Making fine dining a family affair in Lakewood

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The West Chamber is making sampling the finest restaurants in Jefferson County a family affair with this year’s Taste of the West.

The annual event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.

“We’re very excited about this year’s Taste. We have a great venue and it will be outside so people can enjoy the weather,” said Brian Willms, president and CEO of The West Chamber. “Over the years it has been a little more adult focused, and this year we really want to encourage families to come be a part of it.”

As a way to bring in more families, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Radio Disney will be on the scene, providing entertainment for children. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. PJ Zahn, a classic rock cover band, will be performing.

More than 20 local restaurants and vendors will be providing samples all night, with a focus on local, independently-owned businesses.

“We really wanted to make it more local this year, and make community focus a priority,” said Jordan McNamara, West Chamber communications and programs manager. “We want Jeffco business to really get a chance to shine, and we have some really diverse places.”

Restaurants come from all over the county, and include staples like 240 Union and new faces like La Cave and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

Willms said that the event is not just for people already in the community, but for those who want to get a sense of what Jefferson County has to offer.

“There are places that you’re only going to find in Jeffco, and we want to put a spotlight on them,” he said. “We’re hoping folks from all over will want to come see what we have to offer.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased by calling 303-233-5555 or visiting www.lakewood.org/heritagecenter. Group rates are available.

For more information, visit www.westchamber.org/tow.

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