Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Culinary Connectors LIVE! Rum

October 31st, 2012 Posted by Radio Show No Comment yet

Rum!

Spirits experts Travis Gislason and Justin Frumkes (aka Christopher Walken – listen – you’ll hear) join host Becky Creighton and enlighten her listeners about rum, Bacardi and tasty cocktails.

Culinary Connectors LIVE! Prost Brewing

October 31st, 2012 Posted by Radio Show No Comment yet

Beer maker Bill Eye and co-owner Troy Johnston came in studio and talked about their German bier haus, Prost Brewing.  Listen in to learn about the authentic brewing techniques brewer Bill Eye uses and why he loves German bier so much.

Culinary Connectors LIVE! Scotch

October 31st, 2012 Posted by Radio Show No Comment yet

Listen in and learn about Scotch with Eddrington’s Buz Dabkowski.

Culinary Connectors LIVE! Mezcal

October 31st, 2012 Posted by Culinary Connectors LIVE!, Radio Show No Comment yet

Listen in as host Becky Creighton interviews guests Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Mezcal, Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham and Sean Yontz of El Diablo.  These three gentlemen talk about mezcal, where it was, where it is now and the food that goes so well with it.

Where To Drink This Week: Blake Street Tavern

October 30th, 2012 Posted by Denver, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

There are few sports bars, nor eateries of any sort, that have won as many awards as Blake Street Tavern located in downtown Denver, just one block from Coors Field.  Awards from the Westword, 7 News, and 5280 are hanging on their walls among others.  It has even been touted as one of the “101 dining experiences every Denverite must have.”

A sports bar of this caliber has the fullest bar you can imagine.  Their beers range from Bud Light, to Guinness, to local Colorado brews.  If you want a little added spice to the day, try one of their mixed drinks that may accompany a plate of their award-winning green chili.  A plate of their award-winning nachos will make the whole table happy, no matter which team is winning.  The nachos are so good that you might have a hard time sharing.  Don’t worry, because their prices are such that you might as well just order another.

Blake Street Tavern is located at 2301 Blake Street, Denver, CO and can be reached at (303) 675-0505.

Where To Eat This Weekend: (Denver) Al Lado

October 26th, 2012 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

It’s starting to get a little cooler outside, it actually snowed a couple of inches here in the Mile High City the last couple of days and when that happens I tend to look for comforting food and of course drink.  When thinking of comforting food on a cold night I tend towards hardier dishes; dishes that are slow cooked and particularly dishes that are braised.  I love how the rich, intense flavors meld together with the meat of choice, the spices and of course the braising liquid.  One place I really enjoy is Al Lado.  Richard Sandoval’s newest Denver offering, a latino tapas and wine bar (don’t worry, their tequila selection is outstanding as well.)

Delicious!

One of my favorite dishes at Al lado is the Rioja braised short rib.  You read correctly, it is everything I want on a cold night, tender beef that has been bathing in a luxurious bath of rioja wine, broth and spices.  It is melt in your mouth finish with a sip of an excellent Rioja good.  Roll your eyes gasping good. That’s just one of their delicious cold evening offerings, they have many more.  And considering it’s a wine bar, they have a lot more of that as well.It’s starting to get a little cooler outside, it actually snowed a couple of inches here in the Mile High City the last couple of days and when that happens I tend to look for comforting food and of course drink.  When thinking of comforting food on a cold night I tend towards hardier dishes; dishes that are slow cooked and particularly dishes that are braised.  I love how the rich, intense flavors meld together with the meat of choice, the spices and of course the braising liquid.  One place I really enjoy is Al Lado.  Richard Sandoval’s newest Denver offering, a latino tapas and wine bar (don’t worry, their tequila selection is outstanding as well.)

Al Lado is in Riverfront Park at 1610 Little Raven St. Denver, CO 80202 303-572-3000

Where To Drink This Week: Aspen – Elevation Bar and Restaurant

October 23rd, 2012 Posted by Aspen, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

If you are in Aspen and are feeling the elevation of 7,890 feet, I would suggest to you a drink at Elevation Bar and Restaurant.  Their mean Cosmo known throughout the Aspen community will have you levitating in no time.  If that is not enough, try one of their bubbly white wines by the glass.  Then, take notice of their ultra chic and sexy modern decor that will have you flying high.

Further your high with their award-winning salad.  Yes, I said salad.  I would not normally recommend a salad as the dish to try, but Elevation has a wasabi caesar® salad that is patented (notice my symbol).  It even comes with heart-warming ginger croutons that make eating a salad in the cooling fall and upcoming winter weather actually appetizing.

Elevation in Aspen will take care of your body and spirit this fall and winter, elevating you to heights beyond Aspen’s towering elevation.

Elevation Bar and Restaurant is located at 304 East Hopkins Avenue  Aspen, CO and can be reached at (970) 544-5166.

Where To Eat This Weekend: Duffeyroll Cafe “Denver’s Happy Place”

October 19th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

A true Colorado success story, Duffeyroll Cafe is a homegrown business that began with a pushcart on 16th street mall 25 years ago.  Due to an irresistible croissant-like dough that is married to a plethora of mouth-watering flavors, Duffeyroll has obtained inevitable success.  Besides the original cinnamon, Duffeyrolls come in the form of Zesty Orange, Irish Cream, Mountain Maple, English Toffee, and Pecanilla Crunch.

Although they do offer bake at home pans, I would not miss out on the neighborhood cafe ambiance at one of the three Duffeyroll cafes.  When you walk into a Duffeyroll cafe you are greeted as a neighbor and may even choose to become a part of the the Duffeyroll community composed of devout Duffeyroll customers.  Their pictures decorate the cafes’ walls.  All things considered, Duffeyroll cafe may be best described as that “happy place” we are all told to go to when life sends us its intrinsic stresses.

Duffeyroll has three locations:

Happy Canyon Shopping Center: 4994 East Hampden Ave, Denver, CO (303) 753-9177

Pearl/Louisiana Light Rail Station: 1290 South Pearl St, Denver, CO (303) 953-6890

Brookridge Shopping Center: 5198 South Broadway, Englewood, CO (303) 996-5900

Where To Drink This Week: Vesta Dipping Grill “Drinking with the Virgins”

October 16th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Once a vacant warehouse space, Vesta Dipping Grill located in LoDo is now a thriving restaurant with a warm, dream-like ambiance that even the six Vestal Virgins would be happy to inhabit.  In fact, they do.  Their statues may be seen throughout the restaurant along with flame shaped light fixtures that call reference to the symbolic flame that the Vestal Virgins were in charge of safeguarding in ancient Rome.

This artistic, hip, and timeless decor sets the stage for a romantic or at least memorable night of drinking.  You may choose from wines from every corner and niche in the world, including even our neighboring state of New Mexico.  If you feel like something even more novel, taste test Vesta’s Açai Daquiri on the rocks filled with the chocolate, berry flavors of the açai berry.  Whatever you choose, you will surely be waft away to the ancient streets of Rome, the goddess Vesta and her six virgins by your side.

Vesta Dipping Grill is located at 1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO and can be reached at (303) 296-1970.

Where To Eat This Weekend: Aspen – Ute City

October 12th, 2012 Posted by Aspen, Chefs, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

At first sight, you might judge the restaurant Ute City in Aspen, Colorado to be an upscale, sophisticated spot that requires a dress, some heels, a button down shirt, and a tie.  Upon further investigation, it is easy to see that while Ute City does indeed have a sophisticated edge that is rooted in old world ski-town charm, it is more of a locals’ hangout.

Ute City’s laid back, yet sophisticated style is also displayed in its food.  The menu is sprinkled with sophisticated European dishes such as Andalusian Gazpacho, Duck Confit, and German Spätzle.

Chef Peter Coyne pairs these sophisticated dishes with local ingredients in order to create his own unique versions of these European classics.  Besides these European classics, one may also find the local favorites such as slow cooked Colorado lamb shank and Rocky Mountain bacon.  With this, Ute City offers the best of both the sophisticated Old World and the more innovative New World.

Ute City is located at 308 East Hopkins Avenue, Aspen CO and can be reached at (970) 925-2900.