In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex?s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
Libras's proprietor, Diana DiBridge Robosky, serves up a satisfying menu of breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches. Red-potato hash, cheese, and meat crown the cheesy omelet bowl ($6), and the grilled veggie sandwich on ciabatta ($8) holds more produce than Peter Rabbit's crisper drawer. Traditional caesar salad comes topped with house-made garlic croutons and fresh ground pepper ($5), and florets and pasta mingle in the broccoli-tortellini salad ($6).
Although conservation is important to the course managers at Cherry Creek Golf Club, it never comes at the expense of challenging play. Throughout the scenic 18-hole course, golfers will come face-to-grass with meticulously planned layouts that incorporate ponds, bunkers, and vistas bordered by gentle rolling hills. The first two holes epitomize the club’s course design; hole one's curving terrain and four sand bunkers require precise aim to avoid, and hole two's flowing stream adds an extra level of difficulty to an already nerve-testing approach. Course managers also take care to protect the natural setting and wildlife that inhabit the grounds, taking eco-friendly measures such as building blue bird nesting houses and improving water quality by reducing the use of harmful chemicals. Their efforts have earned the course Audubon International's Cooperative Sanctuary certification, an honor awarded to a select group of earth-minded golf courses around the country.
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Gigi and her team of expert bakers garner palate popularity with each customizable batch of scrumptious sugar cookies made for any special occasion. Gourmet cookie crafters hand-press dough before cutting it into a selection of more than 100 fetching shapes, such as hearts for celebrating Valentine's Day or laundry baskets for sending nonconfrontational requests to help around the house. The skilled confectioners then scrawl personalized messages in frosting over each sugary delight before individually wrapping cookies and stowing them away in a bag with a bow. Groupon customers will also receive 20% off any additional orders made at the time of redemption.
The chefs at Chef Dato's Table craft elegant American entrees using ingredients purchased from local vendors, farmers, and bakers. Recognized on the Food Network, the restaurant?s Hollywood burger is covered with mango salsa, creamy adjika, and biryani seasoning and served with a bodyguard and five paparazzi. Also popular on the menu: the wild mushroom risotto and the German pork schnitzel. The dressings for the specialty salads are made by hand; the salads also come topped with maple glazed salmon or grilled chicken and mandarin oranges. Additionally, special menus are crafted for occasions such as Oktoberfest; this year's Oktoberfest menu, featured in September and October, includes German sausages, Jagerschnitzel, potato pancakes, German bier pretzels, sauerbraten, roasted pork and kraut, and other German-inspired dishes, perfect for enjoying in the German-style beer garden, which serves a large selection of German and local craft beers.
Not many people get the chance to dine in a restaurant's wine cellar, but at Vallozzi's, diners can book the underground space for a private dinner or dine in one of four other elegant areas. While enjoying award-winning wines, guests can feast on upscale Italian cuisine in Vallozzi's Classic dining room, which awards the eyes with hand-painted murals and romantic lighting. Alfresco dining options include Casa Elena and the patio, where guests can bask in the breeze without picnicking on an airport runway. Rounding out the quintet of rooms and boasting a handmade maple and olive wood bar, Rosso Bianco blends casual and chic with light-strewn tables, wine racks, and flat-screen TVs.