Monthly Archives: June, 2011

Where to Eat this Weekend: Argyll

June 24th, 2011 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Summer is here!  For many Denverites, that means beers and patios.  Gastro pub Argyll is a prime spot for both, and they just happen to have amazing food too.  Famous for Scotch Eggs, which are rarely seen on this side of the pond, they also serve lamb beef burgers, and a brunch menu sure to cure any hangover with a food buzz from the house-cured corned beef hash and bloody Mary to match.  Executive Chef Sergio Romero has elevated the gastro pub experience in Denver, making Argyll worth a mention as one of the city’s best restaurants.  Though situated in Cherry Creek North, Argyll’s tone is laid back and easy.  The summer menu features a Tabasco-braised short rib, worth a repeat order, Scottish salmon, and chilled crab salad.  The patio is always glowing with joyful guests, full pints, and pleased palates.

Argyll

2700 East 3rd Avenue

Denver, CO

80206

720-382-1117

Ute City Has a New Chef

June 22nd, 2011 Posted by Aspen, Chefs, Culinary Connectors, restaurants No Comment yet

Ute City has a new executive chef and Rob McClanahan isn’t new to this game.  Matter of fact, Chef Rob has been cooking since 1981 and has been cooking in Aspen for over 20 years.   He has worked at some of the best restaurants here spending eight years at Parlour Car to some of the more casual ones cooking for three years at Little Annie’s.

Speaking with Rob you understand there is more to cooking for him than putting heat to food.  Rob is a historian and food history is a passion of his.  Our interview was peppered with references to the spice trade and wars and how food is inherent to many cultures around the world. “Americans lost track of our food history when fast food became popular – we don’t sit down as a family anymore.”  When I asked Rob the three people who would like to have dinner with, his reply? “Casey, Sarah and Will, my three children”.

Skiing was certainly a factor as to why he chose to move to Aspen after graduating from the California Culinary Academy (He also has a marketing management degree from Virgina Polytech Institute.)  Like most chefs who work in a seasonal business he would leave during the off season and head over to Europe to cook.  “I’ve spent many months traveling Europe with just a backpack and my knives.”  His travels through Europe were a good teacher for Ute City’s Mediterranean inspired menu.

Given his vast travel experience I was curious as to what is the strangest thing he’s eaten.  I really liked his response, strange to whom? “Eating dried grasshoppers in Thailand isn’t strange there, but it is here.” Fair enough, but, I’ve eaten dried grasshoppers here right around the corner from Ute City.

His philosophy on cooking is simple, be flexible and open to change.  One of the best things a chef can have is the ability to change – and know the basics of cooking and be able to adapt food to modern times.

Ok, on to the quick fire round of questions:

Go to meal: Salmon with greens like kale or chard.

Three things you always have in your refrigerator: Kumbucha (fermented tea), ice water and chipotles.

What are three things people don’t know about you? I’m not really a loud person or a perfectionists (his wait staff and line cooks may not agree), I’m a prolific reader and I still feel like a kid. I think there is a lot of good left yet to experience.

Where to Eat this Weekend: Grand Cochon

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

For those lucky enough to be in Aspen for The Food & Wine Classic this weekend, Grand Cochon, the finale event for the Cochon 555 tour is not to be missed.  In case you haven’t pigged out enough, this Sunday, June 19 the winners, “Princes or Princesses of Porc” from each of the ten cities visited on the Cochon 555 tour will be cooking at The Hotel Jerome.  Each Chef will be serving a whole heritage breed pig as a ‘snout-to-tail’ menu.

Purchase Tickets Here

Grand Cochon

June 19, 3pm

The Hotel Jerome

330 East Main Street

Aspen, CO 81611

Where to Eat this Weekend: Kaos Pizza

June 10th, 2011 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Once you have a slice at Kaos Pizza, other pizzas just won’t make the cut.  Owner Patrick Mangold-White has perfected the simplicity of Neapolitan pie.  Kaos only uses the baby-powder-fine Caputo flour for their dough, famed San Marzano tomatoes, known for their sweetness in sauce, and creamy Fiore di latte mozzarella. And for good measure, they have imported a five-ton wood fire oven from Italy.  With these optimum components a basic Margherita pie is heaven, as is any pizza ordered.  Kaos is earth-aware and sources locally.  Many of their ingredients are grown in the garden of their sister restaurant, Gaia, just down the street.  All other ingredients are local and organic.  With a spectacular summer patio and a happy hour on Saturdays from 1pm-6pm, it’s an ideal way to spend a relaxed weekend afternoon.

Kaos Pizza

(303) 733-5267

1439 South Pearl Street

Denver, CO 80210

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Crushery

June 3rd, 2011 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Have you ever thought, “What would this bag of Doritos taste like in ice cream?”  Well, wonder no more, The Crushery has an answer.  This unique bagel shop can “crush” anything between two slices of house-made crunchy and chewy ringed dough. The mad chemist in whites is John Davidson, a seasoned chef with a sense of adventure when it comes to food and iced dairy.  The liquid nitrogen ice cream is an amusing way to get your sweet tooth on by choosing any flavors you like!  The Crushery provides a base for you to choose from: ice cream, yogurt, or vegan.  The rest is whatever your wild taste buds desire: herbs, spices, syrups, candies, fruits, nuts and, yes, even bacon.  If you don’t see anything on the menu that tickles your fancy, the staff will always allow you to bring your own goods (including Doritos).

The Crushery

1579 South Pearl Street

Denver, CO 80210

Taste of the Nation Denver 2011

June 1st, 2011 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Next Thursday, June 9th Taste of the Nation Denver will be held at Mile High Station.  The event will feature Colorado’s best restaurants, culinarians, wineries, and breweries. Taste of the Nation has been dubbed THE culinary event to attend by foodies and the general media.  All of the event’s proceeds go towards the campaign to end childhood hunger, which has established a five-year program to end childhood hunger in Colorado by 2015.  The goal is to ensure that all families and children have healthy and nutritious foods available.

Purchase tickets here

Taste of the Nation Denver

June 9, 2011

5:30 – 9:30 PM VIP Admission

7:00 – 9:30 PM General Admission
7:00 – 9:30 PM

Mile High Station

2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80204