Paul Reilly

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    September 3, 2014

    The Dish on Paul and Aileen Reilly, CRA's Exceptional Newcomer Award Winners

    After cooking around town, including at the late, lamented Encore, Paul Reilly and his sister, Aileen, finally got to open a place of their own last year. And what a place it is! Beast Bottle, at 719 East 17th Avenue, is the restaurant "we conjured in our heads since we were kids," Paul explains. ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Head cheese from Beast Bottle

    No. 94 Head cheese at Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 Beast Bottle has been garnering acclaim almost since the day it opened, most recently winning the Exceptional Newcomer Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association. Chef and co-owner Paul Reilly's ever-changing menu of cre ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Mutiny on the Bottle, Whiskey (and water) Rebellion tonight!

    Eat Boston and Water for People are teaming up to bring you a rebellion of the tastiest variety tonight. Whiskey Rebellion, a showcase of American brown spirits that highlights the role of water in the American whiskey distillation process, will take over the Curtis Hotel from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tonight ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Dos Casas at Lola tonight features good food for a good cause

    Dos Casas, the fundraising dinner featuring some of the town's top chefs at Lola tonight, is almost completely sold out, but if you work fast, you may be able to grab a seat at the bar or that last-four-top and enjoy good food for a very good cause. "Brent's Place, and all the great things they do t ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    2014 Local Food Summit kicks off at 10 a.m. today

    Billed as "Denver's largest gathering of local food producers, manufacturers, growers, retailers and restaurateurs," the 2014 Local Food Summit, hosted by the Mile High Business Alliance, in partnership with the City of Denver, kicks off this morning at 10 a.m. at McNichols Civic Center Building wit ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Harman's Eat & Drink hosting Cochon555 Chef's Course

    As we reported a few weeks ago, Cochon555, the nationwide swine tour and chef battle that trots from city to city in an effort to ballyhoo the benefits of heritage-breed pigs, is stopping in Denver on Sunday, March 9, specifically at the Ritz-Carlton, where five local chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rio ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Three more trends that lit up the Denver dining scene in 2013

    There's no better time to be hungry in Denver, given all the developments on the restaurant scene. Earlier this week, I brought you a look at trends that have shaken out the past twelve months. Here are three more -- and unlike with some of our lists, number one really is number one. So keep reading ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Jeff Osaka is the coach of the Denver chef team -- hear from his fans

    twelve, which I review this week, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary next week with a major bash. I reached out to several of the chefs who will be contributing to the six-course feast to ask for their thoughts on what Jeff Osaka, chef/owner of twelve, means to the culinary community. What th ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Austrian Feast at Beast Bottle tonight

    Beast Bottle takes pride in its "farm-to-fork" approach to food -- and chef Paul Reilly and general manager Aileen Reilly, the brother-and-sister partners behind the restaurant, work closely with local purveyors and farms in order to provide their guests with humanely raised, responsibly harvested ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Andrea Wight, pastry chef of Beast Bottle: "It's extremely inspiring to see other chefs in their element"

    Andrea Wight Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 This is part one of interview with Andrea Wight, pastry chef of Beast Bottle. Part two of my chat with Wight will run tomorrow morning. A lot of us can recollect the first time we baked a batch of brownies, but wha ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Tour de Fat, a Boulder brewery debut and more for the weekend

    New Belgium's annual Tour de Fat, a daylong festival that features brews, bikes costumes and more, rolls out tomorrow at 11 a.m. near 21st Avenue and York Street in City Park. A parade will circle back to the park, where live music, comedy, games and contests will take place. Admission is free, and ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Tracking down the Beast Bottle Maine

    At Beast Bottle, servers love to tell the story of Bangs Island mussels nearly as much as people like to eat them. I'm glad I listened to the story: Just a few days after chef and co-owner Paul Reilly told me how he'd braved Maine's chilly November temps to work on a barge in Casco Bay to haul in ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The offal truth about Beast Bottle

    The menu at Beast Bottle, the ever-packed restaurant launched this spring by brother-and-sister duo Paul and Aileen Reilly, is surprising in many ways. For starters, the menu features an abundance of unfamiliar ingredients and cooking terms, as I note in this week's review. Then there's the fact t ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Elway's lights up the grill and Trillium celebrates Finland tonight

    The fifth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge heats up this evening at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue. The party, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., pits fifteen of Denver's top chefs against each other in a friendly competition benefiting the Denver Health Foundation. See also: - Slideshow: ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Beast Bottle's "badass" Chocolate Dacquoise and other desserts (with a recipe!)

    Beast Bottle opened this spring with "approachable nose to tail" fare from executive chef/owner Paul Reilly and a smart bar menu. But the restaurant's best-seller is actually the last item on the dessert menu, the Chocolate Dacquiose. Pastry chef Andrea Wight has modeled it after a Reese's Peanut ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Win two seats to Thursday's Victor Hugo wine dinner at Beast Bottle (winner announcement)

    Announcement: We have a winner of our Victor Hugo wine dinner contest. Congrats to Sallymander1029, who guessed seventeen - the exact number of times that Aileen saw Les Misérables on Broadway. Sally, we'll send you can e-mail about how you can claim your prize. On Thursday night, at 7 p.m., the g ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Win two seats to Paul Reilly's Victor Hugo wine dinner on Thursday at Beast Bottle

    On Thursday night, at 7 p.m., the grape-savvy crew at Beast Bottle, Paul and Aileen Reilly's lovely restaurant in Uptown, is hosting a Victor Hugo wine dinner. The six-course feast, most of which is paired with wines from Victor Hugo Winery, located in the lush landscape of Paso Robles, is $95 per ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    A new juice bar at Ace, 4/20 parties and more on the menu this week

    Ace our Best New Bar at 501 East 17th Avenue, will introduce another great feature this morning: a juice bar featuring six juice varieties. The ping pong hall/restaurant will also be offering a raw breakfast menu: nuts, dried fruits, flax and chia seeds, almond butter and honey. The juice bar at Ace ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Reader: Beast Bottle's menu sounds fantastic

    Beast Bottle, which is owned by former Encore chef/owner Paul Reilly and his sister Aileen, opened Saturday night. Initially they'd looked at the Cherokee location, but instead the pair signed on for the spot then occupied by Olivea, bringing on chefs Wade Kirwin and James Rugile. "It's really ama ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Joel Klatt gets schooled in the Denver dining scene over dinner at Squeaky Bean

    In advance of the Super Bowl, 104.3 The Fan morning sports commentator Joel Klatt declared that Denver was a chain restaurant town without a unique food culture. In the course of the subsequent Twitter barrage, chef Paul Reilly of the soon-to-open Beast Bottle jumped to Denver's defense with this: ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Paul Reilly will open Beast Bottle in the former Olivea space

    "Celebrating now!" read the text from Paul Reilly, who just inked a deal to take over Olivéa, Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold's beloved New American restaurant, which the couple, along with exec chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (the betrothed twosome now own Spuntino), opene ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Paul Reilly walks away from Cherokee on 12th Avenue -- but not Beast Bottle

    Back in September, we spilled the very good news that Paul Reilly, the former chef of Encore, which closed early this spring, would open a new dining mecca called called Beast Bottle, a restaurant, he told me, that would be nose-to-tail and "much more about the food and food practices that inspire ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Win two tickets to Linger's Necro Noche fundraiser for the GrowHaus

    Update: We have a winner of our Necro Noche contest, in which we asked: "How many fish are in the demonstration aquaponics system at the GrowHaus?" Congrats to Elizabeth389, who came the closest without going over with her guess of 38. The actual number is 40. With Halloween approaching, there a ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Beast Bottle's Paul Reilly one of only eight chefs in the world to win the Jean-Louis Palladin Work Study Grant

    When Paul Reilly shuttered Encore early in this year, in April, he found that he had some free time on his hands for the first time in a long time, and while he was scouring the 'hoods for a space where he could open a new restaurant, he also welcomed the opportunity to do something for himself -- s ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Udi's Colfax Pizza Bar taking over the former Encore space

    While Paul Reilly, the former executive chef/owner of Encore on Colfax, continues to search for a new pad to perch a restaurant, the space he left behind at 2550 East Colfax Avenue, will soon have a familiar tenant: Udi, Etai and Robin Baron, of the Udi's empire, which includes seven restaurants, a ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Hot Rocks Griller Challenge heats up Cherry Creek

    The fourth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's Cherry Creek last night, a benefit for the Denver Health Foundation, was hot in more ways than one: hot in temperature, with the the late spring sun beating down during the first hour or so; hot in hotties who stripped down because of that sun ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Big names on the menu for tonight's Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's

    The fourth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge heats up this evening at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue. The party, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., pits fifteen of Denver's top chefs against each other in a friendly competition benefiting the Denver Health Foundation.

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    May 18, 2012

    Great food, greater cause: Win tickets for two to chef Paul Reilly's Eat Drink Give event on Sunday

    Paul Reilly may no longer have his own restaurant -- after a last hurrah Sunday brunch, he shuttered Encore last month when he and the landlord couldn't agree on lease terms -- but he has the support of plenty of Denver chefs, many of whom will gather on Sunday for Eat Drink Give, an annual benefit ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Our winner to Paul Reilly's Eat Drink Give benefit is...

    Paul Reilly, the former executive chef/owner of Encore, which closed last month, along with a posse of local big-name chefs and mixologists, are convening in the kitchen of Yia Yia's, the home turf of chef Aaron Whitcomb, on Sunday night for Eat Drink Give, a benefit for the neo-natal ICU at Saint J ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Reader: Encore deserves an encore

    The big news on the Denver dining scene last week was the sudden shuttering of Encore, the restaurant that's been part of the Lowenstein complex -- the restaurant occupies the original lobby of the theater -- since that project debuted on Colfax Avenue. But the landlord did not renew the lease, and ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Photos: Sunday's farewell brunch at Encore was an encore performance

    At 10 a.m. on Sunday, when Encore, Paul Reilly's "country club" restaurant on East Colfax, opened its doors for the final time, ninety people were already standing in line to get a seat...and that was just the start of the ambush. "We got our asses kicked. I've never taken a beating like I did today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Lola hosts Dos Casas benefit for Brent's Place

    On Wednesday night, Lola hosted its fifth annual Dos Casas event benefiting Brent's place -- but the diners packed into every corner of the restaurant were the real beneficiaries, since they got to enjoy the fare of some of Denver's top chefs, who all donated their efforts. Here's what they cooked ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Encore on Colfax will close Sunday

    We've had some spectacular dishes at Encore on Colfax since it opened in 2008, and the restaurant recently landed our award for Best Brunch in Best of Denver 2012, thanks to chef-owner Paul Reilly's deft skill behind the burners. Sadly, though, Encore has reached the end of its act: The restaurant ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: Telluride jalapeño poppers from Encore

    Lori Midson​ No. 49: Telluride jalapeño poppers from Encore

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    October 5, 2011

    Announcement: We have a winner of our Harvest Week contest

    Next week, EatDenver, a ring of local, independent restaurants, is hosting Harvest Week, a series of themed, multi-course pop-up dinners (and one brunch) that will take place between October 9 and 13 at the GrowHaus, an urban farm located at 4751 York Street. Last week, we announced a contest, in w ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Six kick-ass Denver chefs, a stellar mixologist and one meaty sausage slinger: Foodography from the James Beard House dinner in New York

    Lori MidsonTop from left to right: Tyler Wiard, Matt Selby, Bryan Dayton and Paul Reilly. Bottom from left to right: Mark DeNittis, Brandon Biederman, Jamey Fader and Enrique Socarras​When six Denver chefs, one bartender and, for good measure, a muscled and tatted sausage emperor all trotted ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Photos: Hot Rocks Griller Challenge, 6/15/11

    Pulled pork with basil pesto, pickled red cipollini onions on brioche by Tyler Wiard at Elway's. ​The original Elway's hosted the annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge last night, when sixteen of Denver's top chefs competed to make the best slider. The winner? Troy Guard of TAG and TAG | RAW Ba ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    March 28, 2011

    Encore takes a (spring) break

    ​Joining the throngs of kids on spring break this week is the staff of Encore, who are taking the week off to revive their mojo, while executive chef Paul Reilly creates a new menu and spruces up the joint. "A la Barolo Grill style, I'm giving the staff a week off," says Reilly, referencing t ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    FIVE inducts three new chefs and one awesome mixologist: Paul Reilly, Brandon Biederman, Enrique Socarras and Bryan Dayton

    Lori MidsonFour of the new FIVE: Brandon Biederman, Bryan Dayton, Enrique Socarras and Paul Reilly. ​Last night at Roth Distributing, where state-of-the-art kitchens played house to some of Denver's top chefs and mixologists, Leigh Sullivan-Guard, the founder of FIVE -- a cartel of chefs who c ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Food and chef porn from last night's Saucey Affair soiree

    Lori Midson​Last night, EatDenver, a local network of independent restaurants and 9Health Fair teamed up to host a Saucey Affair, a judged small plates and sauce showdown, the proceeds of which benefited 9Health Fair, Colorado's largest volunteer-driven healthcare program offering free and lo ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Tonight: Wine, spirits, two chefs and dinner at Black Pearl

    Nice monkey...​The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery, along with Peach Street Distillers, a Western Slope vodka, bourbon, gin, grappa and brandy distillery, will round out the libations at Black Pearl, 1529 South Pearl Street, the venue for tonight's wine and spirits dinner spearheaded by Black ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Encore enters the New Year with a curtain call of deals

    Lori Midson​If one of your New Year's resolutions is to save your pennies, Encore, the New American restaurant at 2550 East Colfax Avenue, sympathizes with your plight. To that end, exec chef Paul Reilly has introduced some swell new food specials that run Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Tonight: March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    ​Tonight, the Colorado Chapter of the March of Dimes will host its annual Signature Chefs Auction at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street. Tickets to the event are $150 per person and include small plates from many of Denver's top chefs, as well as live music and an auction th ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    September 16, 2009

    Chef and Tell: Paul Reilly of Encore

    Lori MidsonEncore executive chef Paul Reilly​ "Ever since I saw Grover waiting tables on Sesame Street, I knew I wanted to work in restaurants," says Paul Reilly. And he didn't waste much time following in Grover's footsteps, considering that he got his first taste of restaurant life while was ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    The blog shortcut, September 16 edition

    ​Picture this. Today in Backbeat Online: • Flier of the Week: Lipgloss. • Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of September 14, 2009. Today in Cafe Society: • Amnesia wins the Mix Master Bartender contest, appropriately enough. • Hosea Rosenberg hosts Colorado harvest dinner at ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Tonight: A chorus of wines and courses at Encore

    ​At 6:30 p.m. tonight, Encore, at 2550 East Colfax Avenue, is hosting a party-on-the-patio winemaker dinner showcasing all carbon-neutral, organic and sustainable wines from Parducci and Paul Dolan Vineyards. The eight-course menu, created by exec chef Paul Reilly, is a smorgasbord of Colorado ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Today's three square deals: Indian thali, an encore of cocktails and honoring Julia Child

    ​Lunch: In the blitz of lunch hour Indian buffets, India's Pearl stands out because it doesn't have a lunchtime buffet at all. Instead, the upscale curry house at 1475 South Pearl Street, offers a fantastic lunch thali, an ornate, sliver tray propped with an assortment of individual dishes, all ma ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    It's Time

    The little things will get you every time.

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