Update: We have a winner of our Trillium Norway dinner! Last week, we asked Cafe Society commenters to guess how many pounds of gravlax, on average, chef Ryan Leinonen serves in a month at Trillium. Congrats to sixfeetofsnow, who guessed fifteen pounds of gravlax. The actual number is thirty, a lot ... More >>
Baby, it's cold outside. Wouldn't a nice, warm plate of meatloaf and Velveeta on toast taste good right now? Can you guess where I'm eating? And while you're at it, if you know of other spots around town that feature Velveeta in a dish, please share the info in the comments section below. Special ... More >>
Yesterday Lori Midson celebrated the lobster macaroni and cheese at Mizuna as one of our 100 Favorite Dishes. This is not standard, comfort-food mac and cheese; it uses poached sweet lobster meat in place of Oscar Meyer ham and silky mascarpone instead Velveeta. And it doesn't have your standard, co ... More >>
Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates a ... More >>
You can sink a cheap drink at just about every watering hole in Denver, a city that's indisputably obsessed with the ritual of happy hour. The bar at Interstate Kitchen & Bar features a late-night happy hour, wherein a cooler of cold beers in cans -- barkeep's choice -- are a mere $9; the duo of dai ... More >>
Drew Archer TAG Burger Bar 1222 Madison Street 303-736-2260 www.madisonstreetdenver.com This is part one of my chef interview with Drew Archer, from TAG Burger Bar. Tune in tomorrow for part two of my interview with Archer. The first thing that emerges from the kitchen is a heap of french fries: ... More >>
I love parties -- of the cocktail, holiday, birthday, anniversary or wine and cheese varieties -- and one of the things I look forward to at these parties is the spread of appetizers. The hors d'oeuvres, starters, nibbles, noshes and crudité are what often determine how good a party really is -- th ... More >>
Gather, a new community lounge and cafe, opened today at 1062 Delaware Street. The concept comes from ChoLon's Lon Symensma -- whom we picked as best chef in 2012 -- and ChoLon partner Jim Deters, who opened Galvanize, a 30,000 square-foot collaborative workplace in the same historic Rocky Mountain ... More >>
This year has been an interesting and generally productive one for food trends, with global tastes well-established, house-made fruit and vegetable pickles all the rage, gourmet burgers and craft brews holding steady, and Peruvian and Thai fusion cuisine everywhere. But with the good comes the bad, ... More >>
Check back tomorrow to see another round of our favorite Chef and Tell quotes. Thanksgiving is a day that gives us food for thought and time to reflect on the things for which we're thankful - our health, our friends, our kids, our jobs and dogs, wine, and the family master baster whose glossy gol ... More >>
A few weeks ago, during dinner at ChoLon, Lon Symensma's downtown contemporary Asian restaurant, Symensma and his partner, Jim Deters, let me in on a little secret: Flow Restaurant Group, the company under which ChoLon is umbrellaed, they told me, would soon have a second restaurant under its belt, ... More >>
Down to your last few dollars before rent is due next week? Don't worry about it. You can still have fun without forking over a lot of cash. From a Dragon Boat Festival to movies in the park, this town will be full of things to do for under $10. And as always, if you're a responsible planner and can ... More >>
Ryan Leinonen Trillium 2134 Larimer Street 303-379-9759 www.trilliumdenver.com Hey!" hollers Ryan Leinonen to one of his cooks. "How's that cauliflower soup doing? Make sure you keep an eye on it." And for the next two hours, Leinonen, the chef-owner of the month-old Trillium, watches from afar at ... More >>
J. WohletzWith national cram-your-gut-and-pass-out-on-your-couch day approaching, many food- insecure Denverites may be wondering how they will squeeze a huge Thanksgiving din-din out of a lean wallet. But never fear -- whenever there are poor locals looking for a holiday feast on the cheap, ... More >>
Lori Midson Jensen Cummings Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar 891 14th Street 303-825-0100 www.row14denver.com This is part two of my interview with Jensen Cummings, exec chef of Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar. Part one of that interview ran yesterday. What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder fr ... More >>
Lori Midson Eric Rivera Cafe|Bar 295 South Pennsylvania Street 303-362-0227 www.cafebarcolorado.com This is part two of my interview with Eric Rivera exec chef of Cafe|Bar. Part one of my chat with Rivera ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Bouchon, in Napa Valley. The food an ... More >>
Teal NippAt lunchtime on Saturday, I dragged a couple of friends east on Colfax, eager to sate my curiosity about Bourbon Grill, the walk-up window under a red awning that seems to always have an eclectic line of people waiting for an order.
Happy Place: The Irish Rover, 54 South Broadway, 303-282-4643 The Hours: Daily from 3 to 7 p.m. The Deals: Two-for-one well cocktails, wines by the glass, and draft beer; $1 off select appetizers. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part two of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. In part one of that interview, Symensma rips on bird's nests, extols the virtues of lop chong ... More >>
A Flickr photoWhat's up with Pueblo getting so much attention for its food scene? Not only did the city earn the tenth slot on Livability's recent list of "Surprising Food Cities", but last week the Travel Channel came through town to pit two variations of the city's culinary crown jewel agai ... More >>
Lori Midson Samir Mohammad The Village Cork 1300 South Pearl Street 303-282-8399 www.villagecork.com Long before Samir Mohammad could legally drive a car, he'd flipped burgers, rolled taquitos, tossed pizzas, blistered his hands cooking red and green chile, washed dishes, waited tables, pr ... More >>
Lori Midson According to the bartender, who talked to the chef, there are seven cheeses in the macaroni and a heart attack that you see you bubbling away in the snap above. None, apparently, is Velveeta or white American, because I asked. I could be really cranky and ask you to not just name ... More >>
Lori Midson As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to email@example.com. Number 86: Enchiladas from Taco House If you need proof that I'm not a food snob, that I don't spend ... More >>
Tuesday, May 26, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-877-598-6659.
Doves Kingdom of Rust Astralwerks It's not exactly a mystery why Doves remain more popular in the U.K. than on these shores. After all, the band's music tends toward denseness, not instant accessibility -- and Jimi Goodwin and the brothers Williams, Jez and Andy, feel that brevity is highly overr ... More >>
Colorado meets Texas in Steamboat Springs.
Man does not live by bread alone but you could come close here.
Friday, May 11, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
A cold-war play that never heats up.
How do you transform a good sandwich shop into a bad martini bar? Ask Gelman's.
The good, the bad and the ugly of neo-country.
November 27, 2003
Biggest Turkeys Ever!
Chedd's alert: This time the revolution will be televised, you betcha.
Dangerously in Love (Columbia)
Night Shift Saloon
Deadbolt's songs have the highest body count in rock and roll.