Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Caf? is the culmination of two of chef and owner Julie Siegfried?s deepest passions: cooking and New Mexico. To this day, her mother recalls Julie standing on a step stool, trying to peer into a soup pot and giving her grandmother directions about what to put in. And on her first trip to New Mexico, she used up 10 rolls of film snapping pictures. She fell in love with the region's unique vibe?the people, the artwork, and, of course, the food.
Today, she shares both of her loves with diners at Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Caf?. Her kitchen is stocked with New Mexican ingredients such as blue cornmeal, goat cheese from the San Luis valley, and pi?ones. For her signature dish, the Tres Hermanas, she stuffs a trio of blue-corn enchiladas: one with chicken and green chile, one with beef and red chile, and one with cheese and chile caribe. To make sangria, the staff soaks seasonal fruit in rum, then splashes the mixture with wine and sparkling water. The menu also features beers, mojitos, and top-shelf margaritas, which encourage diners to linger in the warmly lit space, admiring brightly colored artwork or arguing about whether red should be added to the list of primary colors.
Fresh from their successful founding and franchising of the Smiling Moose Deli, local restaurateurs Kevin Sloane and brothers Bryan and Kevin Brutsch have tackled a new project: experimenting with what international influences can fit into a taco tortilla. Each freshly-made tortilla arrives filled with treasures from disparate and delicious cuisines, such as spicy chicken vindaloo, slow-roasted Mexican carnitas, or Caribbean jerk pulled pork. Garnishes and sides add a splash of color, texture, and intense flavor, from the housemade guacamole and pico de gallo, to the cripsy slaw blends and jicama.
A laid-back vibe permeates through Marg's LoDo and Cherry Creek restaurants, thanks to cool green walls, rustic wood accents, and generous patio seating. Diners share a leisurely hour or two among friends, with no need to don a blazer or formal taco bib, while sipping margaritas spruced up with herbs from the restaurant mini-garden.
Sometimes you're too busy to make an entire meal from scratch. Enter Supper Solutions, a meal-assembly kitchen who helps prepare homemade meals that busy customers can cook up in their own kitchens. First, customers select a minimum of eight meals from the menu, which changes monthly and includes a variety of meal options. They then arrange to either pick up the fully prepared meals, or head to the location to assemble the meals themselves. The process helps customers cut back on grocery trips and planning, freeing up time to create elaborate food sculptures from any left-overs.
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show unites more than 100 first-rate wedding vendors to help couples plan their special days, with specialties ranging from wedding cakes to bachelorette parties. As emcees dole out free Las Vegas jaunts and other prizes, engaged couples in all stages of wedding planning sample wares, try on gowns, smell flowers, and stretch limos. Each bride-to-be leaves the show with a one-year subscription to Brides magazine, a Conde Nast publication stocked with further nuptial inspiration.
The National Western Stock Show, a Denver tradition since 1906, seeks to preserve the Western lifestyle through education and competition. The world's largest cattle show exhibits sturdy stock from 20 breeds both exotic and standard, competing for the attention of manic cow collectors. Talented varieties of dogs and rabbits charm audiences as they parade around the arena, and the PRCA rodeo introduces guests to a cast of cowboys and the broncos who buck them, as well as timed roping, wrestling, barrel racing, and barrel wrestling events. In addition to live action events, there's the Coors Western art exhibit and sale, showing off Western-flavored painting, photography, and sculpture, and the Ames Activity Pavilion, which entertains children who fear painting, photography, and sculpture. Ticket purchasers can also attend a titanic trade show and eye-popping equestrian exhibitions.