Dishes of DISH: Sweet Things from WaterCourse Bakery

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. WaterCourse Bakery, the sweet-focused branch of Watercourse Foods, is coming to the park with a basket full of gluten-free cookies, tarts and lemon bars. See also: Cuban Pork from Frijoles Cuban cafe

Opened in 2004 next to the original WaterCourse Foods (now the location for City, O' City), WaterCourse Bakery supplies baked goods to both its sister restaurants and beyond, including local farmer's markets. And it does it all 100 percent vegan and mostly gluten-free.

In WaterCourse's goodie basket will be its Scout cookie -- a vegan Samoa with sweet potato, coconut and a walnut cookie dipped in chocolate -- and the streusel-topped lemon bars, both of which appear on the bakery's regular menu.

New for DISH is a Palisade peach tart, with peaches from the Western Slope baked into a tart shell, topped with marscapone mousse and toasted almonds. "Many of our clients have no idea that all of our pastries are vegan," declares Letisha Steele, WaterCourse Bakery manager. "We take a lot of care in product development to ensure that we produce great-tasting pastries that just so happen to be plant-based."

Watercourse's toothsome treats are just a few of the dozens of offerings you'll find at DISH, which runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. (VIP entrance is at 11 a.m.) To see what else is in store and buy tickets for this culinary celebration's twentieth anniversary, visit the 2014 DISH site.

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