2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals
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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

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

Mork’s Chopped Liver and other food flashes from Boulder’s past
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food trends

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

Cochon 555 convenes a coterie of true lard lovers in Denver
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Cochon 555 convenes a coterie of true lard lovers in Denver

By John Lehndorff (March 9, 2015) The lard worked in myriad mysterious ways as it filled the ballroom at the Denver Ritz-Carlton March 5 with people who not only didn’t fear saturated fat but rather embraced it and gave it a big kiss … at least for one night. At Cochon 555 the camaraderie of … Continue reading

Pepperoni rules; Prescribing ‘Aggression’ Cookies; Pie and the economy
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Pepperoni rules; Prescribing ‘Aggression’ Cookies; Pie and the economy

By John Lehndorff (December 5, 2014) – U.S. consumers eat pizza away from home about 60 times a year and 40 percent of those pizzas will be topped with pepperoni, according to Datassential.  … The Sterling-Rice Group’s top ten culinary trends across the U.S. in 2015 include Filipino food, Matcha green tea,  hops-free beer, Asian super-hot burning … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Pie is state dinner dessert; ‘I believe in pie’; Pie and beer?; National Pie Day is Jan. 23

Reported by: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/19/AR2011011905093.html The White House says President Barack Obama and the first lady want tonight’s state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jihn-tow) to show off some of America’s most recognized offerings and the menu lives up to the description. Food doesn’t get any more American than meat and potatoes, washed down with … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Pie or Macarons rising; stockpiling huitlacoche; food halls hot; designer ice cubes

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported at http://www.JohnLehndorff.com: “I honestly believe that if we all sat down and ate pie together, we’d find common ground. Our nation would be a better place if we made pie, not war. … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Bao takes a bow; the new heirloom food artisans; ‘an unhealthy obsession’; Old World salumi;

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) Reported by: http://www.csnews.com/top-story-food_and_beverage_trends_for_2010-57758.html: Packaged Facts and the Center for Culinary Development (CCD) put together the “Culinary Trend Mapping Report,” a bi-monthly journal, on the overall food and beverage trends that shaped 2010. … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: The farmer celebrities; No more Honest Kombucha; Black’s vindaloo cure; ‘never ending’ lawsuits

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) Reported by: http://www.fesmag.com/index.php/news/foodservice-news/item/5118-technomic-identifies-11-leading-restaurant-trends-for-2011: As the foodservice industry begins to emerge from its economic malaise brought on by the recession, big changes are on the way for restaurants, according to Technomic, which offers … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: The power of chefs; Eatery uptick coming; Hay is for restaurants

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) An interview with chef Thomas Keller reported by http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/11/27/keller.pay.quality/index.html: “What’s happening in our marketplace today at a retail level is a direct result of chefs. Everything that you see in your grocery … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: The ‘supri’ capital; Wealthy turn to McRibs; Cake or pie? Breaking down a hog

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) Reported by http://www.supri.com/supri_sopressata.html: Westerly, Rhode Island, and the surrounding areas are the only places that sopressata is called “SOUPY” or “SUPRI”. The residents here consider the town of Westerly to be the … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: A sausage stuffing story; Food insecurity; Pie revival

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) The story and recipe behind my family’s Thanksgiving stuffing by John Lehndorff: When I stand in my new kitchen on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day, I shall not stand alone. My … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Paper, plastic or germs? Sourcing coppa; Culture of food; Sunday = Foodie day

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information and trends from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) Reported by http://curedmeats.blogspot.com/ A little while ago I was roaming the isles at my local Asian grocery store, and in the pork section i noticed some thinly cut, very round steaks labeled … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Offal on the rise; Of men and corndogs; What is a snack?

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com) Reported at: http://naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com/blogs/tabid/84/EntryId/309/Organ-meats-tasty-to-new-carnivores.aspx: “Though it’s nearly impossible to find U.S. purchasing stats for organ meats, the evidence that America is jumping in whole hog is clear. Check the online forums at egullet.org, epicurious.com or … Continue reading

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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Teaching butchery; Pickled hops shoots; ‘Peppier’ rejected; The anti-locavores; The art of opening an eatery

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff Reported at: http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/09/08/chefs-with-issues-a-plea-for-butchery-classes-in-school/ Frank Bonanno, owner/chef of Mizuna, Luca D’Italia, Osteria Marco and Bones in Denver, makes a plea for butchery: I was invited to break down a fish on a local morning show last … Continue reading

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Chicken breast loathing; Biggest beer fest coming; wine on tap

Mark DeNittis, artisan salumi-maker at Denver’s Il Mondo Vecchio, quoted in http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2010/08/il_mondo_vecchios_mark_denitti.php: “I absolutely hate chicken breasts – loathe chicken breasts. Chicken breasts suck. They’re flavorless, fatless, dry and way overplayed. I’m not completely anti-chicken though. I’m a thigh guy for sure – a fan of big, bold, rich and sexy thighs simmered slowly in … Continue reading

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Supermarkets do takeout; 1% of searches food-related; achacha the new acai?

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff. Reported by AP: Even as the economy upticks slightly, ready-to-eat food continues to drive more traffic to grocery stores, increasingly blurring the traditional boundaries between supermarkets and restaurants. Industry analysts say prepared foods are a … Continue reading

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2010 MENU: LARDO, SECHUAN BUTTONS AND BLACK GARLIC

In late 2009 I teamed up with Kim Long of Denver’s American Forecaster to research the new culinary trends that we saw developing. The result is Eat In Eat Out, a new business-to-business white paper in magazine form. In the past, such business forecasts have tended to look at restaurants, supermarkets and beverages as separate industries. Fundamental … Continue reading