Golden girl in­vents a plate for kids

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - Colleen O’Con­nor, The Den­ver Post Lucken Bar. Colleen O’Con­nor: 303- 954- 1083, co­con­nor@den­ver­post.com or @ co­con­nordp

Most kids hate it when foods run to­gether on their plates, and Ruby of Golden is no ex­cep­tion. Two years ago, when she was 6, her par­ents got rid of their plas­tic- di­vider kid plates in a purge of kitchen cab­i­nets.

Ruby, a pint- sized in­ven­tor who loves to tin­ker, used some mod­el­ing clay to cre­ate a curved wall on her plate, and then won­dered if a dif­fer­ent ma­te­rial would suc­tion bet­ter.

Her par­ents lent her some seed money, and she tested pro­to­types un­til she found some­thing that met her ap­proval— it suc­tioned so well that it lifted the plate.

So then she worked with an en­gi­neer to cre­ate some easy pull- off tabs, and last sum­mer she started sell­ing her in­ven­tion — called the Food Cubby— at lo­cal farm­ers mar­kets.

To­day, her Food Cubby hits the Grom­met, an on­line plat­form that helps in­de­pen­dent mak­ers bring their undis­cov­ered prod­uct to larger mar­kets.

And in March, Ruby will ex­hibit the Food Cubby for the first time at the Colorado Baby and Kidz Expo.

“I like in­vent­ing things and want to be on ‘ Shark Tank’ some­day, be­cause it re­ally in­spires me,” said Ruby, now 8, who works for hours each day in the in­ven­tor’s work­shop she cre­ated in a cor­ner of her room.

Made of FDA- ap­proved, food­grade sil­i­cone in bright col­ors like tan­ger­ine and lime green, the Food Cubby costs $ 5.99 for one and $ 10.99 for two.

To or­der, go to the­grom­met.com or food­cubby.com.

Burger ma­nia

Af­ter chef Troy Guard launched TAG Burger Bar in Congress Park a few years ago, it proved so pop­u­lar with burger fans that he’s just opened an­other one in the High­land neigh­bor­hood.

It’s lo­cated in the space for­merly oc­cu­pied by the Sun­ny­side Burger Bar, a sleek 3,000- square­foot space with 134 seats.

The menu is sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal eatery— lots of burg­ers, like the Lady Gaga, served with whipped moz­zarella, tomato, basil pesto and grilled red onions.

And daily bistro spe­cials of­fer cre­ative eats be­yond the world of burg­ers, such as Ba­con- Wrapped Meat­loaf, Deep Fried Oreos, and Mac- n- Cheese with Cheez- Its and Gold­fish crack­ers, a big hit with the kids.

To cel­e­brate the open­ing, TAG Burger Bar in High­land is of­fer­ing the “Burger & Pint” spe­cial through the end of Jan­uary— where din­ers get a free pint of the “beer of the day” with the pur­chase of a burger.

It’s open for din­ner only un­til Feb. 1, when it adds a lunch ser­vice.

Brunch hours will start in the spring, when the burger joint opens its 1,000- square- foot pa­tio out­side.

New sushi stop

Cherry Hills Sushi Co. is now open on East Ham­p­den Av­enue.

The fast- ca­sual restau­rant is fam­ily- owned, the cre­ation of hus­band- and- wife team Brad­ford Kim and Olivia Maeng.

Their mantra is fresh and made- to- or­der, fo­cus­ing on hand rolls and sashimi, with in­gre­di­ents that in­clude blue crab, lob­ster, uni and spicy tuna.

And there are such spe­cials as the un­agi roll, fresh­wa­ter eel torched right at the counter be­fore be­ing rolled.

Kim is a trained sushi chef who also has a back­ground in fi­nance with large restau­rant groups in Los An­ge­les such as the In­no­va­tive Din­ing Group, which in­cludes Sushi Roku, Katana and the Ja­panese pub- style Ro­bata

The space has a 20- seat sushi bar made from Colorado bee­tle kill pine, with stools of ma­hogany and steel, and a liquor li­cense is in the works.

1400 E. Ham­p­den Ave., Suite 110, Cherry Hills Vil­lage. 303- 7611559

Ruby Lucken cre­ated the Food Cubby for kids who don’t want their foods to mush to­gether. Bill Brown Pho­tog­ra­phy

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