More than forty restaurants opened in July, with dozens more the month before. But amidst the boom comes news of a significant closing: twelve, which celebrated its fifth anniversary with a grand soiree last fall, will serve its last seasonally-inspired supper on August 23. When a place like twel ... More >>
Mistakes happen -- that's part of life. So it's what happens next that matters most. When mistakes happen in restaurants, I'm always curious to see how the front of the house will react. In my review of The Kitchen Next Door Glendale, I write about one such mistake, the time a busser splattered mu ... More >>
At a recent dinner, the plates were being cleared when a utensil dropped and broth splattered all over my husband's shirt. The busser apologized but didn't offer to pay the dry-cleaning bill. Neither the server nor the general manager came over, so the matter ended there, with my husband blotting st ... More >>
Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>
May has arrived, with good weather reports and a weekend full of fun. Not only is this Cinco de Mayo weekend, but eateries in the city's arts districts will be hopping on First Friday. You can also taste Jeff Osaka's noodle soup and get into the dark side of the Fourth. But save some room -- and cas ... More >>
May is on its way, bringing with it a bevy of culinary events -- everything from tequila tastings to veggie cooking classes. Here's a taste of what's on the calendar this week. See also: Steve Lewis uncorks at Monday Night Wine Dinner at Frasca
Two decades ago, before Coors Field opened, the area just past LoDo was known as "NoDough." But even then, the area had a lot of promise. And over the last year, that promise has finally been realized, with all those turn-of-the-last-century warehouses now filled to bursting with residences and offi ... More >>
It's 3/14 -- pie day! All three Patxi's locations in metro Denver are celebrating with a $3.14 lunch special: a slice of signature Chicago-style stuffed pizza or hand-pulled thin crust pie, with a choice of salad and a non-alcoholic beverage. The offer is for carry-out only. See also: All aboard! ... More >>
Earlier today, we announced that several local chefs and restaurants were nominated for a James Beard Foundation award -- and that coveted roster includes Jeff Osaka, chef-owner of twelve, who recently just celebrated the Ballpark restaurant's fifth anniversary. And now, Ryan Leinonen, chef-owner of ... More >>
Tonight is celebrity waiter night at Ocean Prime, where All-Pro linebacker Von Miller and Bronco teammates will trade in their day jobs and run interference at the front of the house. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction; dinner will follow at 8 p.m., when a l ... More >>
Larimer Street has become one of Denver's hottest dining destinations. The trend started a dozen years ago in Larimer Square, when Larimer Associates made a conscious decision to fill the block with chef-driven restaurants rather than tourist traps. Since then, ambitious eateries have continued to o ... More >>
When people ask me what I'd like to see more of in Denver, which is a question I pose every week to the chefs I interview, my immediate response is more restaurants that are open on Sunday and Monday nights. In fact, I was recently having that same discussion with Jeff Osaka, the owner-chef of twelv ... More >>
This past weekend, as many savored the sunlight, we spotted William Reynolds, a 7/Eleven clerk who writes poetry and short stories, enjoying the weather while wearing an unusual piece of menswear: a purple hoodie. Read on to learn his personal connection to thrift stores, what pseudonyms he goes by, ... More >>
When chef Jeff Osaka opened twelve in November 2008, he wasn't thinking about a day more than four years in the future, the last triple date of this century: 12/12/12. He wasn't thinking about the future much at all. He'd named his restaurant twelve to reflect the fact that he planned to change the ... More >>
Two years ago, when I did a Chef and Tell interview with Jeff Osaka, the owner/chef of twelve, I asked him what he'd like to see more of in Denver from a culinary standpoint. His answer was poignant, straightforward and inclusive: I want more chefs working to build camaraderie. Sure, we want to b ... More >>
Samantha BakerAmu's menu will get some changes under new chef Mune Taira.Six years ago, Japanese restaurateur Nao-san took the sliver of space next to his raucous Boulder sushi joint, Sushi Zanmai, and built the tea garden-like Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant, an authentic izakaya that serves an ... More >>
Five. That's how many times the specials board describing the Nuclear Roll at Osaka Sushi said "very" before "spicy." Ten. That's how many ice cubes were on the plate owner Jay Chung gave me before I started inhaling this tuna roll topped with liquid fire. "Just in case," he said with a chuckle. ... More >>
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>
Mark MangerJeff Osaka rolls out his February menu tonight.Several Denver restaurants make seasonal changes to their menus, but none with the clockwork regularity of twelve, which rolls out a new board on the first of every month. And Jeff Osaka, chef-owner of the place, isn't simply recycling ... More >>
Sustainably-farmed fish will be a big trend in 2011, say local chefsYesterday, several local chefs -- Michael Long (Aria and Opus); Eric Skokan (Black Cat); Brandon Biederman (Steuben's); Brad Rowell (Colt & Gray); and Troy Guard (TAG and TAG Raw Bar) -- dished on the culinary trends that wou ... More >>
Mark MangerChef Jeff Osaka debuts his December menuWhen I reviewed twelve a few weeks ago, sampling most of chef-owner Jeff Osaka's November menu, I noted that I was "already hungry for December, excited to see what Osaka will come up with next." Today marks the first day of that new menu, a ... More >>
Wolfgang Puck's alums prove me wrongA few weeks ago, when I reviewed Euclid Hall, I wrote that I'd noticed a certain shortcoming common to chefs who'd trained under Wolfgang Puck. "They're excellent cooks with mastery of technique," I mused, "but they're not innovative chefs." Plenty of read ... More >>
Mark MangerOn a block just beyond the revitalized stretches of downtown, twelve, at 2233 Larimer Street, is tucked amidst dilapidated storefronts.
Jeff Osaka changes twelve's menu monthly.Chef/owner Jeff Osaka will reopen twelve today, after an eleven-day break. The restaurant at 2233 Larimer Street is getting close to marking its second anniversary; although the neighborhood was a little lonely when Osaka opened his place, other spots ... More >>
Lori Midson If you have a hankering for the food cooked up by chef/owner Jeff Osaka at the almost-two-year-old twelve, head there tonight -- because tomorrow, the restaurant at 2233 Larimer Street will close for an eleven-day "break to rejuvenate." Until twelve reopens, appropriately enough ... More >>
Behold the final winning entry in our Sunday summer supper contest. Just in case you missed all this, here's the short version: We asked readers to suggest a name for the coalition of chefs -- Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Jeff Osaka (twelve), Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli an ... More >>
Lori Midson Jeff Osaka and Alex SeidelThis Sunday, August 22, chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli and Lechon) will host a summer seafood feast at Infinite Monkey Theorem, the urban winery ... More >>
Lori MidsonJeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelveThis Sunday, August 22, chefs Jeff Osaka (twelve), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms), Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6) and Justin Brunson (Masterpiece Deli and Lechon) will host a summer seafood feast at Infinite Monkey Theorem, the urban ... More >>
Lori MidsonJeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelve, and the center of this week's compelling Chef and Tell interview, changes his menu monthly, hence the restaurant's name. The January board trumpets foie gras and pork belly, Colorado lamb and a vegetarian paella and several sugar-laced finales, inc ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part two of my interview with Jeff Osaka, exec chef of twelve. You can read part one of my interview with Osaka here. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: I don't have any rules per se. The only thing I ask from my kitchen staff is to pay attention and be respectful. There's ... More >>
After Placebo's singer Brian Molko collapsed on stage at the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka, Japan from a combination of a virus he picked up in Asia and jet lag, the band decided to postpone its North American tour. The band's September 23 show at the Gothic Theatre has been canceled and refunds ... More >>
When I checked in with Jeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelverestaurant, last month, he told me that although he'd just opened his restaurant at 2233 Larimer in early November, he was already reducing the prices on his changing-monthly menu. (His concept of a dozen menus a year -- each featuring seasonal ... More >>
I had to have some half-unexpected dental work done a couple of days ago. It was nothing terribly serious but it was serious enough, if you know what I mean. Lot of blood, stitches. An annoyance. And as I was getting finished off in the chair, my dentist (a miracle worker, and a nice guy to boot) s ... More >>
Sake to me.
This restaurant exhibits raw power.
Swimclub 32 is ready to take the plunge.
Ten discs that are worthy of your money and your close attention.
Osaka Sushi brings out the raw emotions.
THE BOREDOMS ARE AS ALTERNATIVE AS LOLLAPALOOZA '94 GETS.