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Support Families in Need at Carmine’s on Penn

As a member of the Denver community for over two decades, we’ve had the privilege of getting to know the neighborhood. We have joined in on celebrations, graduations and birthdays. But most importantly, time and time again, we witness the unique bond between families, especially parents and their kids.

On any given night you can find Carmine’s on Penn filled with love, laughter and food made to share. Not only do we support the Denver community, but also the families that live here.

We are honored to host Warren Village, a local nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness in single parent families, for a fundraising dinner on Tuesday, July 12. We will donate at least 50 percent of every meal purchased – both dine-in and take-out – to the organization. By dining at Carmine’s with your family on July 12, you will help support a single parent family getting back on their feet.

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We’re hoping to pack the house and celebrate families of every age, shape and size. Give us a call at 303-777-6443 today to reserve your table for this special evening.

To learn more about Warren Village and how they are helping single parent families in Denver achieve self-sufficiency, visit www.warrenvillage.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lambrusco: The Sparkling Red Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

For more than two decades we’ve shared our passion for Italian wine with our family, friends and anyone who joins us for dinner at Carmine’s on Penn. A love of vino (wine) has been a part of Italian culture for centuries, and the Italian Peninsula is known for housing some of the finest vineyards and wineries in the world.

Some of our favorite moments are when we have the opportunity to introduce a restaurant guest to a new Italian wine. We love sharing our extensive knowledge of Italian wine with you – our friends, family and restaurant patrons.

Over the years we’ve noticed the rise in popularity of Chardonnay, Merlot and even Moscato. While these are all wonderful varieties, we’d like to spotlight a less popular but equally delicious Italian wine variety:

Lambrusco

Known to some as ‘purple wine soda’ and others as the cheap, poorly made wine from the 1970s, Lambrusco is shaking off previous conceptions and inviting wine drinkers to give it a second sip.

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Lambrusco is a well-made sparkling red wine, boasting a perfect balance of sweetness and crisp acidity. We have found that a glass of Lambrusco provides a blissful escape from workday stress — particularly when enjoyed on the Carmine’s patio.

Currently, we are offering Cleto Chiarli Amabile Lambrusco by the glass. We invite restaurant patrons to savor the flavor of this Lambrusco at Carmine’s. Whether you prefer to unwind inside or enjoy a relaxing evening on our patio, we’d love to introduce to one of our favorite Italian wines this weekend.

 

 

 

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Dine at Carmine’s on June 1 and Support The Denver Waldorf School

At Carmine’s on Penn, the only thing we love more than Italian food is our community. And we are honored to serve local organizations that make a lasting impact on the Denver community.

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On Wednesday, June 1, we invite you to join us at Carmine’s on Penn for a fundraising dinner to benefit The Denver Waldorf School. On this evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite Carmine’s dishes knowing that at least half of the proceeds will support The Denver Waldorf School. The more diners we have, the higher percentage of proceeds we’ll donate!

Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s humanitarian curriculum, The Denver Waldorf School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, preparing them to bring relevant contributions to the world.

We’ve been inspired by the lasting impact The Denver Waldorf School has on their students, as well as the Denver community at large. We hope you, your friends and family will join us on this special evening to support the programs at The Denver Waldorf School.

Give us a call today at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot for The Denver Waldorf School Fundraising Dinner.

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Sip Away the Sunset with New Cocktails at Carmine’s

The long months of winter are finally coming to an end. Today is a day to celebrate — with a cocktail in hand on the Carmine’s on Penn patio! While our custom Italian wine selection is expansive, we challenge you to tantalize your taste buds by exploring the newly introduced cocktails of Carmine’s Sunset Collection.

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Inspired by flowers blooming, warmer days and most importantly, the beautiful Colorado sunsets, the Sunset Collection combines fresh ingredients and our bartenders’ passion to create unique, handcrafted flavors.

Enjoy the early evening with the Pink Lemonade, intermingling hints of nostalgia with a refreshing blend of Denver Gin, Rosato Wine and fresh squeezed lemons. Complete your dining experience by indulging in the Stallion, a blend of E&J Brandy, Frangelico and White Chocolate Godiva.

Prepared in generous sizes and delivered in high quality glassware, all nine beverages from the Sunset Collection reflect our commitment to providing you with an unforgettable dining experience from beginning to end, first sip to last bite.

Throw superstition aside this Friday the 13th and help us start a new tradition of celebrating World Cocktail Day at Carmine’s on Penn. Your seat at the table is waiting!

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Chef Joe’s Community Dinner on Wednesday, May 11

Join Carmine’s Chef Joe on Wednesday, May 11 from 7-9pm for a special community dinner featuring a customized four-course menu to be paired with four hand-picked Italian wines. Seating will be limited to 20 reservations at $75/person. Call us today at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot.

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Take your tastebuds to Tuscany

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It’s a place where the views are breathtakingly beautiful. Food is crafted with love. A wine connoisseur’s paradise. No, we aren’t describing Carmines on Penn, but rather Tuscany. We’ve fallen in love with Tuscany, and we hope that after an evening learning about the region, you will too!

Located in the central region of Italy, just north of Rome and south of Genoa lie the rolling hills and rich culture of Tuscany. Unlike its metropolitan neighbors, Tuscany holds on to a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Meal preparation in Tuscany begins early in the day. Sauces simmer and meats marinate until they reach perfection; each dish handcrafted and assembled with love.

With so much love put into each dish, there is special attention placed into the quality of ingredients. Ingredients are fresh, preservatives non-existent and the wines originate from local vineyards.

Meals are savored and shared with friends and family. Ranging from one to three hours per meal, the people of Tuscany enjoy each other’s company while delighting in the delectable dishes.

We love the values of the Tuscan culture because they align so closely with those of Carmine’s. Not only do our chefs arrive at the kitchen early in the morning to start cooking, but we also focus on creating an atmosphere that allows families and friends to share a part of their day together.

We want to share our favorite memories of Tuscany and invite everyone to join us for a Tour of Tuscany dinner and wine pairing event on Wednesday, March 16. Owner Brad Ritter will host an evening walking guests through food and wine inspired by his most recent travels throughout the vineyards and wineries of Tuscany. Join us for a meal that will delight your taste buds and feed your mind. Space is limited! $75/person. Call us at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot at the table.

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Denver Restaurant Week Is Back!

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Make your reservations now! This year’s Denver Restaurant Week is February 26th – March 6th 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 $30.00 a person, restaurant patrons will be able to choose one dish from each category. For more information, please visit Denver Restaurant Week.

Appetizers

Ravioli alla Vodka
Sausage and Peppers
Bruschetta
Anti-pasta Misti
Tour of Italy
Portobello

Salads

House Salad
Caesar Salad
Pear Salad
Spinach Salad

Entrees

Strozzapreti
Chicken Montana
Carbonara
Pasta Carcio
Pasta alla Capo
White or Red Clam Sauce
Shrimp Calabrese
Chicken Besciamella
Chicken alla Carmine’s
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Pazzo
Baked Ziti w/Italian Sausage
Baked Ziti w/Bolognese
Baked Ziti w/Primavera
Baked Ziti w/Meatballs
Moose’s Pasta
Shrimp Parmigiana

Dessert

Three Layer Chocolate Cake
Tiramisu
Chocolate Chip Cannolis
New York Style Cheesecake

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available! Don’t wait – give us a call today and reserve your spot!

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How Italian Culture Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Before cutting out carbs – or even your beloved Italian food – for those New Year’s resolutions revolving around losing weight and eating healthy, we wanted to share how certain elements of the Italian culture can actually help make some of the most common resolutions of 2016 a reality.

At Carmine’s on Penn, we believe in knowing where our ingredients come from – and it’s not from a can. We stay away from processed food and prepare our meals fresh every day. When available, we do our best to source local and regional ingredients based on the season.

“First and foremost, we cook! We bake bread, we start with whole vegetables, we roast our own turkey for sandwiches. We discuss what we are looking for with our vendors and ask them to search out what we desire,” explains owner, Brad Ritter.

In addition to cooking with the freshest ingredients and avoiding processed food, Carmine’s on Penn offers a variety of substitutions for those with dietary restrictions. With over half of our menu ‘gluten-intolerant friendly’, our knowledgeable wait staff is trained to help guide restaurant patrons through the menu to find the perfect meal that fits with their dietary restrictions.

And it’s not just the type of food, but also how we encourage you to eat it, that can help you keep up with your New Year’s resolutions.

Our chefs spend all day cooking and preparing your dinner, so it would be a shame if you only spent 12 minutes eating it! To dine at Carmine’s means you must first take the time to talk with your dining companions and your service staff to decide your meal. Because our food is served ‘family style’ with portions made to share, the dining experience is more communal and intentional than at other restaurants. We encourage you to sit back, chat and share your time, food and wine together.

Whatever you’ve determined to be your New Year’s resolution, we hope to see you and your family at Carmine’s on Penn in 2016.

 

 

 

 

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National Pasta Day is October 17

Celebrate National Pasta Day this October 17th with your favorite pasta dish at Carmine’s.

With over 300 known shapes, pasta is one of the world’s favorite foods. Generally, the larger shapes work better with thick, robust sauces, while skinny shapes suit light, cream sauces.

Here at Carmine’s, we offer our customers three different pasta types imported from Italy – spaghetti, linguine and ziti.

Spaghetti is the classic pasta shape. These are long pasta with a rounded shape, perfect for twirling around a fork. Spaghetti is best paired with light sauces like tomato or garlic and olive oil because they will coat the strands evenly without weighing them down. Need more than just pasta and sauce? Go ahead and top with fresh herbs or diced tomatoes to add some texture.

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Linguini pasta is long, flat and narrow. Because it is thinner than other pastas, it pairs best with with simple sauces like Alfredo or delicate proteins like seafood. We like to add linguine to most of our seafood dishes, and we especially love it with our White and Red Clam Sauce, Seafood Marinara, and Lemon Shrimp Calabrese.

 

Ziti pasta is tubular and short like penne, but lacks the ridges and has a square cut. Short, tubular pastas go well with sauces that are thick or chunky. Ziti pasta is best known as an element in pasta bakes, like our Baked Ziti. We recommend adding Italian sausage, vegetables, meatballs or Bolognese to really complete the dish.

The possible combinations of pasta and sauce are limitless, giving you more than just one way to enjoy National Pasta Day. Come celebrate with us on October 17!

 

 

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The Delores Project Share Dinner on September 8

The following post was contributed by Carrie Packard, Development Director at The Delores Project – a transitional shelter program for homeless women in Denver. Carmine’s on Penn is proud to once again host a fundraising dinner for this wonderful community organization.

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ShareDinner2015The annual Share Dinner at Carmine’s is much more than a fundraiser for The Delores Project. Not only does the community come together for a fantastic family-style meal, but Carmine’s also hosts guests from our shelter as part of the evening, giving them the chance to enjoy a delicious meal, impeccable service and an evening out of the shelter with their friends and supporters.

“I was desperate for a place to stay and a meal. The Delores Project saved my life! I did not know that women from various backgrounds could survive by coming together to make a community.”

For more than 15 years, The Delores Project has provided safe, comfortable overnight shelter for women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. The Delores Project welcomes each guest without judgement, believing change comes from people in their own individual way. The Delores Project supports this unique path by providing services with as few requirements and restrictions as possible.

The Delores Project is seen as the leader in shelter programming for women and transgender individuals, ensuring that every night at least 50 women and transgender individuals have access to comfortable overnight shelter and services. Each evening, guests at The Delores Project are welcomed with a home cooked meal and a welcoming community helping them move from crisis towards stability and self-sufficiency.

We are grateful to have the support of Carmine’s, especially the waitstaff who so generously offer their time to serve our guests a warm and filling meal. It is appreciated more than you could ever know!

Call today to make your reservation for this special evening. A $45 prix fixe family-style meal will be offered, with $30 from each meal and 50% of beverage sales to be donated to The Delores Project.