Category Archives: Denver

Hopdoddy’s Special Banana Shake

Burger restaurant’s shakes come in unusual flavors & combos.

Hopdaddy-logoHopdoddy Burger Bar, whose sole Colorado outpost is by Denver’s Union Station, is known for unusual and varied burgers, beer and sweets. These include an  selection of interesting — make that unique — shakes:  Vanilla Bean,  Oreo Cookie,  Chocolate Stout,  Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti, Red Velvet Cake,  Caramel & Sea Salt and  Nutella & Chocolate Pretzel on the regular menu.
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Now through August 2, the Austin-based burger place is also serving a current special, the  Frozen Banana Shake that features house-made ice cream blended with honey-roasted bananas and a rich chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream and a chocolate-dipped banana chip. The price: $6.

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Denver’s Big Eat Celebrates Indie Eateries

BigEat-logoThe BigEat, a festival of some of  Denver’s top independent restaurants, takes place in the covered arcade at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring bits and bites from more than 40 restaurants, plus cocktails from Denver’s top mixologists and craft beer from local  breweries.

The Big Eat promises “surprises and countless fun,” all to benefit Eat Denver, which believes that food is fuel for community. The organization says, “Through our food-focused passion, we increase the richness of dining experiences in our community and add to Denver’s unique flavor and cultural flair. Independence as path to engagement. The art of the original meal creates the pathway to one-of-a-kind experiences.”

Tickets are $55, with proceeds benefiting Work Options for Women, Denver Urban Gardens, Colorado Cooking Matters and Eat Denver. Click here for tickets.

Luscious Brown Palace Nibbles

Fabled Denver hotel’s party fare.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa hosts the CLHA fundraiser.
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa has remodeled its 242 guest rooms — and puts out a delicious spread,

The Brown Palace, Denver’s most iconic hotel, hosted a media event to show off its beautifully redone guests rooms, and hosted a little cocktail/wine/beer reception. Chefs prepared savories on the spot, while sweets came from the bakery on tiered stands along with some finger sandwiches, just as they would for the traditional tea served every afternoon in the soaring lobby. BLT sliders, crabcakes, seared scallops and selections of sweets and savories were presented, and Brown Palace Pale Ale brewed in Parker was introduced.

Slider buns and not-iceberg lettuce waiting for the bacon to be cooked.
Slider buns and not-iceberg lettuce waiting for the bacon to be cooked.
Thick bacon slabs in the pan for BLT sliders.
Thick bacon slabs in the pan for BLT sliders.
Seared scallop on bed of grains.
Seared scallop on bed of grains.
Tower of sweets from the afternoon tea service are THE BEST. Served with  Devonshire clotted cream, the scones had me swooning.
Tower of sweets from the afternoon tea service are THE BEST. Served with Devonshire clotted cream, the scones had me swooning.

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Veuve Cliquot Bubbles Into Colorado

French champagne’s three local stops.

VeuveCliquotTRuckThe bright yellow Veuve Clicquot en Route truck makes three promotional stops through Colorado next week.  Each one is a special mid-summer celebratory treat. Contact each venue for details and reservations.

  • The first is at the Four Seasons Denver on Thursday, July 16,  from 6  to 9:30 p.m. where Veuve Clicquot hosts a rooftop summer pool party featuring music from DJD, a Clicquot Photo booth, fun giveaways, and of course, Clicquot specials. Cool off with Veuve Clicquot N.V Yellow Label for $25 by the glass or $100 by-the-bottle.
  • On Friday, July 17, there’s bubbles and barbecue with Veuve Clicquot at Acorn.  The restaurant in The Source in RiNo offers its Wood Fire BBQ Dinner for two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot costs $100 and a BBQ Dinner for one with glass of champagne is $40. There’s music from 6 Million Dollar Band.
  • On July 19, Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell in Aspen hosts Sunday Funday with Sarah Simmons, celeb chef and owner of New York’s Birds and Bubbles. From 3  to 8 p.m., she puts out a custom dinner package including her signature fried chicken, traditional fixings and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label for $100, presumably for two.

T&L Taps The Source for Top Food Hall List

Prestigious magazine cites RiNo landmark on world list.

TheSource-logoWhen Travel & Leisure published its list of The World’s Best New Food Halls, I was thrilled to read that The Source in Denver made the hallowed list of just 12 around the globe — that is, the whole world.  I’m a big admirer of renascent urban neighborhoods, and RiNo exemplifies urban creativity. T&L wrote:

The Source, Denver

The 15 vendors and restaurants at The Source, a repurposed 1880’s brick foundry building, range from sour beer specialists (Crooked Stave) to locally beloved coffee purveyors (Boxcar Coffee Roasters) and a taco truck-turned-modern taqueria (Comida). Don’t miss: wood-fired Colorado trout from Acorn, sister restaurant to Boulder’s renowned OAK at Fourteenth.
This recognition comes just as Zeppelin Development has announced that it is building an eponymous 100-room next door. If there was still a shred of doubt that RiNo is Denver’s most innovative and exciting areas, this should put all that to rest. The hotel, scheduled to open in early 2017, will feature an eighth-floor- rooftop deck with a beer garden and pool; a second 25,000-square- foot market hall with 20-foot ceilings; a ground-floor craft brewery;
a signature independent restaurant joining the great eats in the original; open market-style shopping areas with as many as 12 additional vendors; food and beverage counters, and more. The operators of Boulder’s Hotel St. Julien have been selected  to run The Source Hotel.

Wonderful Wine Pairing at 1515 Restaurant

Four courses and eight wines make for indulgent evening,

001I had long heard about 1515 Restaurant on the fringes of Denver’s LoDo district, known for great dining options, but I had never eat there — until last night. Owner Gene Tang, executive chef Joseph Arena and master sommelier Emily Papach tag-teamed to present a four-course feast, each one paired with one wine from Cambria Estate Winery and one from Freemark Abbey, both in California’s Napa Valley, several being single vineyard wines.

A table set with starched linens, multiple wineglasses and a an artillery of flatware is always a promise of fine food and wine to come.
A table set with starched linens, multiple wineglasses and a an artillery of flatware is always a promise of fine food and wine to come.
Emily Papach table-hopped after each course to ask us all which wine we thought paired better with the dish we just ate. Our little pod of four seemed to agree that some wines tasted better by themselves and some worked better with the food.
Emily Papach table-hopped after each course to ask us all which wine we thought paired better with the dish we just ate. Our little pod of four seemed to agree that some wines tasted better by themselves and some worked better with the food.
The first course was an artistic presentation or a wonderful crisp-crusted egg prepared sous-vide so that the white and yolk cooked evenly, a frog leg (
The first course was an artistic presentation or a wonderful crisp-crusted egg prepared sous-vide so that the white and yolk cooked evenly, a frog leg (“tastes like chicken”). edamame, bits of spring green onion, sherry and butter sauce (called vin jaune) and red olives. Yes, red olives! Both wines were 2012 Viogniers, the Napa Valley label from Freemark Abbey and Tepusquet Vineyard from Cambria.
Roasted golden tilefish. which tastes something like snapper, buerre blanc, asparagus tips arranged in a tic-tac-toe pattern and capers.
Roasted golden tilefish. which tastes something like snapper, buerre blanc, asparagus tips arranged in a tic-tac-toe pattern and capers. The wines were both 2013 chardonnays Freemark’s Napa Valley and Cambria’s Katherine’s Vineyard.
My little camera cannot ever capture beef dishes as beautiful as they are on the plate. This course of 7X Wagyu beef topped with crisp tidbits of bone marrow, plus rainbow chard and a wonderful ragout of wild mushroom Bordelaise. The beef was flavorful but not especially tender, but what left a bad taste was learning that 7X Cattle Company is a holding of one of the Koch brothers. Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and Cambria Benchbreak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 went a long way in helping me overlook that knowledge.
My little camera cannot ever capture beef dishes as beautiful as they are on the plate. This course of 7X Wagyu beef topped with crisp tidbits of bone marrow, plus rainbow chard and a wonderful ragout of wild mushroom Bordelaise. The beef was flavorful but not especially tender, but what left a bad taste was learning that 7X Cattle Company is a holding of one of the Koch brothers. Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and Cambria Benchbreak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 went a long way in helping me overlook that knowledge.
The exquisite composted dessert was a fitting finale to this wonderful meal. A deep chocolate terrine topped with a perfect vanilla tuile with salted caramel ice cream called for fabulous wines. Cambria's Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2012 was fine, but the Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Caber Sauvignon was over the top. Aged in new French oak plus a year of bottle-aging, it retails at $107 per bottle and was by far the most expensive wine poured at this wonderful dinner.
The exquisite composted dessert was a fitting finale to this wonderful meal. A deep chocolate terrine topped with a perfect vanilla tuile with salted caramel ice cream called for fabulous wines. Cambria’s Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2012 was fine, but the Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Caber Sauvignon was over the top. Aged in new French oak plus a year of bottle-aging, it retails at $107 per bottle and was by far the most expensive wine poured at this wonderful dinner.

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BurgerFi’s Green Practices & Better Food

Selective franchise built on ethically raised ingredients & recycled décor.

006I don’t really know the inspiration for this franchise chain’s name, but I do believe, that like Colorado-based Chipotle, BurgerFi is committed to environmental stewardship and quality ingredients. A burger place that uses natural, grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus beef is noteworthy. And where else would you find a hot dog made with Kobe-style beef? The furniture is made from recycled materials, so it’s a fast-casual place that does strain my conscience or offend my taste buds.

Environmentally conscientious messages
Environmentally conscientious messages reinforce BurgerFi’s philosophy.
BurgerFi sears its brand into the buns. Here, a cheeseburger with a choice of cheeses.
BurgerFi sears its brand into the buns. Here, a cheeseburger with a choice of cheeses.
Skin-on, hand-cut fries are available in three sizes. This is the small, and it was plenty big enough to share.
Skin-on, hand-cut fries are available in three sizes. This is the small, and it was plenty big enough to share.

BurgerFi franchise locations are scattered around the country. The one kitty-corner from the History Colorado Center, across the street from the new Art Hotel and around the corner from the Denver Art Museum is the only one in Colorado — for now.

Price check: Burgers, $6.09-$7.99, plus $10.59 for a double burger made with 28-day dry-aged brisket and loaded: also build-your-own, $4.59 single, $6.09 double, $7.59 triple with some toppings included and others additional; “dogs,” $3.99-$5.49; $3.29-$6.99 with a choice of toppings 59¢-$1.79 extra; “custards” (shakes, malts and ice ream desserts, $3.99-$5.99.

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