Celtic Tavern is best bet

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The Celtic Tavern at 1801 Blake St. is in its 13th year of doing business and is ready to branch out by providing Denver’s only Off Track Betting facility.

“We have changed as the business grew,” said owner Noel Hickey, “by expanding in 2004 into the space next door, opening Delaney’s cigar bar and lounge. We are now ready for the next change. On April 6, we will open the only Off Track Betting facility in the City and County of Denver.

“It will add excitement in both bars. We will open at 10 a.m. every day. On May 4, Kentucky Derby day, we will be hosting one of the biggest Derby day parties seen in Colorado. With the help of our friends at the Ninth Door and Vesta Dipping Grill, the Blake Street trifecta will be the place to be.”

One Lincoln Park problems

The One Lincoln Park building that Dealin’ Doug Moreland and Tom “Lou from Littleton” Manoogian co-own is having problems again. Apparently they are replacing all the water pipes with copper pipes. Water is being shut off intermittently.

The water issue has affected the White Crown Credit Union (yes, my credit union) this week and this will be an ongoing project for a year.

Microbrews help end poverty

Join Whole Foods Market Denver and Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute for a party to help end poverty around the world from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the McNichols Civic Center Building at the corner of Bannock and Colfax.

Taste some of Colorado’s best microbrews and spirits, including a custom limited edition of Pineapple Pale Ale from Denver Beer Co., as well as samples from other micro breweries such as Odell Brewing Co., Crazy Mountain Brewery and Downslope Distilling.

Sample food from some of Whole Foods Market food artisans, and create your own party favor with folks from Fresh City Life and the Denver Public Library. Enjoy live music and view an art installation of “India” by Amy K. Wright.

All proceeds will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. Learn more at www.wholeplanetfoundation.org.

Buy five tickets or more and enter to win a $100 gift card to Whole Foods Market.

Kempe takes Venice

Now that’s Italian!

Guests will celebrate in Venetian style to support abused and neglected children during the “Kempe Takes Venice” gala beginning at 6 p.m. April 20 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Kempe Foundation, which provides the education, advocacy and fundraising support for The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. Italian-style dinner.

The program will include a tribute to Dr. C. Henry Kempe’s lasting legacy, a success story as told by child-abuse survivor Althea Austin Flaherty, an artistic performance with an Italian flair, the comedy of local favorite (and my former Rocky Mountain News colleague) Sam Adams, and a live auction.

Following the program, one of Denver’s hottest dance bands Soul X will perform until 11 p.m.

Community leader and longtime Kempe supporter Gail Johnson will receive the 2013 Kempe Community Award, and presiding judge of the Denver Juvenile Court, Karen M. Ashby, will receive the 2013 Kempe Professional Award.

“The evening’s purpose is to celebrate the children and families served by The Kempe Center and the many individuals who make this important work possible,” said Patricia Peterson, president and CEO of The Kempe Foundation. “Our planning committee has designed an event that will foster camaraderie for all of our guests and offer a variety of entertainment sure to please everyone.”

Additional event details, tickets and sponsorships are available by calling 303-864-5312 or online at www.kempe.org/gala.

Tamayo adds bottomless brunch

Tamayo, the 12-year-old Larimer Square high-end Mexican spot that recently went through a major renovation, has upped the ante on brunch.

Some gal pals and I got invited to a friends and family tire-kicking try-out of brunch on Sunday, which featured a $35 all-you-can-eat and drink “bottomless Margarita bunch” for $35.

But the “drink” part isn’t limited to Margaritas. Mimosas made with traditional orange juice, guave, mango or blood orange, as well as Bloody Marys and Bloody Marias are included.

And, if you’re a teetotaler, the price drops to $20; $10 for children 12 and under. The menu includes sopas y ensaladas, antojitos (starters), tacos and tortas and cazuelas (baked eggs).

Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full, the stand-alone bar inside Alamo Drafthouse Littleton, unveiled its cocktail menu available to moviegoers when the theater and bar opened this week.

The bar pours locally distilled spirits from companies such as Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and Leopold Bros., as well as a seasonal cocktail menu curated by award-winning Alamo Drafthouse Beverage Director Bill Norris.

“With the signature drinks at Glass Half Full, we’re trying to bridge the gap between the beer drinker and the cocktail drinker,” said Norris. “Local beer like Left Hand Milk Stout finds its way into cocktails, and beer components like hops and malt find their way into classic drinks like daiquiris and gimlets. Craft brewers spend so much time creating flavor in their brews that we just want to build on the templates they’re laying down for us.”

More information at http://drafthouse.com/denver/littleton.

Walling leaving Robinson Dairy

Charlie Walling, one of the most amiable big-shots I know, is leaving Dean Foods as general manager of Robinson Dairy, effective March 31.

Walling’s departure is a result of a “sweeping restructuring,” he said in a recent goodbye email message he sent to colleagues, friends and family.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from Dean Foods as general manager of Robinson Dairy, due to a sweeping restructure, effective March 31. Leading the Robinson Dairy team has been a tremendously rewarding experience. I wish everyone at Dean Foods the very best, and for the opportunity to work with these truly talented people, I am, and always will be, grateful.

“Since relocating from Houston, the last 12 years in Denver have been the most fulfilling years of my life. This focused, collaborative and energetic community welcomed me and my family with open arms. Valerie and I plan to continue to live in Colorado as I pursue other career opportunities. I look forward to our continued friendship and appreciate the support from each of you.  Please keep in touch as new opportunities unfold in the future.”

I asked Walling, who is a personal friend as well as a huge supporter of my favorite breast cancer charity, Sense of Security, to send me some thoughts about his separation from the Robinson folks. He said, “I am fortunate and privileged to have led the Robinson Dairy team and been associated with two Colorado leaders, Dick and Eddie Robinson. I will truly miss these talented friends and thank them for 12 successful and rewarding years.”

Sal Siraguse, Robinson Dairy account manager in the downtown Denver territory, said, “Charlie will be missed. Great guy, great boss and so much fun to be around! We are very sad to see him leave Robinson Dairy.”

Pizza pizza!

Oblios Pizzeria has made an application with the city to move into the old Fleur Bistro spot at 1225 Logan St. in Capitol Hill. Oblios already has a thriving Park Hill location at 6115 E. 22nd Ave. Many fans call Oblios a friendly, old Italian neighborhood pizzeria. Besides pizza, Oblios serves calzones, lasagna, salads and two kinds of sandwiches (Italian and meatball).

Fleur Bistro opened in 2011, but lasted less than two years, closing with little notice in late October last year.

Sublurbia: Easter options

Looking for Easter specials around the metro area? Here are a few options for the March 31 holiday:

Baca at The Inverness Hotel, Arapahoe County: The Garden Terrace’s award-winning Brunch for your Easter celebration. $49.95, adults; $23.95, kids 6-10; 5 and under free. 200 Inverness Drive West, off I-25 and County Line Road, www.invernesshotel.com/baca/.

The Briarwood Inn, Golden: Open for champagne brunch Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.). 1630 8th St., Golden, www.thebriarwoodinn.com.

Kachina Southwestern Grill, Westminster: Kachina will be offering Cowboys & Indians Brunch on Easter. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids 8 and under eat free. The brunch also features Bullseye Bloody Mary Bar & Cisco Kids Room. 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, www.kachinagrill.com.

Shanahan’s Steakhouse, Denver: Shanahan’s will be featuring a $59, three-course menu that includes prime rib, filet mignon and fresh seafood. In addition, Shanahan’s will be offering its full menu and children’s menu. 5085 S. Syracuse St., Denver Tech Center, www.shanahanssteakhouse.com.

Trapper’s Chop House (fourth floor of the Holiday Inn Select), Parker: Trapper’s  Easter brunch features a prime rib and honey ham carving station, pancake and omelet bar, eggs Benedict, assorted salads and more. Adults, $29.95; children, $19.95. 19308 Cottonwood Drive, Parker, www.trapperschophouse.com.

Messing with Texas

Eavesdropping on a man talking about South by Southwest: “Austin is like Denver without the grown-ups.”

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.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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