VIP Greg Woods won tickets to an Opera Fort Collins performance of Carmen last month, featuring a pre-opera “Dinner in Seville” at the opening of the newly renovated Lincoln Center. Dinner included tapas, seafood paella, rosemary lamb, Mediterranean vegetables and Spanish wines, with guests treated to a tour of the Lincoln Center’s brand new dressing rooms and remodeled facilities, and exclusive commentary about the opera by Opera Fort Collins’ artistic director, Brian Clay Luedloff.
Become eligible for rewards like these, and make every dinner a winner at any of our restaurants. Sign up for a Hometown VIP card today.
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED TEAM MEMBER
(Above: Katie Mecklenburg atop her first 14er)
Born in Fort Morgan, raised in Fort Collins, this Colorado native shares smiles and stories as a bartender and cocktail server at The Moot House.
Has been with the company for 3+ years
How friendly everyone is and all the activities we have: NewWestFest, Brewfest, farmers’ markets, etc.
... is scarce, as a student – but enjoys yoga, hanging out with friends and her two cats Owen and Onyx
Hobbies and Talents:
Sewing (she makes her Halloween costume every year)
Sports and Recreation:
Enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking – hiked her first fourteener this summer! Likes watching cheerleading and attending baseball games.
(Above: Katie Mecklenburg climbing Gray's Peak with family, father Steve Mecklenburg and sister Alison Mecklenburg)
Cultural Activities of Choice:
Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival in Pueblo
Food Favorites/Drink Delights:
Ziti pasta and B52 cheesecake at The Moot and the basil mojito at Enzio’s
The goat cheese appetizer and prime rib
Mom and Dad (Joan and Steve) and sister Allison, 20
The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Jersey Shore
Loves the new Colbie Caillat album, always has some Britney Spears and Michael Jackson in rotation
Donates to political campaigns because feels like doing so “has a significant outcome on day-to-day life. I think political participation and awareness is very important and taken very lightly too often.”
(Above: Katie Mecklenburg sporting the Weenie costume at
A seasonal Bavarian celebration featuring fun, friends, good brews and delicious food: introducing Octoberfest at Austin’s! Stop in and help us raise a toast to a new tradition.
Try the tasty, tempting Iowa Skinny sandwich that’s been winning over Wisconsin for years. Featured at Austin’s in September: the Iowa Skinny, a winsome Midwest meal featuring a smoked pork tenderloin pounded flat, breaded, then deep fried. Served on a brioche bun and topped with apple cranberry coleslaw. With a side of skinny sauce and sweet potato fries, this is yum on a bun.
(Above: Chef Jeff Blackwell's Farmer's Market creation)
Crowds were onsite at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market for a cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Jeff Blackwell featuring ingredients sourced from local market vendors onsite. The menu included: Hazel Dell Mushroom Confit, Capra Sarda cheese, local crostini and micro greens.
PROVIDING DONATIONS FOR THE DEMO
The ever-popular Enzio’s “Evenings with Vino” continues to impress. Our September dates are already sold out (if you’re a glutton for punishment, check out the September menu and see what you’re missing!) Then, mark your calendar for October 4th and 5th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and call now to make reservations: 970-484-8466.
(Above: V.I.P members Gloria and John Clark and their guests)
(Above: An Evenings With Vino creation at Enzio's)
(Above: An Evenings With Vino creation at Enzio's)
DRINKS AND DINING: Enzio’s is making some mouth-watering menu updates starting in September. See for yourself what they have in store!
(Above: Jeff Blackwell and Wendy Campbell)
The crew from Enzio’s Italian Kitchen served up something special at the Field to Fork Dinner benefitting Legacy Land Trust, a celebration of summer to support local land conservation efforts. Legacy Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to conserve and protect key natural, scenic and agricultural lands of northern Colorado that make this region a special place to live and work. The August evening at Grant Family Farms featured artfully prepared food from local fields, prepared by local chefs.
(Above: K-Lynn Cameron Director of Conservation for Legacy Land trust, Susan Jessup from Sylvan Dale Ranch and Hot Corner Concepts Chef Jeff Blackwell)
The Enzio’s menu included:
“We are so lucky to have Enzio’s in this community and so grateful to feel the outpouring of community spirit with everyone’s participation in our Field to Fork Dinner,” said Nora Gilbertson, development director for Legacy Land Trust. “The funds raised from the event will be used to further protect our open space and the agricultural lands that grow our food.”
(Above: Sarah Arnold and father Dr. Charles Arnold
(Above: Chris Bates creating a chalk version of the Big Al's
Local artist Chris Bates created colorful chalk art on the CSU campus to entice students to take a trip downtown and test-drive our infamous 60/40 burger. Bacon and beef never looked so beautiful. See the whole gallery of appetizing art, then come taste this original mouthwatering masterpiece at Big Al’s!
(Above: The completed chalking by Chris Bates)
Taking a trip to Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs during the CSU Homecoming festivities, the last week of September. You’ll find delectable specials and a chance to donate to a distinctly Ramtastic nonprofit organization.
Autumn just got a little more awesome, with Big Al’s full-flavored September specials, featuring an Apple Pie Malt, and two seasonal burger specials that you’ll “fall” for.
Apple Pie Malt
Made with high-quality Häagen-Dazs® ice cream and delivering that hometown taste of apple pie in every sip, this is comfort food in a cup that’s perfect for fall.
Green or Blue?
During the first part of September, select a burger that’s a sensational salute to the neighboring state of New Mexico: The Hatch Green Chile Burger, Big Al’s signature patty topped with fire roasted green chiles and melted cheese.
Mid-month, the featured flavor favors the savory taste of blue cheese and bacon, with the Bacon Blue burger special: our signature burger topped with ground grilled bacon bits and melted blue cheese.
At Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs, we are proud to help fight cancer in Ram Country by supporting RamStrength™. For the entire month of September, change and donations contributed to the “Big Change Jar” at the Big Al’s counter will benefit this local nonprofit, which provides financial assistance to cancer survivors in Northern Colorado. “Hot Corner Concepts has been a long-time, dedicated supporter of RamStrength and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to be the September recipient of the Big Al's Big Change Jar drive,” said Terri Johnson, events and fundraising coordinator for RamStrength™. “We truly appreciate all Big Al’s and Hot Corner Concepts does to support our mission of providing local cancer patients financial assistance for basic needs, scholarships, programs and services. Thanks for helping us fight cancer in Ram Country!”
The folks from RamStrength™ will be on site at the restaurant for a Big Change Jar wrap-up celebration on 9/30 at 3 p.m. Stop in and say hello before you head over to the CSU Homecoming Parade, which starts just a few blocks from Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs.
(Above: A $900 Big Change Jar check donated to Foothills Gateway as the August recipient. From Left to Right, Tim O’Neill Executive Director of Foothills Gateway, Brandon Glazier Big Al's General Manager, Ralph Runge Big Al's manager, Katy Price and Jazmine Cornelius Big Al's employees)
(Above Kim and Ray Slaughter joined by Gary and Laurie Usken)
The Moot House was the first restaurant to put the flagship beer from Odell Brewing Company, 90 Shilling, on tap. And 22 years later, people are still enjoying Odell brews at The Moot. Ray and Kim Slaughter along with Laurie and Gary Usken raise a glass at the Odell Beer Dinner at The Moot House in August. More photos from the event can be found on Facebook!
In the spotlight this September at The Moot House: a special Stryker Sonoma selection and exceptional house-made signature steak toppers and sauces.
2003 Monte Rosso Vineyard Stryker Cabernet
You won’t find this wine in any store – so grab a table at The Moot House and drink in its distinctive personality. Wood smoke and tobacco aromas announce its plush fruit flavors: creamy blackberry, black currant, cloves and coffee.
Steak Toppers and Signature Sauces
Send your steak from sizzling to spectacular with a Moot House-made sauce. Choose from:
Signature steak sauces are an additional $2 – a terrific price for a taste of paradise!
Austin's Harmony Road:
The Moot House:
Big Al's Burgers and Dogs :