We've all had to pivot with the pandemic. Things just have to be done differently. Central Park Parents' local musical friend, The Colorado Choir, hasn't been able to sing at all in the past year. They were all ready to perform a concert last March, when - BAM! COVID. No group gathering. ESPECIALLY no group singing.

The group has put together their second virtual concert, called "The Promise of Spring." It's FREE and will be available on YouTube and Facebook the entire month of April. Join them for the premiere of the concert on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.
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Ideas for a COVID-friendly St. Patrick's Day

[ Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 0 comments ]


This year St. Patrick's Day will be different again, but in many ways some of our traditions will stay the same. Get your Irish on and support these local businesses!



Irish Dancing at Stanley Marketplace
Irish stepdance is a style of dancing with roots steeped in tradition and recognized as the signature step dance of the Irish culture, celebrated on or around St. Patrick’s Day. Traditional music, extraordinary costumes with hidden meanings and incredibly intricate movements are hallmarks of Irish dancing. This year, you can see these dancers performing at Stanley Marketplace (2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora) as performers from Wick School of Irish Dance perform two St. Patrick's Day pop-up dance performances. If the weather cooperates they’ll perform outside on the mountain-facing west patio; if cold or snow prevails each performance will take place inside The Hangar at Stanley:

  • Wednesday, March 17, 4PM to 4:30PM
  • Saturday, March 20, 12PM to 12:30PM
  • Free to attend.
  • Masks and social distancing are required at Stanley, both indoors and outdoors.



Irish Hand Pies at Elita
For St. Patrick’s Day, Elita at Stanley Marketplace is offering a traditional Irish hand-pie special with minced meat, ale, green pea, and curried veggies. Finish your meal with the special Salted Caramel Pear Cake with cream Anglaise from the specialty market and kitchen with a Mediterranean and Latin American flair. Grab a salad, veggie-packed side, or hummus bowl to round out your Irish meal.


Irish Take-Home Meal by Mondo Market

Mondo Market at Stanley Marketplace is offering an Irish take-home meal for 2 or 4 prepared by chefs for heat and eat at home. The 2-course meals include smoked corned beef with mustard braised cabbage, crispy gold potatoes, and glazed carrots. Finish the meal with a pile of Irish shortbread cookies (6 cookies for 2 people; 12 cookies for 4 people). Order online; meals are $40 for two or $75 for 4; you can also add on items like a House Cheese Board, side salads, and Limoncello Tartufo Gelato for an additional charge.



Irish Grub at Steuben's

Both Steuben’s locations (Uptown and Arvada) are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with dine-in, takeout, and delivery menu specials available Wednesday, 3/17 through Sunday, 3/21. Don’t miss the traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage (photo at top) served with roasted potatoes, the creative Irish Nachos with house-made potato chips, corned beef, braised cabbage, red potatoes, ranch, green onions, and cheddar cheese. For beverages, consider the St. Paddy’s Shake with creme de menthe, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and shortbread cookie. (Option to make it boozy, of course.) For the NA option or the younger set, try the Lucky Green Shake with mint ice cream, fudge sauce, whipped cream, and a shortbread cookie. 



Pastrami Reuben at Smōk
St. Pat’s is usually all about the corned beef, but don’t forget the other cut of brined beef: pastrami. Chef/Owner Bill Espiricueta at Smōk (3330 Brighton Blvd., Denver) is offering a special for St. Patrick’s Day: his tender Pastrami Reuben served on Reunion rye bread with swiss cheese, his own thousand island dressing, and sauerkraut. Bill’s pastrami is on special because it’s an intensive creation, the result of a 7-day cure and a 16-hour smoke. Smok’s Pastrami Reubens will be available starting Wednesday, 3/17 and through the weekend as supplies last. Irish whiskey cocktail specials will be on offer as well for a bit o’ the Irish; visit them online or call 720-452-2487 to find out more.



Super St. Paddy's Green 3-course Meal by Whole Sol
Tired of green beer and heavy traditional Irish food on St. Patrick’s Day? Whole Sol has you covered. The two-year-old Colorado frozen smoothie superfood bowl concept suggests a yummy and super-green, super-food packed 3-courses on St. Patrick’s Day. Start with an iced or hot Matcha Latte with pure, raw coconut milk and all organic matcha, then grab the I Like You Matcha bowl with the supercharged green base (kale, banana, pineapple, and matcha), topped with coconut, banana, blueberry, & granola. Round out your Irish-inspired green meal with Matcha Bites: simple with dates, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and vegan vanilla protein, and bright green matcha.

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Join The Colorado Choir to Welcome Spring Safely!

[ Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 0 comments ]

 

We've all had to pivot with the pandemic. Things just have to be done differently. Central Park Parents' local musical friend, The Colorado Choir, hasn't been able to sing at all in the past year. They were all ready to perform a concert last March, when - BAM! COVID. No group gathering. ESPECIALLY no group singing. 

The group has rolled with the punches and presented a delightful virtual Christmas concert in December that received rave reviews. Though free, the concert served as a fundraiser for the Choir and has helped them survive this difficult year.

They plan to come back and sing for us again live in the fall, but until then they've put together their second virtual concert, called "The Promise of Spring." It's FREE and will be available on YouTube and Facebook the entire month of April. Join them for the premiere of the concert on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. 

The concert features hopeful and joyful music and imagery to help us all wrap up a difficult year, and promises better times to come as we move into spring and beyond together. 

Kelly Parmenter, the Choir's Artistic Director and Conductor, says, “We are so pleased to be able to share some of our favorite songs with our favorite friends. Inhale deeply, and allow yourself to embody The Promise of Spring.”

     What: "The Promise of Spring" Virtual Concert

     When:  Premiering Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m., then online the entire month of April

     Where: YouTube and Facebook

     Cost:  Free! Donations are accepted to help keep the group afloat, with incentives for larger donations

     More Information:  https://thecoloradochoir.org

Listen in and support this fantastic local group and brighten your spring!


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Food and goods from Stanley Marketplace delivered to your door!

[ Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 0 comments ]


In the face of the most daunting holiday season in history when small retailers are dependent on shoppers being in-store, Stanley Marketplace has developed a small business solution: A delivery service for retailers that will deliver gifts and other items purchased from any of the 50+ Stanley Marketplace independent retailers to your door.

StanleyDelivers.com launched last week and offers unique gifts, apparel, accessories, home decor, specialty foods, wine & spirits, and more through a single website. Rather than encouraging shoppers to come to them, Stanley Marketplace will bring the goods to the people. Packages arrive via contactless deliveries made in a Stanley Delivers electric mini-truck (so cute!), created in partnership with local company Gallery Carts. Live outside the 10-mile delivery range? No problem, Stanley Delivers will ship anywhere in the U.S. directly from their website.

Think of it as the most pro-Denver, anti-Amazon thing you can do - a way to buy local without leaving home. Shop for baby gifts from Little Wolf Boutique, cozy lounge pants from Sterre, must-have Danish slippers from Goose & the Goat, a box of fresh-baked empanadas from Maria Empanada, that perfect half-zip sweater for a day of cross-country skiing from Aktiv, and specialty meats and cheeses from Mondo Market for a holiday celebration (or every day). Local, supporting local, supporting local: it’s a win-win-win!


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Give the Gift of Food to the Most Vulnerable this Holiday Season

[ Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 0 comments ]

Holiday expenses overwhelm everyone except the very wealthy, a gap that is wider than ever this year. Our friends at Border Kindness are working hard to provide food throughout the winter and holiday toys to ONE THOUSAND asylum-seeking and vulnerable children and teens and their families.

Border Kindness has launched a GoFundMe campaign to provide food for these families, and there's also a toy list to help them make certain that all children receive a holiday gift this year.


This Giving Tuesday and beyond, can you support them and their efforts to care for those most in need with a donation? Learn more at linktr.ee/borderkindness, and thank you for your generosity! 

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Order your Thanksgiving meal and support a local restaurant!

[ Monday, November 16, 2020 | 0 comments ]
Pumpkin Pie by A Spice of Life

Looking for a safe and delicious place to order your Thanksgiving meal? Look no further - Central Park Parents has you covered! Check out the amazing-sounding options from several local restaurants below, get your order in soon, stay safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!


Steuben’s Arvada


Chef Jeff Stoneking, formerly of Cholon and Rosenberg's, will be appearing as Guest Chef at Steuben's Arvada. Chef Stoneking has prepared a delicious 7-course Thanksgiving meal for $175, which serves 4 - 6 people. For each meal served, Steuben’s will donate a Thanksgiving Meal to Arvada Community Table. Stoneking’s meal includes Thanksgiving Turkey, Sourdough & Cornbread Dressing, Grandma’s Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Green Bean Casserole, Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes, Cranberry Relish, Pumpkin Spiced Cobbler, and the option to add red or white Vesta wines.


Order by:  November 18

Pick up:  Steuben’s Arvada, 7355 Ralston Rd., Arvada, on November 25 between 3pm and 6pm

Order online at https://www.exploretock.com/steubensfoodservice/


Ace Eat Serve


Leave the cooking to the Ace Eat Serve team and pre-order a Peking Duck for the Thanksgiving holiday. Why not change things up for 2020 and enjoy duck instead of traditional turkey this year? The Peking Duck platter is $49 and serves 3-4 guests - includes a whole duck, mu shu crepes, pickled peppers, scallions, cucumber, apricot, chili sauce, and hoisin. 


Order by:  November 19

Pick up:  Ace Eat Serve, 501 E. 17th Ave, Denver


Smok


Chef Bill Espiricueta at Smok is well-known for his regionally-inspired barbecue and for the first time this year, his team is offering a Smoked Turkey Dinner to-go that features Smok favorites for a holiday celebration at home. Dinner serves 4-5 people and includes a 5-pound smoked turkey breast, two quarts of southern-inspired potato salad that’s spicy with deviled eggs, bacon, and mustard; two quarts of Smok’s pit beans with brisket and pork and cheddar jalapeno cornbread with honey butter. The turkey comes smoked and ready for simple reheating at home; don’t forget to pick up one of Chef Bill’s famous full-size holiday pecan pies: they’re gorgeous with flaky golden pastry crusts and a touch of savory – Bill’s signature – on each, with an elegant dollop of crème fraîche to finish. 


Order by:  November 23

Pick up:  Smok, 3330 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Please call 720-452-2487 to reserve your dinner


Bellotta


Brand new in the Source and occupying Acorn’s previous space, Bellota is offering Chef Manny’s Mexican mole chicken for Thanksgiving – and any time. Always available as an entrée on the regular menu, the Pollo en Mole Negro will also be offered as a special for those looking to change things up a bit for the holiday. Think a whole chicken, Chef Manny’s 27-ingredient family-recipe Mole Negro, tortillas, and sides of rice and beans to serve 4. This feast is $49, and don’t forget to pick up a large format jar of margaritas “todos los vaqueros” for $40. 


Pick up:  Belotta, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Call 720-542-3721 to learn more and to place your order.

 

A Spice of Life


A Spice of Life offers a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner for families and groups, including roasted turkey breast with rosemary gravy, buttermilk mashed potatoes, garlicky haricot verts, maple whipped sweet potatoes with maple pecan streusel, and Dan’s Famous Stuffing Muffin. Also included are golden dinner rolls with whipped butter and classic cranberry sauce; all this for $175 - it serves 4-6 guests. Remember to add on a housemade pumpkin or apple pie for an extra $20. 


Pick up: 5541 Central Ave, #272, Boulder (delivery also available) on Wednesday, 11/25

Call them at 303-443-4049 for more information and to order

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