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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Denver Public Schools students are feasting fancy this school year as the district rolls out a team of professionally trained chefs to refresh and refine cafeteria menus.

Mojo pork shoulder with black bean salad; roasted chicken with homemade biscuits; carnitas tacos and bánh mì sandwiches — those are just some of the meals offered at DPS schools, a far cry from the “Mystery Meat Mondays” of my adolescence.

Earlier this year, DPS contracted Brigaid, a Connecticut-based food services provider, to deploy 12 chefs into the Denver school district to redesign school menus and train cafeteria staff accordingly.

Just how good are these chefs? Well for starters, Brigaid was founded by Dan Giusti, a former head chef at Noma in Copenhagen, long considered the world’s best restaurant. His team comprises six out-of-state chefs and six local culinary pros from Denver restaurants like Cart-Driver and Olive & Finch (two of my personal favorites).

That’s not to say DPS menus were unimpressive before this. The district has been making more than half of its schools’ meals from scratch for the last decade, as well as offering a wide variety of globally-inspired food for their ethnically diverse student body. But the goal with Brigaid is to become one of the first districts in the country to make 100% of its school meals from scratch. Brigaid chefs will gradually make their way through all DPS schools in the next three years.

The district plans to cover the $3.7 million bill for the program with city and nonprofit grants.
[5280; Denver Post]

🌡️ Put your cardigan away. It may be fall, but it still feels like summer. Today will be sunny with highs near 81.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚲 Ride your bike, earn money
You could earn up to $75 this month just by riding your bike. Denver nonprofit Bike Streets is urging residents to get around town using a bicycle instead of a car for the month of October. The organization will pay participants 15 to 30 cents for each mile logged through the activity-tracking app Strava. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Sign up to participate.


🚓 Aurora police unions hold little loyalty to Chief Wilson
A sweeping majority (442 to 16) of Aurora police officers who are part of the department’s two unions recently voted “no,” they do not feel confident in the leadership of Police Chief Vanessa Wilson. The survey is purely symbolic, but follows a turbulent year for the police department, which faced scrutiny in the recent violent arrest of Kyle Vinson and the criminal indictments of officers in the death of Elijah McClain. Just last month Attorney General Phil Weiser released damning findings of an investigation into the department’s practices and protocols. Chief Wilson has made noteworthy steps in reforming the department. [Aurora Sentinel]

🚏 Do you take the bus? RTD wants to hear from you.
RTD is gearing up to make some changes to its services next year and tonight is your chance to offer input. The public transit agency wants to know how its proposed changes might impact your use of its services. Tune into the final virtual public meeting tonight at 5 p.m. [CBS4]
👉 What you can do: Join using Microsoft Teams here, or call in at 720-443-6193 using conference ID 987702328#.

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Is Tay Anderson Owed an Apology?
17 mins
After a months-long investigation, DPS board member Tay Anderson was cleared of some serious charges. Today, Host Bree Davies talks with Colorado Sun columnist Theo Wilson to discuss what the media and public got so wrong about the Anderson case. 

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ TODAY: Harvest Week
Today kicks off the first night of a three-day collaborative dinner series featuring more than 30 area chefs, plus beer and spirits providers.

+ WEDNESDAY: Chicanas: Nurturers and Warriors
Come early for a community happy hour before settling in for a documentary on activism and history in Denver’s Chicana community.

+ THURSDAY: Magic of the Jack-O’-Lantern
Find Halloween inspiration under the glow of 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns at this Hudson Gardens pumpkin display.

+ THURSDAY: Tattered Cover Book Happy Hour
Grab a drink from the bar and then a book… or three. (Psst … If you buy two, you get the third half off!)

🐾 MOMENT OF CUTENESS
Credit: Mike Barry of Fort Collins Photo Works via Tour de Corgi

Back when I was a CSU Ram, one of my favorite yearly community traditions in Fort Collins was the annual Tour de Corgi — an event where all the local corgis don their best costumes for a parade through Old Town for pets and pats. The event raises funds for nonprofit organizations like 4 Paws Pet Pantry and Colorado Corgis and Friends Rescue. The 2021 event took place over the weekend, and this 2-minute video from The Coloradoan shows a stream of corgis making their way downtown dressed as hot dogs, sushi rolls, superheroes, and bumblebees. You can also treat yourself to photos of some of the best corgi costumes from previous years here (see Ninja Turtle corgi above ☝️). 

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