While television food competitions like Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, and Chopped can be fun to watch, the most prestigious food competition is widely believed to be the Bocuse d'Or, held every other year in Lyon, France.
The 2013 contest was held just this week, and the team from the United States finished a respectable 7th in the field of teams from all over the world. Check out the NPR story on this year's U.S. team and how they trained here.
Whether you aspire to participate in such a competition someday, or just like to read about how cooking contests work, the library has some items to get you started.
February may be the shortest month, but Fresh City Life My Branch still has lots of programs for you to choose from. See the complete schedule here.
Intrigued by thrift store shopping and saving, but don't know where to start? Michelle from Shop My Closet will get you started! Learn how to incorporate thrift stores into your regular shopping rotation, and even get to try out your skills! Saturday, February 2, 1-3 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library.
Love mysteries, but don't know what to read next? See if you missed any of the best mystery and crime novels, true crime, and biography of 2012 by perusing the nominations for the Edgar Awards!
The Edgars, given out by the Mystery Writers of America, have been honoring great mystery writing since 1946. This year's awards will be given out on May 2--plenty of time to read the nominees in your favorite category and predict your own winner!
If you came to our first Novel Night last year, you know how much fun it was! This year promises to be even better, with plenty of space at DPL's new Sam Gary Branch Library, fun crafts made from recycled books, and special desserts made by our favorite cooking teacher, Monica Kadillak!
If you've resolved to cook more interesting meals, you've come to the right place! On Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Branch, join Monica Kadillak for Great Finds at International Markets. Denver has many specialty markets to help you explore international cuisine! You'll learn where to go, what to look for, and of course, what to do with those new ingredients when you get home! Recipes and samples included.
As "best of" lists are in the eye of the beholders, instead I offer some of my 2012 favorites, in various categories, in hopes that one or more will speak to someone! Here's to another great year of books in 2013!
Are you ready to start 2013 with some new skills or some new thoughts? Break out of your routine and into the new year with a Fresh City Life My Branch class!
Here are the offerings for Saturday, January 5:
UpCycle: Men's Shirts--get creative and create something new out of something old! Bring your own shirts, or use ones that we provide. So many possibilities that there will be a second session on January 19! 10 a.m. at Schlessman Family. Please register: 720-865-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you seen the diverse January & February offerings through Fresh City Life My Branch yet? Start planning your January fun now!
Get some creative ideas for old clothing in Upcycle: Men's Shirts at Schlessman! Bring your own, or we'll have some to choose from. 2 sessions, come to one or both (yes, there will be different projects at each session!). 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 19. Please register: 720-865-0000 or email@example.com.