Sun and Moon rising
Folks in SoDo's Lowell development area now have a new neighborhood eatery and drink spot: the Sunflower (or Moonflower by night) opened two weeks ago at 287 E. Fountain Blvd., #100 (520-0649).
Run by the folks who own Montague's Coffee House a few blocks south, Sunflower bills itself as a "green café." The small menu includes fair-trade coffees and teas, and organic and gluten-free soups, sandwiches, salads and pastries. (Ever tried mesquite flour in your chocolate cake?) Pending a liquor license, Moonflower will open as a wine bar in the evenings, offering flights and tastings.
I'd be remiss to not share this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, next month. Enter the "Pork on a Fork" contest and send photos of "family members, friends, customers, anyone, anywhere eating pork" to facesofag.com by May 26.
The H1N1 influenza (the viral artist formerly known as "swine flu") has hammered the pork industry. According to a Faces of Agriculture figure, it lost $7.2 million a day between April 24 and May 1. Hence this counter-PR ploy to raise "awareness of the importance of pork to the American diet and economy."
CSA space available
It's not too late to buy a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share to secure a weekly bag of local produce for the 2009 growing season. Greenhorn Acres (localharvest.org/farms/M24976) and Country Roots Farm (countryrootsfarm.com), two small-farm models, still have space. The larger Grant Family Farms (grantfarms.com) is also open.
Otherwise, if you're looking for a veggie hook-up with no commitment — call it food with benefits — several local farmers markets start weekly as of the first weekend in June.
• Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road, coloradoeats.com/margarita) will hold a four-course "Flavors of Spain" Sunday supper from 5 to 8 p.m., May 17; the cost is $32 plus tax/tip. May 20 brings a six-course "Spice Route Dinner" at 6:30; seats are $55 plus tax/tip. The restaurant's Dinner and a Movie series begins June 5.
• Pizzeria Rustica (2527 W. Colorado Ave., pizzeriarustica.com) will celebrate its first anniversary May 19 with food and drink specials, door prizes and more.
• Deb's Coffee House (2 S. 25th St., debs-coffeehouse.com) will host the inaugural Cowboy Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., May 24. Plates range from free to $5, and proceeds benefit the planned Old Colorado City Sesquicentennial Monument to be constructed in Bancroft Park.