Novo Coffee Growth Predicted’s Denver pick for coffee shops that will grow greatly.  Denver’s Novo Coffee is on’s short list of “10 Coffee Shops That Will Explode in 2015” — not literally of course. The site sees coffee shops in emerging communities as the harbinger of increased neighborhood vitality, and Novo, which is vintage as such enterprises go, seems […]

Visit Denver’s Restaurant Week Tips

Ready, set, go for Denver Restaurant Week. For ten days (February 20 to March 1), nearly 300 Denver  restaurants offer multi-course dinners for $30 per person, plus taxes and gratuities. Menus and details can be found at Visit Denver acknowledges the challenge of narrowing down such a wide choice spread around the greater metro […]

Five Colorado Nominees for 2015 James Beard Honors

Being on the semi-finalist list an honor in its own right. Whenever the list of James Beard nominees for restaurants, chefs and wine programs is announced, I take pains to point out that being a semi-finalist is in itself an honor. Becoming a finalist is even better, and winning a category is the brass ring. […]

Cochon 555 Showcases Heritage Pigs

Cochon 555 Showcases Heritage Pigs

Annual pork-fest and competition returns to Denver. Cochon 555 is back in Denver on Friday to Sunday, March 6-8. This three-day feast and culinary competition celebrates family farms, heritage breed pigs and tilt the scales in favor today’s emerging chef community struggling to pay premium prices for safer, more flavorful food raised by real farmers. […]

Well-worn barstools and an ornate, mirrored mahogany back bar live up to the "saloon" moniker.

Hearty Breakfast in Breck Standby

Gold Pan is more than a vintage saloon. It serves espresso drinks! Breckenridge‘s Gold Pan Saloon & Restaurant has been around since 1879, surviving the booms and busts that characterize Colorado’s historic mining towns. The current boom, which shows no signs of ebbing, is skiing coupled with robust summer tourism.  According to local lore, Long’s Saloon […]

Crepes at Cameez

Crepes at Cameez

Fourth time’s the charm for Frisco breakfast. Staying in Breckenridge so Frisco is a natural breakfast stop before sliding on to I-70. Butterhorn Bakery is my Main Street favorite — and everyone else’s too. The line was out door. Bread + Salt across the street was almost as mobbed. The Breakfast Deli on the next […]

First-Rate Fare at Frisco's FoodHedz

First-Rate Fare at Frisco’s FoodHedz

Eclectic menu filled with shiningly good items. Whenever I am within striking distance of Frisco at meal time, I stop at FoodHedz World Cafe– except on Sundays and Mondays when the café is closed. It’s open on Saturday, so when I went over to the open kitchen to say hello to owner/chef David Welch, he remarked, “We […]