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A few ideas for an Easter feast (and fun)

Looking for an Easter feast?

Here are just a few suggestions for this Easter Sunday:

Second Home Kitchen + Bar is hosting an Easter Sunday Pajama Brunch that will feature an a la carte menu with classic brunch dishes, bottomless mimosas, and Cherry Creek’s Best Bloody Mary Bar. The Easter bunny will lead egg hunts at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. A family-style Easter Dinner of three courses will feature a choice of spiced honey and apricot-glazed Berkshire ham, Colorado lamb loin and Harris Ranch beef tenderloin. Second Home Kitchen and Bar is located at 150 Clayton Lane in Cherry Creek North. Call 303-253-3000 for more information or reservations.

Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster is serving a Wild Wild West Brunch with family-style breakfast dishes with a Southwestern twist from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offerings include green chile deviled eggs, piñon-crusted French toast and chocolate chile beignets. Bottomless mimosas and a Bullseye Bloody Mary Bar will be available for $10. Kachina Southwestern Grill is located at 10600 Westminster Blvd. Call 303-410-5813 for more information.

The Fort, the Morrison landmark restaurant, is celebrating Easter with three amazing three-course, pre-fixe menu options. All pre-fixe entrées will be served with a Famous Fort salad to start and a slice of carrot cake with huckleberry cream cheese frosting for dessert. Call 303-697-4471 or visit www.thefort.com/Reservations.htm for reservations.

1515 restaurant will offer its unique ala carte menu or you can build your own prix-fixe menu starting at $30 for three courses.  Kids menu is just $5 for choice of mac & cheese, French toast or chicken fingers.  Adults can choose from Sous Vide NY Strip Steak & Eggs, Braised Leg of Lamb or Lobster Crepes, among others, including a fine choice of sweet treats. Details at www.1515restaurant.com.

Central Bistro & Bar in LoHi will have and all-you-can-eat Easter Brunch for $35 – add  $10 for bottomless mimosas.  For reservations, call 303-477-4582.  And, some of you may have noticed that this year Easter falls on 4/20 – leaving those who celebrate with the big decision to have Easter brunch with family or get their toke on.  Central is making that easy by throwing their second annual “Central Smokedown” porch party on 4/19.  $4.20 drink specials all day, $25 for unlimited roasted hog, sides and fix-ins or $9 for the pulled pork sandy.  Food served beginning at 2 p.m. and live music from The Mike Maurer Band from 3-7 p.m. Details at www.centralbistrobar.com.

Guard and Grace chef Troy Guard’s new downtown steak place, is serving its first Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and valet will be complimentary.  If weather permits, you might even be lucky enough to enjoy the food on their 70-seat patio.)

Panzano chef Elise Wiggins is going whole hog for Easter Brunch with a whole rotisserie pig featured at their roasted pork carving station.  Bottomless Bellini’s are $9 and their brunch selections are mouthwatering with an Upside-down French toast with banana, walnut and caramel sauce or if you don’t do sweet, try the Pastiche with layers of meatballs and cheese tortellini baked with ragu and cinnamon custard in a savory thyme crust.  Details at www.panzano-denver.com.

Lala’s, located at 7th and Logan in Capitol Hill, will feature brunch favorites with the additions of crab cake benedict, bacon and pecan waffles, Italian breakfast pizza, bottomless mimosas and Lala’s House infused Svedka Bloody Mary.  Hours are 9-2:30 p.m. Details at www.lalaswinebar.com.

Opus Fine Dining & Wine Bar, in Cherry Creek North, is offering a three-course meal for $45 per person for adults and $22 per person for children.  Choose from starters such as a waffle blt with spicy mayo, romaine, tomato jam, bacon or truffled rabbit sausage en croute with dijon shallot salad, frisée.  Entrées include pan roasted halibut and eggs, maple glaze, soft scrambled eggs, capers. Details at www.opusdine.com.

Trillium, in the Ballpark neighborhood, has a special Easter menu with smaller plates that include Beignets and Boompa’s Swedish Pancackes bigger plates that include a Scandinavian Cobb salad and a Croque Madame. Details at www.trilliumdenver.com.


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Wine time at The Inn at Cherry Creek

Enjoy an evening of Spanish wines from Curious Corks Imports paired with a tapas style menu prepared by The Inn at Cherry Creek at 233 Clayton St. in Cherry Creek North, beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 19.

Attire is business casual.

The tasting and dinner will be guided by (the marvelous) Danny Keefe, president and founder of Curious Corks Imports. Keefe has loved wine for almost as long as he cane remember, but he never thought that his passion would turn into a career.

Keefe aims to share the wonder of wine with everyone and his philosophy is that there is a wine for every occasion and every palate.

Chef Mike Hendricks from The Inn at Cherry Creek will create a menu of small plates to pair with the wines.

Cost is $55 for members of AWS Denver and $65 for non-members and guests. Tickets are available online only through www.blacktie-colorado.com.

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Cherry Creek North restaurants offering healthy alternatives during Denver Restaurant Week

February 24, 2014

Sure Denver Restaurant Week tempts us to majorly pig out, but Cherry Creek North restaurants are offering healthy alternatives.

Cherry Creek North has partnered with the American Heart Association on an “I Heart Fridays” campaign in honor of Heart Month.

Here are some offers:

* Free chocolate and wine tasting compliments of the Vineyard Wine Shop and Enstrom Candies (major yum!) in Cherry Creek North. The stores are offering tastings of Enstrom Candies (you should be so lucky if it’s the toffee) along side heart-healthy wines (Lambrusco, Cabernet, Port and Late Harvest Zinfandel) from the Vineyard Wine Shop.

* Cooking demonstration at LeCrueset Heart on Healthy Side Dishes: roasted beets. Recipes provided. Beets are often described as Popeye’s power food (and I thought it was spinach!) for the vegetable’s strong folate and betaine content.

* Denver Restaurant Week kicked off Feb. 22 with 12 Cherry Creek North participating restaurants. The restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner for $30 per person. To keep your heart healthy goal, restaurants such as Happy Sushi & Sake Bar is offering Chukka (seaweed) salad, plus Harman’s Eat + Drink is serving chicken quinoa salad.

The full list of participating Cherry Creek North restaurants can be found at www.denverrestaurantweek.com.

Cherry Creek North has partnered with Denver’s American Heart Association to help raise awareness of heart disease. I Heart Fridays is a way to show some love to Cherry Creek North visitors.

For a full list of Heart Fridays events, locations and offers, visit www.cherrycreeknorth.com.

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Support local retailers, starting at Mariel

January 1, 2014

Mariel, the beautiful women’s wear boutique in Cherry Creek North at 3000 E. Third Ave., is having a New Year’s sale from Jan. 2-12.

Here’s the deal:

* Purchase the first item at 10 percent off.

* Second item is 20 percent off.

* Third item is 30 percent off.

* All sales are final.

More information: 303-623-1151.


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Subscribers to this column eligible to win hair affair

December 23, 2013

Feeling like a shaggy dog? No time to take care of your ‘do during the holidays? Need some pampering?

Look no further than this column for a chance to win a blowout and haircut (value $100) from Kacie DeJesus at Mikael Padilla Salon (300 Fillmore St.).

One prize package will be awarded to veteran subscribers to this column, and an additional prize will be given to a new subscriber. If you’re a newbie, sign up to subscribe by Thursday (Dec. 26) to be eligible to win. Winners will be announced in Friday’s column.

To sign up, go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker.

To celebrate her arrival in Denver, DeJesus is also running a contest. Whoever brings in the most referrals between now and March 31, will win haircuts for life.

About DeJesus:
A salon owner and dedicated North American educator, DeJesus strives to connect with the stylists she trains while continuing her own learning. She has trained at the Institute of Courage, taken numerous advanced salon courses, and participated in webinars.

As a professional hairdresser, she has compiled an impressive list of credits – her work has been seen on fashion runways, MTV Europe, and multiple photo shoots. DeJesus also designed hair and makeup for the cast of ”Rent” in its first year off-Broadway, as well as fulfilling continued requests for her work at Hollywood awards shows.

She recently attended Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013 in New York styling hair for designer Charlotte Ronson.

Kacie DeJesus, a hair designer for Mikael Padilla Salon, is offering a free haircut as part of a subscriber contest for Penny Parker's On The Town column. Subscribe at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker and win.

Kacie DeJesus, a hair designer for Mikael Padilla Salon, is offering a free blowout and haircut as part of a subscriber contest for Penny Parker’s On The Town column. Subscribe at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker and win. (Mikael Padilla Salon photo)


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Park and shop till you drop with special area programs

December 20, 2013

Cherry Creek North is giving away free parking during the Saturday Scavenger Hunt starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Twenty-five $5 ParkSmart cards will be hidden throughout Cherry Creek North (between First and Third Avenues and University and Steele streets). Find a card, or multiple, and you also will receive a Cherry Creek North gift card for the equal dollar value. Cherry Creek North gift cards are accepted at more than 200 restaurants, spas, boutiques, art galleries and more. It’s even accepted at parking meters.

Park with a purchase at Larimer Square. Ask the store where you’re shopping about the free program that enables shoppers to park for free in the Larimer Square garage on 14th and Market streets.

LoDo is running a pilot pop-up taxi stand program between 11 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21. The stands will be located at 14th Street between Market and Larimer.

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Ondo’s in Cherry Creek North is bidding adios

December 18, 2013

Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar at 250 Steele St. is shutting its doors on Dec. 31. Here’s what the owners, Curt and Deicy Steinbecker posted on the website:

“After over four years of many highs and lows. Deicy and I have decided that we will not continue our efforts in 2014. It’s with a heavy heart that we came to this difficult decision, but it’s one that is best for our family … Our goal from the start was to serve the most authentic Spanish tapas in Denver, and we believe that we always stayed true to this goal. But, due to the present circumstances, we can’t continue on.

“Thanks to all of our faithful customers who made these four years memorable. you were the reason we happily came to work every day. We will miss you. We hope to see you one more time at Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar before the end of the year.”

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Open, open, open

December 13, 2013

A handful of eateries and foodie retail spaces have opened recently. I told you earlier about Olive & Finch, the Mary Nguyen-owned space adjacent to her original restaurant Parallel 17 on 17th Avenue.

And right around the same time, Pikkas Peruvian Cuisine & Pisco Bar opened in the former Abrusci’s and Campo de Fiore space at 300 Fillmore St.

Pikkas, which officially opened on Dec. 2, held a press dinner this week featuring menu samples including baby octopus with haucatay sauce, ceviche clasico, pescado en salsa de cilantro, Portobello ravioli crema and alfajor with lucuma ice cream.

It’s a nice addition to the eclectic Cherry Creek North dining scene.

I’ve yet to try chef/restaurateur Troy Guard’s new ventures Los Chingones and Sugarmill at 2463 and 2461 Larimer St., but am planning a visit soon and will file a full report.

Guard, an established Denver chef with TAG, TAG Raw Bar and TAG Burger Bar joined forced with Noah French to bring us the new concepts.

Los Chingones is Guard’s take on Mexican food in the hot RiNo district serving familiar favorites like guacamole, ceviche and tacos with a TAG twist.

On the sweeter side, chef French whipped up Sugarmill, a bakery, lounge and dessert bar.

Opened earlier this week was Lower48, a contemporary American restaurant on the corner of 21st and Lawrence streets. The menu changes daily and is inspired by regional ingredients and culinary traditions.  The menu features natural preserving techniques, artisan breads, heritage breeds, heirloom vegetables and house-made pastas.

Mario Nocifera and his business partner, Alex Figura, opened the Ballpark restaurant, located in a multi-use residential and commercial LEED-gold certified building.
“The name references the continuous United States,” Nocifera told www.denver.eater.com. “We get our inspiration regionally throughout the lower 48 states. A lot of the design of the restaurant references what I feel has made America great — the expansion out West, the Transcontinental railroad … You will see images of trains and travel and commerce throughout the restaurant, including the wood above the bar that came from a 1950s semi, the community table is made of 1930s boxcar floor,” he explains.

Entering the food retail arena is Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe at 3326 Tejon St. in the trendy LoHi neighborhood.

The 720-square-foot butcher shop carries an array of boutique grocery items such as small-batch condiments, sauces, cheeses and marinades, as well as dry goods to accompany Western Daughters’ High Plains meat. Beef, pork and lamb in addition to seasonal game meats are available in a variety of cuts along with semi-prepared foods and items such as stock, marrow butter and deli meats.

Fiancée team Kate Kavanaugh and Josh Curtiss began the Colorado brand after training in New York under two seasoned butchers in conjunction with Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats. The duo’s promise is that each animal, farm and community is treated ethically from ranch to table.

Every cut is antibiotic and hormone free and raised on open range. The entire animal is utilized for its various components. This is reflected in the butcher shop’s dozens of specialty cuts and products from animals raised for Western Daughters, and all sourced and harvested from within 250 miles of the shop.

“We see animals from the inside out, and it’s with that perspective that we’re able to verify the health of the animals and help support sustainable ranching and land management practices,” co-owner Kavanaugh said.

Curtiss added, “We’ve moved away from truly knowing where our food came from; we want to be a window from Denver into those ranches, from the life of the animal to the lives of those that raise the animals.”

Seasonal events, lectures, classes, farms visits, butcher demonstrations and community dinners will all be added to the Western Daughters agenda next year. The butcher shop also will be expanding their line of semi-prepared foods and sandwiches.

More information at www.westerndaughters.com.

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The seen

December 11, 2013

Entrepreneur and gay rights activist Tim Gill shipping an overnight letter at Mail It! Pack It! Ship It! in Cherry Creek North.


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