Indulge Staff Picks: Summer 2018

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Indulge Staff Picks: Summer 2018

In this week's post, Indulge staff members share their favorite dishes from our menu for summer. Do you see your favorite mentioned here?

from Brittany

Spring salad! Light for summer and big in taste! Love the raspberry prosecco vinaigrette and dried cherries! Pair with our cuvée rose! 

from Molly

Greek salad with shrimp, because it is perfect for any weather! Just the right amount of food and our shrimp is so light and tasty!

Devon loves our Indulge Signature Salad (with steak because it's always cooked perfectly.) She's a fan of anything with avocado and says our house dressing is to die for!

Tyler loves our crab cakes because they are fresh and our coleslaw is some of the best he has had. (Here's a little secret: this is also our owner Peter's favorite and we've haven't changed them since we opened!)

Jeremy loves the Tony Soprano Flatbread because it is simple, classic, and tasty! (And another one that has been on our menu since we opened!)

from Charlotte

I love our Napa Valley burger made with bison. It is all of my favorite things on a burger: triple cream brie, prosciutto, and grilled onions. How can you go wrong with that? I like it made with bison because it is a little leaner.

What is your favorite dish at Indulge for summer time? Please share in the comments!

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Coming Soon: Indulge SouthGlenn!

Coming Soon: Indulge SouthGlenn!

Good morning everyone! We'd like to share an exciting announcement from owners Peter and Delinda:

"Hey everyone! We are proud to announce that we are opening a third location in SouthGlenn! This new location will be where Ivy at the Glenn currently is. We will be doing a complete restaurant makeover to "Indulgeify" the space before we open in late September/early October. Spread the word! We look forward to serving this new South-Metro Denver area with our popular menu items, our extensive wine list, our great cocktails and sprits program, and the most beers on tap of any of our other locations! We look forward to serving you!"

We will keep you posted on the goings-on at our brand new location, so watch the blog! If you don't already follow us on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to click the social icons at the bottom of the page. 

We are so excited about this addition to the Indulge family and look forward to seeing you all there this fall!

- The Indulge Team

8 Must-Dos Around Golden This Summer

8 Must-Dos Around Golden This Summer

Summer is in full swing here in glorious Golden, Colorado! Whether you are planning a visit soon or you're lucky enough to consider Golden home, you'll want to take advantage of exploring and enjoying it as much as possible. Here are 8 things to add to your "must-do" list for Golden this summer:

1. Visit Golden Canyon State Park

Featuring over 12,000 acres of forests, meadows, and mountain views, Golden Canyon State Park is a "must-see" for anyone who considers themselves a nature-enthusiast. Whether you love hiking, fishing, camping, rock-climbing, horse-back riding, or all of the above, this is a top destination to add to your list, and it's just outside of Golden.

2. Explore the Boettcher Mansion

Tucked away into a peaceful, restorative setting in the heart of Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, this 100-year-old residence was originally the summer get-away of Charles Boettcher, a prominent Denver businessman at the turn of the century. Self-guided tours are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. 

Address: Boettcher Mansion, 900 Colorow Rd, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 720-497-7630

3. Tour the Coors Brewery

In business since 1873, Coors Brewery remains the largest single-site brewery in the world. Its famous tour will allow you to witness the entire brewing process, from malting and mashing to fermentation and the aging process. Of course, no tour is complete without a tasting at the end.

Address: Coors Brewery Tours, 13th Street & Ford Street, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 800-642-6116

4. Pay a Visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum

Learn about the life and times of William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, located in the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve. Learn about this iconic figure of the wild west, and the world he knew, in at this family-friendly attraction. You can watch an orientation video, take a self-guided tour, entertain your children at the Cowboy Corral, and delight in the breath-taking views from the observation deck. 

Address: Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, 987 Lookout Mountain Rd, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-526-0744

5. Learn at the Clear Creek History Park

If the Buffalo Bill Museum has whet your appetite for Colorado history, the next stop on your trip needs to be the Clear Creek History Park. Just a brief stroll from central Golden, this park will take you back to the homesteading days of 1800's Colorado. In addition to preserved buildings and homes, the park often features blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations by costumed guides. 

Address: Clear Creek History Park, 11th and Arapahoe Streets, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-278-3557 

6. Relax at the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve

Begin your visit to the preserve at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, which features several permanent exhibits and plenty of information about this unique and beautiful location just outside of central Golden. Then, take your time rambling through towering ponderosa pines and flower-speckled meadows on the wide network of hiking trails that the preserve is known for. Be sure to bring a picnic--there are lots of lovely spots to stop along the way. 

7. Cool Off at the Clear Creek Water Park

Practice your kayaking skills, relax in an inner tube, or let your children splash away at the Clear Creek Water Park. This 800-foot course is free to the public, just a hop, skip, and a jump from central Golden. 

Address: Clear Creek White Water Park, 1201 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-384-8100

8. Recharge and Relax at Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar

Located in the heart of downtown Golden, Indulge is the perfect place to end a day of exploring. Indulge features contemporary fare, an extensive wine list, sidewalk seating, and craft cocktails. Click here to see our summer menu! 

Click here to make a reservation today!

Address: 1299 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: (303) 277-9991

 

 

 

Wine Profile: Bisol Jeio, Cuvee Rose, Veneto, Italy

Wine Profile: Bisol Jeio, Cuvee Rose, Veneto, Italy

"Champagne is the king of the bubble. But Prosecco can maybe be considered the small prince." - Bisol

Produced under the Desiderio Jeio label,  the Bisol Desiderio Jeio Cuvée Rosé is a unique and delightful sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes. Featuring an intensely pink hue (made from a short maceration on the skins of the grapes), it is often described as having raspberry and rose aromas, a lively and dry palate with strawberry and mineral flavors, and a clean finish. This wine pairs especially well with seafood or lighter fare, such as the Indulge Charcuterie Board--a favorite appetizer here at Indulge Wine Bar and Bistro. 

Come in and enjoy a glass with one of our appetizers on the patio at Highlands Ranch, or take in the sights and sounds of downtown Golden from our sidewalk seating there! 

Make your reservation today:

Golden: 303-277-9991 or click here to make a reservation online
Highlands Ranch: 303-991-1994 or click here to make a reservation online

Classic Margherita Pizza: Made for Hot Summer Nights

Classic Margherita Pizza: Made for Hot Summer Nights

Ah, the classic Margherita artisan flatbread pizza, a perennial favorite at both of our Indulge locations, featuring bubbling, hand-pulled mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and sweet basil on a bed of savory marinara. This light and satisfyingly shareable dish is perfect for hot summer nights in Colorado, and like all iconic Italian food it comes with a great backstory as well. 

This particular tale begins in the year 1889. King Umberto I and his wife Queen Margherita of Savoy were visiting Naples. It is said that during the visit the Queen grew bored of the high-end French cuisine that was the standard among the elite classes at the time. To keep her happy, the king called for Raffaele Esposito, a renowned pizza-maker in Naples, and requested that he create three different pizzas for his bride to sample.

The first two were unsuccessful at pleasing the queen. She didn't care for the garlic-infused pizza marinara nor the anchovy-laden pizza Napoli that Esposito presented. The third pizza--featuring sweet tomato sauce, decadent mozzarella, and a bright sprig of basil--was a success, winning the approval of the queen and a permanent place in Italian cuisine, as arguably the most iconic of Italian pizza styles.

Esposito named the pizza after Queen Margherita, was awarded a Royal Seal, and received a thank you note from the chamberlain himself that his descendants proudly display to this day. The rest is history, right? 

Maybe. There's a lot of speculation surrounding this charming story. For one thing, it seems all too coincidental to some that the queen's favorite pizza just happened to resemble the Italian flag in such a striking manner with its red marinara, white mozzarella, and green basil. When some skeptics dug deeper, they discovered that there were several inconsistencies in the letter that Esposito allegedly received from the chamberlain, including the style and placement of the royal stamp against the standards of the time and the fact that the letter was penned on regular paper, not royal stationary. 

One theory is that the letter (and the story) were forged by the Brandi brothers, descendants of Esposito that inherited his pizzeria, when they fell on difficult times in the 1930's. Whatever its true origins, one things is for certain--the classic Margherita is a delight, no matter the season. Come enjoy one of our signature classic Margherita artisan flatbread pizzas tonight! It's the perfect meal to enjoy while taking in the views of the Rocky Mountains from our Highlands Ranch patio or while soaking up the nightlife at our location in Golden. Make your reservation today! 

10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Style

10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Style

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today, June 21st, marks the 2018 summer solstice. Sometimes called "midsummer," this is the day when the Sun reaches its highest altitude of the year. The days have reached their longest length, and will slowly begin to get shorter from here on out. 

Celebrate the solstice in style with these 10 ideas from Indulge Wine Bar and Bistro in Golden and Highlands Ranch, Colorado (some of the nicest places in the world to spend the summer):

1. Take a Sun-Bath

The solstice is all about enjoying and celebrating the power of the sun, so be sure to spend some time soaking it up! Be sure to lather up with sunscreen first, especially in Colorado where our high altitude means it won't take long to burn when you're outside. 

2. Spend Time in the Garden

Tend the plants you already have or grow something new. Starting sunflowers would be a wonderful tribute to this special day!

3. Attend a Bonfire

Bonfires are a traditional way to celebrate midsummer, and can be such a wonderful time for family and friends coming together. (You may want to skip this one if you live in Colorado, though, as we've had a very dry winter and most places have strict fire bans in place.)

4. Begin Something New

Is there a hobby or activity you've been meaning to try? The summer solstice is a great time to start new things! Sign up for that dance class, enroll in that pottery workshop, join that book club--now is your chance to bring fresh energy into your life through creative pursuits.

5. Explore the Great Outdoors

Midsummer is a day to be outside--hiking, kayaking, rock-climbing, white-water rafting, horse-back riding, camping, or biking. If you're lucky enough to call Colorado home, you've got a smorgasbord to choose from! 

6. Review and Renew Your Goals for 2018

We're about halfway through the calendar year, so this is the perfect chance to review the goals you set out for yourself back in January. Have you been making steady progress toward achieving them, or did they get dropped somewhere along the line? If so, pick them back up and recommit to seeing them through. 

7. Meditate or Practice Yoga

Today is a wonderful day to bring mindfulness into your life. Spend some time meditating in a quiet place, or attend a yoga class. 

8. Make a Flower Crown

Another tradition for midsummer is to make a crown of flowers. This is a great activities for families to do together. Gather your supplies and spend the day making beautiful wreaths of flowers to wear in celebration of this special day.

9. Host a Solstice Feast...

10. ...or Visit Indulge Wine Bar and Bistro and Enjoy Some of Our Best Summer Fare!

Stop by our locations in Golden or Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and treat yourself to our extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and contemporary menu. From artisan flatbread pizzas to delightful appetizers and savory entrees, we've got something for everyone! 

Make your reservation today:

Golden: 303-277-9991 or click here to make a reservation online
Highlands Ranch: 303-991-1994 or click here to make a reservation online

Marvelous Malbecs

Marvelous Malbecs

If you're looking for a red to compliment almost any meal, Malbec is the wine for you. This bold, flavorful varietal from Argentina has captured the hearts of many a wine-lover state-side. The Malbec grape made its way to Argentina via France in 1852, and now claims more than 136,000 acres of prime growing real estate in the Mendoza region of Argentina. This region, known for its high altitude and desert climate, features hot, dry days and especially cool nights--perfect for growing the thicker-skinned, highly aromatic grapes required to make a wine this bold. 

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Known for its compatibility with almost any meal, Malbecs are often described as having dark-fruit flavors and an aroma reminiscent of plum, black currant, or cherry. Its versatility is a product of the balance between the berry aromatics, a hint of oak from aging in French or American barrels, and its natural acidity. 

Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar's wine list features several high-quality Malbecs:

  • Altocedro, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Postales, Malbec, Valles Patagonia, Argentina
  • and Piattelli Premium Reserve, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Come on in and enjoy a glass at our location in downtown Golden, Colorado or on the patio of our location in Highlands Ranch, Colorado (the views are spectacular!) They pair beautifully with our summer menu! 

Map of Mendoza Region Provided by: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32845

5 Reasons to Take Your Dad Out to Eat More Often

5 Reasons to Take Your Dad Out to Eat More Often

It's Father's Day, an occasion to honor all of the wonderful men in our lives! There are many ways to celebrate Father's Day, and one of the most popular is to treat your father to a meal. However, this simple act--eating a meal out together--can be a meaningful way to stay connected all year round. Here are five reasons to take your dad (or anyone else you love) out to eat more often:

1. Eating Meals Together Improves Relationships

Sharing a meal helps to strengthen family bonds. Many people realize that eating dinner together as a family on a regular basis is beneficial to children and parents, but this need continues even after children have moved out of the house. One of the best ways to continue to nurture relationships between parents and grown children is to make regular time to come together for a meal. Scheduling regular "family dates" at a favorite restaurant, like Indulge Wine Bar and Bistro, can be a great way to maintain strong connectivity between family members.

2. Eating Together Helps to Relieve Stress

Coming together over a delicious meal can be a much-needed opportunity to confide in people we trust, share our hopes and dreams, and to make light of daily stress at work through laughter. As a culture, we often underestimate our need for regular contact with other people, especially people that have known us all of our lives that we can truly confide in. It can be so relieving to simply visit with a trusted family member over a meal and a good glass of wine.

3. Spending Time With Someone Shows Them That They're Important to You

Making a regular dinner date with your dad, of any other family member or close friend, is one of the best ways to show them that they matter to you. Taking time out of our busy lives to sit down together, even if it's just over coffee and dessert, can mean the world to the ones we love.

4. Getting Out of the House Can Help Clear Our Minds

Sometimes having a regular dinner date on the calendar is all we need to get through a busy or stressful week. We know we've got a meal out with someone we love to look forward to, a chance to clear our mind and enjoy time with the ones we love. 

5. A Regular Dinner Date Reinforces That Relationships Are a Priority

Scheduling a regular dinner date with the people we love helps to reinforce to ourselves that relationships are a priority in our lives. It can be easy to get caught up in work, managing a home, and family obligations, and forget to make time to simply connect with each other. Being intentional about setting aside time to do that can help to remind us what really matters: the relationships we have with our family and close friends.

Indulge Wine Bar and Bistro is a the perfect place to make a regular date with your dad, or anyone else you love! With locations in Golden and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and featuring an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and delicious contemporary fare, it's sure to be the highlight of your month! 

Make your reservation today:

Golden: 303-277-9991 or click here to make a reservation online
Highlands Ranch: 303-991-1994 or click here to make a reservation online

Wine Profile: Tiamo, Prosecco from Veneto, Italy

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Wine Profile: Tiamo, Prosecco from Veneto, Italy

Today’s wine profile comes from Veneto, Italy—a region that spans the edge of the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea. Best known for the city of Venice, this hilly region is punctuated by a wide valley carved by rivers and canals. Our Tiamo Prosecco comes from the village of Valdobbiadene, nestled just below the Alpine-Dolomite flank of Veneto. This particular area is ideal for raising the cool variety of grape used for prosecco.

Tiamo (Italian for “I love you”) makes this bright and fruity prosecco from certified organic grapes. It pairs beautifully with cheese, fish, and seafood dishes. According to MasterWines.com, it “has a green straw color and charming aromas of apples and pears and gardenia flowers.” Read More

A lovely choice for spring and summer, it also makes an appearance in our Poppin’ Bubbles flight, now available for your tasting pleasure. 

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