Before Kassia Koukari parks Roberto, the three-wheeled delivery bike for Kassia's Pasta Farm
, for the season, she wheeled him to the Infinite Monkey Theorem
on Thursday night for the kickoff of Operation: Turkey Raisin', a food/fundraiser for Denver Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Through November 23, a portion of all Kassia's Pasta Farm's sales will be donated to the cause -- and customers who donate a can of food will get a dollar off a pasta dish.
See also: Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery and Wine Lab opens in RiNo
Roberto will still be out on Saturdays through November 16, weather permitting, and will make a pop-in appearance at Wazee Union & Walnut's holiday Artisan Market on November 30 -- "but after that, I feel like three wheels and ice/snow will be more than I'm ready to tackle yet," Koukari says. While Roberto's parked, the bike will get a tuneup, some new gear, and maybe even an umbrella with a logo so that people can find the Kassia's vehicle more easily. Meanwhile, Koukari will be at holiday markets around Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs through December 15, selling dried noodles and ready-to-eat dishes (mac and cheeses, lasagnas, sauces/soups, and ravioli). Then in January, she's going to take a quick -- and well-earned -- vacation, before resuming her schedule of cooking and classes (find updates on Kassia Pasta Foods Facebook page
For now, though, Koukari will keep cooking up some delicious surprises. "All of our pastas, sauces/soups and goodies are handmade," Koukari explains, "so I have a lot of leeway with flavors (Sriracha, spent grain and basil are some of our regular pasta types). Most of our food is organic and local, which brings the fun of seasonality (and mass tomato orders when it's the season for them), so there's everything on the bike from cold pasta salads to breakfast spaghetti -- hot noodles, basil, cheese, bruschetta and an egg. It's amazing!"
Right now, she's doing winter squash soups for fall, and is currently working on a green chile, which she may roll out this weekend "for everyone recovering from or heading out for a Halloween part two."
Keep reading for more photos of the Infinite Monkey Theorem event -- and Koukari's adventures with Roberto.