Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Laughing Latte

May 27th, 2011 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver No Comment yet

The Laughing Latte, a new coffee shop in the Highlands, is the kind of place you walk into and instantly feel like the outside world has melted away.  Brooklyn-born owner Dino Espejo is a stand-up comic that has designed the place to be just that–a coffee shop with no attitude, great food, and a light and fun atmosphere.  They serve the popular and locally roasted Novo Coffee. The Dirty Dino Chai is a pick-me-up Chai Latte with a double shot of espresso.  No wonder Dino is always so happy and on the move!  The Cuban sandwiches are stacked, stuffed, and pressed to perfection.  They also have a wide selection of pastries and recently added smoothies, great for hot summer days.  The Laughing Latte offers a great excuse for a well-deserved treat or just a brief pause from the daily grind.

The Laughing Latte

2001 W. 32nd Ave.

Denver, CO

Where to Eat this Weekend: Restaurant Kevin Taylor

May 20th, 2011 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

The name Kevin Taylor has long been associated with fine dining in Denver.  The Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group comprises five restaurants ranging in offerings and in price.  Four of the five restaurants have found comfortable homes in or near the Denver Performing Arts Complex. (Palettes is in the Denver Art Museum.)  His restaurants are the perfect compliment to the arts as his cuisine is creative and innovative.  Kevin Taylor has long been a pioneer of culinary artistry in Denver and shows no signs of slowing down.  His flagship restaurant, Restaurant Kevin Taylor, is the swankiest of the five.  It is an ideal place for a first date or a proposal.  He has recently introduced the spring menu, which includes a $45 Pre Fixe menu, an affordable treat for outstanding food and service.

Chef Manny Lopez

May 17th, 2011 Posted by Aspen, Chefs, Culinary Connectors, restaurants No Comment yet

Chef Manny Lopez

Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant and Bar, in Aspen is the type of place to visit no matter what your mood.  It is the place to go for comfort, contemporary cuisine and killer drinks.  Owners Jimmy Yeager and Grayson Stover have a passion for cocktails and this is clearly evidenced by their fresh cocktail list. A perfect combination of concoctions to warm you up after a hard day on the slopes and to sip in the summer mountain sun on Jimmy’s lively patio.

The kitchen is headed by Chef Manny Lopez.  Chef Manny has graced the Aspen culinary scene since 1999.  He worked summers in Jersey and winters in Aspen before deciding to make Aspen his permanent home in 2001.  He has brought his extensive knowledge of traditional Mexican dishes from Vera Cruz and from his grandmother, who taught his mom and three sisters how to cook.  His grandma and mother are credited with instilling in him the passion for cooking.  Growing up in Mexico, he was exposed to cuisine that included a wide variety of seafood and shellfish.  Ranches surround Vera Cruz as well, so Chef Manny knows a lot when it comes to cattle.  This makes him a perfect fit for the Colorado mountains.

Where did you learn to cook?

My mother.  One summer, I had nothing to do so she taught me to cook.  She taught the basics, but in Aspen, I found refinement.

Where did you learn your “refinement”?

From Chef Paul Wade at The Little Nell.  I worked with him for four years.  He was more of a leader than a “boss.”  He was an excellent teacher.  All of us who had worked for him are now leaders in our own kitchens.  He was a good example for all of us.

What is your favorite dish from home?

Mole! My mom used to make it.  I had it on the menu at Jimmy’s for a little while, but it was too complex.


What is your current favorite dish on the menu?

The rib-eye, it’s a delicious cut of meat!


Three words to describe your food.

Engaging, great and fun.

What do you cook at home?

I don’t. My wife is Thai.  She makes incredible traditional Thai food.


Do you have a favorite local ingredient?

Yes, any goat cheese from Haystack.  I really like their feta.


If you could cook for any person, living or not, who would it be?

My grandmother. I have such sweet loving memories from her food.

Where to Eat this Weekend: Trattoria Stella

May 13th, 2011 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Chef Nick Abeyta

Stella’s has long been a West 32nd favorite for its comfortable atmosphere, for its charming, bustling patio, and for its delicious house-made meals. Chef Nick Abeyta’s background is in pastries and he is a huge proponent of blending interestingly sweet and salty flavors.  Stella’s kitchen is one full of camaraderie.  Chef Nick invites all his staff to be heavily involved in designing the menu.  He has also continued serving dishes of previous Stella’s chefs.  Looking at the menu is almost like looking at Trattoria Stella’s high school yearbook, each chef having left their note. We love the crispy prosciutto salad, perfect for summer nights with a glass of rosé on the patio. All pastas are house-made. They range from light 32nd Street Pasta to hearty Mustard Brie Pasta.  Entrées and nightly specials include quality local ingredients prepared with exceptional technique by the kitchen staff.  Chef Nick is continuously debuting new items and will be featuring entrées served as appetizers during an open house on May 31st. A sommelier will be on hand, offering four wine tastings for $5.  Old and new, sweet and savory, Stella’s has found the perfect equilibrium in flavor.

Trattoria Stella

West Location

3470 W 32nd Ave

Denver, Colorado 80211

(303) 458-1128

East Location

3201 East Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO
(303) 320-8635

Beatrice & Woodsley – Nosh & Tails

May 11th, 2011 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Denver’s most serene restaurant and bar is now offering a “Nosh & Tails” menu Monday-Friday from 5-6:30 pm.  Specialty cocktails, glasses of hand picked wine, and drafts, all under $7.  Beatrice and Woodsley has added their signature eclectic and seasonal elements to the Nosh & Tails menu: Peach BBQ Cornish game hen, house-made dill pickles, Japanese Yam chips, and a dessert inspired by the day.  The menu is affordable and light, with all dishes under $10.  The ultimate way to unwind after the daily grind.

Beatrice and Woodsley

38 S. Broadway

Denver, CO 80209

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Corner Office

May 6th, 2011 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

If you are an indecisive eater The Corner Office will help ease your waffling mind.  They have a little of everything- eclectic done proper has been hard to find until now. From Asian street foods to shrimp and grits, The Corner Office will make any diner happy.  Walking in, it’s clear that this is a place to kick back and unwind.  The crew working in the front and back of house have a jovial sense of humor, and it playfully shows in the service and on the menu.  A perfect downtown location without the downtown attitude: count us in.  In addition to the not-so-regular regular menu, this weekend The Corner Office will be featuring a three course menu exploring France and Italy, offering petrale sole and hand rolled ravioli at $52.80 for two and $75 with wine.  For funky mamas, The Corner Office has amped up their epic Disco Brunch with extra champagne and strawberries for moms and a sassy brunch menu for mom to get her grove on. Now, have we helped you make up your mind? Good.

The Corner Office

1401 Curtis Street,

Denver, CO 80202

Brunch for Mom

May 4th, 2011 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Stumped on where to bring mom this Sunday?  Let CC give you a few ideas!

If your mom likes quaint spots, patios, and awesome Bloody Marys then Stella’s in the Highlands is the place for her.

Maybe your mom is more of the out-doorsy type?  Beatrice and Woodsley will be serving a one-of-a-kind pre-fix brunch for mom in their unforgettable dinning room.

Sundays are always a party at Bistro One.  Bring mom here for bottomless Blood Orange Mimosas and a cool crowd.

To really class it up for mom check into the “Colfax Country Club” Encore on Colfax will have three Mothers Day specials sure impress.

Mamas are sure to enjoy an Italian feast put on by Panzano, featuring a Colorado Lamb carving station.

If mom is laid back, bring her to Second Home for a PJ brunch on the terrace.

And a Denver classic go-to like Strings is always a winner with mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!