The Food Road Less Taken: Peggy Markel and the soul of travel
Colorado food / Colorado Travel

The Food Road Less Taken: Peggy Markel and the soul of travel

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Sensi magazine, 10/19) The most influential Colorado foodie that nobody has heard of pulls up on an old bicycle at a French bakery near her home in Longmont. It’s a rare in-state sighting of the culinary travel pioneer who also helped introduce the Slow Food movement to the United States. The … Continue reading

Step away from the IPA and embrace Colorado’s big tent wine culture
Colorado food

Step away from the IPA and embrace Colorado’s big tent wine culture

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature originally appeared in the September 2019 edition of Sensi Magazine/ Denver-Boulder Take this quick quiz: Which kind of Colorado tasting room – beer or wine – do you associate with … Cornhole? Live music? Food trucks? Shorts and T-shirts? If you’re being honest, beer pitches a 4-0 shutout. Maybe familiarity … Continue reading

Colorado food

Grains of Truth: Heirloom Wheat Boom in Colorado

(This TasteBuds column originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Sensi Magazine (Denver/Boulder edition) By JOHN LEHNDORFF Once upon a time, wheat was the “staff of life.” Literally, like civilization resulted from grains. Since the recent Keto, Atkins, Paleo and Whole30 anti-carb campaign, wheat – and its enabler, gluten – are now considered Darth … Continue reading

Heart and Soul: Gospel music for the rest of us at the Folks Festival 
Music / Music festivals

Heart and Soul: Gospel music for the rest of us at the Folks Festival 

By John Lehndorff (This feature originally appeared in the 8/8/19 Boulder Weekly)  It can be confusing for former Christians — your card-carrying liberal agnostics — when they have to admit that they really miss gospel music. They secretly love singing in the congregation, the power of the choirs, hymns and chants. They feel a little sheepish … Continue reading

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen
Colorado food / Eating

Dining pioneer Josh Wolkon talks Steubie Snacks, jam bands and cannabis in the kitchen

(From Sensi magazine, May 2019) By JOHN LEHNDORFF He didn’t imagine owning four eateries and food truck, but Josh Wolkon knew he wanted to open a restaurant eventually when he migrated to Colorado from Boston in 1995. “I had never worked in a kitchen so I took a lot of cooking jobs at restaurants and … Continue reading

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Peak Brunch: Four Stellar Colorado spots

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This Fareways column originally appeared in the May issue of Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine. coloradoavidgolfer.com/digital-issue) I love going out to brunch. It’s the rare eating-out occasion where you can kick back when the sun is out, catch up with family and friends and take a break from the weekday diet rules. In other … Continue reading

CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus
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CBD for Dinner: Hot cannabinoid is now on Colorado’s menus

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the March 2019 issue of Sensi magazine.) You can’t miss the CBD doughnuts in the glass display case at Glazed & Confuzed, the artisan doughnut emporium at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace. The eye-catcher is a yeast-raised classic with raspberry-blueberry glaze crowned with a distinctive candied fresh Colorado-grown hemp leaf. It … Continue reading

The Top 100 Most American Foods
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking / Food trends

The Top 100 Most American Foods

(This Nibbles column was originally published 20 years ago in the Boulder Daily Camera and distributed nationally by the Scripps Howard News Service) By John Lehndorff Scripps Howard News Service (Oct 14th, 1998) All I had to do was mention that I was compiling a list of the 100 greatest American foods, and people would start … Continue reading

Condiment Cravings: Colorado’s best relishes, preserves, hot sauces and other spoonable pleasures
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

Condiment Cravings: Colorado’s best relishes, preserves, hot sauces and other spoonable pleasures

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This column originally appeared in the Denver Sensi Magazine 12/18) As a kid I figured that everybody got condiments for Christmas. I expected to look among the gifts for the be-ribboned, bottle-shaped wrapping under the tree or in my stocking. I always had a major thing for wild blueberry preserves as a … Continue reading

Colorado food / Food trends / pie

Good gourd: Of lattes, lies and real pumpkin pie spice

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the October 2017 issue of Sensi magazine) The harbingers of autumn fill the chill air. It’s that special season of sweaters, colorful leaves, football, early sunsets and a scary infestation of horrific pumpkin spice products. Will you be stocking up on Peanut Butter & Co. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter, … Continue reading

Rockygrass 2017: Classical bluegrass or bluesy chamber music? You decide
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Rockygrass 2017: Classical bluegrass or bluesy chamber music? You decide

  The Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet, 7/29/17 Rockygrass Festival (Lehndorff) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (7/28/17) I was raised on string quartets and folk troubadours and listened to Pete Seeger combine classical and folk music in the early days of public TV, so it seems normal. The Swiss-born Kruger Brothers charm classical snobs into appreciating twang and the bluegrass … Continue reading

Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future
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Rockygrass 2017: Bluegrass past and future

Infamous Stringdusters, Rockygrass, 7/28/17  (John Lehndorff) By JOHN LEHNDORFF (2:30 p.m., July 29, 2017 Lyons CO) First there was a reverent celebration of bluegrass’ seminal band, Flatt & Scruggs, in the form of Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester. It was followed Friday night at the 2017 Rockygrass Festival by tour de force envelope-pushing demonstration … Continue reading

Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’ through the years
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Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’ through the years

By JOHN LEHNDORFF June 17, 2017 – The 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival is this weekend in southwestern Colorado. Listen to a live stream of the festival: radiorethink.com/tuner/index.cfm?stationCode=koto My first was the Fourth Annual Telluride. For more than 30 years I covered the Telluride Bluegrass Festivals for various publications including the Boulder Daily Camera, Rocky Mountain News and Aurora … Continue reading

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

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