• Denver Chefs Rock RiNo at Top Taco
    June 23 at 8:49 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Fifty Denver restaurants dishing up newfangled and old-school takes on tacos, plus tequila and mezcal cocktails at every stop made last night's Top Taco a fiesta for all. Sure it was a competition, with honors bestowed for traditional, creative and…

  • Looking Ahead at the Way Back
    June 20 at 5:37 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Playful, inventive and evolving, the Way Back is many things — but it’s never the same thing. It's quickly gone from a cultish bar to a cultish eatery, and a meal here shows the way forward for Denver restaurants. All photos by Danielle Lirette.

  • Do at the Zoo 2017
    June 16 at 7 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Last night's Do at the Zoo, the 28th annual fundraiser for the Denver Zoo, brought out Denver philanthropists interested in chipping in to help fund  global conservation, science education and animal care — all while having a great time. Chefs and…


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  • Sampling for Hope Scores a Win for SafeHouse Denver
    June 15 at 11:10 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Last night at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel, chefs and diners gathered for Sampling for Hope: A Casual Food Tasting to benefit SafeHouse Denver. Restaurants and caterers brought their best bite-sized dishes for guests to sample and judge,…

  • Denverites Enjoyed Caribbean Culture at a Taste of  Puerto Rico
    June 12 at 2:21 p.m. by Bettina Wilhelm

    Joyous music and the smell of good food cooking wafted over Civic Center Park on Sunday, June 11, as A Taste of Puerto Rico served up Caribbean comfort and charm. Festival-goers were treated to the “cocina criolla” of Puerto Rico, plus arts and…

  • Chefs Play Chicken at Ace's Wings & Whiskey Festival
    June 12 at 8:36 a.m. by Westword Staff

    Wings & Whiskey made a big flap last night at Ace Eat Serve for yet another year of fundraising for the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy. Ticket holders tucked into wings from Cho77, Coperta, Lou's Hot & Naked (coming soon to…

  • Charcoal Bistro, a New American Bistro on South Gaylord, Is Waiting for You
    June 6 at 5:55 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    There's a table for you tonight at Charcoal Bistro, which opened last fall on South Gaylord Street. There's a lot to like at this new American why isn't it more crowded? All photos by Danielle Lirette.

  • First Look: Señor Bear Debuts This Friday
    June 4 at 5:57 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The team that brought Highland Tap & Burger and Bar Dough to LoHi is going for the trifecta. Señor Bear, with executive chef/partner Blake Edmunds at the helm, will open on Friday, June 9, in the former Jezebel's spot at 3301 Tejon Street. The…

  • Dazzle Swings Into Business in New Downtown Digs
    June 2 at 7:48 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Dazzle jazzed up Denver's food and music scene for nearly two decades at its dim Lincoln Street location, which closed in May. But a new venue means new life for the jazz supper club; Dazzle reopened last night in the former Baur's Restaurant and…

  • Denver Chefs Got Cocky at Chicken Fight!
    May 26 at 8:01 a.m. by Brandon Marshall

    Chicken lovers who wanted more cluck for their buck turned out for Chicken Fight! last night in RiNo, where chefs from more than forty Denver restaurants threw down their best wings, fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and other fowl fare. Cocktails…

  • Bottomless Mimosas and Topless Dancers at El Charrito
    May 25 at 8:13 a.m. by Kenneth Hamblin III

    You wear your pajamas and the entertainment wears...not much at all. That was the deal at El Charrito's Brunchlesque Pajama Party over the weekend, where eggs and legs kept guests fed and entertained, in that order. Bottomless mimosas and topless…

  • Annette Looks Good Enough to Eat at Stanley Marketplace
    May 23 at 5:37 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Residents of Stapleton, Park Hill and Lowry were ready for better options, and they welcomed Stanley Marketplace to the neighborhood. Annette is the loveliest option in that complex; here's a look at Caroline Glover's restaurant, which Gretchen…

  • West Side Is the Best Side: Beer Drinkers Tour Four Breweries by Bus
    May 15 at 1:04 p.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Four craft breweries repped Denver's west side in style on Saturday, May 13. Little Machine, Joyride, Strange Craft and Seedstock joined forces for an all-day bus loop that took thirsty beer lovers to each brewery's door from 2 to 10 p.m. A $5…

  • The Beer and Bacon Classic Served Up Swine and Suds in the Sun
    May 14 at 9:55 p.m. by Brandon Marshall

    Mmmmm, bacon and beer! The Bacon and Beer Classic made its way to Sports Authority Field on May 13, 2017. Ticket holders gorged on pork-based provisions from Denver restaurants while sipping craft suds in the Colorado sunshine. All photos by…

  • Chef Barbara Lynch Pays a Visit to Coohills
    May 14 at 9:07 p.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Boston chef/restaurateur Barbara Lynch paid a visit to Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, to read from her new memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire. Lynch, a two-time James Beard Award winner, was recently named as one of the 100 most…

  • Il Posto's Tenth Birthday Is a Real Reason to Celebrate
    May 9 at 5:26 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Not many restaurateurs reach the ten-year mark. Il Posto did, and chef/restaurant Andrea Frizzi marked the anniversary by moving Il Posto to RiNo. Not only is his eatery better than ever, as Gretchen Kurtz reports in her review, but it earned the…

  • TheBigWonderful Celebrates Derby Day in Style
    May 8 at 7:50 a.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    So what exactly is TheBigWonderful? The outdoor event is partly a craft fair and bazaar, partly a street-food celebration, and entirely a good time. The semi-permanent party kicked off over the weekend with a Derby Day theme at its new location at…

  • Cinco De Mayo Festival Returns to Civic Center Park
    May 6 at 7:10 p.m. by Brandon Marshall

    Fiesta! The crowds came out Saturday for Denver's beloved Cinco de Mayo Festival in Civic Center Park; festivities included a car show, art and music, and a taco-eating contest. The free fest will return on Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;…

  • Civic Center Eats Back for Spring and Summer Snacking
    May 2 at 1:25 p.m. by Brandon Marshall

    Civic Center Eats, Denver's largest gathering of food trucks, rolled back into town for the twelfth straight year on May 2. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until October 5 (with a few exceptions for special events),…

  • Chefs Up Front Gala Benefits Colorado Kids in Need
    April 30 at 9:58 p.m. by Miles Chrisinger

    Cooking Matters Colorado and No Kid Hungry focus on ensuring food security and providing nutrition education to Colorado families in need. Last night the non-profit organizations hosted their annual Chefs Up Front benefit dinner, where guests were…



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