The 13th annual Denver Food + Wine Festival starts with Barbecue, a food film, at the Sie Film Center on September 5 and concludes on the 10th with the Rise + Dine brunch. The glamour event, of course, is Saturday’s Grand Tasting on the Pepsi Center grounds, featuring 700 international wines and some 40 Denver restaurants. Lead sponsors at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Colorado and the Colorado Restaurant Association. In between are The Shakedown (a bartender competition), a six-course dinner under the stars at Coohill’s Restaurant and the always informative Riedel Wine Glass seminar. Click here for the schedule and here to purchase tickets.
Local liqueur features decaf coffee & clean alcohol.
Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur, a 40-proof liqueur made with naturally decaffeinated coffee, pure vanilla and neutral grain spirits, was awarded a Silver Medal at the 7th Annual New York International Spirits Competition. It is the fifth international award win for Richardo’s, which can be used in cocktails, cooking and baking, and served neat or over ice. Do alcohol and decaf coffee cancel each other out?
Richard England makes his liqueur through a patent-pending process blending neutral grain spirits with England’s signature mix of naturally decaffeinated coffee, high-quality vanilla and other ingredients, then aged for at least 30 days. England and his wife, Linda, started making Richardo’s in small batches in 1986 , mainly for family and friends. In 2012, he teamed up with Spirit Hound Distillers to take his recipe to production scale while still keeping the rich, creamy and smooth taste of the liqueur intact.
According to England, Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur is made with high-quality vanilla and decaffeinated coffee, which requires less sugar to overcome the natural bitterness of caffeine.
Made just outside Denver in Lyons, Colorado, Richardo’s is available at Spirit Hound Distillers tasting room on the east side of in Lyons. We’ve passed it a million times en route to Estes Park. We’ve got to stop next time for a distillery tour and to try some Richardo’s. If you aren’t going though Lyons, click here for Colorado liquor stores and restaurant where you can find it. 4196 Ute Highway (US Highway 36), Lyons; 303- 823-5696 (tasting room) or 720- 636-4525.
Open Table’s “100 Best” list includes a handful in metro Denver.
Open Table, the online restaurant reservation site, has unveiled its users’ choices for the 100 Best Steakhouses in America for 2016. Of those, five are in Colorado — all in Denver or the greater metro area. They are:
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Greenwood Village
Elway’s Cherry Creek, Denver
Guard & Grace, Denver
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Park Meadows, Lone Tree
Shanahan’s Steakhouse, Denver
I was alerted to this by a Del Frisco’s spokeswoman, who also noted that this upscale steakhouse chain has three interesting insiders’ features:
Secret menu items that “only those with prior knowledge know to order the off-menu delights, many inspired by Del Frisco’s regulars and local celebrities.”
Non-traditional spirits that vary by each location, offering “some of the rarest vintages and bottles available in the U.S.
The recently created recently created Somm Wars pitting “Leaders of Women in Wine” against each other, “with Del being “home to many top female sommeliers and a friendly three-city wine competition, which will become an annual event.” The three cities are Dallas, New York and Chicago.
Canadian resort’s dazzling November food and wine festival.
Canadian Thanksgiving occurs in October, leaving room for other eating and drinking “opportunities” in November. Cornucopia runs from the 10th through the 20th. Now 20 years old, this dazzling 11-day display of gourmet food and drink, attracts over 15,000 visitors. Respected industry professionals, judges and presenters to headline each event, seminar and tasting.
In addition to the Culinary Stage and dinners, a series of seminars starting on November 12 cover what could be argued by some as four important “food” groups: wine, beer, cocktails and spirits.Topics include pairing food and cocktails, spirited chocolate, bubbly cocktails, tequila, the history of IPA, pairing wine and chocolate, or wine and pizza, happy hour @ home and more The festival’s hallmark event, Crush Grand Gala Tasting, Saturday, November 12 , with a vibrant atmosphere where attendees are invited to sip, savor and sample their way through a feast of wines from BC and beyond.
A Taste of Colorado, the long-running Labor Day Weekend tradition of food, entertainment, carnival attractions and vendors galore, packs ’em in to Denver’s Civic Center Park. But an option in the mountains holds more epicurean appeal –.away from the Front Range’s late summer heat. The commonality, in addition to being in Colorado, is that entry to both events is free. You pay for what you eat.
The 10th annual Gourmet on Gore, a comparatively new classic culinary festival, takes place in the heart of Vail on Labor Day Weekend (September 2-5) and features gastronomic creations from some of Vail’s most renowned chefs, sips from world-class vintners, exceptional beers and events that highlight the natural beauty of Vail. In short, you won’t fine BBQ turkey legs or funnel cake.
In addition to the open-air tasting with wine, beer and spirits selections and food from the Vail Valley’s top restaurants, Gourmet on Gore offers also offers a variety of additional pairing events and outdoor activities throughout the weekend. The Tasting Tour kicks things off on Friday, September 4, and Open-Air Tastings take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brunch on Bridge Street closes the weekend on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Find a full schedule of events, lodging packages and other details or purchase Tasting Tour tickets online, FoMoInfo: 970.476.6797 x712.
Food & wine showcased in Southwest Colorado event.
I seem to remember being at the very first Durango Wine Experience a decade ago. If not that one, I must have been at the second. In any event, it was an early one and it was terrific. Seminars and tastings, chefs and winemakers occupied Durango‘s charming Main Street. It’s kicking off today for the 10th time. Wish I were there.
Half-dozen educational seminars start today. The Walk-About Durango, the signature tasting event, provides attendees to enjoy a casual, multi-location stroll in downtown Durango tasting wine, beer, spirits and drinking in the artsy atmosphere. It takes place tomorrow, Friday, May 6 from 4 to7 p.m.
The Famous Grouse shines in quartet of new cocktails.
I am not sure why I was invited to the recent introduction of four bespoke cocktails, All the other guests were in the spirits industry. I was the only food writer/blogger. But I welcome any opportunity to visit TAG Continental Social Food, one of the landmark Larimer Square restaurants. TAG provided delicious hors d’oeuvres to accompany the cocktails, all made with The Famous Grouse Scotch whisky.
I’m really not much of a whisky/whiskey drinkers, but three of these four concoctions went a long way in changing my opinion. They were very, very good. The Old Fashioned was a bit “pure” for my taste. Here’s the new quartet of unique adult beverages:
Claire Walter's Colorado-oriented but not Colorado-exclusive blog about restaurants, food and wine events, recipes and related news. For address of any restaurant, click on the Zomato icon at the end of the post.