As lines began wrapping entire blocks in Denver, we headed up to Central City and Annie's -- a shop that has the distinction of receiving the first local licensing approval for recreational retail sales six weeks ago, well before the state got around to licensing anyone. There wasn't a line out fro ... More >>
I don't generally pay a lot of attention to preserved or prepared foods -- other than bread, coffee and gelato -- at the Boulder Farmers' Market, but on Saturday I found myself lingering by the MM Local stand, on which jewel-like jars of food were stacked. Last winter I ran out of my own frozen and ... More >>
"For so long, we've been able to go to the store and get whatever cheap things we want. And now people are becoming more interested in handcrafted, regional products," says Shae Whitney, the City, O' City bartender who founded her own company, Dram Apothecary, which creates organic, handcrafted bitt ... More >>
After six weeks of living under the same roof, 22 promising entrepreneurs from 16 different countries and every walk of life pitched their ventures to hundreds of potential funders, partners and local supporters gathered in Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on a scorching ... More >>
Rocky Ford cantaloupe took a big hit last year, unfairlyfingered by the FDA in the early days of the listeria outbreak in a September 14, 2011 release that warned consumers not to eat Rocky Ford cantaloupes. And never mind that the real culprit, Jensen farms, was more than a hundred miles away. Me ... More >>
The tiny town of Glendale has been doing a bang-up job of celebrating July 4th for years -- though its festivities never a actually fell on Independence Day, since that would have competed with other municipalities that shot off their own spectaculars on the holiday proper. And a few years ago, the ... More >>
Colorado stands at the forefront of the nation's organic movement, and Grower's Organic is helping to lead the way, finding organic suppliers and then connecting these farms with retail outlets, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 150 restaurants, grocery stores and local co-operativ ... More >>
With a scribble of his ceremonial pen this morning, Governor John Hickenlooper set Colorado on a path not unlike that of the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr. No, our fair state isn't going to rehab. Instead, lawmakers, film-industry insiders and Colorado boosters hope that the beefed-up film inc ... More >>
Lakewood mayor Bob Murphy stood in front of Lasley Elementary students today and talked about how the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff view obesity as a national security issue, since 27 percent of all applicants for the armed forces are too obese to serve. The rest of the festivities were more upbeat, bu ... More >>
Work Options for Women, a local -- and laudable -- non-profit that enables impoverished women to work in the food service industry by giving them hands-on job training, is always cooking up new ways for chefs and foodniks in the community to become involved, and beginning in February, WOW will roll ... More >>
An adult goose releases approximately one pound of poop every single day. This fact stays relatively unnoticed until wintertime, when thousands of Canada geese -- seemingly overnight -- come out of the woodwork and waddle onto your property and into your parking spot. Why are there so many? The trut ... More >>
The Whole Foods in Golden is now pouring Marley Coffee -- the only store in the state to distribute the coffee promoted by Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son. "My father came from the farmland in Jamaica and frequently spoke about returning to the farm one day," he says. "We created Marley Coffee ... More >>
In yet another burst of menu non-creativity, McDonald's is introducing Chicken McBites: popcorn-style chicken micro-nuggets that will differ from Chicken McNuggets in that they are ostensibly made from actual cuts of chicken, rather than the bizarre breaded avian mash that gives McNuggets the ... More >>
Lori MidsonConstruction on the former Zaidy's space has begun to make way for the Polished Tavern.When Cezary Grosfeld moved to the States six years ago from Poland, he went shopping at a Target store, where he found himself wandering down the nail polish aisle, a display that befuddled him. ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part one of my interview with Simon Purvis, executive chef of EDGE at the Four Seasons. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Simon Purvis EDGE at the Four Seasons 1111 14th Street 303-389-3000 www.fourseasons.com/denver/dining Simon Purvis is siz ... More >>
The Colorado Cocktail Project, with its mission to create the official Colorado Cocktail, will celebrate this state's most liquid assets at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday and Monday, June 26-27. We've already profiled many of the bartenders who've submitted recipes for the contest; ... More >>
The revelation that downtown might get a grocery store had urban residents clipping coupons and packing up their cloth bags. here's how Carly greeted the news: If Denver was set up to have a city block (or has one currently) where you could get meat, cheese, produce, sundries, etc on one b ... More >>
Lori Midson Justin Cucci Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200 www.rootdowndenver.com This is part one of my interview with Justin Cucci, owner and executive chef of Root Down and Linger. Part two of my interview will run in this space tomorrow. Justin Cucci has spent the majority ... More >>
http://www.panoramameats.com/ Panorama Meats, the country's largest grass-fed, organic beef supplier, has selected Kiowa Valley Organics to supply the Whole Foods Market on Pearl Street in Boulder. The California-based Panorama selects farms if "they follow Panorama's raising protocols, whi ... More >>
Lori Midson Spencer Lomax Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Four locations in Colorado www.snoozeeatery.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Spencer Lomax, culinary director of Snooze. Part two of this interview will run tomorrow. I spent pretty much every summer break through high sch ... More >>
Craft-beer tasting, bison butchering and wine dinners top the list of things to do this week, but there's plenty more on the menu if those options don't whet your appetite. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
A Flickr photo.Beer dinners, wine tastings, and a photography class on capturing images of fine food are all on the menu this week -- and much more. Here's a taste of what's coming up:
Lori Midson Mark DeNittis Il Mondo Vecchio 1174 South Cherokee Street 303-744-6328 mondovecchio.net I dig this job, and I'm having a blast," says Mark DeNittis, knocking back another swig from a bottle of Peroni, his beer of choice. In front of him is a plate of salumi, pulled from the mea ... More >>
A Flickr photoBeginning this week, Carmelo Anthony's personal chef Daniel Young, Whole Foods Rocky Mountain Bakehouse head baker Safa Hamze and other local chefs and professionals are strutting their kitchen skills as part of a new Denver Public Schools program that will incorporate produce ... More >>
arapaho ranchThe idea sounded so good: In "Meat with Meaning at Whole Foods," his May 2009 post, Tyler Nemkov described how Whole Foods had contracted with California-based Panorama Meats to buy organic, grass-fed beef from a ranch owned by the Northern Arapaho tribe on the Wind River reserv ... More >>
Lori Midson aaron Whitcomb's duck confitYa Ya's Aaron Whitcomb, the mouthpiece in this week's Chef and Tell interview, promises that his recipe for duck confit, despite the numerous ingredients and steps, isn't difficult. "Just make sure," advises Whitcomb, "that you pack the duck tight with ... More >>
The Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, which owns several bagel and coffee chains, including Einstein Bros, recently announced that it will start using cage-free eggs in its stores. "We're proud to be launching this initiative and believe that moving in this direction will help improve the tre ... More >>
Once upon a time, a man named Phil Anson, who enjoyed rock-climbing in Eldorado Canyon and made a killer burrito, stumbled upon a business idea: He packed his homemade burritos into a cooler to sell to his fellow climbers. And they were good. But Anson realized this wasn't the best way to do ... More >>
Boulder-based Noosa Yoghurt (Don't forget that "h" -- It's an Australian thing.), formerly just available for home delivery via Morning Fresh Dairy in Bellvue, has been gradually unveiling its Australian-style yogurt (typically denser and sweeter than typical yogurt) across the state and els ... More >>
Green Route -- a green map to the city -- is kicking off a series of Green Route Restaurant Tours tonight, starting with a stop at 1515 Restaurant, 1515 Market Street. Attendees will meet owner Gene Tang and enjoy a special appetizer plus discounts on drinks. The tours are free, but you need ... More >>
Where's it all coming from? That's the big question about Colorado's booming medical-marijuana scene. With all these new dispensaries opening up, people want to know where, exactly, the product for sale originated. According to drug-enforcement officials quoted today in the Denver Post,, some ... More >>
Lori MidsonLast weekend, Elise Wiggins, executive chef at Panzano (909 17th Street), held a cooking class at Bear Mountain Ranch, home on the range to the Black Angus steer that ranch owners Debbie and John Medved are raising for Wiggins, who is using the beef at Panzano. The cooking class, ... More >>
Jason SheehanSo I'm walking around over at Tony's, just trying to get a feel for the place and the lay of the land. And it's nice, sure. There's ten kinds of barbecue sauce, so many different kinds of mustard that the shelving unit looks like my fridge at home on a busy week (thirty kinds of musta ... More >>
GoodBelly is growing like the beneficial bacteria -- or probiotic -- that makes your belly feel good. The pet of NextFoods, a Boulder-based health-food company, GoodBelly was recently included in the Los Angeles Examiner's "Top Ten Best Food Product Introductions for 2008." The product was created b ... More >>
Seriously, dude? Canned crab? What the fuck was Hosea Rosenberg thinking? For those of you who missed the most recent episode of Top Chef: New York, let me catch you up. The chef-testants had to cook New American for fifty. The catch? They had to do it from the kitchen at Craft, judge Tom Col ... More >>
Things are looking up in Glendale.
If you build it, they will come.
The last un-foo-foo fellow in Cherry Creek.
The City of Denver puts a cork in the outdoor-concert alcohol policy at the Botanic Gardens.
Chris Widlar sounds a sweet note with Concertos in Chocolate.
Stuff your stocking with cookbooks.