Colorado Restaurant Association

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    July 11, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Head cheese from Beast Bottle

    No. 94 Head cheese at Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 Beast Bottle has been garnering acclaim almost since the day it opened, most recently winning the Exceptional Newcomer Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association. Chef and co-owner Paul Reilly's ever-changing menu of cre ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Denver to crown "Top Taco" tonight -- with your help

    Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex will be the scene for tonight's Top Taco, a taco- and margarita- tasting competition with trophies to be awarded for the Top Creative, Top Traditional Taco and Best Margarita -- with a people's choice and judges' choice for each category. See al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    lydianew204 is the winner of our Top Taco contest

    UPDATE: We have a winner of our Top Taco contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many Stella's pork carnitas tacos did Comida Cantina at the Source sell during the month of May? Congratulations to lydianew204, who came the closest with a guess of 3,200; the actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Win two VIP tickets to Top Taco Denver!

    On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The ten best culinary events for April

    Spring is officlally here, and important culinary events are popping up across Colorado -- from the annual Taste of Vail to the twentieth anniversary edition of Dining Out For Life, which benefits Project Angel Heart. There are also special dinners, lectures and beer festivals, of course. Keep readi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Leo Goto memorial set for Friday

    Leo Goto, the legendary restaurateur who passed away on March 3, will be remembered with a Requiem Eucharist at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15, at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington Street in Denver. Goto, who opened his first restaurant, Leo's Place, in 1969, was the youngest person ever ind ... More >>

  • News

    March 7, 2013
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    January 31, 2013

    "Drinks With Dad" proposal dries up in Senate committee

    Raise a glass to the death of this year's dopiest bill -- so far. Senator Greg Brophy had proposed that parents be able to buy grown-up beverages at Colorado bars and restaurants for children over seventeen. But yesterday a Senate committee decided that Brophy's "Drinks With Dad" proposal was all we ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2013
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    February 29, 2012

    Colorado Restaurant Association announces Spotlight award-winners

    The Colorado Restaurant Association usually waits until its annual dinner celebration to announce its Industry Spotlight Awards. But this year, it's revealed more than a dozen people who'll be honored at the April 4 event at the Ritz Carlton, including the new additions to the Colorado Food Service ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Reader: Initiative 300 will encourage workers to stay home with hangovers, not flu

    At 10 a.m. today, the Colorado Restaurant Association and other organizations that oppose Initiative 300, the Paid Sick and Safe Leave proposal on Denver's upcoming ballot, will host a "300 against 300" rally in Skyline Park, just off the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe. The organizers are trying to br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Get your Dish ticket for $15 this weekend

    ​For the past seventeen years, Westword has celebrated the Denver dining scene with its annual Dish event (formerly known as Menu Affair). And now we're transforming Dish into an even more delicious celebration of the dining scene, working in partnership with Denver Food and Wine and the Color ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    The light stuff: SB 60 passes a House committee vote

    ​Turn that frown upside down! Yesterday, a bill that would remove restaurants and bars from the archaic, post-Prohibition laws regulating the sales of low-alcohol beers in convenience and grocery stores made it out of the House Economic and Business Development Committee -- 13 to 0. Senate Bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Light beer ban at restaurants to be lifted?: Last chance for Colorado House to see the light

    ​One last beer bill is still alive at the legislature -- which means legislators still have a chance to do the light stuff. Although proposals involving which stores can sell what beers have all died, Senate Bill 60 would allow restaurants and bars to sell any beer.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Will the House see the light on SB 60?

    ​One last beer bill is still alive at the legislature -- and it could be good news for bars and restaurants, not to mention their customers. Although earlier this week Senator Betty Boyd essentially killed her bill that would have allowed convenience stores to sell any beer, not just 3.2, she' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Food-truck task force looking at fast fixes for spring

    Then-mayorJohn Hickenlooper visited a food truck in Civic Center Park.​With the warm weather rolling into Denver, can a fleet of gourmet food trucks be far behind? Last year, the truck trend took the town by storm -- but by the end of 2010, things were looking stormy, with Sean and Denon Moore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Hot tamale! HOSTPAC endorses Denver City Council candidate

    Paula Sandoval and her husband own Tamales by La Casita.​John Haney is a Denver cop who happens to own a neighborhood joint, Haney's Coffee Shop. Susan Shepherd is a Highland Mommy who's all about urban farming. Jon Lehmann even has a campaign chef. They're all among the ten candidates runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Plenty of food for thought in the District 1 council race

    The Colorado Restaurant Association wanted to encourage a restaurateur to run for the District 1 seat on Denver City Council that Rick Garcia's vacating, and so far it has two, sort of, and a third candidate who's a leader in the urban farming movement. John Haney, a Denver police detective who co- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Northwest Denver restaurateurs: If you can stand the heat, get on council

    Tocabe's Ben Jacobs could have Denver rolling in dough.​If you own a restaurant and have lived in Denver City Council District 1 for at least a year, the Colorado Restaurant Association wants to hear from you. Rick Garcia, the current rep for that district, is moving on to a federal job, so t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    John Hickenlooper could be very late to dinner

    Mayor John Hickenlooper is stranded in Washington, D.C., where he went to make a fast speech -- and now is stuck in that snowbound city. Which means he probably won't make the Colorado Restaurant Association "Candidates & Cocktails" event that starts at 5 p.m. today at Elway's in Cherry Creek, wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    CRA Distinguished Service Award: Dick Weil

    This month, the Colorado Restaurant Association inducted three more people into its hall of fame, an honor bestowed on those who've had a huge impact on the local restaurant scene. The CRA also awarded the Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service to Dick Weil. Weil's restaurant career beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    CRA Hall of Famers: Tom Wilscam

    This month, the Colorado Restaurant Association inducted three more people into its hall of fame, an honor bestowed on those who've had a huge impact on the Colorado restaurant world. We're profiling all three here on Cafe Society. First up is Tom Wilscam, who has his fingerprints on many institu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Frasca dinner with Bodegas Muga wines

    On Monday, May 11, Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, will offer a wine dinner with Steve Lewis of Giuliana Imports presenting the wines of Bodegas Muga. Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey will be on hand, and chef/co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson will cook a four-course seasonal menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Fork the recession! Get out and eat!

    "Fork the recession!" That's the word from the Colorado Restaurant Association, which today will launch a campaign designed to make us forget the lousy economy and instead "feed the recovery" by dining out at one of Colorado's 10,500 eating establishments. For details, go to www.coloradorestaurant.c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    See and Be Seen at Racines

    Forget about the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Breakfast at Racines this morning was the real DPC -- Denver Power Convention. Chew on this! Over a single hour, our spy spotted the following lineup (not necessarily together): Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce honcho Joe Blake; Dem power- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Five O'Clock Somewhere

    Get tipsy at the Denver Food and Wine Classic.

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Last Call for Ladies’ Nights?

    If Steve Horner gets his way, ladies could be singing the booze.

  • Dining

    June 8, 2006

    Down but Not (Yet) Out

    Where there's smoke, there's ire.

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2005

    Grape Expectations

    Swill with the swells at the Denver wine fest.

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005

    Day-by-Day Picks

    From the week of September 29, 2005

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Club Scout

    Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge

  • Dining

    September 8, 2005

    Bite Me

    Where There's Smoke

  • Food & Drink

    March 24, 2005

    Best New Law

    "Doggie-Bag" Wine

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2005
  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 12, 2002

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Bite Me

    Smoke Free or Die

  • Dining

    July 11, 2002

    The Bite

    High on Highland

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Off Limits

    Hot times in the old town

  • Dining

    January 10, 2002

    The Bite

    Closed Call

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2001

    Eat Your Heart Out

    Denver restaurants band together to raise money for victims of terror.

  • Dining

    February 3, 2000

    Business as Usual

    Denver restuarants are doing great, but Zenith could use a bit of push.

  • Dining

    January 13, 2000

    All in the Family

    Dining family-style in style.

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    January 21, 1999
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    October 15, 1998
  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Gratuitous Behavior

    Here's a tip for restaurateurs: Before you cut into your waitstaff's wages, check state regulations.

  • Dining

    April 2, 1998
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    December 25, 1997
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    January 25, 1995
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    November 23, 1994
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    July 20, 1994
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