Matthew Schniper 
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Matthew Schniper is the editor at the Colorado Springs Independent. He began freelancing with the Indy in mid-2004 and joined the full-time staff in early 2006, contributing arts, food, environmental and feature writing. He still contributes food criticism weekly. He graduated from Colorado College in 2001 with a creative writing and film degree. Matthew also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry, cooking, serving and managing. He is also a photographer, and has traveled through 35-plus countries. His work has appeared in numerous alt weeklies around the country, as well as in The Atlantic.

Recent Articles

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    • Mar 20, 2019
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    • Mar 13, 2019
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    Re: “The Little Market lives again, and a Cambodian food truck launches

    Hi James,
    Totally understood. That's one of the challenges of us being a weekly paper — when news comes in on a Wed., Thurs., or Fri. and we're waiting to hit racks again on the following Wednesday. We'll often put up teasers on the blog ahead of time, and in this case, best I can say is I and the INDY had tweeted it late last week. Please follow us both on Twitter and Facebook and hopefully we'll get you the word ahead of time on the next event you're interested in.

    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 07/14/2016 at 9:43 AM

    Re: “Operation Peter Pan offered Cuban refugee kids a home in Colorado, but life was no fairy tale

    Mr. K, the above sentence you find "offensive and ignorant" came directly from Monsignor Bryan Walsh's writing. You may read his account in full in the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs Vol. 13, No. 3/4 (Jul. - Oct., 1971), pp. 378-415.
    For what it's worth, I'm the child of a Holocaust survivor, and took no offense to Walsh's observation that correlated the flight of children in the 30s to that of the Cuban kids in the 60s. In the context of his writings, he was simply equating the respective migrations — not making a larger political statement to say the Castros were as bad as the Nazis or that Cuba's situation was as dire as German's at the time.

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    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 04/11/2016 at 9:48 AM

    Re: “EIM Thai, Peak Place Coffeehouse, King's Chef Diner

    Bella's Bakery & Cafe owner Andy Schlesinger called me today with concern over how Bella's bread fared in the above Peak Place review. He said that after speaking with Peak Place's staff, he learned that they had been freezing the bread, which he advises against because indeed it dries out and crumbles easily.
    "You can eat it cold or warm, but you just can't freeze it," he says. "At our shop, we butter it and throw it on the flat-top — it's delicious."
    Schlesinger also said that Peak Place had been freezing it because of storage space concerns, but the two outfits came to an "amicable" agreement to have Peak Place discontinue using Bella's for baked goods.

    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 03/14/2016 at 11:30 AM

    Re: “New Abuela's Cuban Bistro food truck to debut soon

    Thanks Adam for letting us know about Lucy I'm Home — wasn't yet on our radar.

    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 02/29/2016 at 4:24 PM

    Re: “Red Gravy, a modern Italian eatery, replaces Lucha Cantina downtown

    Checking in with chef Brenner this morning, he says he wasn't able to hit his goal of opening by today, but currently thinks he may be able to hit a Monday Jan. 11 launch day. We'll update as needed.

    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 01/06/2016 at 9:37 AM

    Re: “Public Market chooses Carter-Payne

    No, they have decided against the old Gazette building in favor of this option. I'll have more on that in next week's Side Dish, but basically they prefer this lease-to-buy option in this space.

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    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 10/01/2015 at 10:02 PM

    Re: “Indie-nogo? Studying a vegan's tall tales

    I have an hour of a recorded interview with you, Shane, and several shorter interviews recorded with Gina. I also have copies of email correspondence confirming conversations between the three of us. I also have copies of your conversations with others in our community. I will share as much of that as you wish for me to, if you like.
    You have not been threatened by me, nor lied about.
    But since you seem to wish to set the record straight, why don't you bring these "licenses" that you hold by our office for verification — and please don't forget your driver's license. And we'll be happy to look further into your identity. We greatly look forward to meeting the real Shane.

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    Posted by Matthew Schniper on 07/21/2015 at 5:15 PM

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