A compilation of recent food news, events and awards:
The StarLite Diner and Lounge is now open on the 29th Street Mall. / PastaVino, a modern Italian bistro, opened in the former Juanita’s space on Pearl Street. / H|Burger has teamed up with Troy Guard of TAG to start T|ACO, opening in Boulder on Walnut St. in the old Pizzeria BOP location. / Rumor has it that Oskar Blues is looking at the old train station in Boulder for its foray into the People’s Republic. It was the end of an era as Daddy Bruce BBQ of Boulder closed. / And The Pinyon (pictured) in Boulder closed quite suddenly when chef and co-owner Theo Adley decided to sell the space to Denver-based H BurgerCo. Adley is reportedly looking at opportunities in Denver.
Boulder County Farmer’s Markets celebrates their 25th season this year. Markets are open in Boulder and Longmont. / Twenty-three-year-old Tyler Nemkov was the executive chef at Mateo for about a week before deciding to return to CU to finish his degree. / Frasca Food and Wine, Jennifer Jasinski and Jason Sheehan were named James Beard Award finalists. / Frasca was also named one of the top 40 restaurants in the country by Gayot. / The Comida restaurant in Longmont has expanded their hours to include lunch and brunch. / Tillamook cheese announced a partnership with local Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg. / Oak at Fourteenth announced that they will host a quarterly pig roast; the first was on April 3. / And in WTF news, the Comida restaurant and Tina the Comida truck were both egged last month. Police have no suspects.
Amuse Bouche: Mini Review
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria brings authentic Cuban food to Boulder. Try the excellent traditional Cubano sandwich, of course, with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles or the equally awesome lechon asado bowl, with roasted pork, sautéed onions and mojo over white rice and their addictive black beans. Fried plantains are almost a must, and skip the boring soda fountain drinks for an authentic Cuban flavor like watermelon or ironbeer—or go for a mojito on the patio.
The Blind Café returned to Boulder May 4 and 5. Details at theblindcafe.com. / Colterra will offer the third in its series of cooking classes with executive chef Michael Drazsnzak, “The Art of Risotto” on May 20. The class is $35 with a glass of wine and tastings included; reservations required. / On June 8 at 5pm, Gateway Fun Center will host a food truck party including The Tasterie Truck, Heirloom, RollinGreens, Comida, Blackbelly Catering, Verde Food Truck, Top of the Hill Grill West, Crock Spot and Street Eats. The event will benefit the non-profit Parenting Place.