Photos: Ian Kleinman's spectacular molecular pop-up dinner at Studio F
You have six more nights to behold the wizardry of Ian Kleinman, the molecular genius behind the Inventing Room -- the Willy Wonka of Denver who's currently on center stage at Studio F, the culinary event space and cooking school that James Mazzio unleashed a few months ago to give himself, along with local and national chefs, a pop-up platform to perform their magic.
Lori Midson Ian Kleinman and Biker Jim...blowing smoke.
Kleinman, who also has plans to unleash a pop-up java joint and molecular doughnut den later this summer, took to the spotlight on Friday night for the first of his nine Studio F pop-up dinners, and the results were nothing short of mesmerizing. From the shrewdly artistic cocktails concocted with everything from rosemary foam to blueberry caviar to bright blue cotton candy to plates dotted with black truffle caviar and habanero tobiko, each creation erupted in a whimsical mix of temptations.
I was there Friday night for the first dinner, which went off without a hitch, and I highly suggest you book a table. Now. But if you need incentive, the photos on the following pages should give you motivation. You can make a reservation by calling 303-226-9460.
Jason Sheehan, former restaurant critic at Westword, once called Kleinman the "Soup Nazi." And Kleinman's carrot and artichoke puree, bobbing with roasted peas and candied shallot croutons, and topped with warm Parmesan foam, personifies that in spades. If you don't order this, you're crazier than Kleinman.