Cooking Steak: What You Need to Know

Steak is one of those foods that many of us love to eat, and will always order at restaurants given the opportunity, but we may not necessarily feel confident cooking steak ourselves. And it’s no [...]


12 Kitchen Tools for Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Family Chef

  Christmas is less than a week away, and many of us are dashing around like headless reindeer trying to scoop up those last (or maybe the first) of the items on our gift shopping lists. If [...]


Your Holiday Wine Guide: Thanksgiving Wine

There are few holidays that can match the traditional menu served up on Thanksgiving. While the food will be the same in most households, the wines served up with the feast can be diverse and [...]


Chef Jim’s Linguine with Clam Sauce

Celebrating Chef Jim’s anniversary at The Cork with a favorite recipe Hey everyone: on this day 36 years ago (that’s Oct. 10, 1981 for those who don’t want to do the math), Chef Jim Smailer [...]


Staff provide two decades of quality service at The Cork

What sets The Cork apart from other fine dining establishments? Staff from a good old vintage.  Aging can improve the quality of wines, but not all wines have aging potential. It’s actually very [...]


Spring Recipe: Chef Jim’s Asparagus Risotto

Rain, sleet or snow, we’ve been hitting the Boulder County Farmers Market every Saturday. Why even bother on a snowy Saturday? Because you only get a short window for asparagus, and come hell or [...]


A reference guide to meat cuts

Have you ever been confused reading a meat package or reading a restaurant menu? You’re probably not alone. At The Cork, we take pride in the quality ingredients we serve. We’re confident you’ll [...]


Sweet on Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we’re getting pretty excited for one of our favorite things about this holiday: chocolate. THE HISTORY. Before chocolate become the treat we know and love, Mayan [...]


New Year, New You

Many of us have started the new year with a few resolutions. No matter whether they’re based on social, financial or health goals, we’re here to help you achieve them. Social health. If one of [...]


Recipe: Chef Jim’s Holiday Oysters

Looking for a new family favorite? The holidays around the Smailer house wouldn’t be complete without this warm, cozy heirloom dish. Ingredients: Serves 3 people 1 fennel bulb (trimmed, cored and [...]