Colorado has a wealth of wine and dine opportunities

December 2, 2013 Updated: December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am
photo - Chinese Hot Pot dinner is similar to making fondue.

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Chinese Hot Pot dinner is similar to making fondue. Photo by TV Food Network 

Here are a couple of events in which you can learn about ethnic foods and cultures in our community.

First up is the Sons of Norway Viking Fair in the Viking Hall, 1045 Ford St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Food, arts, crafts and handwork for sale from vendors. Details: 596-6159, 351-3554,

The Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute offers the Chinese Hot Pot dinner at Jade Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 3958 N. Academy Blvd., 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22. The hot pot is similar to fondue. Each person chooses his or her favorite food (thin sliced beef, pork, eggs, fish, shrimp, tofu or vegetables) to cook in boiling broth. Details: $28 ($25 for CSCCI members). Mail checks to CSCCI, P.O. Box 2625, 80901, 287-7624,

Harvest dinner

Blue Sage Caf? 5152 Centennial Blvd., is the place for a Vegetarian Harvest Secret Supper (with optional meat courses, too), 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 25). You can bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with the four-course meal. Details: $40, 332-1397,

Raw deal

The Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., has a raw bar where you can devour oysters 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Oysters are $1.50 each or $7.50 for six and $15 for a dozen. Details: 635-8484,

Dinners on

Ryan Wanner, owner of R&R Coffee Caf? 11424 Black Forest Road, is offering dinner service 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The menu changes weekly. Details: 494-8300, rnrcoffee

Wine tour

Old Colorado City Wine Bar Tour is underway 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. For $48, plus tax and tip, you can visit six wine bars and sample six wines paired with six food samples. The wine bar lineup includes: La Baguette, Motif Jazz Bar, 2 South Wine Bar, Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna, Pizzeria Rustica and Tapateria. Details: Park and buy tickets at Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St., 635-5635,

Crustacean feast

Lobster Week at The Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, wraps up Saturday. The chef is offering a three-course ($40) or five-course ($49) all-lobster-inspired menus as well as a few lobster ala carte menu items on the lounge menu. Details: 598-8667,

New digs

Kristi Hayes, owner of Tabor Mountain Bakehouse, 1015 W. Colorado Ave., will close this location Saturday and move to 111 1/2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The new store will open Nov. 8, just in time for holiday goodie orders. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Details: 464-8183,


Azada Mexican Grill, 16 E. Bijou St., has opened. It serves made-from-scratch Hispanic-style food. You order at the counter picking from a small menu of fillings that you can have folded into a burrito, put into tacos or poured over a bowl of rice. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Details: 634-8338.

"KVOR Table Talk"

No show this week due to Air Force Academy football game.

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