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Boulder-bred young chef makes mark as winner of ‘The Taste’

January 26, 2015

Boulder-bred chef Gabe Kennedy, who now calls New York City home, was the record-setting champion of season three of the ABC cooking competition “The Taste.”

Kennedy, who was named the show’s winner on Thursday, gets his own cooking show on ABC.com, $100,000 and “The Taste” trophy.

The culinary tug-of-war puts 16 contestants – from home cooks to pros – going tongs to tongs to create a single spoonful of food judged by heavyweight foodies Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelson.

Kennedy’s journey to victory earned him the most gold stars in the series’ history.

According to the website heavy.com, “Saints And Sinners was the theme for team challenge with two opposite dishes and 90 minutes to cook. The guest judge was the successful Jonathan Waxman, who tasted each contestant’s food blindly…For Gabe, Waxman loved the complexity of his food.

“…Next up was the solo challenge with a Surf and Turf theme. Each cook created two dishes for the judges to taste and this time, Waxman was overseeing their skills in the kitchen and acting as their mentor.

“The final challenge was titled Three Perfect Courses and the inspiration for the challenge was to watch Waxman prepare his own three-course meal. Gabe has a panicking moment when he realizes the sour cherries he has are not fresh. Nonetheless, each of the dishes were delicious and the judges had a tough time figuring out the winner…And the winner was announced as Gabe.” Kennedy works as a private chef based in Brooklyn.

For the rest of the story, go to www.heavy.com/entertainment/2015/01/gabe-kennedy-winner-the-taste-who-won-finale-season-3-wins-eliminated-elimination-results-2015/.

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Best sports bar makes the Super Bowl more super

January 26, 2015

Looking for a rocking sports bar to watch Super Bowl XLIX?

Travel + Leisure magazine picked Society Sports and Spirits at 1434 Blake St. as one of the Best Sports Bars in America. Here’s what T+L said:

“Not far from the Pepsi Center, where the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche reign, you’ll find Society Sports and Spirits tuned in to whatever game is on, be it basketball, NHL, or college sports. The alumni crowd is as diverse and as strong as they come, ready to cheer on the Cyclones, OSU Cowboys, or the Razorbacks—though perhaps with their indoor voices. ‘As sports junkies ourselves,’ says owner Wil Evans, ‘we believe it’s of the utmost importance to be able to hear volume for your game.’ This place also pulls for the home team behind the bar, with a diverse array of Colorado beers and more than 45 whiskeys produced in state. As of winter 2014, you can even request a whiskey on tap.”

With all that whiskey and beer, maybe you’ll forget that the Broncos are sitting this one out.

See the rest of the best at www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-sports-bars-in-america.

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Pismo glass owner shutting stores

January 26, 2015

After 25 years selling fine art and glass at Pismo galleries in Cherry Creek North, Vail and Aspen, owner Sandy Sardella is shutting down doors No. 1, 2 and 3.

Her decision to close was not due to financial hard times – she told The Denver Business Journal that 2014 was her best year ever – she wants to retire.

Sardella, wife of former 9News anchor Ed Sardella, is running “retirement” sales through March 31 at the Cherry Creek store (2770 E. Second Ave.), and through mid-April at the ski resort store to take advantage of the ski season.

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Denver designer Guerra launches new collection with free party

January 26, 2015

Hotel Monaco Denver will host the free launch party for local Denver fashion designer and “Project Runway All Star” winner Mondo Guerra’s new collection from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in the hotel lobby. Guerra’s new collection, MONDO, will feature textural novelty sweater knits and versatile separates. The new collection will also coincide with the launch of a new logo and website for the designer as well.

“Keeping the collection all black and white reminded me why my ideas are so colorful: because I dream in color. I challenge the notion that it’s black and white versus color. The two work dually to give balance to your style,” Guerra said. “This collection is centered on the concept that these clothes are merely a template and you are the creative. You are the decision maker for your look. Take a leap. It’s all about looking forward.”

Guerra will be at the event to celebrate his new collection and discuss the inspiration behind his latest designs.  In addition, a pop-up boutique will be set up in the lobby where guests can purchase items from the new collection on-site.

Guests can preview streaming photos of the collection on a big screen TV while enjoying appetizers, a special “Mondotini” cocktail and music from local DJs. Additionally, the first 100 guests in attendance will receive a special gift bag including:

* INDYINK Tote Bag;

* Hotel Monaco-branded SIGG water bottle for the first 25 guests;

* Coupon for 20 perent off at Hotel Monaco Denver;

* Coupon for Panzano Restaurant appetizer;

* Matthew Morris Salon, $25 men’s gift certificate and other items;

* Online coupon for CROCS Footwear;

* SEE Eyewear;

* Denver Fashion Truck items.

Attendees will also be eligible for special giveaways including:

* An outfit from the new MONDO collection;

* A two-night stay at Hotel Monaco Denver including $150 toward dinner at Panzano;

* A $250 gift certificate from Crocs Footwear for the new MONDO-designed Crocs Footwear;

* SEE Eyewear giveaways.

“Mondo’s bold and innovative fashion designs are a perfect fit with the Hotel Monaco Denver,” said Von de Luna, director of operations, Kimpton Hotels Mountain Region. “We’re thrilled to welcome Mondo back to celebrate the launch of his new collection and invite guests to enjoy all our hotel has to offer.”

For those who wish to stay at Hotel Monaco Denver the night of the MONDO event, Hotel Monaco Denver is offering a special “Monaco Loves Mondo” rate of $175 per night based on double occupancy. Reservations must be confirmed a minimum of three days prior to arrival and include a 72-hour cancellation policy. Book online at www.monaco-denver.com or call 800-990-1301 and mention rate code MONDO.

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Slurp soup during national soup month at area eateries

January 26, 2015

Though the weather outside isn’t frightful, the calendar tells us that winter’s not over and chilly days are in the forecast. With that in mind, celebrate January as national soup month with these warm-ups from area eateries.

At Argyll Whisky Beer (1035 E 17th Ave. www.argylldenver.com) order the Spot of Tea – a bowl of ramen with vegetables and poached egg partnered with a bone china teapot holding the steaming chicken and pork tea broth.  The teapot’s contents are poured for you table side over the bowl.

While you’re Uptown, duck in to Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine (1700 Humboldt St. – www.humboldtrestaurant.com) where our landlocked-state’s fish experts boast a Classic Clam Chowder redolent of smoky bacon undertones and a dash of Tabasco. Also, there’s a seasonal bowl of creamy Butternut Squash Soup with toasted pepitas and spice-whipped crème fraiche.

Soup seekers at ViewHouse (2015 Market St. - www.viewhouse.com) can sidle up to bowl of Tomato Bisque from Chef Jose Guerrero’s kitchen, a creamy vegetable based San Marzano tomato bisque finished with fresh basil crema and best paired with the rustic Grilled Cheese Panini for a grown-up childhood treat.

At Blackbelly Market (1606 Conestoga #3, Boulder – www.blackbelly.comExecutive Chef Hosea Rosenberg is serving his golden Isabelle Farms squash soup – a velvety combination of squashes from the local farm, cut with tart green apples and finished with hazelnut and crème fraiche.

Warm your belly with a bowl of Zengo’s (1610 Little Raven St. – www.richardsandoval.comMiso soup made with chipotle, tofu, tomato, wakame and truffle oil.

Session Kitchen (1518 S. Pearl St. – www.sessionkitchen.com) located in historic Platt Park, takes care of the cold weather blues with a Brisket Wedding Soup and Shrimp BisqueChef Scott Parker smokes the brisket in-house for the wedding soup and includes kale, tomatoes, wild rice and fennel sausage meatballs, garnished with fresh chives and horseradish cream.  Or try the Shrimp Bisque with house made kimchi and horseradish cream.

Chef Richard Sandoval creates a menu reminiscent of his Mexican heritage at Tamayo (1400 Larimer St. – www.richardsandoval.com) including a posole crafted with hominy, squid, shrimp, scallop, chorizo, crispy flour tortillas, cilantro pesto, seafood broth and topped with a fresh radish salad.

The taste of New Orleans is the featured cuisine from Chef Justin Burdick at The Mainline (125 S. College Ave., Fort Collins www.mainlinefoco.com) who serves his Chicken, Tasso n’ Andouille Sausage Gumbo paired with warm cornbread.

A selection of Blackbelly's soups.

A selection of Blackbelly’s soups.

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

January 26, 2015

Eavesdropping on Facebook: “The kids are putting together a gingerbread tree. I just heard the girl say, ‘I know what I’m doing because I took a cooking class!'”

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January 26, 2015

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Super Bowl parties may turn your frown upside down

January 23, 2015

Although the Super Bowl won’t be super for Denver Broncos fans, you can make the most of the New England-Seattle gridiron battle with special events at local sports bars.

The Tavern Hospitality Group is throwing Ultimate Super Bowl Parties at two locations: The Soiled Dove Underground and Tavern Downtown from 3:30 p.m. until a half hour after the game ends on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 1.

Football lovers can enjoy all-you-can-eat buffets including pizza, wings, chili, sliders and more at either The Soiled Dove Underground or Tavern Downtown.  Also included are unlimited Bud and Bud Light drafts and well drinks.  Free square pools will be available with winnings after every quarter and raffle prizes will be given throughout the game.  The cost for each party is $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door.

At The Soiled Dove Underground, the game will be projected on three six-foot movie screens. There are more than 60 HDTVs at Tavern Downtown.

To book tickets in advance for $35, visit www.ticketfly.com/event/766867 for The Soiled Dove Underground party or www.ticketfly.com/event/766881 for the Tavern Downtown party.

Both ViewHouse locations, downtown and in Centennial, are game-day headquarters with food, drinks and lots of prizes.

Kick off your pregame festivities at 10 a.m. at ViewHouse Centennial (7101 S. Clinton St., Centennial) at with unlimited tailgate buffets, drink specials, 46 flat screens and a 200-inch high definition television – the largest of its kind in any bar or restaurant in Denver.

Tickets are $28.95 for four hours of food and fun.

The ViewHouse downtown (2015 Market Street) is throwing a tailgate party, including a DJ, prizes and a special tailgate menu including brisket sliders, taco stand and wings.

Prizes awarded every quarter include an outdoor grill, portable fire pit, dartboard cabinet and culminate in a Grand Prize 58” LCD HD TV. More info: www.viewhouse.com.

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Blast from the past: ‘1968 Exhibit’ coming to History Colorado

January 23, 2015

Where were you in 1968? More important, what were you wearing? Watching on TV?

The year 1968 was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war, the aftermath which can still be felt today.  The 1968 Exhibit is coming to History Colorado in February. This must-see exhibit brings to life this pivotal American year through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactive experiences.

“Discussions about the impact and legacy of 1968 are being had at dinner tables, in classrooms and on the streets of America,” said Tom Brokaw, honorary chair of “The 1968 Exhibit,” former anchor and managing editor of the “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” and author of “Boom! Talking About the Sixties”.  “It is time to document this watershed year through the voices of the people who experienced it firsthand, and to hear from the next generation about what it means to them.”

Organized chronologically by the months of the year, the 5,000-square-foot exhibit will transport visitors back to 1968. The sights and sounds of this media-saturated age fill the exhibit and stories from the people who were there are shared throughout. Three interactive lounges focus on music, design, movies and television.

“It was quite a year for indelible television,” said William Convery, director of exhibits and the Colorado State Historian at History Colorado. “We all have our own great memories bundled in with classic TV shows and characters. Objects from ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Laugh-In’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ provide another personal connection to this evocative year and exhibition.”

The exhibit kicks off with a 1968 premiere party on Feb. 5 at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway.  Tickets for the event cost $100; $90 for museum members.  Tickets can be purchased at www.historycoloradocenter.org/exhibits/the-1968-exhibit/premiere-party/.  Guests will have first access to the exhibit, as well as entertainment, groovy music, cuisine and cocktails in a setting reminiscent of 1968.  There’s nowhere else in the state where guests can explore this incredible year, reflect on their own fond memories, and see the events that changed Colorado and America forever.

A centerpiece of “1968” is a reassembled Huey helicopter, the mainstay workforce in the Vietnam War. It carried soldiers into battle, returned the wounded, hauled supplies and picked up body bags. Vietnam was said to be the first living room war because we could see it happening on TV sets in American living rooms.  The Huey is a symbol of that wrenching conflict and is literally staged in a living room.  One of its massive rotors looms overhead like a chandelier.

In addition to the three interactive lounges in the actual exhibit featuring music, design, movies and television, families can soak in the ambiance of 1968 while relaxing in the Hippie Haven Lounge areas that will be located at the entrance to the History Colorado Center and in some of the museum’s commons spaces.   Visitors can find out what happened in 1968 on their birthday and check how what they wear today compares with what would have been acceptable in 1968. These lounges will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 16, 17; March 21, 27, 28; and April 3 and 4 and May 9.

On Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors are invited to jump back in time and learn how the “1968 Exhibit” was built.  Featured activities include the crafts of ’68, learning to macramé and a swingin’ ‘60s fashion show.  Blasting off into outer space will feature the Apollo 8 mission and astronauts.

Tickets for the exhibit are available online at www.HistoryColoradoCenter.org .  History Colorado will also have extended evening hours, open until 9 p.m. every third Tuesday (Feb. 17, March 17 and April 21).

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