Aspen Food & Wine: Chef Marcus Samuelsson flies right with yard bird chicken

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All photos by Lori Midson.

This past weekend, the country's biggest names in the world of food and drink swarmed the streets, sidewalks and sod of Aspen as part of the 32nd annual Food & Wine Classic, a four-day culinary immersion that included a party every minute; numerous wine tastings and cocktail seminars; pig, pig and more pig; and cooking demonstrations from some of America's most notable kitchen wizards, including Marcus Samuelsson, the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurateur who owns Red Rooster, a melting pot of comfort food in Harlem, New York. This year, Samuelsson taught a cooking demo entitled the "Whole Nine Yards," which was dedicated to chicken -- and utilizing every part of that chicken, whether it's to make deviled eggs, fried chicken mayonnaise, or what Samuelsson calls his "fried yard bird," the recipe of which (along with some tips for those who want to make it at home), is on the next page.

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Win two general admission tickets to Wings & Whiskey at ACE

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Who will be crowned the wing king at Ace's Wings & Whiskey showdown?

VIP tickets to Sunday's Wings & Whiskey battle at Ace, Josh and Jen Wolkon's ping-pong emporium in Uptown, sold out weeks ago, but there are still general admission tickets available to the event, the proceeds of which benefit the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy. And you can win two of those GA tickets right here.

See also: Best First-Date Restaurant Denver 2014 - Ace


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Guess where I'm eating a massive -- and magnificent -- ribeye?

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Lori Midson

When a friend and I sat down to dinner at this restaurant, we had originally planned to graze, but as soon as we saw the astoundingly huge platter of carved, crimson-hued ribeye being delivered to another table, we promptly shut our menus and announced, "We'll have what they're having." Best decision I made all week.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.


Corner House closes in Jefferson Park and will become a new restaurant

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Lori Midson

In early 2013, when Seattle Fish Co. president James Iacino, Matt Selby (now the exec chef of Central Bistro & Bar) and then-partner Scott Kinsey unveiled the Corner House in Jefferson Park, a neighborhood that's slowly turning into a restaurant hamlet, Iacino, who, at the time, lived in a loft above the Corner House, envisioned a restaurant that would give Jefferson Park residents a place to gather among friends. "We really want this to be a community-driven space that responds to the needs of the neighborhood," said Iacino when I interviewed him in January of that year. But on Saturday night, Corner House shuttered.

See also: Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef of Corner House, on giving Brussels sprouts a break


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Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're Rev_Ed

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Lori Midson

Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, zigzagging from a bourbon mule from Jimmy's, the unofficial party headquarters of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, to an all-vegan Middle Eastern feast from Damascus to an excellent Reuben from a lovely little sandwich shop and cafe parked on the fringes of downtown.


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Guess where I'm drinking a bourbon mule?

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Lori Midson

There are no official headquarters of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which is where I am right now, but the unofficial headquarters of the weekend are here at this Aspen institution that's party central for anyone (and everyone) who wants one last libation before dragging themselves out of bed the next morning to drink, eat and repeat.

Can you guess where I'm drinking?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.


Bobbypinz is the winner of a $500 gift card to Protein Bar

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Site of Denver's second Protein Bar, opening Saturday on Colorado Boulevard.

UPDATE:
We have a winner of our Protein Bar contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many Buffalo Bar-ritos were sold nationwide at Protein Bar in 2013? Congratulations to Bobbypinz , who came the closest with a guess of 55,955; the actual number is 61,612.
The new Colorado Boulevard Protein Bar is giving out dozens more of these $500 gift cards tomorrow to the first 100 people -- eighteen and older -- in the queue, but if you want to be one of lucky recipients, take note that there's already a line.

Original post: While it's true that money doesn't fall from a tree, it's nonetheless raining dollars -- or at least it will be if you're one of the first 100 people in line for Saturday's opening of Denver's second Protein Bar. Exactly how many dollars, you ask? A whopping $500. Each. And while that $500 won't be a wad of United States one-dollar bills inked with George Washington's mug, for those first 100 people who stake out a spot in the queue, it's a $500 Protein Bar gift card for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For days. Weeks. Hell, months even, if you know how to stretch a dollar.

See also: First look: Protein Bar opens May 6 at One Union Station


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Fanboy47 is the winner of our Seattle Fish Co.-Cook Street fish grilling class contest

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Lori Midson

UPDATE:
We have a winner of our Seattle Fish Co.-Cook Street contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many pounds of fish did Seattle Fish Co. sell last Friday? Congratulations to Fanboy47, who came the closest with a guess of 52,047; the actual number is 76,000 pounds.
There are still spots available if you want to sign up for the class; call 303-308-9300 to register.

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Win two seats to the Cook Street-Seattle Fish Co. grilling class on Saturday

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Lori Midson

Grilling fish seems easy enough, but rubbery fish, dry fish and other fish disasters of oceanic proportions are all too common, so this Saturday, June 21, Seattle Fish Co. is encouraged the fearful to throw their insecurities overboard with an interactive class dedicated to the art of grilling fish. The class, aptly named "Grilling: Fish Meets Grill," takes place at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- and you could win two free seats to the class, which also includes lunch and a selection of seasonal beers.

See also: Beer calendar: fruity firkins, a taphouse tour and a new Denver brewery opens

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Guess where I'm eating a Colorado bison Reuben?

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Lori Midson

It's all too easy to forget about this adorable cafe and sandwich shop that's parked on an out-of-the-way corner, but the sandwiches, most notably the Reuben surfaced with shavings of Colorado bison pastrami, are delicious.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.


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