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Get dinner help with ToGoDenver.com’s guide to takeout or curbside delivery services

Moms, we’re stressed enough trying work and homeschool our kids but add cooking dinner to that list? Help has arrived! 

As coronavirus precautions continue to tighten their grip on daily living in Colorado, Metro Denver and Boulder residents can still enjoy many of their favorite local eateries that are offering convenient, safe takeout and home or curbside delivery services for food and alcohol.  VISIT DENVER, Boulder Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Eat Denver and the Colorado Restaurant Association have collaborated to create ToGoDenver.com, a free resource for Denver and Boulder restaurants that remain open for takeout and/or delivery service during the current dine-in shut down.

 Statewide mandated dine-in closures, issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, have left local restaurants scrambling to stay afloat and keep their staff employed. ToGoDenver.com offers local restaurants free registration to list their current home or curbside delivery and takeout services available. Restaurant seekers can search listings by restaurant name, by neighborhood or by cuisine.

VISIT DENVER, which also hosts the annual Denver Restaurant Week, has created an easy portal for restaurants to upload their information. In addition, local media partners including The Denver Post and Westword are also lending their support to the effort. Restaurants can submit their information to Westword here, and the Denver Post here.  The hashtag #coloradocurbside on Instagram is also a helpful resource.

Denver Restaurant Week 2019: What you need to know

The 15th annual Denver Restaurant Week will take place February 22 – March 3, 2019. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45. 

Visit Denver has these tips:

  1. Browse the menus. All participants are listed and restaurants are added to the list as they sign up, so be sure to keep going back for the latest info.
  2. Make reservations. Tables fill up fast during Denver Restaurant Week, so make your plans soon. Be flexible and try some earlier or later seatings, too. And be sure to cancel any reservations you don’t use!
  3. Dine early and often! With hundreds of Denver’s best restaurants participating, there’s never a better time to try a new spot or head back to your favorites.
  4. Splurge! Lots of restaurants offer affordable wines, add-ons and special desserts. At $30 per person for dinner, you can afford to order some extras.
  5. Pay it forward. That fabulous meal you just had is also a great deal. Be sure to tip your server generously!

Photo: Bistro Vendome

Contest: The perfect gift for hard-to-buy-for people (win $100 from Happy Cards!)

Who doesn’t love gift cards for the holidays? But let’s face it: finding the right gift card for the right person is sometimes a struggle and it feels impersonal. 

Enter: Happy Cards

Do you have a fun-lover? How about a foodie? Or a shopaholic? These nifty gift cards bundle your favorite brands together, depending upon your interests and passions.

I’ve been stumped with what to buy my mother-in-law this year so when I saw their Happy Lady card (Lord & Taylor, Sephora, Bed Bath & Beyond, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Panera Bread, Cheesecake Factory and Spafinder), I knew I had found the perfect fit. A few of my other favorites:

The Happy Her gift card is a delightful way to make her day! Jump start the day with a beverage from Peet’s Coffee. Swing by Under Armour for new workout gear. Snap up the freshest looks at EXPRESS and Ulta. Enjoy lunch at PF Chang’s, then head to Godiva for a sweet treat. A memorable shopping spree all in one card! Use the Happy Her gift card at any Peet’s Coffee, PF Chang’s, Ulta, EXPRESS, Under Armour or Godiva location in the US.

The Happy Guy card is the gift that will have him on cloud nine! Let dad pick out a new power tool at The Home Depot. Get your brother that new computer he’s been talking about from Dell. Treat your uncle to a delicious meal at McCormick and Schmick’s, or your son to a juicy burger at Burger King. Is your husband trying to decide between a new suit or new wipers? Now he can get both with Lord & Taylor and Autozone on the same card! The Happy guy gift card and gives him the freedom to choose across his favorite brands in home, fashion, food and auto. Use the Happy Guy gift card at any The Home Depot, AutoZone, Dell, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lord & Taylor, Burger King or

This is just a sampling of the many different gift cards and brands: 

Do you have a specific budget? Gift cards are sold in increments of $25, $50, $75, $100 of you may enter in your customized amount!

Make buying the perfect gift as easy as giving it. Avoid the chaos of holiday shopping, and the stress of wondering what to give that special someone. Get happy, give Happy. The only gift card that pairs them with their favorite brands. Go to Happy Cards to start browsing the many different categories today. They are also available wherever Kroger products are sold (King Soopers, City Market), Albertson’s and Safeway. 

Contest

Mile High Mamas is giving away a $100 Happy Cards Your Happy Teen with favorite brands American Eagle, Sephora, Regal Cinemas, Jamba Juice, Nike and Dave & Buster’s. You may enter as many as five times. Contest deadline is Dec. 19, 2018.

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Recipe: Marcella’s Ristorante Pizzeria launches Sangria Sunday brunch (make this Ricotta Crespelle)

Marcella’s Ristorante Pizzeria and Wine Bar located in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver is a bustling Italian café featuring chef-driven cuisine inspired by authentic Italian recipes and serving
Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails and local beer. You will feel like one, big happy Italian family with shareable antipasti, hot and cold plates, pizzas, pastas and entrees.
 
Our family recently piled into our booth for a robust dinner of Calamari with roasted garlic aioli, Melted Pecorino Cheese served with crostini, apple and truffle honey. Dinner was the show-stopping Crispy Potato Pizza with Pancetta, Parmesan onions, Taleggio cheese and arugula, as well as the Lasagne alla Bolognese with slow-cooked sausage Ragu and house-made marina. There are several delicious desserts but only one Cannoli with its crisp pastry and a drizzle of chocolate ganache and pistachio.
 
Though we are not drinkers, the large bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino, as well as handcrafted cocktails and weekday happy hour.
 
The ristorante recently launched Sangria Sunday brunch with a variety of Italian-inspired brunch items including a Ricotta Crespelle with ricotta-filled crepes, macerated strawberries and Marcona almonds. Below is the recipe for the at-home cook but trust us, this ristorante is worth the visit!

Marcella’s Ristorante Pizzeria and Wine Bar’s Ricotta Crespelle

4 crepes
3 oz. sweet ricotta cheese (Recipe below)
Olive oil or cooking spray
1 oz. Grand Marnier strawberries (Recipe below)
1 T. Marcona almonds
1 T. powdered sugar
Lemon zest, to taste
 
Place 3/4 oz. of sweet ricotta cheese in the center of each crepe and fold over twice to make a “slice.” Spray a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray and place crepes on it. Heat the crepes in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the ricotta cheese is warmed through. Place crepes on a plate. Spoon Grand Marnier strawberries over top. Garnish with Marcona almonds, powdered sugar and lemon zest, to taste. Serve immediately.

Grand Marnier Strawberries

1 cup sliced strawberries
1 T. of grand mariner
1 T. of granulated sugar
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 1 hour at room temperature before using for flavors to come together.

Sweet Ricotta

3 fluid ounces of ricotta, drained through a fine strainer in the refrigerator overnight.  Draining 1/2 cup of ricotta will yield the 3-fluid ounces
1 t. granulated sugar
Zest of half a lemon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Colorado Family Travel: Recreational Fun, Festivals, New Lodging & Special Events

This summer, Colorado will be buzzing with new activities, recreational pursuits, events, attractions and more. Throughout the state, visitors and locals alike are invited to experience what’s new. From major anniversaries including the famed Broadmoor Resort’s centennial and new attractions such as Snowmass’ new Lost Forest, to major events including the return of Slow Food Nations, new chef-driven restaurants and hands-on culinary experiences, and the opening of numerous unique lodging offerings such as the highly anticipated Source and Ramble hotels in Denver, Colorado is laying the stage for a blockbuster summer travel season.

Following is a sampling of what’s new this summer in Colorado, visit www.COLORADO.com.

Exciting New Events, Festivals & Anniversaries:

The Dead Sea Scrolls on Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, March 16 – September 3, 2018: The regional premiere of the exhibition that has captivated millions around the world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. In addition, the largest collection of artifacts from the Holy Land ever assembled for display will allow guests to explore the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that continue to impact world cultures today.
 
Splash-In Sea Planes Event, July 14, 2018: Bring the family to experience this new and highly unique event as seaplanes land on Kenney Reservoir in Rangely, Colorado. The Seaplane Pilots Association is taking advantage of one the two private lakes where the aircrafts can land in Colorado. Kenney Reservoir is owned by the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District.
 
Slow Food Nations Returns to Denver July 13-15, 2018: Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Slow Food Nations will return to Denver, gathering leaders, eaters, farmers, chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks. Modeled after the renowned Terra Madre – the original Slow Food event in Turin, Italy – Slow Food Nations in Denver has become the center of the North American food world.
 
Velorama and Colorado Classic Return to Denver, August 16-19, 2018: Professional bicycle racing returned to Colorado in 2017 with the Colorado Classic, a series of men’s and women’s races in three Colorado cities. World-class pro teams compete in circuit races throughout the state – 2018 cities are TBA – ending in Denver on the final stages. Following the race, there will be a three-day music, crafts, beer and food festival in the River North (RiNo) Art District for spectators and athletes.
 
Kokopelli 140 Mountain Bike and Trail Running Race Debuts, September 7-8, 2018: For decades the Kokopelli Trail has served as the benchmark of mountain bike and ultra-trail running excellence. Stretching 144 miles from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah, this iconic and historic trail where dinosaurs once roamed offers some of the most beautiful, technical and challenging terrain in the country. This year, bikers and runners will be able to experience all 144 miles of the Kokopelli fully supported during the mother of all mountain bike races.
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Celebrates its 30th Anniversary, October 4-7, 2018: The Durango Cowboy Gathering works to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of working ranch people in the American West. The event celebrates the lifeways of rural people by creating the “campfire” around which anyone with an interest can come to share in the appreciation of the culture and traditions unique to the West.

Enticing New Attractions, Activities & Adventures: 

City on the Side Offers Motorcycle Sidecar Tour Experiences: City on the Side provides an exceptional, personal and private sightseeing journey through Colorado allowing passengers to experience the world from a completely unique perspective on a classic Russian Ural cT sidecar motorcycle. City on the Side is offering four planned Sidecar Motorcycle Tours in 2018 including: Essential Denver City Tour, South Mountain Exploration, North Mountain Exploration and Peak to Peak/Estes Park.
 
New Colorado Creative Corridor: Colorado’s rural communities are elevating their arts and cultural offerings and strengthening their communities, supported through the Colorado Creative Industries’ statewide program to grow creative rural economies, Colorado Creative Districts. For 2018, The Colorado Creative Corridor will offer visitors to the State an invitation to pair destinations with unique arts and cultural experiences. The “Corridor” is a route that will take visitors some 331 miles to five Creative District destinations. The arts communities of Carbondale, Salida, Crested Butte, Delta County/ North Fork and Ridgway all offer unique event programming and experiences, alongside mountain town eclecticism, outdoor recreation, authentic Colorado heritage, arts, agritourism and culinary offerings. The Colorado Creative Corridor visitor program officially launched May 2018.
 
Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop Launches New Passport Promotion: The Passport to the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop is a collaborative effort between the western Colorado hot springs destinations, including Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs. Participants simply obtain the official stamp from each visitor center and mail it in to redeem a waterproof pouch. The passport promotion launches in January 2018, encouraging visitors to complete the 720-mile loop, which showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country.
 
New Tech Toolkits from Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Colorado Parks & Wildlife has launched a fishing App for smart phones that enables anglers to check out mapping information for over 2,000 locations in the state, along with the most up-to-date regulations, details on fish species, seasonal flies, weather and more. A new State Park Pass Online Purchasing System allows travelers to purchase state park passes, make state park camping reservations and buy wildlife licenses online and with their mobile devices.
 
Colorado Riverfront Trail Expands: Serving the entire Grand Valley, the nearly 30-mile long Colorado Riverfront Trail (CRT) is a regional trail system extending from Palisade through Grand Junction, to Fruita in the west. Debuting spring 2018, the new Kokopelli segment of the CRT extended the trail from Fruita to the Kokopelli Trails area in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The Kokopelli Trails area is a destination for mountain bikers, hikers, equestrian users, and trail runners, and it connects to Moab, Utah via the Kokopelli Trail.
 
New Colorado Spirits Trail: The Colorado Distillers Guild is launching a Spirits Trail in 2018 inviting visitors to discover the spirits of the West. The trail highlights more than 50 participating distilleries from every corner of the state, and offers a map and interactive website to folks interested in tasting the amazing and creative spirits being produced across Colorado.  Individuals can pick up a map at participating distilleries, Denver International Airport and tourist information offices throughout the state.  The first 24 individuals to visit all participating distilleries represented on the 2018 paper map, and collect a stamp from each one, will be presented with a signed bottle from each participating distillery.
 
Eagle River Launches Whitewater Park: The Eagle River Park opened summer 2018, unveiling a world-class white water park featuring an in-stream design optimizing the river’s natural morphology, and will offer riverside recreation areas, where there will be riparian plantings and restoration. The Eagle River Park, with its layers of recreation opportunities and proximity to I-70, is destined to attract visitors, athletes and events from around the region.
 
Earth Treks to Build Nation’s Largest Climbing Gym in Englewood: Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness, a long-time leader in providing superior indoor climbing experiences, will debut its newest gym in Englewood this summer, which will span more than 52,000-square-feet making it the largest climbing gym in the US. In addition to world class roped climbing and bouldering terrain, guests will find their favorite amenities including a yoga studio, functional fitness and cardio zones, training areas, climbing classes, and more.
 
Glenwood Springs Adds New Single Track Trail: Glenwood Springs newest mountain biking trail, The Grandstaff Trail, has riders amped with its valley-wide, professionally bermed turns and the opportunity to catch air. Trail highlights include views of the Roaring Fork River Valley from Glenwood Springs and Mt. Sopris to the Elk Range, riding beneath the lift tower remnants of the Red Mountain Ski Area that operated from 1938 to 1966, and the undulating terrain that rivals a roller coaster ride. The Grandstaff Trail connects with other trails including the Olsen trail and the Wulfsohn trail system.
 
San Juan Hut System Launches New Gravel Grinder Route: New for 2018, the San Juan Huts will offer a hut-to-hut gravel ride from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah through some of the most scenic and remote stretches of pavement in the west. Riders will pass through many historic sites as they roll through the Unaweep Canyon, Gateway, and Paradox winding their way along the Dolores River and will stay in the fully stocked huts that are part of the San Juan Huts system on this three day/two night tour.
 
The Sebastian Vail Expands its Artists, Authors & Athletes Program: This summer, The Sebastian is expanding its popular Artists, Authors & Athletes speakers series that launched in winter 2018 and connects guests, owners and the local community with experts in their chosen field. Artists, Authors & Athletes will take place the first Thursday of every month June through September 2018 and includes a complimentary “Sparkle & Pop” reception with prosecco and truffle popcorn. Past speakers have included a New York Times best-selling author, a popular TEDx speaker, mountaineer, yogi and artist. Speakers for summer 2018 to be announced soon.
 
Snowmass Expands Summer Operations with Development of the Lost Forest: New for summer 2018, Aspen Snowmass announces an immense list of activities at the new Lost Forest located on Snowmass Mountain. These enhancements include an alpine coaster, canopy tour, challenge course, climbing wall, expanded hiking and biking trails and more. These additions will provide guests an opportunity to be completely immersed in nature while enjoying an array of activities. The Lost Forest is designed to be intertwined with nature, not detached from it. The Lost Forest has something to offer no matter what age or activity level desired.
 
Snow Mountain Ranch Offers New Family Attractions:  Summer is the perfect time for families and groups to explore Snow Mountain Ranch, located just outside of Winter Park, Colorado. Brand new to the property for summer 2018 and located right next to the summer tubing hill is the Spruce Saddle Adventure Zone playground with fun mountain features including a pendulum swing, small zip line, twisted log ladder, climbing moose and stump hoppers.
 
Timber to Table Guide Service Offers New Program for Hunters: The new Western Slope based guiding service, Timber to Table, isn’t your typical hunting outfitter. As their name implies, the company is focused on helping hunters put wild, healthy and delicious meat on their tables. Hunts are geared toward first-time hunters, and a five-day cow or bull elk experience includes a private guide who leads the hunt and will also teach participants how to process the animal, identify various cuts and custom wrap their meat. Timber to Table also offers hunting programs geared specifically toward women.
 
New TPC Colorado Golf Course Opens in Berthoud: Summer 2018 welcomes major golf news including the opening of the new TPC Colorado, the state’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years. Slated to open to the public in July 2018 in Berthoud, Colorado, the new course is situated along the banks of Lonetree, McNeil and Welch Reservoirs and features majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. The 800-acre golf community will encompass an 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse, as well as a master-planned residential neighborhood.
 
YMCA of the Rockies Opens the Boone Family Mountain Center: New For 2018, the Boone Family Mountain Center at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado will provide a base camp for nature, environmental and high-adventure activities. In addition to housing a hands-on education nature center and two-story climbing wall, the Mountain Center will also serve as the staging and information area for fishing, mountain biking, archery and the zipline.

New and Unique Summer Lodging Packages & Experiences:

Golf with a Legend at The Broadmoor: In celebration of the legendary Broadmoor Resort’s 100th anniversary in 2018, the property is offering a special “Golf with A Legend” package allowing guests to tee it up on the fabled East Course with Hale Irwin. The package is a three-night golf extravaganza for groups of 12-24 players and includes a practice round on the East Course, a round on the West Course plus a clinic from The Broadmoor teaching staff, a fly fishing lesson, dinner at the hotel’s Fish House, a round of golf with Hale Irwin on the East Course and dinner at 1858 located at the base of The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls.  
 
New Mountain Cures at the Four Seasons Resort Vail: New for 2018, the Four Seasons Resort Vail’s Forbes Five Star Spa has created Colorado and mountain-inspired treatments, certain to aid in sleep, altitude adjustment and boosting energy while in Vail, including a Sweet Dreams Sleep Cure, the Altitude Adjustment Cure or an Energy Cure. Each cure includes massage therapy along with other wellness offerings including breath work, aromatherapy and more.
 
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa Adds New Summer 2018 Palisade Ranch Packages: Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, a luxurious world-class destination in the heart of the American West, offers four new experiential packages in summer 2018 – Palisade Ranch Adventure, Red Rock Romance, For Foodies, and Curiosity – for its on-site Palisade Ranch that will allow guests to choose customized experiences based on their ideal vacation.  These packages include three nights of luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, one daily activity per person, local craft beer, wine, and spirits, and more.  The packages are available to book now for travelers visiting from May 1 to October 31, 2018.
 
The Maven Offers Decadent Denver Culinary Experience: Colorado is taking the culinary center stage in 2018 as the state plays host to season 15 of Bravo’s award-winning reality competition, Top Chef.  To celebrate, the Maven Hotel in Denver is offering an over-the-top foodie weekend including the chance for guests to craft their own lavish dinner party.  This package includes a gourmet cooking class led by a professional Denver chef followed by a decadent 5-course dinner paired with fine wine, 10 personalized chef jackets, luxury transportation to/from the dinner party, accommodations for five couples in five urban suites for two nights, and valet parking at The Maven.
 
Hotel Telluride Offers Ropes & Rungs Package: The Hotel Telluride is offering a new Ropes & Rungs summer alpine adventure package. This 3-night package invites guests to experience the beauty of Telluride’s vertical realm with a guided Via Ferrata climb on an exposed ladder and cable system (the only Via Ferrata in Colorado) and explore the vertical territory of Ophir Valley with a full day of guided rock-climbing, both led by San Juan Outdoor Adventures. This package is designed for all abilities and includes accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a full-day guided Via Ferrata climb and a full-day rock climbing adventure. Both days are complete with a packed picnic lunch. 
 
Hotel Telluride Offers ‘Best in Show’ Dog Package: Few places are as dog-friendly as Telluride with nearly as many canine residents as human ones. The Hotel Telluride’s exclusive new ‘Best in Show’ package offers the ultimate experience for its furry guests including: A two-night stay at The Hotel Telluride; a personalized pet welcome at the front desk’s doggie chalkboard; a welcome amenity of homemade dog treats; a plush dog bed with in-room Hotel Telluride custom placemat and food and water bowls; canine amenities including: one tennis or bouncy ball (dog’s choice), one Kong Wild Knots chew toy, one Night Ize flashlight collar clip, eco-friendly pet disposal bags and a list of nearby dog friendly activities.

New Lodging Properties and Renovations:

Eleven Experience Introduces the Lofts at Public House in Crested Butte: Opened in early 2018, the Eleven Experience’s Lofts at Public House, offer guests a new way to enjoy America’s last great ski town. Located on Elk Avenue, the three spacious suites are ideally situated in the heart of the action, overlooking the peak of Mount Crested Butte and the charming Victorian storefronts and lively cafes lining the street below. The Lofts feature the same design and five-star amenities consistent with the Eleven Experience portfolio and guests also have access to the same authentic adventures offered by Eleven Experience guides with a selection of year-round, a la carte pursuits.
 
Elizabeth Hotel Opens in Fort Collins: The new 164-room Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins opened to the public this past December and pays tribute to FoCo’s deep-rooted music scene. With record players in the guest rooms, inspired artwork and a piano in the Sunset Lounge, a musical theme permeates this modern luxury hotel. The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market, located inside the hotel, offers everything from gourmet sandwiches and grilled pizzas to charcuterie platters and signature dishes.
 
Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn Opens in Boulder: Opened in late 2017, these new dual-branded properties feature a combined 375 rooms, 9,500 square feet, including a 6,600-square-foot ballroom at the Embassy Suites, free underground self-parking and complimentary access to a rooftop pool at Embassy Suites. The properties offer two price points at a single site, as well as the largest hotel-ballroom in Boulder.
 
The Jacquard Opens in Denver’s Cherry Creek North Neighborhood: Slated to open in 2018, The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop is owned and managed by Stonebridge Companies and will be one of Autograph Collection Hotels newest, luxury hotels. The hotel will be one of only three Autograph Collection Hotels in the state of Colorado and will provide guests with a true, independent, Cherry Creek luxury experience including stunning art collections, tasteful design and sophisticated dining.
 
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Expands: Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort will debut 25 new Creekside units in June 2018. Taking advantage of the serene beauty offered by Chalk Creek, the 25 units are situated East of the Main Lodge and Spa. These new guest rooms will feature modern finishes and balconies directly on Chalk Creek.
 
The Ramble Hotel Opens in Denver: The Ramble Hotel, an independently owned, three-story hotel opened in May 2018 in Denver’s RiNo (River North) district with 50 guest rooms; an intimate theatre and bar; an independently owned restaurant; and a marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver. The bar marks the first outpost outside of its original location in New York’s East Village.
 
New Lodging and Tours at The Redstone Castle: The historic Redstone Castle, located outside of Carbondale, Colorado in the Crystal Valley, will open doors spring 2018 after an extensive renovation program, to offer boutique lodging and tours of the famed castle. This turn of the century jewel was completed in 1902 for industrialist and coal magnate, John Cleveland Osgood who once ranked the sixth wealthiest people in the United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the castle provides a unique glimpse into the personal styles and social culture of America’s elite at the turn of the 20th Century.
 
Royal Gorge Cabins Adds Additional Glamping Tents: Royal Gorge Cabins is adding four new glamping tents to its existing four tents and nine luxury cabins in time for the summer 2018 travel season. The resort offers a variety of whitewater rafting adventures on the Arkansas River, full-service restaurant and bar, event space and campsites in addition to the cabins and tents. The resort is located within minutes of the Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and other attractions such as the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and historic Canon City as well as adventures such as fly fishing and backcountry Jeep tours.
 
The Source Hotel Opens in Denver’s River North: This 100-room hotel will be located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace and will be the first hotel in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) district. Celebrating the utilitarian and industrial history of the RiNo district, The Source Hotel vendors are 100 percent independent, featuring the most unconventional and creative craft production in Denver. With the goal of connecting people, products, design and place, The Source Hotel is proud to showcase exceptional independent artisans, including a florist, tattoo shop, and small-scale craft retail counters operated by local designers and artists. The property will also feature a new New Belgium brewing concept to highlighting sour beers. The Source Hotel is expected to open in spring 2018.
 
Hotel Talisa Opens in Vail: Opened in late-2017 and nestled at the base of Vail Mountain along the Gore Creek, Hotel Talisa is Vail’s preeminent offering in luxury accommodations and experience. The 285-room hotel features exclusive amenities including one-of-a-kind spa treatments, three dining venues, curated alpine experiences and a 58,000-square-foot athletic club.
 
 Warwick Denver Unveils Full Renovation: The Warwick Denver has finalized a comprehensive renovation of all 216 guestrooms and suites within the acclaimed hotel that offers an urban retreat in the Mile High City. The oversized rooms and suites, averaging more than 425 sq.ft., have been refurbished in an elegant and modern style, decidedly welcoming and residential in feel while reflecting the rustic characteristics of the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful state of Colorado.

Food and Beverage Offerings Debut:

Angry James Brewery Opens in Silverthorne: Opening in Q1 2018, Angry James Brewery is a small, community-oriented brewery and tap room featuring a seven barrel system and showcasing a variety of American and international-style beers. The neighborhood brewery will feature four main brews along with four to five seasonal brews that challenge the status quo and cannot be widely found in other Summit County breweries.  Angry James will offer limited snacks with plans to expand food offerings in the future.
 
Crafted Beverages of Southwest Colorado Adds Tasting Passport: Now in its second year, Crafted Beverages of Southwest Colorado (CBSW), aims to raise awareness of the region’s agritourism and “drink local” movement. It spotlights the growing number of small batch, independent producers of crafted beverages, including beer, wine, spirits, cider, non-alcoholic gourmet sodas, and — new for 2018 — coffee and tea roasters.  Also new for 2018, is the addition of a “Tasting Passport”. Participants are encouraged to visit local producers and get their passports stamped at each location, with incentives including a grand prize trip to explore the region. Coffee roasters and specialty teas will also be on the menu in 2018, tapping trends including Nitro cold press coffee and serving Kombucha on tap.
 
Dairy Block Micro-District Opens in Denver: Slated to open in summer 2018, and anchored by The Maven Hotel, The Dairy Block in Denver’s newest micro-district.  A historically significant area originally the location of the Windsor Daily, the Dairy Block will be home to some of the area’s most creative makers and businesses, including the much anticipated Milk Market food hall from acclaimed chef, Frank Bonanno. With exciting restaurants, innovative retailers, cocktail bars, and more, the Dairy Block celebrates the city’s history while crafting its future.
 
Denver’s Famed Cherry Cricket Opens Second Location: One of Denver’s most popular burger joints, the Cherry Cricket, will open its second outpost in the city’s Ballpark neighborhood in summer 2018.  The new restaurant will offer many of its most popular items with some new twists.
 
Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails Opens in Vail: New for 2018, Fall Line restaurant celebrates the active and adventurous lifestyle of Vail with casual comfort food and inventive cocktails in a bright, modern space flanked with large 60’s era ski photos lining the walls. Executive Chef Jake Burkhardt has developed a creative menu that features sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and sharable plates.
 
Goat Patch Brewing Opens in Colorado Springs: Goat Patch Brewing offers a variety of handcrafted beers along with a fundamental goal of supporting the local Colorado Springs community. Flavors range from a mocha latte stout to a fruit goat patch punch. 
 
New Hands-On Culinary Experiences at Larkspur Vail: This summer, guests are invited to join the Larkspur culinary team for a hands-on culinary experience. Groups will be broken up in teams and paired with one of the restaurant’s professional chefs with each team preparing one composition of their pre-selected dinner menu. Each chef will give a presentation of the evaluation and nuances of the planned menu, and teams will work together to prepare and create their meals. The experience includes preparation in the kitchen, cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal.
 
New Butchery Program at Leonora at The Sebastian in Vail: Under the leadership of new Food and Beverage Director Chris Okamura and Executive Chef Tyson Peterson, The Sebastian-Vail is completely refreshing its food and beverage program for summer 2018 with a new menu and concept at Leonora featuring a whole animal butchery as well as game and prime beef selections.
 
The Nice Guy Opens in Aspen: LA Hotspot, The Nice Guy, has plans to expand their second restaurant in Aspen. Operated by John Terzian and Brain Toll, and slated to open in 2018, The Nice Guy will feature Italian staples such as chicken marsala and pasta primavera along with an Aspen fan-favorite, truffle fries.
 
Oskar Blues Opens in Downtown Colorado Springs: The newest addition to the area’s culinary family is in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. The new eatery takes up two levels in one of the area’s historic buildings. Enjoy underground bocce courts and outdoor patio. Grab a pint from one of the 48 taps and munch on locally sourced meats that round out the menu.
 
Pikes Peak Market Opens in Colorado Springs: Opened in late 2017, Pikes Peak Market is an indoor market and non-profit focused on building the local food ecosystem, supporting local vendors, and building community.  It features nine vendors with fare ranging from tamales and natural meats to crepes and coffee. In the future, the site looks to have a craft beer setup and featured Colorado spirits.
 
Jennifer Jasinski’s Ultreia Opens in Denver’s Union Station: James Beard Best Chef Southwest Jennifer Jasinski, along with partners Beth Gruitch and Jorel Pierce opened Jasinski’s second restaurant in Denver’s Historic Union Station, Ultreia this past winter. The restaurant opened in the building’s Great Hall and offers shared plate pinxtos and tapas from the countries of Spain and Portugal.
 
Zeppelin Station Opens in Denver: Opening in Q1 2018, the 100,000-square-foot Zeppelin Station will boast a ground level market hall featuring retail tenants focused in design goods, various street food vendors from around the country, multiple bars and a full-service anchor restaurant. Currently on the roster for the food hall are Denver’s Vinh Xuong Bakery, Boulder’s Fior Gelato, and Chicago’s Aloha Poke Co, with several announcements coming soon. Additionally, the RiNo Arts District will house their headquarters at Zeppelin Station alongside a dynamic retail space showcasing local artisans.

New Rural Colorado Cuisine Offerings:

 Top-tier chefs are moving into rural areas—especially west of Denver—and raising the bar on the dining scene with small focused dinner events and intimate dining rooms offering fast-evolving menus that reflect seasonality and locality of ingredients. Guest and dude ranches are moving from the cliché of serving pork and beans for dinner, to offer 20-course fine tasting menus and molecular dining. Cloverdale Farm and Restaurant opened doors mid/late 2017 in Steamboat Springs offering an intimate, fine dining experience using locally grown and sourced ingredients alongside a curated old world wine list. Traditional hunting lodge, High Lonesome Ranch in Debeque launches its second season of high-end dinners, serving a 20-course tasting menu overseen by Matt Chasseur and Patrick Ayers. Latigo Ranch in Kremmling will also offer a second season of fine dining, with a molecular dinner club.

Major News on the Horizon for Winter 2018/2019:

Dior: From Paris to the World Debuts at The Denver Art Museum, November 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019: The Denver Art Museum will host the U.S. debut of the renowned exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World, this fall. Surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy and influence, the exhibit features a selection of 150 haute couture dresses, accessories, photos, original sketches, and archival material. Curated by Denver Art Museum’s Florence Müller, it will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.
 
Limelight Hotel Snowmass to Open: Slated to open in November 2018 the Limelight Hotel Snowmass will offer fun, unfussy luxury with an energetic vibe and will feature an indoor/outdoor lounge area, a five-story climbing wall open to the public, a fitness center and spa pools.
 
W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen to Open: Slated to open for the 2018/2019 winter ski season, the new hotel and residences are being designed by Nemaworkshop in partnership with local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture and W’s in-house design team, offering 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded fractional residences. Conveniently located at the base of Aspen Mountain, the development will also feature a 12,000-square-foot rooftop bar and pool with expansive views of Aspen Mountain.

Mother’s Day Brunches Denver Moms Will Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th and there is no better way to celebrate mom with food…that she does not have to cook! Don’t miss these fabulous brunches in the Denver-area and be sure to reserve early. 

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hotel Boulderado 
Say thank you to the mother figures in your life by joining Hotel Boulderado for their annual Mother’s Day celebrations at Hotel Boulderado on Sunday, May 13th from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM. Every mother who attends can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa to pair with the plentiful buffet choices. To make your reservation, please call 303-440-2882 or visit visit their website. boulderado.com/
 
2018 Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Join us in downtown Denver for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch experience where children can build Mom her very own flower bouquet, decorate and plant a fresh herb keepsake, and craft a special Mother’s Day card. Adults can enjoy a mimosa bar and families will receive a family portrait to take home.  $89 per person/adults; $39 per person/ages 5 to 12 years old; under 5 years of age are complimentary. For reservations, please dial 303-312-3133.  1881 Curtis Street,  ritzcarlton.com

Mother’s Day Brunch at Elway’s Downtown 
Join us at ELWAY’S Downtown for Mother’s Day, where you can choose from our tasty brunch menu or select one of our scrumptious specials crafted by Chef Marco and his team. Specials include Lobster Quiche, Nutella Crepes, and Chicken & Waffle Benedict. Brunch offerings are offered a la carte, and specials begin at $16.00 USD each, excluding tax and gratuity. 1881 Curtis St., elways.com/downtown

Wild Standard

Tall ceilings, striking chandeliers and reclaimed, eclectic décor provide an elegant yet comforting dining environment at Wild Standard in Boulder. The menu focuses on sustainable seafood with additional emphasis on seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables. Chef Bradford Heap takes pride in utilizing fishermen and farmers with sustainable and responsible practices. The Say Your Pisco (Pisco, Pimms #1, Pamplemousse Grapefruit Liqueur and lemon juice) and Love Potion #8 (Spring 44 Vodka, apricot liqueur, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and grenadine) provide a welcomed upgrade from the traditional mimosa.

Ace Eat Serve

Pop by Ace Eat Serve  in Uptown starting at 4 pm on Sunday May, 13 to celebrate mom. Bonus for all moms visiting Ace; one hour of free ping pong. Ace offers indoor and outdoor ping-pong tables and multiple seating options on the expansive patio including a heated covered space. Treat mom to a few tasty dishes from the Asian-inspired menu including the all-time favorite Tiger Wings and new Crazy Sichuan Shrimp Wontons. The younger set always eats well at Ace with a top kids menu featuring PB&J Bao Buns, noodle bowls and on-the-house shaved ice. 501 E 17th Avehttp://www.aceeatserve.com 

Del Frisco’s Grille

Treat mom like a queen at Del Frisco’s Grille  in Cherry Creek North as brunch is expanded to both Saturday and Sunday in mom’s honor. All weekend long, the Grille is featuring dishes for mom that are proven favorites, as well as something new just for mom this weekend: Nonna’s Cinnamon Roll, an ooey, gooey, supremely satisfying concoction of six cinnamon rolls stuffed into one large baking dish, baked together and coming out all melted together. It’s served upside down and covered with house-made bourbon espresso caramel and toasted candied walnuts. Wash everything down with a selection from the Grille’s 3,000 bottle wine cellar, such as a glass of Miraval Rosé or a Grille Build-Your-Own Bloody Maryarriving table side with a “Plate of Fixin’s.”100 St. Paul St www.delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek

 Deal Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

On Sunday, May 13, families can celebrate Mom with an elevated brunch experience at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Executive Chef Mario Hernandez will be featuring items including the Prime Rib, a Lobster Benedict and Filet Benedict, and the full menu will also be available for those interested in dining on signature dishes and award-winning wine selections. Del’s will open its doors at 11 a.m. Limited seating is available for this event and reservations are required, 303-796-0100.  8100 E. Orchard Road, Denver www.delfriscos.com

Max’s Wine Dive

Mother’s Day and Max’s Wine Dive  is just what your mom needs to take the edge off. Max’s will be serving up their full-service brunch, let her indulge in decadent dishes from sweet to savory including the Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast and a Croque Madame Sandwich. Pair this with Max’s Bottomless Mimosas ($15) or Max’s Bloody Mary, a house-infused vegetable vodka, Max’s Bloody Mary mix rimmed with jalapeno seasoning. For more information, call (303) 593-2554. 696 Sherman St, Denver, CO www.maxswinedive.com

 Olive & Finch

 As an extremely busy mother of two toddlers, Olive & FinchExecutive Chef/Owner Mary Nguyen knows a thing or two about what moms really want. She knows families want a place to take mom that’s healthy, affordable, delicious and still casually elegant. Olive & Finch fits all these bills, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner for families all day on Mother’s Day. At breakfast, urban moms might like the City French breakfast sandwich, the Bun Me, Mary’s version of a traditional banh mi sandwich, or the Farro Salad, a mom-friendly version of an ancient grain bowl. O&F offers a wide variety of affordably priced cocktails, wines, and beers, including a a leisurely glass of wine or sangria, only $3 during happy hour (daily from 3-6 p.m.), so mom can kick back, relax, and let others take care of her  3390 E. 1st Ave. and 1552 E. 17th Ave. – www.oliveandfincheatery.com

 Postino

On Mother’s Day, treat your mom (or the moms in your life) to a sophisticated brunch, lunch or glass of wine at Postino LoHi . After all, most moms out there could probably use a little less “whine” and a little more wine! On Sunday, May 13, treat her to a beautiful brunch on the sunny patio, with dishes like French Toast with fresh strawberries, house-made berry preserves, almonds and vanilla crème fraiche, or the hearty Country Toast with Italian ham, Gruyère, Dijonnaise, and sunny side up eggs. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., all mimosas and bellinis are just $5. For lunch or dinner, consider a signature bruschetta board, salad, or panini paired with a glass of wine, such as the Saint Cosme Sauvignon-Viognier blend or the Wander Merlot, each just $5 until 5 p.m. 2715 17th Street – www.postinowinecafe.com

 Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social’s good times begin the moment Mom walks in the door, when every Mom will be greeted with a complimentary mimosa (boozy and non-alcoholic versions available). Next up, Punch Bowl Social’s super decadent, made-from-scratch Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is sure to impress with an Omelette Station, Taco Station, and Salad Station, plus fruit platters, Mini Alabama Sliders, Biscuit Mushroom Gravy, eggs, sausage and a selection of cheesecake and pastries. Every mom gets one shot at bowling a strike. If she succeeds, her brunch is on the house. Continue the fun while working off those carbs with Skee-Ball, bowling, ping-pong, private karaoke room and numerous other social activities. Punch Bowl Social’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Kids five and under eat free. Reservations highly recommended by visiting. S. Broadway & Stapleton locations www.punchbowlsocial.com

 Steuben’s

You can’t go wrong with bringing mom to Steuben’s anytime on Mother’s Day (both Uptown and Arvada locations ). Try the sweet Cast Iron French Toast featuring fresh berries, granola and caramel sauce or the popular and savory Traffic Jam with 2 eggs any style, green chili cheese fries, Farmer John bacon and sausage gravy. On the lunch side check out the Steuben’s Burger with Gold Canyon Angus beef, Hinman’s brioche bun and the traditional toppings. Treat mom to the famous Lemon Icebox Bar dessert with frozen lemon mousse, ginger crumble and blackberry sauce. Steuben’s Uptown opens at 10 a.m. (make your reservations using the Reserve App) and Steuben’s Arvada opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays. www.steubens.com

 Hilton Denver Inverness

The Inverness will be offering its annual Mother’s Day Brunch in the award-winning Garden Terrace restaurant from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The cost is:  $59.95/adult, $69.95/adult for the Champagne Brunch; $29.95/children 6 – 10 years of age, and FREE for children 5 years of age and under. The complete menu is available online, and reservations can be made by calling: (303) 397-6411. 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood.

 Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime will open early for a special brunch and dinner beginning at 11:00 A.M. on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13, 2018). The restaurant has partnered with award-winning local chocolatier Robin Chocolates to offer all moms a special parting gift of gourmet chocolates. Reservations are required and can be made by calling: (303) 825-3663. ocean-prime.com 1465 Larimer St., Denver.

Vesta 

It’s bold flavors with global influences on the menu at LoDo mainstay Vesta, where moms are encouraged to step up the wine game on their special day. Mothers at Vesta on May 13 will receive a complimentary White Sangria, brand new on the seasonal cocktail menu and a spring-forward take on the Spanish rooted warm-weather sipper. This version is a heady concoction of white wine, Leopold Bros. orange liqueur, floral St. Germain and seasonal fruits, perfect for enjoying with dinner. 1822 Blake St. – www.vestadenver.com 

La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

If Mom needs a break from the traditional (ahem: fancy-schmancy) fine dining experience, she’ll love the comforting Mexican fare at La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar in Lone Tree. The tables are rustic, the music is loud and the entire family (toddlers included) will feel welcome. Each mom will receive the bubbly mom-osa with her order. If Mom is ready to party, she’ll love the bottomless brunch bar. For $15 dollars, she’ll receive free-flowing cocktails including mimosas, Bloody Marias and strawberry margaritas. Must try dishes include the breakfast iron skillet (scrambled eggs, shredded beef, charros, potatoes and guacamole), Mexican chocolate waffles (cajeta, fried plantains, whipped crema and strawberry sauce), and the breakfast relleno de tamal (poblano stuffed with chicken tinga, fried egg, Jalisco sauce, charros and crema). 

Tamayo

 If mom is needing a little indulgence this Mother’s Day, Tamayo on Larimar Square has just the thing. Their bottomless margarita brunch includes an unlimited number of brunch drinks and small plates. Start with papaya salad (Mexican papaya, grilled pineapple, jicama, spicy peanuts and chili lime vinaigrette), move on to mushroom huarache flatbread, enjoy an order of migas nortenas (tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, tomatillo-pasilla sauce, smoked brisket and crema fresca) and finish with pan dulce (Mexican French toast, chipotle-cajeta sauce, Nutella, bananas and crema fresca). Tamayo has teamed up with their neighbor, Wax and Lash, to give each mom 15% off any service at the neighboring salon. Simply show the Tamayo Mother’s Day brunch receipt to redeem. 1400 Larimer Street, www.eattamayo.com.

For the Foodie: Culinary Walking Tour

Local Table Tours gives mom the perfect opportunity to experience a variety of dining destinations with someone else doing all the legwork. Offering culinary walking tours in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, Local Table Tours brings groups of food enthusiasts together for an exclusive taste of each town. The dining, cocktail, coffee & chocolate, farm to table and private tours offer unique behind-the-scenes experiences in the top restaurants and bars in each locale, all with the help of an expert guide. Each stop includes generous samples of each venue’s fare, as well as one-on-one time with the people behind the food. Mom just might meet her chef crush! Visit www.localtabletours.com or call 303.909.5747 to book a tour.

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

Celebrate your amazing mom with a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Social Fare Denver Dining + Drinks at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The price is $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 7-12. Kids age 6 and under can join for free! Families can enjoy a delicious brunch either indoors or outside, weather depending. Mom & Grandma can indulge in Bottomless Mimosa, Belvedere Spritzers and  “Rosé All Day.”The kids will love the dedicated playroom where they enjoy movies, games and crafts, including a special Kids Decorating Station where they can create a special gift for mom.

Featured image: Tamayo

Contest: Saturday Morning’s Nostalgic Fun Found At Arvada’s The Cereal Bowl, Inc.

Were you one of those kids who had trouble waking up for school, but on Saturday mornings you were up before the sun, ready to binge on hours of cartoons? Chances are, you had a big bowl of some sort of hyper-colored pure sugar cereal to munch as you watched. If you grew up in one of those Grape Nuts houses, you merely wish you did.

Recapture that Saturday morning feeling at Arvada’s The Cereal Box, Inc. With around 120 different cereal options from around the world, your dream cereal combo is a splash of milk away. We met Lori Hofer, who owns The Cereal Box with her husband, Michael Emmerson. They are the hard-working, creative forces behind this fun food concept. Hofer shared, “My husband Michael and I were ready to take the leap to do something for ourselves and our family, and we were inspired by our own childhoods. We both grew up eating cereal, watching Saturday morning cartoons, and playing with toys. That feeling we get when we think back to those days is what we want people to feel when they come to The Cereal Box.”

They are happy to pour a straight-up bowl of your favorite flakes, but one of the best parts of The Cereal Boxes’ deep, deep menu is they are experts at mixing different cereals together in house blends, making flavor play off each other and colors unite in pure whimsy.

Here is where they take your bowl to the next level: There are toppings. Many, many toppings, from marshmallows to nuts to cookies, whipped cream to fresh fruit to flavored milks. Not a fan of cow milk? They have soy, almond, rice, coconut, and lactose-free options. Really, they’ve thought of everyone and their personal cereal philosophy.

Let’s say you go and the wall of 120 cereals is overwhelming. All those toppings are making your head spin. They have a handy menu of mixes. Do you swoon for s’mores? Try the S’morey Night, a blend of Golden Grahams, Cocoa Puffs, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate milk. Are you thinking you want to uphold your New Year’s resolution to knock it off with the chocolate? Squirrel Treats to the rescue: Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Nut Cheerios, Grape Nuts, walnuts, and almond milk reporting for duty.

Several other colorful and flavorful mixes are on the menu, but you are happily welcome to invent your own! In fact, Hofer is often inspired by her fellow cereal aficionados: “ We love it when folks get creative and put together an amazing custom bowl. Sometimes we’ll see something they’ve built and realize they could be on to something. And we’ve adjusted our selection of toppings and cereals based on trends we’ve seen from our customers.”  

When asked what her favorite cereal combination is, Hofer is a good person to listen to, “This is a tough one, and it definitely changes based on mood. For straight cereals, I love Crispix. But when I’m feeling fruity, I go for Trix. For our signature mixes, I’d say the “Funky Monkey” is up there (I love Honey Smacks and fresh bananas!), along with the “Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Y’all” (whose name is a nod to my southern roots).”  

What if you aren’t feeling so breakfasty? The Cereal Box, Inc. knows it’s not always Saturday morning in everyone’s world. They mix up milkshakes topped with cereal as well. We tried Livin’ La Vida Coca, which is a chocolate shake with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and Cocoa Puffs dotted on top. To warm up, they have the Hot Mess! cocoa drinks. Add a shot of espresso to really wake up.

Rounding out the menu are the utterly whimsical, colorful sweet treat Pop! Tarts ice cream sandwiches in regular and gluten free options.

The Cereal Box, Inc. has a deep selection of pop culture figurines, toys, and seasonal and sought-after boxes of collector cereals. The bright, colorful, engaging shop is located in Olde Town Arvada, a neighborhood that has seen a vibrant rebirth in recent years. Hofer is proud to be part of this community and it’s very important to support small business: “We love Arvada! We are Arvada residents, and in watching the Olde Town Arvada area grow and thrive in the last few years, we knew it was the perfect spot for our family business. There are tons of local community events in Olde Town, such as the Farmers market, First Fridays, Second Saturdays (which is a summertime music festival), the Scarecrow Festival, Harvest Festival, the annual 4th of July Parade, Movies in the Plaza during the summer, The Chocolate Festival (coming up on February 3rd), the Egg Nog crawl, and Santa even comes a few times a month in December! And we’re located right across the street from the plaza where many of these events take place.”

The Cereal Box, Inc. is located at 5709 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada. They are closed on Mondays, but are open from 8am to 6pm-ish Tuesday through Thursdays and 8am to 8pm-ish Friday to Sunday. Visit their website at www.cerealboxinc.com for more information and to check out the menu.

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Denver Restaurant Week 2018

The 14th annual Denver Restaurant Week will take place February 23 – March 4, 2018. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45. 

Visit Denver has these tips:

  1. Browse the menus. All participants are listed and restaurants are added to the list as they sign up, so be sure to keep going back for the latest info.
  2. Make reservations. Tables fill up fast during Denver Restaurant Week, so make your plans soon. Be flexible and try some earlier or later seatings, too. And be sure to cancel any reservations you don’t use!
  3. Dine early and often! With hundreds of Denver’s best restaurants participating, there’s never a better time to try a new spot or head back to your favorites.
  4. Splurge! Lots of restaurants offer affordable wines, add-ons and special desserts. At $30 per person for dinner, you can afford to order some extras.
  5. Pay it forward. That fabulous meal you just had is also a great deal. Be sure to tip your server generously!

Your holiday bird: A guide for making the perfect turkey

JON EMANUEL roasts 200 turkeys a year. That’s about 199 more than the rest of us.

So when Emanuel — the executive chef at Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to homebound folks across the Front Range — lays out his system for a moist, picture-perfect Norman Rockwell-style Thanksgiving roast turkey, it pays to pay attention.

“I use what I call the BATTT method,” Emanuel says. “Brine. Air dry. Truss. Turn. Temperature.” He swears that this progression, from seasoning to serving, results in an impeccable turkey every time.

Emanuel isn’t the only one with a set of foolproof turkey-roasting rules. Noah Stephens of Vert Kitchen in Denver (who cooks about 500 birds a year for his restaurant’s famous turkey sandwiches) and Mark Monette of Boulder’s Flagstaff House (who ships hundreds of complete Thanksgiving dinners for his national dinner-by-mail program) also lay claim to the secrets of a

Date Night: Denver’s Hottest New Restaurants and Wineries

Desperately need a date night? Grab your sweetie or your girlfriends and check-out these fabulous new offerings in Denver!
 
Bigsby’s Folly, Denver’s New Craft Winery: Opened this summer, Bigsby’s Folly is a new craft winery where artisanal meets accessible at the full-production urban winery. The winemakers pair the authenticity of California’s most prestigious vineyards with the approachability of the Roaring 20s-inspired tasting room with a restaurant and full bar menu. The winery offers a “Winemaker for a Day” experience where visitors can blend their own red wine.
 
Brian Dayton Opens Corrida in Boulder: This Fall, Bryan Dayton, co-owner and beverage director of OAK at fourteenth, Acorn and Brider, will open Corrida on the rooftop level of downtown Boulder’s PearlWest building – a coveted space that offers one of the only unobstructed views of the Flatiron mountains within the city. “Corrida,” a term that loosely translates to “bullfight,” serves as a nod to the restaurant’s Spanish roots. The menu will be largely inspired by northern Spain’s Basque Country and its rich culinary heritage – focusing primarily on the great steak restaurants found throughout the region.
 
Ginger and Baker Opens in Fort Collins:  Ginger and Baker is coming to the former Northern Colorado Feeders Supply in Fort Collins. Slated to open in September, the charming spot includes a pie shop and restaurant, cooking school and market.
 
Ski Cooper’s Moonlight Mountaintop Yurt Dinners: In 2018, Ski Cooper will introduce Moonlight Mountaintop Yurt Dinners. Guests will be shuttled in a warm snowcat up the mountain to a gourmet feast. Dinner will be served in Ski Cooper’s new yurt at the top of the ski lifts, which opened last season for on-mountain snacks and drinks. The yurt evenings will end with a warm snowcat return to the lodge at the base of the mountain. These dinners will be offered on the first Saturday of the month from January through April.
 
Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg Opens Santo in Boulder: Award-winning Chef Hosea Rosenberg will open his second restaurant concept this fall in Boulder. Just under three years after opening his flagship restaurant, the critically acclaimed Blackbelly, Rosenberg will dig into his roots for inspiration with his next creation: Santo, a full-service restaurant serving seasonal, modern, northern New Mexican fare. A native of Taos, NM, Chef Hosea will bring to life the vibrant eating and drinking culture of the region with authenticity.
 
Solutions Lounge & Restaurant Features Escapology® Denver: Set to open in early October, Solutions Lounge & Restaurant is the first and only escape room that also includes a bar and full restaurant. This 6,100-square-foot multi-faceted event space will feature seven escape rooms along with the restaurant that will have largely cheese-centric cuisine.
 
Jennifer Jasinski’s Ultreia Opens in Denver’s Union Station: James Beard Best Chef Southwest Jennifer Jasinski, along with partners Beth Gruitch and Jorel Pierce will open Jasinski’s second restaurant in Denver’s Historic Union Station, Ultreia, this fall. The restaurant will open in the building’s Great Hall and will offer shared plate pinxtos and tapas from the countries of Spain and Portugal.
 
Zeppelin Station Opens in Denver: Opening in December 2017, the 100,000-square-foot Zeppelin Station will boast a ground level market hall featuring retail tenants focused in design goods, various street food vendors from around the country, multiple bars and a full-service anchor restaurant. Currently on the roster for the food hall are Denver’s Vinh Xuong Bakery, Boulder’s Fior Gelato, and Chicago’s Aloha Poke Co, with several announcements coming soon. Additionally, the RiNo Arts District will house their headquarters at Zeppelin Station alongside a dynamic retail space showcasing local artisans.
 
For more great dining suggestions, be sure to go to Colorado.com.