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Ideas for a COVID-friendly St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Leave a Comment

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.