Rodney's at Tamarac auctions off its equipment tomorrow

Mark Manger
Rodney Utz will auction off the remnants of his Tamarac spot tomorrow.
At the end of business on Saturday, January 22, Rodney Utz shuttered his Rodney's in Tamarac Square, ending a nineteen-year run. The closure came even though Utz still had six years left on the lease -- but it would have been a lonely six years, since the rest of the project had emptied out over the past year, as Developers Diversity Realty launched plans to raze and redevelop the property.

But tomorrow, you can buy your own piece of Rodney's: The contents of the restaurant will be auctioned off.

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Around the World With Tea a hot treat at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Categories: Cafe Society

Yesterday was the last Sunday to see the Henry Moore sculptures in the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street -- but the people in the Around the World With Tea class were (wisely) holed up inside, where it was warm, sipping on seven different tea varietals, occasionally paired with a snack.

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100 Favorite Dishes: Tom yum goong from Thai Flavor

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Lori Midson

No. 75: Tom yum goong from Thai Flavor

When it comes to Thai cuisine in Denver, US Thai gets all the accolades, and while they're well-deserved, the beloved Thai temple in Edgewater has formidable -- and fierce -- competition, namely from Thai Flavor, a florescent-lit, brightly hued storefront anchored in a weathered Aurora mini-mall. The board is a listage of all the basic Thai dishes that we're familiar with, but with a few marked differences: Owner and chef Surin Thanon makes her curry pastes from scratch and the chiles -- intensely hot little suckers -- are grown in her own garden, and sometimes in the restaurant, during chile season.

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Guess where I'm eating?

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Lori Midson

Yes, those are fast-food fries. And, no, they're not from McDonald's. These are of the hand-cut, shoestring variety, and when they're pulled fresh from the fryer and dusted with salt, they're some of the best fries in town.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where am I drinking/eating posts is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2011 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants. Read all about EatDenver dining decks here.

Raw knowledge: Learning how to roll at Benihana

Categories: Culinary Events

Last Thursday, I found myself at an open-air mall in Broomfield learning to roll sushi from a nice Hispanic sushi master named Beto. Yes, I was at Benihana's Sushi and Sake 101 instructional class, alongside about thirty other folks who'd doled out $35 to learn the basics of sushi rolling and sake tasting.

"Over the past few years, Benihana has introduced many new additions and upgrades to its menu, restaurants and offerings in order to better serve its guests," explained a Benihana representative. "The Sushi and Sake 101 classes, introduced a few years ago, is one way for Benihana to provide guests with the history of sushi and lessons in the art of ordering, rolling and eating it."

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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer dinners, Super Bowl parties and more

Categories: Culinary Events

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Looking for somewhere to spend Super Bowl Sunday? We've got a few options -- plus beer dinners, workshops and more to keep you occupied in the meantime. Here's what's on the menu:

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Hot dog! Bailey's Coney Island diner could be yours -- for $499,000

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The Coney Island Boardwalk diner, a weinie-shaped culinary adventure that began operations on West Colfax in the 1960s and later moved to Aspen Park and then Bailey, could soon be on the move again. The building (but not the land) is listed online for sale at $499,000 -- and relocation is a must.

If you've been hankering for a 42-foot long dog in a 35-foot bun, this is your chance.

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Get your pig on tonight at the Taste of Elegance pork competition

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Lori Midson
Elise Wiggins, exec chef of Panzano, is just one of several kitchen magicians competing in the Taste of Elegance pork competition tonight at the Renaissance Denver Hotel
More than a dozen Colorado chefs, including Elise Wiggins (Panzano), Michael Long (Aria), Austin Cueto (Restaurant Kevin Taylor), Frankie Semsem (Strings) and Paul Nagan (Zink Kitchen & Bar), are trotting off to the Renaissance Denver Hotel this afternoon to prep for tonight's piggy extravaganza, part of the Colorado Pork Producers Council's Taste of Elegance fundraiser to benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks founds to support agricultural education in the state. "It's a win, win, win situation for everyone involved," says event manager Ed Bass. "We have excellent chefs preparing great pork dishes, the proceeds benefit a terrific charity and the public can come and sample the dishes and walk away saying that they never knew pork could taste so good."

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Food Ink: Why I now have a carrot tattoo on my body

Categories: Food Ink

People get tattoos for plenty of reasons: a love of art, wanting to look awesome, insecurity, hoping to pick up super-hot chicks -- but overall, it's because they want to say something about themselves that will remain permanent. Evidently, as owner Lance Talon from Boulder Ink now knows, I really like carrots -- and a specific phrase.

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Ten beers to stop drinking at age thirty

Categories: Booze News

Cheap beer.

It's a libation that most of us down during our late teens and twenties. But like all childish things, there comes a time to banish these cheap cans and brands forever. We argued over which beers should and shouldn't be included on this list, but we eventually came to a consensus. Herewith, are top ten cheap beers to ditch when you reach the big 3-0.

Disclaimer: Eschewing these brews and then becoming a beer snob is perhaps the most reprehensible of acts. Just order your beer and drink it.

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