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A rare burger; Giada in Aspen; Marcus in Boulder; Denver 9th most java-centric

Photo by Kim Long, American Forecaster, Denver

Reported by John Lehndorff:
In what may be a harbinger of better economic times, the Palace Arms – the luxe eatery at Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel, has once again opened for lunch. Besides the exquisite and craveable smoked pheasant soup ($10), the menu boasts a monumentally good burger ($18): seven juicy ounces of ground Kobe beef, seared foie gras, creamy caramelized onions and truffle cheese on a house-baked brioche bun with half-sour pickle and some nearly perfect frites splashed with sweet Balsamic.

The $295 tickets for the grand tasting pavilion are still available at the major domo of American food fests, 28th annual FOOD & WINE Classic June 18-20 in Aspen. If you want to hang out with Mario Batali, David Chang, Giada De Laurentiis, Thomas Keller, Jacques Pépin, Tom Colicchio. Rick Bayless and friends be prepared to dish out the big bucks. We’d go just to sit in on Joshua Wesson’s Haute Dog session on pairing wine with wieners. Details: http://www.foodandwine.com/classic-in-aspen

Mike and Janet Johnston, the owners of Colorado’s Savory Spice Shops are hosting the new Spice & Easy cooking show 7:30 a.m. Saturdays (MT) on the Food Network.

Marcus Samuelsson, a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters 2 , will dish fare from his upcoming N.Y.C eatery Red Rooster Harlem June 21 at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO. He will be assisted by Frasca’s Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, one of Cosmopolitan’s “14 sizzllng hot chefs.” Details: 303-442-6966.

Reported by Denver Business Journal:
Mint.com figured out what people in various cities spent on average on retail coffee drinks in 2009, and put together a top 10 list. Denver comes in at No. 9. We spend an average of $354 a year on designer joe. Seattle — Starbucks world headquarters — tops the list, at $674 spent per person per year. Las Vegas comes in at No. 2, with $391 spent on java in a year.

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Nibbles Colorado food column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/05/18/on-the-food-trail/

John Lehndorff is a Boulder, Co.-based food trend researcher, food writer and consultant. He is a former caterer, nationally distributed newspaper food columnist and restaurant critic, author of a restaurant guide book, and one of America’s foremost pie experts.

Some kind words about this blog from the Denver Post:
“Lehndorff’s food for thought: Former Rocky Mountain News food writer John Lehndorff is keeping close track of local and national trends on his blog, Nibbles (johnlehndorff.wordpress.com). He scours the trades and trend reports so you don’t have to. Find out what we’re eating, and what the rest of the country is eating, all through Lehndorff’s winning perspective.”

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