It's almost here! #DenverRestaurantWeek runs February 22-March 3. Sure, it takes a little planning and some patience, but the rewards are deliciously satisfying. If you’re looking for a suggestions, we’ve got a few good ones. And if you want to cook like the pros after tasting their offerings, the library can be your one-stop resource for recipes and culinary tips!
It is very hard to find someone who actually does not like Italian food. After all, what’s not to love? I moved to Colorado after living in Chicago and New Jersey, both of which are loaded with fantastic Italian restaurants. One of the first authentic joints I discovered was Stella Trattoria, which has two locations, both wonderful. Save room for the tiramasu! Got a crowd in town? Head to Carmine’s on Penn, another longtime Denver favorite, for the family style portions and old-style offerings such as strozzapreti. Have you jumped on the Instant Pot craze? Learn to cook Italian in it with Instant Pot Italian: 100 Irresistible Recipes Made Easier than Ever. For a more traditional approach, you can’t go wrong with Italian Moms: Something Old, Something New: 150 Family Recipes!
What does comfort food mean to you? I think of cheeseburgers and fries, and there are a ton of choices in Denver. Maybe start with TAG Burger Bar, with its all burger and fries menu, but if a bowl of ice cream is in your dreams, head over to The District, which wraps up the Restaurant Week menu with scoops from Denver’s beloved Little Man ice cream. Whether you crave fried chicken or grilled cheese, Laila Ali (yes, daughter of Muhammad) has the recipes lined up in Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours! If you’re looking for some southern flavor, dive into Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul and try not to notice how I slipped ‘vegan’ in there...
Carnivore alert! If you dream of bacon, you have got to check out the menu from Bacon Social House--you’ll find a little salty pork bit in every bite. For more classical meat offerings, it’s hard to beat The Palm Restaurant, family-owned and operated since 1926. Rotisserie-centric dishes come straight from a state-of-the-art Rotisol oven at BriDer, a new concept restaurant from the team behind Acorn and OAK at Fourteenth. If you’d like to develop mad meat skills at home, start with Secrets of the Butcher: How to Select, Cut, Prepare, and Cook Every Type of Meat, and then step it up with Pure Charcuterie: the Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home.
The great James Beard once said “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World: a History of Honey, Salt, Chile, Pork, Rice, Cacao, and Tomato: Featuring 63 Original Recipes offers the best of from around the globe, with sparkling narrative and instructions for putting together these ingredients. For a pictorial guide, get a hold of The Story of Food: an Illustrated History of Everything We Eat which profiles the most culturally and historically interesting foods of all types, from nuts and grains, fruits and vegetables, and meat and fish, to herbs and spices. And just to bring it back home, check out Buttermilk Graffiti: a Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-pot Cuisine which recounts Edward Lee’s two-year journey around the United States learning about the different cultures and traditions reshaping American cuisine. Then pop over to the Denver Restaurant Week site and follow your international food fancy, from Thai to German, Caribbean to Indian!
In honor of Visit Denver’s #DenverRestaurantWeek we are doing a special foodie edition of Friday Three-for-All.
Need some ideas on what to read, watch or rock out to? On Friday, February 8, visit Facebook "Three-For-All" @DenverLibrary where you give us the names of three restaurants, meals, cookbooks, or other food-related things you enjoy, and we'll give you three books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, bands, or podcasts we think will complement your tastes! Food-loving librarians will be standing by, eager to provide suggestions. We’ll be using our giant pantry of resources to connect you with new and appetizing experiences! Tell your friends - 9 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday February 8.