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Ruth Tobias is a Denver-based food and beverage writer. Since beginning her career in Boston, she has contributed to a wide range of publications and media outlets, including Thrillist, Eater, Tasting Table, Zagat, Gastronomica, Sommelier Journal, Imbibe, Draft, The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, Chow, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America.

Green chile. Credit: Ruth Tobias

In the Southwest, the green chile harvest is well underway. Throughout New Mexico and my home state of Colorado, locals are ransacking the roadside

A cocktail made with homemade tonic. Credit: Dustin Johnson

The difference between homemade and commercial tonic is startlingly obvious at a glance: The DIY variety looks almost like cola in the glass rather

Baumkuchen is cooked on a rotisserie. Credit: Adam Larkey Photography

Of the American cities traditionally associated with cake -- New Orleans with its King Cake, St. Louis with its gooey butter cake, Boston with

Pasta with tuna, mushrooms and strawberries at an Italian eatery. Credit: Ruth Tobias

I am not an expert on Italy. Though I've studied the cuisine in-depth for many years and visited more times than I can count,

Chocolate salami. Credit: John Imbergamo

A couple of months ago, I attended a lavish charcuterie-centric feast at Denver Italian fixture Panzano; think spiced jagerwurst and beet-green pierogi; cotechino over

A beer being poured at the Great American Beer Festival. Credit: Brewers Association

Entering the Great American Beer Festival with a plan of attack is like going to Eataly with a three-item shopping list: Good luck sticking

Feisty Spirits was one of several Colorado distilleries to showcase their products at the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. Credit: Jessie Unruh

Back in 2011, in a piece on mountain rums, I briefly provided some context to explain how Colorado had managed to become such a

A huarache made from the recipe provided by Los Carboncitos. Credit: Ruth Tobias

Along the Front Range of Colorado, Mexican food is subtly different from more widespread hybrids born in Texas and California. Closer to the New