Photos: The First-Ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival Went Down Last Weekend

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The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival took place last Saturday in West Central Park, where twenty Boulder County breweries, old and new, poured their creations. The festival, produced by Downtown Boulder, Inc., included live music, food and lawn games. Westword photographer Brandon Marshall was there to catch the action. Take a look at his photos on the next page and then check out our full Boulder Craft Beer Fest slide show.

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Health-Centered Seasons 52 Opens at Park Meadows

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
There's a wave of health-centered restaurants hitting the metro area: Lyfe Kitchen recently opened at Park Meadows Mall, and now yesterday it was joined by Seasons 52, which promises nothing over 450 calories on a menu that uses "rustic techniques like oak-fire grilling and brick-oven roasting to highlight natural flavors," according to website for the chain, which boasts more than thirty restaurants nationwide. Our photographer, Danielle Lirette, headed over to Seasons 52 to see what's cooking.

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Burt's Smokehouse BBQ Is Fired Up for Its Grand Opening Today

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
Denver doesn't have a great reputation as a barbecue town, but a string of new smokehouses have opened up this year to give the barbecue-starved new options for smoky goodness. Burt's Smokehouse BBQ in Centennial is the most recent to fire up; it's throwing a grand opening celebration this weekend with live entertainment and giveaways, including bottles of Burt's barbecue sauce -- until they run out. Our photographer, Danielle Lirette, stopped in yesterday to check out the 'cuing action.

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First Look: Tokio Stakes a Ramen Claim in the Prospect Neighborhood

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
After almost twenty years on Old South Gaylord, Miki Hashimoto closed Japon last fall...but while he was leaving Washington Park, he promised that he was not leaving Denver's restaurant scene altogether. This spring, he revealed that he would be opening Tokio, a Japanese restaurant in the cluster of condos and apartments between Coors Field and I-25 known as Prospect. Tokio is now open; photographer Danielle Lirette recently stopped in at the restaurant, which specializes in ramen, sushi and binchotan-grilled meats. Keep reading for a taste of Tokio.

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Photos: Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown

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All photos by Jake Shane
The Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown took place on Thursday, combining three of Denver's hottest food trends: local small-batch spirits, fancy doughnuts and ampersands. Participants included Leopold Bros., Stranahan's and Fireside on the booze side of things, and Lamar's, Voodoo and the Donut Maker on the sweet side. Photographer Jake Shane was on the rooftop of Battery 621 to capture the sugar rush and whiskey sipping.

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Photos: Bubbling Up at the Fermentation Festival & Market

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Brandon Marshall
Most people think beer when they hear the word fermentation, but many other food products are the result of bacterial action: kombucha, kimchi, yogurt, cheese and even some preserved meats. But at a festival celebrating all things fermented, alcoholic beverages are going to take center stage -- nobody wants to hang out on a hot August weekend swilling keffir. Our photographer Brandon Marshall stopped by the Fermentation Festival and Market at the Highlands Masonic Center this past weekend to capture Denverites partaking in fermented food and drink.

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Photos: Blues and Brews Festival on Old South Pearl

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Brandon Marshall
South Pearl Street always attracts crowds on weekends, but this past Saturday the place was really packed for the annual Blues and Brews Festival. We sent photographer Brandon Marshall to capture the action; keep reading for a taste of Blues and Brews.

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The neighborhood of Old South Pearl Street

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From cats to dogs, a second helping of Cafe Society, August 4-8

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Danielle Lirette
A sweet end to a meal at To the Wind Bistro.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed To the Wind Bistro, a tiny -- but mighty -- new restaurant that she considers a breath of fresh air. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation visited Sushi Den and spoke with Yasu Kizaki, one of the brothers who landed on South Pearl Street thirty years ago and put Denver on the international sushi map. And our photographer stopped by the Denver County Fair, where our apple pot pie won second place. (See the full pie-eating contest -- no pot -- slide show here).

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Crave Real Burgers Seared the Competition at Last Night's Denver Burger Battle

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Kevin Galaba
Twelve area restaurants competed in the Denver Burger Battle last night--Crave Real Burgers was voted Best Burger.

Crave Real Burgers dominated the Denver Burger Battle last night, earning First Place for Best Burger in both the judges' and peoples' choice categories.

"To have that happen -- and for it to be a double-win -- was such an elation," says Jeff Richards, owner of Crave Real Burgers. The name of Crave's burger, "Love Stinks," was inspired by its ingredients: fried onion, raw onion, roasted garlic and garlic aioli. The burger also featured an Angus beef patty, candied bacon, roasted red pepper aioli, and roasted red peppers.

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Photos: Dipping Into Kobe An Shabu Shabu

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All photos by Philip Poston
Kobe An Shabu Shabu opened in July after an extensive overhaul to the location occupied decades ago by neighborhood favorite Little Pepina's. Kobe An's menu features only two entrees: shabu shabu, which the owners call a Japanese version of fondue, and sukiyaki, a one-pot meal of vegetables, beef and noodles served with a raw egg.

Our photographer captured the minimalist beauty of the restaurant on a recent afternoon just before dinner service.

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