Colorado Expression-magazine-August-September 2020

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In this Issue

Out & About 14

Features 50

Shot in the Dark

On the Hunt

As events go virtual, check out how organizers have been sharing fundraisers on various platforms.

28 Bits & Pieces By Joy Lawrance

Here’s how to visit the Denver Zoo’s Lego exhibit, participate in the summer picnics replacing the Women’s Foundation’s annual luncheon. Check out ideas for fall travel in Colorado and beyond, a new cookbook and more.










By Kim D. McHugh

For outdoor adventurists, fall is all about hunting and Georgia is the spot if you like quail. One of the state’s premier destinations is Barnsley Resort, a spectacular place located in the state’s northern foothills.

54 Fashion By Georgia Alexia Benjou

We’ve gone from an obsession with logomania, athleisure and a riot of mixed patterns to wanting something quieter, more protective and polished for fall 2020. See how that’s playing out in styles that feel sporty, Americanainspired or clean and minimalist.

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Sip & Savor 36 On the Menu By Amanda M. Faison

Chefs and restaurant owners adjusting to the new normal share how they’ve refined their menus and are striving to be more creative to keep diners coming back.

38 Cooking at Home By Amanda M. Faison

The newly released Just Cook With Sally is more than a collection of recipes. It’s a love letter to family, friends and food.

42 The Global Kitchen By Kimberly Field

Denver food travel guide and cookbook author Michele Morris says a wellstocked spice cabinet is your ticket to the world’s palate. She shares her list on what to put in your pantry, plus recipes and local sources on where to find delectable meat and vegetables.

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In this Issue 62 Colorado Weekends By Caramie Petrowsky

A road trip through northern Colorado is a great way to see fall color and enjoy nature. Start in Fort Collins and end up in Steamboat Springs.

68 Great Escapes By Larry DiPasquale

For Larry DiPasquale and his wife Jill, returning to Italy to hike the Dolomites was just part of their grand epicurean adventure in Europe.

72 Landscaping Photo: Donya Nedomam

By Colleen Smith


76 Enterprise By Joanne Davidson

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As businesses across the globe switch from making a variety of products to producing such in-demand items as hand sanitizer, disinfectants, ventilators and personal protective gear, Colorado companies have been quick to respond.

Nonprofit Profile By Joanne Davidson

Kids in Need of Dentistry makes oral care for children available in dental offices and through mobile programs.

78 Body & Soul


By Danielle Yuthas


Makeup artist Michael Moore shares five ways to keep your skincare regimen on track as summer gives way to fall.

The historic grounds of Denver’s Richthofen Castle have been restored to their Victorian-era grandeur in a major landscape makeover.


Trying to figure how to work out in these challenging times? Colorado gyms are offering great options in both virtual and on-site programs.

46 Art Scene By Kimberly Field

Colorado artist Duke Beardsley will be co-exhibiting with sculptor Greg Woodard at “Indians & Cowboys: Redefined by Duke & Woodard” a show at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia this fall. Here’s a preview.




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From the Publisher


Elizabeth Hamilton

Simple Pleasures With a summer breeze or a chill in the air, Colorado offers us so many ways to enjoy life



Becky Grupe


hat an incredible time of the year. The changing of the seasons

from summer to fall is the most bold and


Lisa Buscietta

beautiful. With our new normal, I’ve embraced the season with a new perspective, understanding more deeply the


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importance of a work-life balance. I find myself taking a little more time than before to enjoy the simple pleasure of a summer breeze, with a hint of fall in the air. This

Pamela Cress

issue highlights how to take advantage

Caitlin Roth

of these changing times. My new normal is spending more time with my family,


riding my horse, Oliver, and cooking some

Misti Mills

wonderful meals. I’m smitten with our food stories and recipes, featuring a newly


Georgia Alexia Benjou Joanne Davidson Amanda M. Faison Kimberly Field Joy Lawrance Kim D. McHugh Caramie Petrowsky

released cookbook. We also highlight where to get the best curbside takeout as our restaurants explore new opportunities, along with markets, farms and ranches where you can stock up on provisions. I’m so encouraged by how our businesses and nonprofits are coping and adapting with today’s uncertainty. Learning how COVID-19 is shifting our viewpoint, we feature that influence on the elegant, quieter trends in women’s fashion. We also look forward to our next adventure

Colleen Smith

with stories of a Colorado road trip, exploring the Dolomites in Italy, and the

Danielle Yuthas

luxury of an upscale experience at the Barnsley Resort. We offer an array of inspiring ideas, so whether you begin with a lazy Sunday brunch at home,


Michael Moore

ordering curbside for a romantic dinner or planning a trip to remember, I hope you love the stories as much as I do. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay kind.



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Insider’s Guide

Our contributors share their favorite things about Colorado

“To me, Georgetown is the perfect day trip because it’s an historic mountain mining town, but the drive to get there isn’t too long. You can make a day of it, spend a few hours walking around or continue on to the major ski resorts.”

“The Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Art Museum and a baseball game at Coors Field cover all the bases for out-of-towners looking for a taste of Denver.”

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Kim D. McHugh writes about quail hunting in this issue



“I love baseball and all of my out-of-town visitors do, too. So of course we always try to time their visit to a Colorado Rockies homestand when we can go to our fabulous Coors Field. It’s always fun when the Rockies win, but in the end, few things are better than a summer’s day (or eve) at the hometown ballpark.” Joanne Davidson wrote stories on how manufacturers retooled to make needed products in response to COVID-19, as well as Kids in Need of Dentistry

“Lookout Mountain, the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre are a trifecta and short drive from central Denver. You can see them all in a couple of hours or spend the afternoon.” Suzanne Brown, managing editor

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Olivia Goodreau, founder of the LivLyme Foundation, celebrated National Lyme Disease Awareness Month doing the LivLyme Challenge with celebrities from near and far, including actors Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell of “Modern Family,” members of Imagine Dragons, Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Diana DeGette, Reggie Rivers and Vic Lombardi.




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Together We Breathe Hope The virtual concert for National Jewish Health’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund reached more than 57 countries worldwide and raised more than $100,0000. Hosted by Vic Lombardi, the concert featured musical performances from One Republic, The Lumineers, Michael Franti and Clare Bowen of the popular show, “Nashville,” while showcasing stories of lifesaving work in fighting COVID-19 pandemic at National Jewish Health.



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ANTHONY ZHANG WAS 4 YEARS OLD when he and his younger brother, Aiden, left their grandparents’ home in China to be reunited with his parents, Selina and Kevin, who had immigrated to Colorado a couple of years ahead of him. The reunion was joyful, but as his parents soon discovered, the tears Anthony was shedding weren’t all happy ones. Sixteen of the toddler’s 20 teeth were badly decayed and Anthony was in excruciating pain. Pediatric dental care in China isn’t readily available, his mother explains, adding that while she knew that her son’s teeth needed attention sooner than later, the cost – an estimated $7,000 to $10,000 – was something they simply could not afford given the fact they’d just lost everything in a fire that had destroyed the house in which they were living. Relief came when the Adams County Foundation referred the family to Kids in Need of Dentistry. KIND arranged for Anthony to be evaluated by volunteer dentist Christine Isaacs of Aloha Dental, who recommended immediate treatment in order to save as many of his teeth as possible. She also recommended that the procedures be performed under sedation to make the experience less traumatic for Anthony.


Another of KIND’s volunteer part ners, Dr. Liz Crespi of Sunrise Pediatric Dentistry and a team from CarePoint Anesthesia then spent approximately four hours performing four root canals, three extractions and installing nine crowns and six fillings. Anthony and his parents were thrilled with the outcome. “When Anthony and his brother arrived in Colorado, he was crying and holding his mouth,” recalls KIND’s executive director, Ellie Burbee. “His pain was that severe.” Within days, if not hours, of this extensive dental work Anthony was once again a happy child, laughing and playing and thriving. KIND also organized a drive that raised a little over $2,000 that was used to purchase gift cards for the family to use in replacing household items that had been destroyed in the fire. KIND was established in 1912 by what is now the Metro Denver Dental Society to serve children whose parents worked in coal mines and for the railroads. Its $1.3 million operating budget is funded by Medicaid and insurance reimbursements, grants from foundations, public health entities and school districts, and fundraising events like the annual Strokes of KINDness golf tournament and the Expressions of KINDness gala. In 2019 this “Scrappy team of health-equity warriors” dedicated to providing low-cost, high quality dental care that is respectful of and responsive to the specific cultural needs of the communities it serves delivered $1,098,232 in free or deeply discounted dental work to 12,773 children in the greater Denver area. KIND’s mobile hygiene program visited 105 elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods to offer oral health screenings and administer preventative dental sealants that protect tooth enamel from acids that cause decay. “Our goal is to make sure people understand how important good dental health is,” Burbee explains. “And

we always want that first contact (with a dental professional) to be positive so that we can change the perception that dental care is scary.” She cites an American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry study that found that more than one million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness and that students with poor oral health are more likely to suffer pain that causes them to be irritable, withdrawn or unable to concentrate, thus interfering with eating, speaking and learning. The Colorado Children’s Campaign’s recent Kids Count survey revealed that one in every four Colorado kids are not receiving the

Two members of KIND’s volunteer dental team help a patient to have a healthier smile

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dental care they need, resulting in 7.8 million lost school hours statewide. For those reasons, Burbee says, “We don’t just say, ‘Oh, you’ve got tooth decay,’ and expect the families to figure out what to do about it. We follow through.” Colorado’s “Safer at Home” response to the COVID-19 crisis gave KIND’s board and staff an opportunity to come up with more “creative and diligent” ways of reaching clients impacted by school closures and to examine how to better integrate dental services into primary and mental healthcare delivery. “We must not trade one health crisis for another,” Burbee notes. “Denver Public Schools and the Adams 12 district provided funding for us to reach kids remotely in hygienist-based virtual environments,” Burbee said. “We also established a presence in their drive-through meal programs where we’d be masked and gloved to hand out kits containing a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and a list of foods that are good for them. We also gave the kids bubbles and sidewalk chalk to get them outside” for fresh air and exercise. And, if anyone indicated their child was experiencing dental pain, the volunteers would take a look and then set up a virtual visit” where a KIND dentist could make a diagnosis and proceed with any necessary care. “We are feeling overwhelmed but excited by the way things are going,” Burbee said. “While the future is uncertain, this much is for sure: there will be an increased need for KIND’s services. And so long as social distancing is necessary, we will need to expand things like tele-dentistry.” Joanne Davidson was blessed with nearperfect health but terrible teeth. She could have easily wound up with a mouth full of false ones had it not been for the skill of three patient – and painless – dental professionals.





Summer Beauty Secrets By this time of year, heat, breakouts and sun exposure have taken a toll on our skin. For ideas on how to get your glow back, we sought out beauty guru Michael Moore.

1 What should we be doing to conI recommend a good Vitamin C serum in the morning to replenish the surface of the skin and turnover the cells. Vitamin C is essential on a daily basis. For normal to normal/ oily skin types, my go-to is Hydra C Serum by Lira Clinical. And for normal/dry skin types, I recommend Transdermal C Serum by Truth Treatments. I believe that Vitamin C should be followed by applying a lotion with SPF 30 designed for your skin type. Not all SPF’s are created equal. Therefore, look for one that is zincbased, like Lira Clinical.

THE DETAILS Moore for Life 3035 E 3rd Ave. Denver, CO 80206 (303) 484-1857 Moore has spent more than three decades in the cosmetics and skincare industry. From working with top brands like Bobbi Brown and doing makeup for celebrities to being featured on television shows, Moore’s mission is mak ing people feel better about themselves. At his Cherry Creek North studio in Denver and through his website, Moore works with clients to offer beauty services and custom cosmetics.


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tinue protecting and nourishing our skin without making it more oily?

2 Do you recommend a different cleaning and moisturizing regimen at this time of year than others? And will it change as temperatures start cooling and drier conditions return? Please specify. For cleansers, I always suggest switching it up for the humid and non-humid time of year. A salicylic acid and enzymatic cleanser is great for this time of year to eliminate extra grime and turn over the skins cells.

3 What kind of sun protection do you recommend for women and men with an active lifestyle? Should it be a stand-alone product for face and body, or is a moisturizer or BB creme with SPF in it enough? Product ideas? I do not believe a foundation or something with SPF in it is enough sun protection. A stand-alone product is essential. When one is not wearing makeup, I suggest wearing BB Brite


from Lira Clinical with SPF 30. For someone with a Colorado active lifestyle, I recommend a separate SPF lotion for the face and body.

4 We are drinking a lot of water at this time of the year, but are there other things we should be doing to hydrate the face and body? I often recommend my clients get hydration IVs. I try to go weekly to Hydrate IV Bar. I pick them because they are mobile and have many different locations throughout Denver.

5 Hair tends to get dried out at this time of year because it’s being washed more frequently and swimming takes its toll as well. Do you have any product suggestions or treatments? I like to take an oral collagen supplement that helps face, body and hair. I also recommend a body oil or a coconut oil mask for your hair at night to moisturize and soothe hair.


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ONE NEED NOT IMAGINE THE SITE of a blue sky populated with a technicolor kaleidoscope of gas-filled balloons drifting along on currents of air. See the spectacle in person the first week in October at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The largest hot air ballooning event in the world is also said to be the most photographed event on earth. Hundreds of balloons will take flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park, and viewers will not want to miss all the action including a mass ascension, balloon races and competitions. The names of scheduled


events are tantalizing: Morning Glow; Evening Balloon Glows; Special Shape Balloon Events; Flying Competitions. As you would expect, the organizers are exploring many options to make sure the fiesta goes forward, keeping in mind the safety of the pilots, volunteers, guests and staff as they consult with colleagues to discuss best practices. So far there are 587 applicants, including 113 special shape balloons – slightly more than in the past. It promises to be a spectacular show.


INA GARTEN, THE BAREFOOT Contessa, announced that the release of her latest cookbook will be earlier than originally planned, which is good news for all of us looking for dishes that bring us comfort. “Because we all need it ASAP, we decided to move up the publication date,” she says. The book Modern Comfort Food, her 12th, features 85 new recipes. Some are inspired by her childhood favorites, like cheddar and chutney grilled cheese sandwiches and smashed hamburgers with caramelized onions. There are also plain old-fashioned crowd pleasers like cheesy chicken enchiladas, or roasted sausages, peppers and onions – all delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. Comfort food always includes desserts, and you’ll find directions for the best Boston cream pie and banana rum trifle. Her followers love that they can count on Ina’s dependable instructions and side notes, feeling that she’s right there beside you. From her days of writing nuclear energy budgets (yes!) and operating a specialty food store in the Hamptons, her cookbooks and Food Network shows have generated a loving fan base. This new book is sure to be snapped up quickly. You can preorder it online or find it at your local bookstore.



OUR MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY HAS a herd whose bulls seem to enjoy waking us in the wee hours with their screeches. Such magnificentlooking specimens – and such awful squeals escaping their throats. The most abundant herds are in Rocky Mountain National Park and during breeding season it’s the best place to go for a “concert” you’ll not forget. Mid-September to mid-October is prime time to see a gathering of hundreds of these critters. Dawn and dusk seem to be favorite bugling times, so if you see the herd, just stop the car, roll down the windows and wait. Different bulls have distinct sounds, and each bull’s bugle is a combination of grunts,

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You Know it’s Fall When the Elk Start Bugling

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BEING A CALIFORNIA/COLORADO gal, my first glimpse of the New England fall spectacular was jaw-dropping. I compared all the colors to food – beet red, candied apple, pumpkin orange. I drove the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, 35 miles through the White Mountain National Forest. That may be hard to beat, although the 97-mile trip around Lake Winnipesaukee (New Hampshire) is said to have some of the most colorful and impressive foliage in all New England. In Vermont, billboard-free Route 100 winds through quaint villages with country stores that beg frequent stops. Yet more beautiful foliage is seen in Montgomery, known as “Vermont’s Covered Bridge Capital.” If in Connecticut, start with a hike in Kent Falls State Park that includes covered bridges and waterfalls, then

head to Woodbury, the “antiques capital” of the state. But New England does not have a monopoly on fall color. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula makes the A-list of leaf-peepers. Seven million acres of tree coverage, the shores of three Great Lakes, historic lighthouses and roaring waterfalls make this a destination to amaze. Colors here usually intensify and peak by mid-October. A little closer to home is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, an 83mile loop that starts and ends in Taos, New Mexico. Aspens prevail, but purple cinquefoil and cottonwoods display fiery colors in late September to early October. For later viewing, visit the Lake of the Ozarks during the last two weeks of October. Travelers can hike, bike or horseback ride through Missouri’s largest state park. One of the best places to see larch trees – deciduous conifers that turn bight gold in the fall before losing their needles – is in Glacier National Park. Set against the massive snow-covered peaks of the Continental Divide, this makes for one of the most dramatic autumn scenes in the U.S.

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For the first time since 2015, this exhibit returns to the Denver Zoo with more than 15 nature-inspired creations by artist Sean Kenney. Guests will connect with some of the world’s vanishing species through lifesize and larger-than-life plant and animal sculptures placed throughout the zoo and made entirely of Lego bricks. Kenney and his staff spend months creating the sculptures using nearly a million of those Lego blocks. On display you’ll see a snow leopard, monarch butterfly, jeweled chameleon, black rhino, coral reef…and much more. Kenney’s award-winning traveling exhibitions have toured North America, Asia and Europe for more than 15 years and are described as incredible. The exhibit begins on July 17 and runs through Nov 1. It is included with the zoo’s general admission ticket.

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado Plans a Virtual Annual Luncheon


FINDING CREATIVE WAYS TO DO large group functions during these uncertain days is a challenge. But the Women’s Foundation of Colorado has created a plan to make sure its annual luncheon – an event that typically draws thousands of women from across the state – will still happen, although in a different way. It will be hosting a virtual program and

house parties in a place of the host’s choosing. The foundation suggests that you invite six to ten individuals (family, friends, neighbors) for a backyard barbecue, brunch, happy hour or online meeting. Let WFCO know, and it will provide you with a House Party Kit, which range in price from $50 to $500. Simply arrange your party anytime from Aug. 27 through Aug. 30. They promise this will be a dynamic, engaging pre-produced broadcast via Zoom with guest stars, community leaders, local “sheroes” and the women who benefit from their work. It’s will be an event to remember, and an essential means of raising funds to continue the work of WFCO.

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throughout Snowmass Village. From 6-7 p.m. guests can take part in a weekly bingo series at The Collective Snowmass.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest Breckenridge Oktoberfest is the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains. Celebrate Sept. 11 – 13 on historic Main Street, when Munich meets the mountains for views, brews, yummy food, live music and more.

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The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce hosts a juried fine arts show with artists from across the country. Downtown Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas for the 31st Annual Colorado Artfest, Sept. 12 and 13, which has become a seasonal tradition for residents and art enthusiasts alike. Enjoy continual live main stage entertainment featuring popular musicians, interactive exhibits for the kids, food and beverages and much more.

Event organizers have figured out ways to get people together for music, art and dining festivals in the COVID-19 era. And because this is Colorado, there will also be a lot of beer. CHECK WEBSITES FOR UPDATES

Spend Thursday evenings in Snowmass with Brews, Bands & Bingo through Sept. 24. From 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, businesses around Snowmass feature food and drink specials and extended business hours. Enjoy bites, libations and at least two live bands on stages



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The CRUSH WALLS festival, Sept. 14–20, has been taking art to the streets of RiNo since its inception 11 years ago. Spotlighting local, national and international artists, CRUSH has been a catalyst for creative expression and collective gatherings while being instrumental in the transformation of the neighborhood. Visit for artists, locations and events.

Enjoy all things beer during Denver Beer Week. From Sept. 18–26 the 12th annual Denver Beer Week will feature more than 160 beer-related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions around the city. From firkin tappings to midnight beer brunches to tap takeovers to beer street parties, there is an event for every type of beer lover. Visit for all the details.

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Restaurants Retool Chefs and owners refine menus, get creative to keep diners coming back By AMANDA M. FAISON


“PIVOT” WAS SUCH A LOVELY WORD. Pre-pandemic, it brought to mind an effortless, even graceful, move or shift. But after March 16, there are few in the restaurant industry who view the word in the same way. Now it is simply equated with survival. For William Espiricueta, chef-owner of Smok, a two-year-old barbecue restaurant located in the Source Hotel, the switch from packing picnic tables with diners to piling takeout containers with smoked meats and sides was an easy decision. “I probably have a different perspective from most because I already thought the industry was evolving toward fast-casual,” he says, referring to his move out of upscale kitchens like Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth to open Smok. The restaurant never missed a beat. Instead, Espiricueta limited the expansive menu to the 10 best-selling dishes and dug into the conundrum of delivery services. (He ultimately, and reluctantly, went with DoorDash because of the fee structure he was able to negotiate.) Business has been good enough to bring back the full menu (with the exception of the smoked salmon, which is too expensive to carry), along with daily specials. Now Espiricueta has turned his attention to perfecting walkup service and maybe even delivery via the staff itself. “People still want that hospitality touch,” he says. “That note on the bag, that little bit of conversation from a distance. I want to be known as one of 36

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the restaurants that took this seriously and did it right,” he says. Tommy Lee of Uncle and Hop Alley has also found a sweet spot in takeout. “We were lucky that we’ve been doing takeout and delivery since we opened. This wasn’t a huge adjustment for us,” he says. Even so, business is down 40 to 50 percent. Lee’s telltale calm comes through in his balanced approach. “My goal is keep as many people as employed as possible,” he says. “But every day is like walking on eggshells.” That push and pull is a sentiment Ounjit Hardacre, chef-owner of Daughter Thai in the Riverfront neighborhood, and Citizen Thai Bistro in Lakewood, knows all too well. When the shutdown first hit, Daughter Thai’s dinner business dropped from between $6,000 and $9,000 a night to just $600. Still, Hardacre insisted on keeping as many of her kitchen staff as possible. With some shuffling of hours and menu items (“I change


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strategy every day,” she says) sales now average $2,000 to $2,500 a night. Because of her location on Platte Street, with no designated parking, she is forced to use GrubHub, UberEats, and DoorDash. Those delivery fees, which can reach as high as 30 percent per order, impact her bottom line. But, says Hardacre, she looks at the services as marketing and they get her food out the door and into the hands of customers. The truth is, most restaurants are struggling to find their footing. Chook, an Australian-style roast chicken shop seemingly well positioned to weather the pandemic, is down 40 to 50 percent but climbing its way back, according to cofounder and James Beard-winning chef Alex Seidel. Likewise, chef and co-owner Max MacKissock says Bar Dough is 50 percent to normal.

But out of duress comes innovation. “We are chefs,” says Seidel, who also co-owns Fruition, Mercantile Dining & Provision, and Fruition Farms and Creamery. “We adapt, we figure it out. We’ve been programed to get through this.” At Fruition the takeout menu has grown to include add-ons like quarts of soup, jars of pickles and jam, and containers of yogurt from the creamery. MacKissock, who is the culinary director for Culinary Creative restaurant group, has also seen success in offering pantry items, as well as being creative with real estate. “We’re looking at how we can best utilize our space and expand our audience. If that means treating our kitchens more like ghost kitchens and doing other concepts out of there, so be it.” One such pop-up, Jabroni & Sons and its Italian-style deli sandwiches out of Bar Dough, has done very well for MacKissock and his crew. At Comida, Rayme Rossello launched a menu of take-and-bake items like chicken enchiladas and fajita dinners for two or four, along with batched margaritas. These family-friendly meals can be collected curbside, driven home, and slid into the oven. Rossello has even delivered meals to designated neighborhoods in her hot pink food truck. “People go to a link on the website, preorder, and prepay and the truck acts as a delivery vehicle,” she says. Kelly Whitaker, chef and co-owner of Basta, The Wolf’s Tailor (which was named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants in 2019), Dry Storage, and Brutø, has let the pandemic guide him to a new way of conducting business. He now books carryout orders like a traditional restaurant reservation. “We slot five tickets per 15 minutes,” he says. “It’s like a reservation: You book your table. You pick up your order.” This means the kitchen is never overwhelmed and the quality of the food is pristine unless, of course, you’re late to pick up your food (aka “your reservation”). The first two weeks Whitaker employed this strategy at Basta, the restaurant shattered all previous sales records.

Success has always favored the agile. This fact has never been more relevant and more on display than for restaurants in the era of COVID-19. “We will never stop evolving,” says Whitaker. And while he is referring to his own businesses, Whitaker might as well be speaking for the industry as a whole.


Colorado-based food writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years as the food editor of 5280, Denver’s city magazine. She has published stories in Food & Wine, Outside, Elle Decor and Travel & Leisure. She has also edited four cookbooks and has twice judged the James Beard Foundation's annual cookbook awards.

RDER THIS With so many options out there, here’s how to nail your to-go meal every single time. Most important, remember to visit the restaurant’s website when possible to place your order.

BAR DOUGH Cacio e peppe, pollo al limon (half-roasted chicken with pan

sauce, mustard fill, and grilled lemon), housemade pound cake, and a four-pack of Aperol spritzes. P.S. Look for the Jabroni & Sons pop-up and order immediately. The Italian deli-style sandwiches—don’t miss the Uncle Jimmy with Italian pulled pork, broccoli rabe, sharp provolone, and Calabrian chile aïoli—sell out every. single. time.

BASTA Raw roots salad; chicken liver mousse, heirloom grain lasagna for two; Orange Daisey cocktail for two.

CHOOK Whole chicken with piri-piri, roasted street corn, smashed cucumbers, and a bottle of Attimo rosé,

COMIDA Take-and-bake chicken enchiladas; jicama, cucumber, and watermelon salad; and margaritas for two.

DAUGHTER THAI Date Night Dinner Set with Mae Sai Khoa Soi (Mae Sai-

style noodles curry with slow-braised, bone-in beef short rib), four vegetarian crispy rolls, Land & Sea (stir-fried chicken and prawns with cashews and sweet roasted chile sauce), four gyoza, mango sticky rice, and a bottle of prosecco.

FRUITION Fruition farms porchetta with fennel and potato salad and tonnato sauce (serves two); lemon meringue pie; and double old-fashioned

HOP ALLEY Chilled tofu with sesame bang bang sauce, steamed eggplant

with Sichuan fermented soy bean sauce (trust us!), whatever special is running, a four-pack of gin and tonics.

SMOK Brisket sandwich, mac and cheese, and a hand pie. And heck, why not throw in a six-pack of Bartles & Jaymes or Coors Banquet (yes, really)?

UNCLE Chicken ramen and pork buns, of course, and canned sake.

THE WOLF’S TAILOR Sourdough bread; the Entrust, an omakase-style meal of seven to 10 bites as chosen by the chefs; any of pastry chef Jeb Breakell’s creative desserts; bartender’s choice cocktail for two.




Recipes for Living A newly released cookbook, Just Cook With Sally, is a love letter to family, friends and food



LIKE MANY COOKBOOKS, JUST Cook With Sally began with requests— no, pleas—from Sally Uhlmann’s friends and family. They had to have the recipe for her corn salad, her gingerbread, her ginger cookies, her chocolate cake, her whole wheat bread. They needed to know how she coaxed so much flavor out of grilled meat. They dreamed of replicating her strawberry jam. Uhlmann, who has lived in Colorado Springs, Kansas City, Bozeman, Denver, and now resides in Amsterdam, didn’t mind sharing her dishes but there was a problem: She’s a cook who relies more on instinct and feel than she does on measuring cups and spoons. But with so many requests, an idea blossomed: She could write a cookbook. With that in mind, Uhlmann began returning to her favorite recipes and painstakingly measuring each and every ingredient. She wrote everything down and saved the files to her computer. The cookbook idea—and the recipe cache—kept growing. But as can happen with passion projects, life got in the way and what had seemed like a short-term undertaking turned into a years-long process. In that time, Uhlmann’s beloved husband Robert died of an extremely rare form of pancreatic cancer. On his deathbed Robert made her promise that she would see the project through. Robert, who had published a book called Dear All, a collection of letters and musings from his father, knew the value of


holding such a work in your hand. “He told me I needed to have a solid cookbook,” Uhlmann says. Through the years, the cookbook began to take on another form, it became a means of recording memories. “People have always told me to write my memoir,” says Uhlmann, who is the consummate storyteller with a vast repertoire. “I tried to do it a few times but I got caught up. With this, I could just write in some stories about the A LOVE LETTER



Just Cook With Sally By Sally Uhlmann

Available at, and selected independent bookstores. You can also find other recipes on her blog.


food.” After all, what are cherished recipes if not stories in and of themselves—ones that tug at a familiar scent, a fleeting moment, a souvenir of a time long passed. “No one can tell a story quite like Sally,” says Stephan Pyles, a James Beard-winning chef who Uhlmann counts as one of her mentors. And so the pages of Just Cook With Sally (June 2020, Favorite Recipes Press) are peppered with vivid tales of her childhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay area; her uninhibited life as a young hippie at Antioch College in Ohio and Ibiza, Spain; her far-reaching travels to Afghanistan, China, Turkey, Lebanon, Chile and beyond. Uhlmann’s recall is astounding, a fact that she credits to keeping extensive travel journals. “I think the


fact that I wrote so many journals, I just look at things and try and figure out how to best describe something in words,” she says. Of the many stories captured on the pages, the following are not to be missed: how, as a child, the ceremonial plucking of a perfect, sun-ripened peach from a tree defined the Fourth of July (page 9), how Lebanese tabbouleh mentally and physically nurtured Uhlmann through the horror of being incarcerated in Beirut (page 126), and how a dish of farfalle with eggplant and pine nuts (page 162) provided sustenance and comfort in the wake of Robert’s death. Taken together, each of the moments captured in the book document a life fully and deliciously lived. This is Uhlmann’s love letter to family and friends. Because Just Cook With Sally is as much a catalog of Uhlmann’s life as it is a collection of recipes, the cookbook can’t be filed under a single cuisine. Dishes run the gamut from American cinnamon rolls (hold the icing, says Uhlmann) and Indianinspired mushrooms to Turkish flatbread with every iteration in between. Uhlmann is a whiz when it comes to the grill, and her primer for marinating, brining, dry rubbing, glazing, and finishing cuts with oils and butters may very well change the way you cook. “Hopefully this is a guide that gives people ideas,” she says. “Pick a flavor profile and then you can swap it up, change it up. Make it your own.” In understanding that Uhlmann views cooking as the ultimate act of love, it should come as no surprise that the first and last recipes in Just Cook With Sally were carefully plotted. The book begins with a homey whole-wheat bread. The recipe, which includes milk-soaked oats and molasses, is one that Uhlmann has baked regularly for more than five decades. The book closes with Uhlmann’s beloved jewel-toned strawberry jam. “This is the food of my kid’s childhoods,” she says. “They are the bookends of home and love.”

POACHED APRICOTS 2 cups white wine 2 cups honey 2 whole vanilla beans


3 pounds fresh apricots (slightly underripe), pitted and quartered

1. In a large pot combine wine, honey and vanilla beans. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce to a solid simmer, and allow to reduce for 20 minutes. 2. Add apricots, toss with a wooden spatula to ensure they are all coated with poaching liquid. Adjust heat so that they gently boil. Poach until tender, folding them gently a few times into the syrup. Depending on ripeness, the apricots will cook for 6 to 9 minutes; you want them to be soft but not disintegrating. 3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer apricots to a container with a closable lid. Reduce remaining syrup by boiling until thick, about 10 minutes. It will foam as it boils, so remove it from the heat towards the end to see how it is reducing. About halfway through, pour the juices that have accumulated in the apricots into the pot to reduce as well. Pour syrup over the apricots to cover. Any leftover syrup is terrific as a base for a barbecue sauce, a glaze for roasted meat, or as a simple syrup in a favorite summer cocktail. Use it, don’t toss it. 4. When cool, tightly cover and refrigerate for up to a week. SERVES 6 5 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from the cob 1 tablespoon salt ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved ½ red onion, finely diced 1 small zucchini, finely chopped ¼ cup Italian parsley, minced


1 tbs fresh oregano, minced 1 tbs fresh cilantro, minced 1 ⁄3 cup dressing of choice TO SERVE 1 avocado, diced

1. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Add the corn and salt. Boil for 30 seconds, place in a colander and rinse under cold water until corn is room temperature. Drain for at least 5 minutes. 2. Place all salad ingredients in a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately. Lightly dress salad and add avocado just before serving. Taste and adjust seasonings. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020 COLORADOEXPRESSION.COM



The Global Kitchen Give your Colorado harvest a worldly flavor By KIMBERLY FIELD Photos and recipes by MICHELE MORRIS


COLORADO’S FARMS AND RANCHES are brimming with a rich harvest. A morning’s stroll through an outdoor market or a family visit to the farm yields a bounty of quality, locally grown foods. For Denver cookbook author and food travel guide Michele Morris, her market basket becomes her passport to the cuisines of the world. “Once you know the flavor notes of a region’s cuisine, you can improvise with the very best seasonal produce and meats,” Michele says. A wellstocked spice cabinet is your ticket to the world’s palate. She calls it global improv, and best of all, it’s readily available from local purveyors.

GLOVAL IMPROV Steak and potato salad

INDIA: Cinnamon, coriander,

Michele Morris’s guide to using global ingredients in recipes

cumin, fennel, cardamom, cloves, chiles, turmeric, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, cilantro, eggplant, ginger, spinach, lentils, chickpeas, green peas, basmati rice, grated coconut, tamarind pulp, cayenne, curry powder, black mustard seeds, mangoes.

AFRICA: Cumin, coriander, cinna-

CHINA: Mushrooms, ginger root,

Here, she shares her expertise.

mon, ginger, turmeric, marjoram, dill, fresh mint, chiles, potatoes, beets, carrots, lentils, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, black olives, lemon juice, parsley, almonds.

MIDDLE EAST: Pine nuts, olive oil, eggplant, raisins, parsley, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, mint, tarragon, cinnamon, dill, tahini, sesame seeds, bulgur, couscous, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, carrots, chickpeas, black olives, garlic, lentils. 40

tamari soy sauce, sesame oil, scallions, rice vinegar, mirin, bok choy, peanut oil, garlic, chiles, chile paste, anise, water chestnuts, sesame seeds, cornstarch, sake, five-spice powder, Hoisin sauce, bean sprouts, asparagus, bell peppers, carrots.

THAILAND: Lime juice, tamari

soy sauce, chiles, ginger root, garlic, lemon grass, cilantro, coconut milk, curry powder, mushrooms, basil, Laos root, spearmint, cayenne,


snow peas, peanut butter, bell peppers, mung beans, snow peas, chili sauce, peanut oil, cucumber.

CARIBBEAN: Pumpkin, winter

squash, tomatoes, carrots, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, lime juice, avocados, grated coconut, coconut milk, bananas, rum, chiles, bell peppers, Bermuda onions, mangoes, black-eyed peas, brown rice.

MEXICO: Lime juice, cilantro,

chiles, oregano, cumin, avocados, tomatoes, tomatillos, bell peppers, black beans, coriander, annatto seeds.

FRANCE: Rosemary, olive oil, carrots, potatoes, herbs de Provence, capers, garlic, olives, zucchini, tarragon, thyme, green beans, leeks,

eggplant, marjoram, balsamic vinegar, wine, basil, Dijon mustard, chard.

ITALY: Capers, olive oil, eggplant,

oregano, arborio rice, basil, oregano, plum tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, cannellini beans, zucchini, wine, spinach, broccoli, chard.

mushrooms, garlic, olives, rosemary,

Global improv in the kitchen has replaced global travel in 2020 for arts and culture writer Kimberly Field.


1 pound eggplant, about 2 medium or 3 small eggplants Extra virgin olive oil 1 pound ground lamb ½ cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 ⁄3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

1 tbs minced fresh oregano 1 tbs minced fresh mint 1 tsp ground cumin ½ cup coarse breadcrumbs 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375. Split the eggplants lengthwise and use a small knife to scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh to form a shell. Place the shells on a foil-lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. 2. While the shells are cooking, chop the eggplant and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add the ground lamb and cook until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Drain excess fat, reserving about 1-2 tablespoons in the skillet. 3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the eggplant and garlic and cook until the eggplant is soft, about 3 minutes. Pour the vegetables into the bowl with the lamb, and add the sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, raisins, oregano, mint, cumin, breadcrumbs and feta cheese. Toss gently to combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. 4. Press the filling into the eggplant shells and return the baking sheet to the oven to cook for 20 minutes. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil before serving.



1¼ cups dried black beans 3 ounces salt pork, cut in quarters 1 tsp Liquid Smoke 1 bay leaf ¼ tsp salt 4 ounces bacon, chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup diced tomatoes, fresh or canned ¼ cup minced cilantro OPTIONAL Chopped parsley, for garnish 42

1. Add the beans to a very large stockpot, cover with at least 4 inches of water and let the beans soak overnight. 2. The next day, drain beans and place in a large saucepan along with the salt pork, Liquid Smoke and bay leaf. Cover with water a couple of inches above the beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam, until the beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. If the beans start to dry out, add water as needed. 3. Remove the salt pork and set aside. Discard bay leaves and add the salt. Drain the beans, retaining 2 cups of the cooking liquid. 4. Cook the bacon in a large heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside; drain off all but 2 to 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the onion and pepper to the pot and cook until soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. 5. Add the garlic, cooked beans and tomatoes. Finely chop the meat portion of the salt pork and add it to the beans; discard the fat. Add half of the bean cooking liquid, cover and cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. If the mixture dries out, add a bit more liquid. Stir in the cilantro and garnish with chopped parsley.


IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD Loaded with flavor and goodnes, Pesto Potato Salad


WHERE TO FIND THE GOODS Farmers markets are everywhere in late summer. You can go straight to the source, too. Many farms and ranches even offer tours so children can see where we get our food. Most deliver as well.

CURE ORGANIC FARM AND MARKET, Boulder for produce, pork, beef, poultry, honey |

Michele Morris is a professional recipe developer and food photographer who leads food and wine tours in Italy. Visit

OLLIN FARMS, Longmont for

produce, flowers, artisanal products

SKY PILOT FARM, Longmont for pork,

lamb, beef and eggs |

BLACK CAT FARM, Boulder for produce, meats and poultry

EWE BET RANCH, Loveland for lamb, wool |

SAVORY SPICE, Founded in Colorado, Savory Spice Shops are located in Denver and downtown Littleton for spices, specialty ingredients

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Artist Duke Beardsley learned to rope and ride as a youth, giving him an appreciation of cowboys and their work




Home Off the Range Duke Beardsley shakes the dust off his boots and takes his cowboys into new territory By Kimberly Field . Photography Courtesy of Duke Beardsley

Duke Beardsley’s “Rompecabezas” features the artist’s signature outsized cowboys


COLORADO PAINTER DUKE Beardsley’s first museum show, with sculptor Greg Woodard, “Indians & Cowboys: Redefined by Duke & Woodard” opens in October at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. He’s been given free range in choosing pieces that express his unique view of the timelessness of the American West “at a time when the world is asking us to think differently,” Beardsley muses. His outsized cowboys loom large, as does the mystique of the cowboy on the western landscape. But Beardsley challenges the time-honored, romanticized icons, and they are always up to “whatever I throw at them.” The collaborative exhibit may be his first museum show, but it’s not

the first time Beardsley’s work has graced the walls of an august institution. The Denver Art Museum has two of his paintings in its permanent collection. What was it like to have your hometown art museum come calling? Beardsley tells the story with a sense of wide-eyed wonder even after nearly two decades. “I hosted a show at Rockmount Ranch Wear where I had studio space on the second floor, a beer and cheddar Goldfish thing. Peter Hassrick came up to me and said, ‘If you haven’t sold these two painting, give me a call.’ I didn’t really understand what was going on until someone told me he was a curator from the Denver Art Museum and he’s inter-

ested. As soon as he left, I took the sale stickers off those paintings,” Beardsley remembers. Hassrick, a legend in Western art circles who had established the Petrie Institute of American Western Art at the Denver Art Museum, was indeed interested. He invited Beardsley to bring his paintings to a swanky cocktail party and dinner for a group of high-powered patrons that ac-

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“Parlee” by Duke Beardsley

quired art for the DAM’s collections. “I talked to them a bit and then waited in the bar while they had dinner. Peter came out and said, ‘You’re in, kid.’” “That’s quintessential Duke,” says his longtime friend Steve Weil, president of Rockmount Ranch Wear in Denver. “Duke embodies the cowboy spirit. He is modest and lacks pretension. He’s not a poser. He’s an unassuming guy, he has no expectations despite the prominence of his family,” Weil says. Duke’s father George Beardsley was a developer who, with his partners, planned and built Inverness Business Park. His family has left its philanthropic stamp on Colorado. The family had a small cattle operation in southeastern Douglas County where the fifth-generation Coloradoan was rousted from his bed to join family members working the cattle. “I learned to rope and ride, and maybe most importantly, I learned when to get out of the way. I did whatever needed doing,” Beardsley remembers. His was a childhood he describes as a “dual/duel upbringing,” that would serve him well in his artistic career. Duke Beardsley draws cowboys. Big, working cowboys and cowgirls


that have taken their places in cowboy iconography along with the romanticized images of Beardsley’s boyhood idols Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. “I know these cowboys, I’ve worked alongside them, ridden these horses. They’re my friends,” Beardsley says. His canvases might depict a single out-scaled image of a working cowgirl on top of multiple images of riders rendered in a graphic arts, or even pop style influenced by his days at ArtCenter

“Legatee” by Duke Beardsley is an oil on canvas painting


College of Design in Pasadena. Other times, the lineup riders take center stage and the cowboy steps back into the composition. “Sometimes it’s a contest to see who’s on top,” Beardsley says, “I stay out of their way.” Beardsley’s paintings often feature vivid colors. Turquoise and red are favorites; that’s another thing the work seems to decide for itself. But the cowboys remain monochromatic in charcoals and black. They are real, but unrecognizable with hats pulled low, or heads turned downward or in profile. The cowboy could be any one of us. “Duke universalizes the cowboy,” Weil says. “His cowboys resonate with us.” Beardsley seems to marvel at the serendipity of his career. He speaks with fondness of his commission from his alma mater Graland Country Day School to paint a portrait of Charles Gates for the Gates Center for Innovation at the school. “I had the privilege to know Mr. Gates and to ride horses with him. It was a rewarding and fun collaboration with his family,” Beardsley says. And yes, the picture is immediately recognizable as Charles Gates. Some of Beardsley’s works really are serendipitous. An avid fly fisherman, Beardsley painted a garage wall at a fishing lodge in Argentina. It involved a bit of the potent local liquor, he allows. He has also painted images for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and for fundraising merchandise by fly fishing brands Patagonia and Fishpond. Beardsley collaborated with Weil and Rockmount on a scarf marking the 100th anniversary of the National Western Stock Show as well as a scarf for the Calgary Stampede. “Duke is the same guy he always was, and that’s his charm,” Weil says. “He’s just a nice guy.” Kimberly Field writes about fine arts and Western lifestyle, and has written several history books. She’d like to be a cowgirl, but she’s scared of cows.


The artist at work in his Colorado studio




on my mind Upscale adventures in upland



hunting A trip to the Beretta Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Resort is an elevated experience

Georgia is known for a number of great things, including peaches, The Masters golf tournament, Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Denver Broncos running back, Terrell Davis, a graduate of the University of Georgia, and Ray Charles, a native Georgian, whose song “Georgia on My Mind” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. For wing shooters, though, the Peach State means quail hunting. “Similar to South Dakota being the pheasant hunting capital of the

world, Georgia is all about quail,” said John Burrell, president and CEO of High Adventure Company. “With these birds you step into the cover and they just explode from the habitat.” BY KIM D. MCHUGH

OUT IN THE FIELD UPPER RIGHT: Lucky, the hunting dog LOWER RIGHT: In the field, with the hunting dogs


An avid outdoorsman since his childhood in Anderson County, Tennessee, Burrell, has 25 years of experience managing, developing and marketing some of the world’s top sporting destinations. In addition to being one of the most respected professionals in the outdoor industry, he’s received Garden & Gun magazine’s Best of the Sporting South award and his Acworth, Georgia-based High Adventure Company is the only four-time recipient of Sporting Classics magazine’s Award of Excellence. If quail hunting in Georgia is on your to-do list, there are premier destinations where you can hunt to your heart’s content, one of which is Barnsley Resort, a spectacular place located in the state’s northern foothills 60 miles from Atlanta among 3,000 acres of wilderness habitat. Built for his wife, Julia, in the 1840s by Englishman Godfrey Barnsley, the original residence was modeled after an Italianate countryside manor house, complete with intricate hedgerows and an elaborate parterre garden. Though it survived the Civil War during the 1860s, it was no match for a tornado that did it irreparable harm in 1906. Today, the grounds are home to the manor house’s ruins, its gardens and a seductive Southern estate that in 2018 was voted one of the Top Resorts in the South by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers. Here guests luxuriate in one of 150 rooms that include cottage rooms, six one-bedroom Arbor Cottage suites and 55 additional rooms at the Inn at Barnsley Resort. As if the finest quail hunting in the world isn’t enough to entice a vacation, the resort sweetens your experience like a tall, cold glass of sweet tea and amenities that include horseback riding, hiking and biking along trails with Blue Ridge Mountains views, a Jim Fazio-designed golf course that was also rated in 2018 as Georgia’s number one course and 21st in the United States by, and the Spa at Barnsley Resort. Established in 1526, Beretta, the Italian company appreciated for its artisan-quality firearms and shooting apparel, recently partnered with Barnsley Resort and High Adventure Company to create a next-level adventure. Not to miss for shooting enthusiasts is a five-stand and pair of 14station sporting clays courses at the Beretta Shooting Grounds by High Adventure Company, where guests are welcome to test their skills armed with the latest Beretta shotguns. You can also rent one for quail hunting if you don’t travel with your own gun. A three- to five-day trip, Burrell suggests, would allow at least one to two full days of quail hunting, as well as time at the sporting clays courses, a morning or afternoon horseback ride and perhaps a round or two of golf on the 7,350-yard course. After flying into either Atlanta, Georgia or Chat-

Barnsley Resort

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The Barnsley Resort clubhouse; the ruins of the original residence; happy hour at the clubhouse; view of the Jim Fazio-designed golf course; the Godfrey estate cottage; the Meadow Suite porch; the Adelaide two-story cottage; and a view of wilderness habitat

tanooga, Tennessee, you and your travel companions are met at the airport, where a car service takes you to the resort. “We keep one of the private cottages on standby for our guests at all times, so if they don’t want to be in the hotel they’re able to have privacy,” Burrell explained. “Later in the afternoon we have it set up with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres or they can go to our clubhouse. The space has multiple sitting areas with couches and big screen TVs, and there are also intimate sitting areas outside.” Guests convening at the clubhouse are taken aback by a unique feature, a painstakingly restored 1970’s Land Rover whose rear lift gate when opened reveals a well-stocked, slide out bar. It is just one of the special touches visitors enjoy, along with demonstrative Southern hospitalty and scrumptious cuisine. As to the hunting experience, High Adventure Company goes to extraordinary lengths to assure a safe, memorable and praise-worthy outing. Hunting parties are limited to two or three guests, plus a guide. However, if a family or small corporate group is hunting, they can travel to the courses together, but will be rotated into the field. Typically, there are no more than 15 hunters on course at a time and with 3,000 acres of habitat, social distancing is essentially in play by default. Each hunter has a reasonable opportunity to harvest 20 quail during his or her guided fullday hunt; a half-day hunt presents the chance to garner 10 quail per hunter and guests can purchase extra birds for $9 each. Similar to Colorado’s ski season, where March is acclaimed for having the deepest powder and abundant sunshine, there is also an optimal time for quail hunting. The season runs from mid-October through March, but Burrell believes that mid-November to the end of February is the sweet spot for quail hunting. To watch High Adventure Company’s English Setters and English Cocker Spaniels work the courses is artistry in motion. “Here, it is about having the very best dogs that money can buy,” Burrell said. “I’m so proud of pointing dogs like Lucky. He’s a dog that is going to run big and when he goes on point, he freezes. When the Cockers go in to flush, the birds are up and guns are blasting, the Cockers are steadily bringing birds back, but Lucky, he’s not taking a step until the handler releases him.” Other spots for quail hunting in southern Georgia include Lenox River Ranch, Broadfield Sporting Club at Sea Island, Riverview Plantation, Pine Hill Plantation and Rio Piedra Plantation. As quail hunting season draws closer you may wish to start humming “Georgia on My Mind” and then start dreaming about Berettas, bird dogs and coveys. Kim D. McHugh, a Lowell Thomas award-winning writer, has been writing about people, travel, food and wine, architecture and golf since 1986. He’s hunted pheasant at Cheyenne Ridge Signature Lodge in South Dakota, but now has Georgia on his mind.


In just a few short months, COVID-19 has changed the way women look at fashion. We’ve gone from an obsession with logomania, athleisure and a riot of mixed patterns to wanting something quieter, more protective and polished. Designers have been slowly moving in this direction over the last few seasons, but months spent locked away in our homes has suddenly given women the desire to get dressed again. If you want a break from those ubiquitous leggings and yoga pants, fall 2020 will give you that chance as fashion returns to a more elegant silhouette. Which is why this month’s fashion pages celebrate a certain quiet glamor designers explored on their runways. Americana is a lighthearted take on varsity sweaters, utility jumpsuits and shirtdresses—pieces perfect for transitioning from late summer into mid-autumn. With its lush mix of hunting and equestrian signatures, Sporting features country plaids, quilted jackets and riding boots, all in a rich palette of neutral hues. We wrap things up with a look at the new Minimalism, with its fluid lines that give those rigorous silhouettes of the1990s a more feminine edge.

A STYLE As the seasons change and we continue to navigate a worldwide pandemic, fashion can feel unimportant. But the search for personal style is always relevant—it’s how we define ourselves, while finding a way to engage with beauty and maintain a connection to what’s happening in the world around us. This fall, we’re looking forward to women’s desire for dressing again to propel fashion into a style reset. BY GEORGIA ALEXIA BENJOU, who started in the fashion industry as a national buyer and mer-

chandiser in New York City, Milan and Paris for such luxury brands as Hermes, Christian Dior and Chanel. Today, she is based in Colorado as an editorial and advertising stylist. She is also co-owner of newly launched fashion consulting and events firm, Short Story, which works with emerging and established designers.

reset Viv & Edie made-to-order Prom Queen minaudière in eelskin with Swarovski crystal alligator, suede interior, and removable brass shoulder strap and push clasp top, $2,750,


PREP SCHOOL Varsity sweaters, utility jumpsuits and shirtdresses in a palette of red, white, blue and black, accented with metallic accessories. Makeup is simple with a classic flushed check and red lip.

Tommy Hilfiger striped embroidered beanie, deep well, $190; varsity blanket jacket, meteorite, $560; heritage light blue shirt, Ithaca,$160; studded crest belt, meteorite; $120; vintage carpenter jeans, amber brown, $230, all


Apiece Apart cotton Los Altos top, $245, and Wabi Sabi skirt, $295, 11 HonorĂŠ, Tory Burch Americana bandana neckerchief, $78, Tory Burch, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 303-388-1383, Current Elliott cotton utility suit, $368, Brooks Brothers Supima cotton dobby shirtdress, $228, Brooks Brothers, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 303-355-0069, Miu Miu suede mirror block-heel pumps, $850, Neiman Marcus, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 303-329-2600, Marc Jacobs stainless steel 32 mm The Cushion Watch, 100Ft/30m water resistance, quartz movement and K1 hardened mineral crystal glass, $350, Urban Decay Stay Naked Face & Lip Tint in, $26,,, and select


Thierry Lasry sunglasses, $375, N. Peal London wide cable cashmere scarf, $290, Veronica Beard Lia dickey jacket, $695, Zaylee blouse, $450, and Basima pant, $425, all available at Ralph Lauren Collection cotton Elias check jacket, $2,690, Neiman Marcus Two Green Stones Unearthed twotoned leather and steel cuff, $210, Smythe Birkin blazer in Toffee Windowpane, $795, Garbarini, 239 Detroit St., 303-333-8686,

Photo: Christopher Wahl

Vapour Eye Eyeshadow Quad in Archetype, $48, Aillea, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 303-551-0564,


SPORTING Hunting and equestrian influences, from plaids to leather details and riding boots, in warm shades of brown popped with bright green and gold. Keep your beauty look au natural.

Burberry contrast seam woolcashmere-linen blazer, $3,190, Neiman Marcus


NEW MINIMALISM A softer, more fluid and feminine line defines this season’s silhouettes. Sleek accessories finish the look. Keep beauty minimal but defined with a bold brow and wine-colored lip.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Issa jumpsuit in pebble silk, $1,095, Max, 250 Columbine St., 303-321-4949,


Bally two-tone leather pump, $620, Bottega Veneta fluid satin tunic / dress, $2,950, Neiman Marcus Coclico leather Whoop boot, $395, Strut, 3611 W. 32nd Ave, 303-477-3361, Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Darkroom, $28, Vert Beauty, 3442 W. 32nd Ave., 303-623-8378, Christian Wijnants Khushi black knitted dress, $1,260, and Ariwar laced boots, Price upon request, all available at Kate Maller Slice Statement Cuff in 22-karat gold and oxidized silver (made to order), $875, 3450 W. 32nd Ave., 303-433-5324,



Falling into Place Explore Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, and notable spots in between, on a road trip this autumn


AUTUMN IS A LUMINOUS TIME WITH the colorful leaves and crisp air hinting at chilly days to come. Before the snow flies, soak up the natural beauty of Northern Colorado on a four-day road trip from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, complete with a yurt stay along the way. Here’s our ideal itinerary.

Day 1: Fort Collins

There’s much to see and do in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, Old Town Fort Collins(the inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street, USA) and a Colorado Historic District as well as Colorado Creative District. Rest Your Head: Book accommodations at The Elizabeth Hotel, a modern luxury hotel in Old Town that includes record players in the guestrooms and a lending library of

THE DETAILS Before traveling please check for COVID-19 updates by county Fort Collins (Larimer County): Walden (Jackson County): public-health Steamboat Springs (Routt County): Visit


musical instruments. For a smaller, more affordable option, Remington Flats is a boutique studio hotel with locally made snacks and a fleet of New Belgium cruiser bikes perfect for exploring nearby Old Town. Fill Your Belly: For delicious sandwiches, visit Yampa Sandwich Company or Spoons. For something a little more elevated, check out the options at Ginger and Baker, Next Door American Eatery and The Regional. If you need a little spice, order up a breakfast burrito or tacos from Vatos Tacos and Tequila. Play Away: Soak up nature and gawk at the changing leaves at one of the nearly 50 nearby natural areas. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, with its wide-open vistas and nearly pristine grasslands, is also home to the iconic American bison. This year marks the five-year anniversary of the herd’s reintroduction to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space. Visitors may see them from the road in their fenced pasture through November. If you feel like taking a beautiful fall hike, head to Horsetooth Reservoir, west of Fort Collins. The Inlet Bay Trail connects the Blue Sky Trailhead and Soderberg Trailhead and includes 2.7 miles of easy trails. For a nature fix right in town, stop into the Gardens on Spring Creek to see acres of new gardens and experience the new Conservatory Butterfly House, a 1,500-square-foot glass enclosure with 400 North American butterflies fluttering about. Meander


Photo: Richard Haro

By Caramie Petrowsky


Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Colllins is a great spot for fall hiking and enjoying sunsets




The Elizabeth Hotel offers modern luxury accommodations in Old Town Fort Collins

Day 2: Fort Collins to Poudre Canyon and Cameron Pass

Before you head out, consider picking up provisions for your day and evening at one of the smaller mom-

and-pop grocers like Beavers Market or local co-op Mountain Avenue Market in Fort Collins. From Fort Collins, follow CO Hwy 14 and the Cache la Poudre river, the state’s only designated wild and scenic river, toward the spectacular Poudre Canyon. The Poudre Canyon is one of Colorado’s Scenic Byways. Pass the village of Kinikinik and keep a lookout for fly-fishers, rafters,

The Old Linden Hotel is a landmark in Old Town Fort Collins



Photo: Tim O’Hara

through the river district north of Old Town and check out the kayakers, SUPers and tubers at the new Poudre River Whitewater Park.

kayakers and standup paddleboards as you ascend. Head over Cameron Pass (summit 10,276 feet), and take a peek at the Medicine Bow (north) and Never Summer Mountains (south) in the rearview mirror. Rest Your Head: Book a Never Summer Nordic Yurt stay, a unique twist on Colorado’s iconic hut trips. These remote backcountry shelters are located in the Colorado State Forest State Park and offer a secure, secluded refuge. Each yurt is set up with beds, woodstove and basic cooking facilities for the ultimate social distancing escape. Play Away: Explore whatever hiking and biking trails are near your yurt. You can also head to Lake Agnes, a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail that begins at historic Agnes Cabin in State Forest State Park. The stunning lake, nestled in a cirque at 10,320 feet, is well worth the trek. Also nearby, the rated difficult American Lakes trail features commanding views of the Never Summer mountain range.

Day 3: Cameron Pass to Walden to Rabbit Ears Pass (Continental Divide) to Steamboat Springs

Pack up and head for Walden, where you can stop for comfort classics at

Photo: Zimmerer / Lifetime


Photo: NIKKI / Lifetime

Miles of trails wind through Steamboat Springs and over the Yampa River

the River Rock CafÊ at the Antler’s Inn on the main drag. From Walden, continue west on Hwy 14 and enjoy wide-open vistas, fields of sage and prairie grass, the occasional cattle ranch, abandoned cabins and peaceful miles until you reach the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. Turn west (right) onto Hwy 40 and immediately start the climb over Rabbit Ears Pass (summit 9,246 feet), a gold mine of fall colors as the seasons change. Make a stop on your way in or out of town for the perfect photo op. Watch for the famous Rabbit Ears (on the north side of the highway) in the distance. Continue into Steamboat Springs, home to miles of singletrack and paved trails, the beloved F.M. Light & Sons and

Yampa River Botanic Park is a six-acre sanctuary of gardens and ponds



Photo: Erik Proano


Grouse Ridge is an expert level mountain biking trail near Steamboat Springs

another Colorado Creative District. Rest Your Head: For a smaller, more affordable, family-friendly lodging option check out Rabbit Ears Motel, which boasts an ideal location on the south end of town, adjacent to the Yampa River. Nordic Lodge, a comfortable mid-downtown location, offers a variety of amenities at an affordable price. Fill Your Belly: For arguably the best pizza in town, visit Blue Sage Pizza. Freshies is a local favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For tasty Italian food with a twist, be sure to swing into Mambo. Play Away: Tour the local trails: Steamboat’s 2A Trails Program allows

users to enjoy miles of seamlessly connected multi-use trails in five main network “pockets” in and around town. Hike Luna Lake accessed from the Mad Creek trailhead (Mad Creek and Buffalo Pass Trail Systems), a lesser-trekked hike travels along the Continental Divide Trail. Bikers can hit up G.E.M. trail, accessed from Flash of Gold trail (Buffalo Pass Trail System). Particularly gorgeous during the aspen’s golden show, the 2.5-mile loop trail boasts incredible views and a 360foot elevation gain. Families will love to explore the Yampa River Core Trail, a 7.5-mile paved multi-use recreation path that

runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs along the Yampa River. Along the route, check out the Yampa River Botanic Park, a six-acre sanctuary of 40 gardens, ponds and sculptures. Finish a big day on the trails with a soak at Old Town Hot Springs, in the heart of downtown Steamboat, or strike out for Strawberry Park Hot Springs, an adventure on the edge of the Yampa Valley. Both offer a relaxing soak and a refreshing dip into Steamboat’s colorful history. Caramie Petrowsky is a freelance writer and public relations professional based in Aurora. She’s looking forward embarking on a few leaf-peeping road trips in the fall.




Rediscovering the Dolomites Exploring food and friendships in Italy and beyond Story and Photography by Larry DiPasquale


BY THE TIME WE ARRIVED AT Malga Pieralongia Alm on a sunny August morning, we had been hiking for several hours, and had worked up an appetite. That was a good thing because at the alpine cabin, we were treated to amazing apfelstrudel and had not a care about how many calories we were consuming. This rifugio, or mountain refuge, in the Dolomites of Italy sits at an altitude of about 7,500 feet (comparable to Idaho Springs) and is but one of countless stopping places enjoyed by hikers in the Southern Tyrolean high country. Offering outstanding local food, a comfortable and welcoming spot to put your feet up for a bit, and even lodging in some cases, the experience at the rifugios rivaled the scenery that my wife Jill and I were treated to as part of our three-week European trip last year. On another day, after hiking 15K (more than 9 miles), we enjoyed a mountainside meal of polenta with wild forest mushrooms and parsley; faariesa, a soup of fava beans and barley; pickled potatoes and a cheese and ham dumpling. Washed down with a mug of cold beer, of course.

THE DETAILS European travel expertise Diane Hoffman Hoffman Travel 970-454-0123


Jill and Larry Dipasquale hiked the Dolomites 30 years ago and went back for a trip that exceeded rather than duplicated their first experience



On evenings back at our home base in Cortina d’Ampezzo, where the cuisine is influenced by the borders of Tyrole and Apsberg, we’d visit the local restaurants for more excellent food like the local dish pastin, a grilled dumpling of ground salami, garlic and spices. And we always saved room for the delectable desserts, such as a pastry replica of the Dolomites, filled with vanilla cream and dusted with powdered sugar. Our goal was not to duplicate but to exceed the vacation we took to the Dolomites in 1989, even after Jill’s recent knee replacement and my ruptured disk. I was grateful to

Raising a toast with Clemens Walch of the Hotel Gotthard in Lech am Arlberg, Austria

This artful creation replicated the Dolomites as a powdered sugar-dusted dessert

have such an excellent team at the catering business that I could travel in the month of August. To prepare, we had been training for months with gym workouts and Jill had spent countless hours planning where we’d hike, eat and sleep. And it was more complicated than that because we’d also be exploring the cuisine and enjoying the company of friends in Austria, Germany, Lichtenstein and Switzerland, and then visiting a new destination for us, Portugal. But the promise of again hiking the rugged trails of the Dolomites was what got us excited initially, so as the trip began, Jill and I looked forward to leaving our hotel at 5 a.m. each day to

The pizzas were excellent

get to the trailhead ahead of the other visitors who flock to the northern Italian mountains each summer. As the owner of a catering and events company, I was also on something of a busman’s holiday. When we travel, especially to Europe, I’m constantly seeking ideas on food, menus, preparation and serving ideas that I can bring back to my staff. You won’t have to endure the entire 51-page presentation I made my team in Colorado after the trip, but hopefully will enjoy some of the highlights here! We hiked two areas of the Dolomites, out of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the area around Bolzano. These areas are, of course, famous for their winter skiing, but just like the mountains of Colorado, they also welcome those with outdoor aspirations in summer. What resonated with me each day as we hiked and stopped for coffee, dessert and long lunches was seeing the Italian families in groups of 8 or 10 who had been hiking all day, sitting together celebrating on the deck of a rifugio. It reminded me of how I grew up with my Italian family – sharing the love of food, the outdoors and being together. My goal was to dig deep into the local cuisine, enjoying the comfort food of the regions and make notes on dishes that I can reproduce in our restaurants and at events. It’s pure




food coming out of the forest, like mushrooms and local vegetables. There were also a lot of beautiful pizzerias. I spent hours talking with the chefs and owners. While Jill also loved the cuisine, she was equally taken with such sites as the “White Rock” of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Seceda areas of the Dolomites. The jagged peaks, turquoise lakes and verdant pastures are just some of the things worth savoring at these World Heritage sites.

Austrian Connections

The other part of our hiking experience was spent in Germany and Austria, a fond destination for us because we were on the host committee for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2015 (as well as

One of many rifugios where hikers find refreshing food and drinks

1999) in Vail and Beaver Creek. It was now our turn to visit friends made during those events, in the Austrian towns of Egg and Lech am Alberg (the sister village to Beaver

Another delicious lunch featured forest mushrooms and parsley over polenta

You never know who might greet you on the trail



Creek). Our executive chef in Colorado, Norbert Hiller, grew up on a small family farm in that area, so we got to spend time with his family, enjoying the local beer and home-cooked meals including the Austrian favorite, käsespätzle, their version of mac and cheese with caramelized onions. Along with the food, we were entranced with the beautiful little town, and with how humble, gracious, welcoming and hospitable the people were. Next, we met up with two other couples from Denver that we like to travel with, rendezvousing in Lichtenstein to explore the Lake Constance region. A highlight was taking the eight-hour Bernina Express train from St. Moritz, Switzerland in the Alps into Italy and back again.


On to Portugal

The final nine days of our European adventure were spent in Portugal. With our Denver friends, we flew to Lisbon and then rented a van and driver to help guide us as we toured the cities, explored the coastal villages, visited historic sites and biked through the wine country. Portugal has 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites, most of them cultural, such as the castles of Sintra, which was a favorite of Jill’s. You also can’t visit Portugal without a proper tasting of port, produced from grapes grown in the Douro Valley (also a World Heritage site). Keeping up with the active theme of our trip, we biked through the valley, stayed at a farmhouse, and ate Polvo a Lagareiro, a Portuguese octopus dish, while soaking up

Proof that I did eat vegetables — at Timeout Market food hall in Lisbon

Traditional Portuguese dish with stewed potatoes, clams and deep fried pork belly

the landscape as well as sampling the exceptional ports at W & J Graham’s. We treated ourselves to a five-course sampling menu one night, but most of the time we went to local and casual places, such as the Timeout Market food hall in Lisbon. With more than 30 restaurants and bars, it had every type of cuisine you could imagine, plus live entertainment. We liked discovering small family-run places where they serve items like seafood stew, salted cod with buttered potatoes, and famous pasteis de natas, delicious little custard tarts. That’s what stays with me from the trip, pure food simply prepared. And of course, the company of good friends. We won’t be waiting 30 years to go back.

Specialty food markets are great to explore in Portugal

Larry DiPasquale is chairman and founder of Epicurean Catering Group. He co-founded with his wife Jill and their partner Sharon Magness Blake the non-profit Epicurean Cares to promote such endeavors as the DiPasquale Foundation, an education trust to support hospitality and culinary students. Among his many honors is being an inductee into the Visit Denver Hall of Fame, the lifetime achievement award from the ICON Events Foundation and receiving an honorary doctorate from Johnson and Wales University, where he is currently a trustee.




Royal Landscape Makeover At Richthofen Castle, the grounds are restored to original grandeur By Colleen Smith Photography by Dan DeGrush


THE HISTORIC RICHTHOFEN Castle in Denver’s Montclair neighborhood went from spooky to stately thanks to a major landscape renovation by Lifescape Colorado. The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado honored the prestigious and extensive project with two 2020 ELITE Awards: one for design and build and the other for maintenance. The 2.5-acre renovation of the private residence was overseen by Dan DeGrush, on staff with Lifescape Colorado for about 12 years. The landscape architect’s first impression of the baronial estate was less than favorable. Four decades of neglect had taken a toll on the landmark landscape for the English Tudor mansion finished in 1887 by Baron Walter von Richthofen, an aristocrat of German extraction. When DeGrush visited in February of 2017, “it was a gray, dark day, and the place looked haunted, almost,” DeGrush says. “There was a sense of mystery because you couldn’t see in that well, and what you could see was spooky. There were overgrown trees and vines and a lot of suckering trees around the property. The driveway was grown in and cracked.

The circle design at the base of two staircases is the center for a tent for gatherings

THE DETAILS Landscape Design Lifescape Colorado is a landscape architecture and design firm. 455 S. Platte River Drive Denver, CO 80223 303-831-8310


An original water feature was relocated and rebuilt to become the focal point of this knot garden



The back courtyard displays intricate brickwork and the use of natural bluestone contrasts with the castle’s stone exterior




Landscape architect Dan DeGrush traveled to Europe to research old-world castles in creating his plan

The overgrowth was not nice: volunteer, weedy plants uprooting through sidewalks all around.” Now, the manicured property appears friendlier and finessed back to a state of grandeur befitting the architecture. The landscape affords privacy yet allows the castle to hold court visually with parapets and turrets as a backdrop to lawns, gardens and fountains. “The amount of people who drive by and stop and take pictures — it’s like every five minutes,” DeGrush says. “Everyone’s like, ‘Holy smokes!’ ”The landscape project followed the renovation of the historic property’s interior by the most recent owners, who bought the castle in 2012. “They had done a lot of work on the castle itself: all the painting and restoration and fixing interior leaks, making it a livable place,” DeGrush says. “They hadn’t turned their attention yet to the landscape, but it was always their intent. They had lived in multiple historic houses in Denver — on Seventh Avenue [Parkway] and in Cherry Creek — but this is their biggest endeavor,” says DeGrush. “They wanted to create a landscape that felt in keeping with the scale and proportion of the castle, a


landscape robust, strong and powerful enough for the castle. And they wanted something that looked like it had always been there, but with modern conveniences like an irrigation system.” To research old world castles, DeGrush traveled to Europe. He toured 13 countries in 50 days while backpacking, sleeping in train stations and studying palatial landscapes as precedents. “Versailles is the pinnacle of landscape architecture,” DeGrush says of the palace built by Louis XIV. “The

balance and formality were a big inspiration.” The project’s budget, estimated at about $400,000, did not include the substantial concrete costs estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000. The homeowners, who are in the construction business, provided the concrete at cost, following DeGrush’s specifications on color and design. “We wanted an aged look on the hardscape, but we decided not to pour stamped concrete to try to make it look like old cobblestone,” DeGrush says. “We poured gray concrete, but when first poured it has a stark, whitish color. We purposefully left leaves and dirt on the concrete to have rain and snow stain the driveway and add the aged patina,” he says. “We had to play the waiting game on that, but by the second year, the concrete was darkened.” Where the driveway meets the street, DeGrush added aprons of sandstone cobbles repurposed from downtown Denver’s old street curbs. “It lets you know you’re entering someplace special,” DeGrush says. “It has a sense, a feeling to the visually aged, authentic look.” For the back patio, DeGrush used natural bluestone with a gray tone that contrasts with the castle’s pinkish rhyolite stones.

An aerial view shows the lush landscape Baron von Richthofen was inspired to create on the grounds of his estate



Antique statues were retrofitted to be planters and an irrigation and drainage system was devised to accommodate them

“You see historic homes in Capitol Hill with this same stone quarried near Castle Rock,” says DeGrush. “You have to be careful with pink, because other stones can clash.” The hardscape includes brick detailing on the large patio: “At the reclaimed brickyard we got cool, authentic bricks from the 1940s so they had a natural patina already.” The landscape’s makeover included removing some trees and planting others. “There were two trees on the property that were original,” DeGrush says. “Both were in bad shape, past their peak and dying, essentially. They were old silver maples leaning over the driveway, ticking time bombs. One we trimmed and left, and one we took out.” The landscape design also replicated original plantings. “The homeowners had historical photos dating back to the 1880s

when the landscape went in originally. Someone had taken pictures that got saved with city archives. The homeowners uncovered those to determine how they landscaped back then,” DeGrush says. “The huge driveway we lined with trees on both sides to imitate what we saw in those pictures.” The project finished in 2017, but Lifescape Colorado let the landscape mature for couple of years before entering competitions. The castle’s landscape fit for royalty garnered one of the state’s highest gardening awards. Melissa Emdin serves as programs and education director for Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. “The judging process is anonymous, so I can’t share the judges’ names,” she says, but noted one of the judges called it a “wonderful re-creation of the past bringing history to the present.” Another said it was an “excep-

tional quality renovation that created more access to all parts of the garden while decreasing turf areas.” DeGrush says, “Selfishly, a landscape architect only gets so many of these prestigious projects in an entire career. To get this project at a younger age and be part of this historical renovation on a major landmark of Denver and to have the homeowners’ familiarity with a high-level construction process that contributed to the success of the project — it was a perfect combination. To have the chance to research European gardens and art history and to apply that in Colorado brought it all together.” Colleen Smith is an avid gardener and a longtime contributor to the magazine as well as The Denver Post, The Denver Business Journal, Art+Object, Sunset magazine and many others. She’s the author of several books and a contest-winning screenplay.




Meeting the Need

Companies pivot to provide health products during COVID-19 pandemic By Joanne Davidson


Topo Designs has provided masks

Ballmer Peak Distillery has been making hand sanitizer

Photo: Steve Peterson


TODAY, AS MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS and private citizens worldwide struggle to understand the novel coronavirus and how protect themselves from contracting it, a phrase coined decades ago by the Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale comes to mind. “Find a need and fill it” takes on new meaning as businesses across the globe switch from making products as diverse as automobiles, clothing, mattresses, adult beverages and hockey equipment to producing such in-demand items as hand sanitizer, disinfectants, ventilators and personal protective gear that ranges from n95 masks and face shields to gowns and disposable gloves. Colorado companies were quick to respond. Topo Designs, a Denver-based manufacturer of backpacks and outdoor apparel, was one of the first to address the mask shortage by partnering with the state of Colorado and the Colorado Mask Project to produce 10,000 masks for vulnerable populations and essential workers that have critical need, limited access to protective equipment and the inability to social distance. Online sales were added and the $16 garments quickly sold out. Denver Mattress Company executives, realizing that it wouldn’t take much to reorganize its manufacturing line to help meet the mask shortage, adopted an all-hands-on-deck production schedule, enabling the company to produce large quantities to be distributed to hospitals and medical facilities. On March 26, the

Austin Adamson, distillery co-founder, pours high-proof ethanol into a pot to mix with other ingredients to make hand sanitizer


first day of production, 1,200 masks were completed; the current 10,000 per day is expected to increase as the need demands. Denver Mattress has also partnered with Visser Precision to produce adjustable molded head visors. When The Brewers Association canceled its 2020 World Beer Cup, which was to have begun on April 17 in San Antonio, Texas, the big question was what to do with the cans and bottles of beer that had been submitted for prize consideration by 2,700 U.S. breweries. The answer: donate the 1,500 gallons to Denver Distillery and Ballmer Peak Distillery to make hand sanitizer using the official World Health Organization recipe. Denver Distillery is selling its sanitizer in bottles and bulk; it can be purchased at the distillery, 244 S. Broadway, or online by visiting Ballmer Peak distributes 4-ounce bottles for free from noon to 5 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday during a drive-through conducted at the distillery, 12347 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Larger bottles are free for first responders and healthcare providers. Ballmer Peak co-founder Austin Adamson said in an interview with The Denver Channel that the 160-proof sanitizer contains 80 percent alcohol, glycerin and hydrogen peroxide. “It probably doesn’t taste good, but it’ll kill anything on your hands.” Some 34 Colorado distilleries are making hand sanitizers, including Big Fat Pastor Distillery in Loveland, Golden Moon Distillery in Golden,


Dina Chatwin and her daughters make “communictor masks” in their home as part of Adco Hearing Products’ mask program

Rocker Spirits in Littleton and Conflagration Distilling Company: Strong Spirits by Firefighters. Woodward, Inc. of Fort Collins, in partnership with Colorado State University, in April shifted from manufacturing aerospace controls to making low-cost ventilators that would be used in Colorado hospitals. The firm, which had never before made a medical device, crafted the oxygen delivery machines, dubbed the Aether 100, by modifying its offthe-shelf fuel injectors, testing them for efficacy and long-term durability at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver and Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora. Englewood’s Adco Hearing Products is now selling “communicator masks” that better enable the hearing impaired to see facial expressions and read the wearer’s lips. Owner Abby Armijo told Fox-31 that the masks were designed by Adco employees who make them with the help of volunteers. They sell for $15.99 and $19.99, with a portion of the proceeds used to provide masks to schools in Colorado.

Elsewhere, an event planning company – the Northbrook, Ill.based Platinum Events – did its part by pausing its award-winning productions for weddings, fundraisers, corporate events and personal milestone celebrations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami to become Platinum Sanitation, a business focused on disinfecting surfaces and floors in grocery stores and other high-traffic venues. Automakers like Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Tesla, Lamborghini, Peugeot and Mercedes-AMG, working alone or in partnership with such companies as General Electric Healthcare, Ventec and 3M, have either halted or slowed production in favor of turning out ventilators, respirators and medical-grade face shields. Hyundai sponsored drive-through testing sites at 22 hospitals; in Detroit, Honda retrofitted a fleet of its Odyssey minivans to transport healthcare workers to hospitals and those feared to have COVID-19 to testing sites. ChargedUp, Europe’s largest phone charging network, shifted its

free-standing charging stations to hand sanitizing stations in supermarkets, train stations, pharmacies and shopping centers. In April, Carhartt, known since 1889 for its durable outerwear, began producing medical-grade masks and gowns for healthcare workers. The initial goal was to have 50,000 gowns and 2.5 million masks distributed by the end of May, with production to continue as long as the need is there. New Hampshire-based sports equipment company Bauer Hockey switched its focus from the manufacture of skates, sticks, pads and helmets to making face shields for doctors treating COVID-19 patients throughout the U.S. and Canada. These businesses and others have been true to Peale’s please to fine a need and fill it, so crucial during this global health crisis. Joanne Davidson’s newswriting career has included a seven-year stint as San Francisco bureau chief for US News & World Report magazine and 29 years as The Denver Post’s society editor.




Exercising Options

Gyms and fitness studios get creative to keep members moving during health crisis By Danielle Yuthas


CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN THE ultimate routine disruptor. Working from home, unemployment, home schooling and closures including gyms, salons, restaurants and many recreational activities significantly impacted the daily habits of most Americans. The upside is that a time when everything is in flux is actually the perfect time to build healthy habits into our individual “new normal.” Take an inventory of what changes you would like to make and build them into your reset in an intentional way. Whether

THE DETAILS Here are some fitness businesses with programs helping people exercise through the pandemic.


Core Power Yoga


SoulCycle At-Home Bikes



24 Hour Fitness


you need to work off the “quarantine 15” weight gain or you are looking for a new way to stay active, many gyms and fitness studios are offering ways to keep you healthy. Solutions introduced as a way to hold onto clients during closures have changed lifestyles for the better and are here to stay. LoDo High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) studio FIT36 at 2110 Market St. in Denver started the Safe at Home order by loaning out TRX suspension training equipment, dumbbells and kettlebells to members to help them keep their routines at home when the fitness studio was closed. The fitness studio owned by Ned Matheson and Brad Cooley also began renting out the in-studio equipment like stationary bikes on a weekly basis. “We were trying to keep members active by figuring out new services to provide value and to


keep members,” Matheson said. FIT36 began offering pre-recorded workout videos to members and live virtual training classes, which are often preferred because “participants feel the same experience of working with a coach and everyone is going through the same exercises and feeling the pain at the same time” Matheson said. FIT36 changed the business model to add small group personal training classes, increased cleaning practices and incorporated social distancing by reducing the class size. The structure of the class changed from 12 stations where each participant is doing a different exercise to a model where rotating to a new position and new equipment is no longer necessary. “A more active lifestyle is an essential focus now. People will use this time to get outside and do the



activities they enjoy in nice weather and then they will come back when they need to move indoors for the winter in order to stay in shape for those activities,” Matheson said. “We will also see new members through this who decide to make a change. A lot of people are very active now that they don’t have the same sedentary things to occupy time and minds with,” he added. Members and the community are helping keep fitness goals through the chaos. Matheson and Cooley have been offering free workout classes where donations benefit a variety of local organizations. The duo also began extending free memberships to members experiencing financial upset, which grew into other members donating to a relief fund for their fellow classmates to be able to maintain memberships. To provide the camaraderie many fitness enthusiasts look forward to, other fitness studios are offering live virtual options. CorePower Yoga is inviting members to “all flow together even when apart.” Use of a webcam is encouraged but not required. Pure Barre is also among the fitness brands offering remote classes and is getting creative with how participants can get the same experience at home. The classes

are typically conducted with light weights, a double tube, a ball, and of course, a bar. Instructors show how to substitute water bottles or cans of soup, a towel and a small pillow to replace equipment and to use a chair, countertop or wall for support in lieu of a bar. PureBarre instructors also recommend watching yourself work out in the mirror during the online workout classes in order to be able to check on your form. Fitness brands that rely heavily on specific equipment likely had the most difficult adjustment to virtual workouts. SoulCycle offers a “cardio party” and “shared soul experience” that is centered around stationary bikes that most members did not have at home. The brand stepped up to provide value to members by creating a variety of other virtual classes

outside of the standard offerings to keep bodies and minds healthy including classes like arms, body and soul, full body HIIT, sweat therapy, restorative stretch and more. SoulCycle turned up the intensity by now making the bikes that used to be only in-studio available to order to your home along with a monthly subscription to the online workout videos in a similar format to the popular Peloton. Established brands including Jazzercise, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, are selling branded merchandise such as workout clothes and accessories as a revenue stream. Jazzercise provides abbreviated athome workouts and bundles of 5 or 10 classes for pre-purchase. It’s not only boutique fitness that is adapting to the need for virtual options, 24 Hour Fitness offers 50 small group training classes per week and one-on-one personal training as well as a personalized fitness app to reserve workouts. Expanded options for remote fitness anytime, anywhere means fewer excuses to not get your workout in, especially when traveling and busy lives return. Adding convenience to exercise routines will be a lasting positive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Danielle Yuthas is a Denver native and marketing director for a national franchise brand headquartered in Colorado. Yuthas spent her quarantine trading a long commute for long walks.



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trail near Steamboat Springs is aptly named given its abundant aspen trees



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