After nearly six years at WaterCourse Foods, last week exec chef Rachel Kesley was let go. "It's complicated, but ultimately it came down to direction," she says. "I always gave 150 percent to my job....I put my heart and soul into that place, and it's actually really sad." What will her departure m ... More >>
"I like a good impromptu dance party," Rachel Kesley acknowledged last year, when I asked her to reveal something about herself that most people weren't aware of. And after getting the boot last week from WaterCourse Foods, the venerable vegetarian restaurant in Uptown, whose kitchen Kesley spearhea ... More >>
You've made a dent in those Thanksgiving leftovers -- it's time to get out and about again and enjoy the wine and beer battles, cooking lessons, vegan dinners and more on this week's culinary calendar. For starters, tonight the various filmmakers and artists involved with the Bolder Life Festival ... More >>
Sunny Gardens, tucked away in a strip mall on East Evans Avenue, looks like a typical neighborhood Chinese restaurant -- until you open up the menu. Because there, tucked between the usual listings for fried rice, egg foo young and lo mein, is a lengthy vegetarian section, offering dishes made with ... More >>
Five Front Range restaurants are Colorado's finalists in the Nature's Plate People's Choice Green Restaurant Contest. The competition, run by the Nature Conservancy, was open to all sustainable, organic or farm-to-table restaurants in 24 states, and fans are voting to determine which restaurant is t ... More >>
"I want to be known across the board as a place that has great food, and that maybe doesn't serve meat," says Rachel Kesley, the exec chef of WaterCourse Foods, whichGretchen Kurtz reviews this week. And the food at WaterCourse can indeed be great, especially if you order from the chef's page sectio ... More >>
Dan Landes, owner of WaterCourse Foods (which I review this week) has brewed his share of beer over the years -- so to him, beer and vegetarian food have always gone together. But he's excited to see that the craft-brewing industry is starting to agree. "Maybe when I started, a brewer wouldn't have ... More >>
When Dan Landes opened WaterCourse Foods in 1998, people assumed vegetarian cooking revolved around two ingredients: tofu and portobello mushrooms. Thankfully, options have broadened significantly since then, not simply at WaterCourse, where the menu is today is not just vegetarian but often gluten- ... More >>
The weather can't seem to make up its mind whether it's winter or spring, but this soup (inspired by the soup you'll frequently find at WaterCourse Foods) is good no matter what the temperature is outside. The curry and spices add a little heat, and the coconut milk smooths that out while balancing ... More >>
This past year was a good one for vegan food in Denver, what with the opening of Nooch and the continued success of such events as VegFest and other regular gatherings of herbivores. And I reaped the rewards eating out for Veggie Girl, because local restaurants have really stepped up their game. Her ... More >>
Chef Rachel Kesley, the kitchen magician at WaterCourse Foods, doesn't get to deviate from the menu all that often -- so when she does get the chance, you know it's going to be a meal to remember. This past Friday's harvest dinner was inspired by pinots from the Pacific Northwest and was themed arou ... More >>
Last night Westword's annual food party turned eighteen, and more three dozen local restaurants and food trucks stopped by to help celebrate the food fete. Held in the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Dish 2012 celebrated the city's culinary culture by serving up samples from so ... More >>
Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis Street, will host a Work Options for Women's cooking class tonight. Join Chef Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods, for a tutorial on how to make veggie burgers.
No more weekday morning meals at WaterCourse.Jonesing for breakfast on 17th Avenue on a recent weekday, we stopped by WaterCourse Foods, hoping to score some breakfast tacos, a plate of French toast, even a vegan pastry. But sadly, our plans were foiled: The restaurant was dark, and new hour ... More >>
One of the best things about the Great American Beer Festival is all of the beer-centric dinners at local restaurants created to prep folks for the big weekend ahead. Last night, the all-vegetarian eatery WaterCourse Foods held just such a dinner; the amuse (pictured above) comprised a spicy local w ... More >>
Take advantage of the beautiful Colorado weather while you still can: Tonight, WaterCourse Foods will host its Porch Pounder Series, a patio party with wine and beer tastings, plus vegetarian and vegan offerings. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and costs $20; for more details, call 303-832-7313 or g ... More >>
WaterCourse Foods, the city's flagship vegetarian restaurant, is busier than ever these days. That's because its sibling, City, O' City, is closed this month for a much-needed expansion . "It's been crazy busy since City, O' closed; we crushed a record week last week," says WaterCourse gener ... More >>
WaterCourse Foods chef Rachel Kesley was in fine form last night with the restaurant's multi-course Valentine's Day spread, a steal at $45 per person ($55 with alcohol pairings). We took some photos for you to peruse; keep reading to see what (besides this first course -- deconstructed pho, c ... More >>
Lori MidsonRachel Kesley gets creative at WaterCourse.Just because you eat gently does not mean that you comment gently. As the discussion continues over the Chef and Tell interview with Rachel Kesley of WaterCourse Foods, the knives are coming out. And the thoughtful, creative Kesley is a ... More >>
Lori Midson Rachel Kesley WaterCourse Foods 837 East 17th Avenue 303-832-7313 www.watercoursefoods.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods. In part one of that interview, which ran in this space yesterday, Kesley dishes on pro ... More >>
WaterCourse Foods is crunchy, and creative.Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Rachel Kesley of Watercourse Foods is already inspiring plenty of meaty comments, including this joke: Q: What beverage goes best with a vegetarian meal? A: Flat beer. But the comment that really captures ... More >>
Lori Midson Rachel Kesley WaterCourse Foods 837 East 17th Avenue 303-832-7313 www.watercoursefoods.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods. In part two of that interview, Kesley dishes on umeboshi vinegar, the traveling food ... More >>
If you're vegetarian in Denver, then you most likely already know about City, O' City and its sister restaurant, WaterCourse Foods. There's a reason that both of these restaurants are so popular: The wine and beer options are fabulous, the food is delicious, and both offer plenty of options f ... More >>
WaterCourse Foods, at 837 East 17th Avenue, joined the dozens of other restaurants participating in Denver Beer Fest and offered up a beer dinner last Friday -- four courses, six beers and one damn fine cup of coffee for just $35. Here's a look at the spread:
Olivea is one of the seventeen 17th Avenue businesses joining together for the Seventeen on 17th benefit tonight, when they'll all donate 10 percent of their sales to the National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund. That alone is a good reason to visit Olivea. But here's ano ... More >>
Looks just like real bread, doesn't it? While I am not generally one for hyping the cause of vegetarian-this or vegan-that, there has always been something about the art (yes, art) of vegan and gluten-free baking that has tickled my geek bone. It's the same instinct that makes me love the m ... More >>
In the video above, WaterCourse Foods and City, O' City get a nice little shout-out. The video comes from The Healthy Voyager, a woman who travels around the country trying out vegan spots. WaterCourse, of course, is the restaurant at which Jason Sheehan and Joel Warner had their momentous wing deb ... More >>
Vegetarians unite at the VegFest and Health Expo.
No sooner had WaterCourse Foods moved from 13th Avenue into its new, bigger home at 837 East 17th Avenue than the building was suddenly covered with construction scaffolding and attendant crap. Obstacles like this are often enough to sink a restaurant, but WaterCourse continued to do a healthy -- ve ... More >>
City, O City should get real about its vegetarian leanings.
Whats breakfast without some bacon? No reason to rise and shine.
Celery, I can forgive. Bad French, never.
WaterCourse is a growing concern.
From the week of June 30, 2005
How I learned to stop worrying and love seitan.
Great vegetarian food requires patience.
Readers give our food critic something to chew on.