June 2017 Around Town

Denver’s Newest Audi Dealer on the Denver-Boulder Turnpike

With a history of four decades in the city, the Audi Boulder dealership is expanding into Broomfield.

Construction is just months away from being complete on the 4.5-acre site near the intersection of Northwest Parkway and Via Varra, just north of Hwy 36 and the Flatiron Crossing Mall.

Audi Boulder vice president and general manager Ryan Watson characterized the new dealership as an expansion and “additional” site. He said that all new Audi sales will be handled in Broomfield. But He also made clear that Vancouver, Wash.-based Kuni Automotive, which owns Audi Boulder, is not leaving the Boulder site at 1799 Exposition Drive.

Watson anticipates the Broomfield dealership to open summer of 2017. The new dealership is dubbed Audi Flatirons and will be known as such moving forward.

The dealership has been in Boulder since 1973 when Adolf Stammler opened it as “Stammler Audi.” Kuni Automotive bought the dealership in 2013 when Stammler retired. It was renamed Audi Boulder at that time, and Watson, who grew up in Boulder and was the original GeneralManager, now General Manager, was promoted to run the operation. He will oversee both the new Audi Flatirons site in addition to the existing Boulder site.
Kuni, now an enterprise of Holman Automotive, has four other dealerships in Colorado, including a Lexus dealerships in Greenwood Village, a Honda dealership in Centennial and a Land Rover dealership in Littleton.

The new dealership is being built just south of the Hyatt House hotel that sits at the southwest corner of Via Varra and West Midway Boulevard. The main public entrance for Audi Flatirons will be off of West Midway
Watson said Audi Boulder employs 60 people. Some of those people will be moved to the Broomfield site, which is expected to employ 70 to 100 people, depending on how quickly the dealership grows, with some backfill hiring to occur in Boulder. AudiBoulder.com

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in 
Boulder Releases New Spring Menu

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is celebrating the bright flavors of spring with a new menu. Chef de Cuisine Sam Parrett is pairing locally grown, seasonal favorites like fava beans, English peas, Thumbelina carrots and asparagus with fresh catches from the coast, including halibut, salmon, tuna, and swordfish.

“Spring is my favorite season of the year because of the versatility of ingredients we get to use such as English peas, fava beans, carrots, asparagus,” says Parrett. “We work with some amazing local purveyors like Villano Brothers, Star Farms, Palizzi Farm, Rocky Mountain Fresh, and Mountain Man Micro. The new menu is meant to showcase the incredible bounty of Boulder, Colorado, pairing it with the freshest seasonal catches from the coasts.”

A native of Nokomis, Florida, Parrett grew up fishing in the Gulf and learned to cook by helping his mom prepare their daily catch.

“As a kid, we’d go fishing four or five times a week, and every night my mom would cook a big homemade meal for us. She was my inspiration to become a chef—bringing us all together, making something delicious, and staying so calm the whole time. I wanted to be in my element, the same way she was in the kitchen.”

While the cuisine in South Florida incorporates various Caribbean elements and tropical ingredients, Parrett prefers to use the best of whatever grows locally to showcase the flavors of fresh seafood. And as new ingredients like corn, tomatoes, and strawberries become available later in the season, Parrett will adjust each dish to incorporate them.

“Our menu is an ongoing reflection of the local harvest. That’s part of what I love about being a chef in Colorado. There are so many great ingredients and no end to the number of flavors you can bring out with them.” JaxFishHouse.com

The third-annual Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder, Colorado takes place September 15-17, 2017

The third installation of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in Boulder will bring more than 70 authors from around the world to discuss today’s hot topics while engaging the community in essential dialogue and debate. In these critical times, the penetrating, intercultural discourse at this festival of ideas has never been more crucial or timely.

The 2016 Zee JLF at Boulder saw close to 7,000 people attending the three-day Festival. Attendees from throughout the U.S. and across the globe experienced an uplifting celebration of the mind and heart, as writers from across the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe engaged in provocative conversations. Topics of discovery spanned life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom and the care of our planet.

“During the Festival, writers inspire and stimulate each other while the audience gets to listen in to their conversations about relevant topics,” says Jessie Friedman executive director for Zee JLF at Boulder. “These are genuine discussions rather than a performance. We are effectively allowing the audience in the U.S. to experience what’s on the minds of people throughout the world, bringing new perspectives and insights.”

Specific themes at Zee JLF at Boulder 2017 will include migration, U.S. gun culture, nature and the environment, Native American rights, yoga/meditation, outdoors-adventure, feminism, constitutions, LGBT, Latino, African American and Native American voices.

In its 10th year, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in India is the world’s largest free literature festival, drawing some 500,000 people to Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital this past January. The festival serves as a beacon of free speech around the world, giving rise to more than 200 other literature festivals, both in India and other countries.

Dubbed “the greatest literary show on Earth,” JLF successfully expanded to London in 2014, and selected Boulder as its only U.S. location in 2015. Voted the U.S.’s brainiest (more Ph.D.’s per capita than any other US city) happiest and foodiest city, the Festival was wildly successful in its first two years in Boulder. Festival organizers expect more than 10,000 people to attend this year from throughout the country and around the world.

“Boulder is the perfect host city to explore new ideas, and debate contentious issues from race and religion to history and philosophy,” said Sanjoy Roy, Festival Producer. “We were delighted with the success of the past two years and look forward to another exciting Festival in September.”
Zee JLF at Boulder takes place at the at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. A week of pre-events will be held at the Main Boulder Public Library and other locations. There is no admission fee, but attendees must register. For more information, confirmed speakers, and registration, visit JaipurLiteratureFestival.org.

Keystone Resort kicks off Daily Summer Mountain Operations

Keystone Resort kicks off daily summer mountain operations on Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Keystone Resort’s summer season provides a laid-back environment that is full of adventures with fewer crowds, allowing guests to enjoy authentic mountain experiences at a pace they dictate. Sitting at 9,280 feet elevation in Summit County, Colo. and just a short, scenic drive from Denver, Keystone is the ultimate location for families to enjoy mountaintop hiking, golfing, downhill mountain biking, horseback riding, lake activities, special events and lodging rates that begin at $99 a night.

Keystone’s signature daily Kidtopia programming provides families with a variety of activities and adventures that are free throughout the entire summer. From June 9 to Sept. 3, Kidtopia offerings such as nature hikes, kite building workshops and Wild West nights allow families to enjoy creative experiences that provide added ways to enjoy the resort. Additionally, special events such as the Strider Bike Series and Kidtopia Discovery Days provide free outdoor entertainment in the heart of Keystone’s River Run Village on select dates.

Even after the close of the ski and snowboard season at Keystone, guests can still get their adrenaline fix this summer at the Adventure Point tubing hill, where a not-so-secret stash of snow awaits. Situated at 11,640-feet elevation atop Dercum Mountain, Keystone boasts the only summer snow tubing operation in Colorado held on actual snow. Guests can zip down multiple tubing lanes, without all the winter apparel, and enjoy conveyor lift access back to the top.

The Keystone Bike Park features 55 lift-serviced singletrack mountain biking trails, with progressive terrain welcoming riders of all ability levels. The Keystone Bike Academy caters to riders of all levels with beginner clinics, private lessons, downhill guides and a new camp designed just for kids.

Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, lakeside bicycle rides, whichever the mode of transportation the Keystone Lake presents a picturesque mountain setting. Located in Lakeside Village, the Keystone Adventure Center provides boat and bike rentals, arcade games, beach toys, snacks and a bar.

Summers have become the season of festivals, and this certainly holds true at Keystone Resort. Guests can pair the multitude of available mountain adventures with a signature festival or event for an affordable and unique way to complement any summer stay at the resort. Summer festivals include the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour (June 24-25); Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival (July 15-16); River Run Village Art Festival (July 29-30); Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival (Aug. 5-6); Mountain Town Music Festival (Aug. 18-19); Keystone Oktoberfest (Sept. 2) and Taste of Keystone (Sept. 3). KeystoneResort.com