Christy Mercer

About Christy Mercer

Christy Mercer moved to Colorado from her native state of Oregon six years ago, and has spent her time here exploring Boulder's culinary offerings and taking advantage the many great outdoor activities the area has to offer. She has a background in journalism and working in web start-ups, and while not working, enjoys traveling, tasting new food, running, and baking.
Posts by Christy Mercer

It’s Official…Oskar Blues is, in Fact, Coming to Boulder

Oskar Blues is in the process of inking a deal to lease the historic train depot located at 31st and Pearl in Boulder. After months of deciding between a handful of front range locations, the popular craft brewery has chosen the location in Boulder as the home for their future brewpub. Full story here.

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Food Truck Party!

Open your iphone calendars and date books everyone, and get ready for Boulder’s inaugural Food Truck Party! On June 8, from 5 – 8pm, the food trucks of Boulder will join together at the Gateway Park Fun Center (4800 N. 28th St.) to put on a great celebration of the fantastic local food trucks this […]

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Goodbye to The Pinyon; Hello H Burger

The Pinyon restaurant (17th and Pearl) is now closed as of last weekend, and the space and assets have been amicably taken over by Denver-based H Burger Co. The owners of The Pinyon are looking to focus their energy and culinary talent in Denver and possibly open up a new operation there within a few […]

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Angel’s Envy Happy Hour at The Bitter Bar

Head over to The Bitter Bar this Wednesday, April 11th, from 5-7pm for an Angel’s Envy Happy Hour. Lincoln Henderson, master distiller for Angel’s Envy Bourbon, will be in attendance, so stop in for some great bourbon, food, and conversation.

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Oskar Blues Coming to Boulder?

The rumors are swirling about a possible Boulder location for a new Oskar Blues brewpub (although they are also looking at locales in Longmont, Fort Collins, and Denver). Turns out the old Boulder train depot (which was re-located in 2008 to its crurent location at 30th and Pearl) might be the perfect home for the […]

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Farmers’ Market Opening This Weekend!

This Saturday, April 7th, is the day many of us have been waiting for since last autumn…opening day for the Boulder Farmers’ Market! Get your reusable bags, baskets, cash, and appetite ready, and head down to 13th street between 8am and 2pm to enjoy the fresh offerings of our local farmers and artisans.

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New Diner Open at 29th Street

The space at 1750 29th street which has been vacant since Ruby’s Diner moved out in 2008 now has a new tenant, the StarLite Diner & Lounge. StarLite, owned by the folks who operate Boulder Creek Events, is a 1940s themed diner, featuring (you guessed it) classic shakes, burgers, and fries. The menu will also […]

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James Taylor, Salt, and an Education

[Editor’s Note: when our writer attended the Boulder’s Best Mixology contest several weeks ago, he took issue with how innovative he found Salt’s winning cocktail. in response, Matthew and Christy were invited by Salt’s Beverage Director Evan Faber to hear him talk about his vision for drinks and the innovative approaches he is taking to mixing […]

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Blue Cheese Appreciation

Cured is hosting a “Blue Cheese Appreciation” class on April 12 from 5:30-6:30pm where they will lead participants through the wonderful world of the popular stinky cheese, including discussing such fascinating topics as molds, aging, and innoculation. The cost is $35, and all participants will receive 10% off products purchased at Cured. Call 720-389-8096 to […]

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Celestial Seasonings to Kick Things Up with Kombucha

Boulder-born tea giant  Celestial Seasonings is jumping on the energy drink bandwagon by introducing a new line of energy drink shots featuring the ever-popular fermented-tea-based kombucha. The raw kombucha featured in these drinks is Celestial Seasonings’ own all-natural home brew, and highlights energy-boosting ingredients such as ginseng, vitamin B, and guarana (a source of natural […]

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Shine and its New Brews

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place is about to launch into a whole new stratosphere…craft brews. When the Emich sisters purchased the space at 13th and Pearl, they also included the brewing equipment left over from the previous tenants (Las Oasis, the Draft House, and Red Fish) in the purchase price. They’ve already perfected six house-made […]

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Snout to Tail Dinner at Salt

Salt will be hosting a “Snout to Tail” dinner on April 16th. Participants will be treated to an eight course meal that will utilize all parts of the pig, and all courses will also be paired with beer. Ticket prices are $88, and you’ll need a reservation if you’d like to join: 303-444-7258. Full menu […]

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Centro is Turning 5!

Centro Latin Kitchen and Refreshment Palace is turning five years old in April. Join them in the celebration on Wednesday, April 4th to enjoy an authentic Mexican BBQ, pinata, mariachi band, and of course, a good dose of fun. All proceeds go to the Watershed School to help support their Farm to Table program. More […]

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Frasca: Finalist for James Beard Award

Congratulations to Frasca Food and Wine for becoming a finalist for the James Beard award for “outstanding wine program”. Co-owner and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey has been nominated (or involved in nominations) for various James Beard awards over the past few years, including Frasca’s nomination for “outstanding wine service” (past two years), and Stuckey’s own […]

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Today: Celebrate the Spring Equinox at Leaf

Head over to Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant to celebrate the coming of Spring with an all raw, gluten-free, vegetarian four-course meal. You know you’ve been enjoying this gorgeous, sunny weather we’ve been having, and there’s no better way to commemorate an occasion than with some delicious food! One catch: the meal is today, so call ahead […]

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Daddy Bruce’s Bar-B-Que is Closing

The iconic Boulder landmark Daddy Bruce’s Bar-B-Que will be closing its doors at the end of next week after over 30 years in operation. The small restaurant has been owned and operated by 85-year-old Bruce Randolph Jr., who opened the establishment long ago to pay homage to his father, Bruce Randolph (the owner of the […]

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National Chip & Dip Day

Pica’s in Boulder is celebrating National Chip & Dip Day on Thursday, March 22nd. Stop by the restaurant (5360 Arapahoe Ave, suite F) from 11am to 9:30pm next Thursday to enjoy free chips and salsa and celebrate this delicious holiday! (if you can call it a “holiday”…?)

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Sample Food from 15 Restaurants in One Day? Yes Please!

Tickets are now on sale for one of Boulder’s favorite foodie events–the annual Taste of Pearl (happening this year on Sunday, April 22nd). This event gives attendees the chance to meander along at their own pace on a self-guided tour of 15 downtown restaurants, where they’ll get to taste delectable food samples paired with wines from […]

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Bru Handbuilt Ales Coming Soon

Chef Ian Clark, Chef at Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, is starting a new venture called Bru Handbuilt Ales, a nano brewery featuring hand-made beer. His hope is to get the brews into local restaurants and stores soon…so be on the lookout. More details and updates on Bru’s website and Facebook page.

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Grocery Store Dancing!

Lucky’s Market is collaborating with Helander Dance Theater and the Dairy Center for the Arts to put on a series of dance performances called “Happenstance”. The performances take place in the store itself, and a video will be produced (and later shown at the Dairy Center) to capture shoppers’ reactions and interactions. Head over to […]

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Autism Society Fundraiser and Dinner

Zolo Grill will be hosting a dinner to benefit the Autism Society of Boulder County on Thursday, April 5th. The five-course meal will feature items prepared from various local guest chefs, and will include wine and cocktail pairings; 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Autism Society. Guest chefs will include John Platt […]

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Boulder’s Best Booze: A Night of Mixology

I’m drunk.  Ok, we got that out of the way. Tonight was Boulder’s Best Mixologist contest, which was held at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and sponsored by 303 Vodka and Downtown Boulder Inc. Much to my surprise there was a good vibe and plenty of people to make the evening really enjoyable.  Given the […]

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Local Fourth-graders Open Restaurant

21 students from the Friends’ School in Boulder will be putting their restauranteur skills to work this week when they open and run their own restaurant at the Walnut Cafe (3073 Walnut St.). The endeavor is a school project aimed at teaching valuable small business skills, and the profits (except for $1 that each student […]

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The Synthesis of Sprouts and Sunflower

Local chain Sunflower Farmers Market has signed a merger deal to become part of Phoenix Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market. All stores will do business under the Sprouts name, and will be headquartered in Phoenix. Together, the merged companies will operate about 139 stores and employ about 10,000 people across the country. Full story here.

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Boulder Food Trucks Ask for Less Regulation

Boulder food trucks are banding together to petition the local government to loosen the city’s food truck regulations. Currently, they are allowed to operate in Boulder, but are aiming to loosen regulations regarding operating downtown, where many of them would love to do business. Some of the current rules for Boulder food trucks include being […]

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Juanita’s Replacement Revealed!

If you’re like me, and every time you walk down west Pearl, you wonder what is going to replace the old/historic/nostalgic Juanita’s…you now can now relax and have closure to your open-ended question (whew!). Juanita’s is being replaced by…drumroll…an Italian restaurant which will bear the name “PastaVino”. I know what you’re thinking, and no, I’m […]

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Absinthe House Building Purchased

Tavern Hospitality Group has purchased the building currently occupied by downtown’s Absinthe House. Plans are to keep the Absinthe House in the building, “as long as they’re good tenants and they pay their lease” says Frank Schultz, Tavern owner. Full story here.

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Bring on Another Brewpub!

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is scheduled to relocate to Twenty Ninth Street in the upcoming months (supposedly this summer), and its current location (1125 Pearl St.) will be filled by West Flanders Brewing Co. West Flanders will be operated by the owners of The Sink along with a local brewer who has previously developed beers for […]

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Millions Invested in Hazel’s Wine and Spirits

In case you were losing sleep thinking about how future liquor giant Hazel’s Wine and Spirits will have the means to open and fill the 35,000 square-foot space (at 1955 28th st.) they plan to take over by the 2nd quarter of this year, put your worries aside. According to SEC filings, Hazel’s has raised […]

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“Green” Wine Dinner at Riffs

No, Riffs isn’t joining the ranks and adding green food coloring to your favorite beverage for St. Patrick’s Day (rest assured there will be plenty of other local watering holes that will be offering dyed brews to willing partygoers); they are celebrating the Irish holiday with an event featuring a three-course dinner paired with biodynamic, […]

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Blackbelly Catering

Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and award-winning mixologist James Lee (both Big Red F Restaurant Group alums) have partnered in a new venture they’re calling Blackbelly Catering. According to their website, Blackbelly Catering has a simple mission: “we will bring our kitchen to your house or backyard, and give our guests the gastronomical experience of their lifetime!” […]

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Oskar Blues’ Restaurant Plans

Oskar Blues, the 2nd largest craft brewery in Colorado, is looking to add another eatery to its repertoire, and is currently in negotiations with property owners in various local cities (Fort Collins, Boulder, Longmont, and Denver) to find the right fit. Founder Dale Katechis says the future restaurant may be open as early as September […]

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Comfort on Wheels

Go Purple Bus will be the newest addition to Boulder’s growing fleet of food trucks. We don’t know much about it yet (at the time of this writing, their website wasn’t working…), but we do know that it will feature “feel-good food” and ice cream. According to their Facebook page, the food will include favorites […]

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Frasca’s Great Service Recognized

OpenTable has published their “2012 Diners’ Choice” award winners for the top 100 restaurants for service, and Frasca Food and Wine has earned a top spot! The list took into account the opinion of almost 5 million diners’ reviews of over 12,000 restaurants across the nation. Check out OpenTable’s full list here. Congrats Frasca!

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Applebee’s Goes Local for Advertising

Restaurant mega-chain Applebee’s has chosen local advertising agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky to do all of its future creative work. According to the New York Times (full article here), Applebee’s spends about $135 million per year on advertising.

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Who is Boulder’s Best Mixologist?

Head over to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday March 11th to check out the Boulder’s Best Mixologist contest. The contest will feature the talents of local mixologists from favorite eateries such as Salt, West End Tavern, Aji, The Kitchen, and others, and guests will get to taste judge, and vote for their […]

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Arapahoe & Broadway Vacancy Filled…Finally!

You know that brick building that sits at the northeast corner of the Broadway/Arapahoe intersection (no, not the gas station…the building just to the north of that)? The one that has been vacant for over SIX YEARS?! It’s finally getting a tenant! The plan is to create a space called “Broadwalk on the Creek”, which […]

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Artisan Sherry Dinner at The Med

Boulder Wine Merchant is sponsoring a tour of Spanish Sherry (led by Holly Wing of De Maison Imports) paired with a three course meal hosted by The Mediterranean restaurant. Event will take place on Monday, March 5th at 6:30pm, cost is $50+ and reservations are requested (303-444-5335).

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Chinese Street Food and Riesling Wine

Zoe Ma Ma (2010 10th St., Boulder) is hosting a Riesling and food pairing Thursday, March 8th from 5 to 7pm featuring guest M.S. Brett Zimmerman from the Boulder Wine Merchant. It’s free to attend, but reservations are requested as space is limited. 303-545-6262 for reservations. More info at Boulder Wine Merchant’s website.

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Whole Foods Gives to Community Food Share

Whole Foods recently wrote a check for $48,000 to the local Community Food Share nonprofit program, as part of their total $271,000 cash + food donation for the months of November and December. The $48,000 came from shoppers donating money at the cash register, and the rest of it was in the form of food […]

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Saxy’s Farewell Party for a Good Cause

Stop by Saxy’s Cafe this Wednesday, February 29th to say farewell to the beloved coffee shop and also to support the local community. Saxy’s has chosen to say thanks to the community for their support over the years by combining their farewell party with a fundraiser for the local nonprofit organization The Wellness Initiative. Local […]

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The Blind Cafe Returns to Boulder

Boulder will once again be home to The Blind Cafe March 1st through 3rd. With an aim of raising awareness for those without eyesight, The Blind Cafe event will feature a meal of tapas, live music, and lots of community- and awareness-building. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale of $45 to $95, and part […]

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Moylan’s Brewery Dinner at West End

The West End Tavern will be hosting a dinner and social with master brewer Denise Jones from Moylan’s Brewery on Wednesday, February 29th (social starts at 4pm; dinner at 6:30pm). Participants will be treated to a delicious dinner with custom West End food offerings paired with some of Moylan’s best brews. Check out details here, […]

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A Healthy Way to Snack

SolBites, a snack food company that was started in August 2011 and is based out of Lyons, is currently in the process of spreading its message of healthy snacking across the nation after finding success in regional stores and retail outlets. SolBites manufactures single-serving packages of wheat crackers and healthy fruit spreads and nut butters, […]

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mix1 Gets Big Boost from Hershey Co.

The Hershey Company recently invested $6 million in Tri-Us Inc. (the company that produces local favorite mix1 sports nutrition drink). Their stake in the company is now at 69% (up from 49% in February 2011). mix1 was founded in Boulder and is an all-natural protein shake. Full article here. (Photo courtesy of www.mix1life.com)

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Get Educated at Cured Boulder

Want to learn more about meat? Not sure what gives a certain cheese that unique flavor? Check out Cured’s lineup of “101 Education Series” classes. Meat 101 happened last night (2/23), and the next offering will be Cheese Basics on March 1st, which should give great insight (history, classification, etc.)  into the delectable treat…and yes, […]

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Red Robin’s New Concept

Red Robin is moving from its current location in the Arapahoe Village Shopping Center to the free-standing space formerly occupied by Talbot’s (in the same shopping center). The new restaurant will be under the name Burger Works, which is Red Robin’s “fast casual” restaurant concept. It’ll focus on simplicity, only offering burgers, shakes, fries, beer, […]

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Calling all Food Entrepreneurs

Louisville’s Technology Center may soon provide the perfect space to create, package, store, and distribute products for local food start-ups. The proposed Kitchen Coop would be a 32,000 square-foot “natural foods incubator”, according to the Daily Camera, and would feature additional services beyond what you’d get from just renting a commercial kitchen, including accounting, legal […]

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Sad News for Saxy’s Lovers

Saxy’s Cafe, a well-loved Boulder establishment, will be closing its doors after five years of keeping coffee-and-couch-loving West End Boulderites happy. It will be replaced by a former Denver favorite, the Beehive Restaurant, which (in keeping with Saxy’s vibe of choice) features a decidedly artsy-beatnik style. Saxy’s will close on Feb. 29, so if you […]

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Straight from the Official Mouths: Trader Joe’s is Definitely Coming to Boulder

Now it’s official… Trader Joe’s is definitely opening its first Colorado store right here in Boulder. It will occupy a 14,000 square-foot space where Applebee’s currently stands (1906 28th St.). Although the store will join an already packed field of Boulder grocery operations, it seems that the city is very excited to welcome Trader Joe’s […]

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