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Where to Drink This Week: The Irish Snug

March 11th, 2014 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

With St. Patrick’s Day next Monday, start the celebrating in style this week at The Irish Snug.  Located on Colfax Ave. in the heart of Capitol Hill, the Irish Snug is one of Denver’s best Irish pubs, and it has won awards for best Irish pub from Westword and The Rocky Mountain News.  In 2010, USA Today named The Irish Snug as one of the top 10 places to spend St. Patrick’s Day in the US.


The Irish Snug has a long weekend of events for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day starting on Friday.  The Annual Capitol Hill Hooley features some of Colorado’s best Irish bands, step dancers and of course Irish pipe bands.  Saturday bring the kids for balloon twisting and a magic show.

Irish Snug offers happy hour 7 days a week from 3-7pm with 2 for 1 drink specials and discounted appetizers.  They also offer traditional Irish food for dinner, lunch and brunch on the weekends from 10am-3pm.

Irish Snug is located at 1201 E Colfax Ave #100, Denver, CO 80218.

Open 7 days a week 11am-2am

Saturday/Sunday brunch 10am-3pm

Happy Hour 3-7pm everyday

Where to Drink this Week: Table 6

January 14th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

PresQu’ile Wine Dinner at Table 6

Table 6

Table 6 in Denver, a classic American bistro, is offering a sensational winemaker’s dinner crafted around the PresQu’ile Winery located in the Santa Maria Valley on California’s Central Coast. With the valley created by two traverse mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast, the winery is situated in an ideal setting for cool breezes unique to producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.  As a certified sustainable winery, PresQu’ile (French for “peninsula”) works to preserve habitat, discourages the use of herbicides, and engages in providing social awareness of agricultural sustainability.

Table 6

            Table 6 has prepared a unique three-course dinner to compliment and showcase four of the winery’s exquisite wines for a reasonable sixty-five dollars per person.  Revel in the warm and inviting atmosphere of the restaurant while enjoying Owner/Sommelier Aaron Forman’s carefully selected PresQu’ile wines paired with Executive Chef, Carries Shores’ elegant yet simply prepared dishes. The wine dinner takes place on January 21st at the restaurant, and reservations are required for attendance.

A list of the wines to be showcased:

Presqu’ile Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Presqu’ile Chardonnay 2011

Presqu’ile Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2010

Presqu’ile Pinot Noir Presqu’ile Vineyard 2010


Table 6 is located at 609 Corona Street Denver, CO 80218

Monday-Thursday 5-10PM

Friday-Saturday 5-11PM

Sunday 10:30AM-2PM & 5-9PM

Now for the foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!

In what city did Executive Chef, Carrie Shores, attend culinary school?

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: The owners of Beast+Bottle are siblings? True!

Troy Guard & Tyler Lewis

April 9th, 2013 Posted by Chefs, Denver, Radio Show, restaurants No Comment yet
Troy Guard

Troy Guard

Troy Guard of  TAG, TAG Raw and TAG Burger Bar and lead bartender Tyler Lewis join host Becky Creighton.  Listen in as they talk about food and cocktail flavors, and how they continue to innovate to keep the culinary experience creative and fun for their guests.  Troy talks about his background, his mentors and how he wound up here from Singapore.

Culinary Connectors LIVE! Tammy Cunningham

November 25th, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors LIVE!, Denver, Radio Show, restaurants No Comment yet

Tammy Cunningham, owner of Strings

Listen in as host Becky Creighton interviews owner Tammy Cunningham of Strings Restaurant.  Strings has been in business for 26 years and still going strong.  Learn about Noel Cunningham’s philanthropic legacy, how the restaurant has changed to stay with the times, how the neighborhood has evolved long after the restaurant was started.

Where To Drink This Week: Le Grand Bistro

August 7th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

It’s a Tuesday, it’s after five and you are needing a drink, wait, not need, want, need implies too much future therapy.  Le Grand Bistro will deliver on your need I mean desire for an after work drink or after walk drink or pre-theater drink.  To start, you have to try Segura Viudas Brut Rose (non vintage), dry, refreshing, ummm, delicious.

Then, because, we know that Cava is just the beginning, Anika Zappe, bar manager at Le Grand, will make you a craft cocktail like no other.  Ask for the PX Sparkler with Pedro Ximenez sherry, Domaine Canton, lemon, bitters and sparkling wine – YES PLEASE! What a great cocktail on a hot summer day.  Enjoy it in the air conditioned dining room or the intimate patio for amazing people watching.

Wine, cocktails, not your style? Try one of their ten draft beers, a few to try, Paulaner, Fischer Amber, Angry Orchard Hard Cider , Steamworks Colorado Kolsh or Dale’s Pale Ale.  There are more other stellar selections so the beer drinker in you won’t be disappointed.

Try some tasty bites while sitting at the bar for their happy hour, from 3 pm – 6 pm everyday that ends in “y”.  Mmmm, mussels, cheese, charcuterie with wine. So good and a great stop before you head home, to the theater or to the other great restaurants in the theater district.

Want an even better incentive to come to Le Grand, try our Happy Hour pass where you can get two small bites and two drinks for $15.

Le Grand Bistro is located at 1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 303-534-1155


Where To Eat This Weekend: Denver – The Village Cork

June 29th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

The Village Cork, a hidden gem located on Old South Pearl in Denver, offers an exquisite, yet comfortable atmosphere for dates, happy hour or catching up with an old friend.  With a focus on ENJOYING a meal, rather than just eating a meal, the Village Cork encourages you to come in, relax and sample foods from local farms paired with wines from around the world.

If you fancy a good glass of wine, or several of them, with dinner, The Village Cork has you covered whether you lean heavily towards wines of the New World, the Old World, or a combination of both.  On the wine list here, you will find a simple selection of wines from France, Italy, South America and California of the red, the white and the bubbly varietals.  Choose from wines by the glass, which are offered at half price during happy hour, by the bottle or by the half bottle to accompany your dinner or simply help you to settle into your evening.  If you are feeling a little risqué, delve into one of the exclusive selections on the reserve list.

For dinner, either jump into an entrée of Boulder-raised roasted chicken breast, pan seared, Colorado-raised striped bass or a Salmon Creek Farms Pork Porterhouse.  If you would like to take the advice of the owners and spend the evening exploring different tastes and wine pairings, start small on the appetizer list.  Begin with the cheese or antipasto plate with a recommended glass of wine before moving into the pate trio.  Next, extend your exploration into the PEI Mussels in white wine garlic broth and also inquire as to the chef’s selection of soup and salad for the day.  For one last warm up before the entrée, try the vegetarian trio; a cambozola and roasted leek soufflé, purple pommes frites and spinach salad with quinoa.

If you find yourself drawn to the Village Cork on a Monday, bring a donation of dog food, treats, kitty litter or the like and receive 15% off your total bill!

Stop in for dinner Monday through Saturday or for Sunday brunch at The Village Cork at 1300 South Pearl Street.

Where To Eat This Weekend: Denver – The Kitchen

June 8th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

If you’re into trying something new this weekend, but aren’t sure what that something new might be, stop in the kitchen community’s new location in Lodo at 16th and Wazee.  The Kitchen originally opened in Boulder on April 15, 2004, based on the foundation of creating a community environment revolving around local and wholesome fresh foods, cocktails and brews.  After opening The Kitchen {Upstairs}, featuring community wine, beers and cocktails,  in 2005 and The Kitchen {Next Door}, a community pub, in 2011, The Kitchen Community has traveled south, bringing an old home place vibe to the space previously occupied by Gumbo’s.

For those who visited Gumbo’s, you will find a transformation has taken place.  Three rooms house wooden tables, a community dining space, a beautiful bar, an open kitchen and a seafood bar, decorated simply with bowls of lemons, fresh flowers and very little artwork.  The simplicity of the space reflects their take on food.  They use fresh, seasonal ingredients and play on their flavors, rather than overpowering them.

The seafood bar offers clams, whole lobsters, crab legs, mussels and oysters from all coastal points in the country.  Additionally, this is one of the few places in Denver to get delicious caviar served with potato blini, crème fraiche and shallot and chive.  Not in a seafood mood?  Choose from a plethora of simply prepared cheeses, produce, meats and nuts on the starter menu such as Humboldt Fog and Candied Almonds or Bleu D’Auvergne and Honey.  Or, skip to the “Mains” section of the menu for a sampling of chicken, tuna, lamb or steak accompanied by items such as red pepper relish, harissa, fava beans, hazel dell mushrooms and quinoa.

Whatever your pleasure for dinner this weekend, the Kitchen is sure to deliver.  Stop by The Kitchen at 16th and Wazee to experience a community gathering of food and drink.

Where To Drink This Week: Denver – Lucky Pie Pizza

June 5th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

This week, if you’re looking to add a little variety to your libation repertoire, head over to Lucky Pie Pizza and experience a true beer drinker’s delight.  One of the newer tap houses in downtown Denver offers 27 unique tap handles to those seeking samplings of brews from around the world.

Even the most adventurous of beer guzzlers may find some selections at Lucky Pie that they have yet to encounter. Riddled among a few of the local staples such as Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Oskar Blues), Left Handed Milk Stout (Left Handed), Avery IPA (Avery) and 90 Shilling (Odells), lie brewskies from Belgium, California, Oregon, Sri Lanka, New York, Idaho and Delaware.  Brews typically unheard of as draft selections flow freely from the taps at Lucky Pie.

If you have a hankering for an IPA, they’ve got you covered with Firestone Double Jack, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Green Flash West Coast, Ska Modus Hoperandi, Odell Myrcenary or Stone Cali-Begique.  If your palate desires Belgian yeast, choose from Ommegang Rare Vos, Lucifer Strong Pale Ale, Delirium Tremens or Russian River Damnation.  If you want to dwell outside of the box, shoot for Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine, Ceylon La Lion Stout or Verhaeghe Duchesse DeBourgogne Flemish Red.

The beer selection at Lucky Pie is definitely the main attraction, but what drinking establishment is complete without a signature cocktail list?  Several of their libations are twists on classic cocktails such as the Lucky Gimlet, made from Leoplod’s Gin, St. Germain and Fresh Lime, or the Ward Cleaver, a spin on the classic Old Fashioned.   For something different, try The Duchess, a unique combo of Duchess de Bourgogne Flemish Red Ale, St. Germaine and Prosecco.

Lucky hosts Happy Hour from 4-6 daily and is located at 1610 16th Street in LoDo with the original location still residing at 637 Front Street in Old Town Louisville.

Where To Eat This Weekend: Denver – Lucky Pie Pizza

May 31st, 2012 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

What pairs better with a Friday evening than beer and pizza?  In my book, nothing comes close.  However, don’t spend this Friday ordering in with a sixer of Budweiser.  Instead, head to the old Dixon’s space at 16th and Wazee for a sophisticated sampler of 27 drafts, fresh cheeses, meats and “grown-up” style pies.

Lucky Pie Pizza opened in LoDo for the city dwellers on February 29th and offers similar cuisine to northern suburbanites at its original location in Old Town Louisville.  The downtown location offers a sidewalk patio for our sunny summer days and, for those who are sheltering sunburns or a lack of sunglasses, a warm, yet industrial, environment indoors.  With exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and red lighting above the booths, Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo feels like anything but your average pizza joint.

And, speaking of average, their pizza is anything but.  Colorado flour brings the Neapolitan style crust to perfection and a sauce made simply of San Marzano tomatoes, grown on the side of Mount Vesuvius, tops the pies nicely.  If you are a pizza purest, just go for the Cheech; a simple 14 incher topped with smoked mozzarella, tomato sauce and oregano.  For those who have a bit more adventure under their belt, try the Alvin; a crispy crust adorned with acorn squash puree, fig gastrique, maple walnuts and goat cheese.  Or, go for the Bruges with shaved brussel sprouts, apples, fontina, mozzarella, pistachios and olive oil.  With all pies priced at under 16 bucks, you can have a great meal for two or three.

Oh, did I mention the mozzarella bar and Charcuterie plates?  For $12, guests can sample each of the four, freshly processed cheeses such as smoked mozzarella and ricotta.  For $17, a medley of intriguing meats will adorn your palate.  These selections can be paired with several jams, jellies and aiolis for an additional $1.50 per accoutrement.

In addition to an amazing and diverse selection of stomach sustainability, a liquid lunch, or dinner, is also an option.  Lucky offers a vast selection of wines, 27 beers on tap and half dozen delicious specialty cocktails freckled with rye whiskey, St. Germaine and Leopolds Peach.

Go early, go often, but just make sure you go. – Hillary Bonner

Lucky Pie Pizza is located at 1610 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-1021

What I Learned in New York

September 26th, 2010 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

It’s all about making more things in house, science, small plates, locavores, social media, doing our own public relations, mixology, middle eastern cuisine, do it yourself, sustainability, foraging, comfort food, offal and sous vide.

That’s what the experts are saying. Guess what? I think Colorado already knows those things. For the first time ever, I believe that we are poised to become one of the next great food cities. The talent, the passion and craftsmanship of the chefs in our state will make it happen.

From the great dinner at the Beard House made by the Denver Five, to our brilliant mixologists, like Sean Kenyon and Bryan Dayton, to the influx of chefs from all over the country like Lon Symensma and Ryan Gorby, to chefs who are growing their own produce and making cheese (yeah, Alex Seidel and Ryan Hardy), to the chefs who wake up every morning and swear to do better than the day before, like Kelly Whitaker, like Wade Kirwan, like Jeff Osaka, like Matt Selby, like James Rugile, like Jonathon Watsky, like Travis Vaughn – Colorado is on the cusp of something big.

Let us take this opportunity to continue to support our locally, owned restaurants and chefs. Cheers!