October 11 2005, 10:00 PM
Feast...Cuddle up with Bistro Vendôme's autumnal seven-course dinner on Monday, Oct. 17. Chef Eric Roeder will craft a dinner celebrating the season's bounty: the pumpkin and cardamom soup with foie gras crouton, porcini-crusted venison with celeriac puree, and chocolate-chestnut gâteau are just a few of the highlights. $100 buys you dinner and the French wine pairings. Call now for space, the 7 p.m. dinner (cocktails begin at 6 p.m.) is limited to 60 guests. 1424 Larimer Square, 303-825-3232, www.bistrovendome.com. Go organic...We've always loved the Wholly Tomato's organic take on healthy but fast food, but we were pleasantly surprised to find the Colorado State Department of Health's "Smart Choice Meal" stamp of approval on many of the menu selections. Knowing these dishes meet the state's strict nutrition guidelines makes us feel even better about eating there a couple times a week. Our favorites? The Nick da' Greek pita wrap with gyro chicken, feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce and the Machu Picchu bowl's brown rice, black beans, green peppers, tomatoes, chipotle sauce, and pepper jackand never do we let an opportunity pass to order the pita chips and curried hummus. 955 Lincoln St., 303-860-0041, whollytomato.com. Bubbly...there's no time like the present to stock up on Champagne for the holiday season. Marczyk Fine Wine just announced it has 36 bottles of Champagne Bollinger La Grande Annee 1997 for sale. That's quite a feat, considering there were only 125 bottles available of this rare and highly prized French wine. The market will pre-sell the bottles in six-packs for $110 per bottle. 770 E. 17th Ave., 303-894-9499. Sushi Sasa, located cattycorner from My Brother's Bar, is a quiet respite along busy 15th Street. Open the glass doors to the sleek spot and temporarily disappear into serene decor the color of rice paper and chopsticks. Sit at a table or pull up a seat at the sushi bar for strips of buttery salmon, sweet yellowtail, and the Diablo roll with seared tuna on the outside and spicy tuna on the inside. Those forgoing rice should order the Big-O-tempura, a rice-free, tempura-fried roll stuffed with goodies including salmon, baked spicy yellowtail, cream cheese, avocado, asparagus, and shiso served with sweet soy. Tip: Ask for an extra order of the sweet soy and dip away. 2401 15th St., Suite 80, 303-433-SASA.