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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 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: 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 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

 

 

Denver November Food Festivals

October 31st, 2014 Posted by Beer, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

There are some upcoming food festivals in November we thought you might want to know about.  Get your tickets and reservations early, as they go fast!

Barolo Grill

November 4-8: Barolo Grill Truffle Celebration Week

If you love truffles, this celebration event is for you.  Barolo Grill’s executive chef Darrel Truett is putting a menu together every night for dinner November 4-8 that highlights the magic of truffles. The exact menu is still being determined for this year, so check Barolo Grill’s website soon for more details.  Dates and reservations fill quickly for this event; so schedule in advance.  Call Barolo Grill for more information and to make reservations 303-393-1040.

November 16: Denver Beer and Bacon Festival, 2:30-5pm at the Curtis

This is the third year for Denver Beer and Bacon Festival put on by Eat Boston and Denver Off the Wagon.  Buying a ticket to the event gets you samples of bacon dishes and beer, and proceeds from this event are going to Denver’s Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart.  The line up for this event includes:

Course 1: John Little from Harman’s Eat & Drink with Crooked Stave
Course 2: Drew Watson from Hops & Pie with Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Course 3: Vincent Vigil from Panzano with Renegade Brewing Company
Course 4: Brandon Muncy from The Lobby with TRVE Brewing Co.
Course 5: Samm Sherman from Linger and Root Down with Great Divide Brewing Company

Get your tickets soon before the event gets sold out!

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Where to Drink This Week: Interstate Kitchen & Bar

October 28th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey No Comment yet

InterstateLocated in the Santa Fe Art District, Interstate Kitchen & Bar has a traditional diner feel to it with elevated American comfort food and libations.  The food and drinks are homemade, full of flavor and delicious.  Interstate has over 100 whiskeys available as well as a large selection of hand crafted cocktails and craft beers.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar is open late, until midnight for dinner and 1:30am for snacks, has 2 happy hours daily (4-6pm and 12-1:30am) and serves brunch on weekends.  Happy hour specials include $2-4 drink specials and $1-4 cheap eat specials.  A not to miss happy hour drink special is the Horse’s Neck which is made with whiskey, gingerale and a twist of lemon.  Cheap eats include pulled pork sliders, highly addicting bacon popcorn with spicy peanuts, fried pickles and $1 deviled eggs.

This Friday, October 31st, Interstate Kitchen & Bar is putting on the 6th annual Haunted Highway with a costume contest, live music, $20 unlimited drink wristbands and no cover.  Festivities start at 10pm.  Another not to miss event at Interstate is every Monday night “Game Night” starting at 8pm.  This is a chance to challenge your skills at various game shows and possibly win food, drinks and other prizes.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar is located at 1001 Santa Fe Dr. Denver 80204. 720-479-8829.

Happy Hour Daily 4-6pm, 12-1:30am

Lunch Monday-Friday 11am-4pm

Dinner Daily 4pm-12am

Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

Pulled Pork Slider

Pulled Pork Slider

Where to Eat This Weekend: Tables

October 24th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Tables LogoThe Park Hill neighborhood in Denver has many restaurants that are tucked away gems that locals don’t mind you not knowing about.  Tables is one of these gems in the Park Hill neighborhood.  Chef/owners and husband and wife team Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett opened Tables in 2005 and turned the space into an eclectic, homey restaurant with a seasonally changing menu.

The silverware and tables don’t match which gives Tables a warm, approachable, unique ambiance.  The menu is carefully crafted to include simple, seasonal ingredients that produce bold flavors.  Examples of the fall menu include:

  • Crispy Fried quail, apple-chestnut puree, Brussels sprouts saute & port reduction
  • PEI Mussels, house made sausage, avery white rascal ale broth, pumpernickel-fontina and pickled fennel slaw, cheese toast and sweet paprika aioli
  • Cider Glazed Scallops, horseradish, butternut squash & celery root risotto and apple-celery leaf salad
  • Pecan-Apple Pie & Maple Moscato Syrup, Whipped Cream
  • Pistachio Ice Cream, Cranberry Compote & Ginger Biscotti

Tables is located at 2267 Kearney St. Denver 80207. 303-388-0299.

Tuesday-Saturday 5-9:30pm

 

Lamb shank entree from Tables winter menu

Lamb shank entree from Tables winter menu, photo from Tables Facebook

 

Unique tables at Tables Restaurant, photo from Tables Facebook

Unique tables at Tables Restaurant, photo from Tables Facebook

Where to Eat This Weekend: Dorchester Social Eatery

October 17th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

This weekend enjoy Denver’s beautiful fall weather at Dorchester Social Eatery with globally inspired cuisine and a roof top deck that will take you back in time to ancient Rome.  Dorchester Social Eatery recently opened in August 2014, and the spacious roof top patio and beautiful decor are refreshing scenery for dining on delicious food.

Chicken Tagine with olives and lemon braised carrots; photo from Dorchester Social EateryFacebook

Chicken Tagine with olives and lemon braised carrots; photo from Dorchester Social EateryFacebook

The menu at Dorschester Social Eatery will please any palate; you can find Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, etc. inspired dishes.  Flavorful dishes include the Moorish Chicken Tagine with roasted chicken, green olives and lemon braised carrots, the Murgh Kari Tikka with Indian spiced chicken kabob, murgh kari sauce, cilnatro chutney, Granny Smith apple slaw and naan bread or North American staples like Maryland crab cake fritters or Wagyu sliders.

Brunch items are just as diverse and satisfying: traditional English breakfast, the Yiddish with flatbread, smoked salmon, creme fraiche, tomatoes, capers, red onion and scallion or the tacos y carnitas with pulled pork, egg, breakfast potato, avocado, cremo, pickled red onions and cilantro.

Dorchester Social Eatery is located at 1448 Market St. Denver 80202. 303-872-5986.

Tuesday-Friday 11am-10pm

Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday 10am-3pm

Dorchester Social Eatery's roof top patio. Photo from Denver Westword

Dorchester Social Eatery’s roof top patio. Photo from Denver Westword

Where to Eat This Weekend: To The Wind Bistro

October 10th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

to the windTo The Wind Bistro is a small restaurant, only 19 seats, but has caused a huge following even though it just recently opened.  To The Wind Bistro is tucked away on East Colfax in Congress Park, and you could easily pass it if you weren’t looking for it.  To The Wind Bistro has gotten much attention for their seasonal menu and quality ingredients.  They were recently voted as one of the 25 best restaurants in Denver for 2014 by 5280 magazine.

Butter Lettuce Salad, photo courtesy of To The Wind Bistro Facebook

Butter Lettuce Salad, photo courtesy of To The Wind Bistro Facebook

Menu changes seasonally, like the wind, and some current fall menu items include salad with butter lettuce, gala apples, walnuts, blue cheese and apple vinaigrette, Chanterelle dusted monkfish with quinoa, heirloom tomato salad and lemon yogurt or Sweet potato gnocchi with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and creme fraiche.

Though To The Wind Bistro doesn’t take reservations, they do take call ahead seating.  You can call 20-30 minutes ahead before you plan to be there.  If there’s an open table, they will save it for you.  Come see what all the fuss is about for this little restaurant.

To The Wind Bistro is located at 3333 E. Colfax Ave. Denver 80205. 303-316-3333.

Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday 5-9pm

Friday and Saturday 5-10pm

Where to Drink This Week: Denver Harvest Week

September 23rd, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week, Wine No Comment yet

Tuesday September 23- Saturday September 28 Denver Harvest Week is highlighting some of the best independent restaurants and local farmers in the Denver area. Each night a group of 5+ chefs/restaurants will come together to create pop-up parties at the GrowHaus. The event is also a fundraiser for GrowHaus, an urban garden.

Tuesday- Duel in the West, Grapes vs. Grains. This is a match between wine and beer with a 7 course dinner. Restaurants include Lola, Wazee Supper Club, Lower 48, Argyll and Central Bistro.

Wednesday- GrowLove- Buddha’s Vegetarian Delight. This is a vegetarian feast with Asian inspired dishes and cocktails. Restaurants include Colt & Gray, Ace Eat & Serve, Euclid Hall, Coohills, Fuel, Vine St. Pub and Rootdown.

Thursday- The Feast of the Hunters and Gatherers. Chefs will be gathering, killing and grilling for this feast. Restaurants include Trilium, Panzano, Harman’s Eat and Drink, Beatrice & Woodsley, Squeaky Bean, Work & Class and Cafe Bar.

Friday- Footloose and Farm Fresh. A DJ will be on site for dancing and of course incredible food and beer to go with the party. Restaurants include Pinche Tacos, Jonsey’s, Adelita’s, Appaloosa Grill, Biker Jim’s, Lucky Pie, Ste. Ellie, Parallel 17, B-Side and The Lobby.

Saturday- Brunch celebration will conclude Denver Harvest Week celebration, and it includes bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. Kids under 13 get in free! Restaurants include Snooze, Vesta, Beast & Bottle, Lou’s Food Bar and Session Kitchen.

For more information and to get your tickets, see www.harvestweek.com.