March 31, 2020
Working from home, having the kids out of school—nothing about the COVID-19 situation has disrupted our lives more than not being able to go out to eat and drink. Just because the dining rooms of our favorite restaurants are closed doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the experience. Check out all the ways you can still have the meal you are craving—and help out local businesses at the same time.
Brunch at Home
The best thing about going out to brunch—besides the change of scenery and atmosphere, and meeting up with your best friends or extended family—is the delicious fact that you don’t have to cook.
If Saturday or Sunday brunch is usually the highlight of your week, don’t give up the tradition! You can get your favorite menu items from Snooze Eatery delivered to your home, but don’t stop there! Invite friends or family members to do the same in their homes, and share the experience through a video chat. Set the table and get dressed up—it will almost be brunch as usual. And you can alternate blessing the food if you’re so inclined, and/or sharing positive, encouraging sentiments.
Options for Easter
This year, everyone will be having Easter at home, and if the thought of the empty grocery shelves are starting to fill you with panic, why not have the ingredients of Easter dinner delivered right to your door?
Schwan’s is the big frozen food distributor whose trucks you’ve seen delivering all over the city—but did you know they also have a home delivery service for every kind of food you can think of, including a full Easter menu?
And while it might be a UPS driver delivering packages, Omaha Steaks, Hickory Farms, and Harry & David are all boxing up Easter meals to ship to families. The menus offer pork loin, rack of lamb, steak, ham, and turkey options, and the sides are both comforting and easy to heat and serve.
Who’s Open, Colorado?
Denver’s Channel 7 has been maintaining a list of restaurants and businesses which are still open called We’re Open Colorado. This is an excellent resource to see which restaurants you can order from and which stores or services may be operating in an altered way with online purchases, phone orders and curbside delivery.
For the ultimate guide to fine dining—even if it has to be picked-up or delivered—you can’t beat Westword for taking the culinary pulse of the Mile High City. Their list of open restaurants is extensive and includes detailed descriptions of each one. There are also supplemental feature stories of creative ways the restaurant industry is coping.
Cocktails to Go
One of the unexpected silver linings to the COVID-19 crisis is the fact that suddenly, bars and restaurants are allowed to deliver their delicious craft cocktails. These are not bottled or canned beverages, but the real thing, made by a real bartender, and delivered right to your door.
A few Aurora liquor stores have always delivered orders, and while the wait might be a tad later than usual because of demand, Drizly is a place to start if you’d like a specific spirit and mixer, bottle of wine or six-pack.
Denver Beer Co. is hosting some virtual happy hours, where you order featured beers to be delivered and then join in a guided tasting via Facebook—the next event is on April 1, a Beer and Charcuterie pairing. Be sure to pre-order your pairing pack for pickup or for home delivery if you want to participate.
Online Cooking Class
Have your food delivered AND prepare it—with guidance from the professional chefs at Uncorked Kitchen, one of Denver’s preeminent hands-on cooking schools. While they are closed during the COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate, they will be live-streaming lessons to participants who pre-register and purchase the ingredients, which they will prepare at the same time from their respective homes.
Be a Foodie at Home in Southshore
One of the best things about living in the master-planned community of Southshore is its location and proximity to nearby amenities. We’ll enjoy them all the more when life gets back to normal. Meanwhile, you can still check out the exciting floor plans and design options of three of Colorado’s finest home builders—Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison—for a taste of Life at the Lake. All are open for business with private tours, and in some cases virtual tours, of several ranch and two-story designs priced between the $400s and the $700s.