On April 24 you can dine out for a cause. There are 250 restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life this year, and they expect to raise more than $300,000. Racines and the Cherry Cricket have participated since day one and several venues have participated for more than 10 years.
This event raises money for Project Angel Heart, which supplies essential food and nutrition to those living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses such as cancer or diabetes.
You can help raise money by simply dining out. Check out the list of restaurants at www.projectangelheart.org.
Try a new kid on the block at Old Major, The Populist, Olive & Finch or beast + bottle. Some of the local favorites to try are Fruition, Opus Fine Dining & Wine Bar and Mizuna. Support a great organization for an even better cause by simply Dining Out for Life.
Among the participating suburban eateries: Anthony's Pizza & Pasta (Lone Tree, Littleton, Parker, Golden and Highlands Ranch); 24 Union (Lakewood); Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza (Arvada and Boulder); Bent Fork (Aurora); Bent Noodle (Aurora); Farro's (Centennial); Foolish Craig's Cafe (Boulder); Great Scott's Eatery (Broomfield); The Grill at Legacy Ridge (Westminster); Kachina Southwestern Grill (Westminster); Little India (Lakewood); Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria (Inverness area); Old Neighborhood restaurant (Arvada); Romano's Italian Restaurant (Littleton); Street Kitchen Asian Bistro (Inverness area); Taco House (Lakewood) and The Wooden Table (Greenwood Village).
Ice cream eatery the bombe
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!
And the Hilltop and Crestmoor neighborhoods may be screaming the loudest now that the High Point Creamery is coming soon at 215 S. Holly St. on the southwest corner of Holly and Cedar.
Husband and wife team Chad Stutz and Erika Thomas are opening their first retail location of High Point Creamery this spring with several more planned.
The signature item will be the "bombe," which Thomas describes as "a molded ice cream dessert that has its origins in Victorian-era France. First we layer ice cream, let it harden, and then we add a meringue, let that harden and then top it off with another layer of delicious ice cream. All of this then sets in an authentic copper mold from the 1960s. After it hardens, the bombe is removed from its mold and sliced like a cake to serve."
High Point also will serve sorbets and unusual ice cream toppings such as candied violets or black lava salt. The Creamery plans to host chefs from notable area restaurants to collaborate on their own specialty offerings.
Visit www.highpointcreamery.com or like them on Facebook to be the first to know of the opening date.
Lombardi back for more
The 5th Annual Flight to Luxury Hangar Party which raises money for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will welcome Vic Lombardi back for a second year as the official emcee for Flight to Luxury.
The CBS4 sportscaster (and a personal favorite of moi) will return to the runway to entertain the audience with his strut down the catwalk and endless jokes.
The Sept. 12 event will be held at two of the area's private jet hangars: XJet and Signature Flight Support, at Centennial Airport. Presented by Cuvée Escapes, the event will showcase custom-couture private villas by Cuvée, elite jets, exotic cars, and live entertainment. The goal is to raise $1 million for the Boys & Girls Club.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.flighttoluxury.com.
Foundation to honor DeAngelis
As part of the Jeffco Schools Foundation's fifth annual Love Our Schools Luncheon, Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis will be honored on Thursday, April 10.
As principal, DeAngelis became the reassuring voice of the 1999 Columbine shooting tragedy. He ends his 18-year career as principal and more than 35 years in public education when the school session ends this spring.
In honor of his contributions to Columbine and to students and schools around the nation, DeAngelis will be honored with the 2014 Norma Anderson Lifetime Service Award.
The fifth annual Love Our Schools Luncheon is a fundraiser for the programs of Jeffco Schools Foundation. The luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 10 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
The lifetime service award is named for Jefferson County legislator and education advocate Sen. Norma Anderson.
Eavesdropping on a conversation between a real estate agent buying "open house," "under contract" and "sold" signs with a customer-service representative at RMD Signs, a real estate and commercial signs manufacturer in Englewood:
"I guess I look awfully optimistic buying all these signs when I haven't even shown the house yet. But I am optimistic it will sell and sell quick in this market."
Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-619-5209.