Eats & Beats; Eats and Beats

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Twenty years ago today, the bloom was on full in lower downtown Denver.  Maybe that was even before they called it "LoDo."  Brothers Chris and Steve Black dared to open a tap house a half-block from Coors Field.  And despite its ominous moniker, the Falling Rock Tap House is still standing at 1919 Blake Street.  Chris Black joined Steve and Rodney on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

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The Colorado Rockies are building momentum, so there are even more reasons to visit 20th and Blake this season.  Denver.Eater.com's Gigi Sukin wrote up the literal smorgasbord and visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about it.

Carolyn Joy

Carolyn Joy believes in natural wine.  Natural viticulture, bio-dynamic... It's kind of making the way wine was made a century ago... new again.  Joy, sommelier and proprietor of Joy Wine and Spirits in Denver visits "First Take with Lando and Chavis" monthly.

Joy says there are more than 200 additives used in bulk wine production.  Some additives are natural, like  fish bladder and egg whites.  Some additives are not natural, like "Mega-purple," which adds a deeper crimson to the color of red wine.

Given the Passover Seder plate staples of brisket and matzoh, a fuller bodied red wine would be good, although we've always tried to let our customers choose whatever they want.  We do have red and white kosher wines.

Kosher wine has come a long way in the last five years with more modern wine making techniques, more care in the vineyard and more care in the cellar.  There is much more variety as well: pinot noir, sparkling, cabernet, chardonnay, white blends.

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What has our food come to, when the simplest, most natural process for raising food seems special, unique, or groundbreaking? So it seems with the return to grass-fed dairy cows.  Nutrition educator Jonathan Clinthorne, who works with Natural Grocers, visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to share the latest on "pasture-raised dairy."

"Fifty to 100 years ago, all cows were out on pasture their entire lives," said Clinthorne.  "Our entire agricultural system has changed so much in the last decade.  Confinement dairies feed cows corn and soy, grains."  

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