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Colorado Springs restaurant owner offers a passport to wine dinners instead of loyalty card

April 4, 2014 Updated: April 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
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photo - Passport wine dinners at The Blue Star are a run way to sample foods from around the world.

Photo by Teresa J. Farney
Passport wine dinners at The Blue Star are a run way to sample foods from around the world. Photo by Teresa J. Farney 

Move over, loyalty cards. Say hello to the passport.

The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., has taken the idea of a loyalty card to another level with 10 monthly wine dinners featuring cuisines of the world. Will Merwin, the chef at the eatery, kicked off the series in March with foods and wines of Spain. Next up are the foods and wines of Portugal. Those who attend seven of the 10 dinners will win an invitation for a complimentary dinner with the chef. Costs of the dinners vary depending on the menu and wine selections. Details: 632-1086, thebluestar.net.

Merci

Thank you, Henry Chaperont, for returning to Colorado Springs and re-opening your Le Bistro, 1015 W. Colorado Ave. Now it's time to say "Merci" for getting your liquor license in time for your "Tour de France" dinner at 7-9 p.m. April 12. Cost is $50 for a three-course meal with six wines (one red and one white for each course) that will feature a tour of French cuisine and wines. Wines provided by Vintages Wine and Spirits. Details: 520-5733, lebistrocs.com.

Eat to help out

Here are some delicious reasons to eat out this month.

- The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Culinary Federation is having the Culinary Passport event at the Julie Penrose Hall, 9 El Pomar Road, 6 p.m. April 12. Chefs in the chapter will prepare food from various countries to sample. The fundraiser is to support the Thank You Dinners they have been preparing monthly at 21 local firehouses. Cost is $35 per person. Details: pikespeakchefs.org.

- The Rocky Mountain Health Care Services is hosting the Chef Showcase event at Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 17. Cost is a donation to sample dishes prepared by 17 local chefs. Reservations required. Details: 466-8777, rmhcare.org.

- The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's The Great Catsby Fur Ball is at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, at 6 p.m. April 26. All proceeds benefit the homeless and abused animals the humane society cares for. Cost is $175 per person. Details: 302-8743, hsppr.org.

Blasts from the past

Chefs at The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, are offering their April Throwback Dinners to celebrate the anniversary of the eatery. The menus feature dishes of yesteryear served at the restaurant. Cost is $30 for three courses or $37 for five courses. The regular menu is available, too. Here's a look at the April weekly specials:

- Friday-Saturday - beouf bourguignon

- April 8-12 - seafood and sausage paella

- April 15-19 - chicken and dumplings

- April 22-28 - seafood Newburg

Details: 598-8667, margaritaatpine creek.com.

Spring sipping

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, 3011 E. U.S. Highway 50, Ca?n City, will have the Spring Fling 1 to 4 p.m. April 12. Cost is $25 per person to sample wine releases paired with cheese, fruit, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Details: 276-5191, abbeywinery.com.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include Wendy Farr, community relations specialist for Rocky Mountain Health Care Services; Patrick Robinson, former executive chef at the Steaksmith; Suzette Megyeri, who with her husband, Kevin, owns Bambino's Italian Eatery and Sports Bar and The Skirted Heifer; Pete Aiello, executive chef at the Doubletree by Hilton; and Lynn Schlemeyer, vice president of marketing, and Eric Allen, chief operating officer, with Pinery Enterprises Hospitality Group.

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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.

To watch a demonstration on making slow-cooker root beer ribs, scan the QR code with your mobile device or go to gazette.com.

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