Denver Gourmet Walking Tour

It was a chilly day in March when I ordered the Groupon for the Denver Gourmet Tour.  It looked like an interesting thing to do when the weather got better.  The weather got better but at the same time we got busier.  Next thing we knew the temperatures were spiking near 100 degrees every day.  It wasn’t until September that we thought going on a walking tour of Denver sounded good.

We had no idea what to expect when we took off for the event.  It was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm, even though it was just two days after all of this happened.Denver Snow Day1

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But back to the tour.  Our first stop was Biker Jim’s.  This is my third time trying their dogs and I was so excited to see that the chef was going to let us try the entire menu.  The chef was great.  He stood there and told us stories while he cooked up the dogs one at a time.  As he finished each batch, our tour leader, Shelly,  walked around and handed out the bites for each of us.  I was impressed with how much time he spent telling stories and answering questions.

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When it was all said and done, we had tried almost everything that the hot dog stand offered.  That included the German Veal Brat, Wild Boar Sausage, Alaska Reindeer, Elk Jalapeno Cheddar and Louisiana Red Hot.  The reindeer was my favorite.  I haven’t had reindeer since I was in Sweden when I was 14.  Yum.  All that aside, I still have to try the rattlesnake!  I wonder if I can convince Dan to go back again?

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Our second stop was Brava Pizzeria. I’ve noticed this street vendor a few times as I’ve gone down the 16th street mall.  A wood fire stove on wheels is not a common sight.

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The chef here was also so fun to listen to.  He told us all about how he does things and where his ingredients come from.  Instead of pizza sauce, he just crushes up San Marzano tomatoes and spreads them on the dough.  The mozzarella comes from a pastry bag and is squirted into little dabs on the pizza, and each pizza is finished off with some olive oil after it comes out of the oven.
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Despite his best efforts, the biggest excitement came from watching the snow fall in chunks off of the clock tower next door.  Yikes!  We tried four different pizzas: the classic pizza margherita, the Sonny (Italian sausage-locally made-and my favorite), the fun-guy (mushroom pizza topped with truffle oil) and the marky (pepperoni).  The chef made and cooked each pizza right in front of us, and they were all delicious.

Our third stop was Amore Gelato.  After a quick intro by the owner we were allowed to go behind the counter and scoop our own gelato.  I tried a few and ended up going with the Sabayon and Birthday cake gelato.  I’ve walked past this place a few times and have never walked in before, but I would like to go back soon and try a few more flavors! 

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Our final stop of the day was the EVOO store.  I have to admit that I had no idea that there was such a variety of both olive oils and balsamic vinegar.  After a short talk by the owner, we got to try them on our own.  The best was the peach white vinegar, with the blueberry a close second.  The olive oils were very bold but definitely outshined by the vinegars.

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We didn’t end up buying anything, though.  While they taste good, I’m not sure if I can think of enough recipes to use 12 ounces of a specialty oil.  I wish she sold them in smaller amounts so that we could have gotten a few to try with different recipes.

All in all, the Gourmet tour was a lot of fun.  I was thankful that we walked to the event because we needed to work off all of the calories that we consumed. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs on Urbanspoon Brava! Pizzeria at the Southwest Porch on Urbanspoon Amore Gelato on Urbanspoon