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7 Must-Try Fall Dishes to Try Right Now

While fall officially started in late September, Colorado summer produce continued to flow well into October. As a result, many local chefs held off changing their menus as long as peaches, corn, and tomatoes were still available. Now, the season’s bounty is in full swing with ingredients like Brussels sprouts, apples, squash, and cranberries popping up in dishes everywhere. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite fall dishes and beverage pairings you need to try right now.

Arugula Pork Rillette

1. 15-Hour Pork Rillettes at Arugula Ristorante {2785 Iris Avenue, Boulder; 303.443.5100}
Start off your Italian-inspired autumn meal with an appetizer of housemade 15-hour Pork Rillettes with caramelized spiced apple, toasted pecans, pea shoots, and grilled ciabatta bread from Chef Alec Schuler. Vegetarians will also find plenty of dishes highlighting fall produce and fall produce alone—Arugula was recently voted Best Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant in Boulder in our Prime Picks contest.

Pairing: Enjoy a quaffable glass of the 2014 Chloe Pinot Grigio Valdadige from Trentino. This wine brings together the flavors of melon and pineapple with mild citrus notes that balance the richness of the rillettes.

Baur's Black Cod

2. Pan-Roasted Black Cod at Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge {1512 Curtis Street, Denver; 303.615.4000}
Located in the historic Baur’s building at 15th and Curtis, Baur’s recently launched their new fall menu, which includes black cod with smoked gnocchi, five-spice poached apples, crispy housemade chorizo, heirloom spinach, and a sake sabayon.

Pairing:
Try one of Baur’s classic cocktails to pair with this dish. We are partial to the Vieux Carre with Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac, George Dickel rye whiskey, Cocchi Torrino sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and angostura and Peychaud’s bitters.

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3. Brussels Sprout and Squash Salad at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar {928 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.444.1811}
This temple of sustainable seafood in Boulder serves up a medley of fall flavors in a delightful Brussels Sprout and Squash Salad. Roasted squash and Brussels sprouts combine with creamed chèvre, frisée, and Honeycrisp apples, and lightly tossed in a bacon vinaigrette.

Pairing: We think a seafood-friendly light crisp white wine is the perfect counterpoint to this flavorful salad. The 2013 Chateau de l’Oiseliniere Muscadet from France’s Loire valley should do the trick.

Postino, Bruschetta

4. Seasonal Bruschetta at Postino Wine Café {2715 17th Street, Denver; 303.433.6363}
Postino, which opened earlier this fall in LoHi, is well-known for their killer $5-a-glass all-day wine deal and their incredible array of bruschetta. Their fall bruschetta features roasted butternut squash, roasted pumpkin seeds, ricotta, and fresh chives and drizzled with both pumpkin and olive oils.

Pairing: The ripe juicy flavors of a classic Argentinian Malbec is our choice to pair with the toasty flavors of this dish. Order Postino’s 2014 Esperitu Malbec before 5pm, its only $5.

Second Home - Bison Short Ribs

5. Braised Bison Short Rib at Second Home {150 Clayton Lane, Denver; 303.253.3000}
Nothing says “fall in Colorado” quite like a hearty dish of slow-braised bison. At Second Home inside the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, housemade saffron pappardelle is topped with a bison short rib and served in a sauce of root vegetables, wild mushrooms, and smoked sour cream.

Pairing: The perfect cocktail pairing to this hearty dish is the the Bijou made with Bombay Sapphire gin, green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.

Colorado Pork Collar

6. Colorado Pork Collar at Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar {5410 East Colfax Avenue, Denver; 303.388.8429}
Serving Spanish farmhouse-inspired cuisine on East Colfax since 2001, Chef Goose Sorensen recently added a Colorado pork collar to his menu. Served with cauliflower bacon gratin, Brussels sprouts, roasted apples, and a charred pepper demi, this dish will keep you warm and toasty on a chilly evening.

Pairing: The Spanish Freight Train created by Bar Manager Myles Fischer is a combination of Four Roses bourbon, Leopold Brothers Three Pins herbal liqueur, Amaro Lucano, and blackstrap bitters.

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7. Butternut Squash Pizza at True Food Kitchen {2800 East Second Ave, Denver; 720.509.7661}
Known for their nutrient-packed, healthy menu, True Food Kitchen has created a medley of fall flavors atop a vegetarian-friendly pizza. A seasonal mix of butternut squash, walnuts, and smoked mozzarella is topped with sautéed sweet onions and arugula.

Pairing: Try a new vegan twist on a long-time favorite. True Food Kitchen’s Piña Colada combines a sweet blend of pineapple-infused white rum with lime, fresh pineapple, and coconut cream. Find more True Food Kitchen fall dishes here.

By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor

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