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Pearl jam: Taste of Pearl food and wine (and culture) festival

Downtown Boulder was jammed yesterday for the second annual Taste of Pearl food and wine festival on -- you guessed it -- Pearl Street. The four-hour food festival on Boulder's pedestrian promenade offered some of the most delectable samplings you'll ever get while standing up.

With over 500 people sampling the wares of more than thirty restaurants and wineries, the tour was an expansive taste of all things Pearl Street. Since the different tastings were held in various shops, rather than in restaurants, participants also got a taste of Pearl Street culture (and got to escape the chilly weather). From barbecue to prosciutto, paintings to party dresses, diners got a big bang for their buck -- certainly a bigger bang than the $52.80 ticket price.

Not bad, Boulder, not bad.

After checking in, diners used a map to venture in a circular fashion from tasting to tasting, for a total of fourteen different stops. For the restaurants, wineries and shops that hosted the tastings, the Taste of Pearl festival provided an opportunity for the different locations to showcase new or already-established house dishes, new art exhibits and even discounted prices. For all, it meant strutting their artistic and culinary creativity. "We try to elevate our food. Chicken is an under-appreciated ingredient," says Theo Adley, exec chef at The Pinyon.

Here's a list of all of the restaurants and wineries that participated in Taste of Pearl: Black Cat Bookcliff Vineyards The Rib House Turquoise Mesa Winery Frasca Food & Wine Guy Drew Vineyards Dithyramb Winery Gondolier on Pearl Ciatano Winery Mateo Jack Rabbit Hill Oak at Fourteenth The Pinyon Boulder Creek Winery Jax Fish House Verso Cellars Centro Garrett Estate Cellara Brasserie Ten Ten Balistreri Vineyards SALT Settembre Cellars West End Tavern Redstone Meadery The Med Snowy Peaks Winery Happy Augustina's Winery

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