I worked my butt off all day here in Denver for IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), barely enough time to chill out at the apartment with some limoncello before the official welcoming event at the art museum. We showed up to a subdued crowd at the event and immediately spotted a table of Colorado wines. Does there always have to be wine with you food people? I mean, Denver isn't called BEERTOWN, USA for nothing. When I drink the Rockies, I don't want it to be the cayahoga grape. Ever. (My friend Lisa accurately described it as granny smith apples and acetone.) We remedied this with free Stranahans whiskey juleps at the reception, followed by more of it straight. If you haven't tried Stranahans, the flavor is impeccable, with a fantastically dry finish that lingers forever. ($50 per bottle, available at liquor store #101, 1702 4th Ave. S.)
IACP fun fact of the day: Did you know Koreans can design their PhDs around kimchi? Jonathan Kauffman's vacationing in Korean right now, can't wait to hear about it. In the meantime, I'm hoping I get to accept a Bert Green Journalism Award for him here Saturday night. He's up for "What I Saw, and Ate, at the Pig 'Sacrifice.'" It's a great piece, if you haven't read it (don't skip the angry vegetarian comments!). Jess Thomson, who used to do some work for us here, is also up for an award for her essay on a Northwest favorite, "Taking the Sting Out of Nettles," which appeared in Leite's Culinaria.