McGuckin Hardware and the Dairy Center for the Arts, two celebrated Boulder institutions, will team up again to benefit the Dairy’s “Taste of Art” celebration with grilled food samples, live blues music and a beer garden.
Boulder, CO –June 8, 2015—McGuckin Hardware and the Dairy Center for the Arts are long-standing Boulder establishments known for their dedication to the community and for inspiring creativity. The two icons are joining forces at McGuckin Hardware’s west entrance on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st from 11am to 4pm for a “Barbecue, Blues and Brews” event, featuring a live barbecue lesson from Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Executive Chef and “The Modern Eater” radio show host Jesper Jonsson, an afternoon of live blues music and a selection of craft beers from Boulder Beer.
“In our first year last year we proved two things are popular with dads on Father’s Day — barbecue and McGuckin Hardware,” said Bill Obermeier, executive director of the Dairy Center for the Arts. “Add live blues music with Jack Hadley to that as well as some great Boulder Beer and free grilling demonstrations by Escoffier, and you’ve got the perfect day!”
Chef Jonsson won’t be the only one grilling. Leading grill manufacturers, like Traeger Wood Pellet Grills and Weber, will all have their products on site and in action, exhibiting barbecue as an art form that people can taste.
The Colorado Blues Society, a non-profit organization committed to galvanizing awareness and appreciation of blues music as an art form, will organize a lineup of blues performances.
“I don’t think the Boulder community is aware that the Colorado Blues Society (CBS) was recognized as the 2013 KBA Blues Society of the Year by the Blues Foundation based in Memphis, Tennessee,” said Jack Hadley, the Denver music veteran and bluesman whose band won Westword magazine’s 2013 Best Blues Jam Award.
“CBS is one of Boulder’s hardest working non-profits and we’re honored to be a part of this year’s Barbecue, Blues and Brews,” he said. “As a father and a blues musician, it’s the perfect way for me to celebrate family and music, right here at home!”
Boulder Beer craft brews will be featured in the “Brew Garden” for a nominal fee that will support the Dairy.
“This event allows us to give back to Boulder and provides us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our grill line in a fun and purposeful way,” said Mark Murnan, the buyer for McGuckin Hardware’s outdoor living department. “Really, what’s better than barbecue, blues and brews?”
About Dairy Center for the Arts
Since 1987, when a group of artists got permission from Sinton to repurpose the historic former dairy plant into a platform for creativity, the Dairy Center for the Arts has been a unique locale for performances, special events, gallery exhibitions, films and lectures. In 2000, the city of Boulder bought the plant and leased the space to the Dairy Center for $1 per year, so that it could be used for local artists to explore their creativity and showcase their work. The Center also produces many diverse presentations and productions, and is home to 11 arts organization offices.
About McGuckin Hardware
McGuckin Hardware is an independent, family-owned hardware store in Boulder, Colorado, employing an average of 250 people and stocking over 200,000 items in 18 departments. The store, founded in 1955, is based on product selection and customer service, and is known to be friendly to leashed dogs, DIY projects, entrepreneurs and the emerging Maker culture. It is referred to as the largest independent hardware store in the United States.
About Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Escoffier has been Boulder’s premiere culinary school for the last five years, offering a fresh take on culinary and pastry education while maintaining its roots in quality French cooking. With its small, personalized classes, top-notch culinary educators and emphasis on farm-to-table meals, Escoffier has earned a top spot as one of the Front Range’s premiere bastions for aspiring cuisine professionals.
About Boulder Beer
Colorado’s first microbrewery, Boulder Beer, was established by two University of Colorado professors in 1979, who broke boundaries by introducing new, bold brews in an industry inundated with lagers. Born, raised and nurtured under the Flatirons, Boulder Beer helped to pioneer the microbrew culture in Boulder County that still thrives today.