HEPATITIS EXPOSURE A RISK FOR SMOOTHIE SIPPERS
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced June 20 that customers at two restaurants in Colorado may have been exposed to the virus hepatitis A. The two restaurants include Groovy Greens in Niwot.
The exposure is connected to the recall of Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix, which has been recalled from Costco stores after hepatitis A was discovered to have infected some of the packages.
Groovy Greens subsequently told the Longmont Times-Call that none of its customers have reported illness. The smoothie shop stopped using the berry mix May 31, according to a press release from the CDPHE.
The press release says the berry mix is tied to at least 118 cases of hepatitis A nationwide, including 22 in Colorado.
Symptoms of hepatitis A, which include fatigue, stomach pain and dark urine, start around 28 days after exposure. It can range from “a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months,” the CDPHE says, and in rare cases it can cause liver failure. Vaccinations “can prevent infection if given before exposure or within 14 days after exposure.”
I’M FUNNY TO YOU?
Mark Price, the longtime co-owner of the northern Longmont eatery Aunt Alice’s Kitchen, has announced the expansion of his restaurant ownership.
Price is the co-owner of a new restaurant, Goodfella’s Restaurant and Bakery, in the former location of Village Inn, at 623 Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont. Price and his son, Jeff, will offer a wide range of options on breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert menus, including burgers, wings and ribs. The restaurant is open now for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
BOLDER BOULDER’S EXTRA FOOD PASSED ON
In an annual tradition, Bolder Boulder organizers have again donated extra food to a local food distribution charity, sending extra food and runners’ snack bags to Community Food Share of Boulder and Broomfield counties.
Bolder Boulder sent Community Food Share 32,843 pounds of food, increasing the donation by 8,962 pounds compared to last year. Community Food Share has distributed the donation to its member agencies and direct distribution programs, the nonprofit announced in a press release.
THEY’RE GOATS, AND THEY’RE BABIES
Very few phrases leap off the page like “baby goats.” See, grabbed your attention. “Kids” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
For its July 4 event, titled Hometown Throwdown, Alfalfa’s Market at Broadway and Arapahoe will have baby goats. The grocer will also have live music, face painting, free ice cream from Boulder Ice Cream, mural painting and seed-spitting contests. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at Alfalfa’s, at 1651 Broadway. More information is available at alfalfas.com.
VEGAN PIZZA DAY RETURNS
Saturday, June 29, is Vegan Pizza Day across the nation, as both specialty and conventional pizza joints prepare cheese-free and, of course, meat-free pies. No full list of participating restaurants is available, but among Boulder’s participants is the Sun Deli at 2299 Pearl St., which already specializes in vegan and vegetarian food. Sun Deli will be offering $4 off all large and $2 off all small vegan pizzas and calzones for the day. More information about the Vegan Pizza Day event is available on Facebook and Twitter.
BREWERIES BRING OUT FRUITS FOR SUMMER
Avery Brewing Company will join FATE, Twisted Pine, Boulder Beer and others in brewing a summer beer with fruit flavor when Avery taps its Blueberry Belgian-style Pale Ale Friday, June 28 in its taproom.
The blueberry beer joins a varied lineup, including FATE’s watermelon kolsch-style ale; an orange wheat at newly opened Kettle & Stone; a shandy (beer and lemonade mix) at Twisted Pine; a Witbier brewed with sushi rice, lemongrass and pink peppercorns (none of which are fruits, maybe, but it makes the list for creativity) at Longmont’s Pumphouse; and others.
The new Avery beer won’t be too overly blueberry-flavored, says Avery National Marketing Director Darin McGregor.