‘Tis The Season

 What are your favorite Holiday memories?   Having my extended family over on Christmas Eve, and having my immediate family over on Christmas morning and opening gifts.  What should locals not miss this holiday season? 


By the time asparagus and spring leeks appear, I am craving the freshness and bright excitement of the season’s first produce. This recipe is endlessly adaptable—substitute the asparagus and fennel with charred spring leeks or with radicchio, green beans or eggplant in the summer. Romesco is a fabulous sauce to have in your culinary repertoire and is a nutritional powerhouse…

Cocktail Club

 Ingredients  1.0 oz Jamaican Rum  1.0 oz Martinique Rum

Drink Basis, Not Sugar

What ingredients (or lack thereof) make Basis an excellent choice for the conscious Colorado consumer? 


Grace rises above a situation, pride, a misunderstanding, our feelings, or a situation that had a different ending then we would have preferred. I choose grace for 2019 because the Lord has shown me countlessly, that with grace, I am made whole, I can forgive immediately, I can see more clearly, and accept, that every person, every circumstance, has a…

Take a Shelfie

Here's how to accessorize a shelf like a boss courtesy of items sourced from River North Workshop Co. The trick is sticking to quality over quantity, and with select products from small batch artists, you'll design a top-shelf—shelf. Another pro-tip is to keep things simple, so it's easy on the eyes. A little open space goes a long way. Rearrange and…


Tieghan Gerard, the blogger behind Half Baked Harvest and author of Half Baked Harvest Cookbook that just came out this fall. Her blog and cookbook both feature a little sweet, savory, healthy and indulgent recipes from her barn in the mountains of Silverthorne, Colorado. We asked the food photographer/stylist/recipe developer about her favorite things, in and out of the kitchen.

Where to Beer


July 2017 Culinary Creations

Besides our favorite recipe for summer (rest+relax), here is a recipe that is sure to soothe the soul.

Tech This Out

Getting Insta-Inspired with Local Tech Companies Worthy of a Follow.

Blogger Spotlight

I had another blog a while ago, but I started The Black Velveteen in 2014 when I moved back to Denver after finishing grad school. It was born from my insane boredom from not having a job, wanting to channel creative energy after doing science for almost two years, and was boosted by my interest in Instagram, which was starting…

Do Just 5 Things

For those who have a yard or garden, having a personal compost bin has a lot of benefits. Why give all that yummy plant food to the city when it could nourish your plants at home? However, composting can be a little trickier for apartment dwellers. In Cherry Creek curbside pickup comes with a quarterly cost, but you can drop compost…


The holidays are a time to gather around the table and enjoy the great unifier that is delicious, savory food. If you’re also looking to imbibe in some literal holiday spirits this year, elevate your holiday meals with expert wine pairings to get more out of your favorite holiday flavors.


The last few years have seen an explosion of new fitness technology, making it easier to track everything from the number of steps taken in a given day to how our friends are doing with their gym aspirations. To help make sense of the overwhelming number of fitness wearables and apps currently on the market, Highlands Ranch Lifestyle talked to…


1. Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal 2. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Bottled in Bond

Local’s Choice

1. Fishing Pole Travel Case – "Has dad been throwing his fishing poles in the back of his truck, just to arrive at his favorite stream with a tangled, broken mess? Not anymore!"


Who: Susan Hildebrand What: Owner and Designer at Shops at 9th Avenue Where: 899 N. Broadway, Denver

dave lehl’s picks

1. Kennedy Sunglasses in Tortoise shell by Boulder's Zeal Optics - I tend to lose sunglasses on a weekly basis which means I've gone through way more shades that the average bear. These are without a doubt the best I'be come across. I keep coming back again and again.

josh’s picks

Custom Tailored Clothing – There is nothing like the look and fit of a custom-made shirt or jacket – I have recently been connected with the guys from the Bepoke Edge – they are market leaders in the industry and help me look my best.


Jessica Wenger is a seasoned costume designer whose tenure in Hollywood includes countless TV, film, print and commercial projects. Currently a stylist on the Netflix hit series “House Of Cards,” Jessica has worked with myriad celebrities including Kevin Spacey, Emma Stone, Michelle Monaghan and Bruce Willis, as well as several seasons on Dancing With The Stars and Entertainment Tonight.

On The desk Of

Who: Charlie Papazian What: President and Founder of the Brewer Association Where: Boulder, CO

In the Basket of

 Who: Chris & Michele Burke  What: Founders and Organizers of Colorado Fresh Markets  Where: Cherry Creek, City Park, Stapleton, Greenwood Village

On the desk of Anshaka

1 The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India is my favorite hotel in the world. So romantic and stimulating all senses. I thought I died and went to heaven. When I was there the whole crew from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was staying there to shoot the 2nd movie.