Dining Out magazine — mostly menus but some features too — invited readers to select what they considered the best in various categories. Like all such reader selections, the results are heavily weighted toward what’s “hot” and “in” now, not necessarily the best. How, for example, would Black Cat and/or its sister restaurant, Bramble & Hare be left off the farm-to-table list? And not to put to fine a point on it, but Chez Thuy is not really Chinese and Sherpa’s is not really Indian. But here, with that caution, is the Prime Picks list. Clicking on a category should bring up details on the winner:
Denver, Broomfield & Boulder host three very different events.
Denver Harvest Week, October 5-9
GrowHaus, a multi-pronged attack on north Denver’s food desert, an educational enterprise and a supplier of sustainable foods, again hosts Harvest Week. Each night, a group chefs from independent restaurants come together to create pop-up parties (four dinners, one brunch at the GrowHaus, the city’s ultimate urban garden. Every day includes a full bar, copious amounts of food, and endless amounts of fun. All the festivities of the week go to support EatDenver and the Growhaus. Click here for details and tickets.
Flatirons Food Film Festival, October 19-24
Six days of films (six features plus shorts), special events, talks, a sushi walk and more taking place in several Boulder venues. The Films page contains descriptions and trailers for all of feature-length films, plus information about short films and events. The new Tickets page contains information about individual films and events, plus different types of passes. The big name is James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker of the Pok Pok restaurant empire in Portland, Oregon, who appears Friday, October 23. He is supporting of “Farang,” a documentary chronicling his search for authentic flavor. He has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s television series, No Reservations and Parts Unknown, and introduces the film and participates in a Q&A session after the screening.
Denver International Wine Festival, October 28-30
The Denver International Wine Festival drops anchor at the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield with a packed schedule of tastings and seminars. Highlights are the Grand Vinters Dinner at the Omni’s Meritrage Restaurant on Wednesday, the Pairsine wine-pairing competition where top regional chefs prepare dishes to pair with gold medal award-winning wines from an earlier wine competition and the Grand Tasting on Friday. This year’s honorary host is Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible. Click here to purchase tickets.
It’s not like there’s a shortage of pizza places in Boulder — or that there’s a shortage of fast-casual spots with sleek design at Twenty Ninth Street. But PizzaRev, the first and so far only location of a California chain, has a neat gimmick.
In addition to the kids’ menu, there’s one size of pizza (11 inches), a choice of thee sauces (plus olive oil), 11 meats and 17 veggies. No extra charge for any number and combination of toppings. The thin-crust pizza bakes quickly and to almost cracker-like edges.
I liked the availability of side and entrée salads, and if we hadn’t used a BOGO coupon, I’d have tried one of those too.
Price check: One-cheese pizza, $5.99; Craft Your Own or Our Way pizzas, or Craft Your Own entrée salad, $8.25; kids’ meal (children 9 and under; kid-size pizza, apple sauce or Oreos, milk or apple juice box), $5.99; side salads, $3.99; desserts, $1.99-$3.99.
Pizza Rev is located at 1650 28th Street, Boulder; 303-444-1122.
The Village Coffee Shop makes Thrillist top-21 list.
Boulder’s Village Coffee Shop is a favorite local greasy spoon, beloved by folks who revere traditional American breakfast and lunch dishes. It’s a coffee-not-cappuccino kind of place in a small strip fall.
I’ve been there any number of times and always order the pancakes (usually blueberry). They are huge. Three are too many for me. Even two are more than I can handle. One is just right. But at the counter and at the Formica-topped tables, regulars wolf down gargantuan portions. First-timers are called “Village virgins” and are given a special welcome. But it’s the pancakes that captivated Thrillist.com’s scout, who wrote on “The 21 Best Pancakes in America“:
“It’s a cliche to say certain places make it feel like you’ve “stepped back in time,” so we’ll just say that when you see the burnt-orange stools and wood paneling at Village Coffee, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Boulder circa 1971, when the joint opened and unleashed the same pancake recipe used today. There are but three pancake varieties here: buttermilk, blueberry, and chocolate chip. All are the size of a dinner plate. Pair ’em with eggs or bacon, or just show up on the weekend when they sometimes serve a “mancake special,” where they stuff their enormous pancakes with bacon, ham, and sausage. If you ask nicely, they can also prepare it whenever you want.”
Blackbelly’s Hosea Rosenberg at New York institution this week.
Hosea Rosenberg, the owner/chef of Boulder’s Blackbelly Market & Catering, is cooking at New York’s legendary James Beard House this Thursday, September 24. His middle name might as well be “Winner of Top Chef Season 5,” because is always described that way.
The all-inclusive tab is $130 for Beard House members and $170 for everyone else. We were in New York last week, and if Hosea had been cooking there then, I might have been tempted to dip into the piggy-bank — deep into the piggy-bank — to attend. But he’ll be back in Boulder after what I am sure will be a triumphant evening, and we’ll go back to Blackbelly to congratulate him. Here’s the menu:
Assorted Blackbelly Housemade Charcuterie
Chilled Corn Soup with Huitlacoche
Fruition Farms Ricotta Tartines
THE GREEN SCOTSMAN > EDINBURGH GIN WITH YELLOW CHARTREUSE, LEMON, AND PROSECCO
Dogwood Farms Lamb Carpaccio with Tasmanian Pepperberry, Verde Capra Blue Cheese, and Baby Fennel
PASCAL JOLIVET SANCERRE BLANC 2013
Skuna Bay Salmon with Summer Pistou and Nasturtium
J. J. VINCENT MARIE ANTOINETTE POUILLY FUISSÉ 2013
Foie Gras–Sweetbread Sausage with Pickled Ratatouille and Herb Salad
NINO NEGRI INFERNO VALTELLINA SUPERIORE 2010
100-Day Dry-Aged Beef Strip Loin with Chanterelles and Alliums
MARCHESI DI BAROLO BAROLO 2010
Apple–Green Chile Doughnuts with Bacon Jam
PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ LE CHANT DES GRIOLLES MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE 2012
P.S. In a Facebook thread about this post, Denver publicity guru Wendy Aiello noted that she had arranged for Hosea’s first Beard House appearance, and he added that this is actually going to be his fourth time there — but the first time “as the headliner.”
Spuntino means snack, and a liquid and/or solid refreshment punctuated our afternoons — on a mountain or in town. Our first dinner at the Hotel Colfosco was dramatic and pretty good — perhaps because we were hungry and weary from a long frustrating journey.
Paying for daily breakfast and dinner was required, and after that initial Saturday dinner, it was all downhill food-wise. Plus at least one and usually two little ones screamed or cried throughout every meal. We therefore valued our spuntino time. Here are some things we ate and drank.
The Boulder Farmers Market, our wonderful seasonal marketplace for locally grown produce, locally produced food products and local artisans, tops USA Today’s10Best Farmers Markets list or 2015. Twenty contenders were selected by a panel of food and travel experts — Bernadine Prince, president of the Farmers Market Coalition; food writer Eric Grossman; travel writer Megy Karydes; M. Linda Lee, former editor for Michelin Travel Publications, Akila McConnell travel and food blogger, The Road Forks; Larry Olmsted, USA Today food writer, and food writer Kim Sunee. The panel’s selections were presented to the public for four weeksof daily votes.
Boulder Farmers Market is the brainchild of a group of local farmers, who came together with their vision of a local market in 1987 at the Boulder Courthouse. What started with a few tables of produce loaded off the backs of pickup trucks has evolved into a robust destination market on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue more than 100 vendors who set up for the longest market season in Colorado. There’s also an outdoor food court with wine beer and sangria available too at the Wednesday night market that runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. from early May through early October, and the original Saturday market runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from early April through late November. During the peak summer season, the Boulder Farmers Market attracts over 5,000 customers per day. My husband and I are often two of them.
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