Meet your 2012 Denver #WebAwards food winners
We came. We saw. We tweeted. Last night, Westword hosted the third annual Denver Web Awards, our celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. In September, we put out a call for you, dear readers, to nominate your favorite online projects, and a team at Westword spent more than a month whittling your suggestions down to our final entries across categories featuring news, arts, food and music. Continue reading to see the winners of the food categories in this year's Denver Web Awards.
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Best Booze Blog: Fermentedly Challenged
Colorado's craft beer scene has exploded in the past five years -- not just with new breweries, but also with people who write about beer. It wasn't like that in 2007, though, when Dave Butler, a work-from-home IT engineer, started reviewing beers, listing beer festivals and covering the industry. Since that time, Fermentedly Challenged has grown in the size and scope of its coverage, as well as in the world of social media, where brewers have found a receptive audience. Although Butler lives in Greeley, his news and reviews, his musings and his passion criss-cross the entire suds-soaked state.
Best Food Blog: GraceFullPlate.com
The blogosphere is full of food writers, some of whom, like Grace Boyle -- a Boulder-based blogger whose expressive food-induced documentations cover everything from culinary excursions and restaurant reviews to recipes and top-ten lists -- make you want to mouse-click through just about every charm-filled post. Empty of excess calories, Boyle's blog is approachable and easy to digest, and she's good with the camera, too, shooting a smorgasbord of photos that tell the story of her experiences. She calls food her "first love," and her blog gracefully chronicles that passion.
Best Restaurant Website: TAG
TAG's website is everything a restaurant show page should be. Splashed with a gallery of stunning photos that highlight chef-owner Troy Guard's equally exquisite Asian cuisine, it includes contact information that's not buried in the hinterlands, a consistently updated menu with current pricing, and a blog that focuses on different features, including wine and Guard's rooftop garden. Best of all, it's a breeze to navigate and includes a comprehensive month-by-month guide of the restaurant's events.