John Lehndorff has been involved with food one way or another since he baked his first Prince lasagna and worked for a caterer in central Massachusetts putting on clambakes for up to 1,000 people. After graduating in English with honors from McGill University in Montreal, he moved to Boulder where he worked in the restaurant industry, taught cooking classes, hosted The Generic Gourmet Show - a weekly food radio program, and freelanced for numerous publications.
For 15 years, he was an award-winning food editor, writer and nationally syndicated Nibbles food columnist for the Daily Camera, followed by eight years as the dining critic and columnist of the Rocky Mountain News. Most recently he was the food and editor and columnist for the Aurora Media Group newspapers and websites: Aurora Sentinel, Buckley Guardian and Life Science as well as Aurora magazine.
He is a freelance food writer and editor and host of Radio Nibbles, a new, weekly program focused on food, cooking and dining on KGNU, 88.5 FM. and streaming at kgnu.org. His Nibbles blog reports on food trends with a focus on Colorado food, restaurants, farms, vineyards and breweries.
A recognized pie authority, Lehndorff was the executive director of the American Pie Council, spokeperson for National Pie Day, chief judge for the National Pie Championships, and organizer of the Great American Pie Festival. He is the author of Denver Dines (a restaurant guide book), and judge for the James Beard Foundation journalism awards.
His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, USA Today, Food Network Magazine, Town & Country, New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Miami Herald, Providence Journal, Chicago Tribune, Anchorage News, Daily Planet Almanac, Westword, New York Daily News, Yellow Scene Magazine, Edible Front Range Magazine, and the Bloomsbury Review. publications.
Lehndorff has earned awards for food column and feature writing and food section editing from Association of Food Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, and Newspaper Food Writers and Editors Association
With Kim Long of the American Forecaster, Lehndorff published the first-of-its-kind 2011 American Salumi Calendar, The Pie Calendar 2010, created a scale for tasting commercial kombuchas, and was the chief researcher for Eat In Eat Out, a new magazine-style business-to-business food and dining trends white paper..
He’s a member of the advisory Culinary Council for the Sterling Rice Group and a judge for the Colorado Wine Board’s Colorado Wine Industry Restaurant Recognition Awards. He is a contributing writer for ,
In addition to food journalism, Lehndorff has been writing about music and reviewing concerts in Colorado since 1980. Among the notable musicians he has interviewed: Earl Scruggs, Keller Williams, Roger McGuinn, Merle Haggard, Mickey Hart, Bela Fleck, Ricky Skaggs, Adam Duritz, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Leo Kottke, John Hartford, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins, Ian Anderson, Loudon Wainwright III, Jesse Winchester, Marc Cohn, Susan Tedeschi, Ani Difranco, George Winston, Joan Armatrading, Jessi Colter, Tom Rush, George Winston, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Peter Rowan, John Cowan, David Bromberg, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, David Grisman, Nanci Griffith, Otis Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and members of Newgrass Revival, Hot Rize, Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leftover Salmon, Firefall, Dark Star Orchestra, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Old Blind Dogs, Los Lobos, Moody Blues, Persuasions, Horseflies, Barenaked Ladies, Beausoleil, and Guster. Lehndorff has written about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival for more than 25 years.