When times get tough in the world, as they no doubt have, there are two things you can do to ease the stress: First -- what a no-brainer -- you can simply do something. And then you can eat, because there's no better way to affirm to yourself that you're still alive and kicking than to indulge in your favorite creature comforts. So take part in today's Dine Out to Help Outbenefit, a joint effort by hundreds of restaurants across Colorado under the auspices of the Colorado Restaurant Association, and you can cover both bases. Chow down at any participating eatery and they'll donate a portion of your ticket (the going rate, the CRA says, is 11 percent, to commemorate the date of the catastrophic events that took place on the East Coast one month ago) to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund, New York Restaurant Employee's Disaster Fund and the Helping America's Heroes Fund.
Go forth and pig out -- the culinary choices are labyrinthine. There's no plate of spaghetti more satisfying than the tangle of homemade noodles and sauce offered at the Saucy Noodle, 727 South University Boulevard, nor stuffed cabbage more sublime than the old-world fare at Larimer Square's Russian Cafe. Eat high on the hog at tony Mizuna, 225 East Seventh Avenue, or go casual at any of the Pete's empire of Greek, Mexican and diner-style hash houses. Get trendy in the Golden Triangle at Cuba Cuba, or grab a quick handful at Wahoo's Fish Taco locations all over town. The list goes on.
Truly ravenous foodies , of course, can hit the tables at Westword's Menu of Menus Affair at Colorado's Ocean Journey, 700 Water Street, this publication's own edible effort to keep our landlocked aquarium afloat. Food Bank of the Rockies is another recipient of funds raised at the event, which takes place from 7 to 10; a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the International Association of Fire Fighters. Featured are fine eats provided by a slew of Denver restaurants, from Little India's heady curries to the sublime chocolates of Sweet Rockin' Coffee.
However you choose to do it, you'll do good by eating out tonight.