The creators of First bite and First sip are set to host their 17th annual First Bite Boulder Dining Event as a celebration of Boulders’ glowing restaurants and culinary expertise. The annual event comes after the first iteration of First Sip Boulder which took place last April.
From September 30 to October 9, First Bite will offer a range of experiences over 10 full days of delicious tastings and explorations of Boulder’s culinary scene.
This fall, First Bite is set to expand its exploration of Boulder County restaurant menus and special dining experiences. Participating locations will offer a wide variety of tastes from special menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Last spring, First Sip took on the Boulder beverage scene with a tour of the city’s best beverages at over 30 companies. including Cocktail Caravan, R Gallery + Wine Bar, Precision Pours – Coffee and Bakes and Sanitas Brewing.
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“We really captured the energy of spring perfectly as people were eager to get out and explore,” said Jessica Benjamin, producer and owner of First Bite and First Sip. “Most people will try a new place with a little bite and a cocktail, dipping their toes if you will, so the First The Sip model of drink specials being the center of attention made it easy to try a few different places in one night”
With summer winding down, First Bite is giving culinary adventurers a chance to browse even more brunch menus, test local lunch dishes, and maybe even find some new staples. This year’s celebration will feature events such as a multi-course farm dinner co-hosted by Farow and First Bite, created by chefs and owners Patrick and Lisa Balcom.
The best part of culinary exploration? First Bite has introduced a new pricing structure that gives diners easier access throughout the restaurant week.
This year, Restaurant Week opted to forgo its three-tier ticket system and instead adopt a price guide with choices of experiences at different price points. The format will take a “$/$$/$$$/$$$$” structure, with each “$” corresponding to a certain price range.. This allows diners to have more variety in experiences at each price point while allowing chefs to design their menus accordingly. The change was spurred by the restaurant community struggling with supply chain issues and rising food costs and demand for improved pricing diversity. With the change implemented, First Bite was able to expand its list of participating restaurants.
“This year we will have a wide range of restaurants; those that are more casual, taco bars, cafes, as well as more refined dining establishments. Nobody dines in only one type of restaurant, so we are convinced that First Bite should be all inclusive of the variety of cuisines and dining options available in our county. Good food comes in all shapes and sizes,” Benjamin said.
Reservations for First Bite will open on September 1.
Here is a list of restaurants participating in First Bite:
Busey Brews & Smokehouse
Spruce and fish farm
OAK on the Fourteenth
bohemian beer garden
Dagabi tapas bar
First bite will take place from September 30 to October 9.
All photographs are courtesy of First Bite.