First there was the “soft opening,” then a few weeks of “shake down” (without a liquor license) to get the usual staff and menu kinks worked out, and now things are hopping at Cilantro Mary.
Wayne and Debbie Anderson celebrated their “Grand Opening” on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) with a “beer dinner” matching special courses from their menu with appropriate craft beers.
Executive Chef Todd Garston, along with his Chef de Cuisine Ian Rubenoff (both formerly of Q’s in the Boulderado Hotel) got together with representatives from several craft brewers from across the country (Victory – Philadelphia, Wynkoop – Denver, Stone – San Diego, Great Divide – Denver, and Avery – Boulder) to completely WOW all the area “beer geeks.”
To get everyone in the right mood, and to show that man/woman does not live by beer alone, everyone was treated to a “house” margarita (fresh squeezed lime juice, Madhava agave nectar, and Sauza Gold tequila). A marinated asparagus and lump crab salad with crispy potato and lemon truffle vinaigrette was matched with a Braumeister Pilsner from Victory.
The second course of tuna carpaccio, seared foie gras, microgreens, chili oil and sea salt was served with a Wynkoop cask chili IPA. Two entrees, the first a fried chicken with cornbread pudding, pea shoots, with a peanut mole, and the second a braised brisket, salsify, cherry veal reduction with fried cilantro, were paired with a dry hopped Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone, and an Avery Depuceleuce barrel-aged Wild Ale respectively.
To top off this gastronomic frenzy, the chocolate curry mousse cake, brown sugar graham, chili meringue, caramel sea salt ice cream dessert was coupled with an oak-aged Chocolate-Cayenne Yeti from Great Divide.
After dinner, many of the guests retired to the newly renovated back patio to “talk beer” (that’s code for imbibe) with the representatives from the breweries. The Andersons got such incredible feedback from the geeks, that another “beer dinner” is planned for Wednesday, June 23, with various beers from Stone Brewery.
Cilantro Mary is now open for dinner six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 5 to 9 p.m., and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tapas happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends. For reservations, call 303-823-0814.