I'm a longtime fan and patron. I loved the perfect-bound Best of Denver 2010 and generally how you've reformatted and re-envisioned yourselves to survive the publishing apocalypse. Here's another way you could move into the future: Retire the cow.
The cowtown moniker is long past due. Denver can't touch Kansas City and Chicago in terms of cows killed. Nobody gives a shit about the Stock Show (it's never prominently covered in Westword). You are more likely to see a Zombie Crawl or a Cruiser Ride (or the mayor on a Vespa) than a cow on the streets of Denver.
Cheyenne is a cowtown, proudly so. We're a progressive, new-urban center of creativity. It's sad to see Westword, one of the most forward-thinking and creative voices in our city, trotting out this tired stereotype year after year.
At this point, I'd rather see a flippin' Bronco than a cow on the Best of Denver 2011.
Peter Miles Regenold Bergman
Every year, I eagerly await the Best of Denver, and the 2010 issue did not disappoint. From the great, glossy cover through all your hundreds of picks, I spent hours looking over it this past weekend. And even when I did not agree with some of the choices, they gave me new things to think about. Real food for thought, as it were. I'm even going to venture out of central Denver to try the Dancing Noodle, your Best Thai Restaurant, even though it's in Aurora.
Thanks for another great issue.
I gotta tell ya...for a paper that tries to reach all of metro Denver, you sure don't get very far into the metro. I voted for a great restaurant in Lone Tree and know a number of people who did, in multiple categories, and they didn't even get a mention. Really? Do you just have a diameter demographic so you stay in that circle?
You people crack me up. But you're the first to go out and pimp advertising from everyone. I even tried to write a review on your "Like Me" site three weeks ago, and it still isn't up.
Colt & Gray: Best Burger. Really?
Park Burger: Best Fries. Really?
You people are funny. I won't read your rag again, and you can be sure I'll tell everyone I know until you get out and really do a competent Best Of.
I thought I would point out to you that Scott Hastings doesn't work for KOA. He works for 104.3 The Fan (KKFN). I should know; I'm his boss.
Nate Lundy, program director
104.3 The Fan
Editor's note: And while we're at it, let's clear up a few other errors in the Best of Denver 2010. The Twitter Brew is made by Odell Brewing, not Avery. And the beer in the biscuits at Rise and Shine? That's Great Divide, not Avery.
Great work by Patricia Calhoun, and shame on the History Channel and this episode of Gangland. It is a shame that Jolt was falsely painted with the gang brush. I have seen what he does with Denver schoolchildren, and it is very impressive. We need to encourage people like Jolt, not discourage them.
Seems to me that if the History Channel met any legal standard of saying something untrue, Jolt should go beyond asking for an apology and get an injunction against rebroadcast before the untruthful portions are edited out. There may be little to do about the entire editorial slant of the Gangland piece, but blatant untruths might be eliminated.
The folks profiled in your cover story would be better served to create a YouTube channel and post all those videos there. Then start hitting Twitter and Facebook to drive traffic. If no one sees it, the network won't care.
A lot of people seem to be celebrating Jason Sheehan's departure, but I think it's our loss and Seattle's gain. I can't blame him; some of the best food I've ever eaten in my life has been in Seattle. But anyway, I was very excited to see Juliet Wittman's review of Arugula. The part I'm interested in is this paragraph:
"The primary criticism directed at those of us who dislike agribusiness, grow vegetables and shop at farmers' markets is that these things can be practiced only on an individual level, and only by the relatively well-off. To provide affordable and sufficient food for everyone, we need big agriculture. Brownlee has a plethora of facts, figures and observations at his fingertips, and it takes him only a few minutes to demolish this argument."
I guess I'm curious as to how one can demolish that argument? I'm really curious about this, because it's difficult for me to imagine how half the people in this country could negotiate local, seasonal produce into their lives. I tried looking up Transition Colorado, but the website is confusing me. Anyway, congrats again. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.
So, Westword, forgive the sarcasm — but are you planning on ever featuring another restaurant review, or are we destined to read these inconsequential foodie (Sheehan was right about that word, by the way) "articles"? First was Juliet Wittman's "literary review," whatever the fuck that means, of the Kitchen. From there it was, and is, a continuing downward spiral. Human-interest stories bereft of food, pseudo-reviews written by William Breathes, uber-pretentious stories about self-congratulatory chefs cooking for one another, a chili recipe and now a cheese article, written, for whatever reason, as if it were a sequel to Leaves of Grass.
My favorite section of Westword used to be Cafe. Now I suddenly find myself not having a favorite section at all.
Is there going to be a replacement for Jason Sheehan? It seems that Westword is now lacking a sense of humor. Is this a new direction, or can we expect to have a colorful reviewer back behind the wheel in due time?