Denver Mac and Cheese Reviews

Denver Mac and Cheese Reviews | Wynkoop Brewing Company

Mac and cheese is one of my greatest loves so I decided to start a blog series reviewing Denver mac and cheese dishes from restaurants around town. I’m on a mission to spread the word about the best and worst mac and cheeses in the area. My quest is to find the best in town. Join me as I eat my way through Denver, one mac and cheese review at a time. Today, I’m reviewing Wynkoop Brewing Company’s mac and cheese entree. Enjoy!

Denver Mac and Cheese Rating

Flavor – 3/5
Consistency – 2/5
Presentation – 3/5
Price – 3/5
Topping – 2/5
Mix in options – 4/5
Total: 19/30
Conclusion: Good

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I’ve been to Wynkoop Brewing Company before and I had an appetizer size of the mac and cheese. This time, it was time to try the real deal. The main flavor I got from this mac and cheese was a green chile flavor. This is a common ingredient in many dishes in Denver, but it was not listed on the menu, which I would have appreciated. I’m not a big fan of green chile but it didn’t turn me off to the dish too much.

The consistency of this mac and cheese was a bit disappointing. It was not as creamy as I expect from a good mac and cheese. The dryness didn’t necessarily come from a lack of sauce, although it could have used more overall. It mainly came from the sauce itself. The choice of cheeses and other proportions left a bit of a dry feeling in my mouth after each bite.

The default topping for Wynkoop Brewing Company’s mac and cheese included breadcrumbs, herbs, and parmesan. While it wasn’t gooey and melty, it was quite tasty and the breadcrumbs added a nice crunch.

The “mix-ins” were not actually mixed in but instead put on top, which seemed like an afterthought. I took one point off presentation because I think it took away from the overall look. There were great protein mix in options but no other options like veggies or different cheeses. I went with bacon, which always makes everything better!

In terms of price, $11 was a good value for the quantity (I took half of it home for leftovers), but the quality wasn’t outstanding and some topping prices were almost as much as the dish itself. Overall, Wynkoop Brewing Company offers a good, solid mac and cheese, with options to mix it up each time you visit.

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Obligatory cheesy photo of me eating mac and cheese!

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Where’s the best mac and cheese you’ve had in Denver? Comment below so I know where to try next! Click here (link coming soon) for all my Denver mac and cheese reviews. And check out my About Me page to see what else I’m obsessed with!

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Djedi Admin Services | Denver Business Headshots

I was introduced to Schuyler, president and owner of Djedi Administrative Services, through Chireya Fox. Chireya did the branding and web design for Djedi and she knew that they needed excellent Denver business headshots for their website and social media. The company consists of Schuyler, the Business Development Director Brandi, and Schuyler’s dog Malachi so we made sure to include all three of them in the session.

The goal for these headshots was to create branding imagery that reflected the energy, heroism, courage, and integrity that are at the core of Schuyler’s business. Djedi Admin Services works mainly with companies in the music festival industry. Because of this, we wanted to make sure the festival vibe was reflected in the photos as well as show a sense of professionalism.

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We chose to do this session at my space in downtown Denver. The space is just blocks away from Confluence Park so we split the session between indoor and outdoor. The lush greenery of the park gave a nature-inspired, holistic feel to some of Schuyler’s portraits. We also worked with one of the sculptures that are part of the park to give a sense of strength and reliability. For these outdoor portraits, we were able to include Malachi as well.

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Then we met up with Brandi for the indoor set. Since the space has a bit of an office feel to it, we were able to get headshots of Schuyler and Brandi as well as photos of them working together. The outfits also reflected their business well. They chose to wear festival attire, including an eclectic suit jacket from one of their clients, Freeborn. The jacket even had a hood. How cool is that!

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Djedi Admin Services | Denver Business Headshots

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Looking for a relaxed, fun headshot experience, with a lot of character? Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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The Sisters DeCantate | Colorado Performing Arts Photography

I’ve loved being able to capture Naropa’s student theater productions. Through Colorado performing arts photography, I’ve gotten the chance to see some of these students perform throughout their years in graduate school and it is amazing to watch how they’ve grown. Not just in terms of their skills but in the way they think as well. Their productions and performances are deeper and more impactful each year. At the end of each academic year, those graduating from the school’s theater program perform works that they created for their thesis, in order to fulfill their graduation requirements.

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“Chekhov’s Three Sisters find themselves in a grungy, old jazz bar to sing the smoky, grey incantations of their souls.” This is the line printed in the program for The Sisters DeCantate, presented by Jade Garisch in collaboration with Kristin Stelter, Chie Saito, Madelyn Robinson, and Marko Melnick. Their performance was beautifully done and highly engaging. I was so drawn into it as I was photographing the show. Throughout the performance, the audience got a chance to get to know each of the three sisters, the struggles they shared, and their unique personalities. There was so much raw emotion packed into this hour-long show and I was left feeling as though a weight had been lifted. 

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Cast and Crew

Irina – Jade Garisch

Olga – Madelyn Robinson

Masha – Kristin Stelter

Birdmother – Chie Saito

Guitar / Accordian / Effects / Pedals: Marko Melnick

Composition: Music composition, words, structure, concept and direction by Jade Garisch. Guitar parts/live effects composed by Marko Melnick.

Choreography: Chie Saito in collaboration with Jade Garisch and cast

Stage Manager: Cameron MacAlpine

Assistant Stage Manager: Brandon Thomas

Light Board Operator: Isaac Eide

Sound Board Operator: Jake Cacciatore

Production Coordinator: Malachi Tharp

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Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets?

 I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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2018 Year in Review

Each year, I recap my work and collect all of my favorite images from my favorite sessions throughout the year. My business, my work, my clients all continue to inspire me and move me forward. For that, I am so grateful!

This year came with some pretty exciting things in my personal life. In March, my family went on a huge trip to Africa to explore Cape Town and go on safari in Botswana and Zambia. It has been my mom’s dream to take us on a safari for years! It was such an incredible trip and I have so, so many photos. I haven’t even edited them all yet! 

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I launched a new dance photography project this year and started photographing for another that has been in the works for a while now. In March, I announced my new project, Dance Warriors! I am so excited about this project and I’m so proud of everyone who has been involved. It’s an artistic response to political and social issues, in collaboration with dancers across the country. 

I also started photographing dancers for the Day in the Body of a Dancer, which I am working on with Presenting Denver. For this project, I will be documenting ten dancers through their, professional and personal lives. The images, along with interviews by Celeste Davis Stragand, will eventually be put together in a book. 

Speaking of Presenting Denver, we had our first Presenting Denver Dance Festival and it was so far beyond my expectations! The rehearsal day happened to be on my birthday, so I got to spend it doing what I love, photographing dance! I can’t wait until the next one, in 2020! 

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At the beginning of 2018, Morgan and I moved into a new apartment, and I know have an office! No more working in the living room and trying to confine all my stuff into 5 square feet! I also have an amazing space for indoor headshots that I’ve used a lot throughout the year. It’s a great option for those looking for a professional office feel in their images or clients who are wanting to stay warm for winter sessions. 

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In 2019, I’ve got some pretty exciting things going on! I’ll be doing my speaking engagements this year! Make sure you’re on my email list if you want to learn How To Love Yourself in Photos! Next year, I’ll be traveling to Chicago, New York State, Washington DC, and hopefully San Francisco and Las Angeles. I’m also going to be starting a new blog series of Denver mac and cheese reviews. So, if you’re as crazy about cheese and pasta as I am, or at least half as crazy, then keep an eye out for those! Wishing you a joyful year ahead!

What was your favorite part of 2018? 

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Interested in working with me? Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Opening Night Reception | Denver Event Photography

The coolest thing about Denver event photography is getting to be a part of awesome, important events. This one was a pretty incredible night. Opera Colorado had just opened their world premiere or Steal a Pencil For Me at the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center at the JCC in Denver. After the show, they held a reception for the biggest supporters of the new production along with the amazing cast and crew.

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World premieres are always really exciting (this was Opera Colorado’s second since I’ve been involved) but this one hit close to home. Steal a Pencil For Me is primarily a love story, but it is also a Holocaust story and it is all based on real events. My family has their own Holocaust stories so these always stand out to me. The story revolves around a young man and young women who meet at the start of the war. Soon, they and their families are taken off to camps and forced to work for the Nazis. Through all the trauma, they manage to find hope in their love for each other.

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Their story is told through letters they wrote to each other while they were in the concentration camps. At the reception were letters written to loved ones in response to the opera’s story. There were also plenty of drinks and food (and cake pops!) to go around. The room was buzzing with excitement after the show. Everyone was talking about how much they loved it. I’m so glad we were able to get a huge group photo with the cast and crew at the event as well!

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Looking for engaging event photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Bird Fur Tees in Five Points | Denver Portrait Photography

Bird Fur Tees is the t-shirt company my brother, Josh, created. Josh has always had a quirky sense of humor and an entrepreneurial spirit and this company has been the perfect combination for him. His shirts are funny, weird, timely, and sometimes even philanthropic. He’s always posting behind the scenes photos, new designs, and funny memes on his Facebook page. Go ahead and take a look.

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This session was so much fun! I loved so many of the new t-shirts. My favorites from this session were the You’re my Everything Bagel shirt and the Delicious Nazi Tears shirt. Also, these murals are amazing! We went to the Exdo event center, where Tracks is. If you haven’t seen a drag show at Tracks, you are missing out. There are so many amazing murals in their parking lot and the alley behind their main building. I love how colorful they all are!

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We always try to take a few photos of the models wearing blank t-shirts. That way new designs can be photoshopped onto the blank tees as they are released, so customers can get a better idea of how they’ll actually look. Josh comes out with new t-shirt ideas as he thinks of them, but we can only do a couple of sessions a year. This is a great way to keep the photos up to date with the current products, in between photo shoots.

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What’s a Bird Fur shoot without some ridiculous silliness? We didn’t even have to steal a dog this time because one of our models brought her own! Emily brought her pup, Cricket to the session and she was such a charmer. She was very well behaved and followed most of my posing directions without any treat bribing!

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Check out all the other Bird Fur photo shoots we’ve done.

The First Bird Fur Photo Shoot

Bird Fur on Santa Fe

Bird Fur in Rino

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Need to spice up your website or up your social media game? I would love to chat about creating engaging, eye-catching photos for you and your brand. Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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Colorado Gives Day 2018

Colorado Gives Day is today! This is Colorado’s local version of Giving Tuesday. Each year on the Tuesday following Giving Tuesday, Coloradoans can donate to local non-profits while maximizing their giving power through a $1 Million Incentive Fund. The incentive fund is split between all participating non-profits, based on the percentage of donations they receive. 

I know how hard it can be to find the resources to donate money or even time to non-profits. That’s why I’ve built it into my personal budget and my business structure, because I know giving is so important. Non-profits need money, but they also need other forms of support like time, services, and resources. Below are five local organizations I volunteered with, supported, or donated to this year. These are wonderful, homegrown organizations that need your help as well. 

Presenting Denver

Who they are: Presenting Denver serves as Denver’s dance community. Their goal is to create a way to bring dancers and dance lovers together through performances, support, and resources. 

How I gave: I volunteer on the Dance Events committee. I also volunteer as a photographer ambassador, where I photograph headshots, promotional material, and events.

How you can give: There are so many ways to support Presenting Denver. You can volunteer on one of their committees, attend an event, become a sponsor, or make a financial donation

Opera Colorado

Who they are: Opera Colorado is Denver’s biggest opera company. Each season, they produce three operas, two at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and one at a smaller theater. They strive to present new works, and bring up and coming artists to the state.

How I gave: I give to Opera Colorado by donating a portion of my services to the company.

How you can give: They have so many ways for you to support, from Young Artist Sponsorship to one time donations. You can donate to Opera Colorado through Colorado Gives Day here.

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Gender Identity Center of Colorado

Who they are: The Gender Identity Center is an important resource for transgender, nonbinary, and questioning Coloradoans as well as their families and friends. They offer therapy, support groups, community, and other essential services. The GIC is one of only a few centers in the country that does this and they have been open for over 40 years. 

How I gave: I ran a charity photo shoot at Boulder Pride, to raise money for the organization. I also donated to their fundraising campaign. 

How you can give: The GIC is always looking for volunteers to help at events, lead support groups or offer pro-bono therapy to the community. 

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Vagina Monologues Denver

Who they are: Kate Spencer organizes Denver’s production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, a world renowned play to help stop violence against women and girls. 

How I gave: I volunteer to photograph their rehearsals, headshots, and performances.

How you can give: Audition! Vagina Monologues is looking for anyone who identifies as a woman to be a part of the show. No acting experience required. Auditions are being held on December 15th. Don’t want to be on stage? Follow them on Facebook and attend a show in February!

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The Center

Who they are: The Center serves as the LGBTQ community center for Colorado. The provide the LGBTQ community with resources, programs, communications, and opportunities. 

How I gave: I donated clothing to their transgender clothing swap event.

How you can give: Volunteer at an event, donate, or shop through one of their affiliates.

Happy Giving, Colorado! I’d love to collaborate with you or your organization! Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.