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Let’s have a serious discussion about the birds & the bees & the cheese
Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

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

Acousticity:  A blog about the music that matters to me
Music / Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

Acousticity:  A blog about the music that matters to me

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (April 28, 2015) I grew up long ago under the auspices of Pete Seeger and Johann Sebastian Bach. I listened to Cream upstairs while Dad played with his string quartet downstairs. I thought every kid got to go see Leonard Bernstein. My brother Pete wrote funny modern folk songs. My brother Paul … 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
Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

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

Somewhere under the radar you’ll find destinations that taste like (the real) Colorado
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Somewhere under the radar you’ll find destinations that taste like (the real) Colorado

(This story originally appeared in Edible Front Range Magazine) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Oct.27, 2014 Lafayette CO) – Never underestimate the power of getting lost in pursuit of a decent meal. Through chance, serendipity and a truly bad sense of direction, I’ve recently stumbled upon hidden gems – Front Range restaurants and bakeries that should be … Continue reading

Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

Sustainable chefs’ Boulder Summit: Strong issues, meat class, Colorado tastes

By John Lehndorff (September 29, 2014) I started today thinking about GMOs, chicken on drugs, antibiotic resistance, and saving native fish species at the Chefs Collaborative Summit in Boulder. I learned a lot about meat biology and chemistry and watched half a lamb (actually a 6-year–old sheep) get artfully cut into it’s component tasty cuts. … Continue reading

Bela Fleck brings the family for diverse summer of musical fun in Colorado
Music / Music festivals

Bela Fleck brings the family for diverse summer of musical fun in Colorado

(Originally published by Second Story Garage and the Colorado Daily) http://secondstorygarage.com/bela-flecks-colorado-tour-brings-sonic-diversity/ By John Lehndorff All photos by Hans Lehndorff Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck might as well declare the state of Colorado his summer musical home. Since he first visited the state as a member of the seminal rock-tinged bluegrass quartet New Grass Revival, Fleck has … Continue reading

Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

Food writing secrets and green chile adventures in Colorado

By John Lehndorff June 5, 2014 – The thing I’ve loved about being a food journalist for 30-plus years has been the variety of roles I’ve gotten to play in pursuit of a decent meal. I’ve been a short order cook, food columnist, caterer, blogger, cooking instructor, food editor, dining critic, food radio host and … Continue reading

Colorado road food: Pork bao, Congolese coffee, and Cuban sweet rolls
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Colorado road food: Pork bao, Congolese coffee, and Cuban sweet rolls

By John Lehndorff May 23, 2014 – The warm, green debut of a Colorado summer season inspires many desires including the need to hit the road to find great culinary moments. Besides stopping at the China Jade in Aurora (above), I’ve recently found some other tastes that are worth the drive. Among them: * Congolese … Continue reading

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Pizza Post: I hit the road looking for Colorado’s cooler, tastier pizza joints

(This feature originally appeared in the March/April 2014 AAA Encompass magazine)   By John Lehndorff Roadside plaques all over Colorado spotlight heroes, note historic events and point out big peaks. There’s even a granite monument on Speer Boulevard honoring a dubious “birthplace of the cheeseburger.” Why is there no bronze tablet outside Carl’s Pizza in … Continue reading