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Gluten-Free 101, by Carol Fenster, Wins USA Best Book Award

Gluten Free 101 jacketDame Carol Fenster’s cookbook, Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January, 2014) won first place in the Cookbooks: General Category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards, which are a national competition. Designed for gluten-sensitive persons who are new to the diet, the 240-page book is available wherever books are sold, $19.99.

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An Outing with Food Editor Kimberly Stewart

kimberly stewart dining outAs the food editor for Denver Life magazine, Dame Kimberly Stewart eats at a lot of restaurants*. While she readily admits it’s great fun, she also likes home cooking just as much. And that’s why she was so excited to discover Arash Market on S. Parker Road when working on a piece for an upcoming story (you can read the full piece in the February issue). Here is Kimberly’s story about her find: Continue reading →

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The Fort Featured in Cowboys and Indians Magazine

The Fort CookbookDame Holly Kinney and The Fort™ were recently featured in a nice write up in Cowboys and Indians magazine. The piece, featured in the gourmet section of the magazine, talks extensively about the history of The Fort™ and about Dame Kinney’s work with the Tesoro Cultural Center. Please click here to read the full article in Cowboys and Indians Magazine.

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Community Spotlight: Dame Michele Morris

Bradley kids carrot slawDame Michele Morris began volunteering her time with kids through school garden programs almost immediately after launching her business to provide private cooking lessons. Over the years she has cooked with kids at various schools in the metro area, done cooking demonstrations in DPS classrooms on Colorado Proud Day, cooked samples to hand out at Youth Farmers’ Markets, and held family harvest festivals with student gardeners and their parents. Beginning in 2015, Dame Morris will take on the role of Slow Food Denver’s Cooking Teacher in the Seed-to-Table program across the metro area. Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table program supports school gardens and taste education classes in schools across the metro area, empowering children to become enthusiastic supporters of good, clean, fair food. Continue reading →

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Welcome New Dame Jane Bauer!

jane bauerDame Jane Bauer recently joined the LDEI Colorado Chapter and we are thrilled to have her as a new member! Jane works at the American Cheese Society (ACS) where she is responsible for the Certified Cheese Professional® program, which was established to encourage improved standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service, offering professionals in the cheese industry the opportunity to earn the distinguished title of ACS Certified Cheese Professional®. Jane’s responsibilities include continual education and professional development in the cheese industry, and take her all over the world to learn about cheese. She has participated in many cheese education classes including studying in France for 3 weeks at Academie Opus Caseus (www.academie-mons.com) where she learned hands-on artisan cheese production, aging, and marketing. She has also enjoyed trips to Roquefort and the Comte region in France to learn about the rich culture and history of cheese production in these protected regions, as well as a trip to attend Slow Cheese in Bra, Italy where she participated in the Master of Food Classes. Welcome Jane!

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Welcome New Dame Judy Donahoe!

Judy DonahoeNew Dame Judy Donahoe is a new member of the greater Denver area, having just relocated from the San Francisco Bay area. She has worked in retail and hospitality and for wine and spirits wholesalers for most of her professional life. Today she combines all of this expertise as a wine educator for the Wine Education Institute where she conducts interactive and informational seminars about wine and spirits, in addition to owning and operating Outside the Bottle, a wine education and events business for the industry and consumers in Colorado and beyond. Read more about Dame Donahoe by visiting her personal page on the LDEI Colorado website. Welcome Judy!

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Book Signing Lunch with Madeleine De Jean

Boutour en Avant
Please join us for this incredibly special event!

Lunch and A Book Signing with Madeleine de Jean celebrating her latest book, Bouter en Avant! Full Speed Ahead with Julia Child: A Memoire of Friendship. One of Julia Child’s dearest friends and the first woman sommelier in the world, Madeleine will mesmerize you with fascinating tales of her remarkable friendship both on the written page and in her incredible talent as a storyteller, weaving together remarkable stories of her life with Julia. A light lunch will be served based on Julia’s recipes in what is sure to be an afternoon to remember! Continue reading →

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Community Spotlight: Dame Shellie Kark

IMG_0910Dame Shellie Kark has been working with the Colorado Health Foundation and LiveWell Colorado for over 5 years, training the very important and valuable school food service workers (aka lunch ladies and gentlemen) in districts throughout the state of Colorado the skills and techniques of cooking from scratch and providing real food to their kids. These educators – and they truly are educators as they teach children about food, eating and making healthy choices – work under amazing constraints and detailed regulations and yet, they produce food for this country’s children day in and day out.

School lunch salad barKark says she is thrilled to be able to support these amazing contributors by helping them with cooking skills, giving them management and organizational tools and working with them, side by side, in their kitchens with their staff to help them launch beautiful salad bars and a healthier, from scratch lunch program. You can find more information about this program on the LiveWell website.

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The Baking Bible Launch Party at The Fort

PrintThe Fort welcomes baker and cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum and invites you to meet her for a book signing, hearty appetizers from the Fort, and a taste of her Cadillac Cafe Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding from her new cookbook, The Baking Bible. In Rose’s honor Dame Holly Arnold Kinney, proprietress of The Fort, will tomahawk champagne to toast the celebration. The cost is $35 per person and includes a glass of Gruet sparkling wine. The event is open to the public and $10 from every ticket will benefit the Colorado Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier to raise money for scholarships and farm to table programs for schools.

Thursday, November 13th
6:00 to 8:30 pm
The Fort, 19192 Colorado 8, Morrison, CO
RSVP by November 7 to Jennifer Weeks, 303-697-2882

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Holiday Cooking Class and Cookbook Signing

michele morris chef whites square smallJoin cooking teacher and cookbook author Michele Morris for a special FREE cooking class as part of Douglas County Libraries Season’s Eatings series called Beat The Clock: Timing Your Holiday Meal. She will demonstrate 3 different side dishes and serve up tastes for you to enjoy, and will also talk about a game plan that will leave you free to watch the parade if you choose on Thanksgiving morning! You’ll leave with a recipes and tips to get you through the season. Continue reading →

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