Cafe Options pouring out free coffee today

Cafe Options, the classy, fast-casual spot at 1650 Curtis Street, is celebrating its first birthday by giving a present to customers -- free coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. today. The cafe has a full-service coffee bar, and also serves up freshly baked pastries, made-to-order salads, fresh soups and big sandwiches from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

But Cafe Options is about more than good food. It also supports a very good cause: Work Options for Women, a nonprofit designed to help women end the cycle of poverty by teaching them work skills through a sixteen-week culinary program, and then continued support.

The decade-old Work Options for Woman was already running the cafeteria at the Denver Department of Human Services building at 1200 Federal Boulevard, giving its trainees a feel for real food-industry work, but by opening Cafe Options, WOW was able to expand its training options.

"We've all worked for good chefs and bad chefs," says Craig Dixon, who oversees Cafe Options and is there to open the place every morning. "This is my chance to pass down what I've learned."

Learn more by stopping by Cafe Options this morning -- the event is officially part of a Foursquare swarm, and you're encouraged to bring kitchen utensils for the WOW interns -- or go to www.workoptions.org. See a slide show of the operation here.

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