The Art of Beekeeping with Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer

Chris Starkus

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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Where to Find Cheap (and Free!) Breakfast Burritos for Breakfast Burrito Day

Nothing cures morning hunger quite like the breakfast burrito. Filled to the brim with eggs, potatoes, bacon, and savory green chili bundled in a warm tortilla, the breakfast burrito easily satiates any craving and may be the leading cure to the morning hangover (at least we’d like to think so). Mayor Michael Hancock agrees with us as he recently declared the second Saturday of every October to be Breakfast Burrito Day. Celebrate our favorite tinfoil wrapped breakfast with cheap (and free!) breakfast burritos this Saturday, October 14 at the following locations.

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QuickFish PokeBar is Now Open in Avanti

In late September, we bid farewell to the sustainable sushi spot, Bamboo Sushiat Avanti F & B {3200 North Pecos Street, Denver; 720.269.4778}. Fortunately, Bambo Sushi is rolling out its own brick and mortar—a mere six blocks away from Avanti—with plans to open in November. The owners behind Bamboo Sushi—The Sustainable Restaurant Group—decided to keep their nook on the second level of the collective eatery, trading Japanese for Hawaiian (and then some), with QuickFish PokeBar.

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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.

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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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13 Ways to Celebrate GABF 2017 (Even if You Didn’t Get Tickets)

Photo courtesy of Bruz Beers

The largest ticketed beer event in the states, the Great American Beer Festival is finally upon us. The three-day event of all things beer and suds once again sold out this year in four hours (a longer selling time compared to its 67 minute sell out last year.) Even though the beer festival will draw more than 60,000 festival goers to the Convention Center, brewers and restaurants all around the town are getting in on the fun, hosting their own tappings (check out for a roundup), beer dinners, and more to celebrate. Here are 13 ways to celebrate GABF this week.

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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.

obey sandwitchery
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

Date Night with the Denver Dining Out Passbook

The Denver Dining Out Passbook is the perfect little booklet for a night out with someone special. Offering two-for-one food and drink deals all around town, you can treat your special someone without breaking the bank. Here are just a few date night worthy spots on the Denver Dining Out Passbook…

Bar Dough {2227 West 32nd Avenue, Denver; 720.668.8506}


Photo by Matt McDonald

The modern Italian kitchen and bar with its marble bar and plush red seating is a prime spot for a night on the town. Helmed by Executive Chef Max MacKissock, nosh on a plethora of Italian cuisine including the handmade pasta Bucatini or choose from a menu of wood-fired pizza. Make date night even sweeter with a menu of spritzers crafted with housemade limoncello or a glass of Italian wine (or two).

Blue Island Oyster Bar {2625 East 2nd Avenue, Denver, 303.333.2462}

Blue Island Oyster Bar

Blue Island Oyster Bar

Dine on the mighty mollusk, and all of his friends at Blue Island Oyster Bar. Indulge in fare fresh from the sea including Seafood Risotto and Fisherman’s Wharf Pan Fried Noodle with crispy fish, scallops, shrimp, and ginger sherry-soy. With all that extra money you are saving, splurge a little on East or West Coast oysters, flown in fresh daily.

Departure Restaurant + Lounge {249 Columbine Street, Denver; 720.772.5020}


Photo by Morgan Carter

The showstopping restaurant from Executive Chef Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant + Lounge takes guests on a journey all across Asia, including China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Korea. Try traditional Kushiyaki (skewered and grilled meats) cuisine or choose from Chef Gourdet’s own recommendations including Bibimbap and Sweet Soy Chicken.

Lo Stella Ristorante {1135 Bannock Street, Denver, 303.825.1995}

Lo Stella Ristorante

Lo Stella Ristorante

From eighth-generation restaurateur, Alessandro Polo, Lo Stella Ristorante presents a slice of the Italian coast in Denver. This family-run endeavor skimps over Americanized Italian (looking at you Fettucine Alfredo) for traditional fare straight from nonna’s recipe book including the Tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and the Pappardelle al Pesto. The restaurant is a block away from the Denver Art Museum, making date night that much easier.

Fish N Beer {3510 Larimer Street, Denver, 303.248.3497}

If wood-fired whole fish and grilled oysters tickle your fancy, then set your sights on Fish N Beer. Centered around an oak-burning grill, this quaint spot focuses on the fresh fish selections including Whole Grilled Colorado Bass and Wild Sea Bass Jambalaya. Don’t forget to slurp up and oyster or two.

The 2017-2018 Denver DiningOut Passbook is on sale now. Use the code PBPRESALE2017 to get the book for only $39. Click here to learn more. 

Morgan Carter, Editor

Why You Should Go to the 2nd Annual Breckenridge Wine Classic

Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Wine Classic

International wines paired with outdoor adventures? This how Colorado does wine festivals. The 2nd annual Breckenridge Wine Classic dials into the adventurer and wino within us, with a lineup of curated tasting events starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 14 until Sunday, September 17. The weekend long event will highlight more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries paired with outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and leisurely strolls. Here is just a taste of what you can experience this weekend…

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