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TIDBITES | Yes, they can

Yes, they can

Oskar Blues invites beer junkies to celebrate the evolution of craft beer in a can with the inaugural “Canned Beer Ragbag,” also known as “Burning Can,” on June 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the original Oskar Blues Brewery and Sandstone Park in Lyons. Guests can enjoy craft beer along with live music by Nashville’s Bonepony. There will be can art, a mechanical bull, beer-can chicken and other beer-infused dishes. Tickets are $35, and all proceeds go directly to the Colorado Brewers Guild, which has continued its fight to keep Colorado beer culture alive (www.coloradobeer.org). Eco- Cycle will also be at Burning Can to ensure that the environmental advantages of the can keep Mother Nature happy. Besides being environmentally friendly, cans keep beer fresher longer than bottles and are lightweight and portable. The party continues beyond the Burning Can event, since Lyons celebrates the 34th annual Good Old Days Celebration all weekend. Good Old Days features live music, food, a beer garden, games, rides, street dance and activities for all ages. Bonepony will play a smoking live set of roots music in the downstairs Oskar Blues venue from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. More information on the event can be found at www.oskarblues.com/blog/ burning-can-the-original-cannedcraft-beer-ragbag-of-colorado.

Table to farm

Zolo Southwestern Grill is welcoming summer with a series of farm dinners. On his way into work during the summer, Chef Brett Smith stops by Isabelle Farm and packs his car with delicious produce that will become that night’s special. It’s a few calm moments at the farm, smelling, tasting and appreciating the ingredients before the busy rush of the restaurant. On June 14, Smith and Isabelle Farm are hosting a short tour of the farm and a five-course menu freshly picked and cooked just feet away from where it grew. It’s a tableto-farm kind of night, bonfire included. It is $75 per person and will begin at 4:15 p.m., with dinner served at 5 p.m. There will be a second Isabelle Farm Dinner on Aug. 30 and a Harvest Celebration at Zolo on Oct. 4. To see the full menu and for more information, visit www.zologrill.com.

Mobile Comida coming

Comida is comfort, in the form of Mexican street food served out of the window of a big pink vending truck. After working for and learning from some great local restaurant owners in Boulder, Rayme Rossello partnered with Pam Proto and co-founded Proto’s Pizza in 1999. In 2007, Rossello graduated from the Culinary School of the Rockies with a degree in pastry arts, and left Proto’s in search of the next thing. For her, Comida has been a dream in the works for the last three years. The Comida truck will travel from neighborhood to neighborhood throughout Colorado’s Front Range, feeding people simple and authentic Mexican flavors and making friends along the way. They will keep theirr menu small enough to cook everything inside the truck, serving tacos, roasted chickens and gorditas — all made using the freshest local ingredients and cooked from scratch.

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