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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Spotlight On the Ice Rink

When One Boulder Plaza was being built, the developers wanted not only to create a new building structure, but to include a public amenity as well. Paul Eklund, a managing partner of One Boulder Plaza and owner of PN Eklund Interests, Inc., took the time to recreate for us the complicated process of designing, planning, and getting permission to build the Ice Rink. "I can't remember whose idea it was first to have an Ice Rink," he said, "but it made sense to us because of the success of the old rink, which was over by the Tea House." Richard Foy of CommArts came up with the oval design, reminiscent of an Italian piazza, which could easily double as both an Ice Rink and a community plaza.

However, the site was not big enough to accommodate the oval design. The road was initially a straight two-way with large sidewalks, and cut right through the middle of the planned rink's space. Jerry Lee, of Lee Real Estate Development LLC, went to Molly Winter at the DMC to propose a partnership. In return for license to use the City's land and to curve the road to accomodate the rink, One Boulder Plaza would stage seasonal events in the space all year-round. The City gave the go-ahead, and gained not only a community gathering place but the opportunity to further develop their long-range plan to connect the City Park on Arapahoe with the Downtown Mall. With the Farmer's Market, the Ice Rink, and other events extending from Walnut to Arapahoe on 13th, it was a natural way to bring the two public spaces together.

The next hurdle was, of course, how to generate ice! Happily, that particular dilemma was solved by the building that One Boulder Plaza was to replace. A large rooftop chiller/ac unit had been installed only two years before, and was going to be trashed along with the rest of the old building. They salvaged the unit and had it converted to work as an ice rink chiller. The next problem was where to place it, as these units are loud, generate a lot of heat, and are not particularly pleasant to look at. The solution? Put it in the parking garage! Not only is it out of the way, but it keeps the garage warm in the winter as well.

It's not only the cooperation between the City and One Boulder Plaza that brought Downtown an Ice Rink. "It's an expensive operation," Paul points out, "and it's funded partly through sponsorships." Sponsors are Downtown Boulder, Inc., Boulder Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Western Disposal, First National Bank of CO, Play it Again Sports, Mike's Camera, Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids, Tibet Carpet & Home, American National Bank, Daily Camera, and KBCO. The generosity of the sponsors and the dedication of the partners at One Boulder Plaza even goes so far as to donate parts of proceeds to Boulder Ice, a non-profit.

The value to downtown makes it worth the cost. Ashley Ortiz, the Business Manager of the Ice Rink, brought us up to date on the Ice Rink’s present and future:

DOWNTOWN BOULDER: What inspired you to get involved with the Ice Rink downtown?

ASHLEY ORTIZ: I have been involved in ice skating in the area for 21 years. I grew up skating in Boulder and Denver, training as a figure skater, and went on to teach skating at CU, and also played on the women’s hockey team. After college, my father (a local hockey player) and I started a nonprofit called Boulder Ice to put together plans for a year-round ice skating rink and community center at the undeveloped Valmont City Park site. Several years into this effort, the partners at One Boulder Plaza approached me and asked if I would be interested in helping them develop a business to offer ice skating each winter season in the plaza. I jumped on the opportunity, as it offered both a way to continue to raise awareness and support for Boulder Ice’s long-term efforts and a way to get Boulder skaters on the ice right away.

DB: How long has the Ice Rink been open?

ASHLEY: The Ice Rink is now in its third season and is growing tremendously each year. We had 8,500 skaters the first season, and close to 14,000 last year. So far, in the first few weeks of being open this year we have seen even more happy skaters coming to the rink than we expected.

DB: How do you get professional ice-skaters involved? Any famous ones?

ASHLEY: For our opening show, Light Up the Ice, which is held in conjunction with Downtown Boulder’s Switch on the Holidays event, I have worked with the Rocky Mountain Figure Skating Club to find skaters to perform. The show consists of 10 to 15 competitive skaters from the metro-Denver/Boulder area. We have been approached by a group that puts on ice shows with famous skating stars, and are looking into the possibility of bringing a show like that to The Ice Rink in future years, in addition to our annual Light up the Ice Show.

DB: What is the Ice Rink's most popular event?

ASHLEY: Light up the Ice, with the performers and discounted skating, is a very popular event that officially kicks off each skating season. We also have a great following for our once-a-month free skating and skate rental days which are sponsored by local businesses, and our monthly theme skates which include 2 for 1 admission, giveaways, decorations, games, and free photos by Mike’s Camera.

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Weekend Reminder - 11/30/06

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Thursday, November 30th
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center

Friday, December 1st
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • Jack Collom & Ken Bernstein @ Boulder Public Library
  • The New Cars @ Boulder Theater
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Alien Nation @ the Dairy Center
  • Art Opening @ SmithKlein Gallery

Saturday, December 2nd
  • Lights of December Parade
  • St. Nick's on the Bricks
  • Alien Nation @ the Dairy Center
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Tenderfoot Training & Benefit @ Farfel's Farm
  • One World Celebration & Benefit @ Republic of Boulder

Sunday, December 3rd
  • Alien Nation @ the Dairy Center
  • Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Slow Food Dinner @ Q's Restaurant
  • Holiday Festival of Trees @ the St. Julien
  • Holiday Brunch with the YWCA

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Spotlight on New Businesses

This past month has been exciting for downtown, with some new and fantastic additions to the mix! Here's a recap of all the new businesses from this November:

besos
DANA CULBERTSON 1949 PEARL ST 303.304.3300
Now open! besos, a new women’s clothing boutique featuring a fresh mix of cutting-edge clothing and accessories from New York, Los Angeles and everywhere in between. We are located on the East End of Pearl Street. Store hours are Mon–Sat 10-7 and Sun 12-5. For more information, please visit www.besosboulder.com.

Daisy Sports
JACKIE SCHAIBLE 1909 9TH ST 303.443.9860
Our newest store is now open in Boulder! Daisy Sports is the go-to destination for women to find casual clothes that take you through a busy day and into the night. Daisy Sports is known for hard-to-find brands like Beyond Yoga, Hard Tail and Miss Me Jeans as well as local favorites like Tag + Jeans, Be Present and Mimi & Coco. Located on 9th and Walnut next to Blue Skies. Store Hours are: Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5.

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
KATE EASTMAN 1200 PEARL ST 303.413.3060
5,000 varieties of candy and 24 flavors of gelato, Powell's Sweet Shoppe is an old-time, old-fashioned, old world candy store taken from America's imagination at the turn-of-the-century. Everyone has a memory of where they went as a child to get their favorite candy. We want to take our customers down memory lane and remind them of good things and good times. Join us for a journey through time and discover that "Life Happens at Powell's".

Saxy’s
BRYAN & CHRISTY SAX 2018 10th ST 303.786.8585
Located in the West End of downtown Boulder, Saxy’s brings a touch of elegance and style to this already hip area. With warmth and charm this coffee bistro serves up an eclectic choice of espresso, old world panini, fabulous salads, and gelato. Upon entering, historic chandeliers and brick architecture lure you to Victorian style bistro seating featuring couches that will seduce you into relaxation. Outdoor seating can be enjoyed during summer or winter under the warmth of our Colorado sun. Saxy’s also offers free wireless internet, free downtown delivery, and a stunning smile every time. Come join us at Saxy’s Café, next to Sushi Tora.

The T-Bar Boulder
DEBRA CAPLIN 1500 PEARL SUITE B 303.444.5453
Help celebrate the T-Bar’s 2nd anniversary and grand re-opening! We are downtown Boulder's only fashion forward lingerie/swim boutique. We specialize in fashion forward underwear swim and body products. We carry basic layering tees for women and men, as well as underwear and swim for the whole family. We carry a wide range of price points and styles and can find something for any budget. www.thetbar.com

Taste of Philly
STEVE DUARTE 1911 BROADWAY 720.565.0248
Grand Opening, Friday, December 1st! Taste of Philly specializes in a variety of cheesesteak sandwiches, but their menu also includes Hoagies & Grinders and other specialties like Wraps and Salads. Taste of Philly offers Dine In, Take Out, Free Delivery and can accommodate large catering orders with advance notice. Hours of operation are Sunday thru Wednesday 11am to 10pm and Thursday through Saturday 11am - 3am. www.tasteofphilly.biz

Tiger Lily
RAMONA SANDS 1002 WALNUT SUITE 101A 303.444.1664
Tiger Lily offers unique accessories for the home and body. Many of our products are imported from areas of the world not currently represented in Boulder. Not just a store, but an exciting shopping experience. Store hours: Mon-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-6. www.tigerlilyboulder.com

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Switch on the Holidays Pictures are Here

The Daily Camera has some fantastic photos from Switch on the Holidays last Friday, November 24th. Check them out here: http://www.dailycamera.com/photos/galleries/2006/nov/24/switch-holidays/

Got some of your own? Share them with us at info@dbi.org, and we'll post the good ones!

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Monday's Downtown Update - 11/27/06

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Monday, November 27th
  • The Skatalites @ Boulder Theater

Tuesday, November 28th
  • Vonnegut & Jazz @ the Dairy Center
  • Live music @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

Wednesday, November 29th
  • Artist Talk @ the Dairy Center
  • Herb Holiday Gift Making @ Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary
  • Bongo Love @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • Chick Flick Wednesdays @ ten20 - The Notebook

Thursday, November 30th
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center

Friday, December 1st
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • Jack Collom & Ken Bernstein @ Boulder Public Library
  • The New Cars @ Boulder Theater
  • Alien Nation @ the Dairy Center
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Art Opening @ SmithKlein Gallery

Saturday, December 2nd

Sunday, December 3rd
  • Alien Nation @ the Dairy Center
  • Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Slow Food Dinner @ Q's Restaurant
  • Holiday Brunch with the YWCA

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Weekend Reminder - 11/22/06

Your weekend reminder comes early this week, since we'll all be enjoying Thanksgiving tomorrow. We know you'll be busy with family, but don't forget about Switch on the Holidays and the first St. Nick's on the Bricks! Happy holidays from Downtown Boulder!

Wednesday, November 22nd
  • Charlie Sounds @ RedFish Brewhouse

Thursday, November 23rd
- Thanksgiving
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet @ Hotel Boulderado

Friday, November 24th

Saturday, November 25th

Sunday, November 26th
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Quemando @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Monday's Downtown Update - 11/20/06

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November On-Going:
  • Then & Now Art Exhibit @ Boulder Public Library, through November 26th
  • Judaica Show @ Boulder Arts & Crafts, November 17th - January 10th
  • Winter Exhibits @ BMoCA, through January 27th

Tuesday, November 21st
  • Live music @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

Wednesday, November 22nd
  • Charlie Sounds @ RedFish Brewhouse

Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet @ Hotel Boulderado

Friday, November 24th

Saturday, November 25th

Sunday, November 26th
  • Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Quemando @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Event Spotlight: the Holidays Downtown

It's a common cliche that "the holidays come earlier every year". This is one of those cliches, I think, that is a cliche for a reason. It seems like only yesterday we were setting up for ArtFair. Then Fall Festival and the Munchkin Masquerade were upon us and done before I knew it, and next week is Thanksgiving! Half the stores downtown have their Christmas displays up, and here I still have Halloween decorations hanging from my window at home. Another cliche comes to mind: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

So, in the spirit of the ever-speeding Holidays, here's the story on Holiday events downtown! For more information, click on the event date.

Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving
• Thanksgiving Day Buffet @ Hotel Boulderado

Friday, November 24th
Switch on the Holidays
St. Nick's on the Bricks
• Harvest Dinner @ the Boulder Co-op
• Post-Feast Thanksgiving Show @ Boulder Theater - Drew Emmitt Band & Tony Furtado Band

Saturday, November 25th
St. Nick's on the Bricks

Sunday, November 26th
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Wednesday, November 29th
• Herb Holiday Gift Making @ Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary

Saturday, December 2nd
Lights of December Parade
St. Nick's on the Bricks

Sunday, December 3rd
• Holiday Brunch with the YWCA
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Wednesday, December 6th
• Herb Holiday Gift Making @ Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary

Saturday, December 9th
St. Nick's on the Bricks
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado
• Farmers' Market & Holiday Craft Fair @ the Boulder County Fairgrounds

Sunday, December 10th
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Saturday, December 16th
St. Nick's on the Bricks
• Nutcracker Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Sunday, December 17th
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Monday, December 18th
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Tuesday, December 19th
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Wednesday, December 20th
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Thursday, December 21st
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Friday, December 22nd
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Saturday, December 23rd
• Holiday Tea @ Hotel Boulderado

Monday, December 25th - Christmas

• Christmas Day Buffet @ Hotel Boulderado

Sunday, December 31st
• New Year's Eve Gala Ball @ Hotel Boulderado

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Weekend Reminder - 11/16/06

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November On-Going:
  • First Bite Boulder, through Saturday November 18th
  • Then & Now Art Exhibit @ Boulder Public Library, through November 26th
  • Judaica Show @ Boulder Arts & Crafts, November 17th - January 10th
  • Winter Exhibits @ BMoCA, through January 27th

Thursday, November 16th
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • Demetri Martin @ Boulder Theater
  • CRAB performance salon @ the Laughing Goat
  • Tiny Television @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • 17th Anniversary Celebration @ Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Friday, November 17th
  • Chris Lee & Colleen O'Brien @ the Black Cat
  • Judaica Show @ Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Pretty Is as Pretty Does @ the Dairy Center
  • Murder Mystery Dinner @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Finadupa @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • 17th Anniversary Celebration @ Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Saturday, November 18th
  • Soul Hunger Workshop @ the Boulder Co-op
  • 17th Anniversary Celebration @ Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Sunday, November 19th
  • Boy-Girl Band @ Boulder Public Library
  • Los Lobos & Ray LaMontagne with etown @ Boulder Theater
  • It Ain't Over Till It's Over @ the Dairy Center
  • Sambadende @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Munchkin Masquerade Pictures are Here

As we mentioned in our Event Recap for Munchkin Masquerade, there were some amazing costumes downtown. Our photographer, Sherri O'Hara, came through with some amazing pictures of those amazing costumes, and we've now got them posted on our website! So go on, visit boulderdowntown.com/events/MunchkinMasq2006, and see if you can spot yourself or someone you know!

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Monday's Downtown Update - 11/13/06

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November On-Going

Monday, November 13th
  • Chronic Pain Workshop @ the Boulder Co-op

Tuesday, November 14th
  • Best Bookkeeping Practices @ the Dairy Center
  • Artist Lecture with Donna Boyd @ the Dairy Center
  • Soul Sacrifice @ Rhumba Cafe Caribbean

Wednesday, November 15th
  • Music on the Mezz @ Hotel Boulderado - Diamond Weyl Jazz Showcase
  • REL-I @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • Chick Flick Wednesdays @ ten20 - Top Gun
  • Taste of Piemonte Wine Dinner @ Trattoria on Pearl

Thursday, November 16th
  • Demetri Martin @ the Boulder Theater
  • CRAB performance salon @ Laughing Goat Coffeehouse
  • Tiny Television @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • 17th Anniversary Celebration @ the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Friday, November 17th
  • Pretty Is as Pretty Does @ the Dairy Center
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Murder Mystery Dinner @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Finadupa @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • 17th Anniversary Celebration @ the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Saturday, November 18th
  • Pretty Is as Pretty Does @ the Dairy Center
  • The Imaginary Invalid @ the Dairy Center
  • Soul Hunger Workshop @ the Boulder Co-op
  • 17th Anniversary Celebration @ the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Sunday, November 19th
  • It Ain't Over Till It's Over @ the Dairy Center
  • Boy-Girl Band @ Boulder Public Library
  • Live Taping with e-town @ Boulder Theater
  • Sambadende @ Rhumba Cafe Caribbean

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Spotlight on First Bite Boulder

Restaurants in Boulder are finally getting their due -- it's about time! Last month, Gourmet Magazine recognized Frasca as one of the top fifty restaurants in the country (read about it, plus a special interview with Sommelier and Co-Owner Bobby Stuckey, here).

And now, First Bite Boulder kicks off today with a party at the St. Julien Hotel. There will be a public event in the Lobby from 5pm - 9pm, with complimentary appetizers from Wild Oats, cocktail specials from Level Vodka, and live music from Sambadende. Or, if you just can't wait for the food fun to begin, a $75 ticket will get you into Jill's Restaurant for Cocktail Hour at 5pm, Drink Contest at 6pm, and a 4 course seated dinner at 7pm.

And that's just the beginning! 40 of Boulder's top restaurants will offer a special three course $26 prixe fixe dinner menu, tomorrow Saturday November 11th to Saturday November 18th. Many of the participating restaurants are downtown: This promises to be an amazing week -- great food, great prices, and a great line-up of restaurants. Almost all of the restaurants have already posted menus at firstbiteboulder.com, so if you need help narrowing it down (I know I do), the website is full of great information.

We'll be sharing our experiences with you; send us yours!

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Weekend Reminder - 11/9/06

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November On-Going

Thursday, November 9th
  • Ocho @ the Boulder Co-op
  • Naked Pages 3 @ the Dairy Center
  • Joshua 3 Quartet @ RedFish Brewhouse

Friday, November 10th
  • Buff Stampede on the Mall
  • Anusara Yoga Immersion @ om time
  • Murder Mystery Dinner @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Onda @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • First Bite Boulder Kickoff @ the St. Julien
  • International Watch Fair @ Swiss Chalet

Saturday, November 11th
  • Free Game Day Parking Downtown
  • In the Mind's Eye Show @ blinkgallery
  • Wonder Tales of Nasruden @ Boulder Public Library
  • Improv Theatre @ the Dairy Center
  • Anusara Yoga Immersion @ om time
  • Lionel Young @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • International Watch Fair @ Swiss Chalet
  • Game Day with West End Tavern & Banjo Billy

Sunday, November 12th
  • VIVA @ the Dairy Center
  • Anusara Yoga Immersion @ om time
  • Bhakti Yoga Workshop @ öm time
  • Dream Pillow Making Workshop @ Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary
  • Future Jazz Project @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Spotlight on Frasca

When Boulder’s own Frasca Restaurant made Gourmet magazine’s “America’s Top Fifty,” Boulder restaurants were all the buzz. Co-owners Bobby Stuckey, wine director, and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, head chef, have created a neighborhood eatery which has become a gem in the fantastic Boulder restaurant scene.

Frasca’s philosophy is based on the classic restaurants of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in Northeast Italy, combining the traditions of warmth and hospitality with customary Friuli cuisine to create a unique dining experience. To enhance this feeling, Bobby and Lachlan travel with the entire Frasca staff to Italy yearly to continually develop their knowledge of the region. It is a truly wonderful learning experience for the staff and sets the duo apart from many restaurateurs.

Bobby and Lachlan met while working at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant (#3 on Gourmet’s list), in the heart of Napa Valley. French Laundry won numerous awards with Bobby as sommelier and Lachlan as chef de partie under world renowned chef Thomas Keller. Bringing their expertise to Boulder, Frasca was born out of their passion for the vitality and soul of Friuli Italy. This inspiration is best explained by the co-owner himself, Bobby Stuckey.

DOWNTOWN BOULDER: What is the inspiration/ motivation behind Frasca?

BOBBY STUCKEY: Frasca is motivated by the classic restaurants of Friuli Italy. These are family restaurants that have been at it for over one hundred years and still seem classic and fresh. If Lachlan and I can work on just one restaurant and have it keep getting better then we will be following our inspiration.

DB: Why did you choose Downtown Boulder as the home of Frasca?

BOBBY: Boulder excited us because of the chance to work with a great farm community. The fact that we can have John Long drop off such great pork and the local farmers can follow him up with wonderful greens is great.

DB: Tell us more about your philosophy behind wine and spirits at Frasca and your extensive wine cellar.

BOBBY: The philosophy is based on offering a great glass or bottle of wine in the right class and at the right temperature for twenty dollars over retail. What that translates to is people driving up from Denver or driving down from Aspen to enjoy the wines of our list because they can’t afford not to. We now see a lot of collectors in the wine industry come back the very next night to drink something off the list because they say they can’t afford to leave the wine on our list for someone else.

DB: Has making the 2006 Gourmet Magazine Top 50 list created more buzz for Frasca within Boulder and/ or the Denver Metro area?

BOBBY: Gourmet’s top fifty list is great because it shows me that if you want to start a restaurant with humble beginnings you can go as high as you want. You just need to show up and cut some Prosciutto and bus some tables and pour some Tocai. The best buzz that it has created is that peers of mine now want to come to the Denver metro area and open national caliber restaurants.

DB: What is your favorite menu item?

BOBBY: My favorite menu item is the Salumi plate. Artisan pork from John Long is right with it.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Monday's Downtown Update - 11/6/06

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November On-Going:
  • Souper Bowlder, thru November 12th
  • First Bite Boulder, November 11th - 18th

Monday, November 6th

  • evenings with DIVAS @ outdoor DIVAS

Tuesday, November 7th
  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars @ Boulder Theater
  • Equipment Consultations @ outdoor DIVAS
  • Sol & Swift @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

Wednesday, November 8th
  • Poetry Reading @ the Dairy Center
  • Music on the Mezz @ Hotel Boulderado - Diamond Weyl Jazz Showcase
  • Equipment Consultations @ outdoor DIVAS
  • Kitchen Cosmetics Spa Night @ Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary
  • The Rude Boys @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • Chick Flick Wednesdays @ ten20 - The Very Thought of You

Thursday, November 9th

  • Ocho @ the Boulder Co-op
  • Naked Pages 3 @ the Dairy Center
  • Joshua 3 Quartet @ RedFish Brewhouse

Friday, November 10th
  • Buff Stampede on the Mall
  • Murder Mystery Dinner @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Anusara Yoga Immersion @ om time
  • Onda @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • First Bite Boulder Kickoff @ the St. Julien
  • International Watch Fair @ Swiss Chalet

Saturday, November 11th
- CU Game Day
  • Free Game Day Parking Downtown
  • In the Mind's Eye Show @ blinkgallery
  • Wonder Tales of Nasruden @ Boulder Public Library
  • Improv Theatre @ the Dairy Center
  • Anusara Yoga Immersion @ om time
  • Lionel Young @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • International Watch Fair @ Swiss Chalet
  • Game Day with West End Tavern & Banjo Billy

Sunday, November 12th
  • VIVA @ the Dairy Center
  • Anusara Yoga Immersion @ om time
  • Dream Pillow Making Workshop @ Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary
  • Future Jazz Project @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Weekend Reminder - 11/2/06

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November On-Going

  • Souper Bowlder, November 2nd - 12th
  • First Bite Boulder, November 11th - 18th

Thursday, November 2nd
  • Boulder Co-op Turnaround Task Force Meeting
  • Regional Dinner @ Q's Restaurant
  • Rodrigo Sanchez @ RedFish Brewhouse

Friday, November 3rd
  • First Friday in Downtown Boulder
  • Meditation Retreat @ the Boulder Co-op
  • Public Opening Reception - Winter Exhibits @ BMoCA
  • Artist Reception @ Boulder Public Library
  • Murder Mystery Dinner @ Hotel Boulderado
  • Opening Reception for Holiday Show @ Nomad Designs
  • Los Chicos del Ritmo @ RedFish Brewhouse
  • Galleria of Galleries @ Rembrandt Yard

Saturday, November 4th
  • Last Farmers' Market on 13th Street!
  • Nuts & Bolts 2006: Moulin Rouge

Sunday, November 5th
  • Energy Workshop @ the Boulder Co-op
  • Quemando @ Rhumba Café Caribbean

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Event Spotlight: Halloween Downtown

Despite temperatures in the 30s, there was a great turn-out for the Munchkin Masquerade on Pearl Street Mall last night! Stores up and down the mall, and even as far up as the St. Julien Hotel, were in the spirit with Treat Stops, and they weren't disappointed. Super-heroes from Spiderman to Batman to Superman were out in full force, as were the many Harry Potters, Elmos, pirates and fairies.

My personal three-way tie for the most original kid costumes I saw were Ralphie the CU Buffalo, an iPod, and a rollercoaster ride. Sadly, I was too busy fielding basketballs at the Downtown Boulder Treat Stop to snap pictures of them. But you know who you are -- if you've got pictures, send them in!

I saw quite a few parent-child costume teams as well, which made me smile. I always wish for a good excuse to dress-up on Halloween, but wasn't quite ready to brave the cold this time. Kudos to those who did; I think my favorite adult-child costume team was Yoda and Princess Leia.

Our Deputy Director, when pressed, estimates a turn-out of about 4,000 to 5,000 people last night during the Masquerade, which ran from 3pm to 5pm. As we were packing up our Treat Stop it only got busier, so I can only imagine the fun later on last night!

Here's hoping you all had a great time, got lots of candy, stayed warm, and had a Happy Halloween!


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