America's 'Most Eco-Conscious' Eatery Is in Boulder

America’s ‘Most Eco-Conscious’ Eatery Is in Boulder

Bramble & Hare tops national list. When I read the headline, “The Top Ten Eco-Conscious Restaurants in The United States,” I knew that one would be a Colorado restaurant (and probably Boulder, and I immediately thought: The Kitchen. But I guessed wrong. The Culturist selected Boulder’s Bramble & Hare, like the original Kitchen in downtown […]

Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette featuring Ozark All Seasons Lettuces

Ella’s signature lettuce blend salad is decribed as "tossed in lemon poppy seed champagne vinaigrette with toasted pine nuts, fresh Granny Smith apples, purple onions, red grapes and crumbled goat cheese," and while those components were on the plate, it was in reality far less interesting than the description. Perhaps it was the undistinguished dressing.

Happy Hour at Ella

I had great expectations for excellence at Ella Fine Diner in North Boulder. But breakfast shortly after it opened was flawed (hard-poached eggs!); click here for my post. We returned this evening for a pre-Thanksgiving bite during happy hour and sampled very few dishes, so I continue to give it the benefit of the doubt. We were seated in […]

Coming Up: Two Celebrations of French Wine

Coming Up: Two Celebrations of French Wine

Beaujolais and Burgundy this weekend. The 16th annual Beaujolais and Beyond Food & Wine Festival on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 the McNichols Building in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The annual fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain French-American Chamber of Commerce is a French-themed event featuring 20 of Denver’s best restaurants pairing their cuisine with fine […]

Bradford Heap to Open Seafood Resto on Pearl

Pasta Vino space being renovated for unnamed restaurant. I don’t usually post news about restaurant closings and upcoming openings (Westword does a great job keeping track), but for some reason, I felt compelled to write about Pasta Vino’s sudden closing a few weeks ago. Now comes the news that chef/restaurateur Bradford Heap, owner of adjacent SALT […]

Frasca On Another “Best” List

Thrillist lists the country’s 21 top Italian restaurant. There seems to be no end to the honors heaped upon Boulder’ sublimed Frasca Food and Wine. The latest is’s selection of “The 21 Best Italian Restaurants in America.” It is one of the few restaurants the is not on a coast — in our small college […]

New Cookbook from '5280' Magazine

New Cookbook from ‘5280’ Magazine

Somehow, 5280‘s food editor Amanda M. Faison managed to find time to edit a cookbook — not a trivial undertaking. Not surprisingly called 5280: The Cookbook and subtitled “Recipes for your kitchen from Denver and Boulder’s most celebrated chefs,” the recently published book is sure to appear on every local cook’s shelf. Amanda is at the Tattered […]

Eric Skokan Introduces New Cookbook

Eric Skokan Introduces New Cookbook

Chef to give talk and sign at the Boulder Book Store. I first met Eric Skokan more than a dozen years ago when he was executive chef at Alice’s Restaurant at Gold Lake Resort near Ward. In a rustic yet refined restaurant, he was a pioneer of what has come to be called contemporary Rocky […]