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Tidbites | Races of the species

RACES OF THE SPECIES

Pony up to The West End Tavern June 9 and imbibe in the thrill of victory, as the Pearl Street venue celebrates the Triple Crown with a racing event of its own.

Prior to watching the thoroughbreds on television, patrons can catch the final leg of the Triple Crown of Hermit Crab Racing. The spectacle of crustaceous critters rambling along the bar top of the establishment while crazy onlookers scream “I’ll Have Another” will provide a live tune-up for the horses, as well as a rallying cry for another round of cold beer and tavern cuisine.

The event is a joint effort between The West End and the Association of Hermit Crab Racing Allied Professionals (AH-CRAP). Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the crab post time at 3:35 p.m.

OPEN UP TO THE USES OF OPEN SPACE

Beginning this month, Boulder County residents will have a chance to see how public open space lands are affected by the agricultural issues of today, learning from farmers during tours of local lands all summer long.

Beginning June 12, Boulder County Parks and Open Space and Colorado State University Extension will provide an opportunity to see different crops and livestock and speak with farmers about their livelihood and the challenges and opportunities inherent in tending to open space land in the county.

For $5, drinks and snacks will be provided, as well as air-conditioned buses to transport tourists to and from the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Register for the June 12 tour by Friday, June 8, at http://2012agtours.eventbrite.com/.

RUNNING THE TASTE BANNER UP THE FLAGPOLE

Sommelier Melanie Kaman has been named wine director at Flagstaff House.

Flagstaff’s new sommelier brings years of experience in the restaurant business and was certified by the International Wine Center in New York as a Specialist of Wine. At more than 12,000 bottles, the Flagstaff wine cellar would seem teeming with enough choices to go around, yet Kaman has set out immediately to put her stamp on the operation.

“Right now, I’m expanding their Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italian selections, adding some excellent new rosÚs for summer and have just finished creating a new cocktail program,” Kaman says of the Flagstaff Mountain eatery.

For more information, contact the Flagstaff House at 303-442-4640 or visit www.flagstaffhouse.com.

PIG OUT ON NEW OFFERING

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria is offering a special three-course dinner on Thursday, June 7, to unveil the flavor of a new menu item adapted from another region and tailored to lovers of swine and spice.

El Milagro del Cerdo, or the Miracle of The Pig dinner, begins at 7 p.m., costs $40, and offers a glimpse into the slow-roasted and caramelized version of pork shoulder known in Korea as bo ssam.

Executive Chef and owner Trent Davol has taken his love of New York City bossam miracle worker, Chef David Chang, and melded the goodness of the other white meat with Pica’s own Mexican offerings.

Pica’s pig shoulder comes in a heap for everyone at the table to pick at, served alongside fresh condiments such as avocado corn relish, marinated cabbage and four different salsas. For a non-fussy way to indulge your porcine fantasies, check out Pica’s Mexican Taqueria at 5360 Arapahoe Avenue, #F. Call 303-444-2391 for more details.

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