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Tarantino and Telluride may be match made in film

September 29, 2014

Colorado’s Economic Development Commission has approved a $5 million carrot to bring famed director/filmmaker Quentin Tarantino here.

The $5 million incentives, approved last week, will go to help fund the making of “The Hateful Eight” in Telluride.

“What’s fabulous about this is everyone’s been saying Colorado is perfect for a Western, and this is a Western,” state film commissioner Donald Zuckerman told the EDC commissioners, as reported in Westword.

“The film’s budget is $44 million with an estimated $25 million of that to be spent in Colorado. The moviemakers would likely hire 168 crew members in Colorado, with an estimated payroll of $15.6 million, Zuckerman said. Filming would begin in December and is expected to take a total of 49 days, with a break for the holidays.

However, the specific location that Tarantino has chosen for the film – the Schmid Ranch just outside Telluride – is subject to a conservation easement, Zuckerman said, and the film’s backers are working to get permission from the San Miguel County commissioners to use the land. Zuckerman said that all of the structures that would be built on the land would be temporary and could be removed after filming. He said he’s hopeful the county commissioners will give Tarantino the green light.

Imdb.com describes the plot for “The Hateful Eight” like this: “In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception” – is the biggest movie to consider filming in Colorado since Zuckerman came on board as film commissioner in 2011. In 2012, state legislators approved a plan to attract more film projects to the state by increasing the cash rebate offered to moviemakers from 10 percent to 20 percent in order to bring it in line with competitors such as New Mexico and Utah. The legislature also created a program to back up to 20 percent of a producer’s bank loan.

According to the Westword story, “The official cast of ‘The Hateful Eight’ hasn’t been announced yet, but a script reading in April included Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Bruce Dern. The latest rumor is that Viggo Mortenson is also being considered for the film.”

For the rest of the story, go to www.blogs.westword.com/latestword/2014/09/quentin_tarantino_the_hateful_eight_film_in_colorado.php.

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Metro State teaches brewing basics in new class

September 29, 2014

Are you feeling a bit beery as Denver celebrates Denver Beer Fest this week?

Joining the beer bandwagon at Metro State University, which is offering a class from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening on Ales Lagers and Beyond.

Taste and learn about the major styles of beer and how to analyze flavor, pair with food and serve in glassware that maximizes your enjoyment of beer. The course fee includes instruction from one of the world’s foremost experts in craft beer, all beer and food samples and a craft beer glass to take home.

You’ll be tasting Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA, Funkwerks Saison, Fate Belgian IPA and a selection from Dry Dock at the MSU Denver’s Hospitality Learning Center, Demonstration Theater Room 207 (on the south side of the Marriott Springhill Suites hotel 1190 Auraria Pkwy., Denver, 80204). Cost is $35.

To attend register online, e-mail extendedcampus@msudenver.edu or call 303-721-1313.

During this two-hour session, participants will:

  • Taste and recognize the characteristics of beer styles such as lager, ale, IPA, stout, pilsner, and more.
  • Learn about beer styles of major beer regions of the world including Germany, the British Isles, Belgium, and America.
  • Engage your senses in learning to analyze flavors of beer and food. Learn how to select the right glass to increase your enjoyment of beer.
  • Sample food items with their best corresponding beers to gain the knowledge to create your own pairings at home.

Instructor Scott Kerkmans was a professional brewer for more than four years (most recently at Alaskan Brewing Company) and helped start “Draft Magazine”. He was in the group of the first five certified cicerones in the world and is an annual judge at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival.

Kerkmans now trains brewers, distributors and retailers around the world with his company Beer Conscious Training and is soon launching an education piece for homebrewers called Homebrew IQ.

For more information, go to www.msudenver.edu/beereducation.


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Who is that masked man or woman? Uncover the truth at The Mask Project exhibit

September 29, 2014

The Mask Project, The Denver Hospice’s flagship fundraising event is in full display at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The mask art exhibit, “An Unconventional Art Exhibit – The Mask Project 2014″, helps raise funds for critical services provided to terminally-ill patients and their families.

The Mask Project was founded in 1998 to capture the imagination of Coloradans through art. The auction features custom created masks by celebrities, sports figures, politicians, artists, and recognized members of the community.

Since its inception, The Mask Project has generated $4.5 million for hospice and palliative care for The Denver Hospice. The almost 600 masks gallery is available for viewing in Grand Court at Cherry Creek Shopping Center until Oct. 5. More than one million people are expected to view the gallery. Every mask is for sale beginning at $70 and available for bidding at www.biddingforgood/themaskproject.

“Over the past 18 years, The Mask Project has grown into a fabulous art exhibit viewed worldwide,” said Bev Sloan, CEO of The Denver Hospice. “We thank all our wonderful donors for their generosity in creating nearly 600 wonderful masks this year. Every mask purchased helps a patient and family in need at end of life.”

To learn more about The Mask Project visit www.themaskproject.org.

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Yacht Club has docked in RiNo

September 29, 2014

I reported in August that the RiNo Yacht Club was setting sail for the Source in RiNo, slated to open Aug. 20. But delays happen, and last week, more than a month later than the expected debut date, the Yacht Club is open in the old CapRock Farm Bar space at 3350 Brighton Blvd. and serving drinks to land lubbers.

Here’s a refresher on what I wrote early August:

Owned by Mary Wright, the Yacht Club aims to be a gathering place for locals, visitors and industry professionals.

“The Source is in many ways a community, our community, and also like its own neighborhood,” Wright said. “My life-partner, Mclain Hedges, owns the Proper Pour. With the Yacht Club, we are not only excited to complement the existing businesses, but also enhance and serve the quickly growing area.”

Kyle Zeppelin, developer of the Source, said, “The vision that Mary has is very much in line with what we are trying to create at the Source – a community space where like-minded people gather. Part of the programming will include more events in the common area space. We have a unique situation and a very collaborative environment that allows for all sorts of events from food-related book signings to lectures, tastings, dinners and more.”

A full service bar, the Yacht Club will build on the idea of social drinking.  “We want the space to have something for everyone and also showcase how diverse the world of booze can be,” Wright said. “In the islands, you have ‘Ti Punch, in Spain (there are) sherry or gin and tonics, as well as favorites here like juleps, cobblers, or a shot and a beer. At the Yacht Club we will showcase some of these ideas, as well as some of our own.”

The wine list will highlight quirky and esoteric bottles in addition to classics. Any bottle will be available to open for by-the-glass purchase, with a two glass minimum, while the remainder will be offered on the by-the-glass list.

For the beer selection, the Yacht Club plans to keep a steady rotation of food-friendly beers. “It’s all about balance. Whether it’s a big barrel-aged beast or a crisp pilsner, we want the beer to be approachable to the palate while maintaining a certain amount of complexity,” Wright said. “However, you’ll always be able to come in and grab a standby like Banquet or Highlife too.”

A small selection of food will be offered through a collaboration with Acorn, one of the two restaurants at the Source. The goal is to provide food that compliments the drinks, as opposed to a more traditional approach where drinks compliment the food.

“We want to offer our guests a broad range of options – cocktails, wine, beer – without the commitment to a big dinner,” Wright said. “But with an amazing bottle of wine, we also want them to be able to enjoy the highest quality bite, which is why we are thrilled with this partnership and to work with one of the most talented groups in the country.”

The team behind the Yacht Club, in collaboration with the design team at the Source, has worked on transforming the space to fit the new vision. The table seating in the back area was removed and replaced with custom-designed comfortable yet utilitarian black couches and low zebra wood tables to encourage casual lounging. The transformation will continue with the addition of a custom LED-centric light piece created by local artist Evan Miller of Moving Light that will add warmth and the illusion of bringing the ceiling down in the vast space. Winter Session, a local canvas and leather goods designer, crafted the upholstery for the space.

The name Yacht Club is a reference to the community aspect of the new bar as well as a play on the fact that the neighborhood, RiNo, is set along the Platte River. “It’s not nautical. It’s tongue-and-cheek referencing the Platte River, but also camaraderie, the idea of lounging, of hanging out, of being part of a community,” Wright said.

Yacht Club is open Sunday and Wednesday through Friday from 4:30 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m.

The Source is an artisan food market that occupies a former 1880‘s brick foundry building in Denver’s River North District. It’s a collective of food artisans and retailers offering visitors everything from freshly baked bread to craft cocktails, from street tacos to contemporary flower arrangements. More information: www.thesourcedenver.com.

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Bravo to the bacon snack at Range

September 29, 2014

If there’s a better bacon appetizer in Colorado, you can poke me with a pig.

During the monthly Travel Writer’s reception, sponsored by Visit Denver, we were perfectly pampered last week in the luxurious lobby of The Renaissance Hotel inside former Colorado National Bank Building on 17th and Champa.

Inside a former working vault, the generous spread included candied habanero bacon off the Range appetizer menu available at the Teller Bar in the lobby in front of the entrance to Range, the hotel’s steakhouse.

This bacon dish packed a porcine punch with the heat of the habanero and the sweet of the brown sugar. Here’s the recipe:

Range’s Candied Habanero Bacon


  • Tender Belly habanero bacon.
  • Brown sugar.


  • Toss bacon in brown sugar until coated.
  • Place on a wire rack on sheet pan.
  • Bake at 300 degrees until crisp.
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Celebrate National Vegetarian Day at Boulder eatery

September 29, 2014

In celebration of World Vegetarian Day on Wednesday (who knew?), Jill’s Restaurant, located inside of Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel & Spa, will dedicate its Ooh La La lunchtime service to all things vegetarian.

Crafted by Jill’s Executive Chef Laurent Mechin, a native Frenchman, a full vegetarian buffet will be available for $12.95 per person, and will include dishes inspired by the South of France and Mediterranean, including an array of sun-kissed vegetables, which grow abundantly in these areas, combined with pastas, seafood, herbs, cheeses and olive oil.

Lunch will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and reservations can be made here.

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

September 29, 2014

Eavesdropping on a woman talking about a conversation with her husband while watching “The Bachelorette” final rose ceremony: “Awww, does my smile make you feel like you can do anything in the world?”

“No, but when you’re done with Invisalign it might.”

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September 29, 2014

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Adams’ comedy career no pie in the sky

September 26, 2014

I am always thrilled to report on a former Rocky Mountain News colleague who found an employment path after the newspaper folded.

Former Rocky sports columnist Sam Adams kept nurturing his comedy career as an adjunct to his newspaper job. And now he’s combined both worlds as a sports commentator on 9News and as a full-fledged stand-up.

Adams also leverages his local fame to give back to the community, even if that means taking numerous whipped cream pies to his face.

On Saturday, the Denver comedian and sports personality will get his mug mashed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center Hotel’s Centennial Room in exchange for donations to Komen Colorado, the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the national nonprofit, as part of Komen’s Class of 2014 Pink Tie Guys whose mission is to heighten awareness of breast cancer. Suggested donation is $20 at the door.

If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to make a contribution, here’s a link to the donation page on the Komen website: www.convio.komencolorado.org/site/TR/Events/General?px=1894496&pg=personal&fr_id=1180.

Also on Adams’ agenda is a gig as headliner at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Comedy Works downtown, 1226 15th St. Use the promo code “Karen” for a discount when you purchase tickets online at www.comedyworks.com/comedians/486.

As a side note, Mr. On the Town, a Missouri native and Mizzou grad, spotted Adams on an Exede Satellite Internet TV commercial after witnessing the Missouri upset loss to Indiana on Sept. 20.

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