Happy birthday, Japango!
Through Saturday, Dec. 18, Boulder’s Japango sushi and Japanese restaurant is celebrating its 11th year in business at the same Pearl Street Mall location.
Japango serves fresh sushi that is flown in every day, much of it directly from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo.
The restaurant is known for authentic traditional Japanese cuisine as well as creative, neuvo-style dishes. In addition to sushi, guests can enjoy a wide variety of Japanese tapas, happy hour every day and catering.
Owner Jon Banis says they are excited about the 11th anniversary and have been offering week-long specials to celebrate. Guests can follow Japango on Twitter for a different deal each day, and everyone will receive 25 percent off dinner bills nightly through Dec. 18.
Japango is located at 1136 Pearl St. They are open for lunch and dinner, and offer all-you-can-eat sushi on Tuesday nights. For more information, call 303-938-0330 or visit www.boulderjapango.com.
Big Red Christmas
Big Red F Restaurant Group members Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace and West End Tavern will each host a New Year’s Eve event this year.
Centro will host a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $50 per person, with an optional champagne cocktail pairing for $25 per person. A full menu and details can be found at www.centrolatinkitchen.com. For reservations, call 303-442-7771.
The West End Tavern will throw a New Year’s Eve Apres-Ski Party with food specials, champagne slushies, hot toddy specials and more. For more information, visit www.thewestendtavern.com.
Classy Christmas chow
To make gift giving even easier, Arugula Bar e Ristorante in Boulder is offering instant gift certificates, available for immediate printing from your own printer. Just follow the “Instant Gift Certificates” link in the upper right hand corner of their website, www.arugularistorante.com.
Arugula is also hosting two holiday dinners: a four-course Christmas Eve dinner, for $49 per person, on Dec. 24., and a four- or five-course New Year’s Eve dinner. Both events will also offer a shortened “a la carte” menu featuring items from their regular menu and the holiday menus.
Reservations are strongly recommended. Call Arugula at 303-443- 5100.
New downtown restaurant
Chef Theo Adley opened his new restaurant, The Pinyon, on Dec. 10 in the former Bimbamboo location, at 1710 Pearl St. in Boulder. The menu features classic American fare with a focus on local food and beverages, including an exclusively domestic wine and beer list. Unique ingredients such as wild herbs, foraged produce and mushrooms will also be featured. For more information on The Pinyon, visit www.thepinyon.com.
Warm up with buffalo chili
Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado buffalo is featured in the Buffalo and Bean Chili recipe provided by Chef Jason K. Morse of the Valley Country Club in Aurora.
4 slices Applewood bacon, diced 1 lb. buffalo stew meat, diced 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced 1/2 small yellow onion, diced 1 small fresh jalapeno, minced 1-14 oz. can diced tomato 1-14 oz. can crushed tomato 1-1/2 cans pinto beans, drained 2 tbsp. cumin 4 tbsp. chili powder 1 tbsp. seasoning salt 1 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke Sauté bacon. Add buffalo and garlic, and cook until buffalo is browned.
In a separate pan, sauté onion and peppers until golden. Combine onions and peppers with sautéed meat, add jalapeno and cook. Add tomatoes, beans and seasonings and simmer for 35 minutes. Serve with cornbread.