Video: A Hidden-Camera Peek Into the Treasures of Casa Bonita

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Westword writer Bree Davies has made no secret of her love for the weirdly fun Denver institution, Casa Bonita, which celebrated forty years of business this year. But what seems to be a secret is why she couldn't get permission to shoot video inside the 50,000-square-foot Mexican "village" that dominates a strip mall on Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. So rather than wait around for a guided tour, Davies and videographer Andrew Bateman took the plunge on their own -- using dinner as a ticket to Casa Bonita's real attractions.

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Video: The Source Celebrates Its First Birthday

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The RiNo Yacht Club serves small plates from Acorn from a pushcart.
The Source opened its doors in late August 2013 for customers of its first restaurant, Comida Cantina. A month later Acorn set up shop, joined by a warehouse full of other businesses, many of which peddle fresh-made or packaged specialty food and beverages -- think coffee, beer, bread and beef. Videographer Andrew Batemen went to the source -- developer Kyle Zeppelin -- as well as a few of the shop owners to get their opinions about the Source's first year in business, which was officially celebrated this past weekend.

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Video: Jabo Lawson Explains Why Old-School is the Best Barbecue

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Last week we posted our list of the ten best barbecue joints in Denver. Jabo's Bar-Be-Q, a perennial favorite in an unlikely Centennial location, made the list for its smoky ribs and pulled pork as well as for a wide variety of fruity, spicy and tangy sauces. Our videographer Bailey Geoghan stopped in to talked to owner and local barbecue legend Jabo Lawson about what makes his 'cue special.

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Video: Bottling for Booze at Stranahan's Colorado Distillery

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Copper stills at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
Stranahan's Colorado Distillery may be owned by spirits giant Proximo, but that doesn't stop the whiskey maker from continuing its tradition of bringing in volunteers to help with bottling. Rather than exploiting free labor, Stranahan's provides lunch and a bottle of the barrel-aged spirit to take home in exchange for the work.

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Video: How to make Denver's best burger

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Lori Midson
Chef DJ Nagle at Humboldt.
Denverites are mad about burgers. Both fast-casual counters and upscale burger restaurants keep opening around town, and most of them are packed on a regular basis. But we also know a good burger when we sink our teeth into one; the mediocre joints don't last long. Our current favorite, which we gave the Best Hamburger award in the Best of Denver 2014, is not from a burger specialty shop. It's from Humboldt, a seafood-oriented dining room that moved into the former home of Strings last year. Videographer Anthony Martin recently checked in with Humboldt chef DJ Nagle to see how that burger is made.

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Video: The challenging business of urban farming

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Westword's Anthony Martin visited two urban farms and Denver Urban Homesteading, a farmer's market in the heart of Santa Fe Boulevard's warehouse district, and talked to farmers and retailers attempting to make a living from reclaimed land, small spaces and a Denver client base looking for alternatives to industrially produced vegetables, dairy and meat.

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Make the perfect Irish coffee with Vesta Dipping Grill and Corvus

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Guinness and Jameson are the undisputed kings of St. Patrick's Day drinking, but Irish coffee comes in a close third -- and makes a good hair of the dog for the day after. Westword's Bailey Geoghan talked to two masters of the drink, bartender Kari Cummings of Vesta Dipping Grill and Phil Goodlaxon, brewmaster at Corvus Coffee, about how to whip up the perfect cup, and created this video. Sláinte!

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Callbacks for Denver reality show Mile High Social at Wazee Supper Club on Monday

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The Wazee Supper Club got a makeover last year, so it will be ready for its close-up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, when fifteen women will be there to audition for three spots on Denver's newest reality show, Mile High Social. This group of finalists has already been whittled down from more than fifty women who attended the show's first casting call at Ghost Plate & Tap on March 10. There, they talked about their goals, relationships and pet peeves on video during a brief getting-to-know-you session to determine the best candidates for the show's focus on Denver women making a difference. Continue reading for a sneak preview video of outtakes from the first round.

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Update:A Place at the Table director Kristi Jacobson with Coloradans Leslie Nichols and Rosie

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Update: Corner House will offer a special screening of A Place at the Table on Sunday, March 3; the film opens tonight at the Mayan.

With appearances by Jeff Bridges and executive producer (and Westword favorite) Tom Colicchio, and music by T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars, the documentary A Place at the Table has a lot of star power to drive home its urgent message about hunger in America. But the people who steal the show are the Coloradans who make the point by telling their stories in front of the camera.

The most affecting figure in the film is Rosie, a fifth-grader in Collbran, Colorado, who talks with heartbreaking sincerity about her food insecurity. Leslie Nichols is the teacher who delivers food donations to Rosie and other needy families in Collbran. Westword sat down with Nichols and Table's co-director Kristi Jacobson to talk about Colorado's hunger crisis, what's happened with Rosie since the filming, and what you can do to help.

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A Place at the Table documents hunger in Colorado

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"Hunger is hard to recognize in America," CBS's Charles Kuralt intones gravely over images of malnourished children. "We know of it in other places, like Asia or Africa. But these children, all of them, are Americans. And all of them are hungry." That was the message of the landmark 1968 report "Hunger In America," which broadcast images of food shortages and outright starvation into millions of living rooms in the Land of the Free. The special, along with mounting concern over Americans living in poverty, prompted President Richard Nixon and Congress to overhaul the government's food-assistance programs the next year.

Filmmakers Lori Silverbush (On the Outs) and Kristi Jacobson (Toots) hope to ignite similar outrage over the dismal state of nutrition and hunger in America today with their new documentary, A Place at the Table.

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- Chef Matt Selby wins first Noel Cunningham award for his commitment to end child hunger in Colorado
- SAME Cafe celebrates its fifth birthday with Hunger Free Colorado
- Coalition for Hunger will help Denver restaurants feed the homeless


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