I loved the mole at Tamayo, the restaurant I review this week, and it got me thinking about another mole I've loved over the years. Not coincidentally, it was made by a Tamayo veteran, Sean Yontz, who learned the secrets of this complex sauce from a woman in Oaxaca who cooked in a dirt-floor kitchen ... More >>
Sean Yontz's job effectively ended at the end of service on May 3, when El Diablo and Sketch closed for good and he parted ways with Jesse Morreale, owner of the red-tagged First Avenue Hotel, after eight years in business together. After that, Yontz traveled some, and he's now on his way to Aspen f ... More >>
The sixth edition of Leigh Sullivan's Denver FIVE held its first dinner last night at Studio F, a sold-out smash featuring chefs Matt Selby (Corner House), Sean Yontz (El Diablo), Jorel Pierce (Euclid Hall), Ian Kleinman (The Inventing Room) and new addition/repeat Brian Laird (who's opening Sarto's ... More >>
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, will host a five-course Gemini in July tequila dinner. Guest chef Daniel Asher of Root Down will be working in the kitchen with Sean Yontz; guest mixologist Carrie Scroggins with be working with Gemini tequilas, alongside Gemini Brand Ambassador Tom Wagstaff. The even ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf you're looking to have a devilishly good time tonight, make plans to attend the Sotol Hacienda de Chihuahua dinner at El Diablo, the rollicking Mexican cantina in the Baker 'hood, whose kitchen extols the virtues of exec chef Sean Yontz. Tonight though, Yontz is sharing his k ... More >>
Although Denver Restaurant Week, which starts on February 26, is the real movable feast, two new kids on the restaurant block are offering major deals on Tuesday, February 22. El Diablo, which opened last August at 101 Broadway, is offering its second tequila dinner featuring Republic Tequil ... More >>
Lori Midson This is part one of Lori Midson's Q&A with Roberto Diaz, the executive chef of Mezcal. Part two of that interview will run tomorrow. Roberto Diaz Mezcal 3230 East Colfax Avenue 303-322-5219 www.mezcalcolorado.com To celebrate Mexican Independence Day last week, Roberto Diaz s ... More >>
Lori Midson After my fourth trip to Oaxaca, arguably Mexico's most vibrant food city, I'm still convinced that it's one of the most magical places on earth. The open-air markets, which seem infinite in scope and scale, are extraordinary, the people of colonial Oaxaca are some of the most int ... More >>
The celebrated Mezcal restaurant, located at 3230 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, announced yesterday that it has appointed Basic Food Group as its new restaurant management company. "We will operate Mezcal with the highest of standards; the reasons people love Mezcal will not change. The staf ... More >>
Last night was the sixth anniversary of Mezcal, the Mexican cantina and tequila bar at 3230 East Colfax Avenue that has played host to some of the best and some of the weirdest nights I have spent in the city over the past several years. Last night was also the night that Jesse Morreale and ... More >>
Holiday mezcal menu at Tambien"Instead of doing a mezcal-tequila tasting like we normally do, we came up with some killer cocktails to pair with each course," says Sean Yontz, executive chef of Tambien (250 Steele Street), the gathering quarters for tomorrow night's multi-course holiday mezc ... More >>
Those of you watching the Cafewestword twitter feed over the weekend already know that I survived my night "cooking" at Mezcal without any serious difficulties. Nothing got burned down, no one got punched and, by the time we were done, we'd managed to serve several turns of the dining room ... More >>
Last week, I told you about my impending attempt at doing TV and speculated about the potential disasters inherent in anyone allowing me to set foot in their kitchen again after years spent behind a desk. What's more, I mentioned that anyone who was interested was welcome to come down to Mez ... More >>
It has been a long time since I stood a shift in any kitchen. By my own (admittedly poor) accounting, it has been 2,650 days since I last picked up a knife, pulled on my whites or stood before a stove in any sort of professional capacity. I've missed it, sure. I loved the time I spent cook ... More >>
Lori MidsonSean Yontz with his wife AlexaThis is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Sean Yontz, executive chef of Mezcal, Tambien and Sketch. You can read part one here. Culinary inspirations: Ferran Adrià, the chef at El Bulli, because of the way he's completely changed people's perc ... More >>
Sean Yontz"Hey, get up, I have something to show you," instructs Sean Yontz as he strides into Sketch, one of the five venues he oversees with business partner Jesse Morreale. And their mini-empire will soon expand to a half-dozen, because Yontz, it turns out, is booting me off my stool to sh ... More >>
Sketch has a limited menu, but as Jason Sheehan noted in his review, what Jesse Morreale and Sean Yontz (the subject of this week's Chef and Tell) are serving there is choice. Still, when the place opened in March, we couldn't resist suggesting that -- in addition to the exotic cheeses, meats ... More >>
Photo by Lori MidsonSean Yontz and Matt Selby One of Denver's best annual culinary celebrations comes down on Sunday, July 19, at Mile High Station (2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue), this site of this year's Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, a fantastic food-centric event that raises funds to ... More >>
Sean Yontz will be pleased to meat you at SketchI was several whiskeys to the good on a recent school night when I found myself propped up against Sketch's salumi bar, canting sharply like a ship taking on water. I asked for the menu, gave it a cursory glance, then pushed it back across the da ... More >>
One of the best food events of the year, Plates for the Peak, a small plates fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Urban Peak, a non-profit that saves kids from the jaws of homelessness, returns for a sixth year to Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. The star-st ... More >>
Photo by Liz KellermeyerWe'll admit it: Big Lots on Broadway has been a go-to spot for Candy Girl "treasures" in the past, so we have a fondness for that bit of real estate. But we were in for a completely different kind of treat when we were invited to taste test the Amarena cherries and Venezue ... More >>
Mezcal kicked off its fifth anniversary celebration last night, a five-day affair full of five-buck deals through December 20: five-hour happy hours, five tacos for $5, five tamales for $5, tequila shots and coin-style margaritas for five bucks. (BTW, we'd pay five times that for a plate o ... More >>
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