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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!

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!

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.

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 Holly Arnold Kinney Named Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Denver Business Journal

holly-arnold-kinney-dbjCongratulations to Holly Arnold Kinney, who won the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year award in the category of Mile High Leaders! The Denver Business Journal recognized Denver’s most influential women in business for 2016 in 13 categories: architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; energy; health care; large business owners (more than 20 employees); law; lifetime achievement; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner (20 or less employees); and technology and telecommunication. Nominations were taken online at the DBJ website for several months. More than 240 nominations were received for 190 individuals.

holly-kinney-acceptance-of-dbj-award-2016Newly appointed Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne was the keynote speaker, Belen de Leon of 9 News was the emcee and Lifetime Achievement Winner, Yana Vishnitsky of Jewish Family Services gave a powerful and touching acceptance speech upon receiving her award. Holly accepted the award at the ceremony at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. Holly graciously thanked her late Aunt Mary for her influence and guidance in her life, inspiring Holly by her strength and leadership. Holly also thanked her husband Jeremy for insisting she buy The Fort from her father (Sam Arnold), and for being her partner and rock. Holly also thanked Tesoro board members in attendance, Max Bryant and Lorenzo Trujillo, Fort Staff (Chris Seres & Victoria Lathrop) and Tesoro Staff, and Chelsea O’Neill of B Public Relations, all of whose support has been a significant part of her success.

Dame Shellie Kark Teaching Nutrition to CCD Students at Osage Cafe

Angelica_VasquezAngelica Vasquez is a busy mom of three girls and has always loved to cook, a skill she also wants her children to learn. “I think it’s good to know how to cook, but it’s just as important to learn how to cook food that is nutritious,” said Angelica. “My mom died at 58 from cancer so I want my children to know about good nutrition.”

Angelica is one of several students at Community College of Denver (CCD) who has enrolled in a pilot Human Nutrition class, HWE100. This section is unique because students take what they learn about the science of nutrition and put it into practice in a hands-on skills lab.OSage-NutritionAs part of this course, students participate in two nutrition skills labs during the semester where they spend several hours at the Osage Cafe with Colorado Dame and Chef Shellie Kark, learning how to transform a recipe into a tasty, healthy meal. “Anyone can duplicate a recipe,” said Kark. “The goal of this program is to instill students with a skill and hopefully inspire them to want to teach it and share it with someone else.”

The pilot, which rolled out last spring, helps bridge the gap between having vegetables in the fridge and knowing how to prepare them so they taste flavorful. Now the college is preparing to take the pilot across all of CCD’s nutrition classes. You can read the full story here.

Colorado Bloggers #BakeItForward

nkh_logo_v3Being the holiday season, fellow Colorado bloggers Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack (Muy Bueno Cookbook), Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore) and Erin Sellin (Dinners, Dishes and Desserts) wanted to do something to give back. Inspired by the campaigns Toyota and the Food Network to do something nice for others, the bloggers decided to Bake It Forward, preparing cookie recipes special to their own families to give to firefighters in thanks for all they do every day. To spread the word and hopefully inspire others to do that same, they made a video of their experience and are sharing it on their blogs and social media with the hashtag #BakeItForward.  Continue reading →

Innovative Partnership Pairs Chefs and Doctors

marlene swansonDame Marleen Swanson, a dietician and department chair in culinary nutrition at Johnson & Wales in Denver, has been busy with a unique new class: The Culinary Nutrition Program for medical students that provides guidance on treating illness with food. Dame Swanson says the program aims to provide future physicians with a stronger foundation to counsel patients on health and nutrition, and you can learn more about her work in the Fall Issue of Optimum Wellness magazine.

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