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Midsummer’s farmer’s market shopping is an Italian contact sport
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Midsummer’s farmer’s market shopping is an Italian contact sport

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally appeared in the June 2019 Sensi Denver magazine: sensimag.com/2019/05/31/200930/sensi-magazine-june-2019-denver-boulder-digital-edition) Walking through the Boulder Farmers Market with Antonio Laudisio is a little like shopping for paints with Vincent Van Gogh. You’re not just going to grab a tube of cobalt blue and go home. The goods guide you, not vice versa. “Look … Continue reading

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen
Colorado food / Eating

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen

(From Sensi magazine, May 2019) By JOHN LEHNDORFF He didn’t imagine owning four eateries and food truck, but Josh Wolkon knew he wanted to open a restaurant eventually when he migrated to Colorado from Boston in 1995. “I had never worked in a kitchen so I took a lot of cooking jobs at restaurants and … Continue reading

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This Fareways column originally appeared in the May issue of Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine. coloradoavidgolfer.com/digital-issue) I love going out to brunch. It’s the rare eating-out occasion where you can kick back when the sun is out, catch up with family and friends and take a break from the weekday diet rules. In other … Continue reading

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the March 2019 issue of Sensi magazine.) You can’t miss the CBD doughnuts in the glass display case at Glazed & Confuzed, the artisan doughnut emporium at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace. The eye-catcher is a yeast-raised classic with raspberry-blueberry glaze crowned with a distinctive candied fresh Colorado-grown hemp leaf. It … Continue reading

John Lehndorff’s Top 100 American Foods (in 1998)
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

John Lehndorff’s Top 100 American Foods (in 1998)

By John Lehndorff, Scripps Howard News Service — Oct 14th, 1998 (Here is the update in 2019: boulderweekly.com/cuisine/the-most-american-foods) You’ve seen those lists of the 100 best books, the top 100 movies. Now a food writer makes a list of the best American foods. All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a … Continue reading

The Top 100 Most American Foods
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

The Top 100 Most American Foods

(This Nibbles column was originally published 20 years ago in the Boulder Daily Camera and distributed nationally by the Scripps Howard News Service) By John Lehndorff Scripps Howard News Service (Oct 14th, 1998) All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a list of the 100 greatest American foods, and people would start … Continue reading

Having Some Balls
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Having Some Balls

The offal truth about Colorado’s affection for Rocky Mountain ‘oysters’ By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This column originally appeared in Sensi 1/19) Until I started handling balls on a regular basis, I really didn’t feel very comfortable about the task. Frankly, nobody expects to be standing there holding large slippery testicles in their hands. You don’t think … Continue reading

Condiment Cravings: Colorado’s best relishes, preserves, hot sauces and other spoonable pleasures
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

Condiment Cravings: Colorado’s best relishes, preserves, hot sauces and other spoonable pleasures

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This column originally appeared in the Denver Sensi Magazine 12/18) As a kid I figured that everybody got condiments for Christmas. I expected to look among the gifts for the be-ribboned, bottle-shaped wrapping under the tree or in my stocking. I always had a major thing for wild blueberry preserves as a … Continue reading

‘You pick good for a girl’ – Female musicians break up the boys’ club at Rockygrass
Music / Music festivals

‘You pick good for a girl’ – Female musicians break up the boys’ club at Rockygrass

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the Boulder Weekly) Bluegrass music culture embraces its traditions. They dictate that the acoustic instruments involved and the subject material of bluegrass lyrics from death and heartache to murder, infidelity and trains, all set to a pleasant melody with a driving beat. Another familiar ritual is the set-ending jam … Continue reading

A Stuffing Tale: Diversity rules the side dishes on our feast table
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

A Stuffing Tale: Diversity rules the side dishes on our feast table

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in the November 2017 issue of Sensi magazine in Denver) I was well into high school before I got an inkling that lasagna was not a traditional Thanksgiving side dish and that turkey stuffing usually involved cubed bread. The earliest feasts tucked in the cubby holes of my memory were eaten … Continue reading

Colorado food / Food trends / pie

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
Music / Music festivals

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
Music / Music festivals

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
Music / Music festivals

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