Do you hear the trumpets? Colorado Springs Restaurant Week is Sept. 14 to 27. It's an event to raise awareness of our region's great dining and travel options. Price points are $30, $45 and $60 (not including tax and gratuity) for lunch or multicourse dinners for two.
Restaurateurs are invited to visit gazette.com/restaurantweek to register for the event and submit their menus. Registration costs $100 per restaurant. Members of the Pikes Peak Colorado Restaurant Association can register for $50. Deadline for registration is Aug. 23.
Diners, stay tuned for the launch of the website, where you can check out the participating restaurants and menus for the two-week period.
Brother Luck gets creative
Brother Luck, who is executive chef at the Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd. in Manitou Springs, has squeezed out time for yet another business.
"I've started another company called crEATe719 Kitchen," he said. "We will be catering specialty events, including a series of underground pop-up dinners."
The first of the series is titled "Street Eats Dinner," in which Luck will showcase street food served from his perspective. For $45 per person, you'll get pork-belly tacos, hot-and-sour beef short ribs, octopus skewers, bone-marrow tater tots, curry cotton candy and more. The dinner is at Triple Nickel Tavern, 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 23. Visit create719.eventbrite.com to buy tickets. Visit create719.com.
Want to learn how to make pies? Not just any pie. Award-winning pie? One of my expert picks for the 2013 Best of the Springs was pie made by Jackie Conway for Stir, 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave. Conway will be giving out some of her pie-making secrets at Coutura Design Inspirations, 6380 Corporate Centre Circle, for one of their Inspiration Saturdays events 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1. Call 219-5444. Visit couturaco.com.
Here are some new things happening in the Springs restaurant scene:
- PB & Jellies, 106 E. Kiowa St., was started by Art Romero about two years ago. On May 1, he partnered with David and Peg Parker, who own Xpresso Yourself, 750 Citadel Drive E. Suite 1100 in The Citadel mall. So, when you walk into Romero's caf? you'll see David working the line. And you'll see new, lower-priced coffee and espresso items on the menu.
At the PB & Jellies retail store, 103 N. Tejon St., soft-serve ice cream is being offered. Call 465-2686. Visit pband jellies.com. Visit facebook.com/Xpresso YourselfCoffeeShops. Call 778-3823 for The Citadel shop.
- Swirl Wine Bar, 717 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, is serving lunch and dinner. There are bottles of wines called the Stash that are half off all day Sundays. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 11 p.m. Sundays. Call 685-2294. Visit swirlismybar.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday:
- Tammy Hanson Maltby, an author and media personality, and Cathy Gries, a cooking teacher, talk about their new Start Simply Cooking Class. The monthly classes are held in Gries' home. Cost is $35 per person. Visit tammymaltby.com/finding-your-own-style-of-hospitality.
- Brooke Webb, president of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology and owner of Mesa Park Vineyards, talks about Colorado Wine Week, June 2 to 8. There are several restaurants on the Front Range offering an appetizer paired with Colorado wine served at happy hour-style pricing - $20 or less - during the week. In Colorado Springs, you'll find the specials at Edelweiss Restaurant, The Famous: A Steakhouse, Tapateria and The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery. The week wraps up with the Colorado Urban Winefest at Infinity Park, 4599 E. Tennessee Ave. in Denver, 1 to 6 p.m. June 8. Tickets for the winefest are $40, $20 for non-drinkers. $50 for Uber Urban Winefest package and $120 for VIP. Visit coloradowineweek.com.
- Andres Velez, a certified culinarian and a line cook at the Rabbit Hole, talks about his recently purchased food truck, Pig Latin Food Truck. His menu includes braised pineapple pork shoulder tacos; Korean BBQ pork sub with kimchi slaw; bacon, gouda and smoked cheddar asparagus grilled cheese; and bacon molasses cookies. Call 231-6278. Visit piglatintruck.com.
- Nicole Martinez, who with Evelyn Steel, owns Nourish Organic Juice, and Ryder Turner, an employee, talk about the grand opening of the new retail store, 303 E. Pikes Peak Ave., on June 1. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 534-5686. Visit nourishorganicjuice.com.
Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to email@example.com, 636-0271, Twitter @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney. Hear Farney's "KVOR Table Talk" radio show noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays on 740 AM.