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Denise Mickelsen, Food Editor

Denise Mickelsen oversees all of 5280’s food-related coverage, and feels damn lucky to do so. When she’s not dining at Colorado restaurants or writing about what she’s eaten, Mickelsen can be found cooking (seafood) and baking (pies), reading cookbooks like they’re novels, and hiking and skiing with her family. She holds a culinary arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, and upon graduating from ICE, Mickelsen cooked in two renowned Manhattan restaurants: Blue Hill NYC and the (sadly now closed) Fleur de Sel. Thanks to her restaurant experience, Mickelsen secured an internship in the Saveur test kitchen and was eventually hired as a full-time editor there. From Saveur, she moved to Martha Stewart Living (as an associate food editor) and then Fine Cooking (as a story editor). There, Mickelsen edited a wild salmon feature, “Go Wild!”, which won the 2015 Bert Greene Award for Instructional Culinary Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). In 2014, Mickelsen ventured into digital food media (and moved to Denver), working as an acquisitions editor at Craftsy, where she managed and edited their cooking and baking videos. In 2015, Mickelsen was a judge for the IACP cookbook awards, and in 2016, she edited a Craftsy baking video, “Mastering Meringue: Techniques & Treats”, which won the IACP Digital Media Award for Culinary Video Series. Also in 2016, “Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond,” which Mickelsen edited, won the James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for Excellence in Instructional Video.

Author Article Archive


Q&A: Alon Shaya

The chef dishes on how Slow Food Nations inspired Safta, Denver's first modern Israeli restaurant.


Where To Brunch Now

Benedicts, Bloody Marys, and bacon, oh my! Denver’s brunch game is better than ever.


The Potash Twins Dream of Denver

Which Coloradans would the jazz musician-foodie hosts of Bravo’s new series, Beats & Bites, invite to appear on a fantasy Mile High City episode?

Jennifer Jasinski Wants to Make You a Drink… or Five

The chef’s custom Patrón añejo tequila will be featured in special cocktails at her five restaurants in June and July. Vote for your favorite drink to send its creator—a Crafted Concepts employee—to Mexico.

The 5280 Guide to Milk Market

Opening June 1, the 16-concept market hall is ambitious, stylish, and has a little something for everyone.


Justin Brunson Goes Whole Hog

The chef-owner of Old Major and forthcoming Red Bear American Charcuterie wants to grill you a whole-animal feast.

Opening Alert: BorraCho Tacos

The new taco stand at Avanti Food & Beverage comes from the team behind ChoLon. And damn, its food is delicious.

Snooze DTC Opens Tomorrow

The Colorado-born breakfast spot brings eggs, pancakes, and community support to the Denver Tech Center.

Denver’s Best Burgers

Celebrate National Burger Month with the Mile High City’s 25 tastiest beef-and-bun combos.


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