Fifteen minutes before the Boulder Farmers' Market opens Saturday, a line of some twenty or thirty people has formed in front of the Morton's Orchard stand. Word is out that the first peaches are at the market. These early peaches won't be as sweet and juicy as later ones, and the flesh will still c ... More >>
The fourth Colorado location of Mellow Mushroom opens today at 9271 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree. The menu features a variety of pizzas, hoagies, salads and calzones (some gluten-free), as well as as a wide selection of craft beer (guests can join the Mellow Mushroom Beer Club and receive rewards ... More >>
"I love Deluxe in spite of myself. Despite reason, despite my better judgment, despite being committed body and soul to the war against California Cuisine -- that limping, wrongheaded, disastrous blight on the soul of American cookery -- and throwing myself into the breach every time a California-st ... More >>
Paul Nagan Zink Kitchen Bar 7801 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village 303-779-1559 www.zinkdtc.com This is part two of my interview with Paul Nagan, exec chef of Zink Kitchen Bar; part one of our interview ran yesterday. Favorite dish on your menu: I like our housemade lamb sausage. We grind ... More >>
Josh Barhaug Fired Up 1135 Bannock Street 303-825-1995 www.gtfiredup.com This is part one of my chef interview with Josh Barhaug, who mans the line -- and pizza oven -- at Fired Up. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. The first recipe that Josh Barhaug ever attempted came out of a Bisquick b ... More >>
Craft beer, cured meats and cheeses, bread, chocolate, wine and coffee: All of that and much more will exist under one enormous roof, when the Source, an indoor European market, is unveiled early next year in a 26,000 square-foot 1880s ironworks building in River North.
We recently saw something on a Denver restaurant wine list that made us do a double take: A total of eleven -- you read that right, eleven -- Colorado wines available by the glass. Crazy, right? It gets even crazier: Four of those local wines were from a single producer, and it's one we're betting y ... More >>
Jennifer Rosen had an amazing array of interests. We met her in the early '80s, when she and sister Robin Chotzinoff covered a Chippendale's show: Jenny provided the photos, Robin the words. Robin went on to provide many more words as a longtime staff writer for Westword, but we always followed Jenn ... More >>
Cult-favorite, pricey and snooty -- three adjectives you may have heard associated with Silver Oak Winery at some point in your life as an oenophile. The first two are true enough: A passionate set of followers obsess over the brand, hoarding prized vintages in cellars for future generations to savo ... More >>
Brothers Jeff and Danny Chayer are originally from Minnesota, but they've spent the past four years working in the Texas wine industry. "He was a winemaker," Danny says of Jeff. "I was a manager of one of the wineries." There, they learned the ropes of the craft, and, Danny says, developed ... More >>
Amos Watts Jax Fish House Denver 1539 17th Street 303-292-5767 www.jaxfishhousedenver.com The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's culinary temple in Napa, gets plenty of accolades, but Cyrus, a petite restaurant in the artsy Sonoma town of Healdsburg, is even better, insists its legion of junkies. And ... More >>
Last weekend, Jennifer Jasinski and Max MacKissock, two of Denver's best -- and most beloved -- chefs got hitched in California. Jasinski, who owns Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome and Rioja, where she's the executive chef, and MacKissock, the exec chef of the Squeaky Bean, met several years ago, and the ... More >>
Lori Midson Arik Markus Row 14 891 14th Street 303-825-0100 www.row14denver.com This is part two of my interview with Arik Markus, executive chef of Row 14. In part one of that interview, Markus dishes on crashing kitchens, the day he was fired by Eric Ripert and the echo of Daniel Boulud. ... More >>
American Craft Beer Week is over, but that doesn't mean all the food-and-drink fun has left the building: Between the annual Blues, Brews and BBQ festival at Beaver Creek Resort and dozens of events closer to home, there's plenty to fill your calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Richard Betts's new label: I will not drink bad wineIn June 2008, Richard Betts, one of the handful of Master Sommeliers in the state of Colorado, ended his eight-year run at the Little Nell, saying he was retiring from restaurants forever. Since then, he's moved his base to Boulder, where he ... More >>
Lori Midson Rachel Kesley WaterCourse Foods 837 East 17th Avenue 303-832-7313 www.watercoursefoods.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods. In part two of that interview, Kesley dishes on umeboshi vinegar, the traveling food ... More >>
Lori Midson Charles MacDonald Z Cuisine 2239 West 30th Avenue 303-477-1111 www.zcuisine.com Don't miss part one of Lori Midson's interview with Charles MacDonald, the chef de cuisine of Z Cuisine. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Less grammar, more hammer. I say that a lot in the kitchen, ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Beer dinners, wine tastings, and a photography class on capturing images of fine food are all on the menu this week -- and much more. Here's a taste of what's coming up:
Drew Watson has his slice of Denver.Drew and Leah Watson have lived in five cities in ten years, moving from coast to coast, following each others' careers in the restaurant industry. But whether it was upscale eateries in Cape Cod or Boston, Napa or San Diego, one thing held true. "We love ... More >>
If you can't make the drive up to Telluride for the annual Mushroom Festival, don't fret -- there's always the Bootstraps Western Wine Fest in Evergreen or Lakewood's Chile Harvest Festival. Here's what else is on the menu for this week's culinary events:
Kelly WhitakerKelly Whitaker, left, and Bruno GoussaultPizzeria Basta is not the kind of place you stumble upon. You'd never find it if you weren't looking, unless you happened to be perusing property in one of Boulder's still half-empty upscale eco-housing complexes. The small restaurant ... More >>
A Flickr photo.If you want to expand your culinary knowledge, there are tons of classes this week, covering everything from backyard chicken-keeping to advanced pastry skills. Here's a taste of what's ahead: Monday, March 22 A pastry class for serious home bakers starts today at Culinary Sc ... More >>
If you're looking for a quick lunch downtown, your options just got a hell of a lot tastier, thanks to Mike Winston and Bryan Hume, two cooks who worked the line together at Table 6, 609 Corona Street, before striking out on their own and opening Gastro Cart last week on the northeast corner ... More >>
Snaps courtesy of Maggie Helseth. Thanks, Maggie! I want to make myself absolutely clear here: I hate the word "gastropub." Just to be sure, I'm going to repeat that: I hate the word gastropub. Got it, everyone? The word. Words are my business. I take them very seriously. And as far as ... More >>
Lori Midson"I got my ass kicked, but man, did I learn a lot," recalls Tyler Wiard, talking about the early '90s and his days as a line cook for Dave Query and John Platt at Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado. He must have been up to the task, because Query pulled him off that line and int ... More >>
Blend your own in Boulder
The season of big budget bangs uses its brain.
All good things must come to an end, but at the Coors brewery tour in Golden, all the good things come atthe end.
Wrap me in comfort food.
This shabu shabu will bowl you over.
How I Learned to Love Kimchi
The weather may be gloomy, but Kim's always shines.
Oil's Well That Ends Well.