Golden girl invents a plate for kids
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.
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