In Denver This Week October 21-28, 2016

Denver This Week October 21-28, 2016

What’s going on in Denver this week October 21-28, 2016? Lucky pennies worth picking up and why people are asking to be locked up in seemingly unescapable rooms across Denver.

On one of the beautiful fall days this past week, I found myself admiring the city view from Millennium Bridge after a great lunch with my husband at Brider over on Platte Street. I love hanging out in our Berkeley neighborhood and sometimes forget how fun it is to explore Denver’s other incredible neighborhoods. And, have you checked out Brider yet? I guess I’m a little late to the party since it opened back in January, but now that I’ve been I can’t wait to go back. They call it fine-food-fast, but I call it awesome comfort food that feels just right for fall. I’d definitely recommend the curry and the polenta and meatballs…although perhaps not together. (Then again why not?)

Here are few more things worth knowing this week…

Everyone is talking about the new bakery that just opened in Five Points. The Rolling Pin, just next door to Rosenberg’s Bagels & Deli (now open if you missed that!) promises to be a European bakery with a French focus, and their pastry menu already has me salivating.

Who needs pumpkin spice lattes when you can sip on Denver’s seasonal fall cocktails?

It seems I have to stop yelling, “Don’t touch that!” every time my kids pick something up off the ground because there are 10 “lucky” pennies hidden throughout Denver worth $1,000 each.

Have you spotted the art of the self-dubbed Be Love, the purple people painter? The anonymous muralist has been brightening up buildings across the city.

This 10-year-old Colorado kid’s photographs will soon be featured on Denver’s Folsom Custom Skis. How cool is that?

Get a real-life Harry Potter experience with the Denver Escape Room’s Fantastic Beasts Challenge, opening on November 1. I’m a bit claustrophobic, so this is definitely not for me, but I do understand how you might be intrigued by this. If escape rooms are your thing (and apparently they are becoming quite the thing), 303 Magazine offers a guide to more escape rooms in Denver. And, if you need more thrills after that, pop over to Denver’s first virtual reality haunted house.

What are you up to this weekend? A few interesting options…Glow at the Gardens at the Denver Botanic Gardens, James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner, Boo at the Zoo, and the Bloody Mary Festival. Here are some more fun October options around Denver. Plus, things to do with your kids this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!

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In Denver This Week October 14 – 21, 2016

In Denver This Week October 14 - 21, 2016

What do you need to know in Denver this week October 14 – 21, 2016? There are still more Halloween celebrations. Plus Denver Film Festival, how to float your stresses away, and Madeline Albright recites all of her childhood Denver addresses by heart.

I am amazed by Denver’s endless fascination with Halloween. It seems every week there’s a new story about where to go and what to do leading up to Halloween, and this week is no exception. Denver Post details the 5 top Denver neighborhoods to trick or treat in if you want to get the most candy in the least amount of time (and stay safe while doing so). And, more corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses around Denver. (I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon, too…here’s my post on where to shop local in Denver for Halloween costumes.)

If you can’t wait another couple of weeks for all of that candy goodness, perhaps a little taste of Choctoberfest this Saturday will satisfy you. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like…lots and lots of chocolate.

The 39th Denver Film Festival announced their full line-up this past Monday. Dear Denver has the scoop on taking advantage of ticketing deals now.

I am so excited to hear that Low Country Kitchen will be opening in LoHi. I absolutely swoon over grits. If I could live anywhere besides Denver, it would be Charleston, South Carolina — no question. And, last October I actually had the chance to dine in the original Low Country Kitchen in Steamboat Springs, and it did not disappoint.

On the other (perhaps slightly healthier) end of the foodie spectrum, Blooming Beets, the Boulder-based gluten-free, Paleo-friendly cafe will open in the Baker hood next May.

Denver’s pot shops aren’t the only places you can find a little mellow me time. Here’s how to float your way to a zen state with a visit to a local floatation tank.

If you’re a long-time reader (hi Dad!), then you may know of my obsession with bags, and this Winter Session bag in particular. 3o3 Magazine talks to the makers behind the awesome Colorado bag company this week.

MondoMarket of The Source is expanding with a new Stanley location.

Harvest Week starts this Sunday. You can still get tickets here.

And, amazingly enough, Madeline Albright remembers every address she ever lived at in Denver  as a child.

What are you up to this weekend? A few interesting options…Zombie Burlesque Show, Whiskey Throwdown and Donut Showdown, Croptoberfest: The Table Urban Farm Harvest Party, Union Station Farmers’ Market Mixology Series, plus things to do with your kids in Denver this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Shop Local: Halloween Stores in Denver

Halloween Stores in Denver Disguises

Disguises, one of a few locally owned Halloween stores in Denver area, is a treasure trove of Halloween masks, costumes, accessories and more for the true Halloween aficionado.

I’ve learned that, in life, some people are Halloween people and some people just are not. Pre-kids I never gave much thought to Halloween. When required, I found my costume inspiration in the nearest thrift store. And my costumes were never elaborate…a long skirt made me a 1960s hippie, a polyester jumpsuit a disco diva. One year I scored a cowboy hat and silver vinyl skirt at Buffalo Exchange and called myself a space cowgirl. I was actually pretty proud of that one.

My husband is even more of a Halloween minimalist. He will gamely wear a shirt or other accessory in homage to a fuller costume, but only if prompted by me or the kiddo.

Like most 4-year-olds, my little guy takes more of a maximalist approach. He started brainstorming his costume many weeks back, and it’s been through multiple iterations, which have sometimes included us as props. Last year he asked me over and over again when we would be hanging up our Halloween decorations — you know, the ones I hadn’t yet bought. Sadly, the answer to his question was October 30.

But I admire the gusto with which others embrace Halloween, in both costume assembling and front porch decorating. And, as my excited kiddo began counting the “Happy Halloween decorations” that recently started appearing on other houses on our street, I resolved to become more of a Halloween person. If only for his sake.

So, I bought Halloween decorations. I spent two hours cobwebbing our front porch and fence this past weekend. And, though in the past we always made do with hand-me-downs or toy box dress-up clothes, this year I took my 4-year-old Halloween costume shopping.

Not surprisingly, he couldn’t have been more delighted. Halloween costume shops must rank right up there with toy stores for kids. But what was a bit surprising is that I enjoyed exploring the shops too. It turns out that Denver has some really fun Halloween stores, even if you are a bit of a Halloween scrooge. This is what we found…

Halloween stores in Denver Disguises

Disguises, 9797 W. Colfax, Lakewood

It’s a little bit of a drive from Denver, but this local shop is so worth visiting! Disguises is packed with both Halloween and Day of the Dead items (I loved the masquerade masks below), including costumes to buy or rent, and adult and kid sizes. This is the perfect place to explore and find the costume you never knew you’d want to wear but now has you feeling like a kid again. Store hours: Mon to Sat, 10am to 8pm; Sun, 12pm to 6pm.

Halloween Stores in Denver Disguises

Goodwill Halloween Pop-Up, 2553 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver

Okay, Goodwill is technically a national organization, but Goodwill Industries of Denver is locally focused so I think it fits in with our local store round-up. Goodwill has long been a great place to find Halloween costumes, but beginning last year, they started making it even easier for Halloween shoppers by creating a Halloween Pop-Up shop at the Colorado location. And, although it’s not an official Halloween shop, I was told the 21 S. Broadway shop in Denver has a lot of Halloween costumes for sale, too. Store hours: Mon to Sun, 10am to 6pm.

The Wizard’s Chest, 451 N. Broadway, Denver

Halloween stores in Denver Wizard's Chest

Visiting The Wizard’s Chest is an experience unto itself with hands-on play encouraged and staff decked out in costumes. My 4-year-old had a ball trying things on and spotting all the “scary things.” Family-owned and operated since 1982 (and recently moved from its former Cherry Creek address), the store boasts two stories with the entire second level devoted to costumes, hats, wigs, masks, and theatrical make-up. (Be forewarned…the first level is packed with games and toys, which might get your little one off-track a bit.) You can even shop online, but your kids won’t want to miss the in-store experience.  Store hours: Mon to Fri, 10am to 7pm; Sun: 10am to 5:30 pm. But The Wizard’s Chest has extended store hours in October, staying open till 8pm and 9pm many nights. See calendar for details.

Halloween stores in Denver Wizard's Chest interior shot

Where’s your favorite store for Halloween shopping in Denver?

In Denver This Week October 7-13, 2016

Denver this week October 7-13, 2016 Oxford Hotel Dia de Los Muertos display

Although Halloween fever is taking over Denver, Oxford Hotel focuses on Dia De Los Muertos instead with their fantastic window display.

What’s worth knowing in Denver this week October 7-13, 2016? Some long-missed eateries are back and the launch of UberEATS means you can eat your favorite local dishes in your pjs.

Some beloved Denver establishments are returning this month. Five months after the fire, Rosenberg’s Bagels is set to re-open on October 16. And Hamburger Mary’s re-opened this past week about seven blocks away from its original location (now occupied by M Uptown, although not much differentiates the latter from the original Hamburger Mary’s).

And, I was happy to see the Spicy Pickle will be returning to downtown Denver. I was once a frequent visitor to the original location, just around the corner from my Capitol Hill apartment in what feels like a lifetime ago. Until the new location opens, you can stop by their other location in Reno…or, oddly enough, in Qatar or Kuwait City.

But, why eat out if you can get your favorite meals in the comfort of your own home? Westword shows you how to recreate local favorite Smashburger in your kitchen.

If that’s too ambitious for you, UberEATS launches in Denver today. The food delivery service has partnered with more than 100 local restaurants to deliver their full menu to your doorstep…why get dressed up (or, um, at all) to enjoy Denver’s best dishes?

Wondering about those large in-ground window displays along Market Street? A traveling Black Cube pop-up exhibit is visiting Denver.

No, you’re not crazy. Purple Door Coffee in Five Points was taken over by Luke’s Diner a la Gilmore Girls this week.

This month is packed with Halloween fun…The Denver Ear rounds up the best choices for wee ones. (You’ll find a few more Halloween events for “big kids” here.)

It’s First Friday! If you’re looking for something a little bit different in the Santa Fe Art District, stop by the newly launching Micro Markets at Ink Lounge  brought to you by the guy who created ManCraft.

What else are you up to this weekend? If you’re not at the Great American Beer Festival, or one of the many GABF non-ticketed events, check out Urban Market, LoDo Alleyways: A Collabortion with NINE dot ARTS, or The bRUNch Run.

Plus, there’s a free pop-up playground tomorrow at Montessori School of Denver, and a few other things to do with your kids this weekend. Here are a few more October Denver events you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Monthly Denversions: Things to Do in Denver

in October

Things to do in Denver in October -- Union Station hosts one of many Halloween events

What are the best things to do in Denver in October? Union Station hosts one of many area Halloween celebrations, and so many beer and wine events it’s hard to keep track.

October has always been my favorite month of the year. Perhaps, as a kid, it had a lot to do with the fact that it’s my birthday month. But, even now as birthdays are becoming somewhat less exciting, I still look forward to October every year…the crispness in the air, the brilliant colors, the coziness of sweaters, and the cider (oh, how I love me some cider!).

If you’re looking for reasons to love fall, too, Thrillist has rounded up a list of fall must-do’s for Denverites, The Denver Ear has compiled the best haunted houses around Colorado, and here are 73 Great American Beer Festival events that you don’t need a ticket for.

Or check out Confluence Denver’s interview this week with the authors of 100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die for inspiration no matter the season.

Here are a few more things to do in Denver in October…

September 23 to October 8: Oktoberbest Denver, Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd Streets

September 30 to October 8: Denver Beer Fest, various locations around Denver

October 1: Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival, Five Points

October 1: FarmFest Celebration, The Urban Farm, Stapleton

October 1 Oktobergrass presented by The Big Wonderful, Denver

October 1: Denver Wine Fest, Downtown Aquarium

October 1: Fresh Hop Festival, Denver

October 1:  Northside Wine and Music Festival, Denver

October 1 to 2: Japanese Kite Festival, Stapleton

October 2: 5280 Dines, The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

October 4 to 6: Civic Center Eats, Civic Center Park (Last ones of the year!)

October 6 to 8: Great American Beer Festival, Denver Convention Center

October 8: Urban Market, Skyline Park

October 9: The bRUNch Run, Stapleton Central Park

October 15: 4th Semiannual Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown, Cluster Studios, Denver

October 16:  Rock ‘n Roll Denver Half Marathon, Denver

October 16 to 20: Harvest Week, various Denver restaurants

October 17 to 19: Zombie Zone, Denver Pavilions

October 19 to 27:  Glow at the Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens

October 20: James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner, 1515 Restaurant, Denver

October 20:  Urban Market, Skyline Park

October 21: Scream Scram 5k Run/Walk, Wash Park

October 22: The Denver Adventure

October 22: Zombie Crawl, Skyline Park

October 22 to 30:  Boo at the Zoo, Denver Zoo

October 23:  Bloody Mary Festival, EXDO Event Center

October 27: Halloween Parade & Party, Union Station

October 28 to 29: Halloween Burlesque Show: Boo-lesque!, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret (Note: The site has been down over the last day, so maybe check back later.)

October 29: Halloween Spooktacular (This one’s for kids too!), Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Center

October 29: Hauntings at the Hangar, Wings Over the Rockies Museum

Enjoy the fall weekend!

The Denver Central Market Doesn’t Disappoint

Denver Central Market Green Seed

There’s been so much buzz leading up to the opening of The Denver Central Market. It’s been called a culinary adventure, a food emporium, a culinary immersion experience, and the new It gourmet marketplace. If you appreciate good food (yes, I purposely avoided saying “foodie”), and live anywhere near downtown Denver, how can you not say, “Yes, please”? My husband and I can count ourselves as both, so we grabbed the two littles to arrive with the droves this past Sunday to gawk, drool and sample.

The marketplace is a huge open space — I’ve alternately read that it’s 12,000 feet and 14,000 feet, so I’m just sticking with huge — with local markets tucked into every corner.

Located in the RiNo neighborhood, the one-stop shopping experience has a butcher (The Local Butcher), cheese and charcuterie (Culture Meat & Cheese), fishmonger (Silva’s Fish Market), bakery (Izzio Artisan Bakery), ice cream (High Point Creamery), coffee (Crema Bodega), fresh produce (Green Seed), Italian pantry items (Vero), slow-roasted meats and prepared salads and side dishes (SK Provisions), and chocolate (Temper).

Denver Central Market

The shops also offer plenty of on-site grazing options…fresh salads from Green Seed, charcuterie plates from Culture Meat & Cheese, pizza or pasta from Vero, or fresh ceviche from Silva’s Fish Market. And all kinds of prepared dishes from SK Provisions.

With seating all around the venue, a centrally located bar, and a wall of TVs, it’s easy to see how you could pleasantly pass the time here. It was a little packed when we arrived, opening day and all. But we still managed to snag a table after a few initial scouting laps.

We parked ourselves next to Temper, where the chocolate-making process mesmerized my 4-year-old so much that he asked if he could trade his promised ice cream cone for a box of chocolates. (Um, no.) We sated ourselves with ceviche and ice cream and enjoyed the people-watching until the 1-year-old announced it was time to go (in that screeching manner unique to 1-year-olds).

Denver Central Market High Point Creamery

Denver Central Market Temper Chocolate

It was a short but successful first visit, which is the best we can hope for with our little guys. One word of warning to parents…it’s a little tougher to take youngsters along. I didn’t spot a high chair or changing table anywhere. And, though some people had strollers, we were glad we had our youngest in a carrier pack.

Could you do all of your grocery shopping at The Denver Central Market? A friend asked us this later. Perhaps, but we agreed that we’d be more likely to approach it as we do a farmer’s market: You can get everything you need for an amazing meal. Appetizer course? Cheese and crackers at Culture. Entree? Stop at The Local Butcher or Silva’s Fish Market, and then get some fresh veggies from Green Seed. (Alternatively grab some already prepared dishes at SK Provisions.) You can even find some fun condiments at Culture or Vero. And, of course, grab a pint of handcrafted ice cream for dessert. (I’m sold on the Brown Sugar Cinnamon.)

But it’s unlikely you would get your entire grocery list completed here. And, that’s okay. Much like a farmer’s market, it’s as much about the experience as it is about what you leave with. And, given the opportunity to while an hour or two away with a friend over drinks and a fun nosh, and then easily pick up a few fresh items for dinner…well, that sounds like my kind of afternoon.

The Denver Central Market is located at 2669 Larimer Street in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. Market hours are 8am to 8pm daily. Izzio Bakery opens slightly earlier at 7am, and Curio Bar accommodates drinkers until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.

Denver Central Market Vero pizza

Denver Central Market Silva's Fish ceviche

Denver Central Market Silva's Fish Market

Denver Central Market Izzio Bakery

Denver Central Market exterior tortoise and hare mural

You can’t miss the new Denver Central Market. Just look for the tortoise and the hare.

In Denver This Week September 23 – 30, 2016

Denver this week September 23 - 30, 2016: Great American Beer Festival

Photo © Brewers Association

What’s worth knowing in Denver this week September  23 – 30, 2016? More marketplace news, a life-size walk-symbol guy wanders the city streets, and a marriage of beer and weed at the Great American Beer Festival.

I know, I know…I’m feeling a little guilty about the fact that I’ve only managed to crank out one measly weekly post these last two weeks. But, it’s for good reason…I’ve been working on a couple of other locally focused projects that I’m excited to share with you soon, so stay with me, people! In the meantime, here’s a round-up of local tidbits you’ll want to know…

Will you be joining the droves at Central Market’s grand opening Sunday? I can’t wait to check it out! It seems all of Denver is pretty excited…Westword offered a first look into Central Market and 303 Magazine tells you everything you need to know about visiting Central Market.

Speaking of marketplace openings we’re eagerly anticipating…Stanley Beer Hall, the star of Stanley Marketplace, should be opening late September or early October.

It’s time to say goodbye to a few more Denver institutions this week. But you still have time to get in at least one more last call. Celtic Tavern and sister bar Delaney’s are closing their doors after this weekend after a 16-year run. I can’t say I’ve been there in years, but for a period in my late 20s, it was our target evening destination. Perhaps even more surprising…Bonnie Brae’s 40-year-old Campus Lounge will close its doors on Monday. The new owner is the vegetarian restaurateur behind City O’ City. No word yet on what the new spot will be.

Didn’t score tickets for the Great American Beer Festival? You can still feel like one of the crowd by celebrating just slightly off-stage from the main event. Here’s where you can find Great American Beer Festival-ish events beyond the Convention Center. But, if you are at the main attraction, try to check out Colorado’s own General Washington’s Secret Stash, “the first federally approved, cannabis-infused craft beer.

Every October 5280 Magazine releases its much-anticipated Best Restaurants issue. Eater spilled the beans on four of 5280’s best restaurant picks here. But you’ll have to wait for the issue to hit the stands for the other twenty-one.

If you’re into local food (and, really, who isn’t?), get your tickets for Harvest Week events now.

Did you happen to see a life-size, walk-sign guy roaming the streets? Yeah, that would be Fred Estrian.

What are you up to this weekend? Besides exploring Central Market, I mean. Here are a few other things worth checking out…Oktoberfest Denver (starts today!), Sweet William Market, Handmade in Colorado Expo, and Renegade Craft Fair. Plus more September events and what to do with your kids this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!

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In Denver This Week September 16 – 22, 2016

Denver this week September 16 - 22, 2016 Celebrate fall

Image courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office. Matt Inden/Miles.

What’s going on in Denver this week September 16 – 22, 2016? Get ready to start rolling around in your leaves, and a few more ways to celebrate fall. Plus foodie news, boozy news, and more Denver tidbits…

I love that Denver has become the place to go for food halls, and I can’t wait for the grand opening of Central Market next weekend! Until then I’ll have to settle for Denver Eater’s sneak peek into Central Market. Also opening, or rather re-opening, next week…the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center building.

Did you know there are seven (yep, seven) wineries right here within the Denver city limits? That’s right…there’s no need to board a plane to Napa, or even take a road trip to the Western Slope, to do a little winery hopping. Let Westword be your guide on a Denver urban winery tour.

On the subject of wine…I’ve never been that good at selecting wine. I tend to scan the little labels on the shelf that tell me if it’s a good buy (90 points? I have no idea what that means, but I’ll take it!) Alternatively, and probably even more embarrassing, I’ve been known to choose wine by the label art. (Did you know you can find at least a dozen bottles of wine featuring a chicken?) It’s not that big of a deal when I pop into our wonderful little neighborhood shop as they have a pretty well-curated $10 and under room (thanks, Small Batch Liquors!). But take me to Argonaut and it’s not the most efficient visit…I’ll be bookmarking this guide to the Best Wines Under $21 at Argonaut from 303 Magazine.

Of course, maybe you’re not feeling wine right now because the annual Bavarian beer-drinking tradition is just around the corner. Here’s where to celebrate Oktoberfest in and around Denver.

That also means it’s time to get your fall on…or at least start planning for it. The Denver Ear rounds up more than 20 autumn-themed festivals around the state.

Which Denver restaurant made Open Table’s 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies list? Denver favorite Fruition joins two other Colorado restaurants on the list. I’m not surprised to see Fruition make the list, but where are all our other amazing restaurants?

Denver is making headlines for a couple more good reasons this week…a new study ranks our city high for sustainability. And, British newspaper Telegraph ponders the question, “Is Denver becoming America’s coolest city?” Well, yeah.

What are you up to this weekend? A few fun options to check out…Cherry Arts Festival at Stanley Marketplace, Adventurefest, and Downtown Boulder Fall Festival. Plus a few more September events, and what to do with your kids this weekend in and around Denver.

Enjoy the weekend!

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In Denver This Week September 9th – 15th, 2016

Aspens in Denver this week September 9th - 15th, 2016

Image courtesy of Colorado Tourism Office. Matt Inden/Miles.

What’s worth knowing in Denver this week September 9th – 15th, 2016? Where to peep some leaves and saying goodbye to some favorite local businesses.

The afternoons are hot, but you can detect a crispness in the air. Fall is certainly on its way, and it’s time to start thinking about your annual trek to peep at the changing aspens. You may think it’s a bit soon, but Denverite lets you in on where you can already see leaves changing colors. Plus the Denver Post lays out 5 drives for seeing Colorado’s fall colors.

It always comes as a shock when a beloved local business closes its doors. Sadly this has happened to two Denver favorites, Z Cuisine and Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub. My husband first introduced me to Z Cuisine in our dating days. We enjoyed some amazing meals in the main restaurant. But perhaps even more fun was grabbing drinks and a cheese plate in the adjacent bar in the late evening as old French movies played on the wall. But there is a bright lining…Jamille Cucci, younger sister of Justin Cucci and restaurateur in her own right, has purchased Z Cuisine. Rumor has it she and her French chef fiance are inclined to preserve the French charm and offer a similar menu. Sadly the Rooster & Moon farewell looks permanent.

And, only 5 days left to grab a quick beer at the pop-up Skyline Beer Garden.

One business closes, another one opens. And so it goes. Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger, sister restaurant of the popular Highlands Tap and Burger, opened this week. And, Avanti announced a new addition…Chow Morso, will be opening in the food hall this October.

If you’re looking for a fun charity event, but black tie fundraisers aren’t your style (or in your budget), check out this year’s After Party on the Bridge on September 16. Held in the middle of the Historic 19th Street Bridge overlooking the Platte River, the After Party is comes the day after the more exclusive Gala on The Bridge. It features the requisite drinks and live music, but the best part just might be the silent disco later in the night…to meet the city’s noise ordinance, attendees are given headphones so they can keep the party going! All ticket levels under $100 are already sold out, so buy ’em now if you don’t want to miss out.

While you have to be born here to be a Colorado native, apparently you can still become a true Denverite by eating and drinking you way through this list. (How many have you sampled?) That’s good news for the many Denver transplants who discovered that Denver’s a great place to raise a family. As if we didn’t already know that, this recent study confirmed it.

What are you up to this weekend? A few options that caught my eye… it’s still Denver Food & Wine Week (through Sunday!), The Colorado Fall Home Show, Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest, Tour de Fat, and Adult Swim takes over Commerce City’s 88 Drive-In. Plus, here are more September events, and a few more things to do with your kids’ this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!

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4 Time Savers for Back-to-School Season

Denver time savers for dinner and groceries

Why I won’t be grocery shopping this month, and three more time savers that will help us get through the back-to-school transition.

Why is it that back-to-school time feels so stressful? For our family, this month marks a lot of transition…our oldest starts at the neighborhood elementary school tomorrow (yikes!) after more than four years at the same child care provider. And, next week our youngest starts daycare. And since he already cries like I’ve died every time I leave the room and refuses to take a bottle, I’m feeling pretty anxious about it. Plus, I’ve got some exciting but challenging new projects on the horizon. So, at least until we find our new groove, I need some help simplifying our lives, and I’m trying to outsource whichever tasks I can.

Here are a few time savers (and the awesome local services that provide them) that I’m using to help keep me afloat this month…at least until the new routine becomes, well, routine.

1. Let someone else plan dinner. Some days at 5pm I just can’t make another decision, not even something seemingly as simple as what’s for dinner. But, if someone else makes a strategy, and especially if they can deliver the food, I’m happy to execute a dinner plan. I’ve blogged before about how helpful it was to use local meal delivery service Green Chef. I found it a huge help to have someone else plan and prep dinner, so this will be one of my tricks this month. The weekly service didn’t always work well with our schedules, but Green Chef now offers a monthly plan, too.

2. Let someone else cook dinner. On the days that I don’t have the time or energy to cook even a pre-measured, pre-chopped dinner, I call on Supper Bell. Or rather, I go online and place our order. This Frank Bonnano brainchild is a life saver when you need to fake a healthy, home-cooked meal. The rotating weekly menu is chef-created, and even includes kid-friendly options. Just be sure to order by 3pm, or you’re out of luck. (Psst…if you sign up for their email, you can get 20% off right now.

3. Let someone else grocery shop. Are you detecting a theme? Like making dinner, grocery shopping was once a task I enjoyed. But, it’s a lot less pleasant with a 4- and 1-year-old in tow. But Instacart lets me shop online and will deliver the groceries within an hour. Sure, you can choose from the usual grocery chains, but you can also select local favorite, Marczyk Fine Foods.

4. Let someone else read to my kids. Okay, I haven’t actually tried this yet, but did you know you can phone-a-story for free through the Denver Public Library? You can choose from stories appropriate for preschoolers up to 5th graders in both English and Spanish. It’s one way to not feel quite so guilty about handing over your phone to your kid because you need to buy yourself a little time.

Do you have a favorite Denver service that keeps you functioning? What time savers do you use to keep organized?