If you're ever in the Denver area and on the hunt for bona fide Western food, look no further than the Fort, a majestic, adobe-style restaurant run by proprietor Holly Arnold Kinney. Since its hand-carved wooden doors opened in 1963, the Fort's menu has channeled the early-19th-century frontier, with game meats, indigenous vegetables and grains, and Native American dishes always composing its regular offerings. It's no surprise that this landmark of regional American cuisine attracts foodies and American history buffs alike. Holly will join us at this Wednesday's Beard on Books (12:00 noon in the Beard House dining room) to speak about the Fort's vibrant history and the "New Foods of the Old West" that she proudly serves. And if you'd like to bring a taste of the Fort into your own kitchen, here's her recipe for quinoa salad with fresh garden mint.