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Where to Eat This Weekend: Sugarmill

August 29th, 2014 Posted by Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

DSC06874Sugarmill is not just one of Denver’s top dessert spots; it is also an amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner spot that has savory menu items with local, fresh ingredients.  Sugarmill is located in the Ballpark neighborhood in a small, quaint space next to Los Chingones.  The kitchen is right in the middle of the restaurant, so you can watch the chefs cook while you wait for your food.

Sugarmill opened in late 2013 and was the production of restauranteur-chef Troy Guard who also opened TAG, TAG Raw Bar and TAG Burger Bar.  Sugarmill has become a new favorite for many in Denver, and you can enjoy Sugarmill until August 29th for Denver Restaurant Week.  Sugarmill offers a dessert only and a more traditional 3 course option for restaurant week.

Sugarmill’s menu changes seasonally with ingredients that are fresh.  For the summer menu, must try items include the Colorado palisade peach shortcake, noahsphere (a chocolate dessert with flourless chocolate cake, marshmallow creme topped with hot caramel sauce), blueberry upside down cake with fresh blueberries, burrata toast with arugula and aged balsamic, pork loin chop and the fig and greens salad.

Sugarmill is located at 2461 Larimer St. 80205. Phone # 303-297-3540.

Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm

Friday 8am-11pm

Saturday 10am-11pm

Sugarmill's kitchen

Sugarmill’s kitchen


Burrata toast

Burrata toast




Where Are You Eating for Denver Restaurant Week?

August 26th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Denver Restaurant WeekThe first ever summer Denver Restaurant Week is happening now until August 29th.  Take advantage of the opportunity to try some of Denver’s best restaurants for a fixed price of $30 per person for a multi course meal.  Menus are available on Visit Denver’s website.  Choose what menu looks good to you and reserve a table as soon as possible!

This is the 10th anniversary for Denver Restaurant Week, and it is the first year it is offered in the winter and summer.  What new restaurant have you been wanting to try?  This week is the perfect opportunity to eat a reasonably priced 3 course meal at some amazing restaurants and experience some of Denver’s culinary talent.  There are more than 300 restaurants participating, so there are many, many delicious options.

Which restaurant are you excited to try?  Maybe new restaurants like Tables or Argyll Whiskey Bar or Lower 48.  You could also try some of Denver’s well known restaurants like Rioja, Table 6, Trilium, Linger or Duo.  For more tips on dining during Denver Restaurant Week, see the survivalist guide to restaurant week.

Denver Restaurant Week is August 23rd-29th.  Cost is $30 per person, not including gratuity and tax.

Culinary Connectors New Savor the Flavor Walking Tours on Saturdays

August 22nd, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet


Culinary Connectors is excited to announce we are offering all new Savor the Flavor tours on Saturday afternoons starting August 30th.  Now you can tour through some of Denver’s unique neighborhoods, taste delicious samples and meet some of Denver’s chefs and restaurant owners on Fridays and Saturdays!

Culinary Connectors offers walking tours on Fridays from 3-5pm and Saturdays from 2-4pm.  New neighborhoods for Saturday tours include Baker, Broadway, Capitol Hill and Tennyson neighborhoods.  Each tour will stop at 4 unique places where guests can enjoy samples and hear a behind the scenes take on some of Denver’s favorite culinary stops.

Tickets for Savor the Flavor Saturday tours are available, as well as Friday Savor the Flavor walking tours and our craft beer tours offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Tickets for Savor the Flavor tours are $39 per person and craft beer tour tickets are $29 per person.  Sign up today to experience tastings from some of the most delicious neighborhoods in Denver.

Keep in mind Culinary Connectors also leads private events and tours.  With our connections and relationships with the areas best restaurants, chefs and shops, we will create unique and interactive events or tours specifically for your group. We work directly with you to ensure we deliver an experience that you and your guests will cherish for a long time.

Craft Beer Tours:

Thursday and Friday 4-6pm; Saturday 2-4pm.

Savor the Flavor Tours:

Friday 3-5pm, Saturday 4-6pm.

For any questions, you can reach us at 303-495-5487.


Where to Drink This Week: The Kitchen

August 19th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

kitchenThe Kitchen prides itself on building community through food and that sharing good food and drink is what connects family and friends.  The Kitchen is a world class neighborhood restaurant pairing fresh, local ingredients, a relaxed community atmosphere and hand crafted drinks.

The Kitchen originated in Boulder in 2004 and was the collaboration of Englishman Hugo Matheson, South African Kimbal Musk and Jen Lewin.  The Kitchen was born from a desire to have a neighborhood restaurant that would act like the kitchen in one’s home, hence the name The Kitchen.

The Kitchen opened in Denver in 2012, and just recently The Kitchen Next Door at Union Station opened.  The Kitchen uses the freshest, highest quality ingredients from many local Colorado farmers, ranchers and artisan food products.

The Kitchen has an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list.  Pair your beverage with shared plates or appetizers during community hour, 3-6 pm everyday.  The Kitchen offers fresh oysters flown in from Seattle, seafood bar, burrata and tapenade, artisanal cheeses, prosciutto, Colorado lamb burger just to name a few.

The Kitchen Denver is located at1530 16th St. Denver 80202. 303-623-3127.

Open 7 days a week

Lunch 11am-3pm

Community hour 3-6pm

Dinner Sunday-Tuesday 5-9:30pm

Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5-10:30pm

The Kitchen Next Door Union Station is located at 1701 Wynkoop St. Denver 80202. 720-460-3730.

Open 7 days a week


Community hour every day from 3-5pm

The Kitchen's fresh seafood selection

The Kitchen’s fresh seafood selection






Where to Eat This Weekend: Twelve Restaurant

August 15th, 2014 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet


Chef-owner Jeff Osaka is the genius behind twelve restaurant with the focus on a fresh, unique menu changing every month.  Twelve restaurant has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for their delicious, well thought out food.  In fact, Osaka was a semi-finalist in 2014 for a James Beard award for Best Chef Southwest.  Twelve restaurant’s prix fixe menu offered Monday-Wednesday is popular deal for many in Denver, and it has landed them on Westword’s Best of Award List as Best Prix Fixe Menu.

Twelve Restaurant

Chef Osaka

Earlier this month, Osaka announced he would be closing the doors of twelve restaurant on August 23rd, much to the disappointment of many.  The good news is that Osaka plans to re-open twelve restaurant in the future somewhere else that will accommodate more seating.  The other good news is Osaka is planning to open another restaurant, Osaka Ramen later this year.

Before twelve restaurant shuts its doors, for now, make sure to stop by to experience the pleasure of eating here one last time.

Twelve Restaurant is located at 2233 Larimer St. Denver 80205.  Contact them at 303-293-0287.

twelve restaurant is open every night from 5:30-10pm.




Where to Drink This Week: Cafe Max

August 12th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Cafe MaxCafe Max is much more than a local coffee shop; it is an internationally inspired cafe that offers uniquely inspired cuisine, beer, wine, coffee and desserts in a stylish environment.  Cafe Max is located in the Congress Park neighborhood on Colfax next to Silvi’s Kitchen and Tattered Cover book store.

The food is fresh and simple with true hints of international flavor.  For example, the Mediterranean plate has hummus paired with buttery olives, crusty bread and fresh vegetables.  The Parisian plate transports you into France with pairing elegant brie, fresh caper berries, toasted ciabatta baguette, nuts, seeds and fig jam.  The food is perfect for sharing or can be enjoyed by yourself.

Cafe Max offers wines from all over the world including a rose from France, chenin blanc from South Africa or a melbec-cabernet blend from Argentina.  They also have dessert wines, mimosas, Belgium beers, Sri Lankan stouts, Japanese saki, Mexican classic coke, Bangladesh tea and Colorado coffee.  There is something to drink for everyone no matter their palate or nationality.

Cafe Max is located at 2412 E Colfax Ave. Denver 80206.  303-333-0003.

Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday 9am-9pm

Mediterranean plate, the Parisian and La Charcuterie plate at Cafe Max

Mediterranean plate, the Parisian and La Charcuterie plate at Cafe Max

Burrata caprese truffle salad at Cafe Max

Burrata caprese truffle salad at Cafe Max


Where to Eat This Weekend: Lou’s Food Bar

August 8th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

logo Lou's Food BarLou’s Food Bar combines a fun, family centered atmosphere, elevated American comfort food and an inviting bar with creative drink options.  Lou’s Food Bar is a part of the famous Bonanno’s restaurant concepts which includes other restaurants such as Bones, Salt & Grinder and Vesper Lounge.

Lou’s Food Bar offers familiar American classics like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, breakfast BLT, Mac & Cheese, Rueben or a French dip.  However, these dishes are elevated into something extraordinary by tweaking some of the standard ingredients.  For example, the chicken and waffles comes with saffron honey and uses a malted brown butter waffle in place of an ordinary waffle.  The shrimp and grits uses lobster stock and bacon, and the grilled cheese has herbed chevre, Swiss cheese, roasted red peppers, caramelized red onions and served on jalapeno cheddar bread.

Lou’s Food Bar serves Nashville style fried chicken, and on August 5th they introduced hot fried chicken for the dinner menu.   For brunch on the weekends, Lou’s Food Bar offers a Bloody Mary bar and they have happy hour Tuesday-Saturday from 4-6pm for food and drink specials.

Lou’s Food Bar is located at 1851 W 38th Ave. Denver 80211. 303-458-0336


Tuesday-Friday 11am-10pm

Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday 10am-9pm

Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday 4-6pm

Lou's Food Bar Outdoor Patio

Lou’s Food Bar Outdoor Patio

Lou's Shrimp and Grits

Lou’s Shrimp and Grits

Lou's Food Bloody Mary Bar

Lou’s Food Bloody Mary Bar

Where to Drink This Weekend: Renegade Brewing Company

August 5th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Renegade Brewing CompanyRenegade Brewing Company is not your average tame brewing company; they are offensively delicious, always creative and packed with flavor.  At Renegade Brewing Company you will find unique flavor combinations and tastes unlike anywhere else.  Renegade’s tap room, located in the Santa Fe art district, was voted as the best brewery tap room for 2013 by Westword. If you’ve never been to their location, you must stop by for a drink, playing board games, listening to cool tunes and a place to hang out with friends.  There’s always a delicious food truck every day to pair tasty eats with whatever is on tap.

Renegade Brewing CompanyFeatured brews from Renegade Brewing Company include 5:00 Afternoon Ale, Consilium Pale Ale, Una Mas Poblano Mexican Amber and Redacted Rye IPA.  Check out locations around Denver you can find Renegade Brewing Company brews.

Renegade Brewing Company is located at 925 W 9th Ave. Denver 80204.


Monday-Thursday 2-10pm

Friday 1-11pm

Saturday 12-10pm

Sunday 1-9pm

Where to Eat This Weekend: Whatever Pops Up

August 1st, 2014 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, Uncategorized, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Whatever Pops UpWhen you stroll through Larimer Square, make sure you stop at Whatever Pops Up, a gourmet popcorn store because the tastes you find here are unlike anywhere else.  You will find unique flavors like dill pickle, buffalo and blue cheese, pizza, cherry cordial, peanut butter and jelly or maple bacon- just to name a few!

Whatever Pops UpOwner Elizabeth Zimmermann is the master mind behind Whatever Pops Up, and she creates all the unique flavors on the spot in the store.  There are always new flavors coming in and out, so each time you come in you are bound to see something new to catch your eye.  The best thing is you can try a sample of a flavor before buying.  Zimmermann uses quality ingredients and keeps it simple without adding extra preservatives.  The kernels come from Indiana, are non-gmo and are popped in coconut oil.

Need a gift for someone?  You can ship the popcorn anywhere in the country for a birthday, Christmas or anytime fun gift.  Whatever Pops Up is one of the highlighted tour stops on Savor the Flavors walking tour with Culinary Connectors.

Whatever Pops Up is located at 1423 Larimer St. Suite 055, Denver 80202. Phone # 303-257-7205.

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday Noon-5pm