Boulder Magazine June-July 2023

We venture a bit South in this issue, and feature the breathtaking views of the Colorado National Monument. A day trip we highly recommend. We also showcase a beautiful home that was rebuilt as a result of the Marshall Fire. For the equestrian enthusiasts, we talk with three different horse farms and riding stables, as well as the Colorado Horse Rescue. And we highlight our top picks for summer fun and rooftop hangouts for food and drinks.

We venture a bit South in this issue, and feature the breathtaking views of the Colorado National Monument. A day trip we highly recommend. We also showcase a beautiful home that was rebuilt as a result of the Marshall Fire. For the equestrian enthusiasts, we talk with three different horse farms and riding stables, as well as the Colorado Horse Rescue. And we highlight our top picks for summer fun and rooftop hangouts for food and drinks.


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Explore the<br />

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National<br />

Monument<br />

Take In the Beauty<br />

of Our Centennial<br />

State Gem<br />

Rising From<br />

the Ashes<br />

Rebuilding After<br />

the Marshall Fire<br />

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short distance from the<br />

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an otherworldly place; one I chose only<br />

to transport to with a quick hop from<br />

C-470 to Highway 93. It was the view<br />

that drew me to this gentle route—<br />

the striking moment when the plains<br />

opened to rolling, spruce-speckled<br />

hills and jarring, jutting peaks, always<br />

caressed in a warm blanket of sun that<br />

pulled out each of its purple-y hues.<br />

Of course, nothing quite rivals<br />

the city of <strong>Boulder</strong> itself. <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

essence stands unrivaled: There’s an<br />

energy about it, with its ever-shifting<br />

tableau, where creative boutiques yield<br />

to towering brick lofts. It teems with<br />

the sort of eclecticism you’d see in<br />

New York City—a bloom of artistry, a<br />

spark of innovation and, at its heart,<br />

the pulse of community. Only here,<br />

we also find ourselves basking in vast<br />

outdoor escapes, which beckon us with<br />

promises of thrilling adventures and<br />

moments of quiet repose.<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong> County, everyone stops to<br />

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these pages, we delve into the events,<br />

jubilations and milestones that make<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> summers truly unique, from<br />

the renowned Colorado Shakespeare<br />

Festival to Chautauqua’s momentous<br />

125th birthday celebration.<br />

For those who yearn for a slower<br />

pace, roam with the equine residents<br />

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the art of organic farming with<br />

the stewards of Three Leaf Farm,<br />

Stonebridge Farm, Kilt Farm and<br />

Aspen Moon Farm. If the city’s pulse<br />

resonates more with your rhythm, we<br />

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a delectable feature on one of <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

cherished culinary havens: Brasserie<br />

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hearth of Roy<br />

and Virginia<br />

Howland, who<br />

share their<br />

journey of<br />

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the Marshall<br />

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in the wise words<br />

of the women<br />

who spearhead<br />

the county’s<br />

local businesses.<br />

We also converse with <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

Mayor Aaron Brockett, who shares his<br />

vision for a sustainable, inclusive and<br />

community-centric future.<br />

And that’s just the beginning.<br />

After a year living in bustling<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> and a few more in the quiet<br />

corners of Louisville, I’ve comfortably<br />

snuggled into the enchantment that is<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County, a feeling I long for you<br />

to share as you explore the pages that<br />

lie ahead—and an exploration that I’m<br />

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The <strong>Boulder</strong> Stroke<br />

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The <strong>Boulder</strong> Stroke and Stride enters<br />

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performances include “Much Ado About<br />

Nothing,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “King<br />

Lear” and “One Man, Two Guvnors.”<br />

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Scenes From Der Ring<br />

<strong>July</strong> 29<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Opera presents an outdoor<br />

concert exploring scenes and arias<br />

from Der Ring des Nibelungen by<br />

Wagner. An outdoor concert will<br />

feature some of <strong>Boulder</strong>’s most<br />

talented rising artists, performing<br />

classic arias and scenes from Das<br />

Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried<br />

and Gotterdammerung. Witness<br />

Wagner’s famous tetralogy and<br />

meet gods, giants, dwarfs, water<br />

maidens and valkyries. There<br />

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everything in between, Bands on<br />

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Colorado Music Festival<br />

<strong>June</strong> 29 – Aug. 6<br />

Showcasing over 42 principal players, the Festival Orchestra is<br />

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Brewing the<br />

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April 4 – Sept. 3<br />

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March 17 – Sept. 4<br />

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Reviews: Movies & Music<br />


Fruit Bats<br />

A River Running to Your Heart<br />

I recently crossed paths with the Fruit<br />

Bats, an indie rock trio that recently<br />

came out with their tenth album of soulsearching<br />

tunes. These guys are active<br />

on the tour and the festival circuit,<br />

and their easy, heartfelt melodies such<br />

as “We Used to Live Here” and “It<br />

All Comes Back” bring to mind early<br />

summer days, boat trips, open car<br />

windows and other simple pleasures.<br />

Download the entire album; it’s one of<br />

those where you won’t skip a track.<br />

Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields (Hulu)<br />

Starring Brooke Shields, Teri Shields<br />

4 STARS<br />

In the early 1980s, I already had an idea of who Brooke Shields was. Even though<br />

I was a little girl at the time—not much younger than Shields herself—I’d heard<br />

of the film “Blue Lagoon;” I just wasn’t allowed to watch it. Despite the fact that<br />

I still haven’t to this day, I found myself intrigued when Hulu’s documentary<br />

“Pretty Baby” hit the streaming platform. Somehow, this dark-haired beauty left<br />

an impression on little Denise, just as she had with so many others.<br />

Split into two parts, running about an hour each, the docuseries recounts Shields’<br />

experience with showbusiness, which started in her babyhood. Unlike yours truly,<br />

Shields never had an ugly phase, not even during middle school; she was beautiful<br />

at birth and remained so throughout her life. It’s not only interesting to witness the<br />

price she paid for her beauty—the public constantly scrutinized her and her mother<br />

more than a bit exploited her—but also the fact that back then it was possible to<br />

become a beauty icon at all.<br />

The internet has made it almost impossible for someone to gain the level of<br />

notoriety Shields earned through her traditional commercials, films and modeling<br />

gigs. And it was still possible to shock people in the days before social media.<br />

When 16-year-old Brooke posed provocatively for Calvin Klein Jeans, adults were<br />

outraged and concerned. Can you imagine letting that happen in <strong>2023</strong>? Me neither.<br />

But noticing how far human society has spiraled downward since 1985 isn’t the<br />

point of the documentary, nor is it why I eagerly plowed through the entire thing.<br />

Instead, “Pretty Baby” shows us the startlingly deep rift between who we think<br />

celebrities are and who they actually are. Shields was portrayed in her movies and<br />

ads as a promiscuous young woman; in reality, she was innocent. Her fans and<br />

critics assumed that she had men wrapped around her little finger; in reality, she<br />

was taken advantage of by many people.<br />

It both saddened and amazed me, watching it all unfold on the TV screen. To my<br />

surprise, I found myself relating a great deal to this young woman and her quest for<br />

authenticity. While beauty and fame will always be coveted in our society, it’s worth<br />

noting—that they can make it hard to see a person clearly—or even for a celebrity<br />

to see herself clearly. Like the old adage, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” this<br />

series offers us a lesson in perspective.<br />

Dave Matthews Band<br />

Walk Around the Moon<br />

I remember talking about Dave in<br />

my eighth grade P.E. class—his<br />

unforgettable voice and crescendoing<br />

guitar thrilled my 14-year-old<br />

soul. Now, I’m almost as excited about<br />

the band’s 10th studio album, “Walk<br />

Around the Moon.” Dave regularly<br />

visits the Lowcountry, and his tunes<br />

are ideal for our hot summer nights and<br />

fun-filled days. Download the nostalgic<br />

self-titled track or try “Singing From<br />

the Windows” when the full album is<br />

released on May 19th. The whole album<br />

is good stuff for longtime fans and new<br />

ones alike. Welcome back, Dave.<br />

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staff picks<br />

Fierce Females<br />

Celebrate summer with enchanting reads featuring strong female leads<br />

“The First Bright<br />

Thing” by J.R. Dawson<br />

Step back into time with the<br />

Sparks and their traveling<br />

magical circus. Rin, the<br />

ringleader, is an aging queer<br />

Jewish woman who can time<br />

travel and is married to the<br />

beautiful, forever-young acrobat<br />

Odette. Together, along with<br />

their friend Mauve, they<br />

attempt to stop WWII from<br />

happening, all while fending<br />

off the evil circus king. Threads<br />

are literally woven throughout time as we meet<br />

Edward on the front lines of WWI and his wife Ruth, who<br />

have special abilities of their own. Intrigue, action, magic,<br />

strong character development and a few fun, yet slightly<br />

dark, twists keep the reader engaged throughout for an<br />

enjoyable read. Dawson’s dramatic writing style makes her<br />

an author to watch. For fans of “The Invisible Life of Addie<br />

LaRue” and “The Night Circus.” –Morgan Ryan<br />

“Identity”<br />

by Nora Roberts<br />

Morgan Albright had never<br />

really had a chance to belong<br />

since she grew up as an Army<br />

brat and as her mother, after a<br />

divorce, couldn’t seem to settle<br />

anywhere. Deciding that she<br />

wants to plant roots, she settles<br />

in a friendly neighborhood<br />

near Baltimore while working<br />

two jobs in order to achieve<br />

her goals including owning<br />

her own bar. However, when<br />

tragedy strikes and Morgan’s<br />

life is threatened, she is forced<br />

to move home to Vermont to build back her life, strengthen<br />

her relationship with her mother and grandmother, and<br />

fall in love and dig those roots deep into the Vermont soil.<br />

As always, Nora Roberts delivers a whopper of a romantic<br />

suspenseful read with which to fill those lazy days away.<br />

–Chantal Wilson<br />

“The Love Con”<br />

by Serissia Glass<br />

Looking for a cute vacation<br />

read? Look no further. When<br />

Kenya (Keke) Davenport<br />

makes it to the final round<br />

of “Cosplay or No Way,” a<br />

competition reality show,<br />

she has to enlist her best<br />

guy friend Cameron Lassiter<br />

to be her cosplay partner,<br />

which wouldn’t be such an<br />

issue if she hadn’t already told<br />

most of America that the two<br />

were much more than friends.<br />

How is she going to make<br />

it up to Cameron for forcing him to pretend to be her<br />

boyfriend for all the world to see? Especially when she kind<br />

of likes the sudden change in their dynamic. What’s more, is<br />

that Cameron’s got some secret feelings of his own. Can these<br />

two come together for the win and much more? Fans of all<br />

things nerdy will love this lighthearted, slightly spicy read.<br />

– Savannah Green<br />

“Now You See Us”<br />

by Balli Kaur Jaswal<br />

Corazon was forced to flee<br />

the Philippines and return<br />

to Singapore carrying with<br />

her a terrible secret. Donita<br />

is new to Singapore and<br />

works for the fussiest and<br />

meanest employer. Angel,<br />

a caregiver for an elderly<br />

gentleman, is nursing a<br />

broken heart. When one<br />

of Donita's friends, a<br />

fellow domestic worker,<br />

is accused of murder,<br />

the unlikely trio comes<br />

together to try to clear her name. This entertaining<br />

and heartbreaking tale is an enlightening look at<br />

Filipina domestic workers in Singapore and a dramatic<br />

whodunit. Sure to please lovers of “The Bandit Queens.”<br />

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A spiral staircase built piece by piece,<br />

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Shining a Light<br />

McLean Forge and Welding forges a welcoming<br />

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Welding is a locally owned<br />

staple that has been a part<br />

of the <strong>Boulder</strong> community<br />

for over 30 years. Seven years ago,<br />

co-owners Ray Tuomey and Paul<br />

Szlyk purchased the business. Today,<br />

they aim to maintain its well-built<br />

foundation, reputation and integrity<br />

while branching out to take on more<br />

intricate metalworking projects and<br />

make a point to invite diversity into<br />

the workplace.<br />

McLean is recognized for artisanal<br />

custom railings and decorative<br />

architectural pieces found in<br />

homes throughout <strong>Boulder</strong> and the<br />

surrounding areas. With Tuomey<br />

and Szlyk at the helm, what’s going<br />

on behind the scenes is equally as<br />

impressive as the elegance and mastery<br />

displayed in their products.<br />

Tuomey and Szlyk have consciously<br />

curated a team of skilled fabricators<br />

that directly reflects their shared<br />

values of inclusivity, experience and a<br />

willingness to learn and inquire.<br />

According to labor statistics, about<br />

93% of welders are men, yet McLean<br />

has curated a close-knit team of<br />

welders that deviates greatly from this<br />

industry norm: 50% of the fabricators<br />

employed at McLean Forge and<br />

Welding are women.<br />

“Stylistically we both came in<br />

with an intention of having a diverse<br />

workplace,” Tuomey said. “There<br />

weren’t any specific thoughts of ‘we’re<br />

going to hire a bunch of women.’ It was<br />

more along the lines of ‘let’s get the<br />

best people in here that we can’—and<br />

that happened pretty organically.”<br />

The women welders at McLean Forge<br />

and Welding echo Tuomey’s sentiment,<br />

each lauding Tuomey and Szlyk’s<br />

hiring process.<br />

“We care more about quality than<br />

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really focus on who does the best work,”<br />

said Lead Fabricator Kai Felbinger.<br />

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(clockwise from above) Lead Fabricator,<br />

Kai Felbinger (left) and Chloe Peterson,<br />

Fabricator (right); Custom midcentury<br />

modern railing fabricated and installed<br />

by McLean Forge and Welding; An<br />

artistic organic-style custom banister<br />

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installed by McLean Forge and Welding.<br />

a positive experience. “Even at the<br />

interview, I got to meet everybody<br />

before they hired me on.” She believes<br />

Tuomey and Szlyk’s careful hiring<br />

process lends itself to building the<br />

inclusive workplace and well-oiled<br />

team that she’s been a part of for the<br />

last month.<br />

“The combination of choosing the<br />

best candidates and then allowing the<br />

other workers to interact with them and<br />

have a say in it makes it so it’s not only<br />

super inclusive, but you also know that<br />

you’re working with the best applicants<br />

and the workplace is going to run<br />

smoothly,” said Peterson regarding the<br />

hive mentality that’s integrated into<br />

the company’s hiring process.<br />

The overarching goal has always been<br />

to create exquisite, custom products<br />

for their clients. However, Tuomey<br />

and Szlyk have found that providing<br />

a safe and comfortable workplace that<br />

facilitates growth for their employees<br />

is equally as important.<br />

Tuomey’s proudest achievements in<br />

business are “doing work that is beautiful<br />

and useful” and “creating livelihood for<br />

our employees that is meaningful and<br />

makes coming to work fun.”<br />

Not only is he able to employ a wellrounded,<br />

diverse and talented group of<br />

people, but he also takes pride in being a<br />

steward of the trades—which he believes<br />

has been neglected, in terms of funneling<br />

students who aren’t on the college path<br />

into a career like welding. Rather, he<br />

lamented that trades are often given a<br />

backseat to other career paths.<br />

For women, entering a trade<br />

can often feel inaccessible or even<br />

discouraged. When describing her own<br />

experience as a woman entering trade<br />

work, Felbinger said she was often<br />

met with responses like “Are you sure<br />

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the positive reinforcement that’s often<br />

given to young girls who choose more<br />

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“We don’t talk about it enough. We<br />

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we don’t tell women enough about it.”<br />

Felbinger said.<br />

There’s no doubt that the work being<br />

done at McLean Forge and Welding is<br />

something special, both backstage and<br />

artfully displayed in local residences.<br />

Tuomey and Szlyk are proud to be<br />

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and shine a light on the talent and<br />

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history<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>’s Chautauqua<br />

Celebrates 125 Years<br />

For over a century, Chautauqua has harbored cultural<br />

events we still celebrate today<br />

By LAURA K. DEAL<br />


nearby trails, dined on the outdoor patio<br />

or attended a concert in the Auditorium,<br />

you’ve probably formed some fond<br />

memories of <strong>Boulder</strong>’s Chautauqua.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ites have a group of early residents of <strong>Boulder</strong> and<br />

Texas to thank for the beautiful<br />

park we enjoy today.<br />

The Chautauqua movement<br />

began in the 1800s in the<br />

U.S. to bring education and<br />

entertainment to people who<br />

didn’t always have access to<br />

cultural events. The name came<br />

from Chautauqua Lake in New<br />

York, where one of the earliest<br />

events took place. In 1898,<br />

enthusiastic Texans hoping to<br />

escape the summer heat joined<br />

with businessmen in <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

looking to bring culture to the young city. Through their<br />

efforts, the Texas-Colorado Chautauqua began in 1898.<br />

Around 13,000 attendees came from Texas and<br />

throughout Colorado by train to <strong>Boulder</strong> for opening day on<br />

<strong>July</strong> 4, 1898. With less than half that number of residents,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> struggled to get folks from the station to the park.<br />

Some rode <strong>Boulder</strong>’s new electric<br />

streetcars, others hired a ride<br />

in a wagon. Those from further<br />

away stayed on the grounds in<br />

tents and enjoyed lectures and<br />

music in the Auditorium, which<br />

had been constructed in haste<br />

at the expense of the city of<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. The walls didn’t reach<br />

the floor, which itself was only<br />

packed dirt, so when the breezes<br />

blew, clouds of dust filled the<br />

space. Those in tents soon<br />

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history<br />

could be fierce. In one storm, young women had to flee their<br />

collapsing tent half dressed. For the next year, visitors<br />

were encouraged to build cottages for their summer stays.<br />

Many of those cottages remain today.<br />

Motion pictures were brand new, with a few shown in<br />

that first season. They gained popularity in the early<br />

1900s with light-hearted silent films becoming audience<br />

favorites after World War I ended. By 1920, the Auditorium<br />

had walls that reached the ground, a cement floor and<br />

“opera” style seating, replacing the hard wooden benches<br />

that early audiences endured. It was movies that helped<br />

keep <strong>Boulder</strong>’s Chautauqua alive as the Chautauqua<br />

movement faded around the country in the 1930s in the<br />

face of competition from radio programming.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> celebrated the 50th anniversary of Chautauqua<br />

twice—once in 1947 with the 50th summer season, and<br />

again in 1948, 50 years after its founding. In addition to<br />

a parade and several performances, the Auditorium got a<br />

new movie screen. The Community House, which had been<br />

built in 1918, provided a venue for smaller gatherings. The<br />

Auditorium was feeling its age, and though there were<br />

still movies and music filling its space, the glory days of<br />

Chautauqua seemed to be over.<br />

However, some <strong>Boulder</strong> residents, like Laurence Paddock,<br />

saw the value in preserving the icon of <strong>Boulder</strong>’s history,<br />

and in 1974, the Chautauqua Auditorium was placed on<br />

the National Register of Historic Places. Then orchestra<br />

director Giora Bernstein discovered the incredible<br />

acoustics of the building and in 1978, the Colorado Music<br />

Festival began holding concerts there. That same year, the<br />

historic preservation effort resulted in Chautauqua Park<br />

being designated a National Historic District. Money to<br />

refurbish the Auditorium soon followed. Much of this work<br />

was the result of a new Board of Directors, elected in 1977,<br />

which included women for the first time in the Chautauqua<br />

Association’s history.<br />

Since then, <strong>Boulder</strong> has been treated to summer programs<br />

that have brought in musicians from around the country.<br />

Lectures, films and art programs are offered year-round.<br />

Chautauqua continues to change with the times, providing<br />

virtual programming in 2020 that can still be found on the<br />

website and viewed from home. We owe much to the people<br />

who, 125 years ago, sought to bring culture to <strong>Boulder</strong> with<br />

the establishment of Chautauqua. B<br />

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Save the date for Colorado Chautauqua’s 125 th Free Birthday Bash<br />

on <strong>July</strong> 8, <strong>2023</strong>, 1-6pm, at Chautauqua Park.<br />

There will be live music on the outdoor festival stage, food and drink, an artisans’ market and a history exhibit.<br />

You can also get your tickets to hear Los Lobos + Ozomatli in the Auditorium that evening. In addition, you can hear<br />

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art seen<br />

Titled “Hill Country<br />

Sunset,” and exhibited at<br />

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Society Small Works<br />

Exhibit at Mary Williams<br />

Fine Arts in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

A Canvas of Colorado<br />

The landscapes that inspire artist Cecy Turner<br />



always enjoyed painting en<br />

plein air (outdoors), mostly<br />

due to the heat, the bright<br />

sun and the possibility<br />

of bugs. Yet, once the Texas native<br />

started visiting Colorado regularly<br />

to participate in the Estes Park plein<br />

air event nearly 20 years ago, she<br />

became hooked on the method—and<br />

ended up making a second home in<br />

the Centennial state to practice the al<br />

fresco art form.<br />

“My husband works from home, too,<br />

so once we fell in love with Colorado, we<br />

eventually decided to buy,” she said. “I<br />

always joke that buying the house was<br />

the most expensive plein air event I’ve<br />

ever done.” The couple spends every<br />

summer in Estes Park, and another<br />

two weeks in March, so that Turner<br />

can paint winter scenes. “Sometimes<br />

I have to paint the snow from inside<br />

my car, though, because it’s so cold and<br />

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With stunning mountain views from<br />

her deck and Rocky Mountain National<br />

Park just eight minutes from home,<br />

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She fills her time trying to capture as<br />

many dazzling scenes as possible—it’s<br />

just not the same experience at her<br />

other home in Dallas.<br />

“There aren’t as many places to<br />

paint outdoors in Texas, unless you<br />

want to paint buildings, which I<br />

don’t,” she said, adding that she’ll<br />

make an exception for the Missions<br />


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in San Antonio. “Although, I do love<br />

my yearly trip with other artists<br />

to a ranch in Ennis, Texas to<br />

paint bluebonnets, and I enjoy the<br />

Riverwalk in San Antonio and the<br />

Hill Country near Fredericksburg.”<br />

The latter was the inspiration for<br />

her gorgeous “Hill Country Sunset,”<br />

an oil painting selected to be part of<br />

the upcoming National Oil and Acrylic<br />

Society Small Works Exhibit at Mary<br />

Williams Fine Arts in <strong>Boulder</strong> (May<br />

18-<strong>June</strong> 17). Her oil and watercolor<br />

works are also on display permanently<br />

at the gallery, which include depictions<br />

of Colorado wildlife and mountain and<br />

river scenes. Her art is also featured<br />

at Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat<br />

Springs and in several galleries<br />

throughout Texas.<br />

Although Turner has been painting<br />

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remember, it wasn’t until after college<br />

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a career out of being an artist. While<br />

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in purchasing her paintings. “That<br />

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the National Watercolor Society and<br />

Women Artists of the West, where she<br />

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In 1976, just a few years after<br />

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teaching workshops and classes in both<br />

watercolor and oils. Some sessions are<br />

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year. Her instruction covers topics like<br />

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I still have in my head a lot of things<br />

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That includes techniques for making<br />

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a customer telling me how a painting<br />

of mine brought tears to their eyes,<br />

or how I captured the light perfectly,”<br />

said Turner. “These are the things<br />

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Championing<br />

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An afternoon with <strong>Boulder</strong> Mayor Aaron Brockett<br />



from Washington D.C., where he and a group of regional partners lobbied Congress for several initiatives—<br />

including an ambitious plan for a commuter rail linking cities along the Front Range. A year and a half in<br />

office, Brokett’s proactive political approach prioritizes sustainability as he champions policies for positive<br />

change—positive change that starts at home, on a personal level.<br />

You live in a cohousing community called Wild Sage,<br />

where you helped build a community garden.<br />

Cohousing is a worldwide movement that started in Denmark.<br />

It’s a wonderful community-oriented way to live. My wife and<br />

I were founding members of Wild Sage 19 years ago. It’s a oneblock<br />

neighborhood with 34 units of stacked flats, townhouses<br />

and carriage houses. We have this lovely common house with<br />

a professional kitchen and a big dining room, a kids’ play area<br />

and two guest rooms, as well. The idea is, you can have smaller<br />

individual units and interact with your friends and neighbors<br />

in the common house or have a guest over for a few nights<br />

in one of the guest rooms. There are community meals once<br />

or twice a week and it’s a wonderful place to raise children<br />

because the kids just play with their neighbors. It’s a good mix.<br />

You served on the city council from 2015 to 2021,<br />

when you were appointed mayor by your colleagues.<br />

What are some of the big issues you are collaborating<br />

on with this more progressive council?<br />

We’ve been working hard on housing policy—this council is a<br />

group of people that really understands these twin issues of<br />

lack of housing affordability and the climate crisis. You have<br />

this issue where people work in <strong>Boulder</strong> but are often not<br />

able to afford to live here, so they’re living outside <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

and commuting in, which has greenhouse gas emission<br />

issues. We’re trying to make sure there are opportunities for<br />

people to live and work here at a variety of price points and a<br />

variety of housing types.<br />

What is the city doing to create more of<br />

those opportunities?<br />

Changing the occupancy rate is one of the tools we’re<br />

working on. Currently, occupancy is limited to three<br />

unrelated people in most residential areas of the city. We’re<br />

looking at potentially changing that to four or five as a way<br />

to allow people to share costs and make housing a little more<br />

affordable, and to share resources. And it also makes a dent<br />

in the climate crisis because shared housing like that is going<br />

to have lower per capita greenhouse emissions as well.<br />

Like many cities across the country, homelessness is<br />

a problem in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

We’ve been providing safe housing for homeless persons for<br />

years. We’re also looking at a Denver initiative called Safe<br />


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Outdoor Spaces. These are ice fishing tents with heaters in<br />

them. It’s a way to give people an alternative to living in tents<br />

on the streets and along the creeks. It’s a lower-cost way of<br />

getting folks into a transitional housing situation while we’re<br />

working on finding more permanent housing solutions.<br />

What sort of permanent housing are you working on?<br />

We are bringing on a number of permanent supportive<br />

housing units each year. These would be apartments we’ve<br />

created in partnership with our housing authority, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Housing Partners and the <strong>Boulder</strong> Shelter for the Homeless.<br />

We’ve created well over a hundred of these over the last few<br />

years, and they give people who have been experiencing<br />

homelessness a safe place to live and access to wraparound<br />

services if they’re experiencing a mental health issue or<br />

substance abuse issues. There’s counseling and treatment<br />

available for those issues as well. So, I’m really proud of how<br />

many of those we’ve put together.<br />

And that’s a constant effort. We have another project called<br />

Bluebird Apartments that’s under construction right now<br />

that will offer, I believe, another 35 units of that permanent<br />

supportive housing, which is not to say that we’ve come close<br />

to solving the issue of homelessness here in town.<br />

It’s a vast societal endemic issue. Unfortunately, we still<br />

have many unhoused folks in our community, a lot of that<br />

is because of the affordable housing issues I mentioned<br />

before, but also these other epidemics of untreated mental<br />

health issues and a lack of good, high-quality mental health<br />

treatments. Also contributing to the problem are substance<br />

abuse coming from the opioid epidemic and cheap and easily<br />

available methamphetamine for which we don’t have great<br />

treatments. So, we have these three issues resulting in quite<br />

a bit of homelessness in our city, in our region and across the<br />

country. But we are working constantly on a wide variety of<br />

fronts to minimize that and get as many people as possible<br />

into safe and healthy conditions.<br />

What are some other issues you and the council are<br />

addressing with a more progressive approach?<br />

A new program this council is working on that I’m really excited<br />

about, and something I’ve been championing personally, is a<br />

non-police-based emergency response program. It’s going to<br />

come online in the next two or three months. If somebody<br />

calls 911 or the non-emergency police line and they describe<br />

somebody who is having, say a behavioral health problem<br />

or crisis or exhibiting some problematic behaviors, but in<br />

a way that’s not threatening public safety, we would send<br />

out a social worker and EMT or paramedic to answer that<br />

call, rather than starting with the police. Programs in other<br />

cities like Denver and Eugene, Oregon, have shown that it’s<br />

an extremely successful way to de-escalate and diffuse a lot<br />

of common situations in the community. It also takes the<br />

burden off the police department, giving them more time to<br />

focus on more serious criminal activities.<br />

What’s the status of your plans for a regional<br />

transportation system?<br />

This is something that we’re constantly working on to improve<br />

with our regional partners, the Regional Transportation<br />

District (RTD), our neighboring cities, and <strong>Boulder</strong> County. A<br />

couple of initiatives I’ve been diligently working on are a bus<br />

rapid transit system between <strong>Boulder</strong> and Longmont. It’s a<br />

major commuter corridor, and we have almost all the funding<br />

lined up for a fast, high-quality, high-frequency transit line.<br />

Pieces of it will start construction later this year, and we’re<br />

hoping to get that completed in the next few years.<br />

A similar project from <strong>Boulder</strong> to communities like Erie,<br />

Lafayette and other eastern points is further down the pike,<br />

so to speak, but we’ve got funding for preliminary steps and<br />

studies.<br />

And then, another one I’m really excited about is the<br />

prospect of a Front Range passenger rail. With the resurgence<br />

of Amtrak and the additional funding we’ve gotten from the<br />

infrastructure bill at the federal level, we’re working on a<br />

partnership with cities up and down the Front Range, and<br />

federal and state governments. We envision a train that<br />

would go from Fort Collins all the way to Pueblo, running<br />

through <strong>Boulder</strong>, Denver and Colorado Springs.<br />

We’ve gotten a great reception from our senators and<br />

congresspeople during our trip to D.C. That’s a few years away<br />

as well, but all the conditions are coming together to make<br />

that a reality. I think it will be a phenomenal, transformative<br />

transportation option for our region.<br />

How are the stressors on the Colorado River<br />

impacting <strong>Boulder</strong>?<br />

Fortunately, we’re very well positioned here in the city of<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> because we have a diversified portfolio of water<br />

resources, and we also have very senior water rights. We get<br />

about a third of our water from the Western Slope. According<br />

to our water engineers, we could manage a curtailment of<br />

those supplies pretty readily due to the senior nature of our<br />

water rights and the diversification I mentioned. We keep<br />

a close eye on this, and we do have a drought plan where<br />

we can institute additional water conservation measures,<br />

which should be relatively manageable. But our usage here<br />

in <strong>Boulder</strong> has been roughly flat since 2005 and significantly<br />

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Geological marvels beckon the adventurous to Colorado National Monument<br />



drive anywhere in Colorado<br />

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One must venture beyond the<br />

bounds of the backyard, though, to find<br />

places remarkable and otherworldly. A<br />

few hundred miles west of <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

red-rock spires and deep-cut canyons<br />

carved by time call adventurers to the<br />

striking Colorado National Monument.<br />

Set on 31 square miles of highaltitude<br />

desert south of Grand<br />

Junction, the national monument<br />

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Rim Rock Drive, more than 50 total<br />

miles of hiking trails wind through<br />

canyons and scrub, home to flora<br />

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national parks program to have the<br />

land added to the roster.<br />

“I came here last year and found<br />

these canyons, and they feel like the<br />

heart of the world to me,” Otto once<br />

said. “I’m going to stay and build trails<br />

and promote this place because it<br />

should be a national park.”<br />

Otto would start building trails<br />

by hand, all the while inviting<br />

Presidents Roosevelt and then Taft<br />

to come visit the land. Eventually,<br />

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then Colorado Representative Edward<br />

Taylor. Otto had suggested naming it<br />

“Smith National Park,” thinking that<br />

the common surname would draw<br />

more visitors. Otto wrote at the time<br />

that “every Smith in the United States<br />

would feel that he had a personal<br />

interest in the new National Park”<br />

After considering more than a few<br />

options, Taylor’s wife suggested the<br />

simple Colorado National Monument<br />

for its designation. The name wasn’t in<br />

use anywhere else at the time, so the<br />

debate was swiftly settled.<br />

A Natural Nexus<br />

The land Otto found so enthralling<br />

is a culmination of unique geological<br />

elements found in Colorado and<br />

neighboring regions. The park’s<br />

sandstone structures share qualities<br />

with those found in Utah’s Arches<br />

National Park, while the hard rock<br />

layers at the bottom of the canyons can<br />

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Although the Colorado River<br />

contributed to shaping the Grand Valley<br />

on its westward journey, the canyons<br />

owe more to erosion from Pinyon Mesa<br />

and the larger Uncompahgre Plateau.<br />

The monoliths, fins and towers were<br />

further shaped and split by uplift<br />

from fault lines, contributing to their<br />

otherworldly appearance.<br />

A unique geography also lends itself<br />

to an array of flora and fauna. Twisted<br />

pinyon trees and blooming cacti grow<br />

alongside snakeweed and sagebrush.<br />

In the spring, baby desert bighorn<br />

sheep play in the rocks, while summer<br />

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Otherworldly Vistas<br />

Although the monument hasn’t<br />

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cycling race was held in the<br />

monument, with the route<br />

along Rim Rock Drive<br />

earning it the nickname<br />

“Tour of the Moon.”<br />

Denver resident Chanel<br />

Berumen, who grew up near<br />

Grand Junction, recalled<br />

picnics and stargazing<br />

with her grandfather,<br />

Jack Gilmore. Gilmore<br />

was a park ranger at the<br />

monument, she explained,<br />

who would share all the<br />

mysteries and natural<br />

wonders of the monument.<br />

“The Monument is like<br />

Mars on Earth, with these<br />

sprawling red rocks that seem to go<br />

on forever,” Berumen said. “Getting<br />

to grow up near this extraterrestrial<br />

background has led to some of the most<br />

remarkable sunsets I’ve ever seen.”<br />

Be Prepared<br />

Visitors looking to explore the<br />

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well to come prepared. The climate is<br />

dry and temperatures can reach well<br />

over 100 degrees in the summer, Berger<br />

warned. There is no water available in<br />

the monument, so adventurers should<br />

come with their own, along with<br />

snacks and plenty of sunscreen. Dogs<br />

are also prohibited in the monument,<br />

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National Recreation<br />

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“The monument is<br />

open all year round,<br />

and people can take<br />

advantage of cooler<br />

weather in the fall,<br />

winter and spring to go<br />

explore,” Berger said.<br />

Summer hikers<br />

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start on the day to avoid<br />

the afternoon sun, but<br />

the area can also be<br />

explored via Rim Rock<br />

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needing to hike,” Berger added. “That<br />

can be very nice when it’s 105 degrees<br />

outside.”<br />

Explorers can find more information<br />

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Confidence is a skill that you can develop.<br />

Surround yourself with ambitious people<br />

who sincerely want to see you win too.<br />

The Secret to Good Business Is:<br />

Be sincere. Stand by your values when<br />

they are tested. Don’t give a pass to bad<br />

behavior from high performers because<br />

that creates poor work culture. Don’t give<br />

a pass to bad behavior from clients either.<br />

Why I Love Doing Business in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County:<br />

There is an endless amount of beautiful<br />

places, sunny days and great playgrounds<br />

to share with children.<br />

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Lidia Holl<br />

Alpaca Connection<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>, CO • 303-447-2047<br />

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Best Business Advice I Ever Received:<br />

Always keep innovating. Think of how you can make<br />

your business better.<br />

Words of Wisdom to Other Women:<br />

Follow your heart. Be positive and think you can<br />

accomplish anything.<br />

Why I Chose This Career:<br />

I love alpaca and wanted to introduce this wonderful<br />

product to the <strong>Boulder</strong> locals and visitors.<br />

The Secret to Good Business Is:<br />

Hard work is the key to success.<br />

Why I Love Doing Business in <strong>Boulder</strong> County:<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> is a beautiful town that offers many<br />

amenities. It’s a great place for outdoor activities, art,<br />

shopping and dining.<br />

Words of Wisdom to Other Women:<br />

Self-care is essential. I think it’s natural for many<br />

women with maternal instincts to put others first.<br />

As a School Director of 300 dancers and 14 faculty<br />

members, I need to remind myself often that I<br />

can’t pour from an empty cup. When you care for<br />

yourself, you can better care for others.<br />

Why I Chose This Career:<br />

This career chose me! I told myself in my 20s<br />

that I would never be a studio owner or director<br />

because it’s too much work. However, after six<br />

years out of dance, I realized that I belong in the<br />

studio. My mentors and my professional dance<br />

experience led me to this moment.<br />

The Secret to Good Business Is:<br />

Make sure the people that work for you feel<br />

valued, appreciated and a part of the team. If you<br />

have a staff and faculty that cares for the business<br />

as if it were their own, each person will pour in to<br />

help the business thrive.<br />

Why I Love Doing Business in <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County:<br />

I moved to <strong>Boulder</strong> last <strong>July</strong> and I have felt that<br />

the community supports dance and the arts much<br />

more than where I grew up. I have really enjoyed<br />

our studios in the Dairy Arts building. There is an<br />

impressive number of events supporting arts and<br />

culture each week.<br />

Andrea Basile<br />

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Rachel Hunter<br />

A florae<br />

Longmont, CO • 720-680-0046 • aflorae.com<br />

Best Business Advice I Ever Received:<br />

The way to measure your progress is backward against<br />

where you started, not against your ideal. Your work should<br />

be based on your actions and results, not what could have or<br />

should have happened. Winners don’t have a to-do list. They<br />

have a ‘done’ list.<br />

Words of Wisdom to Other Women<br />

Everything you desire in achievement, all that you want<br />

to accomplish, starts with believing in yourself. In a<br />

society full of challenges and judgments that can make<br />

you doubt your abilities, a woman who truly believes in<br />

her capabilities is unstoppable. No one knows her potential<br />

better than she does because she is rooted in her worth.<br />

Why I Chose This Career:<br />

My career is a love story. I chose it because I couldn’t<br />

live without it when I was faced with having to choose a<br />

life without what I wanted or one that would feel scary,<br />

but honest. Don’t confuse fear as telling you not to do<br />

something. Fear has the ability to direct your authentic<br />

compass on the right path. I chose this career because I<br />

knew it was the right path.<br />

The Secret to Good Business Is:<br />

Telling your ego to take a backseat and always remain<br />

coachable.<br />

Best Business Advice I Ever Received:<br />

“Employees don’t cost the business money.<br />

They make the business money.”<br />

Words of Wisdom to Other Women:<br />

Talk to each other and be open and<br />

vulnerable to solve problems together, for<br />

ourselves as well as for our communities.<br />

Why I Chose This Career:<br />

I’ve always had a passion for<br />

environmental causes, largely based<br />

around using fewer natural resources.<br />

Owning this store has given me the<br />

opportunity to allow an entire community<br />

to help create realistic and achievable<br />

solutions within our means. I was offered<br />

the opportunity to purchase the business<br />

from the original owner when he retired,<br />

and I’ve never looked back!<br />

Why I Love Doing Business in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County:<br />

Over the seven years we’ve owned the<br />

business, I’ve been pleasantly astounded<br />

by the support of the community and<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County in general. To find so<br />

many like-minded residents who care<br />

about changing their behavior for the<br />

betterment of our environment is truly<br />

heartwarming and makes our jobs<br />

meaningful and gratifying.<br />

Heidi Quince<br />

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design<br />

Make it Pop With Pillows<br />

Simple but versatile, this decorative game-changer can transform<br />

your home’s look and feel<br />


A<br />


brings thoughts of a<br />

home refresh, but even<br />

if you’re not up for a<br />

large remodeling or<br />

redecorating project, you can still<br />

spruce up your space with a simple<br />

solution: pillows.<br />

“Pillows give a home its warmth and<br />

make you want to sit down and snuggle<br />

in,” said Susan Massey, owner of Fig<br />

& Ivy, a home studio in Longmont.<br />

“Pillows, throws, art and accessories<br />

are what make a house into a home, in<br />

my opinion.”<br />

If you think of your room as a blank<br />

canvas, decorative pillows act as the<br />

“paint” that adds color to your sofas,<br />

chairs and beds, brightening up your<br />

spaces. You can also experiment with<br />

blending different textures, such as<br />

embroidery, velvet, linen and cotton.<br />

“There’s so much to choose from,”<br />

Massey said. “Mix up your patterns.<br />

Make it interesting and have fun<br />

with them.”<br />

Decorative pillows are among the<br />

easiest, fastest and least expensive<br />

ways to change the look of your space.<br />

Because pillows do not involve the<br />

same level of investment as a piece<br />

of furniture that you keep for many<br />

years, you can take risks and make<br />

bolder choices.<br />

“It doesn’t hurt to invest in cabinets<br />

or a sofa in a non-traditional color if<br />


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you really love it, but if you’re unsure<br />

or not confident enough to go for it,<br />

go with pillows and throws instead,”<br />

Massey said. “This is a much safer<br />

place to be bold and let your personality<br />

shine through.”<br />

Because there are so many options<br />

when it comes to decorative pillows,<br />

many people opt to ask a decorator for<br />

help tying everything together. Massey<br />

cautions against having two small,<br />

busy prints together and advises her<br />

clients to make their largest pillows<br />

solids or simple prints, unless they are<br />

going with a dramatic bold print. In<br />

that case, they can add smaller pillows<br />

in solid colors to the mix to add texture.<br />

“For me, I like a place for the eye to<br />

rest, so that’s a good place for texture<br />

and solids,” Massey said. “Colors<br />

should complement or intertwine.”<br />

Of course, looks are just half of<br />

the pillow equation. There’s also the<br />

practical aspect of comfort. Pillows<br />

should be tactile, feel good and invite<br />

you to wrap up in them, Massey said.<br />

“It feels good to snuggle up to a down<br />

pillow,” she said. “A good down pillow<br />

is full, keeps its shape and stays fluffy.”<br />

Fig & Ivy carries only down-filled<br />

pillows in natural fibers such as linen,<br />

cotton, wool and leather. It’s important<br />

to Massey that all the pillows leaving<br />

her studio are thick and lush.<br />

“Pillows are an investment, and<br />

sometimes people are a little bit<br />

shocked by what a really good pillow<br />

costs,” she said. “One way to conserve<br />

money is by keeping your good-quality<br />

inserts and buying new covers when<br />

you’re ready for a change. Invest in<br />

good pillows in the right size for your<br />

space and you will never regret it.”<br />

Many people make the mistake of<br />

having decorative pillows that are<br />

too small, Massey said. Others go<br />

overboard with the number of pillows<br />

on their furniture.<br />

“Two or three pillows per end is<br />

plenty, unless you have a big sectional<br />

and want to do a lumbar in the<br />

middle,” Massey said. “You want it to<br />

feel inviting, not like a task where you<br />

have to clear a space to sit down on<br />

your sofa.”<br />

Massey’s previous experience in real<br />

estate provided a seamless transition<br />

into interior design as it enabled her<br />

to help people find a house and turn<br />

it into a home. She eventually added<br />

decorating to her repertoire and found<br />

the perfect opportunity to open her<br />

own studio last fall.<br />

“I never owned a retail place, but I<br />

took a leap and went for it,” Massey<br />

said. “People can come in and see my<br />

portfolio and my aesthetic.”<br />

Some of her best advice for decorating<br />

with pillows mimics words of wisdom<br />

she heard many years ago: “Save up<br />

and buy what you really love,” Massey<br />

said. “Don’t just buy things to fill<br />

a space.”<br />

Expert tips for decorating with pillows:<br />

• Invest in good pillows that are the<br />

right size for your space.<br />

• Change pillows seasonally, not for<br />

every holiday, and go with colors<br />

and textures that are appropriate<br />

for the time.<br />

• If you have high-quality inserts,<br />

simply change pillow covers when<br />

you’re ready for a refresh.<br />

• Don’t go overboard by piling too<br />

many pillows on your sofa or bed.<br />

• Avoid making the room look too<br />

busy; larger pillows should be<br />

your boldest print or texture and<br />

complement smaller pillows.<br />

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garden<br />

Growing Big<br />

in Small Spaces<br />

The riot of blooms on the Pearl Street Mall puts a little<br />

spring in everyone’s step—and then gives back again<br />

with a bulb giveaway at summer’s end<br />



might be a more<br />

appropriate name for<br />

container gardening.<br />

Contained blooms can<br />

bring beauty in the midst of winter,<br />

and plantings on the patio or carefully<br />

sited in the garden lend interest and<br />

color year-round.<br />

We asked two of <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s<br />

well-known gardening shops to give us<br />

pointers. Both have container gardens<br />

at home as well as the shops.<br />

“Container gardens are really great<br />

for people who don’t have much space,”<br />

said Kim Jackson of The Flower Bin<br />

Garden Center & Nursery. They can<br />

use the balcony or patio and grow<br />

flowers well.” Containers on a table or<br />

bench are also a good option for people<br />

with limited mobility, she added. “It’s a<br />

great way to get instant gratification.”<br />

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Container with Cordyline<br />

Paso Doble, Asparagus<br />

Fern, Verbena Empress<br />

Flair Cherry Charme,<br />

Bacopa Giant Snowflake,<br />

Calibrachoa Calitastic<br />

Mango, Petchoa Super Cal<br />

Lavender Star, and Petunia<br />

Supertunia Royal Velvet at<br />

The Flower Bin.<br />


Containers in a clearing or under<br />

trees in the yard can create a<br />

calming focal point. “Pick a space<br />

where you want to add interest,<br />

drawing the eye,” said Jackson,<br />

adding to be sure that there’s a way<br />

to get water to the plants, beyond<br />

what the irrigation system can do.<br />

Planting in containers works<br />

for each season, says Brian Wheat<br />

of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop &<br />

Garden Center. “Now you have cold<br />

weather plants that can take the<br />

late freezes.” He added that people<br />

often put out summer plants too<br />

early. “In the middle of May, we can<br />

get a heavy snow or hard freeze.” It’s<br />

best to wait until after Memorial<br />

Day for summer plants.<br />

Wheat uses container plantings<br />

at home. “In March, I planted<br />

pansies and cold weather plants like<br />

ornamental kale and cabbage. Those<br />

are early color. It’s been a long winter,<br />

and I’d like something bright.”<br />

What to plant begins with the<br />

season, but size is important<br />

especially if you’re considering a<br />

shrub or tree. “Be careful of how<br />

big it will get,” Jackson said. “We’ve<br />

had people try it, but this is not for a<br />

ponderosa pine or spruce. Eventually<br />

it has to get out of the pot.”<br />

Wheat suggests a dose of realism<br />

about maintenance. “Sometimes<br />

people don’t have time to water every<br />

day, but you can make the container<br />

beautiful without high maintenance.” He<br />

suggests combing portulaca or lantana<br />

with a taller plant that requires less water.<br />

Choosing containers can be a lot of<br />

fun. “Everything to some extent works,”<br />

Jackson said. “We’ve had people plant in<br />

an old rain boot.” Keep in mind that terra<br />

Stride<br />

into<br />

cotta will dry out faster than plastic,<br />

that concrete breaths a bit and that<br />

wood will absorb water. A galvanized<br />

pony trough with a few rust holes for<br />

drainage is ideal for a large center<br />

plant surrounded by seasonal color.<br />

Good drainage is also critical, Wheat<br />

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garden<br />

A medley of succulents nestle in<br />

shallow pots at Lafayette Florist<br />

& Garden Center.<br />

noted. In summer, daily watering is<br />

probably needed. “You don’t want the<br />

water to be building up in the bottom,<br />

so the roots drown. People check the<br />

top and don’t know if there’s too much<br />

water in the bottom,” he said. A good<br />

potting soil that drains well is part<br />

of this equation, he said. Garden soil<br />

is too heavy for containers; the soil<br />

must hold water and drain, he said.<br />

There’s a formula for designing<br />

the containers, Jackson and Wheat<br />

agree. “You don’t want these patio<br />

pots to be one-sided. You want<br />

them to look beautiful all the way<br />

around,” Wheat said. The middle gets<br />

a spike, a tall plant such as a King<br />

Tut papyrus, Dracaena, cannas or<br />

cordyline. The next layer fills out the<br />

middle height of the pot. For full sun,<br />

Wheat suggests geraniums, zinnias<br />

and marigolds. Shade is welcoming<br />

to impatiens, coleus, fuchsia and<br />

tuberous begonias.<br />

At the edge is a plant that spills over<br />

the edge and down the side. At The<br />

Flower Bin, posters identify plants<br />

that will work well in each position so<br />

customers can select with confidence.<br />

“You’d be surprised by the number of<br />

people who feel really intimidated<br />

trying to put together a pot,”<br />

Jackson said. B<br />

Tips for DIY:<br />

• Be realistic about maintenance.<br />

• Group plants that thrive in the same conditions and location: sun,<br />

shade, moist, dry. In other words, don’t put a petunia with a portulaca.<br />

• Water your plants enough. Water is so important.<br />

• Feed. Feed. Feed. A good container needs to be fed every two weeks<br />

with plant food. Plants need food just like puppies need food.<br />

Watering leaches the soil of nutrition.<br />

• Make sure the container has drainage holes in it.<br />

• Use a high-quality potting soil not garden soil.<br />

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Country Chic<br />

Summer fashion with a western twist<br />

On Her: Linen Crop Top<br />

with puff sleeve, Floral<br />

Maxi Skirt and Flower<br />

Crown, at A Florae,<br />

Longmont. Navy<br />

Alligator Shorty Boots,<br />

$2,850, at John Allen<br />

Woodward, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

On Him: Vintage<br />

Pearl Snap Shirt and<br />

Vintage Wrangler<br />

Jeans, at A Florae,<br />

Longmont. Chocolate<br />

Caiman Crocodile<br />

Boots, $1,755; Cognac<br />

Alligator Belt, $595;<br />

Bison Sterling Silver<br />

Buckle, $2,850; Silver<br />

and Turquoise Bolo Tie<br />

$1,495, at John Allen<br />

Woodward, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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Papillon Ruffled dress,<br />

$99, Bagalli all wool felt<br />

hat, $79 and Sterling<br />

Silver Turquoise ring, $45,<br />

at Alpaca Connection,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. Dansko Talulah<br />

Demin clog, at Brown’s<br />

Shoe Fit, Longmont.<br />

Photographer – ELEANOR WILLIAMSON<br />

Fashion Director – EMILY SWEENEY<br />

Assistant – ANNAH MEINTZER<br />

Hair & Makeup – MARI ANNE ELLSAESSER<br />


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Special thanks to TABITHA FARRAR with<br />


White Dog Farm is a horse boarding facility in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. It is also home to Farraway Stud,<br />

breeding and producing Irish Draught and<br />

Irish Sport horses.<br />

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From The Great Floral<br />

Dove dress with crochet<br />

edging, $338 and<br />

AG Mya Jean Jacket,<br />

$218, at Barbara &<br />

Company, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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Lokka Organic Flannel<br />

Shirt, $100; F2F Organic<br />

Cotton Tee, $40; HP<br />

Softshell Cargo Short,<br />

$110; and Cascade Low<br />

HT shoe, $140, at Helly<br />

Hansen, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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Johnny Was Cotton<br />

Tee with floral embroidery,<br />

Johnny Was<br />

Linen Trouser with<br />

floral embroidery,<br />

Wyeth felted hat<br />

with feather and bud<br />

rose trim, at Little<br />

Bird, Niwot.<br />

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On Her: Cotton Denim<br />

Jacket accentuated<br />

handwork by Artisan<br />

Women, Ribbed cotton<br />

Tank, Certified Organic<br />

non-GMO cotton shorts<br />

and Cruelty-free wool<br />

short brim fedora,<br />

curated by SNOW for<br />

SNOW Apparel, Longmont.<br />

Plakton style Amy<br />

Brown shoes at Brown’s<br />

Shoe Fit, Longmont.<br />

On Him: Vintage Cowboy<br />

shirt with pearl<br />

snaps and USA-made<br />

premium leather wide<br />

brim fedora, curated by<br />

SNOW for SNOW Apparel,<br />

Longmont. Bison<br />

Sterling Silver Buckle,<br />

$2,850 and Cognac<br />

Alligator Belt, $595, at<br />

John Allen Woodward,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. Oboz style<br />

Sawtooth X Mid B-Dry<br />

shoe at Brown’s Shoe<br />

Fit, Longmont.<br />

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vest over a classic<br />

Woodstock Tee, Wide<br />

Leg jeans, Oval Lennon<br />

Sunnies and Butterfly<br />

Wing earrings, at The<br />

Ritz, <strong>Boulder</strong>. Blundstone<br />

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September’s bounty of CSA produce<br />

on Stonebridge Farm.<br />

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Green<br />

Unearth the secrets of organic farming<br />




<strong>Boulder</strong> County, honeybees mine flowers for<br />

nectar, while billions of soil microbes break<br />

down crop residues and stimulate plant<br />

growth. Welcome to the world of organic farming and the<br />

industrious farmers who bring fresh food, vegetables and<br />

herbs to tables and restaurants in <strong>Boulder</strong> and beyond.<br />

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Workers on Stonebridge<br />

Farm harvest parsnips in<br />

the fields.<br />

An Unhealthy Cycle<br />

Many large commercial enterprises<br />

engage in monoculture farming, or<br />

growing a single crop. Unfortunately,<br />

this can contribute to a decline in soil<br />

health by depleting nutrients, which<br />

compels farmers to rely on chemical<br />

fertilizers. Pesticides and herbicides<br />

are often used because nutrient-poor<br />

soil is more vulnerable to pests and<br />

weeds. Organic farms strive to break<br />

this unhealthy cycle.<br />

The Organic Approach<br />

Organic farmers adopt a different<br />

methodology, using manure and<br />

compost to fertilize the soil. They<br />

might also utilize insects or traps to<br />

keep out unwanted bugs. Crops are<br />

then rotated to keep the soil healthy,<br />

and workers pull weeds.<br />

Erin Dreistadt and her husband<br />


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Co-owner of Stonebridge<br />

Farm, John Martin, harvests<br />

wine grapes in the vineyard.<br />

Jason Dreistadt run Aspen Moon<br />

Farm. Opened in 2009 and certified<br />

organic since 2011, Aspen Moon<br />

comprises 99 acres, with 25 acres<br />

dedicated to food production. “We<br />

pride ourselves on being organic,” Erin<br />

said. “We feel it’s good for the soil and<br />

for the community.” Indeed, Aspen<br />

Moon takes organic up a notch. They<br />

also practice biodynamics, a holistic,<br />

ecological and ethical approach to<br />

organic farming that views each<br />

farm as a whole, living organism and<br />

prioritizes biodiversity.<br />

The farm subscribes to The<br />

Real Organic Project, a national<br />

organization started by farmers to<br />

protect the meaning of the word<br />

“organic.” For the Dreistadts and Aspen<br />

Moon Farm, it makes sense: “A lot of<br />

people want soil-grown vegetables,<br />

and it’s because Mother Nature is still<br />

mysterious—there’s a lot happening<br />

we don’t know about that creates the<br />

most nutritious, vibrant and flavorful<br />

produce,” said Erin. So, what’s a great<br />

way to get access to all this organic<br />

food? Join a CSA.<br />

The Boons of CSA<br />

Community supported agriculture<br />

(CSA) gets fresh produce to consumers,<br />

improves regional food security and<br />

reduces fossil fuel emissions. In the<br />

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CSA model, community members<br />

purchase shares of a farm’s yield at<br />

the beginning of the growing season,<br />

giving farmers much-needed income<br />

and stability against uncertainties<br />

like unpredictable weather or crop<br />

failure. It also provides members with<br />

a front-row seat to the growing process<br />

and access to the freshest produce.<br />

John Martin and Kayann Short own<br />

and operate Stonebridge Farm, an 11-<br />

acre organic farm north of <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Founded in 1992, Stonebridge has the<br />

distinction of being Colorado’s oldest<br />

continually operating CSA. Part of<br />

that success is rooted in simplicity—<br />

growing, harvesting and sharing with<br />

members. “We follow an old CSA model<br />

where, in the barn, we display what<br />

we’ve grown and people choose their<br />

share of the crop,” Martin said. What<br />

do members receive? “In the spring we<br />

do extremely well with greens, growing<br />

spinach, kale and chard,” he stated.<br />

Later in the season members receive<br />

peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini<br />

and more. Summing up a farmer’s life,<br />

Martin said, “What I love growing is<br />

what our members like to eat!”<br />

Partnering with the County<br />

In 2013 Kilt Farm was born with<br />

a half-acre and a small CSA. Back<br />

then, owner Michael Moss just knew<br />

he wanted to grow really good food.<br />

Today, he leases 80 acres of <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County Open Space. “We cultivate<br />

12 acres for food production and are<br />

working on getting additional ground<br />

ready for small grains,” he said. “It’s<br />

been tough but rewarding.”<br />

Moss’s journey began with <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County Extension programs designed<br />

to help new farmers. From there, he<br />

qualified for loans with the Farm<br />

Service Agency, a federal agency that<br />

helps farmers start or expand their<br />

farming operations. The lynchpin was<br />

access to land, which is where Open<br />

Space came in. “Lots of our food comes<br />

from far away,” Moss explained. “We’ve<br />

got all this land, so the county thought<br />

let’s work with farmers.” Moss works<br />

intimately with <strong>Boulder</strong> County Open<br />

Space. “They are very supportive of<br />

farmers leasing their lands,” he said.<br />

Farm to Table, Truly<br />

While a CSA connects the community<br />

to local food, Lenny and Sara<br />

Martinelli take a different approach<br />

with their farm. Of course, Three<br />

Leaf Farm has a produce operation,<br />

but it’s also an education center and<br />

a destination for farm dinners. “We<br />

grow on about three and a half acres,”<br />

Lenny said. “For a small farm it works<br />

well for us.” It works because most of<br />

the food grown is used for Martinelli’s<br />

group of restaurants. That way<br />

Martinelli’s establishments, including<br />

Leaf, <strong>Boulder</strong> Dushanbe Teahouse,<br />

Chautauqua Dining Hall and others<br />

are guaranteed the freshest herbs<br />

and produce. That’s also the case for<br />

farm dinners that Lenny himself<br />

supervises. “I understand intimately<br />

what’s on the farm at any time—when<br />

it’s coming in and how to incorporate it<br />

into a meal.”<br />

Growing, and Giving Back<br />

The Lyons Farmette, predictably, is<br />


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tiny by farm standards. But this little<br />

farm is a dynamo. In addition to a<br />

small vegetable harvest, the Farmette<br />

grows flowers. “Over the years it’s<br />

become more of a flower farm,” said<br />

owner Betsy Burton. “We’ll grow more<br />

than 500 different varieties.”<br />

Floral arrangements come in handy<br />

for the many events taking place at<br />

the Lyons farm. “We’ve got weddings<br />

on weekends and farm dinners<br />

throughout the summer,” stated<br />

Burton. It’s the dinners that make the<br />

Farmette unique: Proceeds from beer<br />

and wine sales at each dinner go to<br />

a different <strong>Boulder</strong> County nonprofit<br />

organization. “Last year, we hosted<br />

events that raised more than $100,000<br />

for <strong>Boulder</strong> County nonprofits,” said<br />

Burton. Agricultural organizations,<br />

such as Mad Agriculture and Zero<br />

Foodprint, and arts groups like the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County Arts Alliance are<br />

just a few recent recipients. “It’s our<br />

business model,” Burton said, “and<br />

we’re proud of that.”<br />

A Regenerative Future<br />

While <strong>Boulder</strong> County organic farmers<br />

face challenges such as weather, labor<br />

shortages and climate change, they’re<br />

proving organic practices are the<br />

future. Play a part: Join a CSA. Check<br />

out the local farmer’s market. Make<br />

a date for a farm dinner. Head down<br />

that local produce aisle in the grocery<br />

store. You—and your stomach—will<br />

be glad you did. B<br />

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Rendezvous<br />

The ultimate guide to elevated dining this summer<br />


Avanti<br />


in <strong>Boulder</strong> County start heating up around the middle of May,<br />

just after the last big snow melt. As soon as that late-spring<br />

cold snap subsides (and sometimes before it), the umbrellas go up, the tables<br />

get set and the iced drinks begin flowing.<br />

Here are a dozen of the top rooftop restaurant and bar hangouts where<br />

you can enjoy the food, booze and views from sunup to sundown.<br />

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Avanti<br />

Avanti F&B<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

For vistas of downtown <strong>Boulder</strong> and the surrounding<br />

Flatirons, Avanti is hard to beat. The fourth-floor rooftop<br />

hangout has nearly 360-degree views. It also packs in a<br />

bar and a top-notch pizza counter alongside seating indoors<br />

and out—pick from a fireside perch, a railing overlook, a<br />

communal table, or a cozy lounge. This is the place for a<br />

pie with friends, from afternoon to sunset and well into<br />

the night.<br />

Birdhouse<br />

Erie<br />

The rooftop isn’t the only draw to this newer downtown<br />

Erie restaurant; Birdhouse also serves ramen, tacos and<br />

tropical cocktails, with a specialty in rum-based mixed<br />

drinks. Sound intriguing? This eclectic street food spot is<br />

also built around a big old cottonwood tree, making it a<br />

true “birdhouse,” or a treehouse once you get up to the roof,<br />

which is surrounded by leafy overhanging branches. Order<br />

a spread that includes chicken karaage, carnitas tacos,<br />

tonkotsu ramen and a Gold Finch cocktail with spiced rum<br />

and grapefruit.<br />

Cocktail at Waterloo<br />

Flavors of India<br />

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Corrida<br />

Cafe Mexicali<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

The <strong>Boulder</strong> location of this Front Range Mexican<br />

restaurant chain is walkable from CU’s campus. And even<br />

though it’s located just off Route 36 and mostly surrounded<br />

by concrete, you’ll feel worlds away once you climb the stairs<br />

to the mountain-facing, second-story rooftop. This is the<br />

spot to stop for lunch and take a breath (in between bites of<br />

sweet corn enchiladas or chicken molido quesolles).<br />

Corrida<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Romantic evenings, special occasions and any reason to<br />

celebrate for a night might bring you to Corrida’s rooftop<br />

restaurant and patio. The sprawling top-floor space seems<br />

so close to the Flatirons that you could almost reach out and<br />

touch them. Instead, snap a photo of the killer views while<br />

sitting fireside with a gin tonic and some tapas. Or grab a<br />

dinner table for a more serious meal of Spanish octopus,<br />

steak and tempranillo.<br />

Rosetta Hall<br />

Corrida<br />

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Rio Grande<br />

Flavor of India<br />

Longmont<br />

This downtown Longmont restaurant might surprise you<br />

with its shaded rooftop terrace, complete with a large bar<br />

where you can people-watch. The open-air dining area is<br />

still enclosed on two sides by neighboring business’ walls,<br />

so you’ll feel just exposed enough to the elements while<br />

still staying warm (and, even better, dry). Go for clay-oven<br />

tandoori or goat curry, and add an iced or hot chai depending<br />

on the weather.<br />

Piripi<br />

Erie<br />

You might not have suspected Erie as a date-night<br />

destination, but this suburban enclave gets quite romantic<br />

after dark. And the heated second-floor patio at Piripi is<br />

completely charming overlooking Briggs Street. A small<br />

playroom inside the restaurant can even occupy the kids<br />

while you’re finishing up with a quiet moment at dinner.<br />

The menu leans Mediterranean, and chef Hugo cooks paella<br />

on the first Monday of (almost) every month.<br />

Birdhouse<br />

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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

34-year-old <strong>Boulder</strong> staple, the Rio, got a big refresh in 2019,<br />

bringing its famous margaritas (limit three per customer)<br />

and equally famous local rooftop into the 2020s. These days<br />

you can find all the original menu favorites plus many more<br />

scratch-made food and drink options, including a long list<br />

of specialty tequilas and house margaritas. The views of<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>’s Flatirons rival Corrida nearby, while the vibe and<br />

price point are certainly more casual.<br />

Rosetta Hall<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Eight international food stalls, a coffee counter and two<br />

bars (one on the rooftop) make Rosetta Hall one of the<br />

prime spots in <strong>Boulder</strong> to eat with a group while taking in<br />

mountain scenery. The multi-leveled roof terrace includes<br />

a row of private cabanas for a poolside feel, while a builtin<br />

“boat” brings you closer to sea-level for some lounging<br />

on pillows and turf. Sunday DJ sets make the already cool<br />

atmosphere even cooler with the trifecta of music, cocktails<br />

and food.<br />

The Roost<br />

Longmont<br />

Come May, it starts to feel like a little oasis up on the roof of<br />

The Roost in Longmont. Surrounded by Main Street’s leafy<br />

trees and flower beds, The Roost will lift its garage doors<br />

once the weather warms to create a full patio effect from<br />

the first floor up to the rooftop. Add in some live music sets<br />

along with the craft food and drinks, and you’ve got an easy<br />

hangout, especially during happy hour, which runs from<br />

3-6 pm. every day except Friday and Saturday.<br />

Café Mexical<br />

Rio Grande<br />

The Roost<br />

The Roost<br />

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West End Tavern<br />

William<br />

Oliver’s<br />

Publick<br />

House<br />

Piripi<br />

Waterloo<br />

Louisville<br />

Austin, Texas transplant Waterloo is eclectic and laid<br />

back, just like its home city. Food offerings include a little<br />

something for everyone, from burgers to tacos and bowls.<br />

The second-floor rooftop deck connects to the restaurant’s<br />

upstairs dining room and bar, bringing a backyard vibe<br />

and views over Main Street. Find community tables,<br />

smaller group seating, bar stools and plenty of shade in<br />

the summertime.<br />

West End Tavern<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

A West Pearl Street classic, West End Tavern has been<br />

kickin’ since 1987 inside a building that dates back nearly<br />

a century longer. Burgers are a go-to on the food menu, but<br />

the barbecue is also a must (go for the burnt ends). And<br />

upstairs, the rooftop remains hidden among surrounding<br />

buildings while still providing epic views to the Flatirons.<br />

Order a beer on tap or bourbon from the extensive list and<br />

join a party that’s more than 35 years in the making.<br />

William Oliver’s Publick House<br />

Lafayette<br />

Two things to know about William Oliver’s: Bacon and<br />

Whiskey. This Fort Collins-based bar stocks bottles from<br />

Colorado, Scotland and around the world. And bits of thickcut<br />

bacon (or whole slices) are sprinkled across the food menu,<br />

as well as in some of the cocktails. The Lafayette outpost is<br />

easy to spot with its red-barn exterior. Head straight to the<br />

rooftop for late-night drinks under the twinkle lights and<br />

stars; the pub now stays open until 2am daily.<br />

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Band on the Brick<br />


It's Heating Up<br />

Bask in <strong>Boulder</strong>’s many summertime festivities<br />



We’re only half-kidding—with Colorado’s 300 days of annual sunshine, it’s difficult to<br />

pick a favorite season in the Centennial state. Fall brings spectacular color; winter<br />

has firelit evenings and snowy days; and, in spring, it’s all wildflowers and warming<br />

weather—which brings us to summer’s long, sun-drenched days that we get to fill with<br />

unbridled fun.<br />

And <strong>Boulder</strong> certainly doesn’t lack when it comes to summertime shenanigans. We’ve<br />

wrangled up some of the top activities to enjoy during the warmer months. Whether<br />

you’re a thrill-seeker or prefer a more relaxed pace, there’s something for everyone.<br />

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Family Hiking<br />

Outdoor Adventures<br />

Tackle the Trail<br />

The Open Space and Mountain Parks Trail System<br />

Challenge asks you to take on all 176 marked trails in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>, logging some 155 miles as you earn bragging<br />

rights and a pretty sweet badge when you finish that last<br />

mile. Share your progress by using #<strong>Boulder</strong>TrailChallenge<br />

as you post pics and videos of your adventure. For<br />

a complete trail challenge checklist and maps, visit<br />

bouldercolorado.gov.<br />

Tube to Work<br />

Don your work duds, grab your tube and join “The World’s<br />

Greatest Traffic Jam” on <strong>July</strong> 14 as you float to work<br />

(or at least from Eben G. Fine Park to <strong>Boulder</strong> Central<br />

Park). It’s weird, it’s fun and it’s a good reason to be a<br />

little late to the office. Entry is $20. Find the schedule at<br />

tubetoworkday.com.<br />


Hike Incognito, or In Costume<br />

This is <strong>Boulder</strong>, so a hike to the Flatirons is mandatory in<br />

any season. But this summer, have a little fun with it and<br />

make the trek in costume. Some folks dress as superheroes,<br />

others do it in SCUBA gear, roller skates or their birthday<br />

suit. No matter what you choose, we’re sure you’ll hit the<br />

trail in style.<br />


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Tubing on <strong>Boulder</strong> Creek<br />

Reach New Heights<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Paragliding takes adventurous folks (like you) high<br />

into the sky for a new perspective on town. Drift through<br />

the air on your tandem flight, take in the incredible sights<br />

and, if you love it, sign up for lessons to become a certified<br />

paraglider. Learn more at boulderparagliding.com.<br />

Cool Off With Whitewater Rafting<br />

Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River, the Cache<br />

La Poudre River, runs through the Roosevelt National<br />

Forest, not far north of <strong>Boulder</strong>. This narrow watercourse<br />

offers Class II-IV rapids from start to finish. Guides from A<br />

Wanderlust Adventure can steer you down safely. Though,<br />

be warned—you’re definitely in the splash zone. Plan your<br />

journey at awanderlustadventure.com.<br />

Tube Through Town<br />

Of course, you can cool off—and experience some smaller<br />

rapids—by tubing <strong>Boulder</strong> Creek from Eben G. Fine<br />

Whitewater Park into downtown. Think of it as a practice<br />

run for Tube to Work Day or just a great reason to ditch<br />

your desk and have some fun on the water. The water’s cold<br />

in <strong>Boulder</strong> Creek, even in summer, so you might want a<br />

wetsuit. Fortunately, Whitewater Tubing can help you out<br />

at whitewatertubing.com.<br />

Camp Under the Stars<br />

The Perseid Meteor Shower will put on a show from <strong>July</strong> 17<br />

to Aug. 24, peaking on Aug. 13, just ahead of the new moon.<br />

Ergo, a night or two of camping is in order. There are more<br />

than 50 developed campgrounds in both the Arapaho and<br />

Roosevelt National Forests, as well as the Pawnee National<br />

Grassland, located within a short drive of <strong>Boulder</strong>. Check<br />

out the developed and dispersed camping here at fs.usda.<br />

gov/arp or head out to your favorite campground for a<br />

dazzling display of celestial fireworks.<br />


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Performing Arts<br />

Meadow Music<br />

Bring the kids along for an all-ages hike and concert<br />

by Jeff & Paige, the musical duo with a passion for the<br />

environment. The 30-minute hikes begin at Chautauqua<br />

Park and the entertaining nature- and science-based<br />

concert takes place on Chautauqua Green. Several dates<br />

have been announced—<strong>June</strong> 12, 19 and 26; <strong>July</strong> 8, 17 and<br />

22—and more may be on the horizon. For event information<br />

and other Jeff & Paige shows, visit jeffandpaige.org.<br />

A Symphony Summer<br />

The Colorado Music Festival runs a six-week summer<br />

concert series at Chautauqua Auditorium, where the<br />

Festival Orchestra (nearly 50 players strong) and<br />

special guest musicians perform works by Mahler,<br />

Mozart, Rachmaninoff and others, including world<br />

premiere compositions. Dates and tickets can be found at<br />

coloradomusicfestival.org.<br />

LOL<br />

The <strong>Boulder</strong> Comedy Festival (<strong>June</strong> 21-25) brings local,<br />

regional and national touring comedians to town for<br />

shows at BOCO Cider, the Dairy Arts Center, Wonderland<br />

Brewing, Finkel & Garf and Junkyard Social. Schedule and<br />

tickets can be found at bouldercomedyfestival.com.<br />

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Join the Long Strange Trip (One Last Time)<br />

On <strong>July</strong> 1-3, Dead & Company—the remaining members<br />

of the Grateful Dead, plus a few other musical wizards—<br />

returns to <strong>Boulder</strong> for a final series of performances at<br />

Folsom Field on the CU campus. This is Dead & Company’s<br />

final run and nearly every show is sold out, but who knows,<br />

maybe you can score a miracle: deadandcompany.com.<br />

51st Annual RockyGrass Festival<br />

Lyons celebrates all things bluegrass from <strong>July</strong> 28-30 when<br />

RockyGrass returns for its 51st installment. Sam Bush,<br />

Peter Rowan, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Stillhouse<br />

Junkies and about two dozen other marquee acts—as well<br />

as a second stage filled with the next generation of bluegrass<br />

stars—fill the air with that high, lonesome sound. Camp<br />

on-site at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, where you can take<br />

part in workshops and talks or jam out and sing along with<br />

friends new and old. Tickets and lineup information can be<br />

found at bluegrass.com/rockygrass.<br />

Bands on the Bricks<br />

This free outdoor summer concert series runs every Wednesday<br />

night from 6-9 pm, <strong>June</strong> 14 to Aug. 2. This summer’s lineup<br />

is made up of an assortment of great local and Front Range<br />

musicians, including The Goonies, Chimbangle, Chain<br />

Station and Mighty Mystic. For the full lineup—including<br />

opening acts—head to boulderdowntown.com.<br />

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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival<br />

The music-loving town of Lyons hosts the Rocky Mountain<br />

Folks Festival on Aug. 11-13. This so-called “Summit on the<br />

Song” brings together songwriters, singers and musicians<br />

across many genres together to play, sing, write and talk<br />

about the music-making process. Tickets and additional<br />

information can be found at bluegrass.com/folks.<br />

and <strong>June</strong> 25); the Dance Conservatory of Denver’s blend of<br />

ballet, jazz and modern choreography (<strong>June</strong> 11); the daylong<br />

Hocus Focus Magic Camp (various dates and age groups);<br />

the Community Writing Circle (<strong>June</strong> 27, <strong>July</strong> 25, Aug. 22);<br />

and more. Details on these events and the full lineup can be<br />

found at thedairy.org.<br />

Hiking Theatre<br />

The creative minds at Arts In The Open deliver a different<br />

kind of outdoor theatre throughout summer: The plays<br />

take place on, or beside, hiking trails. From early <strong>June</strong><br />

through mid-August, a pair of plays—”A Superhero<br />

Tale” by Alisha Bashaw and “Myth Adventures” by Patti<br />

Murtha—will be performed trailside for a roving, hiking<br />

audience. Performances are suitable for all ages and involve<br />

a moderate hike. Find tickets and additional information at<br />

artsintheopera.org.<br />

Dairy Arts Center’s Killer Lineup<br />

The Dairy Arts Center has a summer season lineup like<br />

no other. Colorado Sky: Puppet Opera Festival (<strong>June</strong> 3-4);<br />

Parlando School of Musical Arts’ performances of “Twelfth<br />

Night” and “James and the Giant Peach Jr!” (<strong>June</strong> 16-17<br />

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Festivals and Celebrations<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Jewish Festival<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 4, the <strong>Boulder</strong> Jewish Festival celebrates all things<br />

Jewish culture and artistry on Pearl Street. Musicians,<br />

dancers, artists and artisans will perform and display their<br />

wares while food vendors and local Jewish organizations<br />

provide other ways to celebrate or deepen your connection<br />

to the culture. More information available at boulderjcc.org.<br />

Take Pride in <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County celebrates Pride Month in <strong>June</strong> with a<br />

number of events. <strong>Boulder</strong> Pride Festival takes place <strong>June</strong><br />

11 at <strong>Boulder</strong> Central Park; Lafayette Pride on the Plaza is<br />

<strong>June</strong> 15; QTPOC Pride is <strong>June</strong> 18 at the Equality Center<br />

of the Rocky Mountains; and Longmont Pride Festival is<br />

<strong>June</strong> 30 at Roosevelt Park. Full details can be found at<br />

outboulder.org/pride.<br />

Colorado Shakespeare Festival<br />

From mid-<strong>June</strong> through August, experience the best of The<br />

Bard at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a summer-long<br />

series of plays at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on CU’s<br />

campus. This season the players will present “Much Ado<br />

About Nothing,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “King Lear,” and “The<br />

Comedy of Errors,” in addition to “One Man, Two Guvnors,”<br />

by Richard Bean. Dates, tickets and future performances<br />

can be found at cupresents.org.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Fine Arts Street Festival<br />

This outdoor arts festival elevates the typical arts and crafts<br />

you’ll find at street fairs and focuses on fine artists and<br />

accomplished artisans from nearby and across the nation.<br />

For two full days—<strong>July</strong> 8-9—meet the artists, admire their<br />

works and bring a treasure home. Information is available<br />

at artfestival.com.<br />

Pearl Street Arts Festival<br />

<strong>July</strong> 14-16, <strong>Boulder</strong> welcomes another arts festival, this time<br />

on the Pearl Street Mall. The Pearl Street Arts Festival<br />

has a little of everything—watercolors and oils, sculptures,<br />

photography and prints—in works traditional and playful,<br />

at a range of price points. It’s a great place to start your<br />

art collection and discover up-and-coming local artists:<br />

boulderdowntown.com/arts-fest.<br />

ENOFF Film Fest<br />

From <strong>July</strong> 13-16, <strong>Boulder</strong>’s Environmental/Nature/<br />

Outdoors Film Festival delivers four days of narrative,<br />

documentary and short films from artists around the world.<br />

In addition to screenings, there are Q&A sessions, talks,<br />

music and more. Lineup and ticket information can be found<br />

at boulderenoff.org.<br />

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A Peachy Gathering<br />

In nearby Lafayette, the Lafayette Peach Festival celebrates<br />

its 24th year in <strong>2023</strong>. On Aug. 19, pick up your peach<br />

pies, dig into some peach cobbler and enjoy all the games<br />

and booths at the fair. Front Range and Western artists,<br />

artisans and craftspeople will have works for sale, as will<br />

scores of vendors: lafayettecolorado.com/special-events.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Taco Fest<br />

Between bouts of Lucha Libre wrestling, performances from<br />

the slate of bands and all the games to play and things to<br />

do, you might forget to sample some of the tacos at <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Taco Fest. On Aug. 26, the lawn at the <strong>Boulder</strong> Civic Area<br />

and Library will be transformed into a temple to tacos<br />

where you can taste tacos (of course), tequila and craft beer.<br />

Tickets begin at $30. Learn more at bouldertacofest.com.<br />

Dinner in the Dark<br />

The <strong>Boulder</strong> Blind Café Experience: Music and Dinner<br />

in the Dark is one of the most unusual—and impactful—<br />

things to try in <strong>Boulder</strong> this summer. From Aug. 18-20, you<br />

and your dinner companions have the chance to sit down<br />

for a family-style dinner and concert in 100% darkness.<br />

No blindfolds, no light, just your four other senses working<br />

overtime. Full information and reservations are available<br />

at theblindcafe.com/boulder. B<br />

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Better Than Before<br />

How one Louisville couple rebuilt their home<br />

following the 2021 Marshall Fire<br />

By EMILY O’BRIEN » Photos JON EADY<br />

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was not something Roy<br />

and Virginia Howland had<br />

planned on doing. But when<br />

the 2021 Marshall Fire destroyed<br />

their house, along with more than<br />

1,000 others, on that fateful December<br />

day in Louisville, they knew fairly<br />

quickly that they wanted to rebuild on<br />

the same lot.<br />

“We love Louisville and our<br />

neighborhood and neighbors, and<br />

we wanted to stay here. People were<br />

telling us, ‘It’s going to take you two<br />

or three years to rebuild,’ which was<br />

discouraging,” said Roy.<br />

Thankfully, the couple connected<br />

with builder Justin Wood of Wood<br />

Brothers Homes in Louisville.<br />

“He was more encouraging on<br />

the timeline,” Roy said, adding that<br />

he liked that Wood was from the<br />

area. “We felt he was giving us a<br />

realistic scenario, which was what<br />

we wanted. There was no sales pitch,<br />

and everyone from Wood Brothers<br />

Homes is genuinely invested in getting<br />

people back home. This came across<br />

consistently throughout the project.”<br />

A blend of farmhouse<br />

features and modern<br />

Craftsman touches infuse<br />

the living space.<br />


The homeowners didn’t just build<br />

a replica of their 2,500-square-foot<br />

home; they jumped at the opportunity<br />

to make it better.<br />

“We had lived in the prior house for<br />

24 years, so it was easy to identify<br />

things we wanted to do differently,”<br />

Roy said. To achieve their dream<br />

home, the Howlands partnered with<br />

Whitten Design Group, in addition to<br />

Wood Brothers Homes.<br />

The architects at Whitten Design<br />

Group helped the Howlands do an<br />

inventory of their wants and their<br />

needs, considering several elements,<br />

such as the size, layout, and desired<br />

views. They also explored different<br />

interior styles and exterior features.<br />

However, throughout all the decisionmaking<br />

processes, the Howlands<br />

always prioritized the need for their<br />

new home to belong.<br />

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The open floor plan of the<br />

kitchen creates an inviting<br />

space for dinner parties and<br />

family-style get-togethers.<br />

“Since their home was at the very<br />

boundary of the fire, most of the<br />

homes on their street survived,” Karl<br />

Whitten of Whitten Design Group<br />

said. “Together, we forged a design and<br />

selected material that keeps up with<br />

the palate of adjacent homes, while<br />

also giving the Howlands an identity<br />

of their own.”<br />

The home’s new exterior combines<br />

Western farmhouse styles with<br />

Craftsman features. Internally, the<br />

materials, finishes and furnishings<br />

are more contemporary. Previously,<br />

the home was a four-bedroom, twoand-a-half-bath.<br />

Today, the home has<br />

five bedrooms and four baths.<br />

“It all came together in the final<br />

designs and when we selected all<br />

the colors and surfaces. It was fun to<br />

watch it become real,” said Virginia.<br />

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The Howlands also heightened the<br />

ceilings to add a sense of airiness<br />

and utilized natural stone throughout<br />

the home. They installed a mudroom<br />

and repositioned the owner’s suite to<br />

face westward, providing them with<br />

a view of the mountains instead of<br />

the southeastern landscapes they<br />

had before.<br />

“The main living area is much<br />

brighter and more open than what<br />

we had before. The fireplace came<br />

out really nice and makes it a really<br />

comfortable space,” Roy said. “We also<br />

added a finished space in the basement,<br />

so the house doesn’t feel too big for the<br />

two of us but still has a lot of practical<br />

living space for a bigger family.”<br />

The couple also made the new<br />

kitchen roomier since they cook quite<br />

a bit.<br />

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The lofty windows<br />

welcome in plenty<br />

of natural light<br />

and align with the<br />

resilient building<br />

standards set by<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County and<br />

surrounding areas.<br />

hooks, a built-in bench and shelves so<br />

it was fully functional when we moved<br />

in,” Roy said.<br />

The Howlands were pleased with<br />

Wood Brothers Homes’ standard<br />

building options, like the solid wood<br />

doors, lighting, plumbing fixtures and<br />

Euro frameless shower doors.<br />

“They were easy to work with on<br />

really anything we wanted, and<br />

they went above and beyond what<br />

we suggested for areas like the mud<br />

room—adding wood paneling with<br />


It’s not often you hear how quickly<br />

a home was built. In fact, it’s quite<br />

the opposite.<br />

While there were some supply<br />

chain issues, Wood Brothers Homes<br />

knew how to get around them.<br />

Certain materials like appliances and<br />

windows needed to be ordered more<br />

immediately, long before the building<br />

process even began.<br />

And working with the same<br />

contractors as they had for the<br />

past 13 years came in handy: They<br />

didn’t have to worry about labor<br />

shortage issues, which many other<br />

companies encountered.<br />

Effectively, Wood Brothers Homes<br />

operated at a lightning-quick pace.<br />

They were the first builders to clear<br />

a lot in Louisville, which required<br />

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A backsplash of<br />

Spanish-inspired<br />

tiles perfectly<br />

complement<br />

the home’s<br />

Euro frameless<br />

shower doors.<br />

adhering to unique protocols due<br />

to the fire. Wood Brother Homes<br />

removed 12 inches of topsoil from the<br />

Howland’s land, ridding the ground<br />

of any contaminants left over by the<br />

fire. The company was also the first to<br />

complete a rebuild, which was finished<br />

on December 16, 2022—just two weeks<br />

before the first anniversary of the<br />

Marshall Fire.<br />

For Wood and his team, there<br />

are no plans to slow down anytime<br />

soon. They’re currently rebuilding<br />

25 homes, each with different styles<br />

and designs—which is unlike most<br />

builders, who typically undertake<br />

large projects by streamlining layouts<br />

and aesthetics.<br />

“We’re thrilled to be able to help<br />

as many of these clients as we can.<br />

Because most of my team actually grew<br />

up in Louisville, it’s very important for<br />

us to help this community look forward<br />

and thrive,” said Wood.<br />

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And for Roy and Virginia, their work<br />

has certainly made an impact.<br />

“Words can’t adequately describe<br />

what it feels like to suddenly not be<br />

able to go home and to know you can’t<br />

go home for what’s going to be a long<br />

time. We were extra happy that Wood<br />

Brothers Homes not only met their<br />

timeline but beat it by two months,”<br />

said Roy. “For people who didn’t lose<br />

a home in the fire, it seems like it<br />

happened a long time ago. But many<br />

families are still displaced. We are just<br />

so relieved to be back home.” B<br />


Following the 2021 Marshall Fire, <strong>Boulder</strong> County, the City of Louisville<br />

and the Town of Superior partnered with EnergySmart, <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s<br />

neutral residential energy advising service to create resources for residents<br />

and builders looking to rebuild homes that are more resilient to future<br />

climate crises.<br />

Resilient rebuilds are those that are energy-efficient, air-tight and wellconstructed.<br />

The Howlands adopted many of these features in their<br />

reconstruction, prioritizing:<br />

• Electric appliances<br />

• Solar power<br />

• Upgraded windows<br />

• Better insulation<br />

• Electric vehicle charging station<br />

To learn more about rebuilding after climate disasters, visit<br />

rebuildingbetter.org.<br />

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In the mud room,<br />

Wood Brothers<br />

Homes installed<br />

wood panels,<br />

hooks, shelves and<br />

a bench to create<br />

a functional and<br />

beautiful space.<br />

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once roamed Colorado,<br />

living off the land.<br />

Later, they were met by<br />

settlers from the east,<br />

who pushed westward and brought<br />

domesticated horses of their own to<br />

assist settlement.<br />

Today, that spirit lives on in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County as many residents<br />

enjoy relationships with horses, from<br />

working partners to family pets.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County’s wide-open spaces<br />

and well-maintained trails are ideal<br />

for horses and riders. The area’s<br />

beauty has also attracted many new<br />

two-legged residents, resulting in some<br />

of the county’s farms and boarding<br />

facilities being converted to housing<br />

developments. There are, however,<br />

many still in operation and thriving.<br />

One of which is run by longtime<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County residents Dan Michaels<br />

and Barb Haaland-Michaels, who own<br />

Rabbit Mountain Equestrian Center<br />

near Longmont. They’ve lived on the 20-<br />

acre property for the past 42 years and<br />

have three horses of their own. They<br />

also board horses and offer training<br />

through several independent trainers.<br />

An avid rider, Michaels takes<br />

weekly trail rides and invites clients<br />

to join him. Michaels was recently<br />

awarded a patent for a devise he<br />

invented for frangible fences for cross<br />

country jumps, which was featured<br />

in an issue of The Chronical of the<br />

Horse magazine. And in 2022, he was<br />

awarded the Governor’s Cup for his<br />

volunteer work with the United States<br />

Eventing Association (USEA). “There<br />

are many ways to achieve success in<br />

the world of horses, with the Olympics<br />

being just one component —as in most<br />

sports,” Haaland-Michaels said.<br />

In the past, Michaels has competed<br />

with his Holsteiner horses, Landonn<br />

and Lance, at the USEA Preliminary<br />

Level, earning several local and<br />

regional trophies. He continues to<br />

participate in eventing, an equestrian<br />

triathlon that combines dressage,<br />

cross-country and show jumping.<br />


Equestrian<br />

Roam <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s many equestrian<br />

centers and rescues<br />


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Elizabeth Riecks<br />

riding in partnership<br />

with Riggins.<br />


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The training programs at Rabbit<br />

Mountain Equestrian Center have<br />

evolved, too. Serious dressage—often<br />

referred to as “horse ballet”—is no<br />

longer offered. Instead, the couple<br />

focuses on having fun and prioritizes<br />

the relationship between the horse<br />

and the rider. Training includes basic<br />

riding, eventers and hunter/jumpers.<br />

Other specialized training can be<br />

arranged with the trainers.<br />

At least once a year, on-site clinics<br />

are led by well-known trainers, which<br />

includes former Olympians.<br />

However, Haaland-Michaels worries<br />

for the future of the horse farms. Many<br />

have changed hands the past few years,<br />

and an influx of wealthy new residents<br />

may have contributed to a rise in<br />

property values, she speculates. And in<br />

May, they received their property tax<br />

notice. “The property valuation on our<br />

barn went up 300%,” she said. “That’s<br />

really going to have an impact on small<br />

barns already struggling to stay open.<br />

I know of a barn that’s closing at the<br />

end of the month. Their boarders<br />

are calling us. They can’t afford our<br />

board prices, and we operate with no<br />

profit margin.”<br />

Nestled in Black Hawk, Rudolph<br />

Ranch is another <strong>Boulder</strong> County horse<br />

boarding facility that’s located near<br />

Golden State Park. Like Michaels and<br />

Haaland-Michaels, Debbie and Corey<br />

Marshall live on the same property as<br />

their barns and pastures.<br />

The ranch is home to a corral<br />

for roping practice, a fire pit and a<br />

horseshoe pit, along with the many<br />

miles of trails that are often the<br />

destination of group rides.<br />

“We do live on site, so horses here get<br />

a lot of one-on-one care and attention,”<br />

Debbie said. “Our ranch is one of the<br />

few that offers pasture boarding and<br />

wide-open spaces for daily turnout.”<br />

The natural setting allows the<br />

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Mustang Amedeus (recently<br />

wild) feeling alive.<br />


horses to relax, she noted. “Their<br />

health seems to stay on point because<br />

they are always moving, allowing their<br />

digestive system to work naturally.<br />

They also wear their feet naturally in<br />

this mountain terrain, which helps cut<br />

down on farrier visits.”<br />

Busy work schedules can cause<br />

horse owners to spend less time with<br />

their horses than they’d like, which<br />

can cause stress for both the horse and<br />

its human companion. “At Rudolph<br />

Ranch, customers can be assured that<br />

their horse is out roaming with the<br />

herd and extremely free and happy.<br />

This is a huge peace of mind for horse<br />

owners,” Debbie said.<br />

The happiness of their horses lies at<br />

the top of the list of many horse owners<br />

and inspired Elizabeth Riecks to join<br />

forces with Todd and Jill Giles to found<br />

Wildsong Ranch in Longmont. Riecks<br />

is the operations manager and head<br />

trainer, and the Giles own the facility.<br />

“I had always dreamt of having my<br />

horses in as natural environment as<br />

possible,” Riecks said. Previously,<br />

her horses were boarded in a small<br />

paddock where they could wander, but<br />

their space to explore was limited. “My<br />

horses were just not happy,” she said.<br />

“One of my trainer friends introduced<br />

me to a track on her property. I was<br />

intrigued.” The system, developed in<br />

the 1980s by renowned farrier Jaime<br />

Jackson, and explained in his book<br />

Paddock Paradise, mimics the daily life<br />

of a horse in a wild herd. “They travel<br />

up to thirty miles a day between food<br />

and water sources. They have a long<br />

path, a territory they follow,” Riecks<br />

explained. “This system seeks to mimic<br />

and synthesize the natural migration.<br />

They get way more movement and<br />

can maintain a better weight. They’re<br />

not standing around. Because of the<br />

movement and they live in herds,<br />

there’s tons of stimulation, and horses<br />

on this system are very alive.”<br />

Since the trio teamed up five years<br />

ago, they’ve added five tracks and an<br />

arena and are working on beautifying<br />

the property. They’ve also inspired<br />

five nearby facilities to implement<br />

the track.<br />

“It’s cool that it’s growing,”<br />

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Tartan sleeping<br />

said Riecks.<br />

Wildsong Ranch boards Riecks’<br />

three horses in addition to 39<br />

others—and there’s a long waiting<br />

list. They also host a team of mental<br />

health practitioners—therapists<br />

and coaches of different trainings<br />

and backgrounds—who work with<br />

equines to help heal their clients.<br />

“It has created another dimension<br />

of humans,” Riecks said. “It gives<br />

the horses a different purpose. They<br />

thrive having a job. They enjoy the<br />

work of helping humans.”<br />

Helping humans and their horses<br />

is the goal of <strong>Boulder</strong> County Horse<br />

Association (BCHA), which has<br />

been advocating for the equestrian<br />

community since 1971.<br />

Despite <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s long<br />

tradition of horse ownership, the<br />

possibility of zoning restrictions on<br />

horse property prompted the local<br />

equestrian community to band<br />

together. They began by advocating for<br />

access to trails and open spaces.<br />

It’s definitely a local issue,” said<br />

BCHA treasurer Carmen Porter.<br />

The advocacy group attends town<br />

and county meetings to stay updated<br />

on issues affecting the equestrian<br />

community. There’s also a great deal<br />

of social interaction among members:<br />

An extensive business directory<br />

connects owners and their horses to<br />

helpful resources.<br />

The all-volunteer organization<br />

provides educational outreach as<br />

well, specifically targeting biking and<br />

landowners’ communities, who share<br />

many trails with horses and their<br />

riders. “There are rules of etiquette,<br />

and we do our best to try to work<br />

together. Some people who own open<br />

space don’t necessarily know about<br />

horses,” said Porter. Likewise, bikers<br />

may not know the proper way to<br />

approach a horse.<br />

The BCHA also educates first<br />

responders, who are critical to animal<br />

evacuations, such as during the 2021<br />

Marshall fire. Porter also instructs<br />

a 4-H horse program that teaches 55<br />

young riders how to properly care for<br />

and ride their horses. B<br />

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Elizabeth Riecks with<br />

her horses, Riggins and<br />

Jestoro, on one of the<br />

Paddock Paradise tracks.<br />


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Colorado Horse<br />

Rescue, Longmont<br />

More than 200 volunteers join a dozen staff members at<br />

Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR), an organization that support<br />

rescues horses in danger and assists loving horse owners in<br />

rehoming their cherished friends when circumstances don’t<br />

allow them to continue to care for the animal.<br />

The 501(c)(3) organization initially focused on abused and<br />

neglected horses. But today there are 60 horses living on<br />

the 50-acre property. “They’re not all abused,” said CHR’s<br />

adoption manager Sharon Gilbert. “Typically, the owner<br />

loved them enough to not sell them at auction or to a<br />

stranger.”<br />

However, some animals do come from the Fort Collins<br />

livestock auction. “We pick up horses that we think have a<br />

lot of promise and have no business being at the auction<br />

except for the circumstance of the owner. They may not<br />

know the full ramifications of such an act,” Gilbert said.<br />

Each year hundreds of thousands of horses are sent from<br />

the US to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.<br />

CHR specializes in rehoming, providing the horses with<br />

veterinary care and determining where they are in their<br />

training to help facilitate more adoptions. Situated near<br />

Colorado State University, the rescue partners with equine<br />

science students in caring for the horses, as well as local<br />

veterinarians.<br />

“Our biggest mission is finding those safe solutions,” said<br />

Gilbert. Horses are placed in new homes under a contract<br />

that stipulates that new owners can take the horse back<br />

to the rescue at any time. In 2022, a record 63 adoptions<br />

occurred, and safe solutions were found for 197 horses.<br />

Local foster families also care for horses rescued by CHR,<br />

and the nonprofit’s Leg UP Program provides short-term<br />

financial assistance to support day-to-day feeding, basic<br />

care, emergency vet care, gelding services or euthanasia.<br />

“The horse comes first, and what that horse needs is a<br />

priority,” Gilbert said. “There’s no magic crystal ball we have<br />

that ensures every person has the best of intentions, but<br />

problems are rare with our process. We also must ask about<br />

income; this is not inexpensive.”<br />

Horses are adopted as riding or nonriding companions.<br />

The inaugural Performance Equine Adoption Kickstart<br />

(PEAK) Training Challenge, spearheaded by Gilbert, will take<br />

place on <strong>June</strong> 4. During the public adoption event, trainers<br />

will showcase five horses up for adoption. “It’s amazing, the<br />

talented trainers we have in the community. They are doing<br />

amazing and wonderful things for the horses to increase<br />

their adoptability,” she said.<br />

In September, the annual Mane Event fundraiser<br />

will be presented at the center. Tickets are available<br />

at chr.org. The center also hosts education clinics and<br />

offers many community resources, from vendors to<br />

evacuation procedures.<br />

Horse Operation Foreman<br />

manager at Sylvan Dale<br />

Guest Ranch in Colorado,<br />

Dustin Call, riding rescue<br />

horse, Rooster.<br />

Trainer Brett Sanko with<br />

rescue horse Raven.<br />

Whimsy was purchased at<br />

the livestock auction and<br />

soon found out she was<br />

carrying a filly.<br />

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dining out | in the kitchen | libations | restaurant guide<br />

Inviting Digs<br />

Executive chef and partner<br />

Tony Hessel, at the newly<br />

reopened Brasserie Ten Ten.<br />


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dining out<br />

Brasserie Ten Ten<br />

Reopening brings renewed appreciation<br />

for French cuisine<br />

1011 Walnut St.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

303-998-1010<br />

brasserietenten.com<br />



a Parisian-style brasserie<br />

in the heart of <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

initially opened in 2013 to<br />

rave reviews. When it closed during<br />

the coronavirus pandemic, the hearts<br />

of its loyal customers were broken—but<br />

only temporarily. They patiently waited<br />

for 26 months until it reopened in the<br />

summer of 2022.<br />

Brasserie is the remaining crown<br />

jewel in the Walnut Restaurant Group<br />

umbrella that Peg and Joe Romano<br />

owned. During the pandemic, they sold<br />

The Med (treasured for Mediterranean<br />

cuisine) and Via Perla (appreciated for<br />

Italian fare). Fortunately for <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

they didn’t let go of Brasserie Ten Ten.<br />

“We had so many regulars who were<br />

disappointed when we closed. It made<br />

sense to reopen for them because we<br />

were also able to bring back our chef,”<br />

Peg Romano said.<br />

Executive Chef Tony Hessel, who<br />

has worked for the Romanos since<br />

1995, brings his vast experience to this<br />

friendly and bustling setting, making it<br />

a perfect place to enjoy the finest food<br />

in the area.<br />

“Before reopening, we renovated the<br />

entire kitchen for the chef by adding<br />

a Montague oven suite,” she added.<br />

An island with French cooking tops,<br />

it has many areas to cook on and is<br />

very compatible with the French style<br />

of cooking.<br />

The menu at Brasserie is an education<br />

in the hallmark dishes of French<br />

cuisine, such as poulet rôti (roasted<br />

farm chicken), pâtes aux champignons<br />

(homemade spinach tagliatelle with<br />

spring mushrooms), pariser schnitzel<br />

(a French variation of schnitzel) and<br />

Bouillabaisse<br />

Steak Frites<br />

canard à l’orange (duck breast with<br />

orange glace). About the duck, Peg<br />

Romano said, “It has such a delicate<br />

orange flavor.”<br />

Seafood is a specialty at Brasserie.<br />

“It’s always fresh—shrimp, oysters,<br />

mussels. Halibut and Alaskan salmon<br />

are served in season. We make it seem<br />

like we’re next to the ocean, although<br />

we’re in Colorado,” she said.<br />

A prominent dish is meuniere,<br />

which is Alaskan halibut served with<br />

asparagus, capers, lemon, thyme, sweet<br />

butter, frisée and petite croutons.<br />

The bouillabaisse (a name formed<br />

from the verbs “broil” and “simmer” in<br />

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French) is a traditional fish soup that<br />

originated in the port city of Marseille,<br />

where Peg has enjoyed the dish when<br />

traveling in France. With steamed<br />

Bangs Island mussels from Maine and<br />

Atlantic cod, this homemade saffronorange<br />

shellfish broth also includes<br />

scallops, shrimp and calamari.<br />

Dinner from 4 to 9 pm is available<br />

Tuesday through Saturday, and the<br />

dinner menu features so many amazing<br />

dishes. For appetites wanting more<br />

than the eight-ounce Black Angus<br />

hanger steak, the dry-aged 12-ounce<br />

ribeye (entrecôte) awaits.<br />

In addition to pommes frites (housecut<br />

fries) and pommes écrasées<br />

(fingerling potatoes), the options<br />

for sides include champignons rôtis<br />

(spring mushrooms), asperges (sautéed<br />

asparagus), carrots sautées (roasted<br />

carrots), petit pois (snap peas) and<br />

verts poêlés (seared greens).<br />

The salads at Brasserie Ten Ten are<br />

consistently fresh and always enticing.<br />

Salade Niçoise, a plate that originates<br />

in Nice, France, features a 62-degree<br />

egg poached using a technique that<br />

cooks it so that the yolk remains<br />

liquid and the white cooks to a creamy<br />

goodness. The whole-egg presentation<br />

on top of seared yellowfin tuna, grilled<br />

artichoke hearts, seasonal radishes,<br />

spring greens and other ingredients is<br />

quite dramatic.<br />

Peg Romano’s favorite salad is salade<br />

de betteraves, which features golden<br />

beets, Granny Smith apples, crumbled<br />

goat cheese, avocado and toasted pine<br />

nuts on Belgium endive and watercress<br />

leaves. “It’s not only beautiful but<br />

delicious,” she said.<br />

If you love French onion soup, you<br />

must order it at Brasserie Ten Ten. The<br />

combination of caramelized onions, beef<br />

broth, brandy, focaccia, Comté cheese<br />

and raclette gratinée is perfection and<br />

is so superior to any that you have had.<br />

On Tuesday through Friday from<br />

11:30 am until 2:30 pm, the special<br />

lunch menu guides your choices. It<br />

includes the Brasserie burger crafted<br />

from seared Black Angus beef with<br />

grilled onions, housemade pickles,<br />

butter lettuce, olive oil, tomatoes,<br />

American cheese and dijonaise on a<br />

brioche bun with pommes frites. Also at<br />

lunch, a six-ounce trout, fried chicken<br />

Brunch Pain Perdu<br />

French Toast<br />

breast sandwiches, tartine a l’avocat<br />

(avocado toast) and other choices are<br />

equally alluring.<br />

Brasserie Ten Ten is the place to be<br />

at happy hour. For special cocktails, try<br />

the Riviera mojito sparkler,<br />

Svedka Martini or Campo Bravo<br />

reposado margarita. What better way<br />

to spend time with your friends? Enjoy<br />

happy hour from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday<br />

through Saturday.<br />

At happy hour or before a meal, share<br />

one of the amazing hors d’oeuvres, such<br />

as marinière, which is steamed mussels<br />

in a white wine crème fraîche broth<br />

with house bread, or beuf tatare, which<br />

is minced filet mignon, espelette aioli,<br />

minced egg, tobiko and crostini.<br />

Of course, Brasserie Ten Ten carries<br />

an amazing selection of French wines<br />

from prominent locations such as Loire<br />

Valley, Alsace, Burgundy, Chablis,<br />

Sancerre, Graves, Loire, Provence and<br />

Bordeaux as well as delightful wines<br />

from elsewhere around the world.<br />

Brunch is served on both Saturday<br />

and Sunday from 10 am to 2:30 pm.<br />

The pastries include an assortment of<br />

scrumptious croissants and beignets.<br />

“Although we do bake some breads<br />

ourselves, we rely on Babette’s Bakery<br />

in Longmont where croissants and<br />

other specialty breads are made for us<br />

by the former head baker at The Med,”<br />

she said.<br />

The brunch menu also includes the<br />

Brasserie burger and steak frites as<br />

well as salads, soups, small plates<br />

and egg dishes, such as the Parisian<br />

omelet (ham and Comté cheese) with a<br />

green salad.<br />

Tip: At brunch, don’t ask for French<br />

toast. Instead say, “Pain perdu” (which<br />

translates literally to lost bread). B<br />

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Throw a<br />

Local Luau<br />

Your foolproof guide to hosting a heavenly Hawaiian feast<br />



potato chips and flower necklaces—the Lay’s® vs. leis debate—which<br />

reminded me that not everyone is lucky enough to have a sibling who<br />

lives in Hawaii. In 2004, my big sister Sarah became enchanted by<br />

the island of Oahu (can you blame her?) and the tropical paradise has<br />

been her home ever since. With countless visits to her exotic abode<br />

under my belt, I knew my palate was perfectly qualified to recreate<br />

some of Hawaii’s most classic cuisine.<br />

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Passion Fruit Painkiller<br />

Yield: 10 drinks<br />

15 ounces dark rum (or sub non-alcoholic rum like Ritual)<br />

10 ounces passion fruit juice<br />

5 ounces fresh pineapple juice<br />

5 ounces fresh orange juice<br />

5 ounces lime juice<br />

1 15-ounce ounce can cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)<br />

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish<br />

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the rum, passion<br />

fruit juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice and<br />

coconut cream. If you’re using an NA rum, add 4 drops<br />

of orange bitters and splash of apple cider vinegar for a<br />

little more burn. Shake vigorously until chilled. Tuck a<br />

few tall pineapple leaves in a highball glass and then fill<br />

to the top with pebble ice. Strain the drink into the glass<br />

and then garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.<br />

North Shore<br />

Garlic Shrimp<br />

Serves 8-10<br />

1 cup all-purpose flour<br />

2 tablespoons paprika<br />

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper<br />

2 teaspoons salt<br />

2 pounds shrimp (preferably large or<br />

extra-large), deveined but still in<br />

their shells<br />

2 sticks unsalted butter<br />

2 heads garlic, chopped (about 8<br />

tablespoons)<br />

2 tablespoons olive oil<br />

Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish<br />

Lemon wedges, for garnish<br />

White rice, for serving<br />


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the<br />

flour, paprika, cayenne and salt. Pat<br />

the shrimp dry, add them to the bowl<br />

and then toss to coat. Set aside.<br />

2. In a large skillet over medium-low<br />

heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic<br />

and cook, stirring occasionally, until<br />

lightly browned and toasted, about 3-5<br />

minutes. Pour the garlic butter into a<br />

bowl and return the pan to the stove.<br />

3. Turn the heat to medium and add<br />

the oil. Working in batches to avoid<br />

overcrowding, add the shrimp in a<br />

single layer and cook until golden<br />

brown, about 1-2 minutes per side<br />

(depending on their size). Pour the<br />

garlic butter back over the shrimp<br />

and cook, tossing to thoroughly coat<br />

them in the butter, for an additional<br />

30 seconds.<br />

4. Pour the shrimp and sauce over a<br />

platter of white rice and garnish with<br />

parsley and lemon wedges.<br />

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Fanny Slater<br />


Coconut-Lime Chicken Skewers with Charred Red Onion & Pineapple<br />

Serves 8-10<br />

2 13.5-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk<br />

6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided<br />

4 tablespoons fish sauce<br />

Zest and juice of 4 limes, plus lime wedges for garnish<br />

1/4 cup Asian hot sauce (such as chili garlic sauce or sriracha)<br />

2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic<br />

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger<br />

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish<br />

1/4 cup dark brown sugar<br />

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided<br />

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided<br />

4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes<br />

Bamboo skewers<br />

2 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch cubes<br />

4 cups chopped fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes<br />

1. In a large bowl, combine the coconut milk, 4<br />

tablespoons of the oil, fish sauce, lime zest and juice,<br />

hot sauce, garlic, ginger, cilantro, brown sugar, 1<br />

teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside and<br />

refrigerate about 2 cups of the marinade and add the<br />

rest to a large bowl or resealable zip-top bag.<br />

2. Add the chicken to the bowl or bag and marinate<br />

in the fridge for up to 4 hours. While the chicken is<br />

marinating, soak the skewers.<br />

3. Preheat a grill to medium and spray the grates<br />

with non-stick cooking spray. Toss the onions and<br />

pineapple with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2<br />

teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.<br />

4. Evenly thread the chicken, onions, and pineapple<br />

onto the skewers. Grill, rotating occasionally and<br />

brushing with the remaining marinade until the<br />

red onions and pineapple are lightly charred and<br />

the chicken has reached an internal temperature of<br />

170°F, about 10-15 minutes.<br />

5. Transfer the skewers to a platter and garnish with<br />

lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.<br />

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Kalua Pork Sliders with Lemongrass Slaw<br />

Approximately 30 sliders (2-3 per person)<br />

4-5 pound boneless skinless pork shoulder<br />

1 tablespoon pink Himalayan sea salt<br />

1 teaspoon garlic powder<br />

1 teaspoon onion powder<br />

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar<br />

2 tablespoons vegetable oil<br />

1 package banana leaves, thawed if frozen and rinsed<br />

2 cups stock, dark beer, or water<br />

2 tablespoons liquid smoke<br />

1 1/4 cups Lemongrass Aioli<br />

1/4 cup pineapple juice, plus more to taste<br />

8 cups shredded red cabbage (about 1 small head)<br />

8 cups shredded green cabbage (about 1 small head)<br />

30 Hawaiian sweet rolls (slider size), sliced and lightly toasted<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Pat the pork dry with paper towels<br />

and then season with the salt, garlic powder, onion powder<br />

and brown sugar, pressing to make sure the spices adhere.<br />

2. Add the oil to a large, heavy-bottomed oven-safe pot like<br />

a Dutch oven over medium heat. Once the oil begins to<br />

shimmer, add the pork and sear until browned all over, about<br />

2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to a plate then deglaze<br />

the pot with the stock and liquid smoke, scraping the bottom<br />

to pull up any brown bits. Remove the pot from heat.<br />

3. Lay out several pieces of the banana leaf (enough<br />

to wrap the pork) and place the pork fat side up in<br />

the center. Fold the corners of the leaves over and<br />

around the pork to encase it. Carefully transfer the<br />

banana leaf-wrapped pork seam-side down in the<br />

pot with the liquid.<br />

4. Roast until the pork is fall-apart tender and<br />

reaches an internal temperature of 190-195°F,<br />

about 3-4 hours. Rest the pork for 1 hour in the<br />

banana leaf and then transfer to a cutting board<br />

and discard the leaves.<br />

5. While the pork is roasting, make the slaw. Add the<br />

lemongrass aioli to a large mixing bowl and whisk<br />

in the pineapple juice, adding more to taste if you’d<br />

like it sweeter. Add the red and green shredded<br />

cabbage, toss to combine, and season to taste with<br />

additional salt. Refrigerate until you’re ready to<br />

assemble the sliders.<br />

6. Shred the pork, transfer to a mixing bowl, and toss<br />

with a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid from<br />

the pot. Season to taste with additional salt.<br />

7. Assemble the sliders by heaping even portions of<br />

the pulled pork onto the bottom buns, then topping<br />

with a generous portion of slaw and the top buns.<br />

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Creamy Lemongrass Mac Salad<br />

Serves 8-10<br />


Yield: approximately 2 1/2 cups<br />

4 large egg yolks<br />

1/4 cup grated lemongrass<br />

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger<br />

2 teaspoons minced garlic<br />

Juice of 2 limes<br />

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar<br />

2 tablespoons honey<br />

1 teaspoon coarse salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<br />

2 cups neutral oil (such as avocado)<br />

First, make the lemongrass aioli. In<br />

a food processor, add the egg yolks,<br />

lemongrass, ginger, garlic, lime juice,<br />

honey, salt and pepper. With the motor<br />

running, slowly drizzle in the oil until<br />

the aioli is smooth and combined. Season<br />

to taste with additional salt. Reserve<br />

half of the aioli for the slaw and transfer<br />

the remaining portion to a large mixing<br />

bowl for this recipe.<br />


1 pound elbow macaroni<br />

Lemongrass aioli (about 1 1/4 cups)<br />

1/4 cup sour cream<br />

1 small bunch green onions, chopped<br />

1/2 cup diced celery (about 2 ribs)<br />

1/2 cup grated carrots (about 1 carrot)<br />

1 teaspoon coarse salt<br />

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<br />

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro<br />

Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain the noodles<br />

and then transfer to the bowl with the lemongrass aioli. Add the sour<br />

cream, green onions, celery, carrots, salt, and pepper and toss to combine.<br />

Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Cover, refrigerate and chill<br />

for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.<br />

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Meyer Lemon-Brown Butter Mochi<br />

1 stick unsalted butter<br />

Zest of 2 Meyer lemons<br />

1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice<br />

1 pound mochiko flour (also known as sweet<br />

or glutinous rice flour)<br />

2 cups granulated sugar<br />

2 teaspoons baking powder<br />

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt<br />

2 cups whole milk<br />

4 large eggs<br />

2 teaspoons vanilla extract<br />

1 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk<br />

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut<br />

Flaky sea salt<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13-inch<br />

baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.<br />

2. In a small saucepot over medium-low heat, melt<br />

the butter. Whisking occasionally, toast the butter<br />

until it becomes a golden-tan color. Continue to cook<br />

until golden brown, about 10 more seconds, and then<br />

immediately transfer to a heatproof bowl and whisk in<br />

the lemon zest and juice. Set aside.<br />

3. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking<br />

powder and salt and mix to combine.<br />

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs<br />

and vanilla.<br />

5. Using a wooden spoon, slowly incorporate the dry<br />

ingredients into the wet and stir until well combined.<br />

Whisk in the lemon brown butter and coconut milk.<br />

The batter should be liquidy and smooth.<br />

6. Pour into the prepared baking dish and tap the pan to<br />

bring any air bubbles to the surface. Sprinkle with the<br />

shredded coconut and a pinch of the flaky salt and bake<br />

until the mochi is set and the coconut is golden brown,<br />

about 1 hour. If the coconut starts getting too brown<br />

before the mochi is done, cover the pan with foil.<br />

7. Allow the mochi to rest at room temperature for at least<br />

1 hour and then slice into rectangles. B<br />

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libations<br />

Embrace Italian Reds<br />

With Gusto<br />

From pizza nights to a Tuscan T-bone, savor some great pairings this summer<br />



tannic red wine just sets the mood, and lately I’ve<br />

been enamored of Italian red wines such as Chianti,<br />

Barolo, Barbaresco and Montepulciano. These<br />

beautiful names just roll around in one’s mouth<br />

with the promise of big flavor. My journey with wine, especially<br />

buying wine for my family, began with Chianti when I started<br />

seeking out wines to serve with pizza and spaghetti, two muchbeloved<br />

and frequent meals at our home. These fabulous wines<br />

transcend simple tomato-based fare, of course, but that was<br />

my starting point, and since that time, I have had an enduring<br />

fondness for Chianti and other wines based on the Sangiovese.<br />

Much of Italy is either mountainous or hilly, and microclimates<br />

abound amid these slopes, creating regions and subregions of<br />

soils and terroir that are planted with hundreds of indigenous<br />

grape varieties. Amid all this variety, Sangiovese reigns as the<br />

most widely planted grape varietal in Italy and the dominant<br />

grape in Tuscany. Delicate and high in acidity, Sangiovese is<br />

the primary grape in the outstanding wines of Chianti, Vino<br />

Nobile and Brunello.<br />

For hundreds of years, Chianti blends included the indigenous<br />

red wine grapes Canaiolo and Colorino and native white grapes<br />

Malvasia and Trebbiano, in addition to Sangiovese. But, as part<br />

of the late 20th century initiative to standardize wines with<br />

the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOCG) system, the<br />

percentage of white wine permitted in Chianti DOCG declined<br />

to less than 10 percent. The quality of Chianti has certainly<br />

improved since the anything-goes, straw-covered bottles of the<br />

1970s, but affection for relaxed, rustic ways endures.<br />

Prestigious Chianti Classico, one of the subdistricts across the<br />

expansive Chianti region, is the older, original heart of the area,<br />

known for the intensity of its wines and their bouquet of plum and<br />

dried cherry. Chianti Classico is made entirely from red grapes of<br />

which at least 80 percent must be Sangiovese. The Riserva and<br />

Gran Selezione qualifications require extended barrel aging.<br />

Recently, we sampled an outstanding 2019 Chianti Classico<br />

from Poggio Bonelli that is 90 percent Sangiovese and<br />

fermented with extended skin contact that yields deep color<br />

and tannin. The wine is a dark ruby-red with a nose of tart<br />

red fruit and hints of blackcherry. This wine has spicy notes of<br />

French oak, leather and a bit of smokiness. The grippy tannins<br />

balance sausage or meatballs handily. This is a find, and we<br />

will be stocking up.<br />

Sangiovese blends from the town of Montepulciano also pair<br />

marvelously with beef, especially the famous Tuscan T-bone<br />

steaks from the local white Chianina cattle. A favorite of the<br />

elite for hundreds of years, this wine is hailed as Vino Nobile.<br />

Local Sangiovese clones in this region are distinctive producing<br />

dark, wrinkly grapes that look like prunes, giving them the apt<br />

name Prugnolo. Here as in Chianti, Sangiovese is often blended<br />

with a modest proportion of Canaiolo, Malvasia Bianca and<br />

Trebbiano. We opened a 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano<br />

called Silineo from Fattoria Del Cerro. A show of cherry, rose<br />

petals and spice introduce a mouthful of dark cherry, red plum<br />

with a touch of anise and inviting dusty tannins. Bold flavor,<br />

tannins and acidity, certainly give it the heft for beef, and it<br />

holds its own with anchovy pizza and black olives.<br />

Lastly, on the sunny limestone slopes of Montalcino,<br />

sangiovese attains beautiful complexity elevating Brunello<br />

di Montalcino as a lush, layered single varietal. These are<br />

singular, captivating wines, among the most elegant, supple<br />

and ethereal anywhere. Deep blackberry, black cherry abide<br />

with the lightest tremble of violets, leather, dark chocolate.<br />

That’s the fascination with sangiovese, with wine truly, how<br />

a simple rustic grape can be transformed through sunlight and<br />

time into something magical in one’s glass. B<br />

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Trail Mix in Bulk for a<br />

Crunchy Summer Snack<br />

Brasserie Ten Ten<br />

Ready to Eat?<br />

Use our restaurant listings to find the best<br />

eating and drinking in <strong>Boulder</strong> County<br />


24 Carrot Bistro (E) 578 Briggs St,<br />

303-828-1392. Seasonal New American<br />

farm to table cuisine and craft cocktails<br />

in a refined, open-timbered dining room.<br />

Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun and<br />

brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

95a Bistro & Co. (LA) 1381 Forest Park<br />

Cir, 303-665-3080. An eclectic eatery<br />

serving creative, seasonally inspired<br />

American cuisine, like tapas dishes,<br />

ruby red trout and handcrafted cocktails.<br />

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner nightly, brunch<br />

Sat-Sun.<br />

740 Front (L) 740 Front St, 720-519-<br />

1972. A traditional American dining<br />

saloon with a quaint ambiance, serving<br />

beef and bison steaks, seafood and<br />

cocktails. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

1914 House (N) 121 2nd Ave, 303-834-<br />

9751. Cozy and sophisticated historic<br />

home serving scratch-made New<br />

American cuisine using sustainably<br />

grown ingredients. Opens 4pm Wed-Sun.<br />

Bartaco (B) 1048 Pearl St, 719-249-<br />

8226. Enjoy upscale street food and<br />

specialty cocktails in a rustic setting.<br />

An eclectic menu of tacos, rice bowls and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Birdhouse (E) 526 Briggs St, 303-997-<br />

9630. A relaxed eatery serving traditional<br />

tacos like lemongrass pork, ramen dishes<br />

and rum-based cocktails. Lunch Fri-Sun,<br />

dinner nightly.<br />


find us @simplybulkmarket on social media<br />

HOURS<br />

M-F 9-6<br />

Sa 9-5<br />

Su 10-4<br />

303.678.7069<br />

418 Main St.<br />

Longmont, CO 80501<br />

* We offer curbside and contactless delivery options<br />

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Blackbelly (B) 1606 Conestoga St, 303-<br />

247-1000. A farmhouse-chic eatery and<br />

butcher shop serving local ingredients<br />

and pasture raised animals. Roasted beet<br />

salad, lamb radiatore and koji cured pork<br />

round out the menu. Dinner nightly.<br />

Black Cat Bistro (B) 1964 13th St,<br />

303-444-9110. An elegant bistro serving<br />

farm to table New American dishes that<br />

are sourced locally. Enjoy alfresco dining<br />

with beautiful gardens and mountain<br />

views. Dinner nightly.<br />

Bramble and Hare (B) 1970 13th St,<br />

303-444-9110. Eclectic seasonal fare<br />

served in a lively, warm atmosphere.<br />

Features a 3-course prix fixe menu and<br />

hand-crafted cocktails. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Chautauqua Dining Hall (B) 900<br />

Baseline Rd, 303-440-3776. A tradition<br />

since 1898 offering Flatiron views from a<br />

wraparound porch, and serving farm-totable<br />

American bistro cuisine. Breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Community Supper Club (LA) 206<br />

S Public Rd, 720-890-3793. A casual<br />

neighborhood eatery featuring eclectic<br />

fare like housemade pastas, slow-roasted<br />

birria, sandwiches, craft beers and house<br />

cocktails. Dinner nightly, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

DJ’s Watering Hole (L) 988 W Dillon<br />

Rd, 303-604-6000. A casual American<br />

cuisine eatery, serving up burgers and<br />

sandwiches, BBQ, tandoor dishes,<br />

salads and apps. Lunch and dinner<br />

Tue-Sun.<br />

Oak at Fourteenth (B) 1400 Pearl St,<br />

303-444-3622. A stylish neighborhood<br />

restaurant serving upscale New<br />

American cuisine and cocktails. The oakroasted<br />

Alaskan Halibut is a favorite.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Redgarden Restaurant & Brewery<br />

(L) 1700 Dogwood St, 303-927-6361. A<br />

lively hangout offering scratch-made,<br />

elevated pub-style food. Braised, handsliced<br />

banh mi, burgers, soup, apps and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

River and Woods (B) 2328 Pearl St,<br />

303-993-6301. Serving elevated comfort<br />

food in a small cottage with outdoor<br />

seating. Try the Southwestern poutine or<br />

slow braised short ribs. Dinner Tue-Sun,<br />

Brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Salt (B) 1047 Pearl St, 303-444-7258.<br />

Farm-to-table American eats with a<br />

changing menu, served in a rustic-chic<br />

atmosphere. Try the gnocchi Bolognese<br />

or a farmhouse salad. Lunch Wed-Fri,<br />

dinner nightly and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (B) 1617 Pearl<br />

St, 303-225-7344. A vibrant, retro eatery<br />

serving creative breakfast and lunch fare,<br />

plus cocktails. French toast, benedicts<br />

and more. Open daily.<br />

Spruce Farm & Fish (B) 2115 13th St,<br />

303-442-4880. A polished eatery at the<br />

Hotel <strong>Boulder</strong>ado, serving seasonal New<br />

American cuisine like sea scallop crudo<br />

and bison strip steak Diane. Brunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Sugarbeet (LG) 101 Pratt St, 303-651-<br />

3330. A cozy and intimate bistro serving<br />

upscale, seasonal American cuisine and<br />

fine wines. Try the beet-cured salmon and<br />

the roasted pappardelle. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Tangerine (B) 2777 Iris Ave, 303-443-<br />

2333; (LA) 300 S Public Rd, 303-443-<br />

5100; (LG) 379 Main St, 720-815-2888.<br />

A farm-fresh breakfast and lunch spot,<br />

serving innovative morning fare and<br />

mimosas. Open daily.<br />

The Kitchen Bistro (B) 1039 Pearl<br />

St, 303-544-5973. A stylish bistro and<br />

bar serving up an imaginative array<br />

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of globally inspired shared dishes, and<br />

creative cocktails. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner<br />

nightly and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Melting Pot (L) 732 Main St, 303-<br />

666-7777. A fondue restaurant offering<br />

several cooking styles in heated pots and<br />

a variety of unique entrees, salads and<br />

desserts. Extensive wine list. Dinner<br />

nightly, lunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Roost (LG) 526 Main St, 303-827-<br />

3380. A rustic-chic eatery and rooftop<br />

whiskey bar, serving New American fare<br />

and craft beer. Polenta bites, short rib<br />

tacos and more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

ASIAN<br />

Busaba (L) 133 S McCaslin Blvd, 303-<br />

665-0330; (B) 4800 Baseline Rd, 720-<br />

350-4927. Serving authentic Thai food<br />

with fresh local ingredients. Noodle<br />

dishes, curries and more. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Dushanbee Teahouse (B)<br />

1770 13th St, 303-442-4993. Stunning<br />

ornate décor of this popular landmark<br />

that was shipped from Tajikistan.<br />

Enjoy Asian fare from an eclectic menu<br />

and extensive selection of teas. Lunch,<br />

teatime and dinner daily.<br />

Chez Thuy (B) 2655 28th St, 303-442-<br />

1700. A casual Asian eatery serving<br />

Vietnamese fare like Pho noodle soup,<br />

hot pots and stir-fry. Lunch and dinner<br />

Wed-Mon.<br />

Dragonfly Noodle (B) 2014 10th St,<br />

720-580-1100. Modern Asian dishes<br />

from the Pacific Rim, serving housemade<br />

ramen, bao, pho and creative cocktails.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Hana Japanese Bistro (L) 1148 W<br />

Dillon Rd, 720-328-8826. Traditional<br />

Japanese dishes in an intimate setting.<br />

Sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki,<br />

noodles and more. Generous portions.<br />

Dinner nightly.<br />

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar (B) 1117<br />

Pearl St, 303-473-4730. A modern sushi<br />

eatery with a creative blend of Japanese<br />

and Hawaiian fare and uniquely named<br />

rolls. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Izakaya Amu (B) 1221 Spruce St,<br />

303-440-0807. A tiny Japanese pub<br />

specializing in small plates that<br />

accompany sake. Try the grilled mackerel<br />

or fried squid legs. Dinner nightly.<br />

Japango (B) 1136 Pearl St, 303-938-<br />

0330. Inventive Japanese tapas, sushi<br />

and sashimi, served in a lively, modern<br />

atmosphere with daily happy hour. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Little Tibet (B) 4479 N Broadway, 720-<br />

459-8336. Authentic Tibetan and Indian<br />

food like hand-pulled noodles and fried<br />

patties stuffed with beef and onion.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Misaki (S) 402 Marshall Rd, 720-277-<br />

8600. A Japanese eatery known for great<br />

sushi and sashimi, along with specialties<br />

like ramen, tempura and kushiyaki<br />

skewers. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Osaka’s (B) 2460 Canyon Blvd, 720-<br />

398-9115. A stylish Japanese restaurant<br />

with dining room and patio seating.<br />

Sushi, ramen, tempura and okonomiyaki.<br />

Dinner Thur-Mon.<br />

Zoe Ma Ma (B) 2010 10th St, 303-545-<br />

6262. Freshly prepared Chinese signature<br />

dishes and delicious home cooking.<br />

Homemade noodles, dim sum and daily<br />

specials. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

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grilled sandwiches and soup. Open daily.<br />


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Lucky’s Bakehouse (B) 3990 Broadway,<br />

720-596-4905. An artisan bakery featuring<br />

breakfast pastries and desserts and localroasted<br />

coffee. Open daily at 7am.<br />

Moxie Bread Co (L) 641 Main St,<br />

720-420-9616. An heirloom bakery and<br />

mill, featuring morning pastries, coffee,<br />

rustic breads and lunchtime eats. Open<br />

daily at 7am.<br />


Acreage (LA) 1380 Horizon Ave,<br />

303-227-3243. An urban cider house<br />

experience in a tavern setting, with farmto-table<br />

Basque-inspired comfort food.<br />

Outdoor deck and cider garden. Lunch<br />

and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse (LG)<br />

600 Longs Peak Ave, 303-651-7886. An<br />

unpretentious gathering space offering<br />

high quality pub fare and award-winning<br />

craft beer. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Mike O’Shays Ale House (LG) 512<br />

Main St, 303-772-0252. A neighborhood<br />

stalwart for over 32 years, offering<br />

seafood, Irish fare, steaks, burgers and<br />

award-winning desserts. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Niwot Tavern (N) 7960 Niwot Rd, 303-<br />

652-0200. A casual American eatery<br />

serving classic pub fare with some Irish<br />

dishes and specialty cocktails. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

The Corner Bar (B) 2115 13th St,<br />

303-442-4880. Located inside Hotel<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ado, this bar is a favorite for<br />

people watching. Enjoy lunch, a lively<br />

happy hour or a late-night meal. Open<br />

daily at 11am, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Old Mine (E) 500 Briggs St, 303-<br />

905-0620. Housemade world-class<br />

hard cider, craft brews and bourbon,<br />

sandwiches and craft artisan pizza,<br />

served in a historic 1889 brick building.<br />

Lunch Thur-Sun, dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

West End Tavern (B) 926 Pearl St, 303-<br />

444-3535. An iconic American tavern,<br />

serving up home-style cuisine like juicy<br />

burgers, tasty salads and daily specials.<br />

Extensive bourbon menu and rooftop<br />

patio. Open daily at 11:30am.<br />

West Side Tavern (LG) 1283 3rd Ave, 720-<br />

526-0360. A unique gastropub in a restored<br />

1915 grocery store, serving seasonal menus,<br />

fine wines, whiskey and crafted cocktails.<br />

Dinner nightly, Sun brunch.<br />

William Oliver’s Pub & Eatery (LA)<br />

201 N Public Rd, 720-509-9537. A casual<br />

gastropub featuring craft beer, extensive<br />

whiskey list and a bacon-centric menu in a<br />

friendly ambiance. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />


Lulu’s BBQ (L) 701 Main St, 720-583-<br />

1789. Enjoy award-winning Texas-style<br />

barbecue, slow smoked in Lulu’s pit. Ribs,<br />

brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey and<br />

sausage. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

CAFÉ<br />

Alpine Modern Café (B) 904 College<br />

Ave and 1629 29th St, 303-954-0129.<br />

A hip café and coffeehouse with an<br />

elevated design, serving a variety of toast<br />

selections and sandwiches. Open daily.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Social (B) 1600 38th St, 720-<br />

716-3345. A neighborhood hangout with<br />

great food, craft beer and cocktails. Enjoy<br />

small plates, great apps like Fig & Apple<br />

Burrata, sandwiches and pizza. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Organic Sandwich Company (B)<br />

16th & Pearl, 720-639-3986; (L) 459 S<br />

McCaslin Blvd, 720-598-5931. Creating<br />

foods with only the purest ingredients,<br />

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CREOLE<br />

Lucile’s Creole Café (B) 2124 14th<br />

St, 303-442-4743. A cozy eatery serving<br />

Cajun-Creole breakfast and lunch.<br />

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gumbo and more. Open daily.<br />


Corrida (B) 1023 Walnut St, #400, 303-<br />

444-1333. A sophisticated Spanish-inspired<br />

steakhouse with a rooftop patio overlooking<br />

the Flatirons. An excellent wine list, tapas<br />

and meticulously sourced cuts of beef.<br />

Dinner nightly, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Flagstaff House (B) 1138 Flagstaff Rd,<br />

303-442-4640. Refined New American<br />

cuisine and a world-renowned wine list<br />

with breathtaking views of the Rockies.<br />

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Frasca Food and Wine (B) 1738 Pearl<br />

St, 303-442-6966. A James Beard Award<br />

winning concept, steeped in traditions<br />

of the Friuli-centric Northern Italian<br />

cuisine, warm hospitality and expertly<br />

selected wines. Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Greenbriar Inn (B) 8735 N Foothills<br />

Hwy, 303-440-7979. An elegant whitetablecloth<br />

eatery, tavern and private<br />

event space, serving inventive American<br />

dishes and an award-winning wine cellar.<br />

Dinner Wed-Sun, brunch Sun.<br />

Jill’s Restaurant & Bisto (B) 900<br />

Walnut St, 720-406-9696. An elegant<br />

and romantic bistro inside the St. Julien<br />

Hotel & Spa, offering scratch-made<br />

American and French cuisine using<br />

fresh, local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Martinis Bistro (LG) 543 Terry St, 303-<br />

651-2772. A casual, fine dining eatery and<br />

cocktail bar serving upscale American<br />

cuisine crafted from fresh ingredients.<br />

Opens 3pm Mon-Sat.<br />

FRENCH<br />

Brasserie <strong>Boulder</strong> (B) 1235<br />

Pennsylvania Ave, 303-993-8131.<br />

Offering delicious, classic French cuisine<br />

for takeout or home delivery as well as<br />

dining in options. Wed-Fri 3-9pm, Sat-<br />

Sun 11am-9pm.<br />

Brasserie Ten Ten (B) 1011 Walnut St,<br />

303-998-1010. A popular French eatery<br />

with a vibrant and cozy setting. Freshly<br />

prepared seared yellowfin tuna, steaks,<br />

apps and more. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Le French Café (B) 2525 Arapahoe Ave,<br />

303-284-2265. A casual French eatery<br />

serving breakfast, lunch and pastries.<br />

Indulge on sweet crepes or sandwiches<br />

made on baguettes or croissants. Open<br />

Wed-Sun.<br />

Mateo (B) 1837 Pearl St, 303-443-<br />

7766. A bustling and trendy eatery<br />

serving seasonal French cuisine from the<br />

Provence Region and small-batch French<br />

and Italian wine. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner<br />

Mon-Sat.<br />


Avanti F&B (B) 1401 Pearl St, 720-343-<br />

7757. Explore your culinary options with<br />

six different restaurants in one collective<br />

space, plus two bars and a rooftop deck.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Café Aion (B) 1235 Pennsylvania Ave,<br />

303-993-8131. A Spanish and Moroccan<br />

inspired eatery, serving innovative tapas<br />

dishes like paella and brined whole roast<br />

chicken. Lunch and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Dagabi Tapas Bar (B) 3970 N Broadway,<br />

303-786-9004. Serving up Spanish tapas,<br />

pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza in a<br />

stylish neighborhood eatery. Dinner nightly.<br />

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kabobs, baklava and more. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Piripi (E) 615 Briggs St, 720-328-0787.<br />

Serving up Latin and Mediterranean<br />

cuisine featuring 99% gluten-free menu.<br />

Vegetarian and vegan options. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian (LA) 802 S<br />

Public Rd, 303-447-2919. A long-standing<br />

destination serving spiced Ethiopian<br />

dishes like Rocky Mountain red trout,<br />

steak tartare and more. Opens 3pm Tue-<br />

Sun.<br />

Rincon Argentino (B) 2525 Arapahoe<br />

Ave, 303-442-4133. Authentic<br />

Argentinean dishes like hand-crafted<br />

empanadas or milanesa sandwiches<br />

using fresh, local ingredients. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Rosetta Hall (B) 1109 Walnut St. Chic<br />

space offering American and International<br />

cuisine with eight restaurants and two<br />

bars under one roof. Hang out in the main<br />

dining room, front patio or rooftop. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Tandoori Grill (B) 619 S Broadway,<br />

303-543-7339. Authentic Indian dishes<br />

with a modern touch for the western<br />

palate. Traditional curry classics and<br />

favorites like tamarind duck and ribeye<br />

steak. Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />


Bacco Trattoria (B) 1200 Yarmouth<br />

Ave, 303-442-3899. Authentic Italian<br />

cuisine in a stylish, relaxed setting.<br />

Specialty cheese, pizza and traditional<br />

dishes like Cioppino and Saltimbocca.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Basta (B) 3601 Arapahoe Ave, 303-997-<br />

8775. Acclaimed Italian eatery known<br />

for wood-fired pizza and apps like oysters<br />

and chicken liver mousse. Dinner Mon-<br />

Sat.<br />

Carelli’s of <strong>Boulder</strong> (B) 645 30th St,<br />

303-938-9300. Authentic Italian cuisine<br />

served in a contemporary setting with<br />

a large fireplace and outdoor patio.<br />

Traditional dishes and extensive wine<br />

list. Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Cimmini’s (N) 300 2nd Ave, 303-834-<br />

9522. A family-owned eatery, serving<br />

scratch-made authentic Italian cuisine,<br />

delicious desserts and crafted cocktails.<br />

Breakfast Sat-Sun, lunch Wed-Fri and<br />

dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar<br />

(L) 1132 W Dillon Rd, 303-284-2741. An<br />

authentic Italian eatery serving scratch-<br />

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made dishes, pastas and pizza. The<br />

mozzarella bar offers a variety of fresh<br />

cheeses. Dinner nightly, lunch Mon-Sat.<br />

Pasta Jay’s (B) 1001 Pearl St, 303-444-<br />

5800. A low-key Italian eatery serving<br />

pasta dishes made from family recipes,<br />

thin-crust pizza, ravioli and more. Dinner<br />

nightly.<br />

Stella’s Cucina (B) 1123 Walnut St, 303-<br />

943-1000. Authentic old-world Italian<br />

cuisine in a contemporary setting. Housemade<br />

pastas, veal, seabass and extensive<br />

wine list. Dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Via Toscana (L) 356 McCaslin Blvd,<br />

303-604-6960. Serving regional Tuscan<br />

trattoria dishes from family recipes using<br />

farm fresh ingredients. Extensive wine<br />

and craft beer selections. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Zucca (L) 808 Main St, 303-666-6499.<br />

Serving a broad range of Italian cuisine,<br />

explore the rich flavors in a cozy, relaxed<br />

atmosphere. Wine list from all regions of<br />

Italy. Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />


Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant (B)<br />

1630 63rd St, 303-440-4045; (LA) 101<br />

E Cleveland St, 303-666-7544. Classic<br />

homestyle Mexican cuisine like green<br />

chili, enchiladas, burritos and choose<br />

from 17 different margaritas. Lunch and<br />

dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Rio Grande Mexican (B) 1101 Walnut<br />

St, 303-444-3690. Serving up delicious<br />

Tex Mex and legendary margaritas in<br />

a lively atmosphere. Great views of the<br />

Flatirons from rooftop patio. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Santo (B) 1265 Alpine Ave, 303-442-<br />

6100. Discover Northern New Mexican<br />

cuisine in a warm and rustic eatery<br />

serving stacked enchiladas, blue-corn<br />

tostadas, tacos and more. Breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Teocalli Cocina (LA) 103 N Public<br />

Rd, 303-284-6597. A lively Mexican<br />

restaurant serving 100% gluten-free<br />

dishes in a modern space. Tacos, seared<br />

ahi tuna, enchiladas, pozole verde and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />


<strong>Boulder</strong> Cork (B) 3295 30th St, 303-<br />

443-9505. A warm and intimate setting,<br />

serving locally sourced American cuisine<br />

like prime rib, rainbow trout and teriyaki<br />

sirloin. Extensive wine list. Dinner<br />

nightly.<br />

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (B)<br />

928 Pearl St, 303-444-1811. An upscale<br />

seafood restaurant serving gourmet<br />

dishes and creative cocktails. Try the<br />

chargrilled oysters and sesame crusted<br />

yellowfin tuna. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Steakhouse No. 316 (B) 1922 13th St,<br />

720-729-1922. A boutique steakhouse<br />

serving up prime steaks in cast-iron<br />

skillets, delicious apps like lamb<br />

carpaccio, seafood and more. Dinner<br />

Wed-Sun.<br />


Cultivate Kitchen Co. (L) 640 Main<br />

St, 303-997-8220. Healthy chef-prepared<br />

meals for pick-up via preorder to fuel your<br />

busy lifestyle. Local fresh cuisine. Open<br />

daily.<br />


Leaf Vegetarian (B) 1710 Pearl St,<br />

303-442-1485. Farm-to-table vegetarian<br />

and vegan cuisine, using fresh, local<br />

ingredients to craft exceptional dishes.<br />

Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun and<br />

brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

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Country Music Hall of Fame<br />

Musically Inclined<br />

The perfect weekend in Nashville<br />




Nashville’s Country<br />

Music Hall of Fame and<br />

Museum, I imagined<br />

some sort of rhinestonepaved<br />

Yellow Brick Road studded<br />

with life-sized figures of Johnny Cash,<br />

Taylor Swift and other country music<br />

legends, all clad in authentic stage<br />

costumes. There would, of course, be<br />

music blaring in the background.<br />

That assumption ended the moment I<br />

stepped into the guitar-shaped building,<br />

where I discovered a multi-sensory<br />

experience that utilized photos, videos,<br />

artifacts and even wonderfully huge wallmounted<br />

diagrams to trace the origin<br />

of country music from its 18th-century<br />

roots (really!) to the present.<br />

I had no idea, for instance, that it<br />

was Hollywood that added the Western<br />

component to country music or that<br />

cross-pollination between country and<br />

rock artists started in the late 1950s,<br />

not the 1970s as I’d thought. I left the<br />

museum with tremendous appreciation<br />

and admiration for the talent and<br />

innovation of country music’s artists<br />

and songwriters. Oh, and I was<br />

humming, too.<br />

The Country Music Hall of Fame and<br />

Museum isn’t Nashville’s only museum<br />

devoted to music. There’s also the<br />

Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum,<br />

which pays tribute to the musicians<br />

who played on famous recordings; RCA<br />

Studio B and museums devoted to<br />

Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell,<br />

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(clockwise from above) Chauhan Ale<br />

& Masala House; Joyland Restaurant;<br />

The Gallery of Iconic Guitars: The GIG at<br />

Belmont; The Grand Ole Opry<br />

Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and<br />

George Strait. The newest entry is the<br />

National Museum of African American<br />

Music, which opened in 2021 and looks<br />

deeply into the 400-year evolution of<br />

Black music in America.<br />

We started in the Roots Theater,<br />

where a film sets the stage for the<br />

experience, linking Black music to the<br />

arc of history. From there, galleries use<br />

photos, videos and artifacts to take a<br />

deep dive into various genres of Black<br />

music like gospel, rap and soul. A sense<br />

of history comes courtesy of innovative<br />

listening stations, which offer an<br />

auditory journey through the musical<br />

sphere of hundreds of Black artists.<br />

But while music might be the banner<br />

that identifies Nashville, it has also<br />

shaped the city, drawing thousands of<br />

creative types—beyond musicians—<br />

who have opened restaurants, galleries<br />

and shops in neighborhoods all over the<br />

metro area.<br />

For visitors like me, that influx of<br />

creativity means there’s a huge variety<br />

of cool, off-beat and interesting things to<br />

eat, drink and do in Nashville. There’s a<br />

slew of new hotels, too, including a 235-<br />

room Four Seasons, where programs<br />

like private songwriter sessions and<br />

VIP access to the Gibson Guitar<br />

Garage translate the brand’s signature<br />

elegance through a musical lens. ONE<br />

Hotel might be the site of Nashville’s<br />

hottest rooftop bar, but the welcoming<br />

guest rooms are as hushed as they are<br />

comfortable. Even better, the luxury<br />

property is focused on sustainability,<br />

both in design and operations. For<br />

guests, that means rooms filled with<br />

live plants, in-room water dispensers<br />

and organic body products from the<br />

British brand Bamford that smell like<br />

a summer garden.<br />

Where to Shop & Eat<br />

Legendary record and bookshop<br />

Grimey’s also serves as a small-scale<br />

music venue, hosting local groups who<br />

play on a small stage in the back. Up<br />

the road but a world away, it was hard<br />

not to get lost in the gorgeous artwork<br />

at the elegant LeQuire Gallery, where<br />

a shy shop goat clickety-clacks around<br />

the gallery doing her best impression of<br />

a shop dog.<br />

I wish I’d had more time to shop<br />

at ABLE, which got its start selling<br />

scarves made by women coming<br />

out of the sex trade in Ethiopia. As<br />

the company grew, it began to offer<br />

sustainable jobs to more and more<br />

women, who, today, design and create<br />

jewelry, handbags, clothing and shoes<br />

in Ethiopia, Brazil, Mexico, China,<br />

Portugal and Nashville.<br />

I ate well in Nashville, too, starting<br />

at Chauhan Ale & Masala House,<br />

where chef Maneet Chauhan’s mashup<br />

of Indian and Southern cuisines—like<br />

nachos made from spicy keema and<br />

crispy Indian papadi instead of tortilla<br />

chips and fritter-like Nashville hot<br />

cauliflower pakora—was a delicious<br />

departure from what I thought would<br />

be a weekend of Southern fare. Dinner<br />

at the Nashville location of Butcher &<br />

Bee was another explosion of flavors,<br />

some familiar, others not, but all<br />

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(top left) Butcher & Bee; (top right) ABLE; (bottom left) Harriet’s Hotel Dining Room; (bottom right) Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music<br />

delicious. As innovative dishes like a<br />

citrus salad with creamy labneh and<br />

pepper jelly vinaigrette, whipped feta<br />

with fermented honey and an amazing<br />

pastrami-spiced tri-tip roast appeared<br />

on the table, I was glad we were eating<br />

family style.<br />

I spent one entire day eating food<br />

prepared by Chef Sean Brock, who<br />

got his start cooking in Nashville,<br />

became a legend in Charleston with the<br />

restaurant Husk and, in 2014, returned<br />

to Nashville.<br />

My first two meals were combined<br />

into a brunch of champions at Brock’s<br />

kid-friendly Joyland that included<br />

an egg, bacon and cheddar sandwich<br />

on a meltingly soft biscuit, a malted<br />

milkshake, part of a cheeseburger and<br />

too many fries to count. Dinner was at<br />

Audrey, which Brock opened in 2021<br />

as an ode to his grandmother, who<br />

taught him both to taste and to cook.<br />

Her legacy lives on at the restaurant,<br />

which serves perfect iterations of classic<br />

Appalachian dishes, but with dashes<br />

of brilliance that transform each dish<br />

from simple to sublime. Truffles, it<br />

turns out, give chicken and dumplings<br />

a shot of umami that makes a great<br />

dish better; horseradish sabayon bathes<br />

oysters in silky warmth that still allows<br />

their sweetness to shine through.<br />

Desserts were deceivingly simple, like<br />

my butternut squash, which had been<br />

roasted in maple syrup until it couldn’t<br />

hold another drop. It arrived warm,<br />

atop a pool of homemade butterscotch<br />

pudding, alongside a melting scoop<br />

of butter pecan ice cream. Instead<br />

of putting the dish over the edge,<br />

the accompanying drift of whipped<br />

cream served, oddly and happily, as a<br />

palate cleanser.<br />

Like many creative types who have<br />

made Nashville their home, Chef Brock<br />

found himself drawn back to the city by<br />

its energy and spirit. “There’s a lot of<br />

creative momentum in Nashville right<br />

now,” he says. “For people with big<br />

dreams, it’s the place to be.” B<br />

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the last reflection<br />

Burger Night Your Way<br />

How to pull off burger night at home<br />



“Have it your way” tagline around the time I<br />

was born. They toyed with it over the years<br />

and recently adopted a variation, “You rule.” If<br />

you’ve streamed anything recently, or watched<br />

actual television, you’re probably humming that catchy<br />

new song about the Whopper right now. Sorry. But here’s<br />

the point: everyone should enjoy a burger however they<br />

like it best, especially at home.<br />

And I agree! Cheese, no cheese,<br />

fancy toppings or nothing but<br />

the classics, veggie, turkey, beef,<br />

or whatever protein you love —<br />

I support you. As the long, lazy<br />

days of summer offer plenty of<br />

opportunities for burger night, I<br />

thought I’d share my way. Maybe<br />

you’ll learn something new, or<br />

maybe you love where you are.<br />

First of all, let’s talk about the<br />

meat. For beef burgers, 70 percent<br />

lean, 30 percent fat makes for the<br />

juiciest patty. That can be hard<br />

to find, so look for meat that’s<br />

at least 15 percent fat. When<br />

you shape your patties, avoid<br />

overworking the meat to avoid a<br />

dry crumbly burger. Conventional<br />

wisdom suggests adding salt<br />

and pepper before you shape the<br />

burgers. I disagree, because salt<br />

draws moisture out, so I add them<br />

just before cooking. Do feel free<br />

to add any other seasoning before<br />

shaping the patties.<br />

Next up: cheese. I prefer to shape each burger around the<br />

cheese, rather than place it on top at the end of cooking.<br />

This method prevents it from sliding off into the grill or pan<br />

and also leaves it delightfully melty. And there are no rules<br />

about what kind of cheese to use: bleu, cheddar, Swiss, brie,<br />

gouda, Havarti, whatever. Of course, I have no beef with the<br />

perennial southern favorite, pimiento.<br />

On to the toppings. Once again, you rule! Tomato, lettuce,<br />

pickles, and onions are great. Depending on the day, some<br />

of our favorite options are caramelized onions, sautéed<br />

mushrooms, avocado, pineapple, pickled jalapeños, pickled<br />

red onions, tzatziki, sprouts, bacon, fried egg, kimchi,<br />

guacamole, coleslaw, shredded and pickled daikon and<br />

carrots for a bánh mì vibe…the list goes on. An array of<br />

condiments is also key, including the classics like mayo,<br />

mustard and ketchup, as well as all the hot sauces.<br />

As for cooking, though burgers from the grill are the<br />

standard, grilling isn’t always the best option. Maybe it’s<br />

raining, or the propane tank is empty, or you hate the<br />

idea of standing over a hot grill.<br />

For your consideration: the grill<br />

pan. Usually cast iron, often<br />

enameled, the pan has ridges<br />

to provide that delightful chargrilled<br />

look. Burgers in a pan<br />

are so easy you may never fire up<br />

the grill again. Heat the pan on<br />

high until flicking a little water<br />

on it sizzles, add a little butter or<br />

oil to prevent sticking. Turn the<br />

heat down to medium and sear<br />

your burgers a minute or two on<br />

each side. Put the pan in a preheated<br />

350-degree oven to finish<br />

the burgers to your liking. We<br />

usually skip the oven since we<br />

prefer meat on the rare side, so<br />

a couple of minutes on each side<br />

on the stove suffices. For medium<br />

rare, internal temperature should<br />

be 120 to 125 degrees, 130 to 135<br />

for medium, and 150 to 160 for<br />

well done.<br />

In the final stretch, we have<br />

buns. Ciabatta, classic, croissant,<br />

doughnut, brioche, pretzel…all<br />

good. Do you! (But you already knew that.)<br />

The most important thing about home cooked burgers is<br />

that you enjoy them. Really. That’s it. Burger night is fun,<br />

low-key, and delicious. You don’t need fancy china, unless<br />

you’re into that. No need to dress up, because a juicy burger<br />

loaded with your favorite toppings will stain your tuxedo<br />

in a flash. Just drop a stack of napkins near the toppings<br />

so people can grab as many as they need. You may want to<br />

take a minute to ice down your favorite cool beverages and<br />

pick a playlist, but that’s as complicated as it should get.<br />

Bon appétit! B<br />

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