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Thursday, April 1,2010

TIDBITES | Easter brunch at the Boulderado

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Easter brunch at the Boulderado

The Hotel Boulderado will host an Easter brunch buffet on Sunday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Boulderado Ballroom. The buffet menu includes roasted leg of lamb with Dijon demi-glace and mint jelly, honey-orange-glazed ham with pineapple and brown sugar, chicken roulade with grilled asparagus and orzo pasta salad, seared salmon, vegetarian Meditteranean crepes, assorted breakfast pastries, omelets, bacon and many more brunch offerings. The cost is $35.95 for adults and $17.95 for children 6-12. Children five and under eat free.

Pappy Van Winkle party

The West End Tavern will host a release party for its Pappy Van Winkle 17-year Bourbon on Monday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to close. In October 2009, the bourbon was hand-selected by Julian Van Winkle, Pappy’s grandson, especially for West End to try. The Van Winkle family, which owns the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery in Kentucky, has been involved in the bourbon industry for four generations. Pappy was at the forefront of the business, having started a distillery in the late 1800s. West End Tavern’s release party will feature the whiskey dedicated to Pappy, which has been aged for 17 years in Kentucky and is described as having a “rich depth and bold character,” with a mouthfeel that is “creamy, sweet and soft.” Along with the re ular bar menu, a “Pappy Platter” will be available, featuring a fried chicken and waffle slider, a brisket slider, deviled eggs and fried pickles. For more information, visit www. thewestendtavern.com.

Local mixologist helps win gold

After five days of competitions and cocktail challenges at the 42Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand, The Bitter Bar’s Mark Stoddard and Team USA took home the gold medal. The final event, called “Signature Cocktail,” contributed 80 percent of the total marks at the competition, and each team was allotted 10 minutes to prepare backstage and seven minutes to perform their routine. Stoddard worked with Todd Thrasher of Washington, D.C., and Sean Hoard of New York to win the competition. Stoddard helped open Happy Noodle House and its latenight alter ego, The Bitter Bar, in 2009. He has successfully competed in numerous cocktail competitions.

Farmers’ Market opens Saturday

The Boulder Farmers’ Market begins at 8 a.m. this Saturday, April 3. The market will run on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Nov. 6, and on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. from May 5 to October 6. More than 50 local growers and producers will sell their seasonal goods, and many companies offer prepared foods as well. For more information or to view a crop calendar, visit www.boulderfarmers.org.

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