Dame Michele Morris Book Tour

Cookbook author, cooking teacher, and Dame Michele Morris was recently interviewed by Austin Cope of KSJD public radio in Cortez, Colorado as part of her book tour through southwestern Colorado. The library system in three cities – Bayfield, Cortez, and Telluride – sponsored her visit to launch their Amazing Authors series for 2018. Michele spoke about creating her award winning cookbook, Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State and demoed a recipe for guests to taste. You can listen to the interview here.


Sherry Tasting at VistaVino Modern Grill

LDEI CO Dame Janine Glennon will be hosting a sherry tasting at VistaVino Modern Grill in Castle Rock on Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy tasting four different sherries: Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso and East India Rich Cream. Cost is $25 (plus tax and tip) per person, payable to the restaurant upon attendance. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact the restaurant directly by phone at 303-660-2005 or by email at vistavinomoderngrill@gmail.com.


Join Dame Nicolle Montgomery at the 2017 Colorado Restaurant Show

The Colorado Restaurant Show, presented by the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), is the annual networking and learning event for restaurateurs, chefs and restaurant and bar managers in the Rocky Mountain region. Over the course of the two-day event, the leading restaurateurs in Colorado and the nation will meet with industry leaders and tastemakers at the Colorado Convention Center, to discover the newest trends, ideas and products in the business. Featuring keynote speaker, Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack, this year’s show will be our best year yet!

Colorado Restaurant Show
October 9 and 10, 2017
Colorado Convention Center
Free to walk the exhibit floor
$25 for conference sessions and Danny Meyer keynote

Please click here to download the event flyer!


Carol Fenster’s Latest Cookbook Garners Awards

Dame Carol Fenster’s latest cookbook, Gluten-Free Cooking for Two (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), was honored twice this month. It was named among the ten “Best Gluten-Free Cooking Books for 2017” by Healthline.com and placed “Silver” in the Living Now Book Awards, 2017, in the Category of “Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian.” 

Gluten-Free Cooking for Two is designed for small households such as empty-nesters, newlyweds, couples, and other small family configurations who only want two-serving meals, thus reducing waste and leftovers.


Turquoise Mesa Winemaker-Farm to Table Dinner with Dame Connie Ruel

William Fulenwider and his fabulous organic products – 7th Generation Farm
And Chef Connie Ruel
August 25, 2017

Watermelon- Lavender Cured Salmon Ceviche
2016 Reserve Rose

Scallop Tamal
Saffron cream
2015 Chardonnay

Mushroom stuffed Duck breast
Red potato stack, dried cherry demi glaze
2016 Pinotage

Cabernet Barrel smoked Beef Mole
Rabbit confit lentil cakes, sautéed hearty greens
2015 Petit Sirah

Duck Egg Flan with Organic Elderflower Infused Honey
Mascarpone Chantilly, lace cookie
2016 Aromella

80.00 per person includes tax and gratuity

Dinner will take place in the wine cellar at 11705 Teller Street, Broomfield, CO
Call 303-653-3822 for reservations (required)


Cheese with Altitude Coming to Denver in July

Denver-based American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting and promoting American artisan cheese and cheesemakers, and LDEI CO Dame Jane Bauer serves the organization as the Education & Outreach Manager. For the first time in ACS’s 34 year history, its premier industry event will be coming to downtown Denver this summer! More than 1,300 leading industry professionals, purchasers, and influencers will attend Cheese with Altitude from July 26-29, 2017 to network, sample products, and learn from one another.

In conjunction with its Annual Conference, ACS proudly hosts the foremost judging of cheeses and cultured dairy products made in the Americas. In 2016, more than 1,800 different products were entered into the ACS Judging & Competition, which recognizes products of the highest quality for their aesthetic and technical merits. The top products are those judged deserving of recognition based on achieving a minimum point threshold. After two intense days of evaluation in Denver, first-place winners in each category will be judged head-to-head, and an overall “Best of Show” will be selected. Winners will be revealed at an Awards Ceremony on Friday, July 28.

Cheese with Altitude will culminate with the Festival of Cheese and Public Cheese Sale on Saturday, July 29—events designed to celebrate the cheeses entered into the ACS Judging & Competition. The festival is attended by approximately 1,600 individuals (industry members and general public), all of whom enjoy cheese while sampling craft beer, cider, and specialty foods from Festival sponsors. The Public Cheese Sale allows cheese lovers to purchase competition cheeses at incredible prices to benefit the nonprofit American Cheese Education Foundation.

Volunteers are needed to assist with everything from helping receive and sort cheese to preparing cheeses for the mother of all cheese fests, the Festival of Cheese. Volunteer shifts are available from July 21 through July 29, 2017. All volunteers receive an official volunteer t-shirt, a complimentary ticket to the Festival of Cheese, and have meals provided during their shift(s).

Sign up to volunteer with ACS!


Teresa Farney Honored by the Colorado Restaurant Association

Teresa Farney, food editor at the Gazette in Colorado Springs, was named the 2017 Outstanding Media Professional for Colorado by the Colorado Restaurant Association. The award was presented at the organization’s annual Industry Spotlight Award dinner on June 27. This is the fourth year for the media award presentation.


MFK Fisher Award Winning Cookbook Author Deborah Madison Coming to Boulder

Deborah Madison, one of America’s favorite cookbook authors, who creates updated American vegetarian food with the sophisticated yet simple cuisine that she honed at the famed Greens Restaurant, is coming to town by way of the Flatirons Film Festival (Dame Megan Buchholz is a board member). Her new cookbook, In My Kitchen, was released this spring and contains an updated collection of 100 favorite and most inspired recipes. “We are honored that she will be joining us at our farm dinner with Black Cat on Wednesday, July 12th and encourage Dames to attend her book signings on that day at the Boulder Book Store (12:30pm) and the Boulder Farmers Market (4-6pm) if you can’t make it to the farm dinner.” Deborah Madison received the MFK Fisher Mid-Career Award from Les Dames in 1994.


Holly Arnold Kinney Recognized in the Community

Holly Arnold Kinney, proprietress of The Fort restaurant in Morrison, Colorado, has received several prestigious awards recently. Remaining loyal to her father’s visions and her own passion for cultural heritage, Holly was named Denver Business Journal’s 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business in the Mile High Leaders category; shortly thereafter, Holly was inducted into the Visit Denver and Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding impact on tourism in Colorado.

Finally, an awarded cookbook author, Holly also recently wrote a children’s book, about her experiences growing up with a pet black bear, called Sissy Bear at The Fort. The book is a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards, children’s literature category, and a Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award finalist.

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