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Colorado Springs chefs trading and sharing positions

August 24, 2017 Updated: August 24, 2017 at 4:15 am
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Larissa Vendola, has been named executive chef at Garden of the Gods Market and Café. Photo by Teresa Farney

Chefs have changed for Altitude Hospitality Group, which owns Garden of the Gods Market and Café, 410 S. 26th St., and Till Kitchen, 9633 Prominent Point. Larissa Vendola, has been named executive chef at the Garden of the Gods venue. Amy Fairbanks, formerly executive chef there, will assist Vendola. Hunter Huffman, who was hired at Till about 13 months ago, has been promoted from sous chef to executive chef. Longtime employee for AHG, executive chef Ben Hofferof The Pinery at the Hill, will help Huffman at Till. Details: 471-2799 (Garden of the Gods Market and Café), godsmarketandcafe.com, 282-8004, tillkitchen.com.

Cookoff winners

Adam Freisem, chef de cuisine at Manna restaurant in the Castle Rock Adventists Hospital, 2350 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, returned to the Taste of Douglas County chef cookoff to defend his first place win last year. His savory Korean-style waffle was a top scorer by all four judges, including yours truly. He took home the first-place prize again. Lisa Storey, owner of Mama Lisa's Little Italy, 556 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines, took second place for her braised short ribs over fried polenta. Stephen Kanatzer, chef at The Airplane Restaurant, 1665 N. Newport Road, won third place for smoked pork.

Food truck Tuesdays

Head to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays to dine at eight consistent food trucks through Oct. 17. Visit downtowncs.com.

'KVOR Table Talk'

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

- Joe Campana and his business partner, Amber Stull, talk about their new Stir and Cocktails, 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave., community gathering place. They also will give updates on their other restaurants: The Rabbit Hole, Bonny & Read (both at 101 N. Tejon St.) and SuperNova, 111 E. Boulder St. They will discuss yet another project, Cask and Cork, due to open next March in the former Paradox Lounge, 528 S. Tejon St. Details: 418-6188, tinyurl.com/ybnmgcxb.

- Two leaders from the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs - Executive Director Nicole Magic Soto and Vice Chairman Barry Grossman - are joined by Supansa Banker, former executive chef at 2South Food & Wine Bar, to talk about Vittles for Vests at The DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27. For $75 per person, enjoy food from 11 chefs and wine from several vendors. Proceeds help buy tactical vest packages. Visit pfcos.org.

- Diane Zeiger and Charlie Ann Hayes, co-chairwomen of The Tri-Lakes Women's Club, talk about Harvesting Hope, at Spruce Mountain Road, Larkspur, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21. For $65 per person, you can sample food from various local restaurants and wine, craft beers and spirits from assorted beverage vendors. Proceeds benefit nonprofit service organizations and public schools in the Tri-Lakes area. Visit tlwc.net.

- Wendy White, Colorado Proud spokeswoman, talks about Colorado Proud's "Faces and Stories of Colorado Agriculture," a month-long, statewide program. She will talk about the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, which is online and available as a mobile app for smartphones. Visit coloradoproud.org.

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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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