By Meleese Sanders, Arvada Chamber intern
Taste of Arvada returns on Thursday, July 13 with more than 40 unique restaurants, distilleries, craft breweries, and bars that will all display their finest culinary offerings and compete for awards. Plus, this year’s Taste will feature live music and local artisans in an outdoor setting. To whet your appetite for Taste of Arvada 2023, we preview 9 brand-new samples to try at this year’s big event!
Combining local flavors and ingredients from the Rocky Mountain region for a classic yet contemporary steakhouse experience, Famille brings a refined take on dining to the Westminster community. Modern culinary touches are applied to the region’s bounty producing a casual upscale dining experience paired with a carefully crafted beverage program you are sure to enjoy.
Taste of Arvada Sample: Pork Belly Sliders with house chips and Sangria.
Located in Altitude Church at 6550 Wadsworth Blvd, Compass Coffee House is a non-profit that pours the money they get back into the community of Arvada. They feature and serve local foods, honey, teas and baked goods.
Taste of Arvada Sample: Draft Vanilla Oat Milk Latte and more.
Pier 8 is the perfect place for family, friends, and date nights, to enjoy a full-service bar and fun atmosphere. Their menu features a wide selection of freshly imported seafood and Cajun dishes inspired by the style of cooking made famous in New Orleans.
Taste of Arvada Sample: Mini cajun boil bags.
Abrusci’s Fire & Vine is located at 2200 Youngfield St. in Lakewood. They are an Italian cuisine and beverage restaurant serving a menu of wood-fired pizzas proudly made from local ingredients, paired with exceptional wines and craft beers from around the world within a contemporary rustic environment.
Taste of Arvada sample: Rigatoni & Sausage, Candied Bacon, Beer Almonds, Marv’s Limoncello.
Housing eight beloved food concepts, a full bar, and a unique pop-up dining experience, Freedom Street Social represents a community space for the entire neighborhood. It satisfies the hunger of those looking for a morning bite, an extended lunch break, a date night, or a happy hour hangout. It also provides a place for fitness pop-ups, cooking classes, collaborative coworking, or watching the sunset. We have highlighted a few of the Freedom Street Social restaurants at Taste of Arvada below!
Gaucho Parrilla is an Argentinean-influenced concept from chef Oscar Padilla, featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared with love and cooked over a wood-fired grill.
Taste of Arvada Sample: Guacamole a la Parrilla.
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice features authentic Italian Ice, Creamy Soft Ice Cream, & Gelati all served up in a vibrant, fun atmosphere. The Jeremiahʼs menu boasts more than 40 flavors of delicious Italian Ice! With flavors ranging from Mango, Passion Fruit, and Strawberry-Lemon to Pumpkin Pie and Scoop Froggy Frog.
Taste of Arvada Sample: Italian Ice-sampling 4 flavors: Cookies ‘n cream, Lemon, Scoop Froggy Frog, Strawberry.
Balance Pan Asian Grille
Balance Pan Asian Grille is an Asian-Fusion Restaurant that serves Snacks, Build-a-Bowls, and a Seasonal Special that you’ll love! Their ingredients are prepared by hand, just in time, every day. Their menu is infinitely customizable and able to be adapted to accommodate dietary preferences and allergies.
Taste of Arvada Sample: Mini Balance build your own bowls (2 starch options, chicken/tofu option, mixed veggies + choice of sauce).
Sushi Kuro is perfect for when you just crave delectable sushi. It has a range of sushi from a California roll, to scrumptious tempura rolls, and salmon or king crab rolls.
Taste of Arvada Sample: VIP Hour-Sushi + Rolls and Pork Bao Buns.