If you’re looking for a healthy lunch spot, Sweetgreen is the spot for you. Although the restaurant is a chain with stores all across America, the clean, sleek interior makes it seem like a quaint local secret. The menu is full of fresh but hearty ingredients, including roasted sweet potatoes, portobello mushrooms and various tangy dressings. Looking for something with the perfect blend of fresh greens and warm grains? Try the Chicken Pesto Parm Bowl, packed with fresh spinach, quinoa, roasted chicken, thickly cut parmesan cheese, and covered with a zesty pesto dressing. Also, if you’re looking for a great side, try the Rosemary Foccacia bread, which is light and full of flavor despite its thick cut. Sweetgreen is the perfect place to stop in for a quick bite on your lunch break or for a light dinner.
Sweetgreen. 1601 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-259-3557, sweetgreen.com
Jamestown Fourth festivities feature pie contest, live music, parade
The first local pie contest in two years takes place as part of July Fourth festivities in Jamestown. Fruit, berry and nut pie entries will go crust versus crust for prizes and kudos from veteran pie judges John Lehndorff, Karen DeVincenzo and Phillippa Ward. Kid pie makers are especially welcomed. Pies need to be dropped off by 9 a.m. but breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. in the town square with a parade at noon. Jamestown’s July Fourth activities include pie tasting, music, a taco lunch, a wood splitting contest, kids’ games, artist vendors and a raffle in Elysian Park. Register for pie and cake contests by July 2: tinyurl.com/july4piecontest — John Lehndorff
Marketplace offers true tastes of Indian Country
I’ve always loved the Indigenous menu ranging from bison ribs to fry bread served by Matt Chandra and Ben Jacobs at the two Denver locations of Tocabe, An American Indian Eatery. Now, they’ve opened a new online service offering authentic ingredients to the public and support to native suppliers across the country. Tocabe Indigenous Marketplace products include wild rice (Red Lakes Nation) as well as honey, wheat berries, blue cornmeal, beans and maple products from Ziibimijwang Farm and bison from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation. Some funds raised will benefit native community organizations. Information: shoptocabe.com — John Lehndorff