Cocktail Creators: Nicole Lebedevitch of Denver’s Ash’Kara

Nicole Lebedevitch, bar manager at Denver’s Ash’Kara {2005 West 33rd Avenue, Denver; 303.537.4407}, discusses how to craft a memorable cocktail and shares her recipe for the Fallen Cherry Fizz. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Lebedevitch: The constant ability to give someone the unexpected and get to be in that exact moment with them. You get to create ... Read More »

Denver Restaurant Week 2020 Reveals Participants, Menus

The 16th annual Denver Restaurant Week is still nearly a month away, but the names of the initial participating restaurants and their special menu items were revealed Wednesday. The Denver Restaurant Week website posted the names of more than 230 restaurants and their customized multicourse meals at noon on Jan. 22. Denver Restaurant Week 2020 spans Feb. 21-March 1 (yes, ... Read More »

Cocktail Creators: David Leyva of Denver’s Tacos Tequila Whiskey

David Leyva, bar manager at Tacos Tequila Whiskey {3300 West 32nd Avenue, Denver}, talks cocktail creation and shares his drink recipe for La Fresca Caliente. DiningOut: What do you enjoy most about bartending? Leyva: I love putting on a show for people when I’m behind the bar; whether it be quick, witty banter, fun storytelling, or simple bartending flair. I ... Read More »

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Alex Seidel Wins the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest

The subject of the 2018 James Beard Foundation annual awards ceremony, which unfolded on May 7 at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago, was “RISE,” a theme dedicated to honoring the collective spirit of communities and the power of food. “Whether championing causes, committing to values, speaking up for those who can’t be heard, or cooking their hearts out, our ... Read More »

Kitchen Snapshot: Antonio Herrera-Ramirez of Fish N Beer

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It has been a whirlwind of a year of for Chef Antonio Herrera-Ramirez. Late last year, Chef Herrera-Ramirez braved two storms while living in the Virgin Islands—Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Within a matter of months, he moved to Denver, had his second child (congrats!), and started working at one the hippest restaurants in Denver, Fish N Beer {3510 Larimer Street, Denver; ... Read More »

Oysters 101 and Beyond with Shelia Lucero of Jax Fish House

In 1996, when Sheila Lucero joined the Jax Fish House community, she was a “wide-eyed Johnson & Wales culinary student,” recalls Dave Query, founder of Boulder-based Big Red F Restaurant Group, under which Jax is umbrellaed. Oh, what a difference two decades make. Lucero, now the executive chef of a collection of Jax Fish Houses—four in Colorado and one in ... Read More »

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Avanti F&B Takes Second Outpost to Boulder

Since 2015, Avanti Food & Beverage {3200 Pecos Street, Denver; 720.269.4778}, a collective eatery and restaurant incubator located in LoHi, has served not only as one of the hottest eateries in town, but also the launching pad for a number of Denver’s most favored restaurants. Take Chow Morso and Bamboo Sushi for instance, both of which are rooted in humble Avanti beginnings. This local hot ... Read More »

Japanese Done Differently at Osaka’s in Boulder

Japanese businessman Koji Tamura isn’t bringing just another Japanese restaurant to Boulder, he’s ushering in an entire slice of Japan that is woefully unexplored by the American palate. Hailing from the port city of Osaka, Japan, Tamura and his team introduce the healthfully delicious dishes of their homeland, but with an Americanized twist. At Osaka’s {2460 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder; 720.398.9115}, ... Read More »

Winner of The First Annual Savory Cup Chef Competition

Last Thursday brought the final round of the first annual Savory Cup chef competition sponsored by Savory Cuisines Catering to raise funds for Boulder’s Blue Sky Bridge family and child advocacy center. In a preliminary round earlier this month, four local chefs competed in a bracket-style cooking tournament during which two of the competitors were eliminated and two would move ... Read More »

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