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Thursday, March 15,2012

Tidbites | Is there a mixologist in the house?

IS THERE A MIXOLOGIST IN THE HOUSE?

At the Boulder’s Best Mixologist competition on March 11, the top prize went to SALT bistro bar manager Adrian Sutevski for his cocktail of vodka, blood-orange-and-rosemary simple syrup, lime juice, agave nectar and soda.

The contest was held at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

In its second year, Boulder’s Best Mixologist pits eight drink-makers against each other, with all participants using 303 Vodka as a common ingredient. The other competitors represented Aji, Hapa Sushi, The Kitchen, Oak at Fourteenth, The Pinyon, Riff’s Urban Fare and West End Tavern.

In related news, SALT announced that Evan Faber, the restaurant’s beverage director, recently had a cocktail included in the 2011 book The American Cocktail by Karen Foley. Faber’s drink, a twist on the classic Rattlesnake, included Colorado-made spirits Stranahan’s whiskey and Leopold Bros. absinthe.

NEXT UP: 40-OUNCE FRIDAYS

Starting March 21, Arugula and Amaro will push the boundaries of alcohol alliteration a step past two-for-Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays by introducing Wine Wednesdays.

From 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday, both restaurants will offer full bottles of wine at 40 percent off. The weekly special will not apply during special events like Denver Restaurant Week and First Bite Boulder.

DANCING IN THE AISLES

If you’ve always wished your life were a musical, you might get your wish this week.

The Dairy Center for the Arts, Lucky’s Market and Diner and Helander Dance Theater are collaborating on a series of in-store performances through April.

On Wednesday, March 21, the fourth dance and live music performance, “Happenstance IV – Bloomin’,” will celebrate the first day of spring. The groups will also be making a film documenting the reactions of shoppers, so make sure to look your best.

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