Newest Proto’s Opens in Broomfield
Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana has opened at the Arista development, becoming the first retail tenant there. Arista is a mixed-use development just off US 36 whose centerpiece is the Broomfield Events Center. Now fans of cage fighting, ice hockey, live concerts and assorted other entertainment will have a nearby place to get good, thin-crust pizza. This sixth Proto’s is at 8001 Arista Place, Broomfield; 303-466-2112.
Vietnamese Restaurant Adds Western-Style Brunch
Denver’s Parallel 17, a stylish Vietnamese restaurant, is adding Sunday brunch service from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning this weekend. Menu inspirirations include such decidedly non-Asian dishes as Hickory Smoked + Braised Fresh Bacon with poached egg, lemongrass demi-glace, mesclun green salad and home fries ($13),. Steak Stuffed Chili Relleno + Eggs, which is a lemongrass steak-stuffed poblano pepper, cilantro pesto, yuzu crème fraiche, poached egg and home fries ($14) and Blueberry Stuffed French Toast cornflake-crusted French toast stuffed with blueberries, walnuts and ricotta served with, maple syrup and a choice of sausage, bacon or ham ($10). P17, as it’s nicknamed, is at 1600 Seventeenth Avenue, Denver; 303-399-0988.
SoBo Prices Go Low(er)
Since it opened, Boulder SoBo American Bistro has been praised for its food but taken to task for what locals perceived of as high prices. When diners talk, SoBo seems to have listened. The Boulder Daily Camera’s restaurant critic Meg Tilton reported, “Entrées used to cost between $19 and $33; now, they run $10-$23. Vegetarian dishes are also now available on the regular menu, including a vegan coconut Thai curry. A daily happy hour has been added that features discounted drinks and shared-plate items at half price.” She also reported that SoBo’s new executive chef is Sakima Isaac, previously at Laudisio. SoBo is at 657 South Broadway, which is in the Table Mesa Shopping Center; 303-494-7626.
Juicy Lucy #2 Now in Denver
I know people from Aspen and Snowmass who drive to Glenwood Springs just to eat at Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse. A second opened in Denver last month at 250 Josephine Street in Cherry Creek North. The phone number is 303-393-6700. The original is at 308 Seventh Street, Glenwood Springs; 970-945-4619.
Rustica Opens Longmont Retail Bakery
Rustica Bakery, a small-scale wholesale bakery and favorite at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market, now has a retail store in Longmont. Partners Elizabeth Perreault and Alison Reder, who had been baking in rented kitchen space, now have their own space at 950 Elgin Avenue (one block north of Ken Pratt Boulevard); 303-684-6480.
Boulder Savors Savory Spice Shop
The Savory Spice Shop has opened its third and northnmost retail location in dowtown Boulder, just off the Pearl Street Mall. It specializes in fresh-ground spices and herbs, including blends, rubs, sauces, extracts, salts and more to make food more flavorful. The new store is at 2041 Broadway (between Spruce and Pearl), Boulder; 303-444-0668. Other locations are in Denver’s Platt River Valley and in Littleton.
Snaps! Snapped Shut
Snaps! Hot Dog, a cute little vendor on 13th between Pearl and Walnut that I wrote about less than three months ago has now closed. Selling nothing but meat and veggie hot dogs, chips and beverages out of a small window on a side street, it seemed like the kind of fast, inexpensive street food that (except for a few food carts on the Mall) downtown Boulder has been lacking.
Two Peach Festivals This Weekend
Most of our peaches come from Palisade, with truckloads arriving for the annual Lafayette Peach Festival this Saturday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. South Public Road is blocked off for the event, which focuses on peaches but also includes all manner of items for sale, non-peacj foods to eat and entertainment to enjoy. If you want to meet peaches on their own turf, visit the 40th annual Palisade Peach Festival, starting Thursday, August 14, and running through the weekend.
Upcoming Winemaker Dinners
Usually, I don’t post these, because there are just too many. But the variety of upcoming ones struck me as worth mentioning due to the range of prices and different offerings:
- One restaurant company has bravely scheduled two wine events at two Denver locations on the same evening, Thursday, August 14. A wine pairing dinner ($55) in conjunction with Deerfield Ranch Winery begins at 6:00 p.m. in The Broker Restaurant’s wine cellar, and a blush wine tasting ($35) including selected appetizers begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Cork House. For reservations, call Sarah at 303-292-5065. The Broker is downtown at 821 17th Street, and The Cork House is at 4900 East Colfax.
- In Vail, Larkspur‘s new executive chef Armando Navarro and sommelier Kevin Furtado are hosting the Colorado Harvest dinner with Canyon Wind Cellars winemaker Jay Christianson on Saturday, August 16. The cost is $175 per person. Additionally, Larkspur has three upcoming Thursday wine tasting classes: Colorado’s Master Sommeliers on August 14; The Royal Italians on August 21, and The Bubblies on August 28. The clases are $50. For reservations for any of these events, call 970-754-8050.
- Eight California wines will be poured at Randolph’s Restaurant & Bar on Tuesday, August 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The wine tasting costs $27 per person and includes appetizers made to complement the featured wines. Randolph’s is in the Warwick Denver at 1775 Grant Street, Denver. To reserve, call 303-318-7272.
- Colterra Food & Wine has planned a wine-pairing dinnering dinner featuring the foods of Trentino in northern Italy on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. Sommelier Jonathan Deering has selection Gewürtztraminer, a spicy grape originating Tramin, Italy, and a Cabernet Franc as two of the four wines. The cost is $65. For reservations, call 303-652-3753. Colterra is located in downtown Niwot at 210 Franklin Street.
- Alba Ristorante’s August wine dinner celebrates an Italian feast called Ferragosto, whose origins reach back to Roman times in honor of the goddess Diana and to celebrate the harvest, and which was adopted to celebrate the alleged ascension of the Virgin Mary to heaven. On Wednesday August, 27, Alba wraps it into a three-course dinner with paired wines for $55. Call 303-938-8800 for reservations. Alba 2480 Canyon Boulevard (the parking lot is on the north side of McGuckin’s), Boulder.
Fawn Brook at 30
The enduring Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark, celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, remains a European fine-dining restaurant specializing in fine Continental cuisine (largely Austro-German classics). For all these years, owners Hermann and Mieke Groicher have kept it a haven of warm, knotty-pine, lace-curtain charm and hospitality and stayed true to their culinary traditions. The Fawn Brook Inn is at 357 Business Highway 7, Allenspark; 303-757-2556.
Upscale Burger Chain Lands in Park Meadows Area
The Counter, a California-based build-your-own burger “concept,” hits the Denver area with a grand opening on Saturday, August 16. The look is industrial, and the gimmick is that customers are handed a clipboard with a long list of ingredients that can be assembled in a mind-boggling variety of combinations, giving new meaning to the old commercial tagline, “Have it your way.” The Counter claims that “312,120+ different burger combinations make every burger as unique as each customer.” Customers start with humanely raised beef, turkey, veggie or chicken on a bun or in a bowl and then choose a size, cheese, sauce, toppings and extras, sides, starters and beverages. The Counter is at Vistas at Park Meadows, 8439 Park Meadows Center Drive, which is in Centennial or Littleton or someplace in the south metro area. The phone number is 303-790-9630.
Food and Wine Fundraiser in Westminster
The second annual Corks & Forks, a fundraiser for the pioneering National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, takes place on Saturday, August 23 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Westin Westminster with four hours of fine food, fine wines and fine beers. The newspaper ad for the event says that tickets ($50 per person) are available from the website, but I can’t find that page. If you are interested, calll 303-293-5315.
Taste of Keystone Scheduled for the End of August
The 20th annual Taste of Keystone takes place at the resort’s Lakeside Village (i.e., near the Keystone Lodge, not River Run Village) on Saturday August 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Admission is free, and tickets are just $1 each for tastes prepared by the chefs of such Keystone restaurants including as the Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch and The Bighorn Steakhouse — plus sweet treats made by Keystone’s gifted pastry chef, Ned Archibald. In addition to great food, there are kids’ activities, live bluegrass and the obligatory silent auction. The event supports Summit County’s Mountain Mentors. For more information, call 970-496-4FUN.
Kelly Liken Opens Second Vail Valley Eatery
Kelly Liken, whose eponymous Restaurant Kelly Liken is one of Vail’s mostly highly regarded fine dining restaurants, has opened a second place downvalley. Half named after her and half after her husband and partner, Rick Colomitz, Rick & Kelly’s American Bistro is a more casual eatery cranking out favorite comfort foods, designer pizza and, like The Counter (above), build-your-own burgers. Rick & Kelly’s is located at 27 Main Street (at Riverwalk, with an Eagle River view from the patio), Edwards; 970-926-3423.
OOMPAH! at Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest
Colorado’s Oktoberfests traditionally are scheduled for September — perhaps because there is less likelihood of snow, and where there is considerable appeal to visiting when the aspens can be expected to be golden. Breckenridge’s 14th annual Oktoberfest, September 12-14, 2008, includes great parties, authentic German beer and food. The Brewmaster’s Dinner on Friday evening at the Salt Creek Steakhouse & Club features a six-course gourmet German dinner with paired German beers. The reception starts at at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 Tickets are $65 each or $120 per couple. The restaurant is at 110 East Lincoln, Breckenridge; 970-453-4949. For special overnight packages, go to the Breckenridge Resort Chamber’s website or call 877-593-5260.
Colorado Springs News
Palapa’s Surfside, which had been located at 5710 South Carefree Circle, abruptly closed. The original hope was to franchise it….King’s Chef Diner has now opened at a second location at 131 East Bijou Street that will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m….The Loop, a Mexican restaurant (965 Manitou Avenue, Manitou; 719-685-9344) has expanded with a new bar and 50 more seats.
Tony’s Market Plans Downtown Denver Store
Tony’s Market, until most convenient for foodies on the southern end of the metro area, plans to open Tony’s Downtown Market at 950 Broadway in downtown Denver early in 2009. The 15,000-square-foot store will be the largest in the group and will inlcude an 80-seat restaurant and have up to 90 parking spaces. The store also will have an 80-seat restaurant.
In 1978, Tony Rosacci opened the first Tony’s Market, mainly a butcher shop, in a former 7-Eleven on East Dry Creek Road in what is now Centennial in 1978. Current locations are 4991 E. Dry Creek Road between South Colorado and Holly; 7421 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton (just east of Wadsworth), and 874 West Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock. Special note: If you need your knives sharpened, a knife sharpener visits all Tony’s stores on Mondays.
Culinary Component to Snowmass Wellness Event
While mostly focusing seriously on the mind-body-spirit connection, the Snowmass Wellness Experience’s Harvest and Humor evening at The Artisan in the Stonebridge Inn on Friday evening, August 15, nurtures the palate and tickles the funny bone too. Artisan’s chef David Von Holton has put together a a menu of 20 kinds of interesting appetizers from regional farmers and producers, plus organic spirits, will be followed by a “wellness comedy show” starring humorist Swami Beyondananda. Harvest & Humor tickets cost $30 and are available by calling Alix Knipe at 970-923-7064.
Crystal Palace Grille Open in Legendary Aspen Space
The Crystal Palace Grille, an upscale steakhouse that cuts its meats in-house, opened last month in space vacated by the legendary Crystal Palace dinner theater. It features high-quality Akaushi Kobe beef and a less well-known Piemontese beef from northern Italy, as well as organic Western Slope produce. The restaurant is at 300 East Hyman Street, Aspen; 970-925-1455.