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Tidbites | Week of February 27, 2014

Taste of Boulder, Taste of Pearl

By Josh Gross
Photo by Susan France
Food at The Riverside in Boulder

A TASTE OF A TASTE OF PEARL

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual A Taste of Pearl, which will take already posh downtown shops and galleries and further poshify them with fancy snacks.

Participating restaurants include Aji Latin American Restaurant, The Bitter Bar, Brasserie Ten Ten, Centro Latin Kitchen, Flagstaff House, Food at the Riverside, Frasca Food and Wine, Jax Fish House, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, The Mediterranean, OAK at Fourteenth, Pizzeria Locale, Q’s Restaurant, Riff’s Urban Fare and SALT Bistro.

Those eateries have had their eats paired with wine from Aspen Peak Cellars, Augustina’s Winery, Balistreri Vineyards, Bookcliff Vineyards, Boulder Creek Winery, Garfield Estates Winery, Garrett Estate Cellars, Grande River Vineyards, Kingman Estates Winery, Redstone Meadery, Rocky Mountain Wild Cider, Settembre Cellars, Two Rivers Winery and Verso Cellars.

And those pairings will be available at Art Soul Gallery, Art Source International, Athleta, Barbara & Company, Boulder Book Store, Chelsea, Earthwood Gallery, Gaiam Living, Island Farm, Oliverde, Patagonia, Pedestrian Shops, Savory Spice Shop, Starr’s Clothing & Weekends.

Fancy, right? How much would you pay for this fancy feast? $186,000? $186,000.79? No need. A Taste of Pearl is only $75. But don’t dally, organizers are capping tickets at 500 to keep out the hoi-polloi.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Boulder’s Emergency Family Assistance Association.

The event will go down from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

Get more information or purchase tickets at www.TasteOfPearl.com.

A TASTE OF A TASTE OF BOULDER

Can’t wait until April? Don’t want to spend $75? A little too hungry for just appetizers? No worries. The A Taste of Boulder food tour is going down this weekend for only $70, and in addition to your walking shoes, you might want to wear your fat pants.

“This is a dining tour, not just a sampling tour,” it boasts.

And what will happen on this tour? “Our tour will bring you to two of our favorite dining establishments for a nice meal, one or two foodie specialty shops for discount shopping, and dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth,” says the Local Table Tours website.

Accommodations for those with food allergies are available if attendees contact the agency 24 hours in advance.

The tour will go down at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. More information and tour registration is available at www.localtabletours.com.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry. A Taste of Boulder goes down most weekends. And it’s only the tip of the tastberg.

Local Table Tours also offer tours for beer, cocktail tasting and more. Another happening this weekend is the Coffee and Chocolate Tasting Tours, which will focus on “coffee samples, locally baked pastries, fine chocolate and engaging conversation.”

“Learn about differences in beans, roasts and brewing methods based on the bean’s origin, brewing at altitude, and dare to ask about the ‘chocolate’ in a Mocha-Java,” says the Local Table Tours website.

That one starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, and costs $25 per person.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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