Posts by becky

Fun Food Tours!

March 16th, 2015 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, Food Tours, restaurants No Comment yet

fft logoYou know that moment when you wake up in the middle of the night and have an epiphany? You even write it down.  That’s what happened to me one night when I came up with the concept for a food and beer tour app.

I’d like to introduce you to Fun Food Tours. Not only is it Denver’s only food and beer tour app it’s the only one in the country.  Matter of fact, if you know of a food tour app in the country, please email me at becky @ culinaryconnectors (dot) com and I will buy you a drink! As of March 16, 2015 we’re still in development but, don’t let that discourage you.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will send you information when it’s ready.

Matter of fact, we’re looking for beta testers, so, if you’re interested in taking a FREE (we did say free) tour, sign up and when we are ready we’ll email you the instructions on how to download the app.  Don’t be selfish, share it with your friends, we want to get at least 50 surveys completed so we can make sure we work out all of those pesky kinks before we launch to the rest of the world…I mean Denver.

Thanks to all of you who have supported our chef and beer geek led tours, we haven’t completely gone away, we just offer those on a private basis now.

Yours in food and beer!

Becky Creighton

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Where to Eat This Weekend: Gozo

December 19th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Gozo on South Broadway is a contemporary new restaurant with Italian and Spanish inspired cuisine. Gozo has been voted as one of the best new restaurants in Denver for 2014 from Westword, Thrillist and Zagat. This weekend try their brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. You can enjoy bottomless mimosas, bloody Mary’s or bellini made with strawberry and passion fruit puree.

Gozo has a wood burning oven that makes all their fresh pizzas, and Gozo also has a host of delicious Spanish tapas available such as grilled octopus, buratta, pork meatballs, clams and fresh pasta dishes.

While their current website is under construction, check Gozo’s Facebook page for menu and contact information.

Gozo is located at 30 S Broadway. 720-638-1462.

Tuesday-Thursday 4-10pm

Friday 11:30am-11pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am-11pm

Happy Hour everyday 4-6pm.

Where to Drink This Week: Crave

December 16th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

crave_logoCrave was known as a dessert bar in downtown, but Crave has reopened this week with a new focus: a restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, brunch and still dessert.  Crave expanded into the space next to them which allows for a larger dining area that seats 150 people.

The new menu is not up yet on their website, but check back often for it to be displayed.  Desserts will still be available at all times, and lunch will focus on lighter fare options.  This is the first time Crave is offering brunch items, and dinner items will be focused on small plates.

Drinks include coffee options, craft beers, cocktails, champagne and wine.  Whether in the morning or late at night, stop at Crave to see their new space and menu offerings.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Crave is located at 891 14th St. 303-586-4199.

Tuesday-Thursday 11am-11pm

Friday and Saturday 11am-midnight

Sunday 11am-10pm

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Where to Drink This Week: D Bar

December 12th, 2014 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

DSC06930D Bar, named for drinks, desserts and dining, closed in March of this year for a renovation.  D Bar opened in a new spot in uptown on 19th at the end of November 2014.  Food lovers will appreciate the delicious menu and variety of savory and sweet options.  Like each individual dessert, D Bar is decorated beautifully and with class.

Menage a Apple

Menage a Apple

Chef Keegan Gerhard and his team elevate traditional comfort food with a unique twist.  They also have a separate section for a pastry case where you can grab coffee drinks and sweets to go or to place special orders.

D Bar offers a happy hour from 3-6pm Monday-Friday and an afternoon tea served every day by reservation only.  (Reservations need to be at least 24 hours advance notice.)

D Bar is located at 494 E 19th St. Denver 80203. 303-861-4710.

Pastry Case Display

Pastry Case Display

Restaurant Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm

Friday 11am-midnight

Saturday 10am-midnight

Sunday 10am- 9pm

Retail Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday 6:30am-10pm

Friday 6:30am-midnight

Saturday 8am-midnight

Sunday 8am-9pm

Pizza Salad Sandwich

Pizza Salad Sandwich

Where to Drink This Week: Zephyr Brewing Co.

December 9th, 2014 Posted by Beer, Denver, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Zephyr BrewingThe River North neighborhood has another Colorado craft brewery as of last weekend.  Zephyr Brewing Co. opened December 5th.  Zephyr Brewing Co. has had some hurdles along the way of development as one of the three owners, Tyler Shuey, died in December of 2013.  The other 2 owners, Brian Wood and Rich Wisniewski wanted to still go ahead with opening Zephyr Brewing Co. because they know he wanted this to happen.

All three owners went to grade school and college together in Colorado.  The brewery is meant to be true to its Colorado roots.  The beer is made in a 7 barrel brew house made by Bennett Forgeworks, a company out of Ridgway, Colorado.

Beers currently on tap include:

Milk Stout

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Stout

Scottish Ale

Colorado Pale Ale

Belgian Wit

Zephyr Brewing Co. is located at 1421 26th St. 720-295-9374.

Sat: 11:00 am – Midnight
Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Mon: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm – Midnight

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Denver Foodie Holiday Gift: The Truffle Cheese Shop

December 5th, 2014 Posted by Denver No Comment yet

Truffle Cheese ShopHands down, one of the best cheese shops in Denver is The Truffle Cheese Shop.  They focus on hand made, small batch cheeses that are not in larger chain stores.  Rob and Karen Lawler opened The Truffle Cheese Shop in 2000, and they both have a love for food and people.

You can taste any type of cheese they have in the shop and get varying amounts cut to order for you.  Specialty cheeses can be a fun, delightful holiday gift this time of year, and The Truffle Cheese Shop will hand deliver orders around Denver the week of December 15th.  They also have gift packages that any cheese lover will lover including:

 

  • “Eat Local”- Denver and Colorado producers, including cheese, caramels, jams, tapenades, honey and chocolate.
  • Meat Lover- A selection of cured meats, salami and pate, including the world famous Jamon Iberico from Spain.

The second Thursday of every month The Truffle Cheese Shop hosts a beer and cheese pairing where you can sample 4 artisan cheeses, 4 craft beers, fresh fruit and bread all for $20.  If you want a finer dining experience with quality, excellent cheese, go to their cheese focused restaurant, The Truffle Table located at 2556 15th St.

The Truffle Cheese Shop is located at 2906 E 6th Ave. Denver 80206. 303-322-7363.

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Sundays 12-6pm

A sample of cheeses from The Truffle Shop; photo from The Truffle Shop FB

A sample of cheeses from The Truffle Shop;
photo from The Truffle Shop FB

 

 

Where to Drink This Week: Centennial Tavern

December 2nd, 2014 Posted by Beer, Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Centennial TavernShangri-La recently changed their name to Maci Cafe, and now another well known Denver dining establishment is changing their name this week.  Jonsey’s EatBar is officially changing their name to Centennial Tavern this week.  Monday December 1st they celebrated the grand opening with the new name with free drinks and happy hour all night long.

Why the name change?  Owner Leigh Jones wanted to shift the concept to a neighborhood corner tavern instead of a chef driven gastropub.  Most of the food favorites will be staying the same, but simpler entrees and addition of rustic pizzas will be added.

Centennial Tavern will have 22 craft beers on tap along with an extensive wine and cocktail list.  Happy hour starts at 3pm everyday, and they will offer bottomless mimosas for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 3pm.  Stop by to see the changes Centennial Tavern has made and share some craft beer and their award winning fries.

Centennial Tavern is located at 400 E 20th Ave. 303-863-7473.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-7pm

Check Centennial Tavern website for more details on hours.

Where to Eat This Weekend: The Long I Pie Shop

November 28th, 2014 Posted by Denver, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Long I LogoThanksgiving often means being thankful, eating lots of food, eating lots of sweets and eating lots of leftovers.  If you did not receive your share of home baked pie this week, check out Long I Pie Shop of Denver.  Shanua Lott not just bakes amazing pies but also donates 10% from each slice of pie to local non-profits and hires at risk youth to help teach them life and work skills.

You can enjoy these tasty pies throughout the week at various locations.  Long I Pie Shop does not have a store front, but here is where you can find them:

Fridays at Huckleberry Roasters (2500 Larimer St. and 4301 Pecos St. in Denver)

Saturdays and Sundays at The Universal (2911 W 38th Ave. in Denver)

Saturdays at Sweet Bloom Coffee (1619 Reed St. in Lakewood)

Fridays at Friar Farms (6405 South Boulder Rd. in Boulder)

Look for the Long I Pie Shop 1966 Airstream trailer (named Stella) around Denver area as well.

Flavors of the week can include: The Purple Pear with pear, lavender and crumble top, The Honey Flower with salted lavender honey custard and The Drunken Nut with bourbon chocolate and pecan.  Holiday pie flavors also include sweet potato ginger, spiced apple cranberry and pumpkin chocolate.

You can submit a whole pie or special order online via their website.

Long I Pie Spiced Apple Cranberry Pie

Long I Pie Spiced Apple Cranberry Pie

 

Where to Drink This Week: Maci Cafe

November 25th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Maci CafeMaci Cafe is not a newly opened cafe in Denver, rather it is a newly named cafe- formerly Shangri- La in the Highlands neighborhood.  Owner Massimo Ruffinazzi, who was born and raised in Italy, has been wanting to change the name since he took over the cafe 3 years ago.  Maci Cafe fits more with his Italian style, and the best news is the menu is not changing.

The paninis and drinks at Maci Cafe are some of the best in town.  Massimo and his team take care with making the coffee drinks to the highest standards and with coffee from Italy.  The paninis are always on homemade bread, and they have numerous creative combinations that are inspired by chef Massimo.

Stop by to grab a delicious coffee drink and try a savory panini combination to congratulate Massimo on the name change and for being such a vital part of the Highlands neighborhood.

Maci Cafe is located at 1575 Boulder St. Ste B Denver 80211. 720-855-7585.

Monday-Friday 6am-5pm

Saturday 7am-5pm

Sunday 8am-3pm

Chef and owner of Maci Cafe, Massimo Ruffinazzi

Chef and owner of Maci Cafe, Massimo Ruffinazzi

Panini from Maci Cafe

Panini from Maci Cafe

 

Where to Eat This Week: Homegrown Tap & Dough

November 21st, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Homegrown TapHomegrown Tap & Dough is a family-friendly place with wood-fired, thin-crusted classic and modern pizzas, pastas, antipasto, salads, and a great beer program started by Jean-Philippe Failyau who owns Park Burger and Park and Co.  Homegrown Tap & Dough occupies the space on old South Gaylord that used to be Il Vicino.  The restaurant space has an inviting patio, a wood based rustic design inside that has almost a ski lodge feel to it and simple, satisfying Italian inspired dishes with Colorado flare.

They feature 21 unique specialty craft beers on draft, a huge wine selection and a beer cellar that will wow even the most knowledgeable beer connoisseur to go along with the food.  The pizza is cooked in a wood fire stove with thin crust and unique toppings.  The croque pizza has Idaho potatoes, ham, two eggs, fresh mozzarella, radicchio; the Homegrown has basil pesto, artichokes, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and pecorino.  The funguy pizza has garlic base, fontina, mozzarella, roasted mushrooms, arugula, shaved parmesan, prosciutto and truffle oil.  If you’re not in a pizza mood, try the potato gnocchi, sausage & rappini or the new spinach lasagna.

Homegrown Tap & Dough is located at 1001 S Gaylord Denver 80209.  720-459-8736.

Sunday-Wednesday 11am-11pm

Thursday-Saturday 11am-midnight

New Spinach Lasagna; https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownTapandDough/photos_stream

New Spinach Lasagna;
https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownTapandDough/photos_stream

https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownTapandDough/photos_stream

https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownTapandDough/photos_stream