Mayor's Design Award Winners for 2014 Include Four Food and Drink Destinations

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The neighborhood loves Station 26 Brewing -- and so does Mayor Michael Hancock.
Each year since 2005, Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development has worked with the mayor's office to select winners of the Mayor's Design Awards, which go to homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, artists and other groups and individuals who add to Denver's visual cityscape through excellent design. Among this year's honorees are a neighborhood brewery, a suburban beer garden and two urban retail centers that offer unique spaces for food-and-beverage businesses.

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100 Favorite Dishes: Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli

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No. 67 Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli
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By now, the story of of Josh Pollack, owner of Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli, and his water-treatment system set up to mimic the chemistry of New York City's bagel-perfect H2O is practically the stuff of legend. Even if you think that the story doesn't hold water and that Denver's own is just fine for boiling great bagels, there's no denying that Rosenberg's hits all the right notes when it comes to great New York-style deli offerings. Take the Ronnie's Favorite, for example: Sure, it's a pretty good bagel, but the ingredients between the bread are what take it from good to great.

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White Fence Farm Wins Top Family-Friendly Restaurant Award

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Mark Manger
Bird is the word today. Lakewood's White Fence Farm, famous for its down-home atmosphere, animal attractions, and especially its fried chicken, has been named one of the Top Family Friendly restaurants in America by nationwide food supplier US Foods.

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Congratulations, Colorado: Red Robin boasts the country's "single unhealthiest" meal

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Center for Science in the Public Interest
This Red Robin meal is a real monster.
Updated: Read Red Robin's statement at the end of this post.
Colorado may be known for healthy residents who run marathons and climb mountains in their spare time. But there are still plenty of places in this state that cater to gluttons, including twenty locations of the Denver-based Red Robin, which serves the "single unhealthiest" meal in the country, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Although the Cheesecake Factory hogged three of the nine Xtreme Eating awards handed out by the center this week, that trio of porkers didn't come close to matching the caloric overload of a monster meal at Red Robin.

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Livability.com ranks Boulder seventh on its list of Top 10 Foodie Cities in America

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Lori Midson
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, exec chef of Frasca Food and Wine.

Livability.com, a website that takes readers on a sojourn of America's Best Places to Live and Visit, just released its list of the "Top 10 Foodie Cities" of 2014 -- a roster of allegedly restaurant-strong cities that "strongly support local farmers, showcase regional cuisine and provide residents with bountiful opportunities to discover new flavors, textures, cooking techniques and healthy foods." Omaha, Nebraska is on that list, as is Burlington, Vermont and Traverse City, Michigan. And coming in seventh on that list a city that often finds itself in familiar territory: Boulder, Colorado.

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People magazine names the french fries at Jonesy's one of the top fifteen french fries in America

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Jonesy's EatBar

People magazine isn't exactly renowned for its food coverage, but even editors and writers at a gossip mag have to eat, and it appears that their latest culinary obsession is french fries. The online version of the "tell all" pub just released its list of top picks for french fries in the country, and of those fifteen "Best French Fries in America" roster, there's a justified shout-out to the pencil-thin tubers at Jonesey's EatBar, which has long been one of our favorite retreats for french fries. In fact, those deep-fried spuds of crisp golden crack garnered a Best of Denver award this year -- and it's not the first time. Flip the page to read what writer Lexi Dwyer had to say about those victorious fries.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: French fries from Jonesy's EatBar

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Acorn, Oak's Steven Redzikowski nabs Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef Southwest crown

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Lori Midson
Steven Redzikowski, along with his team at Acorn, have a lot to celebrate.

Steven Redzikowski was having lunch with his parents in Boulder when his phone beeped. "My mom and dad and I were having lunch at Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder, and then I got the text," says Redzikowski, executive chef of Acorn at the Source and Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder. The text, which came from Bryan Dayton, Redzikowski's partner in both restaurants, shouted this...in all caps: "YOU WON THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE, MOTHERFUCKER!!!! CONGRATS!!!!"

See also: Cast your vote for Acorn/Oak at Fourteenth's Steve Redzikowski, a Food & Wine magazine "people's best new chef" nominee

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Cast your vote for Acorn/Oak at Fourteenth's Steve Redzikowski, a Food & Wine magazine "people's best new chef" nominee

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You'll find plenty of foodniks singing the praises of Oak at Fourteenth, the lauded restaurant that Steve Redzikowski and Bryan Dayton opened in Boulder in 2010 -- and again in 2011, following a crushing fire. And you'll find just as many ardent admirers of Acorn, the sequel to Oak that opened last year at the Source. I'm a huge fan of both restaurants and Redzikowski, with whom I chatted earlier this year for my weekly chef and tell interview, is a chef that shuns the spotlight -- and yet he keeps landing smack-dab in the middle of it, generating local and national accolades for his pure, honest cooking that's refreshingly absent of gimmicks and superfluous bullshit. And it appears that Food & Wine magazine has also taken notice of Redzikowski, because the glossy food title just named him a nominee in its annual "People's Best New Chef" competition, now in its fourth year.

See also: Steve Redzikowski, chef of Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth: "Tweezers are just so finicky"

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The Little Nell and Denver author Adrian Miller nab James Beard Foundation finalist spots

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Adrian Miller, aka the "Soul Food Scholar," was named a James Beard Foundation finalist for his book: Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time>/em>

Earlier this morning, hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and restaurant-industry groupies were eyeballing their computer screens and mobile phones, anxiously awaiting the news, which was live-streamed from the Publican in Chicago, announcing who would make it through to the James Beard Foundation's finalists round, the nominees of which included seven Colorado restaurants, bars and chefs, along with one author: Williams & Graham (Outstanding Bar Program); Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Spuntino (Outstanding Pastry Chef); Frank Bonanno (Outstanding Restaurateur); The Little Nell (Outstanding Wine Program); Jorel Pierce, Euclid Hall (Rising Star Chef of the Year); Jeff Osaka, twelve (Best Chef, Southwest) and Alex Seidel, Fruition (Best Chef, Southwest); and Adrian Miller, executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.

See also: Alex Seidel, Jeff Osaka and more Denver chefs among James Beard Foundation semi-finalists

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Winners of the 2014 Denver International Spirits Competition

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The Denver International Spirits Competition, the only international spirits competition in the Rockies, has announced the list of 2014 medal winners. During the event from March 1-2 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, fourteen spirits professionals tasted almost 200 spirits in a double-blind tasting.

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