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Win two free seats to Mateo's "Provence to Lyons" flood relief benefit (WINNER UPDATE)

Boulder County farmers lost entire crops after floods ravished their fields -- and Mateo, a Boulder restaurant, is doing its part to raise money for those farmers.
Boulder County farmers lost entire crops after floods ravished their fields -- and Mateo, a Boulder restaurant, is doing its part to raise money for those farmers.

UPDATE:

We have a winner of our Mateo "Provence to Lyons" flood relief benefit contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to tell us, in twenty words or less, why they're craving a spectacular meal. Congratulations to Matt Reilly, whose words won us over. Matt, we'll send you an e-mail with info about how to claim your prize.

Original post: Last month's raging floods submerged way, way too many of our state's farms, especially in Boulder County, where farmers continue to reel from the complete loss of their crops -- tomatoes, lettuces, broccoli and beets all washed away by the deluge of unrelenting water.

Numerous restaurants in Boulder are rallying behind those farmers by hosting flood relief fundraisers, including Mateo. On October 8, several chefs, local producers and bartenders, including Kelly Whitaker (Basta), Ann Cooper (Boulder Valley School District), Will and Coral Frischkorn (Cured), Jen Bush (Lucky's Bakehouse & Creamery) and Bryan Dayton (Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn) will join Mateo chef Nate Bychinski for a "Provence to Lyons" flood relief dinner, which will benefit the farms and ranches in Lyons -- a community that suffered devastating losses from the downpour.

See also: Craig Engelhorn on weathering the flood that watered down Spirit Hound Distillers

The seven-course dinner (there are two seatings, one at 6 p.m., and a second at 9 p.m.) paired with wines and cocktails, is $150 per person -- unless you're a resident of Lyons, in which case, the restaurant is setting up a first-come, first-served, eight-seat community table and providing all your food and drink for free.

We're giving away complimentary seats at the bar, as well, to one Cafe Society commenter and a guest, who, in twenty words or less, can tell us why they're craving what's bound to be a spectacular dinner.

The Cafe Society commenter who gives us the best (in our opinion) reason, will win the two seats. To enter, please submit your pleas, along with you name and a valid e-mail address (if you're already registered with MyVoiceNation, then we have your e-mail; if you're not, then we don't, and without an e-mail address, you can't win) in the comments section below.

We'll announce the winner by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 7.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Mateo at 303-443-7766.


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