Sip, sample, stroll LoDo

Column by Penny Parker


You can enjoy a night in historic Lower Downtown, walk the neighborhood and enjoy small bites of the restaurants' fare during LoDo Bites. At each stop, participants will enjoy varied cuisines with some restaurants offering select wine, drink specials and signature desserts.

This popular annual event in LoDo will return on June 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 the day of the event. Group sales are available at a discounted price of $30 sold in blocks of 10. Or you may mail a check to: LoDo District, Inc., 1616 17th St., Suite 478, Denver, CO 80202. Make checks payable to: LoDo District, Inc.

Your ticket assigns you a restaurant indicating where to begin your tour. From there, you have up to four hours to sample the fare of 25 LoDo restaurants, bite by bite. Limited tickets will be sold, so don't miss out on this hot ticket.

Participating restaurants for the event, sponsored by LoDo District, Inc., include some of Denver's finest, such as Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall, Coohills, TAG, The Squeaky Bean and Vesta Dipping Grill.

Visit to learn more about LoDo Bites or check out all 20 of LoDo's finest dining venues.

Elway's is flying high

Elway's DIA opened for airport travelers on June 10. Here are the facts:

Elway's opened at the Center Court on Concourse B at Denver International Airport. The opening coincided with United Airlines' maiden flight from Denver to Tokyo.

Elway's DIA, the fourth location for the steakhouse chain (the original in Cherry Creek, Downtown at the Ritz-Carlton and in Vail), will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant will seat approximately 147 guests, with a main dining area, bar seating and a patio.

Jackson tribute

Michael Jackson fans won't want to miss The Ultimate Thriller — The Michael Jackson Tribute on June 21 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The concert is crafted from the best sets, costumes, dance moves and musical arrangements of the Bad and Dangerous tours. The Ultimate Thriller presents an enduring tribute to the King of Pop.

The concert features big production values with a live band, backup vocalists, design lighting and a troupe of dancers choreographed by LaVelle Smith Jr. and Mic Thompson, who spent several years performing with Jackson.

The Ultimate Thriller will take audiences through a Jackson music repertoire including “Jam,” “I'll Be There,” “Rock With You,” “Black or White,” “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror” and more.

To sample music and video on the band, go to Tickets are $32 for general admission (plus service charges) at, or to charge by phone call 303-296-1212.

Painted Cats charity event

I'm allergic to cats, but painted cats are a different tale.

The Cat Care Society debuted its “Tails of the Painted Cats” summer tour in May, but it runs through July 11 and the fundraiser concludes with a July 20 gala event and auction at Pinehurst Country Club in southwest Denver.

The painted cats were designed and painted by various Denver-area artists and cat lovers.

Douglas M. Tisdale (the honorable mayor of Cherry Hills Village) will serve as auctioneer and my favorite weatherman, Channel 4's Ed Greene, will be emcee the event.

For more information, visit

Here's the list of the remaining “Tails of the Painted Cats” summer tour:

• June: Tennyson Street Cultural District, plus other metro Denver locations (for example, Broadway Betty will be at PISMO Fine Art Glass in Cherry Creek)

• June 29: Festival of Felines, Cat Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• July 11: Fascination St. Fine Art in Cherry Creek, 315 Detroit St., wine and cheese reception (admission)


Eavesdropping on a woman talking to her friend about gambling with her boyfriend in Cripple Creek: “Did you win anything?”

“Are you kidding? Those towns aren't built because of winners!”

Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at Send her Mile High Life column tips and eavesdroppings at or at 303-619-5209.


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