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Tidbites | Rib-eating contest



Rib-eating contest

On Dec. 7, The Rib House in Boulder will host its Battle to the Bone rib-eating contest from 5 to 8 p.m. Contestants will have 20 minutes to eat as many ribs as possible, with a $500 prize for first place and $250 for second place. The entry fee is $25 (a bargain for all that meat, even if you don’t win), and you can pre-register at The Rib House, located at 1801 13th St. For more information, call 303-442-RIBS (7427), or visit www.theribhouse. com.

Colterra revenues up

As Colterra Food and Wine Restaurant celebrates its fourth year in business, owner and Executive Chef Bradford Heap has announced that October 2010 revenues show an increase of 150 percent over the same month last year.

“Money may still be tight these days,” he says. “But people still want to go out to eat, especially when the value is there.”

Colterra is located at 210 Franklin St. in Longmont. For more information or to make reservations, call 303- 652-0777.

Lunch money

Local nonprofit Community Food Share, now in its 29th year of providing meals to the needy, has received a $25,000 grant from the Amgen Foundation for general operating expenses.

“The Amgen Foundation has been generously supporting Community Food Share since 1996,” says Jim Baldwin, CEO of Community Food Share. “We have experienced a 15 percent increase in food distribution over this period in 2009, as unemployment remains high. For every dollar donated, we can distribute four meals. This funding from the Amgen Foundation in Colorado will help us provide 100,000 meals.”

Community Food Share distributes food to those in need in Boulder and Broomfield counties through a network of more than 50 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and emergency food box programs, as well as through several direct service programs targeting at-risk populations.

All food is distributed free of charge.

In 2009, Community Food Share distributed more than 6.6 million meals (one meal equals one pound), 1.3 million more meals than in 2008, a 25 percent increase.

For more about Community Food Share, visit www.communityfoodshare.org.

Food drive on the parkway

Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center is joining Community Food Share in helping to end hunger in Boulder and Broomfield counties by hosting a Community Food Drive.

On Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the merchants in the Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center are asking the public to join their efforts to make a difference in the lives of those struggling to feed their families this holiday season.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped of at Suite A-104, between Blockbuster Video and Michaels. Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center, which houses more than 45 merchants, is located at 4800 Baseline Rd., Boulder.

Brews and banquets

A number of local restaurants are teaming up with breweries and wineries to offer unique wine and beer dinners this month.

Backcountry Pizza, in Nederland, is hosting a seven-course beer dinner featuring Russian River beers on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. The cost is $60 a person, and reservations are required. Backcountry Pizza is located in the Caribou Shopping Center, and can be reached at 303-258-0176, or online at www.backcountrypizza. com.

The Savory Café, also in Nederland, is hosting a French Wine Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The six courses will be paired with six different wines. The cost is $55 a guest. For reservations, call 303-258-7329, or visit www.thesavorycafened.com for more information.

In Boulder, Alba Restaurant and Wine Bar will host its Holiday In Rome Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The meal includes optional wine pairings. Tickets are $45 a person, and reservations can be made by calling 303-938-8800. Alba’s is located at 2480 Canyon Blvd.

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