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Guacamole glut expected in time or Broncos-Panthers Super Bowl buffets
Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Guacamole glut expected in time or Broncos-Panthers Super Bowl buffets

By John Lehndorff (This feature was originally published in Produce Business magazine.) Nobody knows whether the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers will walk off the field with the Lombardi Trophy February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara CA, but produce retailers can earn a win before the kickoff of Super Bowl 50, America’s greatest … Continue reading

Don’t cry for onions, the world’s most versatile ingredient
Colorado food / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Don’t cry for onions, the world’s most versatile ingredient

Jim Pittenger places coke-sizzled onions on a bratwurst at his Biker Jim’s cart in Denver. (Photo by Kim Long) (This feature originally appeared in Produce Business magazine)   By John Lehndorff Try to conceive of a completely onion-free menu at a restaurant, catered event or food service operation. No sliced red onions on burgers. No … Continue reading

Nibbles: Ten great Colorado dishes from 2015 from menudo to beet sugar rum
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Nibbles: Ten great Colorado dishes from 2015 from menudo to beet sugar rum

(This Nibbles column originally appeared in the Boulder Weekly: http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-15452-from-menudo-to-beet-sugar-rum.html) By John Lehndorff John Lehndorff Bone broth was big in 2015 in Boulder — so popular it is even available on tap in multiple flavors. Personally, I’ll take my bone broth — animal bones boiled in water — in the traditional form of Jewish chicken … Continue reading

Take a trip down Colorado Green Chile Trail
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food and Cooking

Take a trip down Colorado Green Chile Trail

(This feature originally appeared in Colorado AAA EnCompass Magazine: colorado.aaa.com/encompass/current-issue/colorado-first-green-chile-journey/) By John Lehndorff Green chile is the addictive substance uniting Colorado’s cultural and geographic expanses by applying flavor jumper cables to nearly every dish. The first head-turning whiff of that smoky, peppery scent tells us it’s time for football, cool nights and foliage drives. It’s … Continue reading

The whey of the curds: The Colorado cheese trail
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Eating

The whey of the curds: The Colorado cheese trail

By John Lehndorff The last thing anybody wants to do on an icy November afternoon is go shopping inside a room-sized refrigerator. Yet that’s precisely what crowds of folks do on a daily basis at Longmont’s Cheese Importers Warehouse. They pick a nice insulated jacket from a rack at the door and plunge into a … Continue reading

Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Season’s Eatings: Give the gift of good tastes made in Boulder County

(I have written a version of this story every holiday season for about 30 years for an array of publications. What has changed is that now there are so many more local culinary and artisan food gifts to give besides gift cards. A version of what follows here will appear in the Boulder Daily Camera’s Holiday Gift … Continue reading

MUCH more than you ever possibly wanted to know about eggplant
Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

MUCH more than you ever possibly wanted to know about eggplant

(Nov. 5, 2015) – In my spare time I like to write about vegetables. Here’s my ode to eggplant – and the business of eggplant – which can also be seen in the current issue of Produce Business magazine. “I lived on eggplant, the stove top cook’s strongest ally. I fried it and stewed it, … Continue reading

Pie Times: Tis the season of things in crust
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Pie Times: Tis the season of things in crust

By John Lehndorff (Lafayette CO Oct. 26, 2015) – Welcome to our annual Pie Times, 30 pie-loving days of recipes, news and crust tips until Thanksgiving Day, the one day Americans consume actual pumpkin pie with their pumpkin pie spiced lattes.  Honestly, pie stays on our minds through the holidays until America’s greatest holiday, National Pie Day, … Continue reading

Chefs, sommeliers, pickle makers need to be poster-, blogger-, and Tweeter-in-chief
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

Chefs, sommeliers, pickle makers need to be poster-, blogger-, and Tweeter-in-chief

By John Lehndorff Once upon a time (which was not so long ago), restaurants and other food businesses only needed to mail out a handful of press releases to food writers, critics and media to attract attention. Today’s chefs, caterers and bakery owners now face a complex digital landscape littered by blogs, video posts, Instagram, Twitter, … Continue reading

Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

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
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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