Reader: Johnson's Corner Cinnamon Rolls Are Big, But Taste Horrible

Johnson's Corner cinnamon roll.
The news that Johnson's Corner, the iconic truck stop just north of the Berthoud exit on I-25, will soon be sold to TravelCenters of America drew many cries of "noooo" and "Welcome to corporate America." Members of the founding family -- Joe Johnson opened Johnson's Corner back in 1950 -- promise that the place will be business as usual and that the renowned cinnamon rolls will stay...but some folks are ready to say so long to those, too.

See also: Founding Family Selling Johnson's Corner to TravelCenters of America

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Harvest Week Is Coming -- Join Our Winner at Grapes v. Grains Showdown and Other Events

Categories: Contests

Lori Midson
Update: Fall is in the air -- and that means Harvest Week is right around the corner. Next week, EatDenver will again host a series of pop-up parties at The GrowHaus, featuring more than thirty independent restaurants in Denver. The fun runs from September 23 through September 27 -- four dinners and a Saturday brunch -- and we just gave away a pair of tickets to the kickoff event. But you can still buy your own tickets to this great series; keep reading for the details.

See also: GrowHaus Founder Adam Brock Weighs in on Permaculture Elitism

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Three Special Dinners Tonight Focus on Wine, Peaches and More Farm-Fresh Produce

Categories: Culinary Events

Central Bistro is hosting a peachy dinner tonight.
Whether you are into whiskey, wine or farm-fresh food there's a dinner for you tonight at a local restaurant. Keep reading to find out more about a trio of unique events happening tonight.

See also: Beer Calendar: A New Brewery, Anniversaries, Olympics, and Craft Beer Parties Galore

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Yura's Modern Asian Kitchen Adds to the Mix at Beauvallon

Mark Antonation
It's good to see the retail shops at Beauvallon finally settling down, with restaurants and cafes DiFranco's, 100% de Agave and Drip Coffeehouse all maintaining a steady presence over the past couple of years, and even Denver tapas stalwart the 9th Door opening a second location here. While Attivo Pizza & Subs didn't last long in the location, the newest kid on the block, Yura's Modern Asian Kitchen, is giving it a go, with a soft opening for neighbors tonight and a grand opening tomorrow.

See also: 9th Door Opens Second Spot in Beauvallon

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Hunting for the Elusive North Alabama White Barbecue Sauce in Denver

Mark Antonation
Many of Denver's barbecue joints line up sauce bottles like they're craft beer taps, offering an array of house blends to suit the palates of transplants from every meat smoking region of the South. Sweet Kansas City sauce, in hot or mild, and tangy Memphis style compete for attention against sharp and spicy Eastern North Carolina sauce or a South Carolina mustard-based blend. Even if fans of a particular regional style don't want to even look at a sauce from another state, its a great way for Coloradans to partake in their own mini culinary tours of America's most distinctive cuisine. But missing on that tour is the rare unicorn of sauces: the North Alabama white barbecue sauce. Missing until now, that is, thanks to Manneken Frites, an Arvada purveyor of Belgian frites, beers and other Flemish street food.

See also: Author and Barbecue Judge Adrian Miller Shares His Rib Tips

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Beer Calendar: A New Brewery, Anniversaries, Olympics, and Craft Beer Parties Galore

The Colorado Brewers Guild unveiled a new logo and marketing campaign this week titled, "Colorado: The State of Craft Beer." The campaign includes signage and merchandise and will eventually roll out a a new website along with a State of Craft Beer festival. There are currently more than two hundred operating craft breweries in Colorado (and many more on their way), about 175 of which are represented by the CBG. These breweries generated more than 5,000 jobs and $826 million in revenue in 2013.

Keep reading for more beer events coming up this week.

See also: South Park Brewing Will Offer a Welcome Watering Hole in the Highway 285 Corridor

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In a Pickle at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Mark Antonation
Class is about to begin at Cook Street.
In this week's Chef & Tell, I mentioned that I had taken a pickling and preserving class at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, through the school's program for home cooks. Cook Street offers a wide range of instruction for amateurs, ranging from classes in basic knife skills, wine and food pairing and international cuisine, to more advanced subjects like artisan bread, pastry and, my choice: the trendy art of preserving things in jars. With the help of Tyler DuBois, co-owner of the Real Dill, and chef instructor Erin Boyle, I was able to learn just enough to become a dangerous home canner. (Christmas spoiler: friends, relatives and co-workers now know what they're getting for Christmas.)

See also: Miller Farms' Fall Harvest Festival is Golden Agritourism

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Great Divide Head Brewer Taylor Rees Leaving to Open Brewery in Former Five Points DMV

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Taylor Rees pours beer at Great Divide's nineteenth anniversary party in 2013.
Like almost every driving adult in Denver, Great Divide head brewer Taylor Rees spent his fair share of time waiting in line at the drab Denver Motor Vehicles office on Welton Street in Five Points. Now, if his plans come to fruition, Rees, along with friends and business partners Austin Wiley and Darren Boyd, plan to spend many more hours -- days and months -- in that space. But the vibe will be very different -- and although you'll still need to show your identification, you won't need your registration or proof of insurance.

The group will open Spangalang Brewery at 2736 Welton Street, hopefully next year.

See also: Great Divide opening the Barrel Bar, a small tap room on the site of its future brewery

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Cook Street's Chef John Parks Talks Teaching and Cooking in Denver's Growing Dining Scene

Categories: Chef and Tell

Katrina Matthews, Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Executive Chef Instructor John Parks at Cook Street.
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, the downtown program that offers curricula for home cooks as well as budding professionals, recently offered a class in pickling and canning. I'd been to the school a couple of times years ago for corporate team-building events, but this time it was just my wife and me with a roomful of strangers. In about three hours, we learned about safe and sanitary methods of producing shelf-stable preserves and made pickled onions and cucumbers and two jams -- strawberry and tomato. We canned the strawberry jam and pickled onions for long-term storage, while the other preserves went home in plastic tubs destined for the refrigerator.

See Also: Cook Street's Eat Your Veggies Class Will Inspire You to Do Just That

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Reader: Remember When There Were Only Six Burger Joints? Those Were the Days!

Mark Antonation
Inside the new Sunnyside Burger Bar.
Sunnyside Burger Bar opened yesterday on the corner once occupied by Longo's Subway Tavern in LoHi, or Sunnyside, or Highland, or the Northside, depending on what map and history book you're consulting. The burger joint is another venture by Larimer Associates, whose COO, Joe Vostrejs, has deep roots in Denver. But that -- and big, fat burgers sided by Colorado craft beers -- are not enough to keep all the quibblers quiet.

See also: Why the Highland Vs. Northside Debate Is All About Gentrification

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