Cafe Society

Boulder food trucks and retailers organize a benefit for Fourmile Canyon fire victims

As the Boulder community continues to rally around the displaced victims of the raging wildfire, retailers and mobile restaurateurs are organizing a benefit to raise money and gather donations.

Tomorrow night, StrEat Chefs and Comida will roll into the parking lot at Common Threads, 2707 Spruce Street in Boulder, where they'll be serving the masses from 4 until 8 p.m., donating a portion of their proceeds to help the fire victims. (And since Eco Products has donated plates and silverware to the cause, more cash can go to those victims.)

"We're still trying to figure out what organization we're going to work with," says Comida owner Rayme Rosello. "We want to keep it as local as possible."

The organization that is chosen to receive cash from the truck sales will also receive monetary donations from Common Threads, Colorado Multisport, the Sports Garage and Alpine Base and Edge. Those spots are also collecting clothing and blankets for canyon residents who lost everything in the blaze.

"We've had a lot of people come in with just shorts and a tank top looking for sweatshirts," notes Libby Alexander, the owner of Common Threads. "We'll gather donations and then work with whichever group is going to distribute clothes to people who need them."

Tonight, Comida will head to the Boulder reservoir to feed firefighters, and StrEat Chefs will be at Chautauqua, offering free meals to evacuees.

Other restaurants providing aid for fire refugees can be found here.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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