Top Denver chefs are coming together on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge. The first Go Fish! Sustainable Seafood Tasting Event is described as a “luxurious strolling dinner” that includes ocean-friendly fish donated by Seattle Fish Co. — with gourmet beer wine and cocktails as well. The focus is on sustainable ingredients as identified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s wonderful Seafood Watch program. During this fishy feast, guests can sample dishes by some of the top restaurants and chefs in Denver, including acknowledged local seafood specialists. The event is open to the public. Click here to purchase tickets ($40).
Dory Ford, Baur’s Restaurant and AQUA TERRA Culinary.
Sheila Lucero, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar.
Kelly Whitaker, Basta and Cart-Driver.
Robert Grant, Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge.
Alex Seidel, Fruition.
Troy Guard, Guard & Grace and others.
Paul Reilly, Beast + Bottle.
Shaun Motoda, TAG Raw Bar.
Matt Vawter, Mercantile Dining & Provision.
Kyle Mendenhall, The Kitchen Community.
Kevin Grossi, LOLA.
Bauer’s is at 1512 Curtis Street, Denver; 303-615-4000.
Head up the hill for Wild Mountain’s good eats & brews.
Nederland is just 17 miles up Boulder Canyon, but it often feels like another universe — tiny, funky and ultra casual. We’ve been to and through Ned several times recently, including a late post-hike lunch at the Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery. The food and the beer were good, but the margarita so awful that I sent it back — and the waiter did take it off the check.
I took my son to Gazpacho’s Restaurant a number of years ago — perhaps when he was still a student at Fort Lewis College. He’s been out on his own for years but still living in Durango, and for some reason, it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten there. He my husband and I went for dinner on Friday when we arrived for a weekend visit to Durango.
The restaurant is a charming spot a block off Main Street on the south end of downtown Durango — a combination of convenience and quiet. On a busy summer Friday evening, there was a wait for tables in the dining rooms, so we took a small table at the bar.
The margs were killer. Not surprising, because they buy Herradura tequila by the barrel. The food was good and filling, from chips and a thin, spicy salsa to puffy sopapillas with butter and honey at the end. I accidentally left my camera on its “sunset” setting, so my pix are all red and not worth posting. I will have to return.
Burger restaurant’s shakes come in unusual flavors & combos.
Hopdoddy 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.
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.
Regional cheeses and drinks echo Grand Tour route.
Once again, Will Frischkorn is preparing for the Tour de France. The greatest of all the Grand Tour stage races in Europe starts on Saturday in Holland, whisks through a bit of Belgium before its grueling route around France with the traditional finish in Paris. But these days, he’s not getting his body and mind into shape to ride 3,360 kilometers. Rather, he and his wife, Coral, who own Cured, have again put together a little Tour of their own. Boulder’s wonderful gourmet shop is set to assemble a special Tour-appropriate offering for who customers with a love of fine cheese, a passion for French wine and a good appetite.
Will broke the Tour into eight stages, each corresponding to 3 to 4 days of racing, and for each region, he has chosen a cheese and a beverage. As the riders make their way around France, it is possible to follow along with region-appropriate cheese and wine and the Tour on the tube or on your computer.
Each stage, available individually for $40 or as part of the whole package for $295, comes with a chunk of cheese and a beverage to pair. While mostly wine, they also have an exceptional beer and even a bottle of Calvados this year, paying homage to the route that the organizers chose for this 102nd edition of the Tour. Participants in Cured’s entire tour receive a Team Garmin Cannondale musette bag filled with Will’s favorite cycling ride and recovery snacks. This year’s Tour is available for pickup at Cured, or for $90 each week, they’ll deliver a box to your doorstep with that week’s stages. Call Cured at 720-389-8096 to purchase a Tour and visit their website to learn more and read about the individual stages.
Southwestern restaurant next to a mall that is becoming a mega-church.
Lafayette’s Flatirons Community Church has been making headlines for its huge congregation (10,000 members) and its expansion into the Lafayette Marketplace, which used to have several restaurants. The church bought the mall from Jim Quinlan, owner of Jax Mercantile, which anchors the mall. On Saturday, we were scheduled to do volunteer tree planting at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, and we were told to expect mud. It was indirectly because of Jax Ranch Supply, where I went to buy rubber boots, so we discovered A) the location of the headline-making church and B) Lunada. It is one of the few remaining restaurants there.
Price check: Soups, Salads and Stew, $4-$8.99; Para la Mesa (shareable food “for the table”), $2.99-$7.50; Char-Grllled Burgers, $8.50-$10.99; Los Tacos, $8.49-$12/49 (incl ranchero beans and rice); Las Enchiladas, $9.50-$12.
Four courses and eight wines make for indulgent evening,
I 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.
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