Denver

Novo Coffee Growth Predicted

Eater.com’s Denver pick for coffee shops that will grow greatly.  Denver’s Novo Coffee is on Eater.com’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 DenverRestaurantWeek.com. 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. […]

Fascinating Histories of 'Lost' Denver Eateries

Fascinating Histories of ‘Lost’ Denver Eateries

Book revisits Mile High City restaurants of the past. A lifetime ago and two time zones away, I co-authored a book called Pennsylvania’s Historic Restaurants & Their Recipes. The premise was that the buildings in which the restaurants were located (though not necessarily the restaurants themselves) had to be at least 50 years old, which is no trick […]

ChoLon's Soup Dumpling on Select National List

ChoLon’s Soup Dumpling on Select National List

Food Network found ChoLon on its dumpling search. When I read the headline, “Where to Eat Great Dumplings” on the Food Network’s site, I knew that if Denver were on the dumpling list, ChoLon would be the selection — storied dish at sleek 16th Street eatery. Here’s what the site had to say: Denver: ChoLon […]

2 Great Restaurants Remodeled

2 Great Restaurants Remodeled

Rioja and Fruition get makeovers & reopen next month. Rioja on Larimer Square and Fruition on East Sixth Avenue are celebrating significant anniversaries, and their respective owners (Rioja partners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch and Fruition’s Alex Siedel) are giving their first-born the gifts of new looks. Jasinski and Gruitch have since opened bought Bistro Vendome […]