Category Archives: Restaurant & multiple restaurants

Denver Fest Celebrates Sustainable Seafood

Go Fish!  tasting event on Wednesday.

Fish-clipaartTop 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.

Post-Hike Eats at Nederland Brew Pub

Head up the hill for Wild Mountain’s good eats & brews.

059 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.

On a sunny summer afternoon there's no better place than the back deck.
On a sunny summer afternoon there’s no better place than the back deck.
Smoked prime rib with a ramekin of 'au jus' and one of horseradish sauce, and a choice of sides, here skin-on mashed potatoes and mixed beans.
Smoked prime rib with a ramekin of ‘au jus’ and one of horseradish sauce, and a choice of sides, here skin-on mashed potatoes and mixed beans (barely visible behind the yellow ramekin). The meat was tender and tasty, and the sides terrific.
Cup of pork green chile, a Colorado specialty, made with four kinds of chile and tender smoked pork. On top, cheddar and sour cream. Alongside, a pile of corn chips.
Cup of pork green chili, a Colorado specialty, made with four kinds of chile and tender smoked pork. On top, a bit of cheddar and a big dollop of sour cream. Alongside, a pile of corn chips. The chili started mild but ended with a happy kick at the end.

Price check: Starters, $3.50-$11; soups and salads, $4.50-$10.95; Ned-E-Que BBQ Specialties, $8.50-20.95; Sides, $1.75 + $2.25 (sauce sampler); sandwiches, $7.95-$11.95.

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Good Grub at Gazpacho

Mexican charmer in downtown Durango .

P1040228I 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.

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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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Cured Offers Tour de France Matches

Regional cheeses and drinks echo Grand Tour route.

Cured-logoOnce 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.

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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.

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Lunada in Lafayette a Tasty Surprise

001Southwestern 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.

The space was once an Indian restaurant, and the wall colors translate well o Southwestern style.
The space was once an Indian restaurant, and the wall colors translate well o Southwestern style.
Lunada usually referrs to the crescent moon, but the restaurant's dramatic art depicts the full moon.
Lunada usually referrs to the crescent moon, but the restaurant’s dramatic art depicts the full moon.
A good marg in a cactus-steam glass are a good start.
A good marg in a cactus-stem glass is a good start to any Mexican meal.
Nachos, natch.
Nachos, natch.
A trio of sliders on mini-brioche bread are sided with thin, skin-on fries. The burgers are topped with cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo and crunchy
A trio of sliders on mini-brioche bread are sided with thin, skin-on fries. The burgers are topped with cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo and crunchy “tumble weed onions.”
Signs of the times at the former mall.
Signs of the times at the former mall.

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.

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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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