Fifteen Downtown Boulder tastes equal one fine feast
Downtown Boulder’s 2013 Taste of Pearl is weeks away (Sunday, April 21), but tickets for this popular annual event are available online now, and buying now is smart, because they do sell out. As usual, it showcases some of Colorado’s most renowned restaurants and chefs. Attendees stroll along Boulder’s Pearl Street from one boutique or galleryin the heart of what Bon Apétit magazine dubbed America’s “foodiest” town. The Taste of Pearl pairs 15 Boulder restaurants with 15 Colorado wineries, with tastings in 15 downtown Boulder boutiques and galleries.
Participating resturants are Aji Latin American Restaurant, Beehive, Brasserie Ten Ten, Centro Latin Kitchen, Flagstaff House, Frasca Food and Wine/Frasca Caffe, The Kitchen [Next Door], Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, Mateo, The Mediterranean, OAK at Fourteenth, Pizzeria Locale, Q’s Restaurant, Riff’s Urban Fare and SALT the Bistro.
Pariticipating wineries are Aspen Peak Cellars, Augustina’s Winery, Avanti Winery, Balistreri Vineyards, Bookcliff Vineyards, Boulder Creek Winery, Ciatano Winery, Garfield Estates Winery, Garrett Estate Cellars, Jack Rabbit Hill Winery, Redstone Meadery, Settembre Cellars, Snowy Peaks Winery, Turquoise Mesa Winery and Verso Cellars.
Host galleries and shops are Art & Soul Gallery, Art Source International, Athleta, Barbara & Company, Boulder Book Store, Design Within Reach, Earthwood Gallery, Gaiam Living, Island Farm, Oliverdé, Patagonia, Pedestrian Shops, Retail Therapy,Starr’s Clothing and Weekends.
The $60 per person ticket includes samples of food and wine from all participating restaurants and wineries; a keepsake wine glass, a re-usable wine-carry bag, $5 off one bottle of wine from any participating winery and a Savings Card, good for discounts and offers from all participating host locations. Buy online, and if you play your cards right, you get more than your money’s woth by using all of the discounts, and even if not, you benefit Boulder’s Emergency Family Assistance Association (efaa), which gets a proceeds of all sales.