Kicks & Grins Abound

It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. The folks at Colorado Academy take that statement to heart.

Last week the annual fundraiser at Colorado Academy for the Horizons program shot out of the gate with a bang. Over 300 supporters, teachers, parents and friends put on their best cowboy boots and hats to show support for this delicious event and, most important, the wonderful reason for the fundraiser.

Denver’s finest chefs and restaurants donated their time and ingredients to rustle up the tastiest grub on this Thursday, winter night in Lakewood.

The following restaurants put their best boot forward.

Mad Greens – Don Quixote Salad – Baby Greens, Roasted Corn, Jack Cheese, Mango, Avocado with MAD Spice and Creamy Ginger Dressing AND Quinoa Superfood Salad – Quinoa, Farro, Kale, Oranges, Craisins, Green Onion, Feta Cheese, Edamame with an Orange Vinaigrette. Blake Street Tavern – Buffalo Red Chili and Jalapeno Corn Bread.  CA Chef’s Paul Worley & Alex Porter – Mini Navajo Tacos, Navajo Fry Bread, Braised Buffalo Short Ribs, Hominy Corn Slaw, Mountain Berry Salsa, Queso Fresco and Southwest Bacon Smoked Chex Mix. Gourmet To Go – Braised Colorado Lamb Shanks in Adobo Sauce. Personal Chef Rebecca Caro – Meatballs and Alfajores. Ace, Vesta Dipping Grill & Steuben’s – Pork Green Chili, Picnic Style Fried Chicken Bao Sliders with Green Tomato Jam and Sriracha Barbeque Sauce, Peanut Butter Cups. Colt & Gray, Ste. Ellie’s – Oyster on the Half Shell, “BBQ” Mignonette & Chicharrone Crisps paired with Strange Brew’s Specialty Stout. Horizon’s Families Faudoa, Rios & Ramirez – Authentic Tamales. Strange Craft Beer Company – Cherry Kriek, Belgian Farmhouse Ale, and Breakfast Grapefruit IPA. Dazbog Coffee. 

The Academy lunch room was transformed into a stage set out from the old West. The auction items donated included everything from sports event tickets, to concerts with the Dave Matthews Band, and Big Head Todd & the Monsters. There were theater tickets, art, jewelry, fine wine, a Margarita Party for 20, to week long stays at a Dude Ranch or a house on the beach. No guest left empty-handed nor hungry. They all found something to take home while insuring the continuation of the Horizons Program.

The Horizons program at Colorado Academy is a student enrichment program providing academic, cultural and recreational experiences designed to empower students from low-income families. The Horizons Program affords opportunities designed to inspire individual dreams and accomplishments.

For more information go to their website:

Located at 3800 S. Pierce Street, Denver. 303-914-2537.