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Food Film Fundraiser Fun

Flatirons Food Film Festival benefit a delicious evening.

FlatironsFoodFilmFest-logoBoulder are area foodniks (and a few filmniks) gathered yesterday evening in the spacious new lobby of the Dairy Art Center “Film, Chefs, Glorious Song,” to benefit the Flatirons Food Film Festival, coming up October 20 – 23. I’ll be out of the country then, but I’m glad I was here for the fundraiser. Kudos to organizer Julia Joun and to the chefs, sponsors, purveyors and volunteers who made this happen. Here are some images. And yes, there were wine and beer offerings too.

Kelly Whitaker of Basta in Boulder and when it opens, the restaurant in the new Source Hotel in Denver.
Kelly Whitaker of Basta in Boulder and when it opens, the stilol-unnanmed restaurant in the new Source Hotel in Denver’s RiNo district.
Chef Whitaker brought huge trays of rustic pizza in two flavors.
Chef Whitaker brought huge trays of rustic pizza with braised  goat, shisito peppera and garlic on farro crust.
Daniel Asher of the soon-to-open River and Woods in the treasured space once occupied by John's Restaurant.
Daniel Asher of the soon-to-open River and Woods in the treasured space once occupied by John’s Restaurant.
Lovely and delicious but atypical panzanella salad composed of greens, tomatoes, stone fruits and an edible flower -- all locally sourced -- with honey/poppyseed dressing.
Lovely and delicious but atypical panzanella salad composed of greens, tomatoes, stone fruits and an edible flower — all locally sourced — with honey/poppyseed dressing.

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Steuben’s Grilled Cheese Lauded

Thrillist.com likes  Steuben’s “decadent cheese bomb” sandwich.

Thrillist-logoThrillist.com never seems to run out of ideas for its “top” and “best” lists. I always scour them for Colorado inclusions.  Thrillist’s latest is “The 21 Best Grilled Cheeses in America,” and Steuben’s made the cut. The description was written by senior writer Lee Breslour, who lives in Colorado. No wonder Denver often appears on a list. He wrote:

Steuben’s is Denver’s unofficial source for top-notch comfort food, and it has been since it opened its doors 10 years ago — if you translate that age into “restaurant years,” it’s practically 100. But it still looks damn good. Its sandwich is a decadent cheese bomb, with two slices of Texas toast needed to structurally support the yellow, white, American, and Muenster cheeses within, and it’s somehow only $4. With that low of a price point, the restaurant is begging you to add green chile (because it’s Colorado) and bacon (because it’s sourced from local pork geniuses Tender Belly). It comes with a side of chips and a pickle, but we’re guessing you won’t have room.

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Fabulous Evening Eats at Buttermilk & Snowmass

Two gourmet mountain dinners & weekend après-ski at slopeside.

AspenFood-logoIt seems that 23 is becoming a lucky number for Aspen foodies. Noteworthy dinners on Aspen area mountains this winter are special evenings at Buttermilk and Snowmass on the 23rd of each of the next three months (and one on the 22nd).

The Cliffhouse at Buttermilk hosts three full-moon dinners (January 23, February 22 and March 23). Guests must skin/hike up the designated uphill route on Tiehack and ski/snowboard/hike down on the designated route. No sleds of any kind are permitted.  Headlamps and reflective clothing are strongly recommended. The cost is $145.

Ride a snowcat to the Lynn Britt Cabin at Snowmass holds two specialty dinners: a $145 four-course cheese-pairing dinner with Laura Werlin on January 23 and a $185 four-course American Chophouse Dinner (i.e., steak featured) by chef de cuisine Robert McConnell with paired wines selected and presented by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher on February 23.

If these dream dinners are not in the budget (and they certainly aren’t for most of us), affordable après-ski comes to the Lynn Britt Cabin every Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning Friday, February 12 through the end of the season. Guests can go local with $6 Woody Creek Distillers Gin & Juice Cocktails with food specials starting at $5. Entertainment is to include DJ Naka G and Guest DJs, giveaways and a fire pit with outdoor lounge seating.

Cured West Now Open

Second location for gourmet food shop.

006Cured has opened a second smaller shop just a few blocks from my house. Color me happy that exquisite charcuterie, excellent cheeses, unique imported and artisanal American grocery items and small assortment of mouth-watering sandwiches and salads are to be had less than a 10-minute walk from my door. Oh yes, and chocolate.

Coral Frischkorn at the meat slicer.
Coral Frischkorn at the meat slicer.
Carefully selected imported and US food items in packages, jars and cans include seasonings, oils, jams, teas and more that are difficult to find anywhere else.
Carefully selected imported and US food items in packages, jars and cans include seasonings, oils, jams, teas and more that are difficult to find anywhere else.
Cured West's wall of chocolate bars.
Cured West’s wall of chocolate bars.

Will and Coral Frischkorn’s original Cured a few blocks east of the Pearl Street Mall has a greater selection, but proximity has its benefits. The shop is simple, pared-down and classy with quality finishes to its shelves, counters and islands as a suitable backdrop for the quality items.

2019 10th Street, Boulder; 720-389-8096.

Lunching al Fresco at Mercantile

Casual lunch & fabulous companion at Union Station restaurant.

008I have an assignment to write a feature about Denver’s fabulous Union Station, and while I attended some of the opening festivities last July, have eaten in all of its restaurants and pass though every time I ride the bus to Denver and back home, I couldn’t very well write it without meeting with the extraordinary Dana Crawford, the visionary preservationist who spearheaded the preservation of the historic terminal and was instrumental in redeveloping it into the lively dining, shopping, socializing and transit hub it is now.

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But this is a restaurant blog, so I’ll stop writing about my wonderful companion and note that the beautiful summer day called for eating outdoors. Mercantile Dining and Provisions’ patio was where Dana, Julie Dunn and I ate. The system is that you order inside, provide your cell phone number and are notified when the order is ready. Then, you go in to pick it up on brown paper-lined kitchen trays. Simple but a bit slow. Still, with lots to talk about and no office to get back to when lunch hour was over, we didn’t mind. Here’s what we ate:

Heirloom tomato salad with eggplant baba ganoush, roasted corn vinaigrette and ricotta from Fruition Farms, like Mercantile, owned by chef/restaurateur/farmer Ales Seidel.
Heirloom tomato salad with eggplant baba ganoush, roasted corn vinaigrette and ricotta from Fruition Farms, like Mercantile, owned by chef/restaurateur/farmer Alex Seidel.
Grilled cheese made with excellent cheese and excellent bread, with a side of pickled vegetables.
Grilled cheese made with excellent cheese and excellent bread, with a side of pickled vegetables.
Confit chicken salad, as requested on a baguette rather than a croissant. Delicious and hearty -- more than I could eat.
Confit chicken salad, as requested on a baguette rather than a croissant. Delicious and hearty — more than I could eat.

Price check: Sandwiches, $9-$11; soups and salads, $7-$12 (plus $21 for selection of cured meats, cheese and condiments); cheese, $3-$6 per ounce; pastries, $3-$6.

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Cured Offers Tour de France Matches

Regional cheeses and drinks echo Grand Tour route.

Cured-logoOnce again, Will Frischkorn is preparing for the Tour de France. The greatest of all the Grand Tour stage races in Europe starts on Saturday in Holland, whisks through a bit of Belgium before its grueling route around France with the traditional finish in Paris. But these days, he’s not getting his body and mind into shape to ride 3,360 kilometers.  Rather, he and his wife, Coral,  who own Cured, have again put together a little Tour of their own. Boulder’s wonderful gourmet shop is set to assemble a special Tour-appropriate offering for who customers with a love of fine cheese, a passion for French wine and a good appetite.

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Will broke the Tour into eight stages, each corresponding to 3 to 4 days of racing, and for each region, he has chosen a cheese and a beverage. As the riders make their way around France, it is possible to follow along with region-appropriate cheese and wine and the Tour on the tube or on your computer.

Each stage, available individually for $40 or as part of the whole package for $295, comes with a chunk of cheese and a beverage to pair.  While mostly wine, they also have an exceptional beer and even a bottle of Calvados this year, paying homage to the route that the organizers chose for this 102nd edition of the Tour. Participants in Cured’s entire tour receive a Team Garmin Cannondale musette bag filled with Will’s favorite cycling ride and recovery snacks. This year’s Tour is available for pickup at Cured, or for $90 each week, they’ll deliver a box to  your doorstep with that week’s stages. Call Cured at 720-389-8096 to purchase a Tour and visit their website to learn more and read about the individual stages.

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Fine Brunch at The Nickel

Restaurant in the Hotel Teatro shines on a weekday morning.

008I attended The Nickel’s opening party last summer. The restaurant in the Hotel Teatro was jam-packed. I could tell that it was interesting-looking, the bites and sips I was able to sample were promising, but I had no real sense of what it looked like or how day-to-day food tasted. In fact, I didn’t know enough to write a coherent post for this blog. But a friend and I had brunch there this past weekend, and now I have a true idea of what it’s like, and it’s all good.

Contemporary elegance includes both new and repurposed materials.
Contemporary elegance includes both new and repurposed materials.

The hotel is located in the 1911 Tramway Building, and the restaurant is named after the streetcar’s nickel fares from that era that were stored in the building’s vault. Today, the place is attractive with light streaming in from windows on two sides, lofty ceilings, commodious but unfussy tables, wood floors, large lighting fixtures and a choice of seats (banquettes, long communal tables surrounded by stools and upholstered chairs with winglets — not quite wingchairs but not straight ones either). Barrel-aged spirits are done in-house, and the barrels decorate the bar. The cocktail program looks divine, but it was too early.

Much is house-made, and many ingredients come from Colorado. Telluride-raised Chris Thompson is the talented executive chef who has a way with meat and brings  butchering and charcuterie/salumi to the restaurant. Our waiter was professional, efficient and knowledgeable. And he didn’t address us as “You guys,” which is all too common these days, especially in the college town of Boulder where I live, and which always gets my back up.

The house-cured meats, cheeses, pickles such “goodies” as marcona almonds and  house-made jams appear on a sushi-style menu and are priced by the 1-, 2- or 4-ounce portion.

The sushi-style charcuterie menu is held to a metal plate by a nickel to which a small magnet has been glued.
The sushi-style charcuterie menu is held to a metal plate by a nickel to which a small magnet has been glued.
Our selections beautifully presented on board included jamon Iberico, Midnight Blue cheese from Colorado's Avalanche Ranch. Grana Padano Parmesan and jam, along with bread from Grateful Bread.
Our selections on beautifully presented on board included jamon Iberico, Midnight Blue cheese from Colorado’s Avalanche Ranch. Grana Padano Parmesan and jam, along with bread from Grateful Bread.
Neither of us had room for a full sandwich, so we shared a Porchetta sandwich. Its star was pork belly, rotisserie-roasted for six hours to delicious crispness, and stuffed into a Grateful Bread ciabatta roll along with fresh greens and Castelvetrano olive aioli. Fine-skin-on fries are in a paper cone alongside.
Neither of us had room for a full sandwich, so we shared a Porchetta sandwich. Its star was pork belly, rotisserie-roasted for six hours to delicious crispness, and stuffed into a Grateful Bread ciabatta roll along with fresh greens and Castelvetrano olive aioli. Fine-skin-on fries are in a paper cone alongside.

Price check: At brunch, “To Start,” $8-$13; sandwiches, $13-$18; plates, $13-$16; sides, $3-$5; charcuterie, priced by the ounce.

The Hotel Teatro is at 1100 14th Street, Denver; 303-228-1100.

 

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