Penny Parker On The Town: Hudson’s wife blurts a blunder

June 24, 2013

Jobs List pooh-bah Andrew Hudson posted this “great but embarrassing ugly American” moment on Facebook during his family’s recent trip to Germany.

“Had a great Italian meal in Munich, made much so more by the fact that we were there early enough to have the place to ourselves so the kids could go nuts without bothering everyone,” Hudson said. “Restaurant owners were awesome and welcoming and the food was awesome.

“The waitress spoke Italian and my wife (Christine Marquez-Hudson)  said, in almost perfect Italian (she’s fluent in Spanish), “The pasta was amazing!” followed by an unintentional rude gesture. So it kinda went like this, ‘The pasta was amazing! Now go screw yourself.’ You should have seen the look on the waitress’ face.”

Which begs the question: “Why were the Hudsons eating Italian food in Germany?”

Close encounter of the daughter kind

Mile High Sports Radio man Mark McIntosh has challenged his daughter “princess,” Rachel McIntosh, to book 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on his radio show “Afternoon Drive With Mac and Goodman” from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays on 1510-AM or 93.7 FM.

Mac says that his daughter was recently in Peru serving those less fortunate when she bumped into Coach Harbaugh who was also with the group of do-gooders.

“This much I know, she has a heart to care for others,” Mac said on his Facebook page. “For that, I’m very grateful. Way to go, Rach. Now get Harbaugh booked for the show!”

Creative cocktail

Squeaky Bean owner Johnny Ballen is paying homage to James Gandolfini Jr., who died of a heart attack Thursday while vacationing in Italy with his 13-year-old son. He was 51.

The man best known for his Tony Soprano role on HBO’s series “The Sopranos,” will join other enshrined celebs including Farah Fawcett, Larry Hagman, Annette Funicello, Jean Stapleton, Roger Ebert, Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters, according to a story on Westword’s website (

The tribute includes the “Gandolfini” cocktail, created by bar man bar none Sean Kenyon. The $100 concoction is made with Buffalo Trace whiskey, Amaro Averna and Strega with a lemon garnish served over a hand-carved ice cube. It will stay on the menu until the next notable dies.

“It’s a fantastic cocktail, and it’ll be on the cocktail list until we lose the next notable,” Ballen told Westword, adding to “be sure to ask your server which shrine cocktail we’re serving, because you never know who’s going to pop off next.”

The Squeaky Bean is located at 1500 Wynkoop St. in the historic Saddlery Building. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday;

The CADA “shack” gets more slick

Colorado’s car business must be booming.

Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Auto Dealers Association, reports on Facebook, “Improvements are under way at the Colorado Car Shack (headquarters for the CADA at 290 E. Speer Blvd.).”

Jackson adds that the improvements to the building include a “complete remodel and upgrade for an industrial kitchen, new patios and entrance decks for both north and south portico, new roofing for garage and carport, new outdoor grills and fireplaces, new lawn furniture, new floors, new electric car charging stations and new landscaping. Watch your step!”

The CADA advocates the views and concerns of Colorado auto dealers to the Colorado General Assembly, Congress, state and federal agencies, the courts, and the public. CADA provides its spacious and beautiful headquarters to its member dealers and association functions. It also allows community organizations, political committees or political candidates from all parties to use the facility.

Local Jewish chefs cooking live

This is not your bubbe’s demo kitchen.

Join E-3 Events and special guest chefs as they cook and serve up their versions of traditional Jewish dishes. With cameras tracking all of the action, you won’t miss a chop, splash, dip or flip during Chai Life X: NOSH, at 7 p.m. today at SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, 1190 Auraria Parkway.

For your dining pleasure, Linger and Root Down chef Daniel Asher will cook Montreal reimagined sweet potato, beetroot latkes with bison pastrami and smokes apple honey mustard, Five Points Fermentation Co. kraut with garden lovage and AeroFarms micro greens.

Udi’s Robin Baron is making smoked eggplant with fresh tomatoes, pomegranate and fava beans and pomegranate sauce inspired by the khoresht fesenjoon with pomegranates and walnuts.

SpringHill’s own Daniel Hyman will whip up short rib rillettes over red onion jam on hearty rye crostini garnished with braising liquid and a spicy tomato boba pearl.

Tickets are $36 in advance at or $40 at the door. Tickets include all food, valet parking and your first drink.

Note: Food will be kosher style, but not kosher. All ages welcome.

Team work

Team Stay Fit at Hyatt is the largest corporate team to ride in the 30th Colorado Bike MS Ride on Saturday and Sunday to raise money for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society.

With 3,000 riders in the Bike MS trek and a total of 201 teams, 75 of which are corporate teams, being the largest is no small feat.

Team Stay Fit at Hyatt, now in its 14th consecutive year to bike, is inspired by the slogan: “Help Solve the MS Mystery – One Mile at a Time.” The team — consisted of 200 riders, 60 volunteers and all Hyatt associates, family members and friends from Across the United States — will do that on the two-day 150-mile ride along the Colorado Rocky Mountain Front Range.

This is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of all four full-service Hyatt Hotels in Colorado: Grand Hyatt Denver, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. This year’s goal is to raise $200,000.

The aggressive team’s leader is Grand Hyatt Denver General Manager Greg Leonard who said, “This group of 200 committed individuals will ride a combined total of 30,000 miles for the fight against MS. This year, Team Stay Fit at Hyatt plans to achieve their collective 14-year goal if raising a total of $1 million in the fight against this debilitating disease.”

The team is supported by Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, which hosts a “carb-loading” dinner the night before the ride. Anyone wishing to sponsor Team Stay Fit at Hyatt may do so by going to

The seen

Former Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin at the Cherry Creek Station post office last week.

Eavesdropping on a man and a woman who stopped along a hike just outside of Denver to look at a big pool of water in the creek: “Feel like skinny dipping?”

“No, it would be more like pudge-y dipping!”

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