And for your periodic look ahead at the abundance of food and drink events (that I can't always fit into our weekly Side Dish column):
• The following evening, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center will host Veda Salon's 5th annual Fashion and Greenie Awards in benefit of Waldo Canyon restoration via the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. How this relates to food is where local chef Daniel Bartlett comes into play.
In his own words:
I have been asked to create food that is inspired by the fire as well as art and fashion. The event is a fashion show but there will be some serious food here provided by me as well as food sculptures ... There will be four "canapes" based off of molecular gastronomy ... The main table will be a display of food as art ... It will pretty much be stuff that has never been seen before and very very unique to the fire as well such as chocolate chili mousse that pops as you eat it like a campfire, to edible soil that is growing a flower. The idea of the food is to wow, shock and surprise the guests.
• As I mentioned earlier this month,Front Range Barbeque has built in a barrel full of beer programming in the coming months. For instance, the first "Meet the Brewer" night, in tandem with Focus on the Beer, will take place on Thursday, May 2, with guest brewery Twisted Pine out of Boulder.
The beer lineup looks fantastic in terms of unusual and creative beers including ingredients like cucumbers, carrots and ghost chilies. Take a look:
Big Shot Espresso Stout - 6.5% ABV multiple-award winning stout with local Unseen Bean organic peruvian espresso
Hoppy Knight - India Black Ale, pours dark and has IPA-like dank citrus Simcoe and Amarillo hops. 8%, 85 IBU.
Ghost Face Killah - hottest beer this side of hell brewed with ghost peppers. 5.5%
Le Petite Saison - Award-winning smooth and crisp Belgian Farmhouse Ale. 5.5%
Cucumber Cream Ale - a Farm to Foam brew using all CO ingredients and local cucumbers
Roots Revival Carrot IPA - A hoppy Farm to Foam brew using all CO ingredients and a large amount of carrots
Walnut St. Brown - A special honey brown ale brewed with walnuts. 6%