Things to Do

Today: Celebrate Earth Day, food and sustainability across the city

There are so many food-related events on Earth Day -- some focusing on sustainability, some just happening to fall on April 22 -- that there's certain to be one that appeals to you, whether you're a hard-core vegan environmentalist or a carnivore driving a gas-guzzling Hummer. Here's a sampling of what's green and what's good:

Both Green Fine Salad Co. locations (110 16th Street, 303-629-9127; 1137 16th Street, 303-279-0173) will donate 5 percent of net sales to Slow Food Denver in honor of Earth Day. Visit

Chipotle restaurants across the city are offering a special deal: Buy a burrito bowl or a salad today and bring back your receipt on Saturday, April 24 or Sunday, April 25, to enjoy another burrito bowl or salad for free. Visit

Rooster & Moon, 955 Bannock Street, is giving away free twelve-ounce cups of Rainforest Blend coffee today -- no purchase necessary! Be green by bringing your own cup; if you want to purchase more of the Rainforest Blend coffee, the proceeds of bulk orders sold today will benefit the Rainforest Alliance. Call 303-993-2622.

The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series features "Edible Landscaping: The New American Garden" with food and garden writer, photographer and landscape designer Rosalind Creasy. A tour of seasonal edible plants in the garden and a Slow Food Denver tasting at 5:15 and 6 p.m. precede the lecture, which runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Admission is $20 to $30, or $110 to $140 for series tickets; e-mail your reservation to [email protected], and visit or call 720-865-3580 for information.

Enjoy a free vegan cooking demonstration, complete with recipe, samples and a chance to win a reusable Sunflower bag with products from the class, at Sunflower Market's Thursday Night Cooking Class. Sign-up is required; it runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sunflower Farmers' Market/Littleton, 8601 West Cross Drive. Call 720-214-0410 or visit

Nineteen breweries will serve their best beers for just $2 a pop at the Microbrews for the Environment annual festival at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. Proceeds benefit environmental causes. Start tipping your glass at 8 p.m. Call 303-786-7030 or visit

The Wellness Center, 870 South Colorado Boulevard, offers a Nutritional Cleansing and Weight Loss class where you can learn how to increase your energy level, detoxify and nourish the body, and eliminate fat and increase lean muscle mass. It runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is free; call 303-357-9355 or visit

Oceanaire, 1400 Arapahoe Street, hosts the Stags' Leap Wine Dinner, a five-course meal paired with Stags' Leap wine from Napa Valley. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $75 and up. Call 303-991-2277 or visit

Luca d'Italia, 711 Grant Street, hosts a Great Divide Beer Dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information, call 303-831-6600 or visit

Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street, offers Earth Day Specials, including $4 Colorado beers, $4 Colorado cocktails and $4 "true" Colorado bulldogs, made with Leopold Bros. coffee liqueur and vodka. Call 303-292-5767 or visit

The West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, is featuring food specials with local products for Earth Day, plus $2 off a select menu of organic wines. Call 303-444-3535 or visit

Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, is offering specials on made-in-Colorado food and drink. Call 303-449-0444 or visit

Finally, the Bitter Bar above Happy, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, will host Pangea Earth Day Society to benefit Women for Women International. It starts at 10 p.m. and admission is a $5 cover; call 303-442-3050 or visit

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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