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.
Sometimes the right backdrop is what makes a party or photo shoot come alive. So Flipp N Studios designed a handful of loft-style spaces that can be rented for photo shoots, film projects, workshops, or social events. The 1,000 sq. ft. creative studio features white walls, freestanding paper backdrops, and plenty of natural light to help photographers to capture subjects at their best, as well as a full kitchen, full bathroom and wardrobe area, and client seating. The event space offers a similar aesthetic, with walls of windows, natural wood floors, and wood beams throughout the white, high-ceilinged space. And for parties full of hungry guests, local catering is available.
Located on the mile-long 16th Street Mall, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in the heart of downtown Denver was the first outpost of this now-blossoming chain. There are nearly forty Rock Bottom restaurants across several states, but the downtown Denver originator may still be the most fun. Tall windows stream in natural light while pendant bulbs take care of the rest, and guests can tuck into long, low booths that are perfect for groups of friends. Even better: many of the banquettes offer their own taps, which means you don’t have to leave your seat to buy another round. In-house craft beers abound at Rock Bottom, thanks to a brew team that has won medals for their popular offerings, like the Fire Chief Ale and the Brewmaster’s Choice. A traditional pub menu also features house favorites such as Bacon Chicken Mac 'n’ Cheese and Woodford Reserve Bourbon Glazed Salmon.
Whereas all photo booths print out images more or less instantly, Instabooth's model harbors a contemporary twist: it allows partygoers to instantly upload their high-resolution images to social-networking sites. With sights set on Facebook glory, up to 10 people can fit inside the sleekly designed booth, making it an ideal setting for group shots or tremendously cozy family dinners. Arcade-style buttons allow guests to choose between color or black-and-white shots lit by studio-grade lighting, and a 20-inch monitor displays the results prior to publication.