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Colorado Springs award-winning Cajun restaurant hires new chef

August 16, 2017 Updated: August 18, 2017 at 10:13 am
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Alexandra Kowalski, a new chef at Mamma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen, puts finishing touches on desserts for the fourth anniversary dinner at the eatery. Photos by Teresa Farney

Alexandra Kowalski is the new chef whipping up New Orleans dishes at Mamma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen, 6620 Delmonico Drive.

"I almost hired her on the spot when she came in for the job interview," said owner Robert Brunet. "She came in wearing her whites with her tool kit, ready to start working. I knew she would be a winner."

From the delicious food she prepared for the restaurant's fourth anniversary dinner, it is obvious Brunet hit a home run hiring this young lady. She's been adding new dishes to Brunet's menu, such as swamp pizza, a playful dish featuring crab and shrimp. I was particularly taken by her alligator sauce picante. The tender gator meat was jazzed up with a spicy tomato gravy that was amazing.

With Kowalski helping in the kitchen, Brunet is offering brunch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Details: 964-0234, mommapearls.com.

Joe and cocktails

Amber Stull and Joe Campana, business partners, wil open Stir Coffee and Cocktails. Photo by Teresa Farney 

There seems to be no stopping Joe Campana and business partner Amber Stull from opening restaurants. They own The Rabbit Hole and Bonny & Read, both at 101 N. Tejon St., and SuperNova, 111 E. Boulder St. Now they have purchased Stir, 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave., in the Bon Shopping Center and renamed it Stir Coffee & Cocktails. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks will be offered from 7 a.m. to midnight or 1 a.m. Details: 418-6188, tinyurl.com/ybnmgcxb.

Seafood bash

Eric Viedt, partner and executive chef at The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, will throw the ninth Clam Jamm at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For $60 per person, get your fill of seafood at nine regional fish-centric stations, plus non-alcoholic drinks, dessert and live music. Details: 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com.

Wine down

Here are a few ways to ease into a nice evening:

- Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines, 103 S. Wahsatch Ave., offers Chile and Argentina wines tasting 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. No cost, but reservations required at 475-8115.

- The American Wine Society with Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines will have a Prisoner Wine Co. tasting in the wine store's The Alibi Room at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5. For $20 per person, sample five of the legendary wines. Bring your own wine glass and a light snack to share. Reservations with payment due Sept. 1. Visit aws-cos.com.

- Italian Wine Dinner at DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., at 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Cost is $50 per person for prosecco reception and four-course dinner paired with wines from Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines. Call 527-4625.

- Joseph Freyre, owner of Joseph's Fine Dining, 1603 S. Eighth St., is having a French Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. Aug. 30. It's $70 per person for a four-course dinner with wine. Details: 630-3631, josephsdining.com.

No pop-up

NE Ramen, an Asian pop-up eatery at The Broadmoor's Natural Epicurean, will not take place Friday  evening. It will be open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.  And 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25, 26, and Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 to 4. Details: 577-5733, broadmoor.com.

Open

Los Carnales Mexican Restaurant, a Pueblo-based chain, has opened a new location in the Springs. Photo by Teresa Farney 

Los Carnales Mexican Restaurant, a fast food Pueblo-based chain, has opened a spot at 2131 W. Colorado Blvd. in a former Dairy Queen Brazier. It offers take-out and drive-through with a few seats inside. Call 635-5350.

'KVOR Table Talk'

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:

- Ches DiDonato, co-owner with his wife, Lisa, of Pikes Peak Lemonade Co., 224 N. Tejon St., talks about the artisanal drink business. The beverages do not contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They also offer lemonade and limeade mixes, as well as seasonal specials such as hot toddy and hot chocolate mixes. Visit pikespeaklemonade.com.

- Austin Kumm, operations director for Colorado College, talks about The Fine Arts Center Coffee Cart and plans for the restaurant and lounge at the the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Details: 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

- SherryLynn Boyles, executive director of TESSA, 435 Gold Pass Heights, talks about the organization's 40th Ruby Anniversary Gala at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Sept. 30. Cost is $150 per person. She will discuss the organization's mission of helping victims of intimate partner violence. Details: 633-1462, tessacs.org.

- Michael Van Schooneveld, owner of Blue Mountain Creamery, formerly Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato, 5166 N. Nevada Ave., talks about the new brand and the launch of new items and concepts, starting with new recipes and making everything from scratch. There will be new desserts, too. Details: 599-9800, bluemtncreamery.net.

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

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