Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

Nibbles: Chef Jen, Boulder’s Frasca are James Beard nominees

By JOHN LEHNDORFF

Congratulations to chef Jennifer Jasinski of Denver’s Rioja and Euclid Hall restaurants for her well-deserved finalist nomination in the Best Chef: Southwest category in the 2013 James Beard Awards. Kudos also go out to Bobby Stuckey and the crew at Frasca in Boulder for their nod in the Outstanding Wine Program category. Both have been nominated several times – hopefully they’ll bring home the gold this year.

 

A COOKING NOTE FROM THE KITCHEN

The folks at Tasting Table offer the following Denver discovery at http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/national/13061

“For lemon-focused mastery that doesn’t require months of patience,  consider the char: Give your lemon a quick kiss of heat before you squeeze the  juice into your favorite dish. We enjoyed the technique in Denver at The Kitchen, where a blistered lemon wedge supplied robust  acidity and concentrated floral sweetness to a plate of raw oysters.”

 

CALENDAR NOTES FOR  FARMERS

The following FB post comes from the Valley Organic Growers Association:

“Biodynamic Astronomical Calendar Recommendations for Colorado – Seed Sowing & Biodynamic Preparation Applications Suggestions: April begins with a series of planetary conjunctions, (April 2 thru 10th) – UNFAVORABLE conditions for starting seeds and BD work until after the April 10th New Moon”

UPCOMING COLORADO TASTE EVENTS

Breckenridge Beer Festival, April 6, Breckenridge Resort. Information: breckenridgebeerfestival.com. Details: Taste brews from dozens of breweries including Copper Kettle Brewing Co, Great Divide Brewing, Kona Brewing, Upslope Brewing and Widmer Brewing

 

South Denver Beer Fest, May 4, Clement Park, Littleton. Information: southdenverbeerfest.com. Details: 2 Rascals Brewing, 4D Brewing, Brewery Rickoli, Caution: Brewing Company, Dad & Dudes Breweria, Demon Spawn Ale Works, Former Future Brewing, Resistance Brewing, Meadery of the Rockies, Happy Leaf Kombucha, Black Canyon Distilling, and Syntax Spirits

 

Pairsine Chefs Food & Beer Pairing Competition, June 13, Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield. Information: pairsine-beer2013.eventbrite.com. Details: Taste the dishes chefs make to match award-winning brews

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John Lehndorff is Colorado’s most experienced food writer and editor. He is the former food editor and columnist for the Daily Camera and Aurora Sentinel, dining critic at the Rocky Mountain News and author of the “Denver Dines” restaurant guidebook. His Nibbles column has been distributed nationally by Knight-Ridder. He is a former restaurant cook, cooking class teacher, and one of America’s foremost pie experts.

 

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