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Landmark Greenbriar Inn keeps reinventing itself over the decades

The Greenbriar Inn Crowd The Greenbriar springs to life with patio pleasures and herb-infused summer cocktails By John Lehndorff | Photos by Phil Mumford (This feature originally appeared in the summer 2015 issue of Boulder Magazine) Walking up to The Greenbriar Inn on a sultry July evening is like making a grand entrance at a classy … Continue reading

Finding vegetable innovation in an unlikely place: the American college cafeteria
Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Finding vegetable innovation in an unlikely place: the American college cafeteria

By John Lehndorff (This feature originally appeared as a cover story in Produce Business magazine). If you pay attention to what’s cooking on America’s college campuses you can catch a glimpse of the future of fresh produce. The same cafeterias that horrified earlier collegiate generations with meatloaf and plops of instant mashers, gravy, frozen green … Continue reading

Acousticity: Hot licks and tuneful torches passed at a Rockygrass to remember
Music / Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

Acousticity: Hot licks and tuneful torches passed at a Rockygrass to remember

By John Lehndorff (August  2015) – I have attended and written about Colorado’s Rockygrass Festival at least 20 times over the years at various rural county fairground sites and the last 16 in Lyons. That’s approximately a billion notes (pick, plucked, strummed and bowed) under the bridge and down the creek along with innumerable versions … Continue reading

Acousticity: After 42 years of Festivation it’s a new stage for Telluride’s Town Park
Music / Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

Acousticity: After 42 years of Festivation it’s a new stage for Telluride’s Town Park

By John Lehndorff (This feature originally appeared in the Festival Guide for the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival) Sometime this autumn after the final festival of the year in Telluride, theFred Shellman Memorial Stage in Town Park will be demolished down to the bare ground. A new stage long in the planning will debut in 2016. … Continue reading

Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food and Cooking

Sangria summer: The iconic summer cooler makes a comeback

That sangria summer: The cliché wine cooler gets hip to pair with hot season dining By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature appears in the current issue of Cheese Connoisseur Magazine) Sangria is not a drink you are supposed to think about for too long. Nobody does a vertical sangria tasting or takes notes about the “nose.” The … Continue reading

Acousticity: A Q&A with Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White
Music / Music festivals

Acousticity: A Q&A with Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White

By John Lehndorff (June 17, 2015) I had the opportunity to chat with one of my musical heroes, Ry Cooder, while writing a feature about his upcoming tour with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. You can read that feature at: https://johnlehndorff.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/acousticity-the-one-where-ry-goes-honky-tonkin-with-ricky-sharon-and-buck/ You can listen to Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White perform live from … Continue reading

Acousticity: The one where Ry goes honky tonkin’ with Ricky, Sharon and Buck
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Acousticity: The one where Ry goes honky tonkin’ with Ricky, Sharon and Buck

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Note: This feature originally appeared in the Daily Camera and online at Second Story Garage. Cooder-Skaggs-White performs Wednesday, June 17,  in Aspen, Friday in Boulder, Sunday in Telluride, and Monday at the Denver Botanic Gardens.) Ry Cooder may be the greatest musician of our era that almost nobody knows. Guitar geeks do … Continue reading

Acousticity: It’s almost sunset for Telluride’s Fred Shellman Memorial Stage
Music / Music festivals

Acousticity: It’s almost sunset for Telluride’s Fred Shellman Memorial Stage

Phases and stages: After 42 years of Festivation it’s time for a new stage for Telluride’s Town Park By John Lehndorff (This story will appear in the Festival Guide at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival with archival photos) Sometime this autumn after the final festival of the year in Telluride, theFred Shellman Memorial Stage in Town … Continue reading

Bitters are back: Craft distillers, mixologists behind the artisan mixer boom
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Bitters are back: Craft distillers, mixologists behind the artisan mixer boom

(This feature originally appeared in Cheese Connoisseur Magazine.) By John Lehndorff There is one shelf at your local wine and spirits merchant that might as well have an invisibility cloak over it. Most of us ignore it on the way to the seltzer water and Bloody Mary mix. In the past, only savvy home bartenders … Continue reading

Let’s have a serious discussion about the birds & the bees & the cheese
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Let’s have a serious discussion about the birds & the bees & the cheese

By John Lehndorff (This story was originally published in Cheese Connoisseur magazine.) (May 15, 2015) – David Gremmels knew when he and partner Cary Bryant bought Rogue Creamery in 2001 that the Apis mellifera would be as important as the cows in making great cheese. The grazing fields that would become milk needed to be … Continue reading

Found in the freezer: A stuffing for all seasons
Colorado food / Food trends

Found in the freezer: A stuffing for all seasons

By John Lehndorff (April 1, 2015) – I found the flattened package hidden behind plastic container of broth, green chile and whole bananas in the freezer the other night. It’s my last package of stuffing from Thanksgiving 2014. Butter-infused mashed potatoes are melded with crumbled and fried hot Italian sausage plus onions, sage and the … Continue reading

Cochon 555 convenes a coterie of true lard lovers in Denver
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Cochon 555 convenes a coterie of true lard lovers in Denver

By John Lehndorff (March 9, 2015) The lard worked in myriad mysterious ways as it filled the ballroom at the Denver Ritz-Carlton March 5 with people who not only didn’t fear saturated fat but rather embraced it and gave it a big kiss … at least for one night. At Cochon 555 the camaraderie of … Continue reading

Easy guide to the internet of everything U.S. food trend-wise in 2015
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Easy guide to the internet of everything U.S. food trend-wise in 2015

By John Lehndorff (Dec. 26, 2014) – Tired of trying to figure out what’s hot and what’s not in the food and beverage world? As a service I have collected everybody else’s 2015 eat and drink predictions thereby avoiding having to make any predictions of my own except that bao and Filipino fare will be … Continue reading

Pepperoni rules; Prescribing ‘Aggression’ Cookies; Pie and the economy
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Pepperoni rules; Prescribing ‘Aggression’ Cookies; Pie and the economy

By John Lehndorff (December 5, 2014) – U.S. consumers eat pizza away from home about 60 times a year and 40 percent of those pizzas will be topped with pepperoni, according to Datassential.  … The Sterling-Rice Group’s top ten culinary trends across the U.S. in 2015 include Filipino food, Matcha green tea,  hops-free beer, Asian super-hot burning … Continue reading

Giving thanks for food journalism, the right stuffing and a perfect pie
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking

Giving thanks for food journalism, the right stuffing and a perfect pie

By John Lehndorff (November 22, 2014) – Ten years ago today I stood in a corner of the kitchen at Rioja restaurant in Denver on opening night with my pad and pen in hand. I went home and finished my year-long research chronicling the birth of a restaurant. It would become a 16-page, advertising free … Continue reading

The whey to travel: Taste 24 cheese-filled hours while visiting Denver
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The whey to travel: Taste 24 cheese-filled hours while visiting Denver

WHERE’S MY CHEESE: DENVER (This feature story originally appeared in the current issue of Cheese Connoisseur Magazine) 24 hours of cheese in Denver A former cowtown blooms into a cultured, fromage-friendly metropolis By John Lehndorff I have a dear friend who calls Manhattan home. We share a passion for all things culinary and anything involving … Continue reading