October 10 2006, 10:00 PM
NEWS: ANOTHER RESTAURANT FOR MEL AND JANIE MASTER Last Friday, restaurateurs Mel and Janie Master (Mel's Restaurant & Bar), signed a contract to buy the building at 1120 E. Sixth Ave. The location, which currently houses Piscos, was once home to Dudley's, a collaboration between the Masters and Blair Taylor of Barolo Grill. Dudley's flourished from 1977 until the early '80s, even capturing the title as one of the best restaurants in the country. And now, it looks like history has come full circle. Upon closing on the building in late October, the Masters plan to reopen the space as a reasonably priced California/Mediterranean spot sometime before Christmas. "Nothing firm yet on chefs etcetera, but soon," says Mel. In the meantime, Piscos is still serving Latin eats and smooth pisco sours. TASTE: WARM UP AT SEVEN 30 SOUTH This type of weather calls for hot soup. There's Zaidy's traditional matzo ball soup, The Avenue Grill's rich clam chowder, and Duo's hearty butternut squash. But my favorite bowl of comfort comes in the form of Seven 30 South's creamy tomato-basil. A serving of this savory concoction, flecked with real basil, is just the way to ward off any fall chill. 730 S. University Blvd., 303-744-1888, www.730south.net. OPENING: DENVER'S NEW COOKING SCHOOL When you think about all that's wrong with the conventional cooking school (stuffy environments, classes in impractical haute-cuisine, impersonal instructors), you'll find exactly what's right about A Cook's Kitchen. Located in the Cheesman Park home of chef, fromager, and sommelier Elizabeth Woessner, this brand-new school teaches the art of making pies, cocktail party favorites, homemade pasta, and easy entrées. Woessner teams up with longtime friend Claudine Pépin, TV cooking personality and daughter of French chef Jacques Pépin, to bring a serious amount of fun back into the kitchen. Bonus: Sign up for a pantry makeover, where Woessner and Pépin help you organize your fridge and cupboards. Classes ($75 per person) begin on Oct. 16. 850 Ogden St., 303-861-4626, www.acookskitchen.net.