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Where to Drink This Week: Denver – The Lobby

December 31st, 2013 Posted by Beer, Cocktails, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

Take Your Drinking Seriously this New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve at The Lobby

If there is any day of the year where you should take your drinking seriously, many would agree it would be New Year’s Eve. That is why this New Year’s Eve it is imperative that you end the year 2013 and start off the year 2014 with a night of serious drinks from Denver’s The Lobby that are guaranteed to keep the celebration going all night long.

With the logo, “Playful Eats. Serious Drinks.” you can tell right off that The Lobby understands the importance of their “Drink Book” in enhancing their patron’s experience at their one of a kind neighborhood bar and restaurant. For this reason The Lobby is offering all you can drink packages this New Year’s Eve. The “Basic Package” is more than basic with all you can drink wells, house wine, and select draft brews. For those who want to take their drinking to a whole new level of seriousness, The Lobby also will have a “Premium Package” with wells, wines, draft and bottled beers, and all liquors. Finally, for those looking to have some food with their drinks, there will be a prix fixe menu than can either accompany a beer or wine pairing package or one of the all you can drink packages described above.

Classic Cocktail at The Lobby topped with bacon and a slice of orange

Classic Cocktail at The Lobby topped with bacon and a slice of orange

If you cannot make it to The Lobby this New Year’s Eve, then there will still be time to enjoy some serious drinking in the New Year. With The Lobby’s happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 9-11 p.m., there will be plenty of time 6 days a week to enjoy The Lobby’s famous bottomless mimosas, one of their 12 Colorado draft beers, house wines, a Coors Light beer tower, crafted cocktails, and/or premium wells. A look in the drink book and you will see all of the high-quality classics you were hoping for including Svedka, New Amsterdam Gin, Appleton Rum, Sauza silver, Tequila, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Tuaca, Herradura, and Fireball among others. In addition, as an avid supporter of Colorado breweries and distilleries, The Lobby always has a rotating selection of local brews and spirits including a Brewery of the Month.

Beer on Draft at The Lobby

Beer on Draft at The Lobby

Whether you are still in search of that perfect New Year’s Eve spot to enjoy a night of drinking and fun, or you just are looking for a new drink spot in the Mile High City, The Lobby is the ideal spot to enjoy a drink right in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood. Next time you want to enjoy a serious drink in a classy atmosphere, tell your friends or that special someone “Meet me at the Lobby.”  You won’t regret it!

The Lobby

The Lobby is located at 2191 Arapahoe St. Denver CO 80205; Tel: 303-997-9911.

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

True/False: The Lobby is a family and Colorado owned business.

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “True/False: Chef Ryan Leinonen of Trillium got the chance to cook at the famous James Beard House in San Francisco, California in August of 2010.” Answer: “False. Chef Ryan Leinonen of Trillium cooked at the famous James Beard House in New York City in August 2005.

Where to Eat This Weekend: Denver – Trillium

December 27th, 2013 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Get Hooked on Scandinavian Cuisine at

Denver’s Trillium

Fish Hooked

Seated at a small, intimate table tucked away just steps from a gas fireplace bringing you that much needed warmth on a cold Colorado winter day, you can slowly work your way through plates of finely crafted seasonal ingredients presented to you in a style firmly rooted in American and Scandinavian cuisine. With each bite and subsequent dishes, you won’t just be looking on your calendar for what day you can return, but you will be on your phone googling the name of the dish you just ate with its origins in a land far far away.

If your idea of dining out is trying a food you cannot even pronounce then there is no better place to introduce yourself to Scandinavian cuisine than at Denver’s Trillium. With the highly acclaimed Chef Ryan Leinonen at the helm, Trillium will take you on a journey to the lands of the Vikings. Despite these foreign inspirations, Chef Ryan Leinonen is most inspired by his relationships with local farmers, ranchers, and organic purveyors. Plate by plate, Ryan brings to his guests an artfully conceived taste of what Colorado’s bounty has to offer during each season.

For a dish full of almost every winter vegetable currently available from Colorado farms, stick your fork into the Oxford Garden Winter Salad composed of greens, rutabaga, cauliflower, carrot, and onion, drizzled with a vanilla vinaigrette, and topped with crunchy bites of heaven in the form of cheddar caraway croutons. If you want to jump head first into Scandinavian cuisine, start out with the Cold Lemon Smoked Steelhead Trout Raaka, Finland’s version of tartare, formed from an inventive and unexpected medley of apple, fennel, shallot, quail yolk, whitefish roe, just whipped horseradish cream, and a few cracker-sized pieces of marbled rye.

If you are with a rather social group, sharing a meal over a smorgasbord of rustic Scandinavian delights, fine cheese, and/or caviar can make for a night full of conversation over plates of food that will keep people talking late into the night. Of course, if you arrived with a hunger pain strong enough to make the thought of sharing entirely unappetizing, Trillium has bigger plates that will satisfy even the strongest of appetites. Open Ravioli of Grilled Blue Prawns served aside fresh pasta, roasted Hazel Dell mushrooms, butternut squash, kale, and lobster dill “bisque” will make seafood pasta your new favorite food group. For another seafood dish with an Italian flair, try Trillium’s Pan Seared Scallops made complete with braised beet risotto, aged sheep’s milk ‘ewephoria,’ a few handfuls of kale, and a couple slices of crispy and yet tender belly ham.

“Unexpected” is the word best suited to describe Trillium. From beginning to end, Trillium offers its guests a fusion of cuisines that brings the best of American, Scandinavian, and perhaps even a little Italian onto one dish using Colorado’s best ingredients. When all is said and done, a night at Trillium will provide you with a night of educating your taste buds with foreign flavors that will prove so irresistible that it might just transform you into a more adventurous eater than you ever deemed possible!

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Attribution: Schefferbird under the license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Trillium is located at 2134 Larimer St. Denver CO 80205; Tel: 303-379-9759.

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

True/False: Chef Ryan Leinonen of Trillium got the chance to cook at the famous James Beard House in San Francisco, California in August of 2010.

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “Which city do the vintage pieces decorating the walls of Central Bistro come from?” Answer: “The eclectic mix of vintage finds hanging on the walls at Denver’s Central Bistro were all discovered around the city of Denver.

 

 

Where to Drink This Week: Denver – Central Bistro & Bar

December 24th, 2013 Posted by Cocktails, Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey, Wine No Comment yet

Take Flight with Central Bistro & Bar

this New Year’s Eve

Named after Denver’s Central St., Central Bistro & Bar is a true American restaurant that attracts those looking for an unforgettable sip of America complete with a view of downtown Denver as the cherry on top. Central Bistro & Bar is the type of place where friends and family may relax and reminisce while the waitstaff at Central do their part to spoil, delight, and pamper. At Central, life is about eating, drinking, and ultimately nurturing. One visit and you will feel the urge to reorganize those priorities of yours to match those “central” to life at this Denver bistro and bar.

To start off 2014 on the right step, you might begin this re-prioritizing this New Year’s Eve as you give into the sweet life of feasting and drinking at Central Bistro & Bar. If you are looking to jump on board in light of this enticing proposition, prepare to take flight as Central will be taking you on a journey of fine cuisine and libations from some of the culinary capitals of the world. This journey consisting of five unforgettable courses will guide you through the cuisine and regional wine pairings of Spain, Italy, and France.

If you are not looking to feast in the last hours of 2013, and would rather participate in an evening of fine drinks then you might consider Central’s Open Bar offer that includes a midnight toast for only $35! This deal will get you open access to select wines, draft beer, and premium cocktails from 11-1am. With such a deal, you will feel no guilt over raising as many glasses as you so desire!

Bar

Central’s Bar

You might also take flight with the help of Central’s Bar with a night full of whiskey tasting. Central offers an impressive lineup of flights to choose from, all offering a different style of whiskey to taste. Flights include Rye, Bourbon, Local, Light, Mash, and the creme of the crop, the “High End Flight” for those looking to end 2013 and begin 2014 in “high” style. To mix things up a bit, Central also offers their own Whiskey cocktails that range from the basic Old Fashioned made from Woodford Reserve or Breckenridge Bourbon to what they call the “Horse’s Neck” formed from George Dickel Whiskey, Ginger Ale, and that unexpected lemony twist.

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Woodford Reserve Whiskey

No matter what flight you are looking to take this New Year’s Eve, Central Bistro has you covered taking you around the world of the culinary capitals of the world or right through the wide world of whiskey. With only so many seats available, book your flight now and then prepare for a night of the sweet life.

Central Bistro & Bar is located at 1691 Central St. Denver CO 80211; Tel: 303-477-4582.

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

Which city do the vintage pieces decorating the walls of Central Bistro come from?

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “Sunday nights at the Second Home are all you can eat of what popular classic American food? Hint: This particular food comes from down south.” Answer: “Sunday nights at Cherry Creek’s Second Home are all you can eat fried chicken, a southern classic indeed.

Where to Eat This Weekend: Denver – Second Home Kitchen & Bar

December 20th, 2013 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Enjoy Christmas Morning Brunch in your PJ’s

Christmas at Second Home

On a cold winter’s morn what better way to celebrate Christmas than to cozy up in your “Second Home” as you indulge in the feast of all feasts without ever having to turn on an oven. Yes, women you read correctly – no ovens involved! At Denver’s Second Home you can fully relax into a day of celebration with your family and friends beginning early with Second Home’s Christmas Pajama Brunch.

The “pajama” part of the brunch is not just a fun addition to this brunch’s title. Any kids 8 years and under who show up in their PJ’s Christmas morning will be gifted a free meal! As they eat their free meal they will be entertained in the kid’s room with holiday movies and crafts. Adults will be entertained as well with endless treats in the form of Bottomless Mimosas, BYO Bloody Mary Bar, and Spiked Hot Chocolate.

If the afternoon rolls around and you are still in the mood for more feasting and drinking then you can simply stick around for Second Home’s Christmas night dinner beginning at 4 pm. Executive Chef Jason Brumm’s Holiday Favorites will be featured especially for this holiday feast including such classic American comforts as smoked prime rib, pan seared duck breast composed of a whole confit leg glazed in pomegranate molasses, and that ole southern shrimp & grits served aside andouille sausage, grilled scallions, and smoked tomato jus. These menu additions will be featured alongside all of your Second Home favorites.

If you have to miss out on Christmas celebrations at your Second Home, then maybe consider enjoying your New Year’s Eve with Second Home. Chef Jason Brumm has planned up another spectacular lineup of classic American favorites that will help you end 2013 with pleasure. A champagne toast at midnight followed by the music of DJ spins will ensure that you start your New Year off right!

When it comes to holiday feasting there is no better place to relax and enjoy a good meal prepared for you instead of by you than at Denver’s Second Home. If you have not yet experienced the comforts and pleasures of the Second Home, then this holiday season you might have just stumbled upon that home you have always dreamed of!

Second Home

Second Home is located at 150 Clayton Lane Denver CO 80206; Tel: 303-253-3000. Reservations are recommended, especially for the holiday feasts.

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

Sunday nights at the Second Home are all you can eat of what popular classic American food? Hint: This particular food comes from down south.

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “True/False: The Village Cork has been voted, “Best Wine Bar” by both 5280 and Westword magazine.” Answer: “True! The Village Cork has been voted “Best Wine Bar” by two of Denver’s most noted magazines!

Where to Drink This Week: Denver – The Village Cork

December 17th, 2013 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

Release the Cork & Be Merry!

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Six nights a week, the corks go flying at Denver’s The Village Cork as thirsty guests arrive to indulge in a night of fine wine. As the seats begin to fill a lively chatter emerges as the guests converse and linger over open bottles and plates full of elegant nibbles to accompany the fermented grape. Voted “Best Wine Bar” by 5280 in 2012 and “Best First Date” by Westword in 2011, The Village Cork is Denver’s spot for wine connoisseurs and starry-eyed couples to slow down and catch up with a shared experience filled with the pleasures of great wine enjoyed sip by sip.

The Village Cork’s interior serves as the ideal backdrop for an evening of romance or just simply ease. The exposed brick walls, antique glass lamps, and a collection of non-uniform plates decorated with various flowers gives a homey, classic and antique feel all wrapped up into one. Pair this with The Cork’s private nooks and you are on your way to romance. For the socialite looking to chat over a wine glass or two, the bar at The Village Cork is small enough that you can converse a little with everyone, including the two chefs tucked away right behind the bar. No matter what your evening’s agenda includes, The Village Cork guarantees a night of indulgences in an atmosphere most conducive to lingering.

It is in this place of comfort, ease, and romance that you may find one of Denver’s more eclectic wine lists, drawing from every niche of the wine world. You may begin with a bubbly welcome composed of the Berlucchi Cuvee Rose before you indulge in the Edi Simcic Pinot Grigio, a wine from Slovenia of all places. Of course, if you are not feeling adventurous, you are insured a glass of pleasure with the more familiar red, The Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon from California.

 

When your glasses are nearly empty and things begin to wind down, don’t forget The Village Cork’s dessert wines. From the Yalumba Muscat to the Colorado Two Rivers Port, you will find a wine that will finish off the meal right with that much desired touch of sweet.

If you want to drink for a greater cause, The Village Cork has a select lineup of wines that will put your drinking towards the betterment of Denver’s four legged friends. This special wine list known as “Cru Vin Dogs” includes doggie themed wines such as the Loyal Companion Red, Chardonnay, Cabernet/Merlot, and the Westie Sauvignon Blanc. Every time you choose one of these wines, a portion of your sale is donated to local Denver animal shelters and Canine Companions.

Whether you are in search of the perfect spot to indulge in a little bit of romance or you are simply looking for a cozy and welcoming wine bar to unwind from the holiday rush, The Village Cork serves as the perfect backdrop for both indulging and taking it easy. In addition, The Village Cork gives you yet another way to give back this holiday season, this time to man’s best friend!

The Village Cork

The Village Cork is located at 1300 S. Pearl St. Denver CO 80210; Tel: 303-282-8399. The Village Cork is closed on Sundays.

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

True/False: The Village Cork has been voted, “Best Wine Bar” by both 5280 and Westword magazine.

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “True/False: Fruition has its own colonies of Italian honey bees on their farm.” Answer: “True! Fruition harvests its own honey from Italian honey bees who help to pollinate the farm.”

Where to Eat This Weekend: Denver – Fruition

December 13th, 2013 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

 

CO Sheep Dairy & Organic Farm =

A Denver Top Restaurant

Fruition Restaurant

What makes a quality restaurant? Among the many things that can come to make a restaurant stand out above the rest is dedication to always having the freshest and most high quality ingredients. One of the best ways to ensure the quality and sustainability of your food is to grow or produce it yourself. That is precisely why the chef of Denver’s Fruition, Alex Seidel, purchased a 10 acre farm just south of Denver in Larkspur, Colorado in May 2009.

Seidel was hungry to fulfill his vision of learning more about how the food he worked with everyday was produced. Furthering this vision, it was not long after the purchase of the farm that Fruition became the proud owner of a flock of sheep, on their way to becoming Colorado’s first Artisanal Sheep Dairy & Creamery. With a flock of sheep and their own farm, Fruition was heralding Denver’s dining scene forward, redefining what it means to serve food that is seasonal, local, and organic. With the two chefs cooking your food also growing your food and herding the sheep for the cheese on your plate you begin to understand how radical, but in certain lights how smart and practical it is, especially in the complex modern day food system, for a restaurant to simply have its own farm.

Fruition Sheep Cheese

If you are not convinced, a meal at Fruition will have you thinking otherwise. Starting with a plate of Potato Wrapped Oyster Rockefeller set within a parmesan-leek emulsion, sprinkled with bacon lardons, and dotted with baby spinach, you will get your first taste of the advantages of a restaurant obtaining its food from its own farm. Of course, a creamy bowl of Fruition’s Butternut Squash Bisque will have you thinking the same thing. Moving on to the main course, the Black Olive Crusted Petrale Sole comes with house made artichoke Italian pasta known as agnolotti and nothing less than main lobster beurre fondue. If you are a grazing vegetarian, Fruition has you covered offering you two courses of the tastiest vegetables prepared in ways you never fathomed possible. If you enjoy your meat, you won’t want to pass up the Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast composed of duck confit pierogi, caramelized brussel sprouts, kumquat marmalade, and roasted apple pan jus.

After all is said and done, don’t forget to indulge in Fruitions “Finishing Touches” that include a few spins on the holiday favorites. Warm deep dish pecan pie is served with golden raisin toffee and maple bourbon ice cream. Caramel apple cake is topped off with the ice cream you never knew existed but always wished it had, a Crème Fraîche Apple Ice Cream that is spruced up further with cider poached apples layered on top.

At Fruition, you can taste your way through the bounty of a Colorado farm and sheep dairy, relishing in this year’s crop like never before. With a meal at Fruition, you will experience more than the cuisine of one of Denver’s finest dining establishments. You will experience the pleasures of eating Colorado’s best from two chefs who harvested and produced the very food on your plate. In the end, Fruition proves that when the hands of the farmer and shepherd also double as the chefs’ hands you are in for a real treat.

Fruition Farm

Fruition is located at 1313 E. 6th Ave. Denver CO 80203; Tel: 303-831-1962.

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

True/False: Fruition has its own colonies of Italian honey bees on their farm.

Tune in this coming Tuesday for the answer!

The answer to last Tuesday’s blog question: “In what year was Star Bar actually founded?” Answer: “It may surprise you to hear that Star Bar got its start in the year 1959 making it one of Denver’s oldest watering holes.”

Where to Drink This Week: Denver – Star Bar

December 10th, 2013 Posted by Beer, Beer Cocktails, Cocktails, Denver, Tequila, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey No Comment yet

Denver’s Star Bar Outshines the Rest

 Star Bar

Every Denver-ite knows that Denver is filled with watering holes, all offering a unique drinking experience. In this myriad of drinking options, it can be hard to find that one bar that fits you and your drinking needs to a tee. If you have not yet found it yet, do not despair as there is one watering hole that is downtown Denver’s best kept secret…well until now!

The bar is known among those in the know-how as Star Bar. The bar has been around since the late 50’s, serving the Denver community for decades, and now stands as one of Denver’s oldest surviving watering holes. Like a good wine, Star bar has just kept getting better with age. With the help of some gentle renovations done in 2010, Star Bar took on a new modern appearance on the inside, while retaining its good ole fashioned free spirit (including high-quality Colorado spirits) in the inside.

Spirits at Star Bar

Star Bar’s Good Ole Fashioned Free Spirits!

With a little facelift Star Bar has been shining bright and Denver’s popular media has been taking notice. Beginning in March 2011, Star Bar was voted “People’s Choice Best Dive Bar” by Denver magazine. This was closely followed by recognition from Denver’s 5280 Magazine that declared the Star Bar as their “Editors Choice Best Dive Bar” in July 2011. To add to the mix, Westword came along and noted Star Bar as “People’s Choice – Best Karaoke” just this year!

So what makes Star Bar so unique? The list is long but goes something like this: beers in cans including 17+ Colorado craft cans on hand at all times, 18 handles, classic cocktails made with local and craft spirits, and some spirits you’ve probably never even heard of, beer cocktails, smoked cocktails that involve a blow torch, and a made from scratch sour mix served regular or spicy with infused Serrano pepper. For those “Go Local!” fans they will be happy to know that Star Bar serves more local spirits than any other bar or restaurant in Denver. If it is made locally, they probably have it! The only thing they don’t have is the “cotton candy ginger chocolate carmel berry fudge stick spiked frappu-please-no!” drink you can find down the street on any block of your choosing.

With an eclectic line-up of craft beers and one-of-a-kind spirits mixed and matched to form Star Bar’s signature cocktails, it is no wonder that Star Bar has been drawing attention. Denver’s former best kept secret, a dive bar tucked in the Ballpark Neighborhood is now out, and the star is shining brightly like never before!

Star Bar is located at 2137 Larimer St. Denver CO 80205; Tel: (720) 328-2420. Open Daily from 4pm – 1:30 am.

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

In what year was Star Bar actually founded?

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “True/False: The classic French bistros are said to have developed in the basement kitchens of Parisian apartment buildings by landlords who were seeking extra income by offering their tenants room and board that included French home-style cooking.” Answer: “True, the humble beginnings of the classic French bistro include basements kitchens tucked under the Parisian apartment buildings with untrained chefs in the form of landlords cooking up simple homemade fare.

Where to Eat This Weekend: Denver – Le Grand Bistro

December 6th, 2013 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Denver’s 21st c. Parisian Bistro & Oyster Bar

Le Grand Bistro

Denver-ites do not have to stray far in order to enjoy the cuisine of a traditional Parisian bistro. Le Grand Bistro is located right in the middle of downtown Denver, just blocks away from the Denver Performing Arts Complex. While the cuisine of the traditional French bistro is nothing particularly fancy at its core, it includes some of the most classic dishes from the city of love and light. With its focus on high-quality ingredients and seasonality, Le Grand is a bistro that would make many Parisians themselves nod with approval.

Le Grand’s Executive Chef John Broening explains, “At Le Grand, I look forward to cooking the everyday food that French people eat.” Chef John Broening should know from his French roots and his time living in France. Drawing from his experiences and knowledge of the classic French bistro, Broening strives to introduce diners to this classic fare in a way that is true to its original form. At the same time, Chef Broening keeps things fresh and interesting by integrating the cuisines of the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Vietnam into the menu, offering an even truer glimpse of France through the various culinary influences that have and are currently impacting the world’s richest cuisine. Depending largely upon what vegetables might be available seasonally, Broening carefully crafts a menu that provides you with a taste of authentic France with a flair of something beyond.

This cuisine is rich, offering a hearty and satisfying meal in the current winter freeze upon us. Warm up with Le Grand’s signature French Onion Soup filled to the brim with silky caramelized onions, rich and flavorful veal stock, a bit of sherry, port, a few aromatics, and topped with a thick slab of toast layered in gruyere cheese that is served floating a top. If you prefer a more creamy soup, Le Grand’s Butternut Squash Soup comes with those secret French touches in the form of creme fraiche and a modern style fennel, pear foam. You may also choose to start off with a bite of something indulgent and savory with a plate of the Steak Tartare filled with top sirloin, capers, egg, mustard, and toast points.

Next, you won’t be able to pick between the most classic French bistro dish, the Crispy Duck Confit served with moroccan lentils and tomato jam, and the Ravioli filled with wild mushrooms and a chanterelle essence that may make you shout out, “Vive la France!”. Vegetarians might also feast happily upon the Vegetable Tagine composed of seasonal root vegetables that comes with a touch of North African cuisine in the form of a harrissa and saffron spiced couscous. Non-vegetarians who seek a dish with a little American flair, should try the Le Grand Burger made with Colorado’s finest beef and topped with a French-inspired remoulade.

Bite after bite, Denver’s Le Grand Bistro offers its diners a taste of classic Parisian bistro fare based upon seasonality and inspired by cuisines beyond the city of light and love. It is through the careful integration of exotic and traditional flavors that Le Grand Bistro introduces the 21st c. Parisian bistro in a manner that brings this romanticized relic of the past to the forefront of the modern culinary trends so that diners can enjoy the best of the past and present in every dish.

Délicieux!

Le Grand Bistro is located at 1512 Curtis Street Denver CO 80202; Tel: 303-534-1155.

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

True/False: The classic French bistros are said to have developed in the basement kitchens of Parisian apartment buildings by landlords who were seeking extra income by offering their tenants room and board that included French home-style cooking.

Tune in this coming Tuesday for the answer!

The answer to last Tuesday’s blog question: “In what year was Wynkoop Brewery founded by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper?” Answer: “The business pioneer and now governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, founded Wynkoop Brewery in the year 1988.”

Where to Drink This Week: Denver – Wynkoop Brewing

December 3rd, 2013 Posted by Beer, Beer Cocktails, Cocktails, Denver, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey No Comment yet

LoDo’s Legendary Public House

Wynkoop

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Located on the corner of 18th & Wynkoop in the Mile High City, LoDo’s legendary public house serves as a gathering place for those looking to enjoy some of Colorado’s finest brews and spirits all under one roof. The idea of such a public house that would cater to the Denver community began with a group of business pioneers including a young Governor John Hickenlooper. The goal these young entrepreneurs had in mind was to brew beer and in the process foster a community.

A couple of decades later, Wynkoop Brewery stands as a testament to the ability of one brewery to bring together a community that spans the beautiful state of Colorado. From start to finish you can taste test a never-ending supply of locally produced beer and spirits. They can come straight up or in the form of a cocktail, and are best enjoyed with a hearty plate of wild west cuisine.

Starting off, you have to first relish in the Wynkoop beer of your choosing. Wynkoop alone has a large enough selection to keep you entertained through the afternoon, evening, and most likely your next visits as well. Nevertheless, it is always nice to enjoy beer in the form of a cocktail. Pairing beer with unexpected combinations, the flavor profiles of Wynkoop’s lineup of beer cocktails will keep you guessing their ingredients all night long. For a taste of a little German style, warm up to the “Wixa-Vixen” made with the Wixa Weiss brew and Odwalla O.J. For an amply spiced medley to warm you up on a cold Colorado winter day, Wynkoop offers the “Koop Margarita” made of Chili beer, Sauza Silver, a splash of Cointreau, a squeeze of fresh lime, and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.

Beyond the brew are Colorado spirits from well-known local producers such as Jack Rabbit Hill, Leopold Brothers, 3 Pins liquor, Montanya, Peach St. Distillers, and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Wynkoop uses this stellar lineup in their Crafstman Cocktails such as their “Raspberry-Thyme Cosmo” and their “Breckenridge Sour” served with an amareno cherry. You may also want to try Wynkoop’s house infusions that include vodka with lemon, grapefruit, raspberry-thyme, jalapeno black peppercorn, and vanilla. Gin may also be infused with cucumber and tarragon.

When all is said and done, Wynkoop Brewery lays the foundation for community by bringing together some of Colorado’s best brews and spirits to be enjoyed in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. If you are looking for Denver’s legendary public house, you have found it at the corner of 18th and Wynkoop!

wynkoop

Wynkoop Brewery is located at 1634 18th St. Denver CO 80202; Tel:303-297-2700.

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

In what year was Wynkoop Brewery founded by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper?

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “Where does the name Satchel in ‘Satchel’s on 6th’ come from?” Answer: “Satchel’s on 6th is named after the owner’s youngest son.