Jay Fox's Dining Guide
Wanna have an Affair on the Square?
“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.” — Henry David Thoreau
COME ONE, COME ALL, TO THE VERY FIRST “Affair on the Square”… and as their PR department labels it, “Denver’s first premier al fresco dining experience.” When you look at what’s for dinner, you’ll probably agree with “premier.”
This is an event to benefit the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which will be playing for your pleasure that night, July 21. For all the details, go to www.anaffaironthesquare.com.
But if you aren’t computer-literate, here’s the skinny. There will be eight Larimer Square restaurants participating in the event. Each restaurant has created a special pre-fixe menu for the evening, all featuring their own specialty items with different prices ranging from $58 to $97 per person for the dinner. Each dinner includes three courses plus dessert.
There will be over 100 tables, all set for four, on the street, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in the center of the square. The canopy of lights over the street will be blazing. There will be four fully staffed event bars serving libations.
Tickets for the event portion are $35 per person and will be sold in packages of four ($140). That includes entrance on the street, two complimentary cocktails, and lotsa live music performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for the following Wednesday, July 28. The cost of the dinner does not include the cost of admission. However, you will pay both costs when you make your reservs.
The patios that are on Larimer Street will be extended into the street which will be closed to traffic from 14th to 15th. There will be valet parking on 15th street. There is an $8 charge for valet parking for some restaurants. The Capital Grille will provide complementary parking. You need to check with each restaurant about their specific arrangements. Event tickets and dinners must be purchased as a package of four. Do not call the restaurant for reservs for this event. If you don’t have Internet service, or just wanna talk to a live person, call 303-534-2367, ext 154. Otherwise, the Internet site is real cool and has up-to-date info on availability. Tickets are non-refundable.
The restaurants will also be serving their regular dinner menu in their restaurant. If you want to dine in the restaurant and not be seated on the street, call the restaurant directly for reservs.
Some of the restaurants will be holding after hours events. Check out the Web site or call the individual restaurant for details. Here it is again: www.anaffaironthesquare.com
Mark the date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 6-9 p.m.
Without further ado, here is the pre-fixe menu for each restaurant. Note that this is the complete dinner and the cost includes tax and gratuity. It does NOT include the $35 cost per person for admission to the event.
Lime (an American cantina)
The Capital Grille
Cru — A Wine Bar
TAG (Continental social food)
After writing all these menus, and editing and re-editing, I am one hungry person. I have not eaten at several of these eateries but you can bet your bottom bippie that I will soon.
At this writing, a full three weeks out, many tables are already sold, so get on it, Dude (or Dudette). www.anaffaironthesquare.com. Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 6-9 p.m.
Jay Fox is The Statesman’s resident gourmand and culinary critic.