Steamboat’s treasured bistro c.v., one of the town’s pioneering fine dining outposts of contemporary Rocky Mountain cuisine, closes on July 29 after a storied 9-year run, that included an invitation just this past May to cook at New York’s James Beard House.
Brian and Katy Vaughn have decided to fold one of their Steamboat tents and set up another in Denver. Bistro c.v. is going away, but coming to the Front Range is a second LOW Country Kitchen, where the food speaks with a refined Southern drawl. They also established YAMA Modern Japanese Cuisine and Ramen Bar at Ski Time Square at the resort base. I am not sure whether it is being affected.
The Vaughns are not the first Steamboat restaurateurs to cross Rabbit Ears Pass. Backcountry Provisions started in Steamboat Springs in 1999 and now has three locations in Denver and one in Fort Collins. The Vaughns, who plan to split their time between Steamboat and Denver, also hope to grow LOW.
Five things I like about Mountain Home Café in Estes Park’s Upper Stanley Village café: 1) It was not too noisy; 2) The food was scratch-made; 3) service was attentive; 4) breakfast dishes are available any time the café is open; 5) it appears to be a generous business, supporting local and health causes.
Annual festival showcases Denver’s independent restaurants.
The Big Eat on Thursday, July 14 is a collegial culinary festival that celebrates the best of the local dining scene. Fifty bucks buys unlimited bites from more than 50 restaurants including popular favorites and even the not-yet-open Mister Tuna. Colorado wines from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, a local craft brews and cocktails starring spirits from the likes of Peach Street Distillers and Distillery 291.
The festival benefits EatDenver, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the city’s independently run restaurants. This year, The Big Eat groups restaurants by neighborhood — Berkeley, Downtown, RiNo, etc. 6 to 9 p.m. The Big Eat takes places from6 to 9 p.m. at the Garner Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1100 13th Street. Click here to purchase tickets
There’s a new French connection in Denver in a few days as Bistro Vendome debuts its Movie Night series with one of my favorite food movies, “Julie & Julia,” made from one of my favorite food books of the same name. The story involves a young woman in New York who embarked on an ambitious project to take her mine off her dreadful job. The project: Julie Powell cooking her way through the Julia Child opus, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Along the way, she started a blog, which caught the right attention that resulted in a book contract and then a movie.
Bistro Vendome’s state-of-the-art audiovisual system in the main dining room is showing the delightful movie on a 103-inch screen. Guests are served the classic culinary comedy paired with a three-course prix fixe menu by chef Adam Branz.
Heirloom tomato bruschetta
Choice of Fillet of Sole with brown butter, lemon, parsley or Boeuf Bourguignon
Apple Tarte Tatin
Show time is 8 p.m. on Monday, July 11. Please make reservations at 303-825-3232. The restaurant promises future movie nights. It is at 1420 Larimer Square, with an entrance via the Sussex Breezeway.
Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel installed four honeybee hives on its roof in 2008. The honey is used for the fabulous high tea in the soaring lobby and also for some spa treatments. Two years ago, Denver’s Warwick Hotel added four beehives to its roof. Executive chef Jesper Jonsson of Randolph’s Restaurant was looking forward to honey harvested from the roof as soon as the hives were installed.
Union Station and its restaurants are now part of the buzz, with its own four hives. The station and the restaurants it houses invested $12,000 to start and maintain the hives. In addition to supplying restaurants under its roof with honey, it joins the Brown, the Warwick and other properties in helping combat the colony collapse that has plagued the pollinator population in recent years. As the saying goes, it’s a win-win situation.
Last month, when my husband and I enjoyed the new brunch menu at Under the Sun (click here for my post), the buzz around the communal table was for Fried Chicken Wednesdays. The chicken was great, we heard. The lines built up, we were cautioned. We promised ourselves that we’d try it, and now we have, arriving shortly after 4 p.m. to avoid the wait.
We ordered Fried Chicken for One, with three pieces and one side, plus a couple of additional sides, which sufficed for us to share. My husband is a mashed potato addict, but when he learned that Under the Sun serves its without gravy, he made a comment and ordered biscuits and gravy instead. The waiter brought a complimentary order of gravy in case the mashed potatoes that they were not sufficiently rich and buttery to stand alone. In my view they were — happily so, since I don’t really care for country gravy. Here’s the array of comfort dishes that we ate:
Price check: On Fried Chicken Wednesdays, Fried Chicken for One (three pieces of chicken, choice of one side), $11.95; Fried Chicken for Two (six pieces of chicken, two sides), $20.95; Fried Chicken for Four (12 pieces of chicken, four sides), $38.95; Fried Chicken for Six (18 pieces of chicken, six sides); additional sides, $2 each.
627-A South Broadway (Table Mesa Shopping Center), Boulder; 303-927-6921.
Vail Resorts is better known for buying than selling, but the giant resort company has sold the Mirabelle Restaurant site to Chef Daniel Joly and his wife Nathalie, who have operated it since 1992.
The charming restaurant located in an original farmhouse at the entrance to Beaver Creek is now the newest chef-owned, four-star restaurant at the upmarket ski resort. The three dining rooms are exquisite — and the food and wine match the décor.
“We have worked successfully with Vail Resorts as our landlord for many years,” said Daniel Joly. “Many times we have tried to buy the property as we see ownership in Mirabelle giving us reason to continue to invest in and enhance Mirabelle for generations to come, much as restaurateurs do in Europe.”
Daniel Joly operated the restaurant, which was owned by Vail restaurateur Luc Meyer, who also owned the Left Bank in Vail Village. The Joly family bought the restaurant business (absent the building or the land) in 1999 and has operated it with much acclaim.
“My passion for food and good life are legendary in our community,” Joly said. “Owning Mirabelle, we can carry that passion beyond the valley and farther. The incredible location and spirit of the place is magical and will remain here to for our patrons under the lead of the Joly family.”
Since 2008, Joly and Mirabelle have consistently received four-star/four-diamond ratings from the Mobil Travel Guide and AAA. Joly and Mirabelle have received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for each of the 15 years he has been chef of the restaurant. I have met him at the Denver International Wine Festival. He recently returned from cooking for the legendary Naples Food and Wine Festival and from Napa Valley where he was chosen to cook for the Antinori Vintners from Italy, the country’s largest Chianti.
Mirabelle will begin serving lunch this summer outside on the deck. FoMoInfo, call 970-949-7728.
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