Penny Parker On The Town: Elway’s on the patio is the place to be during the summer

April 19, 2013

The hottest patio of the season is Elway’s at Cherry Creek – no doubt, no argument.

Elway’s Cherry Creek summer concerts return with live music, cocktails, the signature menu and beautiful Colorado evenings in the Elway’s backyard starting June 19.

These wildly popular outdoor concerts play each Wednesday night from mid-June through late August including the return of the Railbenders to the Summer Music Series and a special July 3 celebration of Independence Day for 2013 featuring local legends The Samples along with special food and cocktails.

A combination of last year’s favorite bands, the return of one high-profile favorite and a few new acts are on this year’s lineup. perennial favorite The Railbenders bring their outlaw country sound to the Elway’s patio June 26.

Appearing this year are several tribute bands including Message in a Bottle, covering The Police; Forever in Blue Jeans, channeling Neil Diamond standards ; and Under a Blood Red Sky, who rock out U2 hits.

The brotherly harmonies of Something Underground takes stage on July 10. And newcomers, Justin Lane Band, will bring hard-hitting country to the backyard while all-girl band The Trishas deal a combination of tight four-part harmonies in an eclectic soulful sound.

Fans of funk will enjoy Funkiphino, and That Eighties Band promises their namesake rock.

The full schedule is:

June 19 – Message in a Bottle

June 26 – The Railbenders

July 3 – The Samples

July 10 – Something Underground

July 17 – The Justin Lane Band

July 24 – The Trishas

July 31 – That Eighties Band

Aug. 7 – Forever in Blue Jeans

Aug. 14 – Funkiphino

Aug. 21 – Under a Blood Red Sky.

Elway’s backyard opens at 5 p.m., bands play from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, go to or call 303-399-5353.

Tending Tender Belly

Tender Belly, a Colorado-based company that provides the finest pork and cured meats, are selling their products in Tony’s Markets throughout the area Denver Metro locations.

Chef Mick Rosacci of Tony’s Markets said, “Tender Belly is hands down the finest line of pork products I have ever tasted. We’re honored to have some of the area’s savviest foodies shopping our markets, and they’ve made it abundantly clear they can taste the superior quality of these artisan pork products and want them available every day.”

Prices are:

Maple bacon in bulk for $8.98 per pound; habanero bacon in bulk for $9.98 per pound, porterhouse chops for $14.99 per pound, Berkshire boneless shoulder roast for $9.98 per pound and ham for $7.98 per pound.

Tapping in Taphouse

This week Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center announced the grand opening of its $5 million hotel renovation which includes the new signature restaurant, Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen, as well as a redesigned lobby, guest reception and public spaces.

The celebration includes culinary showcases with Colorado purveyors of local and regional ingredients reflected in the new Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen restaurant concept.

The gastro-pub menu and beer selections give a nod to historic recipes from Colorado pubs, bistros and watering holes. The restaurant space also features several private dining areas that can accommodate groups of 10 to 30 people.

“We are excited to introduce Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen to our guests and the local community,” said Ben Hardaway, director of food and beverage at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. “The Taphouse is all about the beers. We feature Colorado craft beer such as Avery and O’Dell’s, as well as craft spirits from the region. The Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen team works with some of Colorado’s best-known local purveyors, including Lombardi Brothers, Haystack Mountain Goat Daily and Udi’s artisan bread.

Haven of hope

Father Woody’s Haven of Hope will honor Rev. Michael J. Sheeran as the 23rd president of Regis University with the 2013 Father Woody’s Humanitarian Award.

The award will be presented to Rev. Sheeran during the third annual Haven of Hope fundraising dinner benefiting the underserved men, women and children in metro Denver.

The dinner will be held May 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the new History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. Master of ceremonies is Denver’s Channel 7 investigative reporter John Ferrugia.

The event includes catered cuisine and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150 per person, and the deadline is May 1. For more information: Don Gallegos at 303-550-5788; or

Kachina restaurant rocks

Spring is in the air at Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster. The doors to the patio are open bartenders are whipping up fresh margaritas and guests are enjoying thee sunshine and cool breezes.

To celebrate the change in season, Kachina will host a spring planting moon party on April 26, featuring live music on the patio, hands-on planting for children in the Taos Lounge, and a celebratory menu featuring seeds for the weekend.

From April 26 through April 28, the chef and butcher menu will be replaced by a seasonal seed planting menu in honor of spring. Dishes will include organic greens with chia seed vinaigrette, watermelon radish and candied sunflower seeds; grilled gulf shrimp with pepita seed mole, pickled cabbage and corn tortillas and grilled pork tenderloin with corn and Anaheim chile, flaxseed pudding and pasado demi-glace.

For reservations and more information go to or call 303-410-5813. Kachina Southwestern Grill is located inside the Westin Westminster at 10600 Westminster Blvd.

Eavesdropping on a couple celebrating the end of tax season on April 15 at Earl’s in Cherry Creek: The waitress asked the gentleman who was drinking wine, “Can I bring you another glass?”
“Certainly. Can you put something in it?”

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