First Sip Celebrates Almighty Drink, Dry Land Gets Slow Food Approval – Boulder Daily Camera

From the team that produces First Bite: Kicking off Boulder County Restaurant Week First sipa four-day celebration of Boulder’s drinking scene.

This beverage-focused event taking place April 28-May 1 will showcase what makes each attendee unique through a variety of cocktail classes, drink specials, free tastings, pairings and more.


A Royal Mayan and an Autumn Flower at Fourteenth Oak in Boulder. The restaurant will participate in First Sip Boulder.

With 33 participating businesses, First Sip will include many of the star restaurants that participate in First Bite, such as Cafe Aion, T/aco, Dagabi Tapas Bar, Fringe Pizza, Oak at Fourteenth, Dushanbe Teahouse and The Greenbriar Inn. A roster of newcomers are also in the spotlight, including Farow, Mojo Taqueria, R Gallery + Wine Bar, Avanti, Gemini, Sanitas Brewing, Rayback Collective and Cocktail Caravan.

“It’s time for the stars of our beverage scene to shine with their own event,” said Jessica Benjamin, owner and executive producer of First Sip and First Bite. “Restaurants often feel like diners’ attention is focused on the food, so we wanted to provide a platform that would properly showcase their amazing drink offerings, including opportunities for a deeper dive with a handful of drinks. ‘intimate events.’

Drink lovers can nominate their favorite bartender until May 2 for a contest. The winners will be announced on May 4. Additional information and tickets are available at

slow spirits

by Longmont Dry Land Distillers519 Main St., received the Snail of Approval Award from Slow Food Boulder County, the local chapter of Slow Food USA.

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Dry Land Distillers in Longmont was honored by Slow Food Boulder.

The Slow Food Endorsement Snail recognizes foodservice establishments that pursue and practice Slow Food values ​​that align with a fair and sustainable food system. These values ​​relate to sourcing, environmental impact, cultural connection, community engagement, staff support and business practices.

Dry Land Distillers received this award for their commitment to making spirits in conjunction with Slow Food farms, restaurants and other food and beverage businesses.

“We were chosen for the Snail of Approval award because of our close collaboration with local farmers, our efforts to create a production space focused on sustainability, and our commitment to native and indigenous ingredients,” wrote the Dry Land staff in a Facebook post.

Taco of the month

Torchy Tacos, 2805 Pearl St., features the Tokyo Drifter as April’s taco of the month. This fusion taco features teriyaki-glazed pulled pork, fried wonton strips, sweet and sour vegetable salad, sesame sriracha mayonnaise and cilantro, served with a wedge of lime on a flour tortilla.

Torchy’s is also offering two new limited-time cocktails – Watermelon Ranch Water and Spark Plug – to pair with the Tokyo Drifter.

Watermelon Ranch water is made with Camarena Silver Tequila, a homemade sweet and sour blend and Red Bull Red Edition served with a rim of Tajin salt. The spark plug is made with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, a homemade bittersweet blend and Red Bull Red Edition blended with pineapple juice and passion fruit puree.

A portion of the proceeds from Taco of the Month sales will benefit charitable partners including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Phoenix House Treatment Center.


Piece, Love & Chocolate805 Pearl St., Boulder, has announced its range of classes for those who want to learn how to make their own treats.

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Learn how to bake a flourless cake during a class at Piece, Love and Chocolate.

Upcoming sessions include Savory Truffles and Ganache Techniques on April 30, May 22, and May 28, Chocolate Soufflé and Flourless Chocolate Cake on May 1, and a French Macaron Class on May 7, Mother’s Day.

More information and course registrations are available at

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