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Tidbites | Week of November 21, 2013

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The interior of Texas de Brazil

TOP HOPS

Twisted Pine Brewing Company is holding a homebrewing competition through the end of the year, with the winner earning a chance to brew 10 barrels of their beer on Twisted Pine’s system.

The Hopularity Contest is open to any homebrew that is “hop-forward” and “expressive with hops,” a Twisted Pine press release says. The competition is free to enter, with entry forms available at Twisted Pine’s Walnut Street taproom. Homebrewers can enter up to two beers and must bring two bottles of each of their entries, which will be judged by Twisted Pine’s brewing team.

The winning beer will be served at the taproom, located at 3201 Walnut St. in Boulder, as well as other local accounts. More information is available at the Twisted Pine brewery.

THE LATEST GRAPES

Boulder’s own winery, Settembre Cellars, will hold a tasting of its latest releases from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at Oliverde, the specialty oil-and-vinegar shop on Broadway.

Settembre, which was founded in 2007 and released its first wines in 2009, uses all- Colorado grapes and winemaking techniques that “preserve the terroir of Colorado’s high-altitude vineyards.” It bills this tasting as an opportunity to purchase wines for Thanksgiving dinner. Oliverde is located at 2027 Broadway in Boulder; more information is available at www.settembrecellars.com/events.

GIVING THANKS

Colorado’s largely a state of transplants, so for those whose families are too far to visit, several area restaurants will be open Thanksgiving Day, serving both traditional and inventive holiday meals.

At Ted’s Montana Grill, the menu is a largely traditional three-course affair, including a salad, soup or bison chili; turkey and gravy with mashed potatoes, green beans, squash casserole and cranberry sauce; and apple pecan crisp for dessert. Ted’s will also have wine specials by the bottle and glass. The dinner is $25, the wines $6 and $20 for a bottle. More information can be found at www.tedsmontanagrill.com.

It’s not typically within the Boulder Weekly coverage area, but the Thanksgiving spread at Denver’s Texas de Brazil is too interesting not to mention. The Brazilian steakhouse — churrascaria, for the Portuguese speakers — is offering traditional roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, house-made gravy and cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.

But the unusual part of the menu at Texas de Brazil is the standard part of the menu. Along with their Thanksgiving turkey, diners can get Texas de Brazil’s standard offerings of grilled beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sausage carved tableside.

The Thanksgiving menu is offered from noon to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the restaurant, located in the Stapleton area in Denver. It costs $45 per person. More information is available by calling 720-374-2100.

Both locations of Murphy’s in Boulder will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $24. Its menu variations include apple cider gravy for its turkey, maple syrup on its sweet potatoes and orange in its cranberry compote. Murphy’s regular menu will also be available. Visit www.murphysboulder.com for more information.

Members of the homeless and working poor community in Boulder County will receive a Thanksgiving meal from the Bridge House at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the First United Methodist Church on Spruce Street in Boulder. Savory Cuisines, well-known for serving Avery Brewing Company patrons, will cater the Thanksgiving meal. Donations to the Bridge House can be made at boulderbridgehouse.org.

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