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

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

Dawn breaks over-easy for the solitary breakfast diner
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

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

Chef Sheila Lucero on soccer, seafood, success and leadership in the kitchen
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

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

Why the cookie crumbles at altitude
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food and Cooking

Why the cookie crumbles at altitude

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 12/1/16) It’s not just you. For once, it really is the altitude. Food fries weirdly here, cookies spread out like pancakes, pies explode and some cakes collapse. Water boils at a lower temperature so it takes longer to cook vegetables, and coffee and tea don’t taste the same. “A three-minute … Continue reading

From Jun to Perry: The top tasting rooms in the Denver metro area
Colorado food / Eating / Food trends

From Jun to Perry: The top tasting rooms in the Denver metro area

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (This feature originally appeared in Sensi magazine) So there I was inhaling scented oxygen and sipping on a blueberry water kefir when I caught sight of my reflection in the mirror behind the bar at Tonic Herban Lounge. I guess nobody ever looks great with a cannula stuck in their nose, but … Continue reading

Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food and Cooking

Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 8/4/16 – Photos by Susan France) The word “moxie” means “force of character, determination or nerve,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The breads produced at Moxie Bakery are also pretty nervy. My favorite, the Algerian, is a deep brown crusty loaf with major chew and a tender inside with … Continue reading

Alfalfa’s Market:  Natural foods pioneer focuses on local produce
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

Alfalfa’s Market: Natural foods pioneer focuses on local produce

(This feature originally appeared in Produce Business magazine. Photos by Kim Long) By JOHN LEHNDORFF A giant rooster sculpture crafted from farm tools who goes by “Alfie” greets shoppers at the entrance to Alfalfa’s Market, an independent grocer blocks from the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. On a hot Saturday afternoon in June the store … Continue reading

Push your vegetable envelope with scallions, kohlrabi, fava beans and chard
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Push your vegetable envelope with scallions, kohlrabi, fava beans and chard

By JOHN LEHNDORFF – (Boulder Weekly) This time of year I love sweet ripe tomatoes, freshly dressed lettuce and buttered roasted corn as much as any person can, but there really is more to life than a bowl of Colorado cherries. I watch folks ignoring the summer smorgasbord to focus on the mild, sweet favorites. … Continue reading

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress

By JOHN LEHNDORFF During summer’s peak travel season I get variations on the same question from friends and sometimes strangers that go something like this:  “We’re driving south on I-25 to New Mexico. Is there any place to eat down there that’s worth getting off the interstate?” I don’t blame them. I made the same … Continue reading

Fresh approaches to tie-ins yield double rings in the produce department
Eating / Food trends

Fresh approaches to tie-ins yield double rings in the produce department

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Produce Business magazine) – Produce sales tie-ins are not exactly a new idea. Historians report that merchants in marketplaces sold fruit right next to nuts, bread and other favorites to grab the ancient equivalent of a double-ring from customers. The question isn’t whether tie-ins help sell more fresh fruit – they … Continue reading

2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals
Music / Music festivals / Reviews - Acoustic music

2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Pondering the glut of must-go summer gatherings this summer across the state and trying to schedule a calendar and itinerary could require an app, not mention a calculator. From music festivals that include paddleboarding to barbecue competitions and Shakespeare under the stars, there seems to be a destination right for hipsters, families, … Continue reading

Kelly Liken embraces comfortable dining at her new Vail Valley eatery
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Kelly Liken embraces comfortable dining at her new Vail Valley eatery

  By John Lehndorff (From Vail Beaver Creek Magazine Summer ’16) Chef Kelly Liken is famous for creating delectable fine cuisine at her award-winning Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village. That tradition continues at her new place, Harvest by Kelly Liken, but she said she has put “fine dining” behind her. “Regardless of the price … Continue reading

An artist-turned-spice merchant seeks bliss by barbecue
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An artist-turned-spice merchant seeks bliss by barbecue

By John Lehndorff When Mike Johnston was growing up in Chicago there were herbs and spices in his mother’s kitchen. “My Mom was a good home cook. She made things like pot roast. When it came to spices, she had the typical little metal cans from McCormick’s. We moved with those same spices over and … Continue reading

In Watermelon Juice: When  your melon’s twice the size of your head
Colorado food / Eating / Food and Cooking

In Watermelon Juice: When your melon’s twice the size of your head

People look at you kind of funny when you’re standing in the produce department with a watermelon on each arm. I was weighing the options and getting some upper body exercise. One melon was very small but convenient, which makes some sense for one person. The other was a monster, a watermelon from the old … Continue reading

Transcending tacos: 21st century Mexican cuisine and artisan cheese
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Transcending tacos: 21st century Mexican cuisine and artisan cheese

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Cheese Connoisseur magazine, June 2016) Eyeing the choices arrayed under glass at cheesemongers’ shops is our favorite kind virtual travelogue. The trail leads through whole nations of dairy art from French Epoisses and Gorgonzola in Italy to Spanish Manchego and Redhawk Triple Crème from California’s Cowgirl Creamery. We may eye British … Continue reading

Mork’s Chopped Liver and other food flashes from Boulder’s past
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Mork’s Chopped Liver and other food flashes from Boulder’s past

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 6/2/16) Buttermilk Candy. Orange-Pineapple Congealed Salad. Potato Chip Cookies. Unpretentious recipes for everyday and special occasion dishes like these fill the pages of one of my favorite Boulder community collections, Chautauqua Porches: A Centennial Cookbook published at Chautauqua Park’s 100th anniversary in 1998. You can see Boulder’s food culture slowly evolve among … Continue reading