Denver episode of Ludo Bites America premieres tonight; viewing party at Biker Jim's

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Kristine Lefebvre
Ludo Lefebvre

Four months ago, in April, French-born, Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre took a road trip to eastern Colorado, where he shot, skinned and butchered a bison. To show his respect for the beast, he then dropped to his knees and took a bite of its heart, still warm and oozing with blood.

Hours later, at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, Ludo, along with owner Jim Pittenger and his line crew, utilized the bison in several dishes, serving it to hundreds of people, all of whom were being filmed by producers from the Sundance Channel, the network that's launching Ludo Bites America, a six-episode series in which Ludo and his wife, Krissy, a Denver native, travel to six American cities, including Santa Fe, New Mexico; Omaha, Nebraska; Mobile, Alabama; and Denver, transforming no-frills spaces into temporary pop-up restaurants with lofty menus.

Ludo and Krissy spent five days in Colorado, where they also visited the Buckhorn Exchange and Black Cat Organic Farm, the Niwot land owned by Eric Skokan, the chef of Boulder's Black Cat Farm Table Bistro. Vegetables and herbs from his harvest were prominent sidekicks to the bison dishes that Ludo and Jim, who had assistance from Root Down and Linger chef Daniel Asher as well as chef James Mazzio, pumped out during the dinner.

The Denver episode premieres tonight at 10 p.m., and you can watch it, bloody footage and all, at Biker Jim's, when he hosts a viewing party. "I hope they edited out all of my goofy shit and left in all of the good, fun staff," quips Jim. "A big part of me hopes that they don't crank up the drama," he adds, noting that it was "a big challenge for everyone, especially since we'd only been open for ten days when the filming crew got here, and all of us here were still trying to figure out which toilet we were supposed to piss in."

I've seen a rough cut of the footage, and I can tell you that Ludo yells -- a lot. He also says that Jim "looks high all the time." And, where, asks Ludo, in his thick French accent, is his sense of urgency? "Jim is slow," concludes Ludo, who clearly hasn't seen Jim at high noon, with a line a mile long, slinging dogs from his cart on the 16th Street Mall.

In any case, in honor of the occasion, Jim will offer a $10 special that includes a Stranahan's Colorado old-fashioned cocktail, which was poured at the pop-up dinner, along with a buffalo au poivre dog. "We'll start slinging dogs around 10, when the show airs, and we'll stay open until we kick everyone out," he jokes.

Location Info

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

2148 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Sierra
Sierra

You guys all need to lighten the ferk up.  No, a hunter doesn't use a .70 ought or whatever the heck that was to blast what amounts to a big hairy cow from 50 feet away.  But thousands of cows get blasted every day with a .22 from about a foot away in slaughterhouses.  Not a lot of difference.  I think he did a decent job of trying to use Colorado products in his fou-fou prissy dishes.  The people there said it tasted pretty good, which is all that matters.  You all are getting way to worked up about a rib-eye, folks. 

food
food

 Ludo always comes off looking like an arrogant asshole.  Anyone who has watched Top Chef Masters knows this.  He is self-centered and convinced he is the greatest chef on earth.  any time anything doesn't go his way, he pitches a huge fit.

Jake
Jake

It was cool to see Biker Jim get some press.  However, I felt that the host was a bit patronizing and was out of line saying Jim was stoned all the time.  Anyone that knows Jim knows that he has been sober for over 20 years.  I am afraid Udo came off looking like an arrogant outsider treating Biker Jim like a peasant in his own home.  Why are we so lucky to have a elitist egomaniac plop his self serving stroke-fest in our town.  Biker Jim does not need Udo to validate what he is doing.  

Barrfly2
Barrfly2

I couldn't even make it through one episode of this show. Who watches this shit. That guy is an asshole, idiot, and a pretentious fuck! He is everything bad about the passion for food. I will watch one more episode though on behalf of Biker Jim and wonder how come nobody has kicked Ludo's ass. Hey, Ludo; Bite me!

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Well, that was an effective appetite suppressant.  And right before lunch!

Mantonat
Mantonat

Thumbs up for Jim; thumbs down for Udo - especially this: " To show his respect for the beast, he then dropped to his knees and took a bite of its heart." That's not showing respect, that's being a jackass. Nobody's going to want to eat the rest of that heart after Udo slobbered all over it, so it's just wasting a perfectly good edible organ.

Abe Froman
Abe Froman

Wasn't "Ludo" the big hairy troll beast in the movie "Labyrinth"? That guy was awesome.

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

If I'm not mistaken, it was a spiritual Native American tradition to eat the heart as a way to pay respect to the animal.

Mantonat
Mantonat

No doubt. I wonder how many other Native American spiritual practices he observes.

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