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Odysseo showcases horse sense and ballet beauty

September 19, 2014

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from Wednesday night’s opening of Odysseo, the new multi-media horse, of course, extravaganza under the big top at the Pepsi Center parking lot.

Despite my ever-tightening chest, an indication of how allergic I am to the magnificent creatures, I stayed the course ’til the last hoof had left the building.

The show opened to a crowd of 2,000 who – judging by the standing ovation at the end – were blown away by the blend of equestrian arts, performing arts and high-tech theatrical effects. Sharing the colossal stage with 46 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians, the 62 horses stole the spotlight during this blend of equine ballet and old-fashioned rodeo tricks.

The opening night also marked Odysseo’s 700th show since the inception of this equine spectacular in 2011.

“The entire troupe and myself felt a very warm welcome from the Denver audience”, said Normand Latourelle, Cavalia’s founder and artistic director. “With more than 1 million spectators having been touched by the beauty and majesty of Odysseo since the beginning of this colossal adventure, we are proud to finally present this feel-good show to Denver.”

With its latest creation, Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with a 30-million dollar ode to horse and man imagined by Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil.

Odysseo offers evening and matinee performances through Oct. 5. Tickets are available at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

 

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Vine Street Pub hosts fourth Uptown block party

September 19, 2014

Twelve Front Range breweries will compete for bragging rights and gold during the fourth annual Uptown Neighborhood Block Party and Brewer’s Olympics beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine St.

Peruse the beer garden and cheer on your favorite team of brewers in tricycle races. Admission is free.

Following the medal ceremony, Keith Moseley from the String Cheese Incident will be playing a free concert with Scott Law and Friends. Each brewery competing in the Olympics will bring three kegs of its best brews to create the most diverse beer garden on the Front Range. All proceeds from the event benefit New Era Colorado.

 

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Big Wonderful joins foodie forces with Denver Flea

September 19, 2014

TheBigWonderful, a three-acre outdoor food truck park and Denver Flea are teaming up to create a hybrid party of food, drink and shopping, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sustainability Park (2500 Arapahoe St in Denver).

Register ahead of time at www.thebigwonderful.com and get a free beer. Admission is free.

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Where’s the pork? At Perry’s opening Monday

September 19, 2014

Perry’s Restaurants, a Texas-based, family-owned group of steakhouses, is opening its first location in Colorado on Monday in the Vistas at Park Meadows outdoor shopping area.

The 11,000 square-foot restaurant accommodates more than 400 guests. Features include an open concept kitchen, a towering wine wall, an island bar and four private dining rooms for groups and special occasions.

“I admire the vibrant food scene here in Denver,” said Chris Perry, president and owner of Perry’s Restaurant, who attended a recent media preview of the place. “With our famous seven-finger high pork chop, distinctive signature dishes carved table side, shared sides and vegetables, and cocktails made with fresh ingredients from the kitchen, we hope to fit right in and feel at home in Colorado.”

Perry’s, which started as a meat market, is known for its specialty Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, a seven-finger tall chop that is dried, cured and roasted, then caramelized and topped with Perry’s herb-garlic butter. Perry’s is also home to Bar 79, named after the year Perry’s was founded.

Here’s what we sampled during media meet and eat:

* Perry’s pork chop – the impressive chop measuring seven fingers high and carved table side.

* Asian ahi tuna tartare paired with pineapple ginger mojito – Fresh ahi served with crispy wontons, and pineapple ginger mojito made from fresh pineapple and mint, muddled with lime and shaken with Captain Morgan White Rum and a hint of ginger spice.

* Fried asparagus with Perry’s Chardonnay – This pescetarian appetizer is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and pairs perfectly with the 2012 Private Label Chardonnay. One of two private label wines available at Perry’s, the Chardonnay is aged in French oak barrels.

* House-made Polish sausage with a Breckenridge Manhattan.

* Chateaubriand with a classic side car – Perry’s Chateaubriand is an “off-the-menu” item available upon request, topped with truffle Merlot, béarnaise and roasted peppercorn sauces. Perry’s twist on the classic side car combines Hennessy VS, Grand Marnier and Caravella Limoncello with fresh pressed lemon juice.

Perhaps Perry’s worst-kept secret is the Friday-only lunch where the gigantic pork chop price plummets from $29.95 to $12.95.

More information: www.perryssteakhouse.com.

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Colorado chefs battle for bragging rights on ‘Knife Fight’

September 19, 2014

Celebrated chefs Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail goes tong to tong with Steve Redzikowski of Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth, during the Esquire Network series “Knife Fight,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday our time.

Hosted by “Top Chef” season 2 winner Ilan Hall, this underground cooking competition brings together some of the nation’s leading chefs including James Beard Award winners and Michelin star chefs within a raw setting where no rules apply.

Viewers can expect surprising twists and turns throughout the half-hour episode. This original series is described as an after-hours war zone, and America will see who takes home the win for “Battle Colorado.”

For additional information about “Knife Fight,” go to www.squiretv.com/KnifeFight, follow on Twitter @KnifeFightESQ and “like” on Facebook at http://facebook.com/KnifeFightESQ.

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Hotel Monaco trades cocktail hour for yoga

September 19, 2014

Spare the cocktails, spoil the adult? Hmmmm.

But if you’re looking to take a cleanse from your typical Friday night happy hour, grab your lululemons and head to the Hotel Monaco Denver, 1717 Champa St., Fridays during September to celebrate National Yoga Month with a Yoga Pants Party from 5 to 6 p.m.

There will be complementary drop-in yoga classes, as well as free vegan food and juice shooters from Panzano. The hotel will give a $5 donation to Urban Peak, a charity offering services to Denver youths experiencing homelessness, for each guest who wears yoga pants.

On Sept. 26, lululemon Cherry Creek will be hosting a pop-up store at the hotel.

More information: www.monaco-denver.com or www.facebook.com/monaco.denver or call 1-800-990-1303.

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

September 19, 2014

Eavesdropping on a man’s Facebook post:I just got to say it’s a very strange experience to be standing at the urinal hearing piped-in music of Taylor Swift singing ‘Shake It Off’.’ “

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September 19, 2014

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Take a bite out of National Cheese-bugha Cheese-bugha Day

September 17, 2014

Which metro-area eatery serves the best cheeseburger is a long-standing debate, but there’s no arguing that Thursday is National Cheeseburger Day.

But the discussion about the origin of the noble cheeseburger may prove that the proof is in the patent. According to Wikipedia, “There are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger”.

Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, Calif., sandwich shop, The Rite Spot, and experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.

“Other restaurants say they invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Ky., said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name cheeseburger was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver. According to Steak ‘n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s.

While the cheeseburger’s origin may be unclear, there’s no disputing that the delicious cheese-covered beef patty on a bun is worth celebrating.

Local food blogger and radio restaurant show host Elizabeth Woessner, picked her top five faves in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. They are (in no particular order): Acorn’s Oak-Grilled Double Cheeseburger, Squeaky Bean’s Double Cheeseburger a la Nouveau Jersey, The Curtis Club’s Colorful Ranch Burger, Old Major’s Pork Burger (happy hour only) and TAG Burger Bar’s TAG American Slam.

Read the whole store at www.diningout.com/denverboulder/2014/09/16/5-ways-to-observe-national-cheeseburger-day/?utm_source=DN16%3A+Cheeseburgers&utm_campaign=DN16%3A+Cheeseburgers&utm_medium=email.

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