Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Pig & Block

February 24th, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver No Comment yet

The Highlands’ Tejon Street is quickly giving the busy 32nd and Lowell a little friendly neighborhood competition.  Studded with coffee shops, long standing Italian joints, and Mexican favorites, Tejon Street is a low-key alternative to its busier counterpart.  New to Tejon Street is the Old South Pearl Street farmer’s market staple, The Pig & Block.  An old world charcuterie and butcher shop featuring cheeses and house-made terrines makes this little shop a carnivore’s dream.  The items in stock change frequently: everything from Bacon Bratwurst, Porchetta, and wings– The Pig & Block is a savory stop for anyone in the market for meat.

This weekends specials are Andouille Sausage, Terrine de Forestier and Wild Boar Salami.  Follow the Pig & Block on Facebook to stay up to date on what’s new!

The Pig & Block 

303.455.6328

Food + Wine = Passion

February 20th, 2012 Posted by Aspen, Boulder, Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

We typically reserve this spot for an interview with a chef, sommelier or mixologist.  It dawned on me that after three plus years in business I have not expanded on why I named my company Culinary Connectors instead of a name with food or culinary tour as part of the company name. After spending ten days in Spain this month and experiencing their food, wine and culture I felt it was vitally important to share what Culinary Connectors is about.

There are many food tour companies around the country. Colorado has six such companies, three in Denver, two each in Boulder and Aspen and one in Colorado Springs. Culinary Connectors provides tours in Denver, Boulder and Aspen.  Aside from an ethnic market tour company that was around for a few years Culinary Connectors was the first formalized food tour company in Colorado, beginning in November 2008.

I am a huge proponent of following your passion and if I were a betting woman I would bet 99% of those people who start culinary tour companies are passionate about food, beverages, chefs, etc. Collectively, some offer market tours, restaurant tours, farm to table tours, etc., but they all take a chance to be able to share their passion of food with others and that’s a great thing.

Although one (major) aspect of our business is to provide culinary tours and everyone who works for us has a strong passion for all things culinary, Culinary Connectors is not about offering tours.

Nope, not at all.

We’re about connecting people to the passion food encompasses and just as important, to the people who deliver on that passion.

As humans we have few basic needs, a couple which are food and social connections.  I speculate that is why we center around food; we make up,
break up, negotiate, network, mourn and celebrate… all around food.

For the sake of what do we do this? What is it about food that brings us together? That we spend hours searching for ingredients, cooking, pairing beverages, inviting friends over to our homes only to devour a meal in 20 minutes that took days to prepare and another day to clean up? Why is it at a party everyone ends up in the kitchen?  It is the care that went in to preparing that meal that brought our friends and family together to provide them with joy. A joy that evokes memories over a causal picnic, a five course meal or even a cookie.  It is the memory of that connection of food to happiness, bliss and the desire to continue to participate in that ritual.

The sharing of food with others is a connection we can have for a moment in time or a lifelong relationship.  We have all heard of comfort foods and we all have our favorites, some traditional some not so traditional to our cultures. All comfort foods have one thing in common and it’s not an ingredient you can buy, grow or make.  It is the memory of pleasure that food brings back for you.

It is that connection and our passion to bring those joy seekers and talented passion providers together. That is what Culinary Connectors is
about.  We are about introducing you to the culinary talent we have here and around the country.  We want to share our knowledge and passion with you and we want to learn from you and your culinary experiences, passion and knowledge.

Connecting is sharing and sharing with each other is what Culinary Connectors is about.

Please, take a moment and post a comment and tell us about your favorite culinary experience, knowledge or food passion.

Thank you for continuing to support our passion.

My warmest regards,
Becky Creighton
President/Founder
Culinary Connectors

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Kitchen [Next Door]

February 17th, 2012 Posted by Boulder, Culinary Connectors, restaurants No Comment yet
The Kitchen [Next Door] is a food lover’s go-to spot when eating on a budget.  With a delicious, earthy menu featuring items all around $10, including the addictive kale chips and garlic smashed potatoes, The Kitchen [Next Door] is like an upscale farm picnic in an urban setting. Keeping with The Kitchen family ideals, all beer and wine is served on tap in order to reduce waste and is just $3.  If you have your kids in tow, $2 of the cost of their meal will be donated to help build gardens in local schools.
1035 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone:  720.542.8159

Where to Eat this Weekend: Piece, Love & Chocolate

February 10th, 2012 Posted by Boulder, Culinary Connectors, restaurants No Comment yet

Everyone loves chocolate.  Not everyone knows where to buy good chocolate.  Thankfully, Boulder’s Piece, Love and Chocolate can help any over-sugared hollow chocolate bunny lover find the perfect cacoa treat for their honey this Valentine’s Day.   From exotic chocolate bars to decadent cakes and unique or traditional house-made truffles, Piece, Love and Chocolate has just what the Love Doctor ordered to impress beyond the drug store heart shaped boxes.

Today from 2pm – 6pm, Izzybelle Chocolate LLC will be at the shop to demonstrate their recipe for baked chicken with a chili chocolate sauce – with samples!

Piece, Love & Chocolate
805 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 449-4804

Where to Eat this Weekend: Zydeco’s

February 3rd, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

In a prime location for late-night kicks, Zydeco’s brings an appropriate taste of southern hospitality, class, and New Orleans flavor to Lodo.  Chef J. Michael Menton brings his southern roots to the table in everything from Abita drafts, frog legs, to beignets. Zydeco’s also features live music every Friday and Saturday from 7-11pm, to help dance away the etouffée. For weekend brunch, you can eat like a Cajun King–fried chicken and waffles with bacon cayenne syrup.   If you really enjoy reveling in the southern spirit, join Zydeco’s on Madri Gras, February 21st; they will open at 11am, hosting a crawfish boil, two bands (1pm-5pm and 7pm-11pm), and more frog legs and gumbo.

Culinary Connectors is hosting Supper Club with Zydeco’s Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30pm.

1730 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
303-293-2887