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NPR gives national nod to Denver’s restaurant scene

December 17, 2014

One of the nicest nods to Denver’s bustling restaurant scene came from Tuesday’s piece by National Public Radio. The reporter sought the answer to the popular question “What makes Denver so tasty?” when it comes to the dining business, which has doubled in sales over the past 10 years.

He interviewed Food Network star chef Keegan Gerhard, who rolled the proverbial dice on Denver when he opted to open D Bar, the tiny 17th Street eatery with the longest lines. Gerhard and his pastry chef wife, Lisa Bailey, quickly outgrew the original D Bar space and last month opened a spot three times larger in Uptown. The couple shunned the bright lights and big cities in favor of building a business where they wanted to live.

NPR interviewed other top chefs including Jennifer Jasinski, who with business partner Beth Gruitch, owns Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall, and most recently Stoic & Genuine in the redeveloped Union Station. Jasinski upped Denver’s restaurant cred by winning a James Beard Award and competing on “Top Chef Masters”.

Here’s what NPR said, “When you think of the restaurant scene, Denver probably doesn’t come to mind. But that’s just the latest change for a city whose population has ballooned in the last couple of years, thanks in part to a nearby oil and gas boom. Top chefs are beginning to take notice.”

John Imbergamo, perhaps the most trusted man in Denver’s restaurant business, was interviewed for the story on background. Here’s what NPR didn’t discuss, Imbergamo said. “The fast casual segment was ignored but Denver is a hotbed of innovation in that segment of the industry. Chipotle, Qdoba, Tokyo Joes, Noodles, Garbanzos, Pizzeria Locale. Smashburger, the list goes on.  Many of these with elevated quick food are consumer stepping stones to fine dining.”

To read or listen to the rest of the report, go to www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/12/16/371126181/top-chefs-discover-denvers-fast-growing-restaurant-scene?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social.

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Denver entertainment insiders named most influential

December 17, 2014

Four Denver players in the entertainment scene were named “The most influential people in Denver entertainment in 2014″ by axs.com.

The website said, “2014 was a fascinating year for entertainment in Denver. There were major leaps in terms of the changing field of arts coverage, new arts venues being explored and even interactive entertainment options right in the streets of Denver.

“In fact, there were so many wonderful performances, contributions and creations that this list certainly could have featured 30 or 40 names. However, there are a few people who’s work in 2014 truly stood out, making these four creative individuals among the most influential voices in entertainment in Denver this year.”

They are Brian Corrigan for Oh Heck Yeah, a street arcade in downtown Denver in June and July; former Denver Post theater critic John Moore, who parlayed his talents into becoming the senior arts journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Chris Zacher, founder of the Levitt Pavilion, a new amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park and funnyman Adam Cayton-Holland as part of The Grawlix comedy show.

For more on each recipient, go to www.axs.com/the-most-influential-people-in-denver-entertainment-in-2014-32388.

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Evergreen sister group lands record contract

December 17, 2014

It was a teen dream come true for Evergreen sisters Caitlin Powell, 16, and Sidney, 13, when their band Facing West landed a record deal recently with Pando Records, a Warner Music Group Label.

The Powell girls were formerly known by Two Girls With Guitars, but changed the name to Facing West.

According to 9News, the band’s first single “Anchors” will be released nationally in early January. The rest of the album will be released in March.

Facing West posted this on their Facebook Page:

“Big move 4 us! Facing West is now with Pando Records we ‪#‎rejoice‬and give thanks!… way more to come in 2015! Grateful for your support.”

Their father Tim Powell helps manage Facing West. His wife, Catrina, home-schools the girls.

“Their hard work, talent and God’s blessings continue to surprise us,” Tim Powell told 9News. “The girls are over the moon excited.”

For the rest of the story, go to www.9news.com/story/entertainment/2014/12/15/facing-west-record-deal/20437851/.

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Stout Street Social welcome addition to bustling 14th Street

December 17, 2014

It’s hard to believe the 1400 Stout Street space that now houses Stout Street Social was an empty cement bunker owned by the hotel next door. But such a prime piece of property – directly across from the Colorado Convention Center and one block from The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, could not stay vacant forever.

Enter longtime restaurateur Frank Day and his Concept Restaurants crew who have carved out a stunning bar and restaurant to serve hotel guests, conventioneers, theatergoers and Denver diners with no particular agenda.

The restaurant’s centerpiece, the horseshoe shaped “race track bar” is among the largest in downtown Denver. The seated bar space with high top tables and booths features TVs and a glass garage door that will spill onto the 30-seat patio when the weather’s right.

Sippers and snackers who visit Stout Street can take selfies or food and drink pics and post them in real time using #stoutstreetsocial on two big screens in the bar. The proper dining room, sans TVs, offers a more intimate setting.

Stout Street Social’s scene is more than 40 beers on tap, five varieties of sake and an extensive list of wines by the glass. There’s a killer happy hour with $4 martinis, $3 beers and $4, $5 and $6 glasses of wine.

Food features include the oyster and raw bar, sushi chef, prime rib plate on the happy hour menu for $9.95, deviled eggs, crispy brussels sprouts along with a three course theater menu for $28.95 per person including discounted $7 valet. Valet at lunch is free and $7 with validation at all other times.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 3 to 6 p.m. happy hour Monday through Friday; 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday and  5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More information at www.stoutstsocial.com.

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Nice digs for artist in residence at the Four Seasons

December 17, 2014

Four Seasons Hotel Denver and EDGE Restaurant welcome contemporary Western artist Duke Beardsley as its first “artist in residence” from Jan. 9 to 31. Beardsley will paint from his pop-up studio in the hotel’s lobby.

“Duke Beardsley’s name is synonymous with Western art,” said the hotel’s General Manager and Regional Vice President Thierry Kennel. “In addition to Duke painting in our lobby daily, he will display his works throughout EDGE Restaurant for guests to enjoy throughout January.”

In conjunction with the studio, the hotel and EDGE will host a variety of events, including:

  • Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 – Western Fashion Luncheon featuring Rockmount Ranchwear and the art of  Beardsley; $22 for an EDGE quartet lunch.
  • 6 p.m. Jan. 28 – Dinner with Duke featuring a Colorado-ranch focused five-course dinner; $100 per person.

Rodeo Rampage, a hotel stay package for the month of January during Beardsley’s residency, includes:

  • Daily American breakfast for two.
  • Signed, limited edition Beardsley print.
  • Luxurious accommodations.

Beardsley is a sixth generation Coloradan whose Western roots run deep and are integral to the subjects he paints. Raised in Denver and on a family cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, Duke has been drawing and painting images of the American West as long as he can remember. His blend of modern art styling and traditional Western iconography reflects his upbringing and has made him a popular favorite among fans of contemporary American Western art.

His work has been featured in exhibitions across the United States including the Coors Western Art Show and the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. In 2007, Duke’s work was included in Out West: The Great American Landscape, an exhibition of contemporary American Western art that toured China.

For hotel reservations, call 303-389-3300; and for EDGE reservations, call 303-389-3050.

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Krewe Crescent City BBQ crew closes the restaurant

December 17, 2014

Krewe Crescent City BBQ, the 1109 Lincoln eatery that was a rib bone’s throw from my condo, closed last week after less than a year in business.

Add Krewe onto the casualty list of predecessors – Cielo, Donkey Den, Sutra, The Hive – that have failed to make it in that space which hasn’t found its restaurant legs since the days of the Denver Buffalo Company. Remember when the lovely Lannie Garrett was the chanteuse in residence at the Buffalo Company?

But Stoney’s, the bar next door has made its past the four-year mark, so operators Stoney Jesseph and Will Trautman opted to expand the successful bar as a private party area in the failed Krewe spot.

See the rest of the story, first reported by Westword, at www.blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2014/12/krewe_crescent_city_bbq_closes_will_merge_with_stoneys.php.

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

December 17, 2014

Eavesdropping on phone conversation: “Hello (Chinese restaurant name), can I help you? (no traceable accent whatsoever. Sounds like any other kid from Colorado).”

“I’d like to place an order for delivery.”

“Can I have your address, please?”

“(****) E. Virginia Place.”

“Can you spell that?”

“Virginia? Like the state?”

“State?”

“U.S. state. Like Colorado, New York, Texas, Virginia.”

“Never heard of it. Can you please spell it?”

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December 17, 2014

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All the single ladies, all the single ladies, look no further than Denver for dudes

December 15, 2014

Denver is ranked No. 8 in the list of The 15 Top Cities for Single Women, according to DatingAdvice.com, and there’s no mention of our marijuana legislation for attracting single guys.

Rather, the website took into account “…population data of major U.S. cities, including the total numbers, the percentage of men, the percentage of women, the amount of single men, the amount of single women, the unemployment rate, the amount of people who have college degrees and more.

“In these 15 cities, it’s practically raining men. While we can’t guarantee they’re all angels, these are great places to start your search for a good man or two.”

Denver, at No. 8, scores with 112,038 single men, the web survey says.

“Denver has comparable cultural and food scenes to those in other big cities, but they (sic) add their (sic) own twist with abundant nature, chill vibes and lots of eligible dudes. You’ll find this city is full of adventures right in your own backyard!

“The ease and low cost of living make Mile High City one of the top places to call home and find love.”

For the rest of the rankings, go to www.datingadvice.com/for-women/the-15-top-cities-for-single-women.

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