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Thursday, April 25,2013

Tidbites | Week of April 25, 2013

FRASCA’S CARLIN KARR PASSES COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS' LEVEL 3 EXAM

The Court of Master Sommeliers has added 20 individuals to its distinguished list of Advanced Sommeliers, and one of them works at Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder. A total of 39 candidates sat for the April 12 exam, which is the third in a series of four increasingly challenging tests of knowledge and skill offered by the court. Once a sommelier passes all four tests, they are awarded the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge: the title of Master Sommelier. Worldwide, only 197 people have passed the Court’s Master Sommelier Diploma Exam, the fourth and final test of the series.

Boulder’s Carlin Karr, sommelier at Frasca, was among those who passed the Advanced Sommelier Exam, meaning Karr has one last test to pass before garnering her title as Master Sommelier.

“The dedication and talent needed to pass this portion of the exam and succeed in this field is tremendous,” says Shayn Bjornholm, the examination director for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, according to a statement released by the court.

MATEO OPENS FOR WEEKEND BRUNCH

Mateo Restaurant will be open for brunch every Saturday and Sunday beginning on Saturday, April 27.

The East Pearl Street eatery has been specializing in Provençal-style dishes in Boulder since 2001. Until now, however, Mateo has only opened for dinner on Saturdays and has been closed on Sundays. The restaurant will continue to serve dinner on Saturdays, and add dinner on Sundays, as well as its normal lunch and dinner services throughout the rest of the week.

BÁCARO BOASTS NEW CHEF, NEW MENU AND NEW HOURS

Bácaro, the Venetian tavern located on West Pearl Street, has announced a number of changes that will take effect on May 1.

Bácaro’s new executive chef, Patrick Halloran, has created a new menu, which will focus on locally sourced ingredients and will be offered to customers during Bácaro’s new lunchtime and late-night hours. The two-story eatery will also be converting the upstairs bar and patio into a more lounge-like space on the weekends, with live acoustic music, a new drink menu and hopefully a new vibe, according to a statement released by Bácaro.


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