Vitality Bowls focused on healthy fare
Healthy eaters in Colorado now have a new place to check out. Vitality Bowls, a “superfoods” cafe that launched in California in 2011, will open its first restaurant in Colorado on Friday.
“It took off in the (San Francisco) Bay Area very quickly,” said co-owner
Venkata Punati, a self-described “fitness freak” who hustled to bring the first franchise to Colorado.
The menu features about 15 types of açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) bowls served without fillers — no artificial preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, ice cream or frozen yogurt.
The açai berry, native to Central and South America, shows up in everything from energy bowls (about $11) and detox bowls (about $12) to breakfast and dessert bowls, such as the Nutty Dessert Bowl ($6.99), which is a mix of organic açai, coconut milk, peanut butter, bananas, and dark chocolate.
The Dragon Bowl (about $12) is a burst of dragon fruit, also known as pitaya — the exotic fruit from Central and South America — plus mango juice, bananas, raspberries and pineapple.
There’s also a fresh juice bar at Vitality Bowls, plus salads, soups and panini sandwiches that include The Olympian ($5.99) with peanut butter on whole wheat with granola, bananas and honey.
2702 E. 3rd Ave. vitalitybowls.com.
If you’ve watched lots of cooking competitions on television, and want to test your culinary chops, here’s an opportunity.
Public television’s Create channel is launching a national contest — the Create Cooking Challenge — where home cooks and professional chefs compete for a spot on the show.
The contest runs from Feb. 8 through Feb. 29.
You need to submit online a short — two minutes or less — video clip with your best culinary projects, recipes or tips.
The official rules are posted at CreateTV.com/ challenge, and entrants must be 18 years and older.
Judges will include the Create staff and a panel of public television chefs including Jacques Pepin, Chris Kimball of “America’s Test Kitchen,” Sara
Moulton of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and Chef Irie of “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie.”
Winners will be announced on or about April 13.
Wurstkuche, the LosAngeles-based restaurant that opened in downtown Denver in February, is now closed, according to a manager at the Wurstkuche location in Venice, Calif.
The owners, Tyler Wilson and Joseph Pitruzzelli, opened the first Wurstkuche in Los Angeles in 2008 and expanded to Venice in 2011.
When they expanded to Denver, they bought the building at 2036 Broadway and opened Wurstkuche Denver, a 5,000-squarefoot beer hall with a large outdoor patio.
This November, another German beer hall — the Rhein Haus — opened in LoDo, a 13,000-square-foot space, with two boccie courts. It offers a wide variety of German beers plus house-made pretzels and sausages.
And restaurateur Kevin Taylor plans to open a beer hall with a beer garden in the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora when it opens late next year.
These have added to the local beer hall scene at places like Euclid Hall with its German-influenced menu.
More than 15 acai bowls, with lots of healthy toppings, dominate the menu at Vitality Bowls in Cherry Creek. Provided by Vitality Bowls