make its debut today after a soft opening on Mother's Day. Loc ... More >>
Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with a spacious kitchen. They often bring some of their market's best ingredients home with them and cook up a feast, and when they're not cooking at home, ... More >>
You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town. Welcome to Naomi Haverland's delightfully quirky world, where the art and the living are b ... More >>
Kris Padalino Bittersweet 500 East Alameda Avenue 303-942-0320 bittersweetdenver.com This is part two of my interview with Kris Padalino, pastry chef at Bittersweet; part one of our chat ran yesterday. What cookbooks and/or food-related reading material do you draw inspiration from? I like to read ... More >>
The half-life of plutonium is 20,000 years -- and it looks like books about plutonium have a long shelf-life, too. When Kristen Iversen decided to write about growing up in the shadow of Rocky Flats, she "wasn't sure it would get published," she says, even though she'd had earlier success with her b ... More >>
Back in December, we broke the news that Spuntino, chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's neighborhood restaurant in Highland -- a restaurant that turns out everything from unassailable gelato to equally unparalleled porchetta -- would temporarily shutter sometime this February to ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature that celebrates the books that inspire Denver art ... More >>
Now that we've finally eked our way into the warmer weeks of spring (fingers crossed), it's time to get off the couch and head out into the fresh air to get to May's ten best comedy events. We've got albums being recorded, albums being released, two Latino-themed shows, nerd heroes Aziz Ansari and C ... More >>
Back in 2010, we told the quirky tale of Leah Campbell, who blogs under the name Single Infertile Female. Her concept? Asking the online community which sperm donor she should choose. Unfortunately, this novel effort didn't result in Campbell getting pregnant. But her journey ended in a happy plac ... More >>
Our first clue that something was up at Strings came when we heard that many long-time employees had left the restaurant that the late Noel Cunningham had founded in 1986. Our second clue was when the annual Mother's Day brunch hosted by Strings, a benefit for Volunteers of America, started looking ... More >>
Late last week, I was privy to personal tour of Old Major, the restaurant that culinary patron saint Justin Brunson, who also owns Masterpiece Deli, is tentatively opening on February 22 in Highland. The space, innovatively designed by Fin Art, a local firm, is still undergoing construction, but Bru ... More >>
George Eder Pizza Republica 5375 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village 720-489-2030 www.pizzarepublica.com This is part one of my interview with George Eder, exec chef of Pizza Republica; part two of our conversation will tun tomorrow. George Eder grew up in Detroit, one of five siblings whose mothe ... More >>
Serena Romeo Comida Cantina 721 Confidence Drive, Longmont 720-204-6455 www.eatcomida.com This is part one of my interview with Serena Romeo, exec chef of Comida Cantina. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. Before her two-year stint on a food truck, Serena Romeo had never w ... More >>
Even after a committee killed HB 1006, thecivil unions bill, late yesterday, filmmaker Mike Shum holds out hope. While the documentary creator says he doesn't usually consider himself an activist, he was particularly moved by the recent round of civil unions discussion at the legislature -- and want ... More >>
The Joy Luck Club, the new production at the Vintage Theatre's new home, weaves a tapestry of relationships, memories and tragedies in its depiction of Chinese and Chinese-American women.
Owning a farm, says Yasu Kizaki, was always a dream for him and his brother, Toshi, the owners of two Japanese restaurants on South Pearl Street: Sushi Den and Izakaya Den. "Our parents were farmers," Yasu recounts. "It's been a vision for a long time, but it's hard work." Dreams became reality las ... 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 part seven of this series: There have been a few defiant (mostly ice cream-related) bumps in the road since I star ... More >>
Lori MidsonIt's with a heavy, heavy heart that we bring you the tragic news that Noel Cunningham, the beloved chef/owner of Strings, passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon at 62, leaving behind his wife, Tammy, and their twin daughters. Born in Dublin in 1949, Cunningham, an unapolog ... More >>
Lori Midson Mike Sullivan Devil's Food Bakery and Cookery 1020 South Gaylord Street 303-733-7448 www.devilsfoodbakery.com This is part one of my interview with Mike Sullivan, executive chef of Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery. Part two of my chat with Sullivan will run in this space tomorrow ... More >>
Travis Forbes.Travis Forbes, a self-described suspect in the April 1 disappearance of Kenia Monge, nineteen, has been arrested -- but not for a crime related to Monge. Instead, he was busted in Austin, Texas, for car theft. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, the car Forbes was d ... More >>
Jacob & his mom.Jacob Christenson of Parker would like everyone to know that he is very, very sorry about the events of May 9, a few weeks before his eleventh birthday. He did light a piece of paper on fire, but he had no idea it was going to cause so much trouble. Can he go home now? Alas, ... More >>
No wonder Michael Bennet's campaign is so excited for Michelle Obama's campaign visit at noon today in Englewood: She's currently much more popular than her husband. That may also explain why so many shots from the White House Flickr stream find Barack basking in the light of Michelle and his ... More >>
Michael Ciacio, accused of being a bad son.Just prior to Mother's Day, members of the Denver Police Department discovered a scene unfit for any greeting card. Charlene "Chuck" Ciacio, 84, was found dead, and her son, 47-year-old Michael Ciacio, was taken into custody in relation to her killin ... More >>
Leah, aka Single Infertile Female, has made her choice.Last week, we told you about self-declared Single Infertile Female Leah, who encouraged members of her online community (powered by Boulder's BlogFrog.com) to help her decide which of three potential sperm donors she should use for in-vit ... More >>
Admit it: You still don't have anywhere to take Mom on Sunday, and now you're starting to panic. Not to worry; there are several great options in our online listings, one of which is bound to appeal to your mother. We're partial to Red Trolley's Mother's Day Brunch, which promises to put t ... More >>
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>
It used to be that Mother's Day was considered the safe day to plant in Denver. But after those May 13 snow showers, experts revised their estimate, emphasizing that the real first day to safely plant gardens in this town is May 15. So yesterday, I planted my Rudbeckia, the trademarked Denver Daisy ... More >>
A dining room of ones own.
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