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Thursday, May 28,2015

A matter of perception

Multi-sensory dining and neurogastronomy gains momentum

By Renee Moen
You walk into a roadside gas station on some random afternoon. You’re busy with chores all day. As you’re paying for a bottle of water you catch a familiar blur of shape and color on the candy rack. You buy it and in the car, before you turn the ignition, you take a bite.
Thursday, May 21,2015

Sweet precision

A morning in the kitchen of Robin Chocolates

By Matt Cortina
Robin Autorino demands perfection. She demands it of herself, of the employees in her Longmont chocolate shop and of the ingredients she uses to make her award-winning chocolates. She demands it, too, of her chocolate-squirting robot, Frédéric. Fred is a magnificent beast, about the size and design of a commercial-grade frozen yogurt machine. In 10 minutes, he melts hard chocolate feves — ovals of various percents and types of chocolate — into a silky, liquid stream. The stream pools into a slowly rotating basin, where it eventually works its way to the bottom of the tun, is piped up to the top and entered back into the endless stream.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Setting a table responsibly

Balancing the expectation of having everything in season all the time

By Ari LeVaux
The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule of thumb is that the more local the food, the better it is, and we’ve all heard of the many purported benefits that eating locally has on local economies, the environment and even one’s health.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Trading up

How lifting the embargo will impact American and Cuban culinary worlds

By Grace Boyle
On Dec. 17, President Obama announced a monumental decision for Cuba and United States relations in a speech on Cuba policy changes from the White House. “We will end an outdated approach,” the president said, “that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.”
Thursday, April 30,2015

A young crop of chefs

Sixth annual Iron Chef competition brings the best out of local middle school cooks

By Renee Moen
Favorite foods were on everyone’s mind at the sixth annual Iron Chef Competition at Casey Middle School, which took place on April 23. When competitors and spectators were asked about their favorite dishes, the answers ranged from Italian to Indian and Mediterranean to bacon-infused Brussels sprouts.
Thursday, April 23,2015

A fruitful, nutty challenge

Making a day of meals from only tree products for Arbor Day

By Matt Cortina
Could you make three square meals and a dessert out of only ingredients that come from trees? That’s the ridiculous question I posed to myself in honor of Arbor Day, which saunters through on April 24 in the unfortunate shadow of that fat cat Earth Day.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Colossal pairings

BruFrou brings culinary and brewing titans together

By Kristen Kuchar
Colorado’s culinary world will collide with the craft beer scene at the second annual BruFrou, a celebration of beer and food pairings. On Saturday, April 25, 80 Colorado brewers and chefs, including many from Boulder County, will team up to create 50 unique pairings to elevate the experience of both the dish and the accompanying brew.
Thursday, April 9,2015

A street smart chicken

Why one breed rises above the rest for backyard coops

By Ari LeVaux
There are many ways that a hen can die. If you raise them long enough, you’ll see your share. I’ve been keeping hens since before it was even legal in my hometown, since before anyone in Brooklyn or Portland had even heard of a chicken. Along the way, in both the city and the country, I’ve seen hens meet all manner of early demise.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Brewing something special

FATE Brewing participates in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

By Kristen Kuchar
A growing number of female brewers in Colorado and nationwide has shifted the dynamics of the industry. The start of a better gender balance in brewing has brought fresh ideas, fresh flavors and fresh celebrations. One such celebration was the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, which took place worldwide on March 8. The annual event celebrated women uniting in the beer industry.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Go Fish

How seafood gets from one side of the world to Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
At the recent High West Oyster Fest, Chef Dave Query, owner of Big Red F restaurants, and Paul Packer, president of Northeast Seafood, one of the biggest seafood suppliers in the state, are standing around backstage and talking about seafood.