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Foodie Friday

There's a good reason Bon Appétit called Boulder, America's Foodiest Town. This weekly blog will help you understand why!  Every Friday, check out downtown's food scene and all the incredible opportunities available to tantalize your taste buds!  Check out this list of restaurant specials and promotions compiled weekly - just for YOU!  

Photo Credit: The Kitchen

Food-Related Events and Announcements: November 18, 2022

Happy Friday, foodies! Snow is falling and winter seems to have arrived in Boulder. Stay warm and full this Thanksgiving season!

Did you wait until the last minute to make Thanksgiving Day plans? Don’t worry, The Kitchen has you covered! This upscale restaurant is offering savory entries at their place or yours! In-restaurant reservations are $99.50 per person / $45.50 per person 12 and under. Enjoy fire-roasted butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey, seared brussels sprouts and more tasty dishes. Learn more here

This Thanksgiving, Jill's Restaurant and Bistro is offering a special Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 am - 3 pm and a Grand Thanksgiving Prix Fixe from 5 - 9 pm. Enjoy gorgeous meals prepared with organic, sustainable ingredients. With some of the best views in town, this is a perfect spot to celebrate the holiday! Make reservations here

Hotel Boulderado is back with their annual Thanksgiving celebrations, including seasonally prepared menus with three different locations to choose from. Dine at Spruce Farm & Fish, The Corner Bar or in Hotel Boulderado’s Mezzanine. Explore all your delicious options here!

Pasta Press is now open at 1911 11th Street! Enjoy the night off from cooking during Thanksgiving week with a lasagna from this authentic Italian eatery. With sauces and pasta made from scratch in the shop, their “clean cooking” style incorporates 12 or fewer ingredients in each dish and includes imported flours, meats and cheeses from Italy. You won’t find these flavors anywhere else besides Italy!

Looking past Turkey Day,  OAK at Fourteenth’s highly anticipated Italian Week kicks off Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 and includes new award-winning guest chefs, Negroni Night and more. The week-long extravaganza will include more than 30 special items (i.e. Lasagne with blue oyster mushroom ragu, bechamel, and black truffle; Corzetti Stampati with pancetta and clams; and Maltagliati with red wine duck ragu). Reservations are available now on OpenTable!

Check out My Neighbor Felix on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am - 3 pm to sample their Brunch Menu, featuring shareable items like Guacamole Fresco; sweets including Churro French Toast; and traditional items like Huevos Rancheros! 

Ever heard of Duxelles? (The team at Foolish Craig's Cafe can't say it either!) This vegetarian dish includes portobello and button mushrooms, onions and shallots sautéed in butter, Swiss cheese and velouté sauce. Sound good? Just point to it on the menu! There is also the Fahgeddaboutit - something everyone can say! What is it? "Think Brooklyn" - Crispy chicken, spinach, mushrooms, onions, smoked provolone, walnuts and marinara sauce. Substitute artichoke hearts for chicken to make it vegetarian!

Just off of the Pearl Street Mall on 13th Street, a delectable dining experience awaits at Bramble & Hare. Start with their Charcuterie Board featuring Lamb Terrine, Pork Rillettes, Chicken Pate, Local Cheeses and accouterments. Then, enjoy their 3-course menu that includes appetizers such as Butternut Squash Soup, entries like Pan-Seared Salmon and desserts including Flourless Chocolate Cake (with butter pecan diplomat cream and pecan praline)!

Have you noticed some of the cool outdoor dining infrastructure that is going in around downtown?  tarting last week, Japango, SALT and Foolish Craig's have started transitioning to the new parklets produced by Durango-Based MODSTREET.  In December, look for the structures to appear outside of T/aco, Pizzeria Locale, The Kitchen, ND streetBAR and Ash'Kara!  

Earlier this month, Bravo's Top Chef season 18 contestant Bryon Gomez opened his first concept, Pollo Tico, inside Avanti Boulder. Check out his Costa Rican cuisine including Arroz Con Pollo (Costa Rican rice, peas, carrots, corn and picked chicken) and Palmito Salad (palmito, arugula, pickled pineapple, quinoa, pickled red onion, creamy salsa verde dressing)! 

Don’t forget that tomorrow (Nov. 19) is the last Boulder County Farmers Market of the season. Our friends at the market remind you that as you prepare to make your last market lists, here are some tips on how to help preserve your haul:

  • Canning: Canning is one of the most rewarding ways to keep homemade, locally-sourced food in your home for weeks or months at a time. Get creative by making your own apple butter, fiery salsas, or creating customized sauces to add to any weeknight dish. No matter what you can, your future self will thank you.
  • Pickling: Don’t put away your glass jars yet – use your market haul to create the perfectly sour and tangy pickled treats. If you ask us, pretty much everything tastes better with a little vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stock up on beets, carrots, mushrooms, and onions to make a variety of pickled vegetables to enjoy as a side or on top of salads.
  • Storing: Contrary to popular belief, many items can be stored for months at a time without spoiling – with no refrigeration needed. Onions, winter squash, and potatoes can last for months at a time when stored in a cool, dry space.

Download the Eat & Be Happy Pass from our friends at Visit Boulder! This interactive way to dine out lets you earn rewards and enjoy food specials all while supporting local businesses. Check-in at participating downtown restaurants (over 25 of them!) and you’ll be entered into drawings for prizes. Runs now through the end of November. 

Foodie Friday will be taking a brief hiatus for the holidays, but check back on December 2 for fresh food updates!

Happy eating!

Ways to Help

Emergency Family Assistance Fund (EFFA) helps those in our community whose immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot be adequately met by other means, and supports their efforts toward financial stability or self-sufficiency. You can help them with a financial contribution, volunteering, or donating non-perishable food and cleaning supplies.

Emergency family assistance fund

Harvest of Hope's sole mission is food assistance. They offer clients a choice shopping experience where individuals select preferred foods within their shopping allowances. You can help them with financial assistance, volunteering or by donating the food items on their shopping list. Learn more here.

Harvest of hope

Boulder Food Rescue aims to create a more just and less wasteful food system by facilitating the sustainable redistribution of healthy food that would otherwise be wasted to low-income communities, by bicycle. The best way to help them currently is to donate or volunteer. You can learn more about the work they are doing here.

Boulder food rescue

Meals on Wheels Boulder provides nutritious meals and a daily well-being check to Boulder residents, regardless of age or income. The number one way to support them during this time is to contribute financially. You can do that here

Meals on wheels boulder