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Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal

Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

With the widespread economic impact on both businesses and restaurants, it's better now more than ever to support the local hospitality industry.

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Operation Family Meal is a non-profit set up to feed Denver's hospitality industry employees and their families. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 virus, as all of Denver's bars and restaurants have been mandated to close until May 11th, 2020, displacing thousands of hospitality industry employees across the city.
 
Participating partner restaurants include Brava! Pizzeria, Meta Asian Kitchen, Bistro Georgette, Olivia, Quiero Arepas, Hinman’s Bakery, Blackbelly, Il Posto, American Elm, Highland Tap & Burger, Brider and Pizza Lady, with more joining every day. Distribution partners include Breakthrough Beverage, New Belgium Brewing, Gallo Wines, Southern and Diageo, Sysco, Shamrock, Performance, Altius Farms, Seattle Fish Company, Grower's Organic, US Foods, and Denver Food Rescue.
 
The program is fluid and will be expanding based on demand, but for now, meals can be picked up at the locations below between ***12 p.m. and 2 p.m.*** Monday, Wednesday and Friday (social distancing will be enforced).
 
Please bring any form of identification and proof of past restaurant/bar/hospitality employment. Meals will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis until they run out.
 
PICKUP LOCATIONS:

Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos Street
Quiero Arepas, 1859 S. Pearl Street
Olivia, 290 S. Downing Street
Il Posto, 2601 Larimer Street
American Elm, 4132 W 38th Avenue
Highland Tap & Burger (Sloan’s Lake), 1565 N. Raleigh Street
It is easy for anyone in Colorado to get involved and support Operation Family Meal:

- Financial donations. Donations to help expand the program and cover costs can be taken through CHOW (bit.ly/33K1bu9)
- Donating to-go packaging
- Offering food donations
- Staffing meal pick-up locations
- Lending commissary kitchen use
- Volunteering
 
“It is critical to nourish the mind, body, and soul during a crisis,” said John Hinman, owner of Hinman’s Bakery and Founder of CHOW. “Our hope is that this program will ease the stress and fears around this unprecedented situation and provide impacted restaurant workers with a sense of family during such a difficult time.”
 
To support this program, CHOW will be starting weekly online meetings via Zoom with professional therapist Heather Lundy from Khesed Wellness. 
Khesed Wellness
 is a mental health 501(c)3 and will provide free direct video/phone mental health therapy services to those out of work during this time.
 
For more information, visit https://www.chowco.org.
For inquiries about general questions about Operation Family Meal, please contact info@operationfamilymeal.com.
If you are an impacted employee looking for free mental health resources related to COVID-19, please contact John@chowco.org.
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Restaurants open for takeout, delivery in Denver metro area - Curbside Takeout

Restaurants open for takeout, delivery in Denver metro area - Curbside Takeout | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Denver restaurants that previously only offered dining in are now offering curbside takeout     Here are a few of …
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America’s restaurants are in crisis. The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s why we’re asking everyone in America to support restaurants and their employees on Tuesday, March 31, by joining #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and eating at least one delivery or pick-up meal.

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Restaurant Olivia in Denver Coming in 2020

Restaurant Olivia in Denver Coming in 2020 | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Restaurant Olivia will be a pasta driven, neighborhood focused and Italian inspired restaurant in Denver’s Wash Park.
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I am excited for this new Italian Pasta restaurant to open, Restaurant Olivia.  The owners that gave us Bistro Georgette and Cafe Marmotte are opening the new concept in 2020.  Can't wait to try the handmade pasta.

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The beloved Wash Park restaurant Cafe Marmotte will become Restaurant Olivia in 2020.  It will be owned by the team behind Bistro Georgette, which includes Chef Ty Leon, Austin Carson, and Heather Morrison.  It is going to be an Italian concept but there are still a lot of French influences that will be kept.  The Cafe Marmotte regulars are apprehensive about it changing but it could turn out to be a hit.  Either way Wash Park is getting something new and exciting.

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Excitement is in the air at Café Marmotte

Excitement is in the air at Café Marmotte | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Recently the Parisian bistro Cafe Marmotte has changed hands. The team responsible for the highly favored Bistro Georgette is now behind the wheel.
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You only have a weeks left to try Denver’s best French restaurant.

Until the end of the year, the new Cafe Marmotte serves classic French food. Then, it will switch to an Italian menu.

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One of Denver's Top Restaurants - Café Marmotte 

One of Denver's Top Restaurants - Café Marmotte  | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Editor's pick for “Best French Restaurant” by Westword magazine and Top French Restaurant on TripAdvisor. Valet Parking Available. A Classic French Bistro.
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I have eaten here a few times and am partial to local ownership.  The staff at Cafe Marmotte is always first class. It is near Wash Park so the parking can be a challenge, but it is always worth it every time I go.

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Thursday Nights In Denver

Thursday Nights In Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Some of my favorite Thursday night foodie specials in Denver.

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Who has Thursday night dinner specials?

 

From a foodie's perspective, Thursday nights are not ideal to go out and eat.  It's too close to Friday, which is the best night for end of week fun.  It is also the middle of work week still.  So what would make a person want to venture out?  Well, usually I am not to keen on going out for dinner on Thursday's.  If I do want to roll out here is where I usually like to go:

 

Bull & Bush has the Prime Rib Special

 

There is the Chicken Tacos deal at Lola

 

One of my favorites, the "Bacon Flight" at Bacon Social House

 

Irish Snug has "Corned Beef Eggrolls" that you can wash down with their "Car Bombs".

 

Undici offers their "Bottle and Board" .  

 

More to come...

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Denver's Best Restaurants List from 2018

Denver's Best Restaurants List from 2018 | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Which eateries are on the list, and which are off? Here's a taste of Denver's Best Restaurants, chosen by 5280 Magazine's food editor.
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Some of the restaurants on the 2018 Denver list I have tried and they are outstanding.  I especially like Sushi Den, Tavernetta, Cafe Marmotte, Undici and Bar Dough.  I don't agree with the 2018 list entirely but I am willing to try all of them!  

 

What are your favorite Denver food spots?

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Top Five Denver Restaurant Trends for 2019 

Top Five Denver Restaurant Trends for 2019  | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
2018 presented some game-changing ways for restaurants to elevate their customer experiences both inside and outside of their four walls. Patron
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The world of restaurant management is changing fast.  I love to read the trends and share as well.  It appears delivery services are not going anywhere.  It's a shame but it his here to stay and restaurant owners and managers better get on the train or get left behind.  This article opened my eyes to some new ideas for my clients.

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Denver's Best Filet Mignon

Denver's Best Filet Mignon | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
With Sautéed mushrooms, au poivre sauce, grilled asparagus, served with mashed potatoes or Alaskan king crab, béarnaise sauce, grilled asparagus
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Denver's Best Filet Mignon at Cafe Marmotte

 

I have had the filet at Cafe Marmotte and it is delightful.  I prefer au poivre style over Oscar.  It won't disappoint.

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Red Wine List at Undici in Denver

Red Wine List at Undici in Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Trendy spot to enjoy craft cocktails, apéritifs & wine alongside upscale snacks & cheeses.
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Still looking for good wine spots?  If you like Reds try my friends at Undici.  Pair their reds with tasty italian dishes freshly prepared

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The Downfall of an Iron Chef

The Downfall of an Iron Chef | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Iron Chef Jose Garces had hit restaurants with Amada, Volver, and Distrito, but poor management, over-expansion, and lawsuits spelled doom.
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Restaurants are a Business First

 

Celebrity chefs have a had a good thing going with the Food Network, Iron Chef, etc.  They grow their brand, then grow their restaurants, then their business grow.  It can happen fast.  The issue with growing so fast with these guys is that they are not businessman.  Being a chef and an owner of a company/restaurant are two different animals.  A big issue was control for Iron Chef Garces.  Not having control when the casino closed along with four of his restaurants.  That and the fact that he got behind on the bills.  So sad but I wish him good fortune in the future.

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$180 Sandwich in New York? Yes please! | Food Blog

$180 Sandwich in New York? Yes please! | Food Blog | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Don Wagyu in Manhattan's Financial District will serve fried beef sandwiches made from A5 wagyu kobe from Japan's Miyazaki prefecture.
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There is no way in hell I can afford a $180 sandwich but I am sure willing to give it a test drive if someone else pays for it.  Wow.  Looks amazing and the marbling is unreal!

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2018 Denver Happy Hour 

2018 Denver Happy Hour  | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Long day at work or just looking for a nice happy hour? Try Undici. We offer an excellent Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm. Our Happy Hour is perfect for weariness and the restorative powers of a tasty beverage and good conversation.
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Find a good happy hour in Denver at Undici.  

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5 Breakfast Recipes You Can Eat Any Time of Day | Brunch So Hard

5 Breakfast Recipes You Can Eat Any Time of Day | Brunch So Hard | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
From casseroles to sandwiches and tacos, eggs come to the rescue with these 5 breakfast recipes you can eat anytime of day.
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Yummmmmmm!  The weekends are for brunching.  My favorites range from chicken fried steak and eggs to traditional Eggs Benedict.  There is nothing better then not having to cook your own breakfast on the weekends.

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Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal

Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

With the widespread economic impact on both businesses and restaurants, it's better now more than ever to support the local hospitality industry.

The Scoop's insight:
Operation Family Meal is a non-profit set up to feed Denver's hospitality industry employees and their families. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 virus, as all of Denver's bars and restaurants have been mandated to close until May 11th, 2020, displacing thousands of hospitality industry employees across the city.
 
Participating partner restaurants include Brava! Pizzeria, Meta Asian Kitchen, Bistro Georgette, Olivia, Quiero Arepas, Hinman’s Bakery, Blackbelly, Il Posto, American Elm, Highland Tap & Burger, Brider and Pizza Lady, with more joining every day. Distribution partners include Breakthrough Beverage, New Belgium Brewing, Gallo Wines, Southern and Diageo, Sysco, Shamrock, Performance, Altius Farms, Seattle Fish Company, Grower's Organic, US Foods, and Denver Food Rescue.
 
The program is fluid and will be expanding based on demand, but for now, meals can be picked up at the locations below between ***12 p.m. and 2 p.m.*** Monday, Wednesday and Friday (social distancing will be enforced).
 
Please bring any form of identification and proof of past restaurant/bar/hospitality employment. Meals will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis until they run out.
 
PICKUP LOCATIONS:

Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos Street
Quiero Arepas, 1859 S. Pearl Street
Olivia, 290 S. Downing Street
Il Posto, 2601 Larimer Street
American Elm, 4132 W 38th Avenue
Highland Tap & Burger (Sloan’s Lake), 1565 N. Raleigh Street
It is easy for anyone in Colorado to get involved and support Operation Family Meal:

- Financial donations. Donations to help expand the program and cover costs can be taken through CHOW (bit.ly/33K1bu9)
- Donating to-go packaging
- Offering food donations
- Staffing meal pick-up locations
- Lending commissary kitchen use
- Volunteering
 
“It is critical to nourish the mind, body, and soul during a crisis,” said John Hinman, owner of Hinman’s Bakery and Founder of CHOW. “Our hope is that this program will ease the stress and fears around this unprecedented situation and provide impacted restaurant workers with a sense of family during such a difficult time.”
 
To support this program, CHOW will be starting weekly online meetings via Zoom with professional therapist Heather Lundy from Khesed Wellness. 
Khesed Wellness
 is a mental health 501(c)3 and will provide free direct video/phone mental health therapy services to those out of work during this time.
 
For more information, visit https://www.chowco.org.
For inquiries about general questions about Operation Family Meal, please contact info@operationfamilymeal.com.
If you are an impacted employee looking for free mental health resources related to COVID-19, please contact John@chowco.org.
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I Am Wild for this Thai Food Restaurant

I Am Wild for this Thai Food Restaurant | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Wild Ginger for the win!

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Love me some Wild Ginger

This may be the best kept secret in South Denver. Wild Ginger is a nice Thai restaurant off of Littleton Boulevard, in Littleton, CO. You get authentic Thai food and they'll make it as spicy as you want. In retrospect, I've done hot food challenges and can handle a lot of heat, but be careful. I order "thai hot" and it causes me heart palpitations, but it's worth it. I recommend the Pork Egg Rolls, Chicken Panang, and any of the Pad Thai dishes!

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Hollywood's Growing Hunger for Food TV Shows

Hollywood's Growing Hunger for Food TV Shows | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
In response to a global appetite, networks and increasingly streamers are battling for camera-friendly chefs — from Gordon Ramsay to Padma Lakshmi — and serving up more than 100 shows in production for television's fastest-growing subgenre. Get ready to binge.
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Fantastic!  I love food shows.  I don't care what it is, Top Chef, Top Chef Jr, Ugly Delicious, Samurai Gourmet, Bizarre Foods, even Diners Drive Inns and Dives.  I don't care, the more food shows the better.  There has to be a show you love?

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 Best Waffles in Denver

 Best Waffles in Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
The early bird gets the worm! Let us whisk you up some fresh, made from scratch, waffles and some savory French Toast.
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I have had these waffles personally and can say they are some of the best.  While Cafe Marmotte is known for being a traditional French Bistro, their weekend brunch is still a nice option form the other places that take forever to get in.  I like being relaxed on the weekends and this is the place for that.

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Try Some of The Best Italian Food in Denver

Try Some of The Best Italian Food in Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Chef Alex Kallas started this dream over 10 years ago on the simple premise of fresh and simple. Serving classic Italian dishes. (303) 761-2828
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Oh I had to post this. My wife, some friends, and I recently went to Undici again and had to rave since they are such nice people.  We started with a couple of bottles of wine and some bruschetta.  Then for dinner we had the Rigatoni, Gnocchi and meatballs.  The food was very good.  Not over-seasoned like a Buca di Beppo or Maggianos.    The venue is  very cool.  People complain about the noise but what do you want at an Italian restaurant? Boring? Good wine, great food and very nice presentations. We definitely will be going back.

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TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence | French Food Denver

TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence | French Food Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
TripAdvisor announced the recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Excellence. Café Marmotte received the recognition for 2018.
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Some of my favorite French restaurants hit the list this year for Denver's Trip Advisor voting. Can't wait to try some spots that I may have missed.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
#5 of 18 Results
 
Reserve
 
 
 
 
 
 
#8 of 18 Results
$$ - $$$ French
 
 
 
 
#9 of 18 Results
$$ - $$$ French European
 
Reserve
 
 
 
#10 of 18 Results
$$ - $$$ American Italian French Asian
 
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Why can't you dislike Chinese restaurants without it being culturally insensitive?

Why can't you dislike Chinese restaurants without it being culturally insensitive? | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern has been axed from prime time on the Travel Channel amid the controversy over his assertion that Chinese food in the Midwest is being served in “horses - - t restaurants.”
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Are Andrew Zimmern's TV shows at risk?

Some reports say that Andrew Zimmern may lose his TV shows because of what he said about Chinese restaurants in the American midwest. 

 

So what?  Some Chinese food places are bad.  Just like any restaurants out there, there are some good and some bad.  Andrew Zimmern has traveled the world and had Chinese food of some form in China.  He probably knows better than anyone that the Chinese food in the midwest is underwhelming.  He can still state his opinion, even if you disagree.  He apologized and that is good enough.

 

I have been to some Chinese restaurants that where the food was fried, covered in corn syrup and had too much msg.  It was awful.  But that is just my opinion.

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Is Monsanto's Roundup in your cereal?

Is Monsanto's Roundup in your cereal? | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG.
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Wow!  Just read this article on the Monsanto products that have Roundup sprayed on them, which has glyphosate in it.  Glyphosate is the chemical everyone has been talking about as cancer causing.  True or not, if you have children this is scary because just when you think you are giving them healthy foods, companies put this crap on them during harvesting.  

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Signature Drinks at Undici Ristorante | Cocktails Denver Restaurants

Signature Drinks at Undici Ristorante | Cocktails Denver Restaurants | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
  SIGNATURE DRINKS Undici Lemon Drop SKYY Infusions Citrus Vodka/Limoncello $11   Rosie’s Bellini SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka/Pallini Peachcello/prosecco $11   Il Michelangelo SKYY Infusions Costal Cranberry Vodka/ Pama Pomegranate Liqueur/squeeze of lime $11   Nutty Italian SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean Vodka/amaretto/cola $9     Negroni Beefeater Gin/Campari/Martini & Rossi Vermouth $11     …
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Looking for something do sip on?  Come to Undici and try some of our signature cocktails.

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Have a ball! Planters Cheez Balls Are Back

Have a ball! Planters Cheez Balls Are Back | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
The orange, puffed, cheese-flavored spheres can be ordered now.
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Oh baby!  I love these.  The big Utz cheeseballs that you can buy are commendable, but the nostalgia of Cheez Balls can't be topped.  Thank you Planters.  With all the wrong in the world this feels so right.  Now, if Keebler can bring back "Tato Skins" life will be complete.  

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Anthony Bourdain Dead From Apparent Suicide

Anthony Bourdain Dead From Apparent Suicide | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Iconic chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead, June 8, 2018. He was 61.
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Anthony Bourdain Has Passed Away

 

Such sad news about Anthony Bourdain.   I read his book when I was studying to be a chef at the CIA.  It was a refreshing escape from the Food Network chefs that were becoming more and more popular.  Airing out the restaurant industries dirty laundry was one of his best insights for me at the time.  That also made "No Reservations" that much sweeter when watching because you could feel his passion for food and cultures around the globe.  Regardless of his personal demons, Anthon Bourdain was an extremely fascinating storyteller who seemed to enjoy his travels to the fullest.  In the end, all of his talk of enlightenment and curiosity, he must have wanted to get off the ride. What a shame for the culinary world.

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The Absolute Best Steak-Frites in NYC

The Absolute Best Steak-Frites in NYC | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Where to find the absolute best steak-frites in NYC, from an affordable French steakhouse chain to your friendly neighborhood Keith McNally establishment.
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I think one of the trends I am seeing is everyone calling french fries, "steak frites".   When I was in culinary school I believed we also liked to call them pommes frites.  Whatever you call them frites are always a crowd pleaser in my book!  De toute façon, ils sont délicieux.

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