Earlier this week, in response to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's proposal to arrest or fine marijuana smokers whose weed could be smelled next door, we posted our suggestions for five Colorado places that smell worse. Then, when we shared the list on Westword's Facebook page, we asked our friends f ... More >>
Jeremy Thomas Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar 1512 Curtis Street 303-534-1155 www.legranddenver.com This is part two of my interview with Jeremy Thomas, chef of Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. What's never in your kitchen? Green peppers. When I worked at Sacr ... More >>
Fabio Flagiello PastaVino 1043 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-955-8791 www.pastavino.com Part one of my interview with Fabio Flagiello, exec-chef owner of PastaVino, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. Favorite restaurant in America: Le Bernardin, in New York. For me, eating at Le Bernardin i ... More >>
Fabio Flagiello PastaVino 1043 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-955-8791 www.pastavino.com This is part one of my interview with Fabio Flagiello, exec-chef owner of PastaVino. Part two of my chat with the Boulder chef will run in this space tomorrow. "There's something about the life of a chef and resta ... More >>
Adam Watts Jax Fish House Boulder 928 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-444-1811 www.jaxboulder.com This is part one of my interview with Adam Watts, chef de cuisine at Jax Boulder. Part two of our chat will run on Thursday. Cycling makes you hungry, says Adam Watts. The former professional pedaler, who ... More >>
Thomas Salamunovich Larkspur 478 Vail Valley Drive, Vail 970-754-8050 www.larkspurvail.com Larkburger www.larkburger.com Part one of my interview with Thomas Salamunovich, exec chef of Larkspur and Larkburger, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Respect e ... More >>
This is part one of my interview with Patrik Landberg, exec chef of Charcoal. Part two of our conversation will run in this space tomorrow. Patrik Landberg Charcoal 43 West Ninth Avenue 303-454-0000 www.charcoaldining.com Patrik Landberg had no choice: It was either learn how to cook or succumb ... More >>
Brett Shaheen Wooden Table 2500 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village 303-730-2152 www.thewoodentablerestaurant.com This is part two of my interview with Brett Shaheen, exec chef of the Wooden Table. Part one of our chat ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, Montana. ... More >>
Happy Coffee will be pouring in the Baker neighborhood. Happy?While My Sweet Bakery has closed in Berkeley, the Baker neighborhood is living up to its name, and is now home to a number of bakeries, sweet spots and coffee shops, with more -- including Happy Coffee -- still to come. Is it too ... More >>
Tom Coohill Coohills 1400 Wewatta Street 303-623-5700 coohills.com This is part one of my interview with Tom Coohill, exec chef/owner of Coohills. Part two of my chat with Coohill will appear in this space tomorrow. "This," confides Tom Coohill, "is too good to be on the menu. It's like buttah." ... More >>
Lori Midson Rob Lawler The Truffle 2906 East Sixth Avenue 303-322-7363 www.denvertruffle.com This is part two of my interview with Rob Lawler, former chef and the sovereign of cheese at the Truffle. Part one of my chat with Lawler ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I really do ... More >>
Update: After we published our review of The Station, on view in its entirety below, several of our commenters said the dispensary had closed -- and they were right. However, it's open again. What's the story? City of Boulder spokeswoman Sarah Huntley has the answers.
Lori Midson Sean McGaughey Opus 2575 West Main Street, Littleton 303-703-6787 This is part two of my interview with Sean McGaughey, exec chef of Opus. You can read part one of that interview here. Favorite restaurant in America: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant directly on a farm in ... More >>
Natural Remedies is on the fifth floor of a turn-of-the-century building on Market Street above Sonoda's Sushi. The building has a central staircase and the smell of freshly fried tempura wafts all the way up to the fifth floor, generally overpowering the feint smell of cannabis until you get ... More >>
Lori Midson Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson Frasca Food and Wine 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-442-6966 www.frascafoodandwine.com This is part one of my interview with Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, co-owner and executive chef of Frasca Food and Wine. Part two of my chat with Mackinnon-Patterso ... More >>
Watching foodies beat the organic-arugula shit out of each other in the media is a lot like watching toddlers fight in the sandbox: It's hilarious, semi-productive, and it basically comes down to which kid has the biggest shovel and sand pail to knock down bodies with. Foodie fights are semi- ... More >>
Lori Midson Theo Adley The Pinyon 1710 Pearl Street, Boulder 720-306-8248 www.thepinyon.com This is part two of my interview with Theo Adley, executive chef/owner of the Pinyon in Boulder. Part one of my chat with Adley ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I'm just gonna say that ... More >>
Lori Midson Valentino Ujkic Trattoria Stella 3201 East Colfax Avenue 303-320-8635 http://trattoriastella.squarespace.com This is part two of my interview with Valentino Ujkic , executive chef of Trattroria Stella. Part one of that interview ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: K ... More >>
Mark Monette Flagstaff House 1138 Flagstaff Drive, Boulder 303-442-4640 www.flagstaffhouse.com This is part two of my interview with Mark Monette, executive chef of the Flagstaff House. Part one of that interview, in which Monette talks about cooking with Thomas Keller and his disdain for ... More >>
Mark Monette Flagstaff House 1138 Flagstaff Drive, Boulder 303-442-4640 www.flagstaffhouse.com This is part one of my interview with Mark Monette, executive chef of the Flagstaff House. Part two of my chat with Monette will run in this space tomorrow. While Boulder today is renowned for ... More >>
Lori Midson Wayne Conwell Sushi Sasa 2401 Fifteenth Street 303-433-7272 www.sushisasadenver.com This is part one of my interview with Wayne Conwell, executive chef/owner of Sushi Sasa. Part two of this interview will run tomorrow on the Cafe Society blog. While his toddling friends were ... More >>
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part one of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Lon Symensma talks faster than a ... More >>
Some teams are still playing football.Displaced Jets and Steelers fans shouldn't be deprived of their right to get drunk, eat bar food and scream in public with their football brethren just because they live in Denver. And they won't be, thanks to a few local bars that will provide a spot for ... More >>
Lori Midson Jorge de la Torre Johnson & Wales University www.jwu.edu This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Jorge de la Torre, dean of culinary education at Johnson & Wales University. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. "I'm a little worried about this in ... More >>
Planning an international culinary vacation? Thinking France? Maybe you should re-route to Japan. This year's Michelin guides are now out for perusal -- and because four restaurants in Japanese cities were upgraded to three-star status, the country now hosts the same number of highest-honored ... More >>
Lori Midson Eric Skokan Black Cat 1964 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-5500 www.blackcatboulder.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Eric Skokan, exec chef/owner of Black Cat in Boulder. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. In the exhibition kitchen, th ... More >>
Lori Midson Jay Spickelmier Japoix 975 Lincoln Street 303-861-2345 www.japoix.com This is part two of this week's Chef and Tell. Read the rest of Lori Midson's interview with Jay Spickelmier, executive chef of Japoix, here. Favorite restaurant in America: Osaki's Sushi & Japanese Cuisin ... More >>
Quirky China News What do you get when you cross a baby, a tire and a locust's ravenous appetite? A munchkin who'd make baby Godzilla blush with envy. Lei Lei carries forty pounds on his ten-month-old frame, and weighs what a healthy six-year-old might weigh. His girth has earned him a nic ... More >>
What separates a good wine bar from a great one? More than you'd think. It's an elusive mix at best: Easy-to-pinpoint characteristics can surely make you love a place at first glance, but it's the more subtle, nuanced elements that will ultimately bring you back. Here's how the best are ge ... More >>
Lori MidsonMatt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Matt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire. You can read part one of that interview here. Culinary inspirations: Many things, but the weather and the seasons usually play a big part in how I cook, ... More >>
Lori MidsonJust minutes ago, Food & Wine magazine released the names of the country's Best New Chefs for 2010, and Alex Seidel, executive chef/owner of Fruition, earned one of the ten coveted spots. Bryan Moscatello, the former exec of the long defunct Adega Restaurant and Wine Bar, was the ... More >>
Lori MidsonAll fired up: executive chef Brian Laird of Barolo Grill "It was a step off the cliff for sure, but at the same time, I just knew that I was a good fit for the job," says Brian Laird of Barolo Grill, the Northern Italian restaurant whose kitchen Laird has cooked in for the past twe ... 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 >>
Mark Eitzels still mopey after all these years albeit a little less so these days.
Letters from the week of 1/10/2008
The Chen Brothers offer a pan-Asian experience at Blue Moon.
That's All, Folks
Is Denver's Grand Prix headed down a racing dead end?
I carry a torch for tiki bars and Twin Dragon.