Eats & Beats

Eats & Beats
3:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

From Cuba to Panama to Denver: Yolo Rum

"Don Pancho" Fernandez makes his rum in Panama for the Denver-based Yolo label.

A love story.  A passion story.  How could a story about premium sipping rum be about anything else?  Phillip Guerin, president of the Denver distributing company that sells Yolo Rum in the U.S., tells that story.

The idea, the philosophy came first, says Guerin.   The brand's name is the acronym for the popular credo  "you only live once."  Next, he and his wife went on a search for a fine rum and discovered Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez, a Cuban master rum blender (ronero), who lives in Panama and now distributes two of his formulas exclusively through Yolo .

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Eats & Beats
3:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NY style pizza on parade: Anthony's

Foldable and sold by the slice.  That's the signature of the New York style pizza pie.  But it's more than that, says John LeBel, president of Anthony's Pizza and Pasta.

"Thin styled crust.  It's large, 22 to 24 inches across, and good cheese, freshly grated," said LeBel, a native New Yorker.  Former NY resident Carlos Lando and LeBel compared notes on pizza parlors in NYC on this interview.

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Eats & Beats
10:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Wooden Table: food AND front of house

One must travel south to Greenwood Village to taste the wares of The Wooden Table, featured this week on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."  Co-owner Jane Knauf (with chef Brett Shaheen) visited KUVO for our "Eats & Beats" segment. 

  

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Eats & Beats
1:42 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Italy Beer Country

From its humble beginnings in a few basements around the U.S. two decades ago, craft brewing has become a truly worldwide phenomenon.   Two local craft brew enthusiasts turned their passion into the ultimate field trip, searching for craft brews around the wine-dominated countryside of Italy.

The result of their travels  is the book Italy Beer Country. It's being launched in Denver this week, just before the Craft Brewers national convention visits town.  Authors Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis to describe what they discovered.

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Eats & Beats
1:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Casa Bonita celebrates 40

On Eats & Beats this week, we heard from Mike Mason, the manager of the landmark Mexican eatery, Casa Bonita.  The occasion was their 40th anniversary on March 27, 2014, and celebrated by a two-hour cliff diving show on Saturday, March 29.

It's even hard for Mason to explain the enduring appeal of a busy, three-story restaurant with, yes, cliff divers, gun fighters, gorillas chasing damsels, puppet shows and more.   He began at Casa Bonita 38 years ago as a busboy.

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