Tidbites | Week of May 22, 2014

Courtesy of Flagstaff House


Just in case Boulder’s premiere fine-dining locale Flagstaff House isn’t your every day casual dining lunch spot and you haven’t been by recently, you might want to move it up on your “to-eat” list. The mountaintop class-fest took the opportunity to overhaul the restaurant’s interior during its annual winter closure, updating its wood and glass vibe for a more modern feel and updating the restaurant’s impressive wine display in the entranceway with cut stone and a glow as heavenly as the wine itself.

The closure was also an opportunity for Flagstaff House owners to send Chef de Cuisine Chris Royster to Europe on an eating tour. Based on the menu at a press junket on May 14, Royster picked up some moves whilst abroad: Alaskan halibut in a lemon and thyme emulsion, grilled watermelon, spicy duck foie gras sauté, Avery stout ice cream and more.

Suddenly, you’re looking at your dress pants and saying, “hmmm… I haven’t worn those in a while now. Maybe it’s time.”

The answer is yes. 

Get in there now, before the scheduled roadwork to repair flood damage closes Flagstaff Road to all traffic from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for five months beginning in June. Yikes.


If you like Radda Trattoria in North Boulder, better eat there quick, as it will be closing on Monday, May 26.

Owner Edwin Zoe, who also owns downtown noodle mecca Zoe Ma Ma, will be closing down Radda Trattoria and replacing it with a new “fine diner” joint called Ella.

“This will be elevated diner fare, and the finecasual setting will encourage people to linger and enjoy themselves,” Zoe said in a press release.

The menu will include breakfast, lunch and dinner items as well as a full bar, featuring spiked milkshakes and more.

Zoe also said in the press release that Radda was a phenomenal restaurant, but he felt that given the neighborhood and space, North Boulder was in need of something different.

Ella will open in early June.


In 2011, gastroenterologist Peter Gibson published a study showing that people without celiac disease still got stomach problems from gluten, that devilish protein that is part of grains in many breads and is a culinary pariah for the diet-conscious. Gibson’s study is a bible for the anti-gluten crowd.

Well, it turns out that Gibson’s study was dead wrong, according to no other than noted gastroenterologist Peter Gibson.

Gibson repeated his experiment, controlling for more factors to be sure there wasn’t some other unseen, external factor causing the tummy trouble and letting gluten take the fall. The results? ‘Twas all in their heads.

Those being told they were on a glutenfree diet reported better stomach health even if they were on a placebo diet and those that were told they were on a gluten diet reported things being worse, even if they weren’t actually eating gluten.

“In contrast to our first study… we could find absolutely no specific response to gluten.” Gibson wrote in in Gastroenterology, the journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Though Gibson’s study countering his original study was published in 2013, it found its way back into the news this week with a series of articles in pop-science readers like Real Clear Science, i09, and I Fucking Love Science.


The Dairy Center for the Arts recently announced that it will be hosting a food and arts festival in June: “A Taste of Art.”

According to a press release, the festival will offer “events, workshops, seminars, movies, performances, and interactive experiences centered on food and a national food photography exhibit.”

Specific events include Barbeque, Blues & Brews in the parking lot of McGuckins Hardware, food documentaries at the Boedecker Theater and an Iron Chef competition to be held in the Sterling Rice Group Downtown and more.

A Taste of Art will go down June 12-15.

Get more information and tickets at www.TheDairy.org.

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