Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Where To Eat This Weekend: Salt Bistro

March 31st, 2012 Posted by Boulder, Chefs, Culinary Connectors, restaurants No Comment yet

By Becky Creighton

On a unseasonably warm weekend in Boulder, Colorado sits a top notch casual restaurant that serves up some of the best farm to table food in the area.  Their creative cocktail program has also garnered national attention with bar manager Evan Faber appearing on FoodTV and in Sunset magazine.  Their dedication to locally sourced food and beverages comes shining through with their extensive Colorado based wine, spirit and beer list.  A perfect cocktail for sitting on their patio on a March day that is in the 80’s would be the Strawberry Basil Vodka Collins with fresh squeezed lemon juice and house made strawberry basil syrup mixed with vodka and soda.

Since the cocktail has been chosen it only makes sense to order up some of their delicious food.  Executive chef Kevin Kidd has put together a menu that spans from land to sea (ok, the sea part is not so local but Colorado would have a hard time raising tuna here – just saying’).  Wow, it is hard to choose what to dine on with so many great choices from their house made veggie burger to the steak salad to the tuna nicoise salad.  Hmmmm, neither, go for the Long Farm pork sausage and gulf prawns.

Yep, that’s a perfect combination. Pork, prawns, seared greens and lyonnaise potatoes. Oh my yummy! salty, creamy and tasty, all in one bite.  Mmm, it will pair perfectly with the Collins drink that is a tad fizzy and a lot refreshing – better order two.

So, head over to Salt Bistro for a great meal, an amazing cocktail and enjoy some Colorado sun, don’t forget your sunscreen – or your designated driver because chances are you’ll order more than two cocktails.

Catch Salt Bistro on one of our Boulder Top Restaurant Tours.




Where To Eat This Weekend: District Meats

March 23rd, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

By Becky Creighton

Two years ago I made a prediction that Denver is on the cusp of being the next major food city.  I think I was/am on to something as the amount of national attention Denver is receiving for our growing food scene, local chefs competing on national TV and being nominated for James Beard Awards we now have internationally known chef Charlie Palmer in ‘da hood.

The menu here is very approachable with their Colorado influenced take on the cobb salad to a grilled Scottish salmon and of course your choice of many different steaks, pork and pastas.  The prices range from $9-$20 for lunch and $12-$32 for dinner.  Well, really $62 is the most expensive item on their menu but that is for two for a bone in Kansas City strip steak.

The atmosphere here matches the menu, very approachable with giant screens for your viewing pleasure, an expansive bar and the chefs tables will also host dinners with Charlie Palmer himself, so stay tuned Denver, it’s only going to get tastier.

Catch them on this week’s Top Restaurant Tour where we will also visit Village Cork and The Corner Office.

1625 Wazee Street Denver, CO 80202 303.623.1630 Open for lunch and dinner, closed on Sunday.

District Meats

And The Finalist Are…

March 19th, 2012 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

The James Beard Foundation has announced the final nominees for the 2012 James Beard Awards at an event in Las Vegas (the semifinalists were announced back in February). The winners of each category below will be announced on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Here are the nominees:

Food Coverage in a Food-Focused Publication
· Bon Appétit
· Gilt Taste
· Saveur

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication
· Los Angeles Magazine
· The Christian-Science Monitor
· New York Magazine

Food-Related Column
· Josh Ozersky,
· Kevin Pang, Chicago Tribune
· Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal

Personal Essay
· Cal Fussman,
· Gabrielle Hamilton, Bon Appétit
· Anna Stoessinger, New York Times

Health & Well-Being
· Janet Rausa Fuller, Chicago Sun-Times
· Maureen O’Hagan, The Seattle Times
· Melinda Wenner Moyer, EatingWell

Environment/Food Politics/Policy
· Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune
· Barry Estabrook, Gastronomica
· Ben Paynter, Fast Company

· Susan Choi, Food & Wine
· Adam Sachs, Bon Appétit
· Emily Kaiser Thelin, San Francisco

Wine, Spirits, Beverages
· Ellen Cushing, East Bay Express
· Sarah Karnasiewicz, Imbibe
· Adam Sachs, Travel +Leisure

Food, Culture and Travel
· Lauren Collins, Food & Wine
· Fuschia Dunlop, The Financial Times
· Jason Sheehan, Gilt Taste

· Christopher Boffoli, The Kitchen
· Ann Hodgman, EatingWell
· Brett Martin, GQ

Group Food Blog
· The Epi-Log
· Nona Brooklyn
· NPR’s The Salt

Individual Food Blogs
· Bunkycooks
· Cannelle et Vanille
· Poor Man’s Feast

Cooking, Recipes and Instruction
· Mary Allen Perry, Southern Living
· Stephen Scoble, Food & Wine
· Anna Thomas, EatingWell

Visual Storytelling
· Alex Grossman, Bon Appétit
· Landon Nordeman, Saveur
· Michael Harlan Turkell, Edible Manhattan

The Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
· Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle
· Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly
· Alan Richman, GQ

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
· Tamar Adler, Gilt Taste
· John T. Edge, Saveur
· Todd Kliman, Lucky Peach

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
· Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares
· From Bread Lines to Revolution
· The Sporkful

Video Webcast
· eatTV with Jamie Tiampo
· Food. Curated.
· Paul Willis Story

Television Segment
· ABC News Nightline, ABC
· Good Enough to Eat, CBS
· The Hungry Hound, ABC 7 Chicago

Television or Video Webcast Special/Documentary
· A Matter of Taste
· Lidia Celebrates America
· Sky Full of Bacon

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location
· Chopped
· Essential Pepin
· Simply Ming

Television Program, On Location
· A Taste of History
· Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern
· The Wild Within

TV Food Personality/Host
· Ted Allen
· Sara Moulton
· Ina Garten

Cookbooks: American Cooking
· A New Turn in the South by Hugh Acheson
· American Flavor by Andrew Carmellini
· Masala Farm by Suvir Saran

Cookbooks: International Cooking
· The Country Cooking of Italy by Colman Andrews
· The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert
· The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden

Cookbooks: Baking and Dessert
· Baking Style by Lisa Yockelson
· Cooking With Chocolate by Frederic Bau
· Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer

Cookbooks: Beverage
· An Ideal Wine by David Darlington
· Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons
· The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver and Horst Dornbusch

Cookbooks: Cooking From a Professional Point of View
· The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by Jennifer May, Frédéric Morin and David McMillan
· Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
· Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Billet

Cookbooks: General Cooking
· My Family Table by John Besh
· Ruhlman’s Twenty by Michael Ruhlman
· The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekends by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Cookbooks: Focus on Health
· Comfort Food Fix by Ellie Krieger
· The Intolerant Gourmet by Barbara Kafka
· Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

Cookbooks: Photography
· The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen, photography by Joseph De Leo
· Notes From a Kitchen, photography by Jeff Scott
· Rustica, photography by Alan Benson

Cookbooks: Reference and Scholarship
· The Art of Beef Cutting by Kari Underly
· The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
· Turning the Tables by Andrew P. Haley

Cookbooks: Single Subject
· All About Roasting by Molly Stevens
· Odd Bits by Jennifer McLagan
· Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Cookbooks: Writing and Literature
· Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
· Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo
· Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller

America’s Classics Award winners:
· The Fry Bread House
· Nora’s Fish Creek Inn
· St. Elmo Steak House
· Jones Bar-B-Q Diner
· Shady Glen

The 2012 Who’s Who Inductees
· Grant Achatz
· Mark Bittman
· Dana Cowin
· Emily Luchetti
· Marvin Shanken

Lifetime Achievement Award winner
· Wolfgang Puck

Humanitarian of the Year
· Charlie Trotter

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics:
· The Americano at Hôtel Americano (NYC)
· The Dutch (NYC)
· Farmshop (Santa Monica)

Outstanding Restaurant Design:
· DBGB Kitchen and Bar (NYC)
· Le Bernardin (NYC)
· Romera (NYC)

Outstanding Beer, Wine, or Spirits Prof:
· Sam Calagione
· Merry Edwards
· Paul Grieco
· Garrett Oliver
· Neal Rosenthal

Outstanding Wine Program:
· A16, San Francisco
· The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
· Frasca, Boulder, CO
· Emeril’s, New Orleans
· No. 9 Park, Boston

Outstanding Bar Program:
· The Aviary, Chicago
· Bar Agricole, San Francisco
· Pegu Club, NYC
· The Violet Hour, Chicago

Best Chef: Southwest:
· Bruce Auden, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio
· Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ
· Bruno Davaillon, Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
· Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver
· Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston
· Paul Qui, Uchiko, Austin, TX

Best Chef: Pacific:
· Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville, CA
· Chris Cosentino, Incanto, San Francisco
· Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
· Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
· Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco

Best Chef: Northwest:
· Matt Dillon, Sitka & Spruce, Seattle
· Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle
· Christopher Israel, Gruner, Portland, OR
· Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR
· Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, OR

Best Chef: Midwest:
· Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee
· Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis
· Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, MO
· Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, WI
· Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN

Best Chef: Great Lakes:
· Michael Carlson, Schwa, Chicago
· Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago
· Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, OH
· Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago
· Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago

Best Chef: South:
· Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans
· John Harris, Lilette, New Orleans
· Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
· Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans
· Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast:
· Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten, Athens, GA
· Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC
· Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta
· Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville
· Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic:
· Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA
· Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.
· Peter Pastan, Obelisk, Washington, D.C.
· Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ
· Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Northeast:
· Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston
· Tim Cushman, O Ya, Boston
· Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY
· Matt and Kate Jennings, La Laiterie, Providence, RI
· Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, CT

Best Chef: NYC:
· Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
· April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig
· Wylie Dufresne, wd-50
· Mark Ladner, Del Posto
· Michael White, Marea

Rising Star Chef of the Year:
· Dave Beran, Next, Chicago
· Daniel Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco
· Thomas McNaughton, flour + water, San Francisco
· Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC
· Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s, New Orleans

Outstanding Pastry Chef:
· Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Cambridge, MA
· Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco
· Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami
· Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
· Ghaya Oliveira, Boulud Sud, NYC
· Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Chicago

Best New Restaurant:
· AQ, San Francisco
· Fiola, Washington DC
· Isa, NYC
· Next, Chicago
· Tertulia, NYC

Outstanding Service:
· Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA
· La Grenouille, NYC
· Michael Mina, San Francisco
· Spiaggia, Chicago
· Topolobampo, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurateur:
· Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Restaurants, NYC
· Tom Douglas, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Seattle
· Piero Selvaggio, Valentino Restaurant Group, Santa Monica, CA
· Caroline Styne, Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern, Los Angeles
· Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant:
· Balthazar, NYC
· Blue Hill, NYC
· Boulevard, San Francisco
· Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL
· Vetri, Philadelphia

Outstanding Chef:
· David Chang, Momofuku Ssam Bar, NYC
· Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
· Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, NYC
· Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago
· Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans
· Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

Source: Eater

Where To Eat This Weekend: The Corner Office

March 16th, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

As you walk into this funky, blast from the past restaurant deep in the heart of the theater district, you can’t help but head to the bar for one of their signature cocktails.  The cocktails are creations of bar manager Andy Owens that range from Breakfast + Tiffany made with bacon bourbon and maple syrup to With Six You Get Eggroll made with local favorite Leopold’s Gin and tart cherries, quite the range of cocktails from which to choose.  I can taste the bacon bourbon cocktail with their brunch menu now.

Speaking of food, executive chef Will Cisa brings his CIA (Culinary Institute of America) education and commitment to local ingredients to fuel his global cuisine menu.  Probably one of the best things about The Corner Office (TCO to those of us who are too lazy to say the name) is that you can get a great meal late night, as in until midnight late night.  THANK GOODNESS! I admit diner food can satiate those late night, I’ve been out drinking and dancing cravings but you may have a hard time going back to greasy fries and burgers once you have the ramen at TCO.  This ramen is head and shoulders above the college staple we all existed on with it’s crispy pork belly, confit pork shoulder and to top it off, a 62 degree egg – yes please!  And let’s not forget the house made chicharron that adds great texture to the warm broth of, wait for it, yep, chicken and pork.  I think Chef Will has done an outstanding job applying as much pork as possible in different ways to one dish – even writing that is a mouthful.

So we started with cocktails, filled our belly with ramen now we need to end with dessert.  But, wait, I can’t tell you what they are yet because Chef Will is rolling new ones out this weekend.  Although, I hope the espresso creme brûlée makes the cut.  Want a sneak peak of the desserts? Check out the Top Restaurant Tour on Saturday as they are the last stop in the Late Night Tripod with fellow theater and late night restaurants Row 14 and Le Grand Bistro.

The Corner Office is located at 1401 Curtis St. Denver, CO 303-825-6500.

Where To Eat This Weekend: Jonesy’s Eat Bar

March 9th, 2012 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

It’s easy to see why local alternative paper Westword voted Jonesy’s one of Denver’s best restaurants in 2011:  With their elevated version of comfort food and outstanding (locally made) selection of craft beers , wines by the glass and specialty cocktails, Jonesy’s  makes coming home like it never was before . 

Housed in what was a soda fountain in days gone by, Jonesy’s is Denver’s first ‘gastro pub’—a place that serves exceptional food alongside exceptional drinks.   Folks from the neighborhood and visitors alike feel at home ordering upscale riffs on classic comfort foods in a homey atmosphere, complete with pool table, board games and comic-strip wallpaper reminiscent of a 1970s rec room.  On a recent visit, we loved Chef Beau Simmons’ Low Country Grits, served with crawfish, shrimp and andouille sausage, while their butternut squash and fig risotto—topped with sweet, pan-seared scallops—disappeared off the plate.  Round it out with their famed smothered fries and you’ll have an idea of what makes Jonesy’s—like Saturday’s sold-out top restaurant tour—so special.

Where to Eat this Weekend: Oliverde

March 2nd, 2012 Posted by Boulder, Chefs, Culinary Connectors No Comment yet

Most chefs will say your dishes can only be as good as your product.  Sure, there are a few ingredients you can cut corners on, but olive oils and balsamics are not one of them–they can turn an average dish into a “wow, why is this so good?” dish.  Lucky for us, Boulder’s Oliverde is there to help decide which oils and vinegars are best for everyday cooking or special occasions.  Most of the staff are chefs and can give advice on oil or anything beyond.  All olive oils are of the highest quality, available the first pressed and cold pressed with over fifty to choose from.  Choosing the right one can be daunting, so they have a tasting bar staffed by an expert who can guide you to your olive oil soul mate. In addition to educating customers on olive oils, Oliverde can customize labels for party favors (perfect for the upcoming wedding season!), and also holds various cooking demonstrations and wine tastings.

This Saturday, March 3rd, Oliverde is having local artists in the store to showcase their paintings, crafts, jewelry and glass work. Cappello’s gluten free pasta will be doing a live demo in the store, using Oliverde olive oils with their fresh pastas.

Catch Oliverde on our chef led Boulder Savor the Flavor tour.

Saturday, March 31: wine tasting with the local winery, Settembre Cellars.

Follow Oliverde on Facebook for updates on new products and events!


2027 Broadway

Boulder, CO  80302

Phone: 303-442-2199