Spring is officlally here, and important culinary events are popping up across Colorado -- from the annual Taste of Vail to the twentieth anniversary edition of Dining Out For Life, which benefits Project Angel Heart. There are also special dinners, lectures and beer festivals, of course. Keep readi ... More >>
Last night, Cochon555, a nationwide traveling swine tour that celebrates heritage breed pigs, returned to the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, pitting five chefs against one another in a quest to become the "Prince or Princess of Porc." Along with 1,200 pounds of pig, there were bourbon cocktails and punch, ... More >>
For lovers of beer, bacon and chocolate -- not to mention wine -- there's a lot to look forward to this weekend in Denver. You can stir up some trouble at Brew & Stew, land in hog heaven at Cochon 555 or go ape at Monkey Town 4, whose arty eats are getting raves. Keep reading for a taste of what's o ... More >>
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 >>
Five Colorado chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome and the forthcoming Stoic & Genuine); Justin Brunson (Old Major and Masterpiece Deli); Paul Reilly (Beast Bottle); Steve Redzikowski (Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth); and Bill Greenwood (Beano's Cabin) -- have been tapped to ... More >>
One way to make Valentine's Day happier is if you have someone to kiss. But what's the best place to smooch? We mean "place" as in "place to go." Get your minds out of the gutter (until later, that is). Well, our friends at the Colorado Tourism Office have compiled a list of the most romantic plac ... More >>
It's been a busy January for the Elway's in the Ritz-Carlton. Not only has the Denver Broncos' winning season resulted in an increase in customers on home-game weekends -- for both the restaurant and the AAA Five-Diamond hotel -- but the restaurant, which is co-owned by Colorado legend and former De ... More >>
Ian Clark BRU handbuilt ales & eats 5290 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 720-638-5193 bruboulder.com This is part one of my interview with Ian Clark, exec chef and head brewer of BRU Handbuilt ales & eats; part two of our chat will run in this space tomorrow. More than a decade ago, when he was still in ... More >>
Ben Davison Bistro Vendôme 1420 Larimer Street 303-825-3232 bistrovendome.com This is part two of my interview with Ben Davison, chef de cuisine at Bistro Vendôme; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Most noteworthy meal you've ever eaten: Schwa, in Chicago, was an amazing experience. Chef Mich ... More >>
Ben Davison Bistro Vendôme 1420 Larimer Street 303-825-3232 bistrovendome.com This is part one of my interview with Ben Davison, chef de cuisine at Bistro Vendôme; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. It's good -- really good -- to be back home again," says Ben Davison, pausing after a long s ... More >>
The saga of the Gaylord hotel in Aurora continues -- this time with good news for the folks behind the proposed 1,500-room hotel and convention center. In a letter on view below, the state attorney general's office has denied a request by a group of Colorado hotels that the Colorado Economic Devel ... More >>
After prowling for more than a year to find the perfect space to open his first restaurant, Mario Nocifera, a former Frasca Food & Wine alum who commanded the front of the house at the nationally recognized Boulder restaurant for two years, finally dried the ink on a space last week at 2020 Lawrence ... More >>
Here's where the pig puns start: Two years ago, at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, five Colorado chefs -- Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson (Frasca Food & Wine); Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken); Frank Bonanno (Bonanno Concepts); and Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euc ... More >>
Josh Barhaug Fired Up 1135 Bannock Street 303-825-1995 www.gtfiredup.com This is part one of my chef interview with Josh Barhaug, who mans the line -- and pizza oven -- at Fired Up. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. The first recipe that Josh Barhaug ever attempted came out of a Bisquick b ... More >>
Elway's Downtown dedicated its new outdoor patio yesterday, and guess who showed up for the celebration? Yep, that's right: John Elway himself. The "outdoor expansion" is on the wide sidewalk in front of the Ritz-Carlton, with the bridge across Curtis Street providing handy cover from both sun and r ... More >>
"You need to throw that thing away as soon as you get home," says Tracy. "You see how it's riding up in the back?" I do see. I'm standing in the bathroom of a suite at the Ritz-Carlton with Tracy, a woman I just met, and she's appalled -- appalled -- by my undergarments. Well, undergarment.
Lori MidsonRyan Leinonen isn't shy about his goals: "I want to have one of the top five restaurants in Denver," he says, while hunched over a plate of steelhead trout, one of the Scandinavian-inspired dishes on his menu at Trilllium, which opens tonight in the Ballpark neighborhood. "There's ... More >>
Have somewhere to spend Thanksgiving? Don't worry: Check out our Thursday page for a list of every feast we know about in the metro area. And that's not all; there are also cooking classes, beer dinners and more on this week's culinary calendar. See what's on the menu:
The digs at Panzano.Sitting at Edge in the Four Seasons for this week's review, I contemplated the notion that you can visit a city and never see anything but your international luxury hotel's version of it. Unfortunately, that's what a lot of hotel restaurants bank on -- that you'll be stuck ... More >>
Flickr photoBath time?You've drunk beer. Maybe you've made bread out of it, or even cooked up some beer-battered onion rings. Now the Ritz-Carlton is offering a higher-brow -- and way more expensive -- way to get your hops on: a full-body spa treatment. The Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew ... More >>
Thanawat Bates Palace Arms at the Brown Palace 321 17th Street 303-297-3111 www.brownpalace.com/dining This is part one of my interview with Thanawat Bates, exec chef of the Palace Arms at the Brown Palace. Part two of my interview with Bates will run tomorrow. The definition of culture shock? Spe ... More >>
Acknowledging the fact that many athlete-owned restaurants have the name to pull in the patrons but very rarely have the menu to support the buzz, The Daily Meal set out to separate the strike-outs from the home runs. The blog rounded up the ten best eateries owned by sports stars, including ... More >>
Cochon 555When Cochon 555, the nationwide, heritage breed pig-off, trots into town on Sunday, April 3, it won't be just five Colorado chefs battling it out for the "Prince or Princess of Porc" title. In addition to Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bisto Vendome); Kelly Liken (Restaur ... More >>
Elway's Downtown features a sushi bar as well as steaks.Allyson Fredeen isn't a big fan of fish -- her aversion dates back to some squeamish incident in her childhood -- so it was ironic that when Elway's Downtown first opened in the Ritz-Carlton, it installed a raw bar at the front of the ba ... More >>
You've already heard about beer for breakfast, beer burlesque and beer improv. Here are ten more top options during the second annual Denver Beer Fest, which takes place September 10-19 in conjunction with the Great American Beer Festival. Cheers. 10) Beer Floats Yes, they're insanely deli ... More >>
Oh and speaking of local hip-hop videos: We just got a sneak peek of the new 20:12/Spoke In Wordz video for "Por Aqui, Por Alla." Premiering tonight at Casselman's, the clip is directed by esteemed director Eric Heights, from a track from 20:12's self-titled album, which carries a timely mess ... More >>
Since master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson left the French Laundry to open a neighborhood restaurant in Boulder six years ago, Frasca Food and Wine has been in the business of changing the nature of the Front Range dining scene, winning national accolades, attra ... More >>
An unhappy J.R.Update, 3:33 p.m.: Read it below the original 11:47 a.m. item. The Nuggets' J.R. Smith had a rough season, spending more time in the doghouse than outside it. But the doghouse may have been safer than the Cherry Hills Country Club mansion he's been renting. Burglars messed wit ... More >>
Elway's Cherry Creek exec chef Tyler Wiard with Super Bowl champion John ElwayFormer Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is celebrating 50 years of banged up knees, turf toe, head-to-head helmet collisions, and, oh yeah ... a couple of Super Bowl trophies and rings on Monday, June 28, the d ... More >>
Lori MidsonJay SpickelmierBack in September, during the Mile High Chef Competition at Dish-the Westword menu affair, Jay Spickelmier went knife-to-knife against Argyll GastroPub chef Sergio Romero in a spirited battle to see who would saunter away with the Pillsbury Doughboy-esque statue of d ... More >>
When Ward Churchill faces off against the University of Colorado in Denver Chief District Judge Larry Naves's courtroom today, it will be the culimination of a controversy that dates back not just years, but decades. It wasn't until January 2005, when a student publication complained about the th ... More >>
Ever since the Rocky Mountain News was put up for sale, John Temple, the tabloid's editor, publisher and president, has been the focus of much attention. Not so Greg Moore, editor of the Denver Post (seen here in a photo from several years back), who's stayed in the background even as reports surf ... More >>
Elway's -- the original Elway's -- spawned this second location, which opened in January. The Ritz management, its F&B people and chef de cuisine Ben Davison all spent time poking around the kitchen and dining room of the Cherry Creek restaurant. In one of those quirks of synchronicity that I have ... More >>
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