Hollywood peddles movies like a chef flings noodles at the wall. Does it stick? If so, perfecto. If it splats on the floor, well, movie moguls have enough dough to try again. The one thing audiences can be certain of is that each year, Hollywood is guaranteed to serve up a few dozen bowls of badly c ... More >>
Chocolate is sweet and sultry and delicious. Chocolate tastes great, smells great and looks fantastic. Chocolate is supposed to be fun. But Bill Beymer of Odell Brewing wasn't having much fun in late 2012, when he was trying to figure out how to melt hundreds of pounds of chocolate into the brewery' ... More >>
After six grueling months of weekly competition that whittled 140 comics down to one, the 2013 Comedy Works New Faces Competition has a winner in Jordan Doll. He'd delivered heavily talked-about performances at UMS and High Plains, and there had been a lot of hype in the comedy scene that Doll would ... More >>
A few years back, Chipotle premiered Back to the Start, a two-and-a-half minute animated short. The evocative clip, which focuses on the practice of factory farming and the necessity of a sustainable farming system, was imbued with an underlying sense of poignancy thanks to Willie Nelson's stirring ... More >>
By some act of alchemy, Chipotle has done it again. In 2011, Back to the Start -- a short film about the immense error of factory farming and the necessity of a sustainable farming system -- established the homegrown Chipotle chain as a model of these beliefs. Last week, Chipotle issued another powe ... More >>
I loved the mole at Tamayo, the restaurant I review this week, and it got me thinking about another mole I've loved over the years. Not coincidentally, it was made by a Tamayo veteran, Sean Yontz, who learned the secrets of this complex sauce from a woman in Oaxaca who cooked in a dirt-floor kitchen ... More >>
Chef Ian Kleinman of the Inventing Room is spearheading a Willy Wonka-themed dinner at Roth Distributing, 17801 East 40th Avenue in Aurora, this evening at 6:30 p.m. The seven-course dinner is the latest collaboration from the Denver Five (Matt Selby, Brian Laird, Ian Kleinman, Sean Yontz and Jorel ... More >>
Pop culture can inspire some strange culinary creations; a creep-tastic example is Alamo Drafthouse's new duo of wines based on Silence of the Lambs: "The Cannibal Chianti," a nod to Hannibal Lecter, connoisseur of two-legged protein, and "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio," an homage to Buffalo Bill, our ... More >>
For a few days late last summer, Ian Kleinman, Denver's Willy Wonka double -- and the founder of the Inventing Room, a catering company that centers around magical, mystical, molecular marvels -- took over the dining room at Table 6, where he morphed the rusticated space into a doughnut paradise, di ... More >>
Sean Kenyon isn't the kind of guy to shy away from the spotlight -- or the liquor cabinet. The Denver-based cocktail kingpin (or bartender, as he prefers) has been slinging drinks for 26 years, and he's incredibly good at it, racking up contest titles and accolades around the world, sitting on the b ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with Biker Jim, chef-owner of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. Read part one of the Biker Jim interview. Jim Pittenger Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs 2148 Larimer Street 303-550-8231 www.bikerjimsdogs.com What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary stand ... More >>
You have six more nights to behold the wizardry of Ian Kleinman, the molecular genius behind the Inventing Room -- the Willy Wonka of Denver who's currently on center stage at Studio F, the culinary event space and cooking school that James Mazzio unleashed a few months ago to give himself, along wi ... More >>
Ian Kleinman lives in a Willy Wonka world. He's the mad scientist, the crazy culinary genius who long ago ditched traditional cooking methods to concentrate on molecular gastronomy, for which he's now known nationwide. And starting this Friday, you can win a golden ticket to a pop-up dinner that wi ... More >>
Matt and Rosemary Lopez have owned Taza de Cafe on 44th Avenue for six years, where they've hawked a variety of coffee-based treats -- including a horchatte, a latte made with horchata. Two years ago, they started thinking about adding another business to their portfolio, and they began looking arou ... More >>
Edi-Pure has infused classic treats and sweets with the soothing medicine of cannabis, allowing patients to escalate in relief with taste buds begging for more of their delicious and discrete morsels. This week, I dipped back into my childhood of nabbing a few candies from the local candy store with ... More >>
She would vote for you.Alright, so we didn't like Soul Surfer that much. But they can't all be gems, and when it comes to elevating fellow Denverites into the echelons of dumb awards, we're always willing to help a brother out -- so take, if you will, a moment from your busy day and cast a vo ... 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 >>
"With out you, this would not have been necessary."Walking into the Denver Art Museum's current Blink! exhibit is kind of like walking into Willie Wonka's chocolate factory (except far less dangerous to children with slack morals): There's just a whole lot going on, and you really have no ide ... More >>
Cash, Money, NoodlesOur world is full of advertising. Everywhere we look, it's buy this; feel like that. That's a given. We've come to expect it -- maybe even enjoy it sometimes as a subtle reminder that we're not alone. "Other people want excellent bleaching power from their laundry detergen ... More >>
Some people thought this refashioned green chile looked delicious. Others, like WFK, did not: I can't believe i am the first one to say that... this is the absolute worst and unappealing looking dishes i have ever seen. Is this Willy Wonka's take on a 5th grade birthday party? Please tell m ... More >>
Last week Cafe Society served up five Guess Where contests last week, featuring everything from a big buffalo burger at Walk-In Burgers, to the refashioned green chile from Squeaky Bean that one reader compared to a Willy Wonka birthday party plate, to a delicious piece of pie. For correctly identi ... More >>
Lori MidsonPanang curry from Liang's Thai FoodThe first mobile food vendor on wheels was launched nearly 150 years ago, in 1872, when a Rhode Island native called Walter Scott trotted his horse-drawn freight wagon, stocked with sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and pies around the town of ... More >>
Remember how fascinating it was when Violet Beauregarde morphed into a balloon-sized blueberry after chewing some of Willy Wonka's not-yet-quite-right chewing gum? Or how you wanted to live in Chewandswallow, the town featured in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, where the wind blew in hambu ... More >>
Grand Junction isn't what you'd call a culinary food capital, but the mountain town does have at least one claim to fame: Enstrom's Almond Toffee, the Colorado toffee company that will celebrate 50 years of sugar rushes later this fall with a confection of fanfare. In the meantime, Colorado' ... More >>
Lori Midson Molecular magician Ian Kleinman at Steele Elementary School "Anything I can possibly dream up is now doable, because I'm able to really play around with food," says Ian Kleinman, Denver's answer to Alton Brown, the wacky culinary scientist (and only food personality worth watching ... More >>
I heard this week from Ian Kleinman -- our own personal Mr. Wizard, the man who brought molecular gastronomy to Westminster and blew the heads clean off almost everyone who was lucky enough to walk through the doors of O's Steak and Seafood when he was running his molecular gastronomy tastin ... More >>
Al Hood has a very crowded agenda. The trumpeter teaches fulltime at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in addition to contributing to a slew of ensembles, including the Denver Brass and the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet. Somehow, though, he also found time to record a new CD entitled Just ... More >>
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