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).

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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.


Gluten Free Cooking for Two, by Dame Carol Fenster

Dame Carol Fenster is pleased to announce her 14th cookbook, Gluten-Free Cooking for Two (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). The cookbook is designed for small households such as couples, empty-nesters, and others who want two-serving recipes.

Carol says she her latest cookbook was inspired by this experience:

“I was preparing dinner one night when I had a BFO (Blinding Flash of the Obvious): I realized that I live in a two-person household, yet I’ve always cooked for the standard family-of-four. That worked well when my son was growing up because he ate all of the leftovers, but now my husband and I are empty-nesters. Full-size recipes yield too much food, my husband dislikes leftovers (meatloaf! again?), and I hate wasting food.

Raised by depression-era parents (clean your plate!), my upbringing instilled a sense of guilt about wasting food. So, after scaling down all of my recipes I now prepare just enough for two. I transformed all of this information into my latest cookbook, Gluten-Free Cooking for Two which is now available at Amazon.com.”

What’s in the book? Carol says that everyone knows how to grill two steaks, bake two potatoes, or fry two eggs. That’s easy.  Instead, her book focuses on 125 more complex dishes that require kitchen math to downsize. As she learned, it’s not always as simple as dividing a 4-serving recipe in half. These dishes range from favorites like Main Dishes (e.g., Meat Loaf, Pizza, Chicken Soup with Dumplings, Shrimp Creole, and more) to Breads (e.g., French Baguette, Cornbread, Muffins, Banana Bread, and so on) to Desserts (e.g., Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Cheesecakes, Bars, Puddings, and so on).  There are also recipes for soups, stews, breakfast dishes, side dishes. Everything you need to cook perfectly-proportioned meals for two.

Plus, she offers advice on how to shop for food and which utensils and appliances are best for small-scale meals. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to cook right-size dishes, reduce leftovers, and eliminate waste. All of the recipes are dairy-free and many are also vegetarian. Plus, each recipe offers nutritional information as well.”


Preserve the Harvest: Golden Moon Distillery Tour

Meet artisan Stephen Gould and take a tour of Golden Moon Distilling, while you learn about the ancient art of preserving the essence of local flavors. Finish the tour and short lecture with a trip to Golden Moon Speakeasy where you will enjoy a cocktail. Golden Moon Distillery – Maison De La Vie, Ltd. was founded by Stephen Gould and Karen Knight in early 2008 specifically to produce premium hand-crafted herbal liquors and liqueurs using the best available herbs, spices and botanicals, and made with the same type of artisan production processes utilized by distillers making premium products in the mid-to-late 1800s. Golden Moon Distillery uses local Colorado ingredients to produce a wide range of spirits. Cost of event includes the tour and snacks, participants are responsible for their own alcohol purchases. LDEI Dames may purchase tickets at the Slow Food rate of $10 by visiting the Eventbrite website here. The tour will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.


Dame Elizabeth Buckingham Travels the World on Sabbatical

Colorado Dame Elizabeth Buckingham, an American chef, and her husband Nick, an English photographer live on a miniature urban homestead just outside of Denver, Colorado. While the couple have traveled extensively before, they are now on a great adventure together: a five-month round-the-world sabbatical, which will be followed by the quest to find, in their words, “our own piece of agricultural land back in the U.S. We aim to start our own teaching farm where we can produce just about everything we eat and teach others to do the same.” You can follow the journey through their blog, Finding Quiet Farm.


Know Brainer Wins People’s Choice Best of Show Award

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-4-18-37-pmJust over a month after their first sale, Know Brainer the thinker’s creamer, won the People’s Choice Award for Best of Show at Coffee Fest, the country’s largest coffee trade show. Know Brainer (knowbrainer.com), dubbed “the thinker’s creamer,” is a portion-controlled creamer made primarily of organic grass-fed clarified butter and non-GMO MCT oil, a medium chain triglycerides oil boasting health benefits that include improved cognitive function and weight management.

“I created this ketogenic creamer in order to incorporate essential fats into my diet,” said Know Brainer founder and LDEI CO Dame Shari Leidich. “The creamer provides sustained energy for the mind and body and supports ketosis, an essential metabolic process often lacking in our daily regimen.”

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-4-18-22-pmShari, who 15 years ago was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, started the company Two Moms in the Raw to help her and others wrestling with health challenges use food to heal. She launched Know Brainer for the same reason. “Food is my medicine,” she said. “ Every bite counts, even creamer in our morning coffee (in my case, morning tea). I have a long history in innovation, research and development, and now am on a mission to make ‘butter coffee’ easily accessible for people seeking a fuel-driven ketogenic creamer.”

Coffee Fest (coffeefest.com) in Anaheim, California is the largest trade show for the industry with more than 3,600 attendees and 250 booths. Thousands of products compete for People’s Choice awards, with the Best of Show award representing the highest honor. “Attendees come to Coffee Fest to determine what is new and exciting and will improve their specialty coffee business in the upcoming months, and the new and unique product Know Brainer stood out and grabbed the attention of the masses,” said Erika Lowery, Vice President of Americas’ Coffee & Tea Tradeshows. “Know Brainer, the thinker’s creamer, a first time exhibitor, introduced a new healthy alternative to
power your mind while adding healthy deliciousness to any cup of morning coffee.”

The creamers come in four flavors: French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Mocha and Original, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1.99 per unit. The creamer does not contain any sugar or artificial flavors. Three of the flavors are also available as lactose and casein free. All products are gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher. For more information, visit www.myknowbrainer.com; Get in touch by telephone, 303-475-0456; or email, sales@myknowbrainer.com. Follow Know Brainer, the thinker’s creamer, on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter.

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