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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo opens new eatery for tablecloth dining

Staff reports Updated: May 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm 0

How does dining on a patio cantilevered from a rock formation overlooking the zoo sound? That's what you'll experience at The Overlook, a new eatery at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, which opened Memorial Day weekend. The alfresco suspended dining area is surrounded with a 4-foot glass wall. The aim is to provide a bistro dining option in which you can linger and enjoy more upscale dishes with a glass of wine or craft beer. The menu, prepared by Nathan Dirnberger, executive chef for the zoo, is small and focused. Think a Mountain Pub Board ($11) for a starter: It features smoked provolone, farm cheese, sharp Cheddar, chef's tasso ham, candied nuts, specialty chips served with bourbon brown sugar mustard and homemade preserves. Entr?s include salads, sandwiches and flatbread pizza. You place food orders at the counter, pick a place to dine and wait for your meal to be dropped off. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 633-9925. Visit cmzoo.org/guestinformation/foodgifts.

James Beard Awards

Two Colorado restaurants were honored on the first of May with James Beard Foundation Awards in New York City. Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl St. in Boulder, won for the most outstanding wine program in the United States. If you'd like to check out the restaurant and the wine selection, visit on Mondays when they offer a five-course tasting menu for $50 per person (wine pairing additional) Call 1-303-442-6966. Visit frascafoodandwine.com.

Jennifer Jasinski, an owner and chef at Denver restaurants Rioja, 1431 Larimer St., Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer St., and Euclid Hall, 1317 14th St., won the Beard award for the best chef in the Southwest. Call 1-303-595-4255. Visit euclidhall.com for links to all restaurants.

Help for food producers

Getting excellent locally made products can be a challenge to get to the market. That's where a new business, Freedom Foods Co-op, 1625 W. Uintah St., can come to the rescue. It's a community-driven business incubator, commercial kitchen and co-packing facility. The owners are passionate about the sustainable local food movement and will have the Gotta Love Local: Planting Seeds for a Sustainable Community festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 vendors will be there, including local food trucks, gluten-free bakers, foodies and food product producers. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Call 339-7722. Visit facebook.com/FreedomFoodsCoOp.

Flap about this

Drop by Nosh, 121 S. Tejon St., to support Wings for Waldo 3 p.m. to close on Wednesdays (through July 10). For $8, you'll get an order of six wings ($1 will be donated to the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, a group working with the Waldo Canyon Recovery Group). Take your pick: Crispy Korean, Tatanka, Sweet Garlic or Teriyaki. There's also the Birds and Brew for $29.95 ($2 will be donated), which is two orders of wings and a pitcher of select beers. Call 635-6674. Visit nosh121.com.

Drink up

Brace yourself for some serious sniffing, swirling and sipping at the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival at Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There are more than 25 wineries showing off their wines along with food vendors and entertainment. Cost is $30 per person. Call 685-5089. Visit manitousprings.org.

A little of this and that

- The Upper Room, 817 W. Colorado Blvd., coffee house has opened. It's a ministry-based nonprofit with plans to add a light lunch menu in the coming months. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Hours are soon expanding to include 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Call 247-8685.

- Bunz Bakery and Burger Bar, 11550 Ridgeline Drive, has opened serving 14 meat choices including such exotic choices as yak, elk, trout, buffalo and salmon. From the bakery comes dozens of types of buns from which to choose. Prices are about $9.95 per burger. The eatery is the brain child of Michael Sturdevant, owner of Colorado Bread Company and Woodland Park's The Donut Mill. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Call 481-0555.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday:

- Lynn Telford, president and chief executive officer for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, talks about Taste of the Springs, 3 to 6 p.m. June 9. The benefit event is held in the food bank where more than 40 food and beverage suppliers offer samples. Cost is $65 per person. Call 434-4682. Visit careandshare.org.

- Kathleen Boleyn, owner of Enchanted Strings, talks about her unique harp recitals where she just "happens" to serve afternoon tea. Call 531-7738. Visit enchantedstrings.com.

- Heather Mitchell, co-manager of the Colorado Farm and Art Market, talks about the kick-off of market season and what we can expect to find in the coming months. The two CFAM markets are at the Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit farmandartmarket.com.

- Donna Ross, with the Local Foods Working Group, talks about the Crop Mob event where the community is invited to pitch in to help farmers plant and harvest crops. She also talks about Local Food Week, Sept. 14 to 22.

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Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

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