At Melonlight Dance, students make art on the dance floor, painting the dark-stained hardwood with their graceful movements and flourishes of fancy footwork. DVIDA-certified instructors Emily and Ray lead these lessons, teaching students to waltz, strut, and scamper in private and group settings. Students train for upcoming competitions or even a flash mob in a warm studio lit from above by twinkling Christmas lights and the traveling essence of Giorgio Moroder. In addition to its artful dance sessions, the studio also plays host to soothing, restorative yoga classes as well as personal training and fitness sessions.
Supper Solutions boasts a miscellany of cuisine options for busy familial units, with take-home meals that satisfy up to six hungry noshers. Try out the In Session concept, choosing your meals online before cruising to Supper Solutions to craft your fare in the fully stocked kitchen during a 1.5- to 2-hour hands-on cookfest. Patrons suffering from overloaded carpool schedules or authoritarian library due dates can grab Suppers to Go, ordering their chow and then picking it up in its ready-made form. The menus change monthly and come in Size Wise, which feeds two to three, and Full Size, which feeds four to six.
Rising Roll dishes out a menu of paninis, melts, and gourmet wraps. The chicken and apple sandwich layers made-from-scratch chicken salad, hickory smoked bacon, and granny smith apples and is topped with bleu cheese dressing ($7.45). Vegetarians can sink flora-sharpened teeth into the Original Veggie, a combination of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, roasted red peppers, provolone, guacamole, and mayo ($6.99). Sandwichers choose from a lineup of bready foundations such as multi-grain bread, croissants, and sun-dried tomato wraps; decisions continue with a side choice of potato salad, pasta salad, or coleslaw. A selection of salads provides carb-conscious eats for diners restricted by diets or a soft spot for fluffy grains. The Maui salad packs crisp romaine with grilled chicken breast, crumbled blue cheese, mandarin oranges, and chopped pecans ($8.39).
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.
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.