Kevin Kidd takes a chicken pot pie from the wood-fired oven at Salt in Boulder last year.
Kevin Kidd takes a chicken pot pie from the wood-fired oven at Salt in Boulder last year.

It seems like just yesterday that Tom’s Tavern transformed into Salt Bistro, but through Sept. 23, the restaurant is actually celebrating its first birthday.

The crew at Salt, 1047 Pearl St., doesn’t want any presents; in fact, they want to give you something: a three-course, local and organic celebration feast. Umm, yes please!

For only $31 a head (the restaurant’s official birthday is Aug. 31), you can choose between such offerings as Colorado striped bass, Gold Canyon hanger steak, corn chowder with Long Family Farm bacon and Colorado peach cobbler.

The menu is drool-worthy and a portion of the proceeds benefit The School Food Project. Delicious and selfless.

PS: this could be the perfect opportunity for you to test-drive Salt’s new cocktail design program, Cocktail Element.

Check out the menu at

Save the whales!

You can’t seriously tell me you looked at the pictures of the Gulf oil’s spill animal victims without feeling a little nauseous. I just about jammed up the whole Internet forwarding the photos to everyone in my e-mail contact list.

Party for an Animal, a benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Rueben’s Burger Bistro, 1800 Broadway, is the perfect solution for those who can’t shake the disturbing images. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and they include your first drink at the bar.

And the burger and beer specials, silent auction, and chance to win a Winter Park pass are enough to wipe your memory clean. Proceeds go to Piyara Kutta, Project Vets and World Animal Awareness Society.

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There is only one thing standing between me and a sweet snowboarding career: snow. Because I hate it.

Yup, been in Colorado the majority of my life and I don’t snowboard or ski. But even I know how cool Warren Miller’s films are.

That’s why I’m gonna check out Warren Miller Wednesdays at the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl St. Each Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., the bar features a different classic film — 1983’s “Ski Time” is next week — as well as drink specials and door prizes.

If you go, I’ll be the one overusing the word “gnarly.”

Schedule available at

Ignite the night

The most refreshing thing about Boulder is its sense of community, which we all saw demonstrated tenfold during the Fourmile Fire.

The cooperative spirit continues tonight with the Fourmile Fire Benefit Concert at Twenty Ninth Street. Between 6 and 10 p.m., come to the mall to hear Funkiphino, local funk band, rock out and bring some cash for Red Cross, which will be onsite accepting donations.

Another opportunity to show your support is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firefighters Parade, on the 1600 block of Pearl Street.

Find out more at and the Fourmile Heroes Facebook page.