Culinary Connectors

Denver, Boulder and Aspen Food Tours


Where to Eat This Weekend: Twelve Restaurant

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. Earlier this month, Osaka announced he would be closing the doors of twelve restaurant on read more >

How to Eat Like Your Great Grandma: Fresh Thymes

How to Eat Like Your Great Grandma: Fresh Thymes Next time you’re in Boulder, check out Fresh Thymes for a home cooked, allergen free food with quality, local ingredients.  The entire restaurant is gluten and peanut free, and most dishes are free from dairy and soy.  However, even people without allergies will delight in the food Fresh Thymes offers because it is simply good food anyone can appreciate. The 6 philosophies Fresh Thymes is founded on are: 1. Skip food science.  The food doesn’t have any additives or unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredients. 2. Eat like your great grandma.  Your great grandma didn’t have a diet full of processed foods.  Instead read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: Glaze by Sasa

Where to Eat This Weekend: Glaze by Sasa Glaze by Sasa is the formerly Glaze Baum Cake Shop renovated to include a sushi bar and a wider dessert menu.  Glaze By Sasa is tucked away in the Congress Park neighborhood, but it is worth it not to over look.  Owner/Baker Heather Alcott makes the unique Japanese cakes that received numerous accolades of praise, but earlier in 2014 Glaze Baum Cakes shut it’s doors.  Luckily for Denver, Glaze by Sasa re-opened as a slightly different concept offering sushi and a larger menu selection. Wayne Conwell, owner of Sushi Sasa in LoHi, joined forces with Alcott to offer the best read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: The Noshery

Where to Eat This Weekend: The Noshery Nestled up in the Berkley neighborhood is a newly opened quaint, bright, creative bakery and cafe The Noshery.  The Noshery was started by chef Andrea Knight, who gained experience working at D Bar, the Berkshire, Wooden Spoon and Whole Foods. The spot The Noshery is at in Berkley neighborhood has been a neighborhood cafe for the past 60 years (2 owners, each 30 years).  Needless to say, The Noshery hopes to be part of the community another 30 + years.  Knight redesigned the inside to make it bright, welcoming and open.  The Noshery’s menu has delightful goodies like fruit tarts, read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: Charcoal Restaurant

Where to Eat This Weekend: Charcoal Restaurant   Denver Restaurant Week is fun way to experience a 3 course dinner at some of Denver’s best restaurants at a discounted rate of $30 per person.  Unfortunately, this opportunity is offered twice a year.  However, you don’t have to wait until the next restaurant week (August 23-29) to enjoy the same option at Charcoal Restaurant.  June 23-28 Charcoal is offering their own restaurant week with appetizer, entree and dessert for $31 (excluding tip, tax and beverage). Charcoal Restaurant features fine dining at affordable prices in an elegant and contemporary atmosphere.  Charcoal Restaurant prides itself on using simple, fresh, high read more >

Where to Eat This Weekend: Twelve Restaurant

Where to Eat This Weekend: Twelve Restaurant Twelve Restaurant is owned by chef Jeff Osaka who was formerly the chef in many successful restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Jackson Hole.  Once he moved to Denver, Osaka ventured opening his own restaurant, Twelve Restaurant.  The name is based off the principle that the menu changes every month, twelve times a year.  Changing the menu twelve times a year is not easy, but Osaka changes menu items with the season and what is available. Because the menu switches constantly, you will always have a unique experience at Twelve Restaurant.  This month, some entrees include steelhead read more >

Where to Drink This Week: Ste. Ellie

Where to Drink This Week: Ste. Ellie Ste. Ellie is a sister bar to the wildly popular and successful Colt & Gray.  You have probably heard of the hot drinking spots Colt & Gray and Williams & Graham, but Ste. Ellie is still flying under the radar around Denver.  Ste. Ellie has a similar concept of these 2 establishments: classic and creative cocktails done extremely well paired with a delicious food menu. One of the reasons Ste. Ellie seems tucked away in Denver is because it actually is.  Ste. Ellie is located in the downstairs of Colt & Gray.  Kevin Burke is the genius behind the bar read more >

Where to Drink this Week: Curtis Club

Where to Drink this Week: Curtis Club If you’re looking for a fun, rustic place with an amazing local farm to table and drink menu, head over to the Curtis Club this week.  The Curtis Club is an urban yet rustic bar that has an eclectic yet homey feel to it.  The wood furniture is homemade, and there is a beautiful picture of Wash Park hanging above the bar. They offer a happy hour menu Tuesday-Saturday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with $1 off drafts and bottles, $2 Genessee beer, $3 well drinks, $4 Fernet Branca, $5 house red and white wine and $7 cocktails.  Try pairing your read more >

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