Food is certainly a love language.

Sous-chef Isobel Carey spreads Dijon mustard on a plate of appetizers on July 30, 2021, at Café Aion in Boulder. Cafe Aion is one of the eateries participating in Restaurants Revive, an initiative to feed those impacted by the Marshall Fire and first responders. (Timothy Hurst/Daily Camera File Photo)

Over 80 area eateries are providing hot meals at no charge for those impacted by last week’s devastating fire.

With close to 1,000 homes burned and over 35,000 Coloradoans touched by the devastating Marshall Fire, the Restaurants Revive program — an initiative started by Big Red F Restaurant Group, Conscious Alliance, Northwest Chamber Alliance, World Central Kitchen and Downtown Boulder Partnership — is keeping stomachs full and spirits up.

“We are getting more and more restaurants signing up each hour,” said Dana Query, co-owner of Big Red F Restaurant Group. “The outpouring of support and the offers of resources has been massive, but it’s also not been surprising. Having grown up in this business, I know that restaurants are the definition of resilient and we show up when needed most. All that said, I’ve definitely cried a few times these past couple of days. The coming together of our communities to rally around those affected is the truest example of what America really stands for.”

Centro Mexican Kitchen chef Gabe Enlow builds a Mexican pizza in the kitchen on Dec. 3 in Boulder. The eatery, part of Big Red F Restaurant Group, is participating in the Restaurants Revive program to feed those impacted by the Marshall Fire. (Timothy Hurst/Daily Camera File Photo)

Big Red F restaurants Centro Mexican Kitchen, The Post Chicken & Beer and West End Tavern are among the many businesses providing free food.

“Restaurants essentially dropped everything and jumped in without hesitation,” Query said. “Watching the images of those fires burning, seeing them in person, in many cases, and knowing that friends, family, co-workers, employees and community members were losing their homes and livelihoods — and right after Christmas — was heart-wrenching for us all. We in the Colorado restaurant industry feel so honored to be able to provide what we can to support those affected and the courageous first responders. We feed people, when they need it, how they need it. And our communities will always be able to count on us.”

Chautauqua Dining Hall and Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant — restaurants under the Louisville-based Three Leaf Concepts — were some of the first to offer free sustenance to those in need. Anything fire survivors order — with the exception of alcohol — is currently being taken care of at both establishments.

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant’s manicotti dish. Leaf is one of over 80 eateries offering free food to those impacted by the Marshall Fire as part of the Restaurants Revive program. (Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant/Courtesy photo)

“We had several employees of Three Leaf Concepts lose their homes in the Marshall Fire and, aside from being able to provide shelter, this was the next most basic, immediate need,” said Gerald Manning, one of the owners and director of operations of Three Leaf Concepts. “Many concepts in Boulder County mobilized quickly to meet this need. We will be analyzing this program, along with others that we are participating in on a weekly basis. We need to assess our resources to meet possible demand.”

Even those whose homes withstood damage were faced with power outages and boil-water ordinances, making the concept of cooking a meal at home incredibly challenging or just downright impossible.

“On Sunday — the first day of this program — we saw several groups at both locations and are grateful they were able to join us,” Manning said.

Tuesday, Zucca — another Three Leaf Concepts eatery, located in downtown Louisville — delivered 400 free meals to the Louisville Rec Center for those affected by the fire to easily pick-up.

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, in Louisville, is offering free hearty, homemade soup and bread from Grateful Bread, through Sunday, to those impacted by the Marshall Fire. (Annie Dent/ Courtesy photo)

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant — a neighbor to Zucca in Louisville’s charming downtown— is offering free bowls of hearty made-from-scratch soup, along with bread from local bakery, Grateful Bread, through Sunday.

“I was working lunch Thursday afternoon and was astonished by how quickly the situation escalated,” said Steve Gjevre, manager of The Empire Lounge & Restaurant. “We can’t stop thinking about how heartbreaking it would be to have five minutes to grab a few crucial items and leave everything else behind. Thousands of our neighbors did not know for a couple of days if their homes survived the devastation and hundreds did not have anything but a pile of ashes left when they returned. To have everything stripped from our friends and loved ones in an instant is just heartbreaking.”

The warm offering is an ideal choice, as frigid temperatures and snow have been common as of late.

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant makes hearty, homemade soups. (Katie Knoch/Courtesy photo)

“We hope to be a place where neighbors can gather and share a laugh or a smile during these difficult times,” said Bobby Garcia, chef at The Empire.

River and Woods and Ash’Kara are both eateries participating in the Restaurants Revive program, but prior to joining this crusade, all proceeds from Ash’Kara’s New Year’s Eve dinner went to help those impacted by the fire.

“It just seemed so hard to celebrate when so many of our neighbors and friends were suffering, so it just felt right to give people a reason to come out that they could feel good about,” said Josh Dinar, owner of River and Woods and Ash’Kara. “We raised about $2,000 that night which will go to the Boulder County Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund.”

From left: First Bite owner Jessica Benjamin, River and Woods co-owners Kate Dinar and Josh Dinar and chef/co-owner Daniel Asher pose for a portrait in Boulder on Oct. 5, 2021. River and Woods is one of 80 eateries participating in Restaurants Revive to provide those impacted by the Marshall Fire with free meals. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Patrons can be on the lookout for signage in the window of dining establishments participating in Restaurants Revive.

“We’ll be offering a set menu with a few selections for those affected at both Ash’Kara and River and Woods and will likely also have a special menu item at each location where all proceeds from that item will be donated,” Dinar said.

Dinar, like many restaurateurs, isn’t quick to put an end date to the program.

“We haven’t set a specific time period yet,” Dinar said. “We’re listening to what’s needed and how we can realistically participate, as we know there’s unfortunately a long road ahead for a whole lot of families.”

The Sink on The Hill has become a free water-filling station, where residents can come to fill up jugs, daily, anytime between 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Waiter Grant Touchton takes out an order to the outdoor area at The Sink on Jan. 22, 2021. The Sink is offering free water to all those impacted by the Marshall Fire. Folks can fill up water jugs, daily, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

At Saturday’s Lafayette Oatmeal Festival, organizers will be providing a free oatmeal breakfast to those impacted by the fire.

Snooze A.M. Eatery will donate 10% of sales on Friday from all 50 locations throughout the U.S. to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. The Colorado-based breakfast franchise also worked this week to deliver free breakfast to 50 emergency response teams.

Even mobile purveyors of good eats have joined the cause, with Boulder FED — a food truck that utilizes fresh ingredients from local farmers — offering free meals from wherever it’s parked, as part of Restaurants Revive.

“We’ve experienced more than our fair share of catastrophe in our community, but we know the healing power of a good meal,” said Jessica Benjamin, owner and producer of First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week. “I am so blown away by the number of restaurants stepping up to provide meals, raising money for the various fundraisers or becoming actual donation collection sites to support those impacted and the first responders.”

“A Bite of Boulder,” a cookbook produced by First Bite, features more than 40 recipes from favorite local restaurants, with stories about the dishes. All proceeds from sales of the book in January will go to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund through the Community Foundation. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)

First Bite is planning to offer a gift card giveback program. Folks are encouraged to keep up with the brand’s Instagram page (@firstbiteboco) to find out more.

For the past year, First Bite has given 50% of the profits from its “A Bite of Boulder” cookbook, back to the restaurants that helped create it. Generously, First Bite will be donating 100% of book sale profits, from January, to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund through the Community Foundation.

Despite the ongoing pandemic taking a toll on local eateries, establishments from Denver to Boulder are stepping up to help — with the list of Restaurants Revive participants growing substantially each day.

“I’m not surprised by this at all, though, because Boulder County is a close-kit community and many Boulder restaurants’ staff and workers live in Louisville, Superior and Lafayette,” Benjamin said. “We are a family and take care of each other through thick and thin. The past two years has been a lot of ‘thick,’ so here’s hoping 2022 can simmer down.”

To see the full list of eateries participating in Restaurants Revive check boulderdowntown.com/boulder-fire-response-resources-restaurants-revive.

 

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Food is certainly a love language.

Sous-chef Isobel Carey spreads Dijon mustard on a plate of appetizers on July 30, 2021, at Café Aion in Boulder. Cafe Aion is one of the eateries participating in Restaurants Revive, an initiative to feed those impacted by the Marshall Fire and first responders. (Timothy Hurst/Daily Camera File Photo)

Over 80 area eateries are providing hot meals at no charge for those impacted by last week’s devastating fire.

With close to 1,000 homes burned and over 35,000 Coloradoans touched by the devastating Marshall Fire, the Restaurants Revive program — an initiative started by Big Red F Restaurant Group, Conscious Alliance, Northwest Chamber Alliance, World Central Kitchen and Downtown Boulder Partnership — is keeping stomachs full and spirits up.

“We are getting more and more restaurants signing up each hour,” said Dana Query, co-owner of Big Red F Restaurant Group. “The outpouring of support and the offers of resources has been massive, but it’s also not been surprising. Having grown up in this business, I know that restaurants are the definition of resilient and we show up when needed most. All that said, I’ve definitely cried a few times these past couple of days. The coming together of our communities to rally around those affected is the truest example of what America really stands for.”

Centro Mexican Kitchen chef Gabe Enlow builds a Mexican pizza in the kitchen on Dec. 3 in Boulder. The eatery, part of Big Red F Restaurant Group, is participating in the Restaurants Revive program to feed those impacted by the Marshall Fire. (Timothy Hurst/Daily Camera File Photo)

Big Red F restaurants Centro Mexican Kitchen, The Post Chicken & Beer and West End Tavern are among the many businesses providing free food.

“Restaurants essentially dropped everything and jumped in without hesitation,” Query said. “Watching the images of those fires burning, seeing them in person, in many cases, and knowing that friends, family, co-workers, employees and community members were losing their homes and livelihoods — and right after Christmas — was heart-wrenching for us all. We in the Colorado restaurant industry feel so honored to be able to provide what we can to support those affected and the courageous first responders. We feed people, when they need it, how they need it. And our communities will always be able to count on us.”

Chautauqua Dining Hall and Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant — restaurants under the Louisville-based Three Leaf Concepts — were some of the first to offer free sustenance to those in need. Anything fire survivors order — with the exception of alcohol — is currently being taken care of at both establishments.

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant’s manicotti dish. Leaf is one of over 80 eateries offering free food to those impacted by the Marshall Fire as part of the Restaurants Revive program. (Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant/Courtesy photo)

“We had several employees of Three Leaf Concepts lose their homes in the Marshall Fire and, aside from being able to provide shelter, this was the next most basic, immediate need,” said Gerald Manning, one of the owners and director of operations of Three Leaf Concepts. “Many concepts in Boulder County mobilized quickly to meet this need. We will be analyzing this program, along with others that we are participating in on a weekly basis. We need to assess our resources to meet possible demand.”

Even those whose homes withstood damage were faced with power outages and boil-water ordinances, making the concept of cooking a meal at home incredibly challenging or just downright impossible.

“On Sunday — the first day of this program — we saw several groups at both locations and are grateful they were able to join us,” Manning said.

Tuesday, Zucca — another Three Leaf Concepts eatery, located in downtown Louisville — delivered 400 free meals to the Louisville Rec Center for those affected by the fire to easily pick-up.

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant, in Louisville, is offering free hearty, homemade soup and bread from Grateful Bread, through Sunday, to those impacted by the Marshall Fire. (Annie Dent/ Courtesy photo)

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant — a neighbor to Zucca in Louisville’s charming downtown— is offering free bowls of hearty made-from-scratch soup, along with bread from local bakery, Grateful Bread, through Sunday.

“I was working lunch Thursday afternoon and was astonished by how quickly the situation escalated,” said Steve Gjevre, manager of The Empire Lounge & Restaurant. “We can’t stop thinking about how heartbreaking it would be to have five minutes to grab a few crucial items and leave everything else behind. Thousands of our neighbors did not know for a couple of days if their homes survived the devastation and hundreds did not have anything but a pile of ashes left when they returned. To have everything stripped from our friends and loved ones in an instant is just heartbreaking.”

The warm offering is an ideal choice, as frigid temperatures and snow have been common as of late.

The Empire Lounge & Restaurant makes hearty, homemade soups. (Katie Knoch/Courtesy photo)

“We hope to be a place where neighbors can gather and share a laugh or a smile during these difficult times,” said Bobby Garcia, chef at The Empire.

River and Woods and Ash’Kara are both eateries participating in the Restaurants Revive program, but prior to joining this crusade, all proceeds from Ash’Kara’s New Year’s Eve dinner went to help those impacted by the fire.

“It just seemed so hard to celebrate when so many of our neighbors and friends were suffering, so it just felt right to give people a reason to come out that they could feel good about,” said Josh Dinar, owner of River and Woods and Ash’Kara. “We raised about $2,000 that night which will go to the Boulder County Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund.”

From left: First Bite owner Jessica Benjamin, River and Woods co-owners Kate Dinar and Josh Dinar and chef/co-owner Daniel Asher pose for a portrait in Boulder on Oct. 5, 2021. River and Woods is one of 80 eateries participating in Restaurants Revive to provide those impacted by the Marshall Fire with free meals. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Patrons can be on the lookout for signage in the window of dining establishments participating in Restaurants Revive.

“We’ll be offering a set menu with a few selections for those affected at both Ash’Kara and River and Woods and will likely also have a special menu item at each location where all proceeds from that item will be donated,” Dinar said.

Dinar, like many restaurateurs, isn’t quick to put an end date to the program.

“We haven’t set a specific time period yet,” Dinar said. “We’re listening to what’s needed and how we can realistically participate, as we know there’s unfortunately a long road ahead for a whole lot of families.”

The Sink on The Hill has become a free water-filling station, where residents can come to fill up jugs, daily, anytime between 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

BOULDER, CO - Jan. 22, 2021: ...
Waiter Grant Touchton takes out an order to the outdoor area at The Sink on Jan. 22, 2021. The Sink is offering free water to all those impacted by the Marshall Fire. Folks can fill up water jugs, daily, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

At Saturday’s Lafayette Oatmeal Festival, organizers will be providing a free oatmeal breakfast to those impacted by the fire.

Snooze A.M. Eatery will donate 10% of sales on Friday from all 50 locations throughout the U.S. to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. The Colorado-based breakfast franchise also worked this week to deliver free breakfast to 50 emergency response teams.

Even mobile purveyors of good eats have joined the cause, with Boulder FED — a food truck that utilizes fresh ingredients from local farmers — offering free meals from wherever it’s parked, as part of Restaurants Revive.

“We’ve experienced more than our fair share of catastrophe in our community, but we know the healing power of a good meal,” said Jessica Benjamin, owner and producer of First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week. “I am so blown away by the number of restaurants stepping up to provide meals, raising money for the various fundraisers or becoming actual donation collection sites to support those impacted and the first responders.”

“A Bite of Boulder,” a cookbook produced by First Bite, features more than 40 recipes from favorite local restaurants, with stories about the dishes. All proceeds from sales of the book in January will go to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund through the Community Foundation. (Boulder County Farmers Markets / Courtesy Photo)

First Bite is planning to offer a gift card giveback program. Folks are encouraged to keep up with the brand’s Instagram page (@firstbiteboco) to find out more.

For the past year, First Bite has given 50% of the profits from its “A Bite of Boulder” cookbook, back to the restaurants that helped create it. Generously, First Bite will be donating 100% of book sale profits, from January, to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund through the Community Foundation.

Despite the ongoing pandemic taking a toll on local eateries, establishments from Denver to Boulder are stepping up to help — with the list of Restaurants Revive participants growing substantially each day.

“I’m not surprised by this at all, though, because Boulder County is a close-kit community and many Boulder restaurants’ staff and workers live in Louisville, Superior and Lafayette,” Benjamin said. “We are a family and take care of each other through thick and thin. The past two years has been a lot of ‘thick,’ so here’s hoping 2022 can simmer down.”

To see the full list of eateries participating in Restaurants Revive check boulderdowntown.com/boulder-fire-response-resources-restaurants-revive.

 

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