Rumble in the Rockies: Get Your Chefs Challenge On!

Join us on Sunday, April 29th, 2pm at The Riverside (1724 Broadway, Boulder) for the Boulder chefs challenge event of the year! We will present not one but TWO chefs challenges in one afternoon:

  • LIVE CHALLENGE, which will pit Eastern and Western cuisine teams in a fight to the finish
  • CINEMATIC CHALLENGE with a screening of the Hong Kong chefs challenge comedy, Cook Up a Storm, with its own East and West battle.

Chef Ryan Gorby of Cho77 in Denver and his East team will face off against Chef Kyle Mendenhall of Arcana in Boulder and his West team. Each three-chef team will cook two dishes in an hour, using noodles, eggs, and a mystery ingredient. Six chefs, four dishes, and samples for everyone so they can vote for their favorite. Plus, a panel of illustrious judges, including 5280 Magazine food editor Denise Mickelsen and Sara Brito of the Good Food 100 Restaurants list, will determine a critics’ choice.

Snacks from Tip Top Savory Pies and other stellar food artisans. Cash bar.


  • Sunday, April 29th, 2-5:30pm
  • The Riverside (1724 Broadway, Boulder near the intersection of Broadway and Arapahoe Ave.)
  • Limited early bird tickets of $25 available through April 2nd; $30 thereafter
  • All city of Boulder metered and garage parking will be free, including 13th street between Arapahoe and Canyon avenues and the Walnut Street and Broadway parking garage.

Buy your tickets now!

New Colorado Student Film Contest

We are proud to introduce our new film contest for undergraduate filmmakers who are attending an accredited university or college in Colorado. The winning short food film will screen at our 2018 festival (Oct. 11-14). The winning filmmaker and their film will be mentioned in our 2018 festival publicity and receive an $100 cash prize.

Cultivating young talent while finding a short food film gem to screen at the Festival is an exciting opportunity to connect with up-and-coming filmmakers. We invite filmmakers enrolled at Colorado accredited colleges or universities to submit their films.


  • Films must showcase a food-related topic or have food as a significant part of the narrative.
  • Films must be 10 minutes or less in spoken or subtitled English.
  • Can be narrative or documentary films. Live action or animated are good.
  • Submit through FilmFreeway:
  • Deadline: May 31, 2018
  • Entry fee: None. If students send us a scanned copy of a current and valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school verifying the entrant’s enrollment, we will send them a FilmFreeway waiver code that they can use to submit their film for no charge. Send scanned files to

Fifth Flatirons Food Film Festival Wrap-up

The 2017 Flatirons Food Film Festival was a smashing success! For our milestone fifth year, the documentaries about the following food trail blazers sold out: iconic cookbook author, television celebrity, and teacher James Beard; celebrated writer, farmer, activist, and rural prophet Wendell Berry; and iconic chef Jeremiah of Stars and Chez Panisse. Our luncheon at Via Perla in tribute to our screening of the classic food film “Big Night” sold out, too.

The fermented food program with Mara King of Ozuké and a screening of the “A Journey through the People’s Republic of Fermentation” short film series nearly sold out. Audience members were heard to rave about the intermission with samples of food from the films made by Ozuké and Fresh Thymes Eatery and a fermented food smelling zoo.

Chef Jeremiah Tower graced us with his presence at our fifth anniversary party, introduced our screening of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” participated in a boffo post-screening interview with food journalist Amanda Faison, and attended the after party for the screening. Other visitors included Elizabeth Federici, director of “James Beard: America’s First Foodie;” Corrie Brown, co-founder of Zester Media; and Izabela Wojcik, Director of Beard House Programming at the James Beard Foundation.

For a first-hand report of this year’s festival, see Colin Wrenn’s article in 303 Magazine.


James Beard program at the Rayback Collective (click for more photos)

Fifth anniversary party at the Boulder Brands office (click for more photos)

Fermented food program at the Boulder Public Library (click for more photos)

Jeremiah Tower program at the Boulder Public Library (click for more photos)

“Big Night” luncheon at Via Perla restaurant (click for more photos)

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