On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Like Scratch Burr ... More >>
When I go to the Boulder Farmers' Market -- as I did Saturday -- a kind of madness possesses me. I purchase a handful of market bucks with my credit card (a useful feature; these bucks can be exchanged for anything at any vendor's stall, and you'll get your change -- if any -- in cash; there's also ... More >>
In early March, Gozo finally opened on South Broadway. It's an Italian-Spanish eatery -- not that you'd know it from the name. It doesn't serve aljotta (fish soup) or hobz biz-zejt (bread with tomatoes, anchovies, mint and cheese) or other staples from Gozo, an island in the Maltese archipelago. It ... More >>
Each year, after the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, a feast of piggish proportions follows, namely Grand Cochon, a swine showdown that gives the pork entourage the opportunity to stuff as much pig down their gullet as possible. Ten chefs compete in the battle, all of whom have won Cochon competitions ... More >>
Aspen International Fashion Week promises to be a fun-filled event showcasing world-renowned designers who make cold weather fashion hip. One of those designers is Leonard Gorski, founder and designer of Gorski Furs, who will present the Winter 14/15 collection at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, March 14 on t ... More >>
After months of renovation work and delays, Gozo quietly opened this past weekend for friends, family members and a few lucky neighbors -- and just as quietly closed again for a few last-minute touches before it reopens for good on Friday, March 7. See also: Gozo will open on South Broadway...soon
People in the restaurant business have worked hard all summer, and now The Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe Street, is throwing its second annual "Roll in the Hay" at 10 p.m. tonight as a party for this city's hard-working service professionals. Guest bartenders Justin Lloyd and Allie Geppert of Star Bar will b ... More >>
In a scene oversaturated with bands mining the 1960s, Shannon and the Clams manage to stand out in stark contrast to their peers. That's partly because their songwriting is simple and strong, but mostly because of Shannon Shaw's powerful, soulfully melodic and emotionally gripping voice. Shaw sounds ... More >>
Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, is welcoming Michael Honig of the Honig Winery this evening for a five-course dinner paired with the family-owned vineyard's wine. Keep reading to view the full menu. See also: - Coohills is a safe standby for those special-ish occasions - In the kitchen at Coohills i ... More >>
Chad Yakobson talks fast and he doesn't stand still -- not when there is so much to do. The founder, owner and head yeast whisperer at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is in the midst of a major expansion at his northwest Denver Barrel Cellar, adding employees, barrels, storage space and taproom ... More >>
There's a cornucopia of culinary events this weekend -- from farm celebrations both urban and rural to beer olympics, wine festivals, a toga party and more. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
"I'll have the chardonnay, thanks." After overhearing this from a nearby diner during a recent restaurant meal, followed immediately by the withering response, "Seriously? A chardonnay?" from said diner's snarky companion, we realized that chardonnay still has a bullshit reputation.
After some service flubs at Charcoal, the subject of my most recent review, I lamented the fact that the quality of service in many of this town's restaurants has not kept up with the ever-improving food turned out by the kitchens. There are exceptions, of course, and those are worth noting because ... More >>
With only a few days to go until Christmas, it's time to 'fess up: Have you been naughty or nice? For goodness' sake, here's hoping you've been on your very best behavior this year -- because then you're fully deserving of these six stupendous bottles. Read on for the continuation of last ... More >>
Fall comes on under a curtain of darkness and, conversely, a celebration of the harvest and beautiful angled sunlight; this week's calls for entry occur somewhere around the place where it all intersects, suggesting Halloween, colorful ofrendas, wine labels and sharp visions from behind the l ... More >>
A little pre-flight salumi and riesling takes the edge off an irritating delay.Thanks to the years I spent traveling for work, I've got my airport routine down to a science: I usually show up with barely enough time to make my flight, so as to minimize the minutes spent on any concourse -- an ... More >>
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What the hell is up with the wine service at certain Denver restaurants lately? A slew of recent visits to a number of reputable spots around town resulted in being treated to some pretty egregious wine service faux pas. None of these restaurants were places where you'd know better than to ex ... More >>
Just in time for the holiday season, Forbes Travel Guide released its annual list of four- and five-star hotels, restaurants and spas, facilitating luxury travel planning around the U.S., Canada and, uh, China. Just 23 restaurants made the five-star cut, and 152 eateries were granted four st ... More >>
Mark MangerKimchi at Seoul BBQKorean barbecues have been a hot topic this week. I reviewed Seoul BBQ, 2080 South Havana Street in Aurora, and also wrote about my meal at Sik Gaek in Queens. Although both restaurants feature Korean cuisine, the two dinners could not have been more different. ... More >>
There are a lot of rules regarding alcohol that I don't follow, but using the right glass for the right wine is a dictum that I have learned -- after hundreds of hours of personal research -- is key to giving wine the only chance to taste as the vintner wanted it to taste. You can save your ... More >>
If you were planning on blowing $150 on a bottle of wine at dinner in the next couple of nights -- or if you've been dreaming about drinking luxurious Napa Cabernet Sauvignon or racy Bordeaux in steakhouse digs -- you might consider making a reservation at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse ... More >>
Samantha WebbThis Independence Day, we won't be fighting crowds in public areas, risking a ticket for an open container or grilling our own meat for all the neighbors. Instead, we're going to watch celebratory explosions in the sky while getting fat, drunk and happy on a patio around town. I ... More >>
Dissect a new boyfriend over drinks at A CoteThe Ten10 Group, a local marketing and communications firm, posts a monthly list called the 10Spot, created by former Rocky Mountain Newser Steve Foster to give residents of the Mile High City something to think about and talk about. This month's ... More >>
There comes a time in every adult's life when he or she starts to drink like an actual adult. In an ideal world, that time would coincide with the drinker's 21st birthday. Unfortunately, after December 6, 1933, "adults" lost their collective palates with the onset of Prohibition and became ... More >>
For whatever reasons, Napa Valley is still viewed as the Holy Grail of wine destinations for a majority of American wine lovers. Don't get me wrong: I've been to Napa many times and there's no denying that some of the most fantastic juice in the world is produced there. But given the state ... More >>
Enjoy a good screwThe wine world has been buzzing all month over the latest issue of Wine Spectator magazine, which has finally acknowledged that not only are screw tops (aka Stelvin closures) perfectly acceptable for wine, they actually fared better than traditional and synthetic cork in te ... More >>
Hosea Rosenberg serves up a series.Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, kicks off a new dinner series tonight. Every month, Top Chef champion Hosea Rosenberg will host a dinner based on a different theme. Tonight's is "Found in Translation: Inspiration from Hong Kong." Dinner starts ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Citron New World Bistro, 3535 South Yosemite Street, is jumping on the wine-dinner bandwagon tonight with a meal showcasing West Coast wines -- including sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and riesling -- paired with lamb, scallops, duck, filet mignon a ... 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 >>
Vintners blend wines made from different grapes to improve or enhance the flavors and textures of wine -- and you can do the same thing at home with a little know-how and practice. Learn more from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight, when Vic Bourassa of Napa's Bourassa Vineyards will host a Bourdeaux Ble ... More >>
Remember all that talk about how to break up with the same boring white wines you've been holding onto for years? Now it's time to dig out of the red wine relationship ruts you've been stuck in. If you've been obsessively buying Pinot Noir ever since you saw the movie Sideways, then it's prob ... More >>
The city pours its heart into the ten-day Denver Beer Fest.
By the time 5 p.m. rolls around on a work day in Japan, patrons have made their way into the nearest izakaya to knock back shochu (pronounced 'show-chew'), a clear distilled spirit, similar to vodka (sans the hangover), that can be made from rice, sugarcane, sweet potatoes, barley or buckwhea ... More >>
For those of you not yet hipped to the big foodie news in Denver this week, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is in town -- a kind of traveling circus show of food writers, food editors, food pimps, chefs, authors, wine gurus and associated tradesmen. And, of course, Jason Shee ... More >>
D'Vine Wine, a boutique winery, just opened at 211 South Main Street in Breckenridge, the fourth Colorado location of the California-based franchise. D'Vine makes handcrafted wines in its Colorado wineries, using freshly crushed grapes from Napa vineyards to create customized win ... More >>
They like to be in America.
War is hell. Cafe Bisque proves that.
The name game
Frank Erickson's revolutionary war: Fight the Golden-based chain's use of plastic.