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Gazette Premium Content TABLE TALK: Amuzé chef wows ‘em at benefit ball

TERESA FARNEY Updated: February 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

William Sherman, owner and executive chef at Amuzé Bistro in Palmer Lake, proudly cradled the 6-liter bottle of 2006 Cambria Pinot Noir “Julia’s Vineyard” at The Glass Slipper Ball. And why shouldn’t he be proud? After all, it was his prize for winning the People’s Choice for best appetizer.

And it’s the third year Sherman has walked away with the special bottle of wine at the event for his amazing culinary prowess. This year, he wowed the crowd with his Three Little Pigs Cassoulet.

A cassoulet is a classic French dish from the Languedoc region consisting of warm beans and various meats — in this case three types of pork. Sherman’s version proved to be the show-stopper.

The Blue Star’s executive pastry chef, Alicia Prescott, took the People’s Choice for dessert and big bottle of wine for her Blue Star Candy Bar. What’s not to love about a table laden with every sort of candy and sweet a person could ask for?

The event, featuring the Best of the Pikes Peak Chefs contest, served up an array of fancy foods Jan. 30 as a benefit for TESSA, an agency to help victims of domestic violence.

Dueling knives
One of the most anticipated annual foodie events for the past 24 years has been the Chefs’ Gala and Silent Auction. And this year is no exception. The chefs will be whipping up their most creative dishes Feb. 21 in the Rocky Mountain Ballroom in the Broadmoor West.

Cost is $95 per person, or a table of 10 for $855 (one seat free). Call 634-3737 or e-mail csc@cs to purchase tickets.

Dinner deal
With all the construction at the shopping center at the corner of South Eighth Street and U.S. Highway 24, the Subway at 308 S. Eighth St. is trying to attract customers back. It is offering a “Dinner for Two” coupon. With a coupon, you can get two regular 6-inch subs, two bags of chips and two 21-ounce drinks for $7.99 every day after 4 p.m.

The offer is also good at the Subway at 2345 E. Platte Ave. Drop in for a coupon.

Closed for repairs
The Golden Bee at The Broadmoor, 14 Lake Circle, will be closed for maintenance until Feb. 11. Call 577-5776.

Valentine’s Day
Cupids better step on it for reservations. Here are some suggestions:
• Tajine Alami, 10 Old Man’s Trail, will have a six-course Moroccan dinner on Feb. 14 for $35 per person. Seating starts at 5 p.m., dancing at 4:30 p.m.; 685-1119.
• The Melting Pot, 30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave., plans a special dinner for $116 per couple on Feb. 6, 13, 14 and 20; 385-0300.

Dining Guide omissions
Readers have asked why some restaurants were omitted from the 2010 GO! Dining Guide.
The guide selected 222 restaurants from a field of more than 500. Some restaurants were not included because our dining team didn’t think they made the cut.

But one restaurant, through our own error, was unfairly overlooked, and that’s The Pepper Tree, 888 W. Moreno Ave., one of the most romantic dining spots in the region. The Pepper Tree specializes in salads and steaks prepared table side. Learn more at, or by calling 471-4888.

CONTACT US: Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to or call 636-0271. Do you manage a restaurant? Send us your e-mail address so we can keep in touch. Hear the Table Talk Radio Show noon to 1 p.m. on KVOR (740 AM).

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