Tidbites | Cook-off to benefit fire districts



Cook-off to benefit fire districts

On Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace will celebrate its passion for green chile and give competitors a chance to show off their family recipes. The outdoor chile harvest celebration will feature street food, restaurant specials and fresh-roasted chiles. Specials will include Hatch Pork Green Chile, bags of roasted Hatch chiles and corn on the cob slathered with Hatch green chile, butter and manchego.

Community members also can enter their own green chile in a contest where the top five and fan favorites will receive prizes.

Proceeds from the Hatch Green Chile Festival and Cook-off will benefit the Sunshine, Gold Hill, Fourmile and Left Hand fire protection districts. For more information visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com. Chile entrance forms are available at Centro.

Twisted Pine takes the silver

For the second straight year, Twisted Pine Brewing Company has come away from the Colorado State Fair a winner. In the Strong Ale category, judges for the event acknowledged Bough Breaker — an American-style barley wine released in July to commemorate the brewery’s 16th anniversary — and sent it home with the silver medal.

Bough Breaker was the only beer from Boulder to find its way into the winner’s circle at this year’s state fair. The beer is also slated to compete at this September’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, in November’s European Beer Star com petition in Nuremburg and December’s 10th annual Walk the Line on Barleywine Festival, held in Dunedin, Fla.

The winter seasonal beer Northstar Imperial Porter will be released to the public in November, when the brewery holds its annual vertical tasting. Until then, Mr. Brown’s Pumpkin Ale will be on tap at their alehouse later this month. Pearl St. Porter will be available across Colorado in October.

Event to help fund scholarships

The Metropolitan State College of Denver will host this year’s 7th Annual Denver Food and Wine (DFW) event on Sept. 9-10, giving the chance for more than 80 of Metro’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events students to gain hands-on event practice. The culinary showcase features more than 600 wines, signature spirits and cuisine from more than 40 of Denver’s restaurants.

The DFW event, which is the second largest festival of its kind in Colorado and the largest wine festival in the country held on a college campus, is good practice for tourism and events students, who will soon benefit from the College’s $45-million Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center opening next fall.

Proceeds for the event benefit Metro State hospitality student scholarships, as well as the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation and The Denver Post Community Foundation.

This year’s event will also feature a silent wine and hospitality auction with more than $5,000 worth of merchandise.