than $22,000 to fund the foundation’s holiday bike giveaway. More than 400 kids a year get bikes, helmets and locks,” Derichsweiler says. “I want to focus on what brings us together, not what offends us,” she says. That said, she ignored folks who complained because she used Girl Scout cookies in a pie crust. “Come on!” she says. If you look into many beloved foods and beverages you’ll find names fraught with cultural appropriation, misogyny, exploitation, racism, environmental harm and heaping helpings of sheer stupidity. There has been a movement to remove Confederate monuments, yet we keep buying Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s, names born out of slavery, plantations and segregation. Native American groups have long objected to the imagery on Land O’ Lakes Butter and the Inuit people to Eskimo Pies. I’m not sure whether the Quakers appreciate Quaker Oats. Just the other day my naming radar blipped when I heard about a brand-new Denver eatery called Pistol Whip. Um, here’s the definition of pistol whip: “To hit or beat (someone) with a pistol generally in the head.” It reminds me of the Denver bar that insisted, for a while, on pouring a drink called the Donkey Punch. You’ll have to Google that one yourself. Alcoholic cocktails have a long, obnoxious history with bartenders creating and naming everything from Irish Car Bombs to Date Grape Kool-aid. The hot sauce industry is also home to a legion of misogynist and racist food product names. Go to hotsauce.com to order your bottle of, well... we can’t really print many of the names. Other food names like Chick-fil-A are now controversial because of what the companies do. Colorado-born Illegal Pete’s has fought various entities concerning its name for a quarter century including a recent Delaware lawsuit alleging the burrito restaurant’s name had “racist connotations.” In fact, Pete Turner named the place after his dying, hell-raising father, Pete Turner Sr., and displays exceptional corporate values. Times have changed. The Blue Parrot Restaurant, which closed in Louisville after 90-plus years in business, BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
had a popular Italian sausage patty sandwich on the menu. They called it a “Wopburger.” “Wop” is a derogatory term for a person from Italy and it was once hurled as an insult at some of my relatives. Here’s the way it was explained to me: It was OK because the owners were Italian. An Italian could call another Italian a “wop,” but it was never OK for a nonItalian. By the way, Crack Bacon is available at Syrup, a brunch place in Denver. LOCAL FOOD NEWS The Gold Hill Inn is open for its 57th summer season of mountain dining, live music and mystery dinners. Meanwhile, the Boulder Cork is celebrating 50 years of serving teriyaki steak. … Gaku Ramen is open at 1119 13th. St., Boulder ... Boulder’s Hoplark Tea will open their new taproom at 3220 Prairie Ave. on May 22 serving hop-infused sparkling iced tea … Broomfield’s award-winning 4 Noses Brewing will open a SUSAN FRANCE barrel house and taproom, Oak Addendum, at 2205 Central Ave. TASTE OF THE WEEK I unexpectedly made potstickers on a recent Tuesday because I unearthed a package of wonton wrappers from the freezer. I had leftover chicken roasted with carrots, potatoes, onions and apples. I put a tablespoon of the mix on a wrapper — essentially a fresh pasta sheet — folded and sealed them with a wet finger. The dumplings got pansizzled ’til crispy in hot olive oil. It was so easy and appealing that I filled another one with sautéed onions and extra sharp Cheddar cheese, then another with posole and salsa. My finale was a banana, cinnamon and toasted hazelnut potsticker.
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WORDS TO CHEW ON “In our house we break a fast/ with dates from Huun/ and glasses of buttermilk/ Then on to bowls of lamb soup flavored with mint, trays/ of stuffed grape leaves/ spiced fava beans drenched/ in olive oil and lemon juice.” — From the poem “Ramadan” by Khaled Mattawa John Lehndorff hosts Radio Nibbles on KGNU. Listen to podcasts: news.kgnu. org/category/radio-nibbles I
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