Earlier this week, on Monday, I spent the afternoon in Nebraska -- specifically St. Francis, Nebraska, a small, sleepy town just a few miles east of the Nebraska/Colorado border, population a mere 1,200. Cattle far, far outweigh humans in St. Francis -- there are thousands and thousands of them -- ... More >>
Making plans for Mother's Day? Big Mac & Little Lu's -- the seafood market and restaurant that recently opened at 2851 West 120th Avenue in Westminster -- is hosting live music, a "Jimmy Buffet-style" band, from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday in May. The shop is also offering stuffed lobster tail and cham ... 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 the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. Pete just celebrated his birthd ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill got its start in Denver, in an old Dolly Madison by the University of Denver, where Steve Ells opened his first store in 1993. Originally, the culinary grad thought that store would be the way he financed a fine-dining restaurant. Instead, Ells says, "I guess I found my callin ... 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 the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. Provided our local meteorologis ... More >>
The seven-day, 683-mile USA Pro Challenge cycles into the home stretch this weekend: Stage 6 take place tomorrow with a route from Golden to Boulder, and the race concludes on Sunday here in Denver. Cheer the racers to the finish line as they pass by some of our favorite watering holes in town.
Two of Denver's meal mainstays are celebrating their birthdays this weekend -- and you're invited to join in the festivities. Here are the invitations:
"It's going to be blast," says Herb Brodsky, who co-founded Novo Coffee ten years ago, and is hosting a birthday party at the roasting facility this Saturday. "Last year over 500 people showed up -- everyone is welcome!" he says. And there's much more on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:
Friday night is Burger Night at both Marczyk Fine Foods locations -- 770 East 17th Avenue and 5100 East Colfax Avenue. The stores serve up beef from Niman Ranch on brioche buns from City Bakery, with all the fixings, for $6.99. And tonight's grill-out will help raise funds for Red Cross Disaster R ... More >>
"Customers did not quite understand us," Barbara Macfarlane remembers. "Many people did not think we would make it and said so. One competing grocer even offered to buy us out!" Clearly, Marczyk Fine Foods is here to stay, and tonight it kicks off its ten-year anniversary with this year's inaugura ... More >>
Food truck are revving up for the summer, which means plenty of parties -- including Boulder's first, set for June 8. But the mobile movement really gets in gear this week. Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar:
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 >>
From 6 p.m. six until closing tonight, all locations of Chipotle -- the homegrown big-burrito chain that Steve Ells started in Denver almost twenty years ago -- will be offering a real treat to anyone in a costume inspired by the family farm. Dress like Old McDonald or a Niman Ranch hog, and ... More >>
Tickets are going fast for EatDenver's Harvest Week, the local, independent restaurant organization's annual celebration of Colorado produce, livestock and products, including wine, beer and spirits. This year's tribute to the state's bumper crop of foodstuffs will feature a series of multi-course ... More >>
With Euclid Hall's first anniversary party, the Denver Burger Battle and the Dinner in White, the Denver dining scene already has a very full plate this week. But there's more, lots more, including Vesta Dipping Grill's Menu Classic Mondays ((those are Vesta's samosas you see before you). Her ... More >>
The Justice League of Street Food, the convoy of food trucks and carts that gave a whole new meaning to pavement cuisine when it became a superpower of street food last summer, is gearing up for its second party of the season -- and we're giving one Cafe Society reader (and a guest) free rein ... More >>
Quick! Before it even thinks about snowing.... Burger night is back at Marczyk Fine Foods, which just celebrated its ninth birthday last weekend, and will be grilling burgers on 17th Avenue from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. The burgers are all Niman Ranch burgers, ground on site. It's $6.99 for t ... More >>
Another sign that Indian summer continues: One more night of Meat on the Street at Marczyk Fine Foods. The crew is grilling Niman Ranch burgers right now at 770 East 17th Avenue; they're $6.99 each. The attached wine store will also be offering a wine-tasting until 7:30 p.m. Find more info ... More >>
This October afternoon is so mild that Marcyzk Fine Foods has resurrected its burger night. "It was supposed to end last week," the Marcyzk website admits, "but the weather is so beautiful we are going to keep going until Mother Nature tells us to stop!" And that means from 5 to 7:30 p.m. ton ... More >>
Do you ever feel like July might as well be renamed "barbecue month"? Even though this ancient cooking method hails from the Caribbean, we Americans have utterly claimed the summertime ritual for our own. Like with so many traditions though, they can get a bit - um -- old if you don't swi ... More >>
Kristen Sloan Marczyk Fine Foods, the Uptown market at 770 17th Street, is kicking off its seasonal sidewalk burger bash tonight, beginning at 5 p.m. "We started the burger night as a way to get people in the neighborhood to taste one of our favorite products -- Niman Ranch beef -- and everyo ... 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 >>
Lori Midson Corey Cunningham, exec chef of Baur's Corey Cunningham Baur's Ristorante 1512 Curtis Street 303-534-4842 www.baursdenver.com Corey Cunningham has cooked for Bill Cosby, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, NASCAR and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- and he also onc ... More >>
Kim LongThe upper crust of pastry chefs: Elizabeth Thomas and John Hinman.It started off so innocently: Elizabeth Thomas, pastry chef forWaterCourse Foods and City O' City, was visiting her sister, who works at Marczyk Fine Foods, and got a taste of the pie that John "Haji" Hinman had been ma ... More >>
Lori Midson "My goal," says Sergio Romero, "is to be on a wait as often as possible, to have people love our food and eat it up, and to provide an experience that's a little different from everything else in Denver." And the exec chef of Argyll Gastropub fiercely believes that the Cherry Cree ... More >>
The cover is green for a reason Reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma fucked me up good. It changed the way I looked at food forever and seriously altered the way I actually ate. Considering that eating is my vocation, this was no small thing. I have never looked at an ear of corn ... More >>
Photos by Lori MidsonPete 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 the big, new kitchen. They usually bring a selection of some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them, and coo ... More >>
Lori MidsonGuanciale, or pork jowlFirst there was candied bacon, then there was corn chowder with salt pork, and now Pete Marczyk has gotten us all in a tizzy over his spaghetti alla carbonara with guanciale. "This pasta dish is considered Roman," Pete says. "It's said to have gained popula ... More >>
The sandwich: Market Roast Beef What's on it: Niman Ranch roast beef, horseradish sauce, cheddar and arugula on rye Where to get it: Marczyk Fine Foods (770 East 17th Avenue, 303-894-9499) How much: $6.99 I love markets. They're often expensive, but browsing through their awesome, gourmet stuff is ... More >>
Marczyk's toasts autumn with some roast pork.
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