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Good gourd: Of lattes, lies and real pumpkin pie spice

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the October 2017 issue of Sensi magazine) The harbingers of autumn fill the chill air. It’s that special season of sweaters, colorful leaves, football, early sunsets and a scary infestation of horrific pumpkin spice products. Will you be stocking up on Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter, … Continue reading

Rockygrass 2017: Classical bluegrass or bluesy chamber music? You decide
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Rockygrass 2017: Classical bluegrass or bluesy chamber music? You decide

  The Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet, 7/29/17 Rockygrass Festival (Lehndorff) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (7/28/17) I was raised on string quartets and folk troubadours and listened to Pete Seeger combine classical and folk music in the early days of public TV, so it seems normal. The Swiss-born Kruger Brothers charm classical snobs into appreciating twang and the bluegrass … Continue reading

Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future
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Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future

Infamous Stringdusters, Rockygrass, 7/28/17  (John Lehndorff) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (2:30 p.m., July 29, 2017 Lyons CO) First there was a reverent celebration of bluegrass’ seminal band, Flatt & Scruggs, in the form of Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester. It was followed Friday night at the 2017 Rockygrass Festival by tour de force envelope-pushing demonstration … Continue reading

Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’ through the years
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Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’ through the years

By JOHN LEHNDORFF June 17, 2017 – The 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival is this weekend in southwestern Colorado. Listen to a live stream of the festival: radiorethink.com/tuner/index.cfm?stationCode=koto My first was the Fourth Annual Telluride. For more than 30 years I covered the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals for various publications including the Boulder Daily Camera, Rocky Mountain News and Aurora … Continue reading

Noshing with the sharks, cockatoos, wolves and kittens in Colorado
Colorado food / Colorado Travel / Dining and Restaurants / Eating

Noshing with the sharks, cockatoos, wolves and kittens in Colorado

By JOHN LEHNDORFF This Edible Critic column appears in the April 2017 issue of Sensi magazine) Colorado has a major crush on animals. We drive miles to see elk in Estes Park and bison in Genesee and camp among the marmots and hawks. Match.com says the state is home to the most dog lovers. Denver is … Continue reading

Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life
Colorado food / Colorado Travel / Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Edible Critic, Sensi magazine, 2/17) When I’m chopping onions with my chef knife I often don’t always glance down at my fingers. I’m looking for the next thing I’m going to slice or thinking about the next story I have to write. It scares people who watch me do it but I … Continue reading

A good time to cry: The path to perfect French onion soup
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A good time to cry: The path to perfect French onion soup

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 2/2/17)  French onion has everything that you want in a food experience. It comes to the table with a heat warning and smoke wafting from the crunchy, highly toasted cheese clinging to the broiled crockery. Good French onion soup is a uniquely crafted bowl to be explored, not just slurped. … Continue reading

Zingerman’s Deli is one of America’s best places to fall in love with cheese
Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Zingerman’s Deli is one of America’s best places to fall in love with cheese

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in Cheese Connoisseur Magazine) The Zingerman’s Reuben is the quintessential destination sandwich. The corned beef is cured just for the famous Michigan deli and sliced to order in thin, juicy, warm pink ribbons. Crusty Jewish rye is cut from loaves, grilled and spread with thick, scratch-made Russian dressing. To crown it, … Continue reading

Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner
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Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Nibbles, Boulder Weekly 1/26/17) – I’m awake before the alarm and before the dawn. This is a situation I would have avoided at all costs when I lived a younger man’s life. In the winter dark I make minimal efforts at attire. Why do I scrape my eyes and then the windshield? Why … Continue reading

Colorado food / Food trends

John Ellis: Paying it forward so Boulder County agriculture can survive

by John Lehndorff (Boulder Weekly, Jan. 26, 2017) If you find yourself thinking fond thoughts right now of warm Saturday mornings at the Boulder County Farmers Market (BCFM), you might want to pen a thank-you note to Farmer John. “Farmer” isn’t John Ellis’ first name but it might as well be. That’s how everybody has … Continue reading

Denver dining flashback: Reviewing the cool theme eateries of 2001 (and Casa Bonita)
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Denver dining flashback: Reviewing the cool theme eateries of 2001 (and Casa Bonita)

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This is an excerpt from a feature in the Rocky Mountain News in January 2001) To gauge whether eatertainment venues are actually fun for kids, I persuaded my 6 -year-old son, Hans, to accompany  me by promising him all the root beer he could drink. We were seeking places where kids and parents could … Continue reading

Vail’s First Artisanal Cheesemaker; Minturn’s hip new hostel
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Vail’s First Artisanal Cheesemaker; Minturn’s hip new hostel

By John Lehndorff 11/22/2016 at 1:25pm Published in the Holiday 2016 – 2017 issue of Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine Most Eagle residents have washers, snowshoes, storage bins, and Christmas decorations piled in their basements. But not Ann Kurronen. The proprietor of AnnaVail Cheese doesn’t have room for any of that stuff now that she has a … Continue reading

Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

Talking about Boulder’s award-winning school lunch program

NOTE: chefannfoundation.org/news-media/the-lunch-line-blog/an-open-letter-to-president-trump/ By JOHN LEHNDORFF If you are new to the Boulder Valley School District, forget everything you know about school lunch: the dreary cafeterias, the gray mystery meat, and the scoops and squares of wiggly fare deposited in a partitioned tray. If your children have been dining with the BVSD for a while you … Continue reading

A taste for partial spoilage: Favorite Colorado cheeses
Colorado food / Food and Cooking / Food trends / pie

A taste for partial spoilage: Favorite Colorado cheeses

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly) We get excited during October about ales crafted from Colorado hops, barley, yeast and water. Some baker friends pride themselves on making pies using only apples, wheat and honey from within our watershed. Chefs have rightly celebrated our local bounty at farm-to-farm table dinners in Boulder County. It’s ironic that … Continue reading

Ka-ching! Pie judgment day is a good bet in the Nevada dessert in 1995
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Ka-ching! Pie judgment day is a good bet in the Nevada dessert in 1995

By John Lehndorff (Washington Post, March 29, 1995) There’s something deeply satisfying about throwing a pie at someone. There’s the running windup, the last fiendish glance at your victim to steady your aim, then the throw, followed by that rewarding “splaaattttt!” when the pie finds its mark.Admit it: A pie in the face is as … Continue reading