First Look: Asbury Provisions Opens Labor Day With 25 Tap Handles

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Mark Antonation
Provisions seems to be one of the latest restaurant catch words, both nationally and locally. Portland has Olympic Provisions, San Francisco is home to State Bird Provisions and Houston has the unadorned Provisions. Here in town, chef Alex Seidel is about to open Mercantile Dining & Provision at Union Station, while the nearby Provisions Chophaus opened and closed in less than two weeks. And on Labor Day, Chris Topham and Jason Ladd, two restaurant and bar veterans from Philadelphia, will open Asbury Provisions in the University of Denver neighborhood, in the location recently vacated by the Renegade Publik House . This house of provisions also promises a big beer list, craft cocktails and a focus on "imbibing culture," as the two put it.

See also: Alex Seidel: Thinking outside the box for Mercantile Dining & Provision

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Dishes of DISH: A Vegan Treat from City, O' City

Categories: Dish 2014

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On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. For City O' City, Denver's most buzzed-about vegan/vegetarian restaurant, chef Kurt Eichenberger and his kitchen crew will be serving up something special for diners of all diets.

See also: Dishes of DISH: Farm-Fresh Salad from Scratch Burrito

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Memories, Family and Garlic: The Saucy Noodle Looks Back at Fifty Years

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At the Saucy Noodle, the tablecloths are still checkered, the spaghetti and meatballs are still drenched in garlic-studded red sauce, and the same slogan is still emblazoned on the awning: "If you don't like garlic, go home." It was Sam Badis' motto when he opened the restaurant in Bonnie Brae back in 1964, and it continues under his granddaughter Erin Markham's ownership. "Our pasta, our pizza, things that were there in 1964 are still there, still true to the same recipes," Markham says. "So much has changed, yet there is so much that has stayed the same." The Noodle will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration tomorrow, starting at 4:30 p.m.

See also: Nighthawks at the New Terminal Bar Should Remember to Toast the Old


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Five Favorite Foods at the Taste of Colorado

Categories: Food Festivals

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Brandon Marshall
The Taste of Colorado has been slinging food in Civic Center Park in some form or another since 1984, when the main event was called the Festival of Mountain and Plain -- resurrected from a festival of the same name in the late 1800s. Festival activities begin today at 11:30 a.m. and run through Labor Day weekend. You can wander the grounds aimlessly, sniffing the air for hints of something good cooking, or you can attempt to map out an eating itinerary based on the Taste's listing of over fifty restaurants, caterers and vendors. But if you're like us, you'll head straight for the tasty festival fare that's not normally available in area restaurants and the iconic Denver treats from the restaurants we tend to forget about the rest of the year. Here's a list of a few of our favorites.

See also: The Twelve Best Music Festivals in Colorado This Fall

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Dry Dock Opening a Second Taproom Inside Its North Aurora Brewery

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Dry Dock is opening a second taproom inside the warehouse where its canning line is located.
Dry Dock Brewing has been running its 30,000-square-foot, forty-barrel production brewery and canning facility for 21 months in north Aurora, but co-owners Kevin and Michelle DeLange are tired of keeping it to themselves.

On Friday, September 12, they'll open a somewhat rustic tasting room inside the former warehouse, with about seventy seats and four beers on tap.

See also: Dry Dock Brewing quadrupled in size in 2013; plans to add new beers in 2014

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Reader: Show an ID When I'm on Medicare? No Thanks!

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There are all kinds of happy hours in Denver, from the glitzy to the grim, the highbrow to the 'hood. This week, Chris Utterback visited what could be the ultimate neighborhood bar, the Rosa Mia Inn, which is under new ownership but has the same old friendly vibe that dates back to 1966. Back in those days, bartenders weren't as careful to card all patrons -- but today, when liquor-license inspectors are out in force, it's the smart thing to do.

See also: Happy Hour at the Rosa Mia Inn -- That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling

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The Denver Bagel Versus the New York Bagel

Categories: Cafe Society

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Kristin Pazulski
Eden Myles makes a Denver bagel.
New York native Eden Myles has spent years in the bagel biz in Denver, so when Josh Pollack opened Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen and started touting his authentic "New York" bagel, he got a rise out of Myles.

See also: Josh Pollack Is on a Roll With Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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Ten Top Culinary Events Over Labor Day Weekend in Denver

Categories: Culinary Events

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Labor Day is Monday, bringing with it a long weekend to celebrate the last days of summer. And there's plenty to do both in the mountains and here in the city. A Taste of Colorado will be taking over Civic Center Park, you can head to the hills for a couple of food fests...and a river of beer will be running through it all. Keep reading for a taste of this weekend's culinary calendar.

See also: Patio 16, an Open-air Dining Area, Opens on the 16th Street Mall August 29

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Dishes of DISH: Farm-Fresh Salad from Scratch Burrito

Categories: Dish 2014

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Danielle Lirette
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Like Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap, which is making its DISH debut with a farm-fresh salad -- our pick for Best Salad Where You'd Least Expect It in this year's Best of Denver.

See also: Dishes of DISH: Peruvian Cookies from Azucar Bakery


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Dishes of DISH: Tacos and Burritos from El Taco De Mexico

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El Taco De Mexico will be ladling its green chile all over DISH this year.
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. El Taco De Mexico, perennial Best of Denver Winner and this year's choice for Best Green Chile, is again smothering DISH in spicy goodness.

See also: Dishes of DISH: Peruvian Cookies from Azucar Bakery


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