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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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Wazee Supper Club turns the Big 4-0

September 17, 2014

Wazee Supper Club, in Denver’s historic LoDo neighborhood at 15th and Wazee, is celebrating big this month with a 40th anniversary party on Sept. 26 with throwback prices of $19.74 on supreme pizzas all day along with 40-cent pints of Rail Yard Ale served in commemorative Wazee anniversary pint glasses for the first 100 guests, starting at 6 p.m.

“We’re so proud to be celebrating the 40th birthday of Wazee Supper Club,” said Lee Driscoll, Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO.  “With so many new places opening up in Denver, it’s a major celebration to recognize one of the original places that’s been serving Denver for four decades. This throwback party is our way of thanking our loyal customers who’ve been such an important part of the Wazee’s history.”

Detroit natives Angelo and Jim Karagas founded Wazee Supper Club in 1974, many years before the neighborhood was nicknamed LoDo.  The location received a facelift in 2012 and kept the well-known dumbwaiter, nostalgic Frigidaire and black-and-white checkerboard floors.

For more information on Wazee Supper Club, visit www.wazeesupperclub.com/.

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Rocky rocks out his own Hard Rock burger

September 17, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe Denver, in the Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, pays homage to Denver Nuggets’ mascot Rocky with The Rocky Burger.

Created by Rocky himself, the burger is crafted with a brioche buntwo four-ounce burger patties, made of premium ground beef and brisket; two slices of pepper jack cheese; a fried egg; two strips of bacon and buttermilk fried onion strings.

The Rocky Burger is served with French fries and a housemade Skittles-infused tangy barbecue sauce for dunking, as Skittles are Rocky’s favorite snack.This burger will be available at Hard Rock Cafe Denver exclusively, for a limited time. A portion of the proceeds from the $13.95 burger will be donated to Special Olympics Colorado Project UNIFY.

“We are excited to partner with Rocky and the Denver Nuggets to support the Special Olympics Colorado Project UNIFY,” said Sean Finney, general manager of Hard Rock Cafe Denver. “The Rocky Burger, along with its special ‘dunking’ sauce, is not only delicious, but also a great way to support a very deserving cause.”

Rocky, who was dubbed The World’s Most Awesome Mascot  in 2013, and inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2008, joins Colorado Mammoth’s John Grant Jr., Denver’s inaugural Celebrity Burger creator, in the new Hard Rock Cafe tradition. Each celebrity burger builder selects his or her favorite local charity, which receives a portion of proceeds from each burger sold.

Special Olympics Colorado Project UNIFY, a Kroenke Sports Charities signature community partner, utilizes sports and the power of youth leadership to change school climates into a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students.



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14th annual Taste of Greenwood Village features sassy sips and snacks

September 17, 2014

The 14th Annual Taste of Greenwood Village will feature more than 40 metro-area restaurants and 50 wines from around the world from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Tech, 7801 E. Orchard Road.

The event is a production of the DTC|Greenwood Village Chamber and is presented by Stevinson Imports, along with Community Banks of Colorado, the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Tech and Kentwood Real Estate.

Tickets for the opportunity to wine and dine are $45 per person or $75 per couple. For those looking for an enhanced experience, a VIP package that also includes a private dining room catered by Zink, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Jing is available for $125 per person or $200 per couple.

Tickets and more details for the event are available at www.tasteofgreenwoodvillage.com. Beyond the great food and wine,  Stevinson Imports will show off new car models.

A portion of the proceeds from The Taste will benefit the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that helps to provide academic scholarships and opportunities for low-income students.

Worldwide Beverage of Denver is providing wine from all across the world for the event, and their sommeliers will pair wines with the different menu offerings. Participating restaurants include (subject to change):

A la Minute Catering
Abo’s Pizza
Ali Baba Grill
The Bent Noodle
Bonefish Grill
Briarwood Inn
The Bundt Shoppe
Cake Heads
The Creek Seafood Grille
Cuba Cuba
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse*
Donut Makers
Elephant Bar
FelFel Garcia’s
Honey Baked Ham
Il Fornaio
Ivy at the glenn
Jackson’s American Grille
Jerome’s Pizza
JT’s Southern Hospitality
La Fogata
La Sandia
Las Brisas Colorado
Melting Pot
Nothing Bundt Cakes Patxi Pizza
Randolph’s of Denver
Root Down
Seasons 52
Sir Chocolate
Street Kitchen
Ted’s Montana Grill
Woody Creek
*VIP area only

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Volunteers needed to facilitate ‘Sips’

September 17, 2014

New this year, LoDo Sips, a walking tour of Historic Lower Downtown Denver while tasting samples from taverns and bars, has replaced LoDo Bites.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9, at each stop along the way you’ll be treated to a sample of a Colorado brewed, distilled or produced beverage. Participating bars include Tavern Downtown, Celtic Tavern, Wynkoop Brewing Co., Spill, Viewhouse and more.

LoDo Sips celebrates the district’s tavern and brewpub scene. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $30 each for a group of 10 or more, available at www.lodo.org.

Volunteers are needed for the event. For details, e-mail info@lodo.org.

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Queerbots improv troupe debuts at Hamburger Mary’s

September 17, 2014

Hardwired for humor, The Queerbots are Denver’s only LGBT improv troupe and they’re bringing “comedy on a gay frequency” to the Mile High City. Their first performance, at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hamburger Mary’s (700 E. 17th Ave.), will use audience suggestions to explore everything from same-sex marriage to parenthood, lesbian sports to queer film.

The Queerbots performance will incorporate videotaped commentary from Hollywood stars like Melissa McCarthy, Pierce Brosnan, Terry Crews and Lisa Simpson into the show.  

Tickets are $10 and available at the door, beginning at 7 p.m. on the night of the show. 

 The Queerbots Improv Comedy troupe is made up of five performers who have been entertaining Denver audiences for years, including Sarah Kirwin, Jon Jon Lannen, Michelle Marlowe, Chris Parente and Ashley Scroggins. With more than 100 collective years of improv experience, the actors and jokesters are joining forces to bring their brand of humor to venues and special events throughout the city.

“Denver is a hotbed for LBGT issues right now and also has one of the most supportive gay and allied communities in the country,” said Kirwin, Queerbots artistic director. “It feels like the right time to launch a queer-focused comedy troupe and poke some fun at ourselves, our societal evolution and our culture. We can’t wait to get in front of audiences at Hamburger Mary’s and really push the envelope.”

Meet The Queerbots: 

Sarah Kirwin performs and teaches improv regularly at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Sarah has performed nationally at numerous festivals including the Chicago Improv Festival.

Jon Jon Lannen is an award-winning author and instructor with more than 10 years’ experience in performing, producing and directing improv comedy. Lannen performs regularly and teaches classes through his firm, Jon Jon & Co.

Michelle Marlowe is an improviser who can be seen performing, teaching and directing regularly around Denver.

Chris Parente studied improv at Chicago’s Second City, under the direction of Martin de Maat and has spent nearly 15 years performing in shows and festivals. Parente also works as a television anchor and entertainment reporter for Denver’s KDVR (FOX-31) and KWGN (CW-2).

Ashley Scroggins is a PhD student by day and improviser by night who has been performing in the Denver area for several years. 

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

September 17, 2014

Eavesdropping on a woman watching another diner scooping up a serving from the kettle of boiled peanuts at Smoking Yard’s BBQ in Idaho Springs: “What are those?”

“These, my lady, are the caviar of the Deep South.”

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September 17, 2014

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Scratch your entrepreneurial itch during Denver Startup Week

September 15, 2014

The third annual Denver Startup Week starts up today with 140 activities, thousands of participants and the return of Basecamp, launched by Chase, on the 16th Street Mall. All events are focused on growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado.

Highlights of the week include Women who Startup, Sifting Through The BS, Denver Founders Network and the kick-off breakfast featuring keynote speaker Dave McClure.

Denver Startup Week has attracted notable speakers and startup experts such as Zayo Group CEO Dan Caruso; Bryan Leach, CEO of Ibotta; Wayin CEO Elaine Wood; Mike Davis, VP Product at The Trade Desk; Erik Swain, COO at SpotXchange; Jess Mckean, VP Product at Datalogix; Dean DeBiase, Startup Partner, KIN & 1871; Erik Mitisek, CEO at Colorado Technology Association and Denver’s Startup Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

A sample of this year’s events include:

  • Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Denver-based startups and growth-mode companies.
  • Best of Colorado Speaker Series –Colorado is home to many inspiring entrepreneurs and growing startups looking to become the next big company. The speaker will be Leo Yuffa of Dazbog, which is a company that realized the American dream.
  • Women Who Startup, an event to celebrate, connect and empower women featuring Kathleen Warner, Startup America founding team, Jane Miller, Rudi’s Bakery former CEO and more.
  • Startup Resource Fair is offering a chance for you to connect accounting, legal, technology support and more.
  • Startup Week Olympics – Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships, held at Infinite Monkey Theorem, learn how startups are partnering with Fortune 500 companies to bring innovations to the market.
  • Working with Distributed Teams – Speakers will share their tales of bridging space and time with Jim Ball from Alpine Access leading the event.
  • The Next Advertising Frontier: Get a crash course look into what the Digital Advertising Technology realm entails. Paneled Mike Davis, Erik Swain, Jess McKean, Cordell BaanHofman and Andrew Fischer.
  • Entrepreneurs http://acmestudio.org/?cat=/order-cialis-online.php Rising – Hosted by CSU and Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave – enjoy an educational and fun happy hour in the Source.

Basecamp, launched by Chase, returns as the hub of Denver Startup Week. Basecamp V2.0 has an expanded space for attendees to drop in, charge up and connect, and keynote speakers, panels and mentoring sessions throughout the week. See the complete roster on Basecamp’s microsite www.denverstartupweek.com/basecamp.

Highlights of the free programming include:

  • Keynote speakers and panels – Engage with some of the brightest minds in the startup world, with renowned speakers and panelists slated daily. Highlights include Brad Feld of Techstars/Foundry Group and Ryan Choi of Twitter.
  • Leadership Series: Hear the stories behind the people who are changing what it means to be innovative in Denver. From noon – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday of Denver Startup Week, attendees will get an intimate look at high-profile leaders in the entrepreneurial community.  Reserve a spot here.
  • Mentoring Sessions:  Leaders and experts from diverse backgrounds will conduct free 20-minute sessions, providing counsel in an informal lounge setting.  Reserve a spot here.
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