It’s true, sometimes your friends know what to say better than you do. Therefore, we wrote each other’s bios. Enjoy.
Stephanie has been a foodie for as long as I’ve known her. We are both avid home cooks, cookbook readers, and big fans of the Denver eating and drinking scene. Last year we had an idea to drink through the entire beer list at Euclid Hall, we fell short of our goal — Stephanie started traveling for work and we ran out of time.
We both love to write — and as I type this, I can’t help but notice that Stephanie is writing in her notebook with a pen. I like to be able to delete horribly constructed sentences immediately; apparently she writes perfect sentences every time. In ink.
Stephanie’s been working for Savory Spice Shop for three years. Sometimes I like to call her up and demand she tells me the difference between black and white pepper. Those are the days she is most grateful for caller ID. Seriously though, being immersed in a setting that is clearly all about food and flavor, Stephanie has an uncanny ability to tell you what’s in a dish.
We are both so excited for this journey. Thanks for joining us.
And here are her answers to my Nine Burning Questions:
Nine questions for Stephanie
What’s your favorite style of beer? Stout.
Favorite local brewery? Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
Best hangover cure? Powerade and a sausage breakfast sandwich.
Best non-food use for beer? There are none.
Favorite sports team? Denver Nuggets!
Why is Colorado so great? Sunshine!
Dream beer date? Personal tour of an authentic Trappist brewery followed by food and beer at a Belgian pub.
Favorite/best food use for beer? Ice cream.
Favorite beer to drink on the stoop on a hot summer night? A good cold Czech Pilsner.
When Lia and I first became friends, I called her my “good food and wine friend”. She’s one of the busiest people I know but somehow always seems to have a finger on the pulse of the restaurant scene. I have no doubt that this has to do with her vast network of relationships with Denver chefs, food bloggers, and bartenders. Sometimes it seems like she knows everyone on the Denver food scene-by name. This isn’t to say that she ignores her own kitchen though.
People talk about the kitchen being the heart of the house. This is certainly the case for Lia. Whether hosting a simple but elegant dinner party for her girlfriends, teaching a bachelor friend how to cook lasagna, or admiring the flurry of activity at a favorite restaurant, the kitchen is never far from her mind. I suspect some of Lia’s ease in the kitchen was inherited from her mother, who was fixing Korean and Indian dinners in cold Minnesota and Montana winters.
While she is not a big fan of bread, garlic presses, eating live seafood, or wheat beer; Lia’s culinary loves include gin, whisks, food photography, IPAs, and good knives.
Nine questions for Lia –
Favorite beer style: IPA, red ales are a close second
Best hangover cure: Fried potatoes & a Bloody Mary
Favorite sports team: Colorado Rockies!
Favorite local brewery: Great Divide, Denver Beer Co.
Best food use for beer: Braised short ribs
Best non-food use for beer: Hair rinse. (Use warm beer.)
Favorite kitchen tool: Whisks. Also immersion blenders.
Favorite “front porch” beer: New Belgium Ranger IPA or Avery White Rascal (in cans!)
Dream “beer date”: Patio, BBQ, beer, and Sam from Dogfishhead (and his wife and kids, of course.)
Lia & Stephanie