As it says on that chef’s apron that is a popular gift for hefty home cooks, “Never trust a skinny chef.” Bu that measure, chef-owner Justin Brunson of Denver’s Old Major, Masterpiece Kitchen and Masterpiece Delicatessen is one of the most trustworthy chefs around.
His skill and rep for his way with meats, not his BMI, earned him an invitation to at the James Beard Foundation’s Pork-A-Palooza on October 4 at the James Beard House. The kitchen cadre:
Stephen Gerike, The National Pork Board. Des Moines, IA
Jason Alley. Comfort and Pasture, Richmond, VA.
Justin Brunson. Old Major, Masterpiece Deli and Masterpiece Kitchen, Denver.
Brad Farmerie. Public, New York, and Saxon + Parole, New York.
Jose Garces*. Garces Group, Chicago; Moorestown, NJ; Palm Springs, CA; Philadelphia; Scottsdale, AZ, and Washington, D.C.
Paul Kahan.* One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago.
Adam Sappington. The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar, Portland, OR.
Chris Shepherd*. Underbelly, Houston.
Celeste Campise. Who’s Hungry?, Magazine and Room 1520, Chicago.
Jared Rouben. Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Chicago.
*James Beard Foundation Award winners.
The cost of the dinner is $160 for Beard members and $210 for the general public.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Evan Treadwell dies in boating accident.
Chef Even Treadwell, captain of the kitchens at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, died on September 6 following a boating accident.
The luxurious and highly honored Grand County resort posted on its Facebook page, “Chef Evan was the heart and soul of the acclaimed culinary team at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. He mentored many food and beverage professionals, and his talents will be carried forward through the skills and passion he imparted on the culinary team at the Ranch.”
Chef Treadwell came to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa from the AAA Four Diamond Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in California. His signature culinary style earned him an Iron Chef Award and Santé’s Culinary Award for Innovative Regional Cuisine. Earlier in his career, he worked at Viogner Restaurant with James Beard Award winner Chef Gary Danko.
When Chef Treadwell joined DTR in 2011, it was already known for sustainably focused cuisine, as local as possible (sourcing summer produce from Morales Farm), and hoping one day to have a vertical greenhouse on the ranch). The spacious ranch also has a Wagyu beef herd to headline its beef-forward menu. He cooked at New York’s prestigious James Beard House in 2012 and again in 2013. Chef Treadwell built on that reputation and was a charismatic presence who inspired many chefs who, on social media, quickly expressed their shock and profound sorrow at his passing.
The Denver Five, an annually changing group of top local chefs and beverage pros is cooking and pouring at New York’s James Beard House on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.. I’ve dined at the Beard House. and I can’t imagine how they will all wedge themselves into the teeny basement kitchen of the Greenwich Village brownstone, but wedge they will — and the beverage people probably don’t have to compete with the food folks
This elite team of Colorado culinary compatriots has made an indelible mark on the Colorado dining scene with their bold, inventive fare. The group (five chefs, two “beveragists”) celebrates the collective’s ninth Beard House anniversary with an eclectic menu that highlights the evolving traditions of the Mile High City. If your pockets are deep your your appetite robust (and you are or will be in New York), the dinner costs $175 for the general public and $135 for Bear members.
The James Beard House is at 167 West 12th Street, New York; 212-627-2308. Go to the next page for the menu
13th Street site of one long outdoor dining experience.
A big culinary splurge coming to Boulder. The city is the as one of 20 sites of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour. The tickets are $115, so I’m not splurging. (Besides, it seems to be sold out.) Long immaculately set tables will stretch along 13th Street between Pearl and Canyon. Let’s hope for clear skies and comfortable temperatures. Bon appétit!
Eric Skokan of Black Cat Farm, Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare has been key to organizing what will surely be a dazzling occasion — “a culinary block party,” someone called it. He recruited talent from Boiulder, Denver and even Chicago — Daniel Asher (River & Woods), Jessica Emich (Shine), Will and Coral Frischkorn (Cured and Cured West), Bradford Heap (Wild Standard, Salt and Colterra), Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall, Stroic and Genuine ), Mark Monette (Flagstaff House), Dave Query (Big Red F Restaurant Group), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision),and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate in Chicago. Joining them is (Bryan Dayton of Oak at Fourteenth, Acorn, Brider) as mixologist and Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman (Boulder Wine Merchant).
Former John’s Restaurant location reborn as River and Woods.
The small house at 2328 Pearl Street in Boulder long was John’s Restaurant, an atmospheric, romantic, family-run restaurant. Chef-restaurateur John Bizzarro operated the place for decades, and then Corey Buck took over. Eventually, Buck moved on and the quaint cottage stood empty. John and his wife Nancy still own the building, and they were determined that no chain would occupy the space. It took a while to find a team to renovate and operate it.
That team, publisher/restaurateur Josh Dinar and Denver star chef Daniel Asher, have created River and Woods, a new paradigm in Boulder dining. There is neither river nor woods nearby, but the name implies a simpler, more natural approach to food. Asher was behind the cutting-edge food at Denver’s Root Down, Linger and Ophelia’s. Dinar is a co-owner of Boulder’s T|ACO, co-founder of First Bite Boulder and publisher of DiningOut Magazines.
River and Woods is a sprightly new space with a terrific outdoor backyard. A few rustic tables and wooden barrels were scattered amid the trees on pre-opening weekend, and there’s also an outdoor kitchen that wasn’t yet operating. The new menu uses local ingredients to create food that is both familiar and infused with innovation. Some of the recipes are tributes to the Bizzarro days. Others derive from contributions solicited from Boulder foodies. Still others come from the fertile culinary mind of Daniel Asher.
We were invited to the Friday night opening party where wonderful small bites were passed around (spicy corn dogs were the best — and I don’t generally like corn dogs all that much). And today, we sampled the real thing at a Friends and Family Brunch.
The old John’s Restaurant was a special-occasion place to dine, and judging by our initial experience, River and Woods will be that as well.
Eat, drink and celebrate local chefs and winemakers.
The Denver Food + Wine Festival is six days events celebrating the good life at the table. It takes place downtown on the Pepsi Center grounds, Metro State and he Curtis Hotel. Here’s the roundup. Click here for details and to buy tickets.
Tuesday, September 6. Culinary Cinema Night, part of the ongoing Culinary Cinema Series, a partnership between the Colorado Restaurant Association and Denver Film Society, the Denver Food + Wine Festival will kick off with an evening comprised of great food, great drinks and a great movie. An exclusive screening of an engaging culinary film will be paired with wine, cocktails and bites from Denver’s notable chefs.
Wednesday, September 7. Dinner Under the Stars, which is new for 2016, celebrates the best of what Colorado’s culinary scene has to offer. Each course of the curated, five-course prix fixe meal is designed by a different acclaimed chef and served in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Drives to Denver in the middle of the day are usually predictably mellow and stress-free. Traffic is light, and if it slows down, I can switch to “Toll” on my transponder. Except this past Thursday, when a couple of cars piled into the concrete barrier and/or each other on Davidson Mesa, and traffic backed up behind the accident. I’m betting that one or both drivers were texting of jabbering on their phones.
I was irritated, because I was heading for Bar Dough, Max McKissock’s highly praised restaurant in LoHi for a brunch preview. I arrived after the other guests had done damage to several of the dishes. What was left looked good, and what was served from then on was delicious and beautifully presented.
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