Flights & Bites: Colorado Proud pop-up picnic stops in Frisco
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On Thursday, Aug. 6, members of Colorado Proud will stop at the Safeway store on Summit Boulevard in Frisco as part of the “Choose Colorado Pop-Up Picnic” summer series — farm-fresh, modern picnics celebrating locally grown produce.
The Pop-Up Picnics celebrate the farmers who help the state thrive and educate consumers about the benefits of buying and eating local produce, and each stop includes food samples and arts and crafts. In addition, the picnics recognize consumers’ on-the-go summer lifestyles, offering a new way to experience the picnic utilizing local produce.
Colorado’s agricultural community is one of the state’s top industries, advancing the state’s economy and preserving the environment. With more than 36,000 farms encompassing 32 million acres, agriculture is a vital part of Colorado, providing more than 172,000 jobs, contributing more than $40 billion to the state’s economy annually and feeding the world with more than $2 billion in exported products.
Frisco’s Choose Colorado Pop-Up Picnic runs from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.coloradoproud.org.
Keystone names Steve Nguyen as hospitality executive chef
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Keystone Resort recently announced Steve Nguyen as executive chef of Keystone Hospitality. Nguyen, who most recently served as the Keystone Conference Center’s executive chef, will oversee all kitchen operations within Keystone Resort’s hospitality division, including the Conference Center, Keystone Ranch, Ski Tip Lodge, Bighorn Bistro & Bar, Black Bear Grill, Edgewater Café and the River Course Grill.
“I am looking forward to working with our chefs and building upon the great foundation that our culinary team currently has in place,” Nguyen said. “This is a dream come true to be in this position.”
Nguyen began his culinary career at Keystone Resort in 2002 immediately following graduation from Colorado Mountain College’s Culinary Apprenticeship Program, where he was named Apprentice of the Year. His culinary career began as a tournant cook with the Conference Center before ultimately being promoted to Conference Center executive chef in 2008.
“My ability to grow my culinary career with Keystone Resort upon graduation from Colorado Mountain College says a lot about their culinary apprenticeship program and what they have to offer,” Nguyen said. “Hats off to CMC.”
A native of Colorado, Nguyen was invited to cook at the award-winning James Beard House in 2007, which he said remains one of his proudest accomplishments. In addition to his more traditional kitchen duties, Nguyen also oversees all responsibilities for Keystone’s ice carvings, including teaching an ice-carving class for CMC culinary apprentices. Nguyen’s ice sculpture work has been seen throughout Keystone Resort during the winter months, and he has carved ice at several Colorado festivals.
“Chef Nguyen is a dedicated and passionate chef,” said Stephane Ohayon, Keystone Hospitality’s director of food and beverage. “He has demonstrated that he can effectively run the biggest conference center program in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, while also developing and mentoring apprentices and seasoned cooks alike.”
For more information about Keystone Hospitality, visit keystoneresort.com or call (877) 204-7889.
Liquor Limo offers tip-free liquor delivery in Summit County
Liquor Limo, a new shopping experience for wine, liquor and beer delivery, has launched in Summit County. The free app, now available for download on iOS and Android, offers seamless, scheduled liquor delivery or in-store pickup. Unlike competitors, Liquor Limo offers free delivery on orders of more than $50, and there is no need to tip.
“We developed Liquor Limo as a solution to a need we identified within the market,” said Kevin Byrne, of Liquor Limo. “Now, through the app, customers in Summit County and across Colorado can receive scheduled and professional liquor delivery, while still supporting their local neighborhood retailers. Additionally, our proprietary Replica Recommendation Engine enables users to explore vast retailer inventories and discover new beverages based on the chemical fingerprint of their current likes and dislikes.”
Liquor Limo partners with local neighborhood liquor stores, including Base Camp Liquors, to provide their inventory and delivery services to customers, with a minimum order, typically $25. Valid photo ID proving the user is 21 years of age or older is required to register the appand is also verified upon delivery, which can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance.
App users have direct access to local liquor stores’ inventory, and Liquor Limo never marks up prices on any products. All payments are remitted to partner liquor stores directly through the app, via the customer’s securely stored payment information. As a bonus, the first 100 people who download the app and make a purchase receive $5 off their first order with promotional code LL100. Download the app at http://www.liquorlimo.com, or follow Liquor Limo @LiquorLimo.
Colorado Native Olathe Lager featured at Western Slope fest
The 24th annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, in Olathe. This year, for the first time, the festival will offer beer and wine. The featured beer is Colorado Native Olathe Lager, made by AC Golden Brewing Co. in Golden. The beer was brewed with hops, barley and “Olathe Sweet” sweet corn, all grown locally within a mile of one another. Wines from local wineries also will be featured.
Musical entertainment at this year’s festival will include several area bands and conclude with country stars Natalie Stovall & The Drive, from Nashville. Stovall was recently named as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country Music.
“We are very excited to be able to bring out Natalie Stovall & The Drive this year,” said Lynett Yolian Harold, co-chair of this year’s festival. “We hope that the entertainment, along with the addition of the beer and wine garden and dance contest, will entice everyone to attend the festival and help support the nonprofit organizations involved.”
This year’s festival offers extended hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and includes food and beverages, eating contests, arts and crafts and, of course, all-you-can-eat “Olathe Sweet” sweet corn. In addition, the fifth-annual Pancake Breakfast will be from 6 to 10 a.m., with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Abundant Life Children’s Ministry in Montrose.
The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival was created to promote local agriculture and to help area nonprofits fundraise. For more information, visit http://www.olathesweetcornfest.com.
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