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Carmine’s Explores the World of Spanish Wine

Photo Credit: Ribera y Rueda Wine

What happens when you take the time to fill out a 30-minute survey? Sometimes you win a trip to Spain! At least that was the case for Carmine’s on Penn Manager, Stephen Kozicki. After filling out a survey about Carmine’s wine program for Wine & Spirits magazine, Stephen was selected as one of the lucky winners. He’ll spend six days enjoying the best food and wine Spain has to offer. Check out his itinerary for a snapshot of what he’ll be up to:

 

Day 1:

 

Day 2:

  • Tour of Segovia: Segovia is a historic city northwest of Madrid, on the way to the wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda.
  • Food: Lunch at the historic Mesón de Cándido. Located at an inn built in 1884, this famous restaurant is well known for their suckling pig.
  • Wine: Tasting at Rueda Consejo with an introduction to the wines of the region.

 

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Day 6:

  • Wine: Ribera del Duero tastings at Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro and Real Sitio de Ventosilla. Guests will also enjoy a vintage wine tasting from historical wineries in the region, with wine dating back to 1985.
  • Hot air balloon ride through the vineyards of “the Golden Mile” of Ribera del Duero.
  • Food: Guests can cook dinner with the winemakers at Bodegas Neo (the only winery in the world with a music studio) before enjoying music and a picnic dinner.

 

Carmine’s on Penn might offer an exclusive 100% Italian wine list, but here’s to tasting some Spanish wines too! We look forward to hearing all about Stephen’s experience when he gets back.

 

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Enjoy Family-Style Italian for Denver Restaurant Week

Make your reservations now! This year’s Denver Restaurant Week is February 24 – March 5 and we have a menu to excite every member of the family! Whether it’s a date night for two or a family affair, be sure to stop by Carmine’s on Penn to celebrate this local culinary tradition.

For $35.00 a person, restaurant patrons will be able to choose one dish from each category.

Appetizer

Ravioli alla Vodka
Seasonal Ravioli
Antipasta Misti
Tour of Italy
Portobello Mushroom

Salad

House Salad
Pear Salad
Caesar Salad
Spinach Salad

Entree

Chicken Montana
Shrimp Calabrese
Seafood Fra Diavolo
Seafood Marinara
Strozzapreti
Moose’ Pasta
Pasta alla Capo w/Shrimp
Ragu Con Funghi
Shrimp Parmigiana
Chicken alla Carmine’s
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Pazzo
Veal alla Carmine’s
Veal Frescha
Veal Marsala
Veal Parmigiana
Veal Piccata
Veal Pazzo

Dessert

Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Tiramisu
New York Style Cheesecake
Bread Pudding

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available! Don’t wait – give us a call today at 303-777-6443 and make your reservation!
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New Ways to Give Back at Carmine’s on Penn

We have always believed in being a good neighbor – not just by serving good food, but by giving back to organizations that make our community such a wonderful place to live.

Over the last 10 years, Carmine’s on Penn has contributed over $250,000 to local nonprofits. Some of our past nonprofit partners include The Delores Project, Warren Village, Project Angel Heart’s Dining Out for Life, The Denver Waldorf School, Project PAVE, Maria Droste Counseling Center, Montessori School of Washington Park, Platte Forum and Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue – the recipient of our first-ever Nonprofit Event Giveaway in partnership with 5280 Magazine.

As we reflect on a decade of supporting the charitable organizations in our community, we find ourselves wondering: How can we do more?

Beginning in 2017, we are excited to share a few changes to our current Community Partners Program that will hopefully result in a more robust financial impact to our nonprofit partners. Here’s what we have planned:

  • Donation-Based Menu Item – We will donate a percentage of every Family Size Caesar Salad purchased to The Delores Project – the largest single provider of shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals in Denver.
  • Carmine’s Family Table – This monthly prix-fixe family-style dinner will benefit the single-parent families served by Warren Village. The dinner will be $40/person (Includes food and wine for adults over 21), with $5 from each meal to be donated to the organization. Our first Carmine’s Family Table dinner will be on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. We will cap reservations at 20 guests.
  • Free Private Dinner Event – We will invite local nonprofits to submit their ideas for a fundraising event hosted in our private dining room. The selected nonprofit will receive a dinner valued at $2,500 for up to 25 people. More information will be shared early next year.
  • 5280 Nonprofit Event Giveaway – 5280 Magazine will invite readers to vote for their favorite Denver nonprofit to receive a free private dinner event at Carmine’s on Penn in 2018. Sign up for 5280’s Table Talk newsletter and keep an eye out for the announcement!

We will continue to keep you updated with news about these events and opportunities, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information.

 

 

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‘Tis The Season for Holiday Cocktails

It’s that time of year again! Lists are being made, parties are being planned, reservations are being reserved (pssst..early holiday reservations at Carmine’s are now available), and moments are being captured that will soon become favorite memories. Now is the time to start enjoying all of the holiday festivities and Carmine’s wants to be a part of it! We are proud to introduce a new cocktail collection that will soon become another holiday favorite. Enjoy an expertly handcrafted cocktail with one of our appetizers, family-style pasta dishes, or as a start to the night’s festivities.

The 2016 Holiday Cocktail Collection at Carmine's on Penn

Give us a call at 303-777-6443 to make your holiday reservations today!

 

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Support the Families of Warren Village on June 23

Located in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Warren Village was established in 1974 when citizens and business professionals saw an influx in the number of single parent families struggling to subsist. These community members wanted to build a program that would give these families a chance at economic independence.

One of those community members was Dr. Myron Waddell, a physician who worked in Denver’s inner city during the 1960s. Along with others in the community, he conceived Warren Village after observing an increasing number of single parent families and accompanying high rates of poverty, family violence and homelessness. An active member of Warren United Methodist Church, Dr. Waddell envisioned an “intentional community” of single parent families who could live in a safe and decent temporary home while working toward self-sufficiency. Over a period of nearly ten years, Warren Church bought eight plots of land, razed the existing buildings, and donated the land for the creation of an urban village.

Fast forward to today, 40 years later. Warren Village has continued their mission to provide single parent families in Denver with affordable housing, supportive family services, childcare and education. There is no doubt about the impact this organization has made on our local community.

As a public business, Carmine’s is frequently approached by a variety of charities seeking financial support. Obviously, we cannot support each charity, but once we were introduced to Warren Village, we knew our contributions would go far.

Warren Village certainly stands out with a 40-year history of community service to families in need of a hand up, not a hand out. The dedication of these single parents to improving their own lives and creating better futures for their children is truly inspiring.

For that reason, we will host our second dinner for Warren Village on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. We find that hosting repeating dinners for a charity will often have a natural growth allowing us to offer more financial support. These special dinners also help to build community in support of a particular cause – in this case, poverty and homelessness.

We hope you join us for a special evening to benefit the families who receive services through Warren Village. Learn more at www.warrenvillage.org.

 

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The Little Black Dress of Ingredients

Throughout the history of fashion, the little black dress has become known as the essential staple in every woman’s closet. And when it comes to the Carmine’s menu, we have a staple of our own.

So what is this dress-me-up, dress-me-down, night or day ingredient we can’t live without?

It’s basil. 

The basil plant is one of the most widely known and grown herbs in the world. Often associated with Mediterranean cooking, basil is native to India, Asia and parts of Africa. As a member of the mint family, basil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and offers a healthy dose of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and magnesium. It’s no wonder we use it in so much of our cooking!

One of our favorite basil-touting recipes at Carmine’s is homemade gnocchi. Served in roasted pomodora sauce with kalamata olives, we toss in torn basil to maximize the dish’s flavor. We also slide some basil in our seafood dishes and use it to enliven our Panzanella (bread salad).

Basil is also the main ingredient in pesto – a mixture of basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Pesto appears in many places on our menu, and even just a small amount can take a dish to the next level.

Of course, we don’t limit our use of basil to food. Our new specialty cocktail, the Carmine’s Cooler, is a blend of Cruzan Light Rum, Tommasi Prosecco and fresh-squeezed lime, made perfectly refreshing thanks to muddled basil.

This summer, we encourage you to discover new ways to use basil in your own cooking (or drinking!) at home. And the next time you come in to Carmine’s, we promise there will be plenty of basil to go around.

 

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Buon Viaggo: A Tour of Italy

Last week, our well-traveled Assistant Manager Stephen hosted a Tour of Italy dinner and wine tasting based on his recent adventures in Italy. We had an amazing turnout, with a little over 20 guests filling up our back room to enjoy an evening of culinary indulgence!

As the group enjoyed their first beverage – Borgo Magredo Prosecco – Stephen shared his international travel tips, including the best times to visit Italy. Going in the spring? Expect a bit of rain. Summer is typically busy, as it’s a popular vacation time. Love wine? Experience the fall harvest! And of course, you can’t pass up the skiing when you visit in winter.

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Stephen then moved on to explaining the geography of Italy, which is very important when considering the country is one of the most popular wine growing regions in the world, and the 4th largest producer. The various climates and soils of Italy allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown. Tuscany has your Chianti. Find your favorite white wines in the northeast. And look out for Sicily! This area is up and coming in the wine world.

All of this wine talk wouldn’t be complete without some Italian food, so guests were served Antipasti Carmine’s alan Rolatini along with samples of two white wines – Torre Rosazza Savignon and Umani Ronchi “Casal di Serra”.

Stephen then moved on to serving House and Caesar salads, which were paired with a rose wine – Rivera Pungirosa, and a lighter red – Vignamaggio Chiati Classico. And for the main course? Bolognese, Pasta Carcio, Chicken Parmigiana and Veal Pazzo with two full-bodied red wines – Giacosa Fratelli Barbaresco and Michelle Castellani “Colli Christi”. Delizioso!

Finally, the evening concluded with dessert and a sweet Moscato – Marenco “Pineto”. Lots of food, lots of wine. Now that’s what we call a Tour of Italy.

Want to attend the next Tour of Italy? Stay tuned for future dates by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And be sure to check our online calendar for more upcoming events!

***Wine buying tip: All the wines listed above are available at any liquor store in Colorado. If we have access to it, so does anyone purchasing in the state. The rare exception is a wine so hard to get your hands on, it winds up being purchased by restaurants exclusively. Wherever you shop for wine can get these for you. They may ask you to purchase a case if they don’t carry it. If so, don’t be afraid to ask for 10-15% off which is the standard discount on case purchases.

 

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Little Carmine’s Italian Sandwiches!!

Little Carmine’s Italian Sandwiches will open soon.  Serving Carmine’s style, freshly made sandwiches, salads and more.  Carmine’s at Lunch!

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Welcome

Welcome to the News and Specials section and welcome to our new website. Join us tonight for dinner at Carmine’s and you’ll be able to taste the difference!