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Wednesday in Denver: Broncos and Denver Rescue Mission to distribute Thanksgiving food, Casa Bonita's new chef and more

Steven Bonifazi

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Hello, good morning and welcome back to another Wednesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

It's a chilly one out there today, with partly cloudy conditions filling the skies from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and sunny conditions expected at 3:00 p.m. The forecast high for Wednesday is 43°F with a forecast low of 26°F.

Today, Casa Bonita partnered with acclaimed Denver Chef and Restaurateur Dana Rodriguez, Denver residents do not have access to data on how bad COVID is in their neighborhoods, The Denver Broncos are teaming up with Denver Rescue Mission to collect and distribute food for Thanksgiving and apprenticeship programs in the Centennial State are working to help grow the workforce and offer students paths to careers.

The following four stories are just a few of the most key and local happenings that took place in and around the Mile High City this Wednesday that you should know more about:

1. Casa Bonita partners with Dana Rodriguez, acclaimed Denver Chef & Restaurateur

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Writer/creators Trey Parker (L) and Matt Stone speak onstage during the 'South Park' panel at Hulu's TCA Presentation.(Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Hulu)

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have partnered with James Beard Award nominated-chef Dana Rodriguez to be executive chef at the recently purchased Casa Bonita.

CBSDenver reports that Casa Bonita has been shut down for a year and a half and that Rodriguez has stated that some staff is still being paid. Rodriguez currently runs Work & Class and Super Mega Bien and is opening a new restaurant called Cantina Loca soon.

2. Why we don't know how bad COVID is in your Denver neighborhood

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The Centennial State currently has the highest rates of COVID-19 nationwide which has led to hospital capacity issues, however, Denver residents only have a general idea about the situation in the city due to neighborhood-specific statistics being unavailable to the public for more than a month.

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment developed a summary page early in the COVID-19 pandemic, with information regarding COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and more for all 78 of Denver's neighborhoods, as reported by Westword. Westword claims that the page only displayed statistics about vaccinations in early October.

3. Broncos and Denver Rescue Mission team up to collect and distribute food for Thanksgiving

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Bertha Phillips, age 97, receives free food supplies at the annual Thanksgiving Banquet in a Box distribution November 25, 2008 in Denver.(John Moore/Getty Images)

Denver Rescue Mission and the Denver Broncos are partnering to gather Thanksgiving turkeys and other food Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at UCHealth Training Center for families in need.

Over 2,400 turkeys have been donated over the last three years through this one-day collection site and this year, over 35 Broncos players have committed to donating more than 1,140 turkeys to the drive, according to the Denver Broncos. Furthermore, the Broncos will aid Denver Rescue Mission with their yearly Thanksgiving Banquet in a Box meal distribution at Empower Field at Mile High on Nov. 23.

4. Apprenticeship programs in Colorado help grow workforce, give students path to career

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Apprenticeship programs in the Centennial State are working to help meet labor needs and offer students the opportunity to explore careers in the middle of a nationwide labor shortage.

Denver7 reports that for the past five years, CareerWise Colorado has situated over 600 apprentices with 179 employers. The City of Denver is one of CareerWise Colorados newest partners and has recently increased in size a pilot program for apprenticeships.

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