Early last month, the Sundance Channel unleashed news that it would begin airing a new series this summer with Burgundy-born Ludo Lefebvre, the classically trained French chef who resides (when he's not living out of a suitcase) in Los Angeles and travels across the sweeping American landscape with his wife and business partner, Krissy, to set up pop-up restaurants -- or, as the couple likes to call them, "touring restaurants."
And Ludo and Krissy, a lawyer, Denver native and the first Hooter's Colorado calendar girl, have been in Colorado for the past several days collecting footage for their new television show, LudoBites America. They hung out with the pigs, chickens and lambs at Black Cat Farms, Eric Skokan's farm in Niwot; they went on a bison hunt in Limon, where Ludo ate the heart from his kill, his hands dripping with fresh blood; they hung out with the governor at the Wynkoop; mesmerized students at the Colorado Institute of Art; and tonight, they're setting up a "pop-up" restaurant in the square footage that's home to Biker Jim's.
The board? Bison.
"The whole point of what we do is to tour America and try and find interesting food and cultures, and Ludo came to Denver years ago and had a buffalo burger at the Denver Buffalo Company, and we wanted to come back to bison country," says Krissy, who grew up in Northglenn.
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Starting at 6 p.m. tonight, Biker Jim's will open for the first seating, limited to friends, family and space for about 25 walk-ins. The second stampede will begin around 7:15 p.m. and is available to walk-ins only. No, you can't make a reservation, but if you arrive for the early seating and can't find a place to park your tush, you can put your name on a wait list for the second turn. In other words, seating is limited. Big time.
But if you're one of the lucky few who can get one, you can expect buffalo in a half-dozen manifestations, including buffalo tartare; buffalo au poivre with Stranahan's whiskey; buffalo Bourguignon with root vegetables from Skokan's farm; buffalo ribeyes and filets; along with two desserts. All of the dishes are priced a la carte, and range from $10 to $30 each.
By the way, the waitstaff will be all Hooters girls.