Tastings Blog – Meet Johnathan Sundstrom of Lark, Bitter/Raw, Slab Sandwiches + Pie

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 John Sundstrom is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and completed a four-year apprenticed with classically trained sushi chef Yasuyuki Shigarami. After eight years of cooking in Seattle, Sundstrom decided to spend a year traveling and learning—first he set off to Japan to taste and research Japanese food and culture, then he was on to a working tour of New York and San Francisco’s finest kitchens, a sort of &Culinary Graduate School. After returning to Seattle, he was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2001 while at the W Seattle’s Earth & Ocean. In 2003, Sundstrom opened Lark in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with his wife, JM Enos, and partner, Kelly Ronan. In 2013, he published his first cookbook, Lark: Cooking Against the Grain, which was awarded an IACP Judges Choice Award. In December of 2014, Sundstrom relocated Lark to a larger space, and opened two additional spots in the same building: Bitter/Raw and Slab Sandwiches + Pie. Sundstrom has been featured on the Food Network’s Best Of and Food Nation as well as the PBS original series Chefs A’ Field, which was nominated for a James Beard Award. Sundstrom himself won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest in 2007, and was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award Outstanding Chef USA in 2014. He has participated in multiple Cochon 555 competitions, and won twice in Seattle.

The Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Chefs

 

Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:

Work hard; stay focused on flavor; respect the seasons; use the best ingredient; every task matters and when you think a dish is finished take one ingredient away and see if it still holds up.

What is your earliest food memory?

Picking and eating carrots right out of the ground that I helped plant. My family had rented a small farm near Park City, Utah the summer before starting kindergarten. We traded eggs with the chicken farmer down the road too. Yum.

Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?

I’ve had a number; my first chef Yasu, for getting me into the kitchen and introducing me to the wonders of Japanese food; the writing and example of Jacques Pepin, who’s still doing it so well after all these years; the flashing brilliance and intensity of Marco Pierre White; the innovation and leadership of Jose Andres. Mostly I try to be myself, while absorbing and continuing to learn from amazing chefs all around the world.

Name your favorite food city and why.

Tokyo; I don’t think you could ever exhaust the possibilities for exploration. Even the vending machines rock!

What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure?

Beard Papa cream puffs; 100% unnecessary on any given day, but man are they good!

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

Usually a beer or rye whiskey over ice. Wine tends to be a day off thing.

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What is your ultimate day off meal?

A couple dozen oysters; just cooked and cracked Dungeness crab and lots of Champagne.

Join Johnathan Sundstrom because only the best #TasteandSavor2015


Tastings Blog – Meet Tyler Wiard of Elways

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The road to the Elway’s CHERRY CREEK kitchen for Culinary Director Tyler Wiard began in Boulder, Colorado working alongside local chef legends John Platt and David Query on the line at Q’s Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado.  After a stint at Jax-Boulder, another Query restaurant, famed Denver restaurateur Cliff Young recruited Tyler as the opening executive chef of his Napa Café where Tyler’s imaginative, exciting and superbly balanced food drew raves from critics.

Now Tyler is the super hyper and energetic Culinary Director for all four of John Elway’s restaurants.  He’s been an Executive Chef at four white tablecloth restaurants and has cooked at the James Beard House more times than he can remember. He’s also worked with Michael Mina and Michel Richard. In 2007, he was voted “Top Chef Denver” by 5280 Magazine, and in 2008 was the National Winner of the 19th Annual Taste of Elegance competition. Tyler goes big or doesn’t go at all, and has used that quality to work up the ranks and control some of the best restaurants in Colorado.

The Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Chefs

Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:

Simply delicious.

What is your earliest food memory?

Sitting in front of a huge bowl of sliced tomatoes out of my grandparent’s garden and eating them with my dad, uncle, and grandfather.  We just seasoned them with salt.

 

Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?

My Mother.

Name your favorite food city and why.

Denver!  This restaurant community has been under rated for years.


What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure?

My Mother’s fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

I don’t drink alcohol anymore.

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What is your ultimate day off meal?

Braised short rib tacos with onion-cilantro salsa, and chile de arbol sauce.

Join Tyler Wiard because only the best will #TasteandSavor2015


Tastings – Meet Alex Siedel of Fruition and Mercantile

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Alex Seidel’s illustrious culinary career began in Wisconsin at the age of 14 and in 2007 he opened one of the most coveted dining spots in Denver – Fruition.  Upon opening, gayot.com named Fruition one of the top 10 new restaurants in the U.S.; Zagat soon rated Seidel’s spot the number one restaurant in Colorado, an honor held every year since opening; and 5280 magazine has included Fruition in its list of 25 Best Restaurants every year the ranking has run. Seidel himself has been the recipient of even more accolades, earning one of the most celebrated nods in the industry when Food & Wine magazine named him a Best New Chef in 2010. In addition, Denver Magazine awarded, named him Chef of the Year in 2009, 5280  bestowed, awarded, granted him that title in 2008, and he has consistently been honored as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Southwest”. In fall of 2014 Seidel opened his third endeavor: Mercantile, a new restaurant in downtown Denver’s recently renovated and highly-anticipated Union Station.

The Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Chefs

Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:

I strive to highlight ingredients through focused technique while maintaining thoughtful simplicity.

What is your earliest food memory?

 My earliest food memory is of me making experimental food concoctions that were never intended to be consumed but thoroughly provided hours of entertainment

Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?

The biggest culinary influences in my career have been all of the cooks that I have worked along side through out my career.  They have provided inspiration, experience, and memories to last for a long time.

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Name your favorite food city and why.

Denver vs. Chicago

Denver, because it is home and the chefs here are pushing to make this a bona fide food city and it is great to see it happen right in front of you.

Chicago, because that was home and I have watched that city grow into one of the best food cities in the world.  Michelin restaurants, world class bars, killer breweries, amazing agriculture, and youth to push the city’s food circles.

What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure? 

Pizza from Well’s Brothers in Racine, WI or pizza from Tomaso’s in Cedarburg, WI

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

That changes through out the year and I am currently moving from a cold beer to a glass of wine

What is your ultimate day off meal?

Sushi, it makes me feel as if I am eating healthy or just eating for the first time that week.

Join Alex Seidel because only the best will #tasteandsavor2015


Tastings Blog – Meet Christina Perozzi

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Named “Best Beer Sommelier in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Magazine, Christina Perozzi has gained a large following as one of the top female beer experts in the United States. Christina realized her affinity for the beer world while managing the famous Father’s Office in Santa Monica, CA. Seeing the need for beer education everywhere, she founded the popular website www.beerforchicks.com and started working as a consultant, beer educator, writer and beer sommelier in 2006. Since then she has gone on to Co-Author “The Naked Pint” and the upcoming “The Naked Brewer” (Penguin, New York, NY - 2012) and is Executive Editor of TheBeerChicks.com with fellow beer chick Hallie Beaune. Christina gives beer tastings, seminars and classes, as well as partnering with innovative chefs hosting Beer Pairing Dinners.

Christina recently co-hosted a one hour special on The Cooking Channel called ‘Eat This, Drink That’ focusing on coupling local and innovative food with beverage pairings.

Taste and Savor Questionnaire - Beverage Expert

Describe your beverage philosophy in one sentence:

Beer is good.

What is your earliest beverage memory?

My earliest beverage memory is my grandfather Ernesto drinking a red wine with every dinner.  He’d have it in a little milk glass and cut it with water, and he’d let me have a little sip if I asked to taste it.  He’d laugh and tell me that it was good for me.

Who is or was your biggest influence?

My biggest influence in the beer world is my mentor Mark Jilg who owns Craftsman Brewing Company in Pasadena.  He taught me about the craftsmanship and skill in brewing, tasting and pairing beer.  But more importantly, he taught me the industry from a staunchly purist perspective.  He’s a true artist.  He encouraged me to break out on my own and start writing and consulting.

 

What is your favorite beverage that most would consider to be a guilty pleasure?

I do enjoy a cosmopolitan from time to time.

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

There’s nothing better to drink after a long day than a nice cold beer!  My favorite go-to at the end of a day is a hoppy, citrusy west coast IPA.  My second choice is a Negroni at sunset for apertivo.

 

Money is no option – what is your drink of choice?

The thing about beer is that it’s the rarity and location that makes a beer difficult to get, not the price.  So, I’d spend the money on a plane ticket to Belgium and go to Westvleteren Abbey, which is home to the Westvleteren Brewery where I would have a ‘Westy 12’  a 10.2%  Trappist ale that is considered to be one of the best and hardest beers to get in the states.

Join Christina Perozzi because only the best will #TasteandSavor2015


Movie Schedule: February 16th – 28th

The Broadmoor’s movie theater is free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend. if you’re staying with us in the next couple of weeks here’s what to expect. Feel free to stop by Espresso’s in the main lobby before the show to pick up a snack and bring it with you. See you there!

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Monday, February 16th 
7:00pm – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – PG (1 hour, 21 minutes)

Tuesday, February 17th 
7:00pm – When the Game Stands Tall – PG (1 hour, 55 minutes)

Wednesday,February 18th 
7:00pm – Dracula Untold – PG-13 (1 hour, 32 minutes)

Thursday, February 19th 
7:00pm – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – PG (1 hour, 21 minutes)

Friday, February 20th 
7:00pm – When the Game Stands Tall – PG (1 hour, 55 minutes)

Saturday, February 21st 
2:00pm – Dolphin Tale 2 – PG (1 hour, 47 minutes)
6:00pm – The Good Lie – PG-13 (1 hour, 50 minutes)
9:00pm – 23 Blast – PG-13 (1 hour, 38 minutes)

Sunday, February 22nd 
11:00am – Maleficent – PG (1 hour, 37 minutes)
2:00pm – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – PG (1 hour, 41 minutes)
6:00pm – The Boxtrolls – PG (1 hour, 37 minutes)

Monday, February 23rd
6:00pm – Guardians of the Galaxy – PG-13 (2 hours, 1 minute)
8:30pm – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – PG (1 hour, 21 minutes)
10:00pm – When the Game Stands Tall – PG (1 hour, 55 minutes)

Tuesday, February 24th 
7:00pm – Dracula Untold – PG-13 (1 hour, 32 minutes)

Wednesday, February 25th 
7:00pm – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – PG (1 hour, 21 minutes)

Thursday, February 26th
7:00pm – When the Game Stands Tall – PG (1 hour, 55 minutes)

Friday, February 27th 
7:00pm – Dracula Untold – PG-13 (1 hour, 32 minutes)

Saturday, February 28th 
2:00pm – The Great Buck Howard – PG (1 hour, 30 minutes)
7:00pm – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – PG (1 hour, 21 minutes)


Tastings Blog – Meet Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s

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Hugo Ortega, executive chef/co-owner of Hugo’s and Backstreet Cafe and a three-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award (2012, 2013 & 2014), was born in Mexico City, the oldest in a family of eight children. The talented chef has made two guest chef appearances at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.  In July 2002, Ortega and Vaught opened a third restaurant concept, Hugo’s, serving Authentic Regional Mexican Cuisine. Since its opening, Hugo’s has been lauded by local, regional and national media, including being named a “Top Table” by Bon Appetit, listed in “Where to Eat Now in 30 American Cities”, and one of the “Restaurants We Love” by Gourmet.  In 2013, Ortega and Vaught opened Caracol, a Coastal Mexican Kitchenin the upscale Galleria area of Houston, eliciting rave reviews from diners and media alike.

The Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Chef Hugo Ortega

Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:

Build layers of flavor, use the best ingredients and don’t overcook the seafood.

 

What is your earliest food memory?

My earliest food memory is eating handmade corn tortillas and hot chocolate made by my grandmother, who ground the corn and the chocolate by hand.

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Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?

My grandmother, Delia.  The richness of the love I feel for cooking goes back to time spent preparing food with grandmother in the mountains of Puebla, Mexico. She taught me the fundamentals of Mexican cooking and also her own special touches. She was a traditional cook, preparing all the dishes typical of the area in the only way she knew how – over wood-burning fires, wrapped in corn husks, everything from scratch.  We grew and raised as much of our food as possible. During my time in Puebla, I learned the importance of growing and sourcing your food.

 

Name your favorite food city and why.

Puebla, Mexico, where my family is from, because it holds so many memories for me and I love the food there.  It is all handmade, fresh, seasonal and local. In the countryside especially, everything is about seasonality and rain – Mother Nature determines what you prepare.

 

What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

Champagne

 

What is your ultimate day off meal?

Seafood gumbo and boiled crabs

Join Hugo Ortega because only the best #TasteandSavor2015


12 YEARS OF TRADITION: EARL KLUGH’S WEEKEND OF JAZZ AT THE BROADMOOR!

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Grammy Award-Winning Artist Earl Klugh Returns This April! For a 12th straight season, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh will annually host his Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring exceptional musicians and performances, unique culinary and wine experiences and more – all among an incredible group of Weekend of Jazz guests that return each year.

This April 9-11, join Earl Klugh. The Broadmoor and an amazing group musicians – including several of Klugh’s heroes and friends: 3-Time Academy-Award winner and 8-Time GRAMMY®-winner BURT BACHARACH; ‘A Celebration of Jazz and The Movies’ from GRAMMY®-winners DAVE GRUSIN, LEE RITENOUR and EARL KLUGH; GRAMMY®-winning saxophonist KIRK WHALUM; contemporary jazz group JEFF LORBER FUSION; jazz vocal sensation NIKKI YANOFSKY, late night music from saxophonist ELAN TROTMAN and vocalist SELINA ALBRIGHT, and more!

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 

BBBurt Bacharach: Six decades into one of songwriting’s most successful and honored careers – marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+year run on the charts, Burt Bacharach’s music continues to set industry records and creative standards. His fans agree with a recent review from Las Vegas that claims, “Bacharach reminds audiences he’s the soundtrack for their lives… I’m so excited about Burt Bacharach!,” says Weekend of Jazz host Earl Klugh.  “Burt is my favorite composer and I’ve been a big fan of his ever since I was 16.  So much of his music has made such an impact on me. This is a very special concert that’s going to happen.  Burt performed at our Kiawah Island, SC Weekend of Jazz and I can’t tell you how much it means to me that he will be performing at our Broadmoor Weekend of Jazz.”

A Celebration of Jazz and The Movies with Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour and Earl Klugh: While music remains Weekend of Jazz host Earl Klugh’s craft and passion, several of his albums feature glimpses of another form of entertainment he is passionate about: The Movies.

Dave Grusin is one of Klugh’s favorite film composers of all time. Grusin produced Klugh’s first three albums, contributing arrangements and performances to the projects including Klugh’s first mainstream hit, Living Inside Your Love. As an in demand studio musician at the start of his career, Lee Ritenour recorded on several of Klugh’s early albums, and on many of Grusin’s film and studio projects.

“I am a big fan of both of Dave and Lee’s music as individuals and as a collaborative duo,” says Klugh.  “It will be very special to share the stage for A Celebration of Jazz and The Movies, especially with all of us having a great passion for the movies and the music that makes them even more extraordinary!”

EKEarl Klugh: Since GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument, issued dozens of records, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 that made it to the No. 1 slot.  Klugh’s latest release, HandPicked, earned him his 13th career Grammy nomination. www.EarlKlugh.com

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: Grusin’s prolific career includes 10 Grammy®-Awards in scoring and arranging categories, an Academy Award and 8 nominations, plus over 60 feature film scores including Tootsie, On Golden Pond, The Firm, Heaven Can Wait, The Champ, The Goodbye Girl, Hope Floats, The Electric Horseman, Absence of Malice, The Goonies and Selena. He also has significant work in television scoring.  Grusin co-founded the influential jazz label GRP and has distinguished himself as a composer, arranger, musician and bandleader, as well as a recording artist with over 25 albums to his credit.  | www.Grusin.net

LRLee Ritenour: Lee Ritenour has earned 19 Grammy® nominations, was a founding member of jazz supergroup Fourplay, and has recorded over 40 albums with 35 chart songs.  Some of his many notable performances were with The Mamas and the Papas (at age 16), Tony Bennett and Lena Horne, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie and more.  Grusin and Ritenour won a Grammy®-Award together for Best Arrangement on an Instrumental in 1985.  Lee’s latest release Rhythm Sessions is a star studded extension of his critically acclaimed 6 String Theory, featuring Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Stanley Clark, Kurt Elling, Marcus Miller and many more. www.LeeRitenour.com

KWKirk Whalum | www.KirkWhalum.com: GRAMMY®-Award Winner and 11-Time Nominee Kirk Whalum credits Bob James for helping launch his career after discovering him in Houston, leading to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others; it’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Whalum’s latest solo release, Romance Language, is perhaps his most ambitious to date, paying homage to the much revered 1963 ballads album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

JLFJeff Lorber Fusion | www.Lorber.com: Multi-Grammy-nominated keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber is one of the most sought after performers and producers in Jazz.   He is known for launching the career of Kenny G and his productions, and collaborations with such greats as Dave Koz, Janet Jackson, Lalah Hathaway and Miles Davis.  Jeff and his band continue to break new ground in melody, improvisation and deep pocket groove with a unique instrumental sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz.  Lorber’s current release, Jazz Funk Soul, is nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

NYNikki Yanofsky | www.NikkiYanofsky.com: From her auspicious start as the youngest headliner in the history of the Montreal International Jazz Festival at 12, Nikki Yanofsky has covered plenty of territory over the last eight years. She has topped both jazz and pop charts, performed with orchestras and big bands, and sold out festivals and major theatres around the world; in 2010, she sang to 3.2 billion people – at the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. Nikki has worked with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Phil Ramone, Will.i.am, and Wyclef Jean, and now, under the guidance of her greatest fan and mentor, Quincy Jones, Nikki introduces her own captivating new sound with her current release Little Secret.

TWO NIGHT PACKAGES INCLUDE:
•Classic Accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights
•Tickets to Friday and Saturday night performances
•Admission to VIP Artist Experience
•Exclusive sign-up for experiences and activities
•25% discount on Suite upgrades
•20% discount on golf greens fee, a complimentary treatment enhancement with purchase of $100 or greater spa service …and more

Two-Night Package prices start at $490 per person for two nights, based on double occupancy. Limited availability. Not applicable to groups. Rate does not include taxes, service fees or parking.

Three night packages including Thursday evening with Jeff Lorber are currently sold-out and available on a wait-list basis by calling The Broadmoor at 855.586.0957. This event sells out every year and has limited availability so don’t miss this opportunity. To place your reservation for the two-night weekend package, please call The Broadmoor at 855.586.0957 or click here to learn more.

More information and all of the latest details on entertainment are available at www.weekendofjazz.com.

 


Movie Schedule: February 1st – 15th

The Broadmoor’s movie theater is free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend. if you’re staying with us in the next couple of weeks here’s what to expect. Feel free to stop by Espresso’s in the main lobby before the show to pick up a snack and bring it with you. See you there!

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Sunday, February 1st  
2:00pm – Danny Deckchair – PG-13 (1 hour, 40 minutes)
7:00pm – The Judge – R (2 hours, 21 minutes)

Monday, February 2nd  
7:00pm – Into the Storm – PG-13 (1 hour, 29 minutes)

Tuesday, February 3rd  
7:00pm – The Boxtrolls – PG (1 hour, 36 minutes)

Wednesday, February 4th  
7:00pm – The Judge – R (2 hours, 21 minutes)

Thursday, February 5th  
7:00pm – Into the Storm – PG-13 (1 hour, 29 minutes)

Friday, February 6th  
7:00pm – The Boxtrolls – PG (1 hour, 36 minutes)

Saturday, February 7th     
12:00pm – Holes – PG (1 hour, 57 minutes)
7:00pm – The Judge – R (2 hours, 21 minutes)

Sunday, February 8th      
2:00pm – The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian – PG (2 hours, 29 minutes)
7:00pm – Into the Storm – PG-13 (1 hour, 29 minutes)

Monday, February 9th  
7:00pm – The Boxtrolls – PG (1 hour, 36 minutes)

Tuesday, February 10th   
7:00pm – The Judge – R (2 hours, 21 minutes)

Wednesday, February 11th 
7:00pm – Into the Storm – PG-13 (1 hour, 29 minutes)

Thursday, February 12th   
7:00pm – The Boxtrolls – PG (1 hour, 36 minutes)

Friday, February 13th 

7:00pm – The Judge – R (2 hours, 21 minutes)

Saturday, February 14th      
12:00pm – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – PG (1 hour, 53 min)
7:00pm – Into the Storm – PG-13 (1 hour, 29 minutes)

Sunday, February 15th  
2:00pm – Charlotte’s Web – G (1 hour, 37 minutes)     7:00pm – The Boxtrolls – PG (1 hour, 36 minutes)


Tastings Blog – Meet Sean Kenyon of Williams and Graham

 

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Sean Kenyon was literally born to be behind a bar. He is a third generation Barman, his Grandfather, Mother and Father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930′s. He first stepped behind the bar at the young age of sixteen and has never left. Early in his career, Sean developed a passion for classic cocktails and cocktail history. He continues to show great respect for that history and methodology while finding influences for new creations in modern spirits, ingredients and techniques. Over the course of his 28-year bartending career, Sean has managed bars and cocktail programs in New Jersey, Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado. In 2011, he realized a lifelong dream and opened Williams & Graham in Denver, CO. In 2013 & 2014 the bar was nominated for a James Beard award for the nation’s outstanding beverage program. National media such as CNN, Food & Wine Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Esquire have recently recognized his beverage programs.  In 2009 he was awarded Mixologist of the Year by Denver Magazine, Food & Wine magazine and Esquire voted Williams & Graham Top and Best bar in 2012 and 2013 respectively.  In 2014 Sean was named Nightclub and Bar Bartender of the Year by the Spirited Awards.marcu

Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Beverage Experts

Describe your beverage philosophy in one sentence:

Beauty in Simplicity.

What is your earliest beverage memory?

I had my first stirred Manhattan in the mid 90’s. Up to that point, I had only ever had shaken Manhattans (because that’s how they did it in the 80’s & 90’s). It was the best that I had ever had. It changed my outlook on cocktails.

Who is or was your biggest influence?

My father. He is a bartender as well. He is the the most hospitable bartender I have ever known. He always takes care of his guests like they were in his home.

What is your favorite beverage that most would consider to be a guilty pleasure?

A classic Vieux Carre. rye, cognac, rosso vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

I actually prefer to drink straight spirits neat. Agave Spirits or Whisky depending on my mood.

Money is no option – what is your drink of choice?

Del Maguey Iberico. Neat.

Join Sean Kenyon because only the best will #tasteandsavor2015

 

 


Tastings Blog – Meet Danny Trace of Brennan’s of Houston

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Growing up just outside New Orleans, Chef Danny’s ‘real’ education came first-hand in the bustling kitchen of Commander’s Palace, the acclaimed culinary landmark of the Brennan’s Family of Restaurants.  A decade into his career, he and his family retreated to nearby Texas to escape Hurricane Katrina and the devastating aftermath. Ever loyal to the Brennan family, however, Chef Danny returned to New Orleans to take the Executive Chef reins of Café Adelaide, which celebrated its post-hurricane reopening on Thanksgiving Day 2005. In 2008, he opened Commander’s Palace and the On the Rocks Bar in Destin, Florida. With three stellar years under his belt at Commander’s in Florida, Chef Danny added a fourth restaurant in fall 2009 to his rich history with the Brennan’s Family of Restaurants. Today he serves as Executive Chef at Brennan’s of Houston, creating traditional Creole favorites and intriguing daily specialties with a tempting twist that draw Houston diners time and again. And like those with whom he shares his passion for exceptional cooking and Southern hospitality, Danny’s family ranks at the top of his priorities.

Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Chefs

Describe your food philosophy in one sentence

Our Bayou City Creole cuisine balances a respect for traditional dishes and techniques with a passion for staying on the cutting edge of regional cuisine in America, as well as utilizing local ingredients whenever possible.

 

What is your earliest food memory?

Eating Beef-a-Roni in the can. I’m pretty sure Turtle soup was created by copycatting that recipe.

Hunting and fishing with my grandpa and bringing back our bounties of the day and cooking it that evening for the family. Rabbit Hunting in Thibodaux Louisiana with my grandpa, skinning them underneath his shed, and making onion-braised rabbit and rice for the family that evening.

 

Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?

My Grandpa without a doubt, as well as Ella Brennan and the rest of the Brennan family

 

Name your favorite food city and why.

That certainly would have to be the city that I have chosen as my home—Houston, Texas. It is exciting to be in a great city amongst great chefs and its farmers that is gaining momentum in being a culinary destination

 

What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure?  

I would certainly have to say its “Best Stop” Boudin & Cracklins with an ice cold beer.

 

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

It certainly depends on the day, sometimes it involves all three. ha ha.

 

What is your ultimate day off meal?

 A huge pot of wild duck and Collard green gumbo with smoked venison sausage and plenty of honey buttered cornbread to warm the soul

Join Danny Trace because only the best will #tasteandsavor2015