Food News: Now serving Colorado dessert chevre, Cabernet, and bison carpaccio

McDonald’s restaurants across the country have a new menu addition and it’s not McNoodles. The chain has posted calorie information about its burgers, fries and salads on restaurant and drive-thru menus in Colorado and nationwide. (AP Photo)

AURORA -This week’s food news from across Colorado:

Aurora’s Dry Dock named best brewpub in Denver metro area

Dry Dock earned first place honors in Denver A-List, its sixth year in a row in the award’s Top 2 finishers. East China Asian Cuisine, 15510 E. Centretech Parkway in Aurora was voted the best Chinese restaurant. Named Best Thai was Pearl Of Siam, 18660 E. Hampden Ave. in Aurora. Dry Dock was also named best place to drink beer in the Aurora Sentinel’s recent Grade A Awards — See all the Food and Drink winners at:

Huge natural foods distribution center to open in Aurora

United Natural Foods has announced it will consolidate four existing Denver-area distribution facilities into a single, state-of-the-art, 535,000 square foot facility at Gateway Park in Aurora in 2013. United Natural Foods distributes more than 65,000 natural, organic and specialty foods to more than 27,000 customer locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company was ranked by Fortune in 2006 – 2010 and 2012 as one of its “Most Admired Companies.”


Desperately seeking Colorado dessert chevre with apples and cinnamon

The current issue of Culture cheese magazine ( profiles cheese lovers’ spots in the metro area including the under-the-radar Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy Creamery Retail Store: “In the front office is a cooler stocked with Haystack’s award-winning pasteurized and raw goat cheese: Snowdrop chèvre, feta, Camembert, and Queso de Mano. Aficionados, however, seek the limited-supply stash of experimental cheeses not available anywhere else, such as an Alpine Emmentaler-style cow and goat cheese, green chili Jack, collaborations with Breckenridge Brewery, and Haystack’s first and only dessert chèvre, studded with dried apples and cinnamon.” (1121 Colorado Avenue, Longmont;


Safeway unveils Colorado-raised beef line

Progressive Grocer reports that Safeway recently introduced a line of Colorado-raised beef produced in Fort Morgan. The beef, sold under the retailer’s Rancher’s Reserve Tender Beef label, will be available at 116 stores throughout Colorado and will carry the label “Colorado Proud.”


Would you believe a beer-flavored milkshake?

Colorado-born Red Robin Burgers has lauched a beer-flavored milkshake just as summer concludes. The company decided to feature Sam Adams’s Octoberfest that is on its menu instead of a craft brew from Colorado.


A fun Colorado red with a modest price tag recently reviewed the Canyon Wind Cellars 2009 47-Ten Red:

“This blend of 45 percent cabernet sauvignon … is a fun and approachable introduction to Colorado wines. The unique blend offers aromas of cherries, chocolate and a hint of olive. Along with more complexity than the price tag would suggest, there is nice structure with black cherry, blackberry and tobacco flavors. There is a hint of greenness on the palate, but overall it is a very pleasant wine. You’re not going to find too many estate-grown, single-vineyard wines that beat this one on price. And it is definitely better than Yellowtail or Apothic. About $13 a bottle.”


Now serving Colorado bison carpaccio

The “Denver Five” — a team of metro food artisans — cooked dinner Sept. 19 at the James Beard House in New York and included chefs Jenna Johansen, Samir Mohammad (Lala’s), Hosea Rosenberg (Blackbelly Catering), Tyler Wiard (Elway’s), pastry chef Jessica Scott and sommelier Jonathan Greshler (Fuel Café). Menu included Colorado Bison Carpaccio, Peach Street Distillers Bourbon-Infused Genoa Salami with Palisade Peaches, Gnocchi with Pork Belly Confit and Fruition Farms Shepherd’s Halo Cheese, and Emma Farms Wagyu New York Strip with Colorado Ratatouille, San Luis Valley Romanesco Cauliflower, and Onion Jus.


New lamb burger at McDonald’s, Lobster Surf & Turf Burger at Wendy’s

Burger Business reports that McDonald’s Australia is debuting a Serious Lamb Burger: a lamb patty with red onion, beets, egg, tomato, lettuce and aioli. Wendy’s in Japan is serving a Lobster Surf & Turf Burger and the Premium Caviar & Lobster sandwich.

Colorado Food News appears weekly in the Aurora Sentinel, Buckley Guardian and Life Science newspapers and sites. Send news items to: [email protected].