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An Ode to Rebel Restaurant 

Changing Tides at Mister Tuna

5 Things to Know About Beckon

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Where to Eat Around Five Points

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Where to Hike, Climb, Swim (and Eat!) in Colorado This Summer

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Denver’s Newest Dance Company Is Changing How Art Is Consumed

Naked Yoga Streaks Into Denver

GoodCinema Puts Documentary Films to Work for Social Justice

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Project Description: DiningOut has teamed up with Pat Miller, the first lady of Denver dining, to reimagine the quintessential food bible for Denver restaurants, The Gabby Gourmet’s Taste of Denver/Boulder. We set out to showcase the best restaurants—the trendsetters, the tastemakers, the new-and-notable and the tried-and-true gems that define our local culinary landscape. We’ve also included reviews of must-try casual dining spots, bars, and markets along with profiles of the people and personalities behind it all. Published December 2018.

A Look Back at Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2018

Originally posted on DiningOut Magazine

Over 5,000 people made the trek up to the idyllic mountain town last month for the 36th Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Braving the winding roads (or flying in via private jet), hungry guests arrived in Aspen for the premier culinary event of the year, replete with a flurry of seminars, celebrity chef demos (with tons of sightings as a bonus), and luxurious bites alongside copious amounts of wine and spirits. Although food and fun were had, the festival tackled the glaring troubles facing the restaurant industry from mental health to the insurgence of the #MeToo movement. Here are a few highlights from Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2018…

Oh, the things you’ll learn…

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Cooking with Andrew Zimmern | Photo courtesy of Food and Wine Classic

Inside the white tents scattered about town, housed a powerhouse of culinary talent from chefs and restauranteurs to sommeliers and cocktail craftsmen. Hungry listeners gathered as culinary leaders imparted cooking techniques, led discussions on the future of the dining scene, and rattled off a few tips and tricks on how to drink wine like a gazillionaire (a la Mark Oldman’s seminar, Wines for Gazillionaires). Culinary legends in attendance included father-daughter duo, Jacques and Claudine Pépin, restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, and Andrew Zimmern, to name a few.

The grandest tasting of them all

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The Grand Tasting Pavillion | Photo courtesy of C2 Photography/FOOD & WINE

Showcasing bites from award-winning celebrity chefs alongside international wines and spirits, The Grand Tasting Pavillion surely lived up to its name. Perched at the foot of the mountains, The Grand Tasting drew a number of gourmands all looking for a bite of the best. In the courtyard, celebrity chefs including Rick Bayless and Richard Blaisgathered for book signings. Local talent was also in attendance, as Brother Luckteamed up with Shoku En for a delectable bite of Japanese Buri Sashimi with squid ink umeboshi purée. Combining both food and politics, Elysian Chocolates featured a State of the Union display, encouraging guests to break down their chocolate wall. Food & Wine magazine’s ‘Best New Chefs’ held a corner of the tent, so guests could meet and greet (and eat!) with the new and up and coming class of culinary talent. Even though the tents centered around the fun and flurry of the food world, the festival took pause to pay homage to one of the greats, as a tribute wall dedicated to Anthony Bourdain hung in the tasting tent.

The state of the industry

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The Power of Community Panel: Engage, Rally & Inspire | Photo courtesy of C2 Photography/FOOD & WINE

Going beyond just food and wine, the Classic didn’t shy away from the problems facing our current industry. The “Meet the Masters: Lessons from the Journey” panel featuring Will GuidaraHugh Acheson, and Gabrielle Hamilton, quickly took a turn, focusing on Hamilton’s recent decision to take over the Spotted Pig in New York, and her subsequent partnership with Ken Friedman, an NYC restaurateur who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault. While Hamilton defended her stance, Hugh Acheson chimed in, stating, “This new leadership move could be good too, but it can’t be a hall pass to a predator.” During the “The Power of Community” panel, Andrew Zimmern touched on Anthony Bourdain’s untimely passing, furthering the discussion of mental health in the restaurant industry.

Parties, parties, and more parties

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Couldn’t swing the 1,700 price tag for tickets? The festivities extended well beyond the realm of the Classic. In fact, a number of people made the journey solely for the parties and popups all around town. Kendra Anderson of Bar Helix held her 7th annual yacht-themed bash with wines, effervescent cocktails, plus an amari bar courtesy of Il Porcellino Salumi.  Infinite Monkey Theorem took over Smuggler’s Mine for a wine and silent disco dance party for the annual Wine at the Mine soiree. Lodi Wines hosted free wine tastings a block away from the big blowout. Continuing the epic culinary tour across the states, Heritage Fire landed in Snowmass over the weekend for an afternoon of pork, skewered over live fire, tended to by the likes of Hosea Rosenberg (Blackbelly), Steve Redzikowski (Acorn), and Daniel Asher (River and Woods). Of course, there were a few parties that we weren’t privy to (hello wine dinner at Lance Armstrong’s house!) but that’s why we have next year.

Celebrity sightings abound

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Annual Top of the Mountain | Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for FOOD & WINE

Yes, a number of celebrity chefs led noteworthy seminars from Hugh Acheson shucking up seafood to Mark Oldman sabering off bottles of bubbly. Even a few of our local favorites made it on stage, notably Bobby Stuckey who spoke on Chiantis and key varietals from Napa Valley. But even outside the white tents, celebrity sightings were abound. One pop up event, we saw Hugh Acheson chatting it up with Alon Shaya. The aptly named Celebrity Chef 5K Charity Run included the likes of Marcus Samuelson and Bobby Stuckey running alongside our common man (can’t say that we went, the DiningOut staff doesn’t run). During the nightlife, we bumped into Anne BurrellMing Tsai, and Curtis Stone all grooving at Escobar (we may or may not have hi-fived Anne Burrell, but that story is for another time). All in all, the Classic offers a good time for celebrity bingo.

Morgan Carter, Managing Editor

Where to Hike, Climb, Swim (and Eat!) in Colorado This Summer

Originally posted on Food52

From rock climbing in the Garden of the Gods to spending the night in a decked-out treehouse, we’ve partnered with Breckenridge Brewery to help you make the most of summer in Colorado.

Thousands of visitors will make the trek to my colorful state over the next few months, summoned by the bounty of outdoor activities and breathtaking views.

How could I blame them? Blessed with over 50 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet (known as “14ers” to locals), plus hundreds of smaller summits, our mountains have plenty of heart-pounding trails for runners, bikers, and hikers of all skill levels. We do rugged relaxation right, with secret hot springs and watering holes begging for a post-adventure dip hiding in valleys all across the state. Even city slickers can get a taste of the great outdoors without leaving Denver, thanks to unobstructed views of the Colorado Rockies.

But if you’re anything like me, figuring out what to eat and drink while you’re living your best summer life is almost as important as deciding on the activity. Here, I’ve pulled together a bucket list of must-do outdoor activities all across Colorado—plus the best dining options, including your own campfire—for visitors and locals alike. What are you waiting for?

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Before you hit the campground, pick up a six-pack of Breckenridge Brewery’s Summer Pilsner—it’s the best way to wash down some hot-off-the-grill brats. Photo by Rocky Luten

Take a dip at Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Landlocked as we may be, Colorado has plenty of lakes and reservoirs, prime for a summertime swim. A day at the beach (er, lake) can be had at Colorado’s largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir. Clocking in at over 20 miles long, lake life here includes leisurely kayaking, stand up paddle boards (SUP), and skimming the waves via boating, all of which are available for rental. But with 96 miles of shoreline, a day of sunbathing is welcome here too. With a myriad of campsites nearby, taking a late night dip after a scorching day is just what the summer calls for.

What to eat: Park it for a night and set up camp at Elk Creek Campground, perched on the northern shore of the lake. With reservable grills and campfire rings, whip out the cast iron skillet or sizzle up some good ol’ fashioned barbecue—or even better, brats cooked in beer (we go with a crisp pilsner) and campfire potatoes. Spend the evening stoking the flames, winding down with hushed conversations overlooking the water, and and sipping on the leftover brew you didn’t use for the brats. Elk Creek Campground; Gunnison County.


Photo by Stevie Crecelius (Courtesy Denver Arts & Venues)

Explore Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

The only naturally occurring amphitheater in the world, Colorado is blessed with the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, just 20 minutes west of Denver. Flanked by two, 300-foot sandstone rocks, the acoustically sound theater has hosted a legion of legends including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen. Beyond a solid lineup of outdoor concerts, the amphitheater plays hosts to a number of events during the summer season including Yoga on the Rocks and Film on the Rocks. Sitting on 738 acres of land, fitness enthusiasts are welcome to hike and bike, free of charge, on awe-inspiring trails. Your four-legged friends are welcome, too!

What to eat: Just in time for the summer season, the food program at Red Rocks is getting a revamp. Concertgoers can revel in pulled pork and burnt ends from food truck-turned-brick and mortar, Rolling Smoke. Of course, opening the trunk and tailgating in the parking lot is also always an option. This soft, salty pretzel for a crowd makes the perfect on-the-go snack and goes down nicely with a refreshing agave wheat beer8300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison; 720-865-2494.


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Hike the Boulder Flatirons.

Explore the backdrop of Boulder with a hike through Flatirons. The massive sandstone rocks offer miles upon miles of hiking trails, ranging from novice to extreme. Located at the base of the mountain, adventurers can get their footing with an easy stroll through wildflower meadows on the Chautauqua Trail. Seasoned hikers up to the challenge should seek out the stunning 20-foot sandstone arch on Royal Arch Trail. Perched in the folds of the Flatirons, reaching these beautiful environs requires venturing through a steep trail of boulders and forests, gaining more than 1,200 feet of elevation.

What to eat: Strenuous days on the trail call for fuel (in the form of burgers and a smooth, malty Irish stout) at West End Tavern. Or, for the epitome of farm-to-table dining, make a visit to Black Cat, where you can feast on organic produce and meat sourced straight from Chef Eric Skokan’s 130-acre farm (located a few miles outside of Boulder.)


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Grab your wetsuit for the annual Tube to Work Day.

Held bright and early on July 11, thousands of Boulderites forgo their cars, commuting to work via the currents of the Boulder Creek. Started in 2008 by two friends, Jeff Kagan and Andy Gruel, the water-logged ride to work has gained quite the following, amassing over one thousand tubers in 2017, braving the waters in business casual. With safety in mind, this BYOT event (bring your own inner tube) requires tubers to wear helmets and closed-toe shoes. Even though a cold dip in the river may replace a morning cup of coffee, wetsuits are definitely recommended.

What to eat: Finish your ride at Central Park, dock your tube, and fill up on a free breakfast alongside your fellow tubers. Or if you feel like taking your time getting into the office, stop by The Lazy Dog, which opens its doors at 11:30 a.m., for an early lunch of burgers and an aromatic IPA. Just remember to towel off first, ok? Begins at Eben G. Fine Park, Boulder.


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Give rock climbing a go at Garden of the Gods.

Seemingly built for the gods themselves, Garden of the Gods is one of Colorado Springs’ most famous attractions. Surrounded by 1,300 acres of sandstone rocks formed millions of years ago, the red-splashed rocks attract rock climbers far and wide, thanks to its all-year climbing season. Chalk up and scale these geological wonders including North Gateway Rock, Grey Rock (aka Kindergarten Rock), and Keyhole Rock. New to rock climbing? A number of local climbing companies provide personal instruction for climbers of all levels.

What to eat: Conquered the rocks? Celebrate with some creative bites, like duck wings with orange-honey glaze and curry dusted cauliflower with a coconut-lime sauce, and a hearty oatmeal stout at The Rabbit Hole in the heart of Colorado Springs. Nothing soothes aching muscles like some tasty food and brews, right? 101 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs; 719-203-5072.


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Take a day trip up to Palisade.

Nicknamed “The Peach Capital of Colorado,” the fertile, sun-soaked grounds of Palisade give way to a bevy of produce including cherries, apples, and, of course, peaches. The surrounding lush valley offers an abundance of outdoor activities—thrill seekers can play hard on the Grand Mesa Trail, while rafters can indulge in a scenic float down the Colorado River. For an adventure that doesn’t require breaking a sweat, stop by one of the many wineries (the area’s got 25 and counting), visit Colorado’s original meadery (Meadery of the Rockies), or check out Peach Street Distillers for a taste of the hard stuff.

What to eat: In search of a luscious peach? All you have to do is take a drive. With multiple fruit stands dotting the roads during the summer season, greedily grabbing a box (or two) of fresh fruit for the trip home is a necessity. Once you’ve got your hands on some peaches, grab a few cans of Breckenridge’s Nitro-Series Orange Cream Ale and have an impromptu roadside picnic—the sweet, citrus notes plus the creamy texture (thanks to smaller air bubbles) of this nitrogen-charged beer pair up nicely with the freshly picked fruit. Multiple locations; Palisade.


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Sip Only-in-CO Brews at Breckenridge Brewery

Home to nearly 3,000 breweries, Colorado is a veritable treasure trove of craft beer, no matter which way you turn. When creating your own brew trail, Breckenridge Brewery definitely deserves a stop—or two—on your list. Head to the 8,000-square-foot restaurant-meets-taphouse-meets-beer garden Farm House in Littleton, just outside of Denver, for a lodge-like feel, expansive lawn, and guided brewery tours. Or, if you’d rather cross a mountain excursion off your list at the same time, travel up to the original Breckenridge Brew Pub nestled in the historic town of Breckenridge. At both locations, you can sample drafts, specialty bottles, and newly released brews you won’t be able to try anywhere else. Check out their events calendar before you plan your trip for the full list of festivals, parties, concerts, and more, which are scheduled to happen at both locations, plus other spots all across the state.

What to eat: No surprise here, but the menu at both the Farm and the Brew Pub are packed with just the kind of fare you’d want to eat while sipping a cold one (think burgers, fish and chips, and satisfying entrees like pork tenderloin). Keep your eyes peeled for dishes where beer plays an additional supporting a role, like pork belly & leeks served up in a Breckenridge Avalanche Ale jus, or an apple galette topped with a scoop of housemade hop smoked stout caramel ice cream. Littleton location: 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton, 303-623-2739; Breckenridge location: 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge, 970-453-1550.


Photo by Hanging Lake Colorado/Facebook

Wake up early to experience Hanging Lake.

Named a natural landmark in 2011, making the trek to the lush surroundings of Hanging Lake is on many a Colorado bucket list. And how could it not be? The short, yet rocky, 1.2-mile climb to Hanging Lake rewards with serene waterfalls that tumble into a basin of turquoise waters. Visits to the waterfall have surged as of late—clocking in at 150,000 visitors last year—with both parking lots filling up as early as 8:00 am.

Keep note: If the lot is full, travelers will need to try again at another time or make the long drive back, sans waterfall adventures. Avid explorers should arrive before 7am to snag a parking spot. But to avoid the headache entirely, rent a bike and make the ride to the trail.

What to eat: With a rest area offering multiple shaded picnic tables, lunching is ideal before or after the hike. We’ve got all kinds of suggestions for ideal picnic fare, but your best bet for easy drinking? A bright, crisp lager. Snacking on energy bars during the trail is accepted, but to respect this natural wonder, trash should be collected and disposed of in noted receptacle areas. Hanging Lake; Glenwood Canyon.

Photo by Rocky Mountain Treehouse

Spend the night at Rocky Mountain Treehouse.

Love the wilderness without all that…wilderness? Forgo pitching a tent and book a room at the famed Rocky Mountain Treehouse. Built in 1971, this two-story treehouse sits over two acres, suspended 25-feet above the small freshwater creek, Cattle Creek. Climb up the winding rock staircase to reach the hand-built cabin in the sky, equipped with a rock shower, sleeping loft, and a hot tub on the balcony. This six-guest cabin is only a short hike from the main road, offering an accessible getaway for any group. The best part? It’s on Airbnb for only $220 a night.

What to eat: Housing a full sized-granite kitchen, this beats campfire cooking by a long shot. Cook up your meal (maybe something quintessentially Colorado, like green chili) over the wood-fired stove and park it on one of the two balconies so you can savor sweeping views—and a clean, refreshing IPA—along with your dinner. Location provided upon booking; Carbondale.


What are your favorite things to do in Colorado in the summertime? Share them with us in the comments below!

In partnership with Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado-based makers of quality craft beers, we’re thrilled to share heart-pumping adventures and locally approved bites across this Rocky Mountain state. Whether you’re picnicking, camping, cooling off after a bike ride or hike, or relaxing in one Colorado’s many great restaurants or bars, a Breckenridge beer is the perfect pairing. Want more great pairings? See our guide to summer eats and brews around the country!

The Art of Beekeeping with Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer

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Every week, Executive Chef Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer {1659 Wazee Street, Denver; 303.262.6070} makes a trip up to the rooftop of the Oxford Hotel. Pushing his way through the double doors to the kitchen, weaving past the prep counter and dish pit, Starkus makes his way to the freight elevator. While steadily climbing to the rooftop, Starkus suits up in a puffed, white beekeeping jacket, carefully slipping on matching white gloves. The elevator jolts to a halt and Starkus darts through the attic—bypassing various boxes of Christmas supplies and other various knickknacks—climbing a few stairs that give way to the rooftop at the Oxford Hotel. In view of the downtown Denver skyline, three beehives hum quietly (for the moment) against the brick wall of the building. Starkus methodically pries off the wooden top of the box, giving way to the hive of bees within.

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20 Years at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

For over 20 years, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House{8100 East Orchard Road, Denver: 303.796.0100} has embodied the rich tradition of a classic American steakhouse. Since 1997, the DTC location has dished out hand-cut steaks and chops, succulent seafood, and an impressive list of over 1,200 plus impeccable wines. Outfitted with mahogany wood and local stone, Del Frisco’s welcoming atmosphere is perfect for any occasion from an upscale celebration to closing the deal. Boasting five private and semi-private rooms and a classic cigar lounge, Del Frisco’s truly has it all. In celebration of 20 years, Executive Chef Mario Hernandez has dished up original steakhouse selections, breathing new life into this Denver establishment.

Story and photography by Morgan Carter. Read more here. 

Where to Eat Now: Citizen Rail

Pulling into the station this past August, Citizen Rail {1899 16th Street, Denver; 303.323.0017} is definitely turning up the heat. Located inside of Denver’s newest hotel, Kimpton Hotel Born, Union Station’s newest patron focuses its fare around its two, twin wood-fired grills. Taming the flame, Kimpton alum of JSix in San Diego, Executive Chef Christian Graves smokes, grills, and roasts a little bit of everything over the wood-fired grill which centers the open exhibition kitchen.

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Obey Sandwitchery Launches Inside Rebel Restaurant

From Ukrainian pierogies with a twist—including Kimchi and Barbecue Chicken with a Palisade peach sauce—to a rotating, whole roasted animal head entrée, Rebel Restaurant {3763 Wynkoop Street, Denver; 303.297.3902} knows how to challenge your taste buds. For a little over two years, the quaint New American eatery has introduced the RiNo crowd to global, inventive eats on the corner of 38th and Wynkoop. Imparting their eclectic-style to the midday crowd, the team from Rebel Restaurant launched a lunchtime menu of seriously stacked sandwiches with Obey Sandwitchery.

Natives of New Jersey, Chef/Owners Dan Lasiy and Bo Portyko launched the sandwich shop as a way to fill a much-needed deli niche in Denver. “When it comes to sandwich shops in Denver, either you find the same thing at each place or its high-priced bougie sandwiches,” says Lasiy. So he decided to impart his take on East Coast-style sandwiches “as bomb as I can make them.” The walk up window features six sandwiches, moderately priced from 9 to 11 dollars with two salad options and sides to boot. Guests can take these sammies on the go or take a minute to park on the patio.

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Kimchi Cheese Steak

The concept pulls from Lasiy’s expansive career from manning a food truck to recalling his childhood favorites: “Aside from wanting to do sandwiches—because they are my favorite thing to eat—the menu reflects a collection of life stories. The cheesesteak comes from a truck that I worked on while the Chicken Parm is a shout out to Gloria, who makes the best Chicken Parmesan back home.”

The sandwitchery (note, not sandwichery) conjures up some of that black magic from Rebel Restaurant like the Kimchi Cheese Steak with shaved beef and tangy kimchi as well as the baked Chicken Parm aka “The Glo”. Vegetarian eaters can find refuge as well with the Smoked Tofu and Hazel Dell Mushroom Cheese “Steak”.

But, there are rules to follow. Implied by the name, the restaurant politely declines any substitutions or changes to their sandwiches. Simply put, obey the sandwich.

Obey Sandwitchery is open Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm. 

Morgan Carter, Editor

Where to Drink Now: Bigsby’s Folly

Big things are happening on Brighton Street. A few years ago, the area was a hodgepodge of old industrial buildings, storage units, and long strips of no man’s land. However, with the introduction of high-end businesses and concepts—including The Source and the coworking/mixed used space INDUSTRY, to name a few—the area has undergone rapid changes. Under a constant barrage of construction, the strip now boasts a new wave of businesses, restaurants, and high-rise apartments. Old buildings are even being refreshed and repurposed to cater to the new area. Sure, the construction is a pain, but we recommend making the journey through the orange cones (preferably via Lyft) to discover something entirely new. One swanky concept worth the trek: Bigsby’s Folly {3563 Wazee Street, Denver; 720.485.3158}.

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Photo courtesy of Teri Fotheringham Photography

Behind the winery

Owners Chad and Marla Yetka have always had a love for the wine industry. The couple dreamed of settling in Napa Valley after retirement, with the hopes of opening their own winery. But once Chad was laid off from his career in oil and gas, the duo decided to make the jump to the wine industry. Instead of opting for a prime space in Golden State wine country, the duo decided to stay local and introduce the varietals of California to Denver with Bigsby’s Folly.

Opened on June 16, Bigsby’s Folly introduces high-quality wines without all the pretension. “What brew pubs have done for beer, that’s what we want do with our winery,” says Marla. To that end, the concept mission is to make wine more approachable through education and community-building.

The space

Built in 1886, the 7,000-square-foot warehouse has seen its fair share of tenants—from an automotive shop to rock drillers and, most recently, a mixed storage unit. While still retaining its charm with well-worn brick and exposed timber, the space has been refurbished into an incredibly swanky spot, emulating the roaring ’20s with retro green lounge chairs and a gorgeous, glittering chandelier crowning the sleek, wooden bar. The space also houses a barrel-aging room, a full-on production facility—soon to experience its first “crush” this fall—and a private tasting room.  Just in time for the season, the winery completed two dog-friendly patios with outdoor games and a firepit for watching the sun go down.

What to drink

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To bring the dream alive, the Yetkas brought in the help of two-award winning winemakers, Brian Graham and Chris Nelson. Graham studied techniques of Old World winemaking at the châteaux of Bordeaux and Burgundy while Nelson brings over a decade of experience to BF, cutting his teeth at wineries in California, Washington, and New Zealand. Graham will source a variety of the best grapes in Napa Valley while Nelson will serve as the onsite winemaker.

One of the only wineries in Denver to hold a vintner’s license—which allows a restaurant to sell food and alcoholic beverages while also producing their own product—Bigsby’s has the flexibility of selling their own wines while also showcasing varietals from around the world. With 12 taps dedicated to wine, BF can deliver selections by the glass or by the growler. Guests can also opt for specialty tasting flights, including a Rosé Flight, or taste the entire lineup with The Folly Five. If you somehow find yourself at the winery and you don’t enjoy wine, never fear; the bar houses four taps for craft beer on top of a quaint offering of cocktails.

For a true lover of wine, Bigsy’s offers a special Winemaker for a Day. Learn a bit of history behind the varietal, while you craft, taste, and blend your own red wine creation. Guests can take home a bottle the same day and can even create their own label.

What to eat

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Braised Short Rib French Dip with melted Swiss on a potato roll, au jus, and horseradish cream dipping sauce; served with a side of kettle chips

For food, the couple tapped Rebecca Austin, who previously owned Vinue Food and Wine Bar in Cherry Creek. Austin has introduced classic wine pairing fare, including a Charcuterie Board—featuring Spanish chorizo and Italian salami—with other snackable options, including Sea Salted Kettle Chips dressed with bleu cheese Mornay and a balsamic reduction. For heavier appetites, guests can nosh on a menu of flatbreads, salads, and meatier fare including Braised Short Rib French Dip.

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Giving Back

Before Marla jumped on board with the winery, she had one condition—that the concept tie in her love of animals. Thus, Bigsby’s Folly not only honors the Yetkas’ late golden retriever—by naming the winery after him and incorporating his likeness into the BF branding—but Bigsby’s also gives back to the local community—animals and humans alike. Each quarter, the winery sponsors a partner, including local artists and animal welfare organizations, giving a portion of sales to charity. The winery also hopes to host community giving days, where all proceeds will benefit their pairing partners. Guests can also buy Bigsby’s Biscuits, of which 100-percent of the proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation.

Bigsby’s Folly is open Monday through Thursday 4-10 pm; Friday 2-11 pm; Saturday noon to 11 pm; and Sunday noon-8 pm. 

Photography and story by Morgan Carter, Editor. 

(Posted originally on DiningOut Magazine)

Señor Bear Opens Today in LoHi

In April, we were lucky to chat with Blake Edmunds, one of Denver’s up and coming chefs on our podcast, Served. Chef Edmunds honed his skills with Denver’s greatest—working with the likes of Alex Seidel before teaming up with Max Mackissock at The Squeaky Bean. Both Mackissock and Edmunds moved to Bar Dough in 2015, joining up with Juan and Katie Padro, the duo behind Tap & Burger Concepts. The foursome have left their mark on the Denver dining scene, consistently turning out fresh concepts, winning approval from local and regional talent alike. We can bet that the teams newest venture, Señor Bear {3307 Tejon Street, Denver} is sure to get a round of accolades all its own.

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Interior of Señor Bear

Señor Bear introduces cuisine from the Southern hemisphere to Denver, highlighting on the flavors of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A play on Chef Edmund’s nickname, Whiskey Bear, Señor Bear is sure to breathe new life into the upper corner of the Highlands. The concept is set to open its doors this Friday, June 9—here’s what you can expect:

What to eat

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Ceviche

To prep for the upcoming concept, the team traveled south, cooking with locals and sampling a flurry of cuisines from Mexico and South America. What they brought back was a cuisine influenced by each country, divided into four distinct sections—bocadillos (snacks), mariscos (seafood), vegetales, and carnes.

For starters, you can’t go wrong with the bubbling cast-iron pan of Queso Fundidodotted with pepitas and cilantro, which—for a few extra dollars—you can enhance with Argentinian chorizo verde. Raw seafood reigns supreme at Señor Bear with five solid options ranging with the fresh and seasonal Ceviche accentuated with a pop of roasted lemon dressing and chile puffs to the King Crab crafted with avocado, serrano chiles, pickled shallots, and puffed rice served in a coconut-chile broth. The puffed empanada Pastel de Pato with duck adobado and guasacaca was truly a standout.

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Pastel de Pato

What to drink

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Pisco Sour

Beverage Director Shawn Williams has curated a powerhouse lineup of bartenders at Señor Bear, including local bartending veterans from Williams & Graham and Root Down. Driving home the Latin experience, the bar program touts a healthy dose of Pisco, offering over five different cocktail variations from the classic Pisco Sour to the Rubor with fresh lemon juice and pomegranate. Branching outside of Peruvian cocktails, the bar program offers tequila and mezcal options as well as aged rums, and even aguas frescas of the day straight from local LoHi favorite, Rosa Linda’s.

With a few days left to wait, we can’t for you to say hola to Señor Bear.

Story and Photography by Morgan Carter, Editor

(Story originally published on DiningOut Magazine)