Feast on the Fourth
Restaurants around Boulder will celebrate Independence Day with food and drink specials on Sunday, July 4. Centro Latin Kitchen will host its Centro Lobster Bake, featuring chorizo-stuffed lobster, for $30 per person, as well as drink specials all day. For more information, visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.
Zolo Southwestern Grill will offer its M-80 Margarita as well as the $18 Backyard Barbecue, which includes pork ribs and chorizo sausage. Visit www.zologrill.com for details.
At the West End Tavern, located at 926 Pearl St., you can get your own barbecue picnic lunch, as well as a free ride from West End to the fireworks at Folsom Field. The complimentary shuttle service, provided by Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours, begins running one hour before sunset and immediately following the fireworks display. Call 303-444-3535 for more information.
From Austria to Arugula
On July 7, Arugula Bar e Ristorante will host its summer wine dinner, a five-course meal featuring biodynamic wines from the Meinklang winery of Austria. Arugula chef and proprietor Alec Schuler says that the menu will be decided once he knows what produce will be available.
“My goal is to make the dinner 100 percent from Colorado, and preferably Boulder,” he says.
The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $65 per person. Arugula will host its late summer wine dinner on Sept. 22 and an autumn dinner on Nov. 10.
For reservations, call 303-443- 5100. For more on Meinklang Winery, visit www.meinklang.at/.
Drink beer, help gorillas
Wynkoop Brewing Company recently released its Silverback Pale Ale, its second hand-canned beer.
According to the brewery, it is a “balanced beer with a citrusy aroma, crisp pale malt flavors and a satisfying hop character throughout.” The beer has a hoppy finish, 40 International Bittering Units, and is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume.
Fifty percent of all profits from the sale of the beer will go to the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, which works to protect gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of The Congo.
The Alliance Francaise de Denver will host its Fourth Annual French Summer Soiree Benefit from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on July 23 at Denver Botanical Gardens. The event features selections from Denver’s signature French restaurants, wine tastings, an exhibition of sculptures by Henry Moore and a silent auction.
Proceeds from the event support the Alliance’s scholarship program and help underwrite costs for cultural and artistic events all year. Tickets are $55 for Alliance Fran%uFFFDaise members and $65 for nonmembers. For more information, call 303-831-0304 or visit www.afdenver.org/Bonjour/ Soiree.htm.
Parking is free, and the event will be held rain or shine.