FIT36, a Denver fitness studio, takes over Brider, star chef Steven Redzikowski’s hot new fast-casual rotisserie restaurant on Sunday, January 22, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to offer a FREE 36-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout led by leading local trainers. Afterwards, FREE brunch is served. While the workout and food are complimentary, guests are encouraged to donate of $20, which goes to LiveWell Colorado, an organization that works to combat Colorado’s obesity issues. All participants will also receive a FREE week of classes at one of FIT36’s Denver studios. Click here to sign up. Brider is at 1644 Platte Street, Denver; 303-455-3084.
Singapore start-up books visitors into private homes for meals.
We recently returned from Copenhagen, where we stayed in my fourth and my husband’s third AirBnB accommodation. Every experience– from Prague to Sydney — has been wonderful and economical, so I was intrigued by a post on Eater.com headlined “New Startup Wants to Be the Airbnb of Dinner Parties.” Here’s the gist of the post:
Exploring a different culture via its native cuisine is often tops on a travelers’ to-do list, but it isn’t always easy to distinguish “authentic” from “tourist trap.” One new startup, BonAppetour, is aiming to bridge that gap by offering travelers a good meal — and good company — in the home of a perfect stranger.
Here’s how it works: Users can search the app to connect with “home restaurants” — AKA residential dining rooms — throughout the world, then confirm dates, specify dietary preferences or allergies, and make a payment. The app can also be used by hosts, who can create menus and, if approved, monetize their (hopefully decent) cooking skills. Guests are required to pay a 15 percent service fee on top of the price of the dining experience, which is set by the host.
Vulcan Post reports that the Singapore-based app recently received a $500,000 infusion of capital, which will be used to expand its “presence into the top culinary hubs around the world, including Rome, Paris, and Barcelona, where they already have a thriving community.” BonAppetour currently features dozens of cities platform, from Buenos Aires and Bangkok to Shanghai and Stockholm (and even Houston, Las Vegas, and Seattle).
A slew of other companies are working to brand themselves as “the Airbnb of food,” but none have had much success just yet. One issue facing similar apps is that not only do they need home cooks willing to participating, but they need enough diners to attend each meal to make it financially feasible. Some legal experts have also expressed concerns that serving (and charging for) meals prepared in a home falls into a legal gray area, one that could eventually be problematic for companies like BonAppetour.
Three ingredients mandated for Bavarian beer — and that’s all.
April 23, 1516, was not the date of William Shakespeare’s death. That wouldn’t happen for another hundred years. It was the date of the adoption of the Bavarian Beer Purity Act (Reinheitsgebot in German), decreeing that beer could be made only with three ingredients: water, barley and hops. Period.
This calls for all manner of celebrations, certainly in Germany where some festivals will stretch through the summer, but even in Colorado. Here are some:
AC Golden and Sandlot Brewery, both part of the Coors family, serve limited release of the Reinheit brew at select World of Beer locations. Master brewer Andreas Gahr from St. Johann Research Brewery in Germany has collaborated on this authentic, old-style German lager.
Boulder’s Bohemiian Biergarten is turning up the party juice this evening, even though Bohemia is now the Czech Republic, not Germany. Really, who cares? Beginning at 8 p.m. this evening, they are serving $5 Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr Biers (both from Munich and now corporately related). Also, there’s a raffle for commemorative mugs. Austrian Connection plays live. At least Austrian and Germany share a common language (more or less, depending on regional dialects). Create some Reinheitsgebot-themed attire and get a gift.
Mockery Brewing irreverently calls its its event Reinheitsgewhat?!. It starts today at noon, and the irreverence continues as the brewery invites guests to “spend the day rocking and mocking beer laws.” They’ve got limited beer releases, live music by the The Polkanauts (“Metal by Birth-Polka by Choice”) and commemorative beer steins for the first 100 guests. They are putting details on their Facebook event page.
The Rackhouse in RiNo is serving specialty brews from Call to Arms and Fässer, Andechs Döppelbock monastery from noon on. The kitchen is turning out the Bavarian specialty, Leberkäse, a pâté beloved in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Colorado’s first location of Italian cafe.
Illy, which the company insists on writing with a lower-case I (attractive on the logo but challenging to read in sans-serif type), recently opened opening its first free-standing café in Colorado,
Actually, the 650-square-foot Illy Caffé Bar is semi-freestanding, since it is located within the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel but also has a direct street-side entrance on the hotel’s 17th Street side, just off Champa. Indoor and outdoor seating for 40 mean it’s more than an stand-up/take-out place.
Since its founding in 1933 by Francesco Illy in cosmopolitan Trieste, Italy, the family-run company continues to be a prestigious brand for coffee culture in more than 140 countries.
Translation: I had a wonderful birthday in Paris.
We had plenty of OK but forgettable food in Paris, eating wherever we happened to be when our stomachs rumbled. But dinner on September 9, my birthday, was one to remember. Our AirBnB host recommended Maguey (“expensive but very good”), and it was both — and happily is located just down the street from where we stayed.
We had to leave for the airport early, so made a reservation for 7:30 — early by Parisian standards. The small, stylish restaurant was empty half-an-hour before anyone else arrived, but when we left at 9:30 or so, it was packed. The suave, efficient waiter explained the restaurant’s intriguing format. The “menu” consists of two adjectives and three courses. The diners select the adjectives that best suit their tastes (convivial, exuberant, playful, silky) tell the waiter what they might be allergic to — and the chef, whose name I do not know, tweaks the dishes to order. Beverage pairings are suggested for each course, but with an early morning departure for the airport, we each ordered just a glass of celebratory champagne.
At the end of the meal, the waiter brought small menus (in French) of what was selected. Here are some of the gorgeous and delicious items we had with just the most basic labeling of each dish. No time to translate the full roster of components.
Denver chef selected to showcase American food at world food fair.
My husband and I are winding down a week in the Dolomites in northeastern Italy, and when we were planning this trip, I made some efforts to plug a visit to Expo Milano 2015 into our itinerary. The theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet.” Right up my interest alley.
I couldn’t fit it into an itinerary that includes the resort town of San Martino di Castrozza deep in the mountains, Paris and New York, but Denver chef Jennifer Jasinski is there. Now. She and her Rioja crew are cooking at the James Beard American Restaurant at Seven Stars Galleria this weekend. They left for Italy on Monday, August 31 to prepare for the meal.
Other US chefs featured in the September lineup are Ming Tsai, Norman Van Aken and Hugh Acheson, with Tom Collichio, David Kinch, Andrew Carmellini among those scheduled for October, final month of the fair.
“I was blown away and honored to be invited by the US. State Department and the James Beard Foundation to join this incredible lineup of chefs at Expo Milano,” said Jasinski when the invitation was announced. “Expo Milano has been described as the first world’s fair that’s all about food and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Jasinski is serving 70 guests each night at the Milan dinners. She is showcasing contemporary American-accented cuisine for the diverse Expo crowd. These dishes, many including local Italian ingredients, sound awesome:
- Passed appetizers
- Crispy bacon cannoli “BLT” with rocket, heirloom tomato, avocado
- Grilled Virginia ham wrapped peaches, Pedro Jimenez gastrique
- Apple crisps with tuna tartare, apple, fennel anise vinaigrette
- Local oysters with citrus-chile granite
- Fresh cornbread served with cultured butter and Hawaiian sea salt
- Savory ricotta tart, marinated heirloom tomatoes, pine nut crust, pickled shallots, pine nut pistou, herb salad
- Alaska turbot, white corn grits, green tomato gazpacho, fresh baby corn, preserved lemons, radishes, watercress
- Piedmontese beef filet, smoked sweet corn risotto, squash alla Montava, romano beans, sauce bordelaise, bone marrow butter
- Strawberry rose Bavarian, pistachio-cashew phyllo, Pernod honey, candied rose petals
Buon appetito to the lucky diners