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

Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life
Colorado food / Colorado Travel / Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

Got skills? One great class elevates your cooking for life

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Edible Critic, Sensi magazine, 2/17) When I’m chopping onions with my chef knife I often don’t always glance down at my fingers. I’m looking for the next thing I’m going to slice or thinking about the next story I have to write. It scares people who watch me do it but I … Continue reading

A good time to cry: The path to perfect French onion soup
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A good time to cry: The path to perfect French onion soup

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 2/2/17)  French onion has everything that you want in a food experience. It comes to the table with a heat warning and smoke wafting from the crunchy, highly toasted cheese clinging to the broiled crockery. Good French onion soup is a uniquely crafted bowl to be explored, not just slurped. … Continue reading

Zingerman’s Deli is one of America’s best places to fall in love with cheese
Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Zingerman’s Deli is one of America’s best places to fall in love with cheese

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in Cheese Connoisseur Magazine) The Zingerman’s Reuben is the quintessential destination sandwich. The corned beef is cured just for the famous Michigan deli and sliced to order in thin, juicy, warm pink ribbons. Crusty Jewish rye is cut from loaves, grilled and spread with thick, scratch-made Russian dressing. To crown it, … Continue reading

Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner
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Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Nibbles, Boulder Weekly 1/26/17) – I’m awake before the alarm and before the dawn. This is a situation I would have avoided at all costs when I lived a younger man’s life. In the winter dark I make minimal efforts at attire. Why do I scrape my eyes and then the windshield? Why … Continue reading

Colorado food / Food trends

John Ellis: Paying it forward so Boulder County agriculture can survive

by John Lehndorff (Boulder Weekly, Jan. 26, 2017) If you find yourself thinking fond thoughts right now of warm Saturday mornings at the Boulder County Farmers Market (BCFM), you might want to pen a thank-you note to Farmer John. “Farmer” isn’t John Ellis’ first name but it might as well be. That’s how everybody has … Continue reading

Denver dining flashback: Reviewing the cool theme eateries of 2001 (and Casa Bonita)
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Denver dining flashback: Reviewing the cool theme eateries of 2001 (and Casa Bonita)

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This is an excerpt from a feature in the Rocky Mountain News in January 2001) To gauge whether eatertainment venues are actually fun for kids, I persuaded my 6 -year-old son, Hans, to accompany  me by promising him all the root beer he could drink. We were seeking places where kids and parents could … Continue reading

Vail’s First Artisanal Cheesemaker; Minturn’s hip new hostel
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Vail’s First Artisanal Cheesemaker; Minturn’s hip new hostel

By John Lehndorff 11/22/2016 at 1:25pm Published in the Holiday 2016 – 2017 issue of Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine Most Eagle residents have washers, snowshoes, storage bins, and Christmas decorations piled in their basements. But not Ann Kurronen. The proprietor of AnnaVail Cheese doesn’t have room for any of that stuff now that she has a … Continue reading

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Talking about Boulder’s award-winning school lunch program

NOTE: chefannfoundation.org/news-media/the-lunch-line-blog/an-open-letter-to-president-trump/ By JOHN LEHNDORFF If you are new to the Boulder Valley School District, forget everything you know about school lunch: the dreary cafeterias, the gray mystery meat, and the scoops and squares of wiggly fare deposited in a partitioned tray. If your children have been dining with the BVSD for a while you … Continue reading

A taste for partial spoilage: Favorite Colorado cheeses
Colorado food / Food and Cooking / Food trends / pie

A taste for partial spoilage: Favorite Colorado cheeses

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly) We get excited during October about ales crafted from Colorado hops, barley, yeast and water. Some baker friends pride themselves on making pies using only apples, wheat and honey from within our watershed. Chefs have rightly celebrated our local bounty at farm-to-farm table dinners in Boulder County. It’s ironic that … Continue reading

Ka-ching! Pie judgment day is a good bet in the Nevada dessert in 1995
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Ka-ching! Pie judgment day is a good bet in the Nevada dessert in 1995

By John Lehndorff (Washington Post, March 29, 1995) There’s something deeply satisfying about throwing a pie at someone. There’s the running windup, the last fiendish glance at your victim to steady your aim, then the throw, followed by that rewarding “splaaattttt!” when the pie finds its mark.Admit it: A pie in the face is as … Continue reading

Acoustic Flashbacks: A harmonious chat with Emmylou Harris in 2004
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Acoustic Flashbacks: A harmonious chat with Emmylou Harris in 2004

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Rocky Mountain News, Aug. 27, 2004) During a 30-year music career spanning her discovery by Gram Parsons to gold-selling solo CDs to shining moments on the O Brother soundtrack, Emmylou Harris has happily basked in the spotlight as a bona fide star. The thing is, she’d really rather be simply harmonizing. At … Continue reading

Media, mega food companies lie about pumpkin and spice — not so nice!
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Media, mega food companies lie about pumpkin and spice — not so nice!

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly) They have been lying to us for decades. Almost everything we think we know about pumpkins, pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie is WRONG. There are lies being perpetuated in the supermarket aisles, at bakeries and especially coffee houses. This feeling was confirmed this week after I tasted my first Starbucks … Continue reading

Chef Sheila Lucero on soccer, seafood, success and leadership in the kitchen
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Chef Sheila Lucero on soccer, seafood, success and leadership in the kitchen

Susan France Sheila Lucero, executive chef of Jax Fish House. By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 1/12/17) Sheila Lucero did not grow up dreaming of being an executive chef. Her goal was not to oversee the food at five restaurants in two states. In fact, the Golden native’s only ambition while attending Lakewood High School was … Continue reading

Ramen, pollo or ribs? Ethnic eats abound in Aurora CO
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Eating

Ramen, pollo or ribs? Ethnic eats abound in Aurora CO

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Visit Aurora Guide 2016) – With 400-plus ethnic and independent eateries and markets, Aurora is Colorado’s ethnic food destination. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Aurora is the third largest city in the state and 54th most populous city in the nation. According to people who love to eat, Aurora is the … Continue reading

Guide to cool, cheaper eats in Colorado ski country from Dillon to Dotsero
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Guide to cool, cheaper eats in Colorado ski country from Dillon to Dotsero

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly 11/10/16) Expert Burger in Eagle. I do not ski or board nor do I snowshoe. The only black diamond run I attempt is finding a brand of Canadian cheese. I recommend the extra sharp Black Diamond Grand Reserve Cheddar. That said, I’ve spent tons of time in the past year writing … Continue reading

How to turn the remains of the feast into months of flavor
Colorado food / Food and Cooking / Food trends / pie

How to turn the remains of the feast into months of flavor

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly 11/23/16) If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house today, complete with “Alice’s Restaurant” playing in the background, you probably won’t read this until well after the feast. Hosts spend weeks getting ready for that peak moment when everybody is finally seated and filling their plates. They will grab some … Continue reading