Published: June 5, 2013
If you are not on Facebook, Twitter or any number of other social media outlets, you are so yesterday. How will you ever keep up with breaking news? Say, for instance, that the Golden Bee, 1 Lake Ave. at The Broadmoor, is taking dinner reservations. There were teaser tweets and FB postings about something buzzing (sorry) at the Bee that had not happened for 52 years. The messages said to be prepared for the formal announcement June 4. That's when it was tweeted that for the first time in its history, reservations can be made for a table at the Bee. Call 577-5776. Visit broadmoor.com.
Wheeling for food
The food truck culture is taking off in Colorado Springs. Curbside Cuisine, 225 N. Nevada Ave., has been filling people's bellies from three to four food trucks since May 15. Here are a couple of new contenders:
- The Kona Ice truck has been dishing shaved ice at fairs, festivals, church events and birthday parties. The festive truck fills the air with calypso music while customers with cups of freshly saved ice help themselves to any of the 10 tastes on the truck's Flavorwave, an interactive dispensing system where you can pick the flavors you want on the snowlike ice. As many as 500 combinations are available.
And the undertaking is not just about the bottom line. Colorado Springs franchise owners, Karen and Ray Mowry, continue Kona Ice's tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams and community organizations. You'll find them Saturday at the Rockies Soccer Tourney, the Uncle Wilber FunFest in Acacia Park and at Springs Spree June 15 and 16. Call 464-5232. Visit kona-ice.com.
- Andres Velez, a certified culinarian and line cook at the Rabbit Hole, recently brought his Pig Latin Food Truck to Colorado Springs. You can catch him at Coutura Design Inspirations, 6380 Corporate Centre Circle, 5 to 7 p.m. June 13. He'll offer free food samples from his menu, which 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 pig latintruck.com.
In other food news
The Local food truck wasn't looking for a storefront, but it just happened, according to Jo Marini, one of the three owners of the business. They will take over ownership of Raven's Nest, 330 N. Institute St., July 15. You won't notice much different until around September when they hope to rebrand the store as The Local and expand the menu. The truck can be found at Curbside Cuisine, 225 N. Nevada Ave., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Colorado Farm and Art Market at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. They have recently bought a scooter and will deliver food orders downtown. Tweet them @thelocaltruckco to place orders. Call 339-7722. Visit thelocalcolorado.com.
- The owner of Urban Steam Coffee Bar and Cafe, 1025 S. Sierra Madre St., expects to build out his coffee shop into a neighboring space about Aug. 1. With the additional space comes an larger menu, coffee classes and a license to sell spirits and cocktails. Hours are: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 473-7832. Visit urbansteamcoffee.com.
- At Yoo Mae, 21 E. Kiowa St., the United Rolls of America is so yesterday. Although the stellar rolls are still available, J.J. Kim, the owner and chef, has set his sights on creating a series of international rolls. The new menu series heralds three countries so far: Canada (which is bacon-centric), Mexico (poke and crab based) and England (think fish and chips). Coming up next is the Brazilian with a nod to vatap? a classic dish of Brazilian cuisine, which is a seafood stew with coconut milk. Call 473-8105. Visit yoomae.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
- Brother Luck, executive chef at the Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd. in Manitou Springs, has started a new venture: crEATe719 Kitchen. He talks about the new business, which includes catering specialty events and a series of underground pop-up dinners. The first of the series is titled "Street Eats Dinner," which showcases 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, fried chicken, bison corn dogs, Pueblo chili pizzas and curry cotton candy. 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 and to learn about catering and cooking classes.
- Michelle Marx and Turu Marx Eurich, owners of Coquette's Bistro and Bakery, 915 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, talk about the new gluten-free bakery they have opened to fulfill orders for local Whole Foods Markets. The secret to their baking success is their gluten-free flour, a formula they created to ensure more tender baked products. Call 685-2420. Visit coquettesbistroandbakery.com.
- Jerry Downing, who with his wife, Debbie, owns Gotta Love It! Kitchen, Vision Foods and Freedom Foods CO-OP, 1625 W. Uintah St., talks about his passion to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams of getting locally produced food products to market. Gotta Love It! Kitchen offers commercial kitchen rental for small food businesses, making startup costs affordable and putting profitability within reach for local entrepreneurs. Freedom Foods Co-Op is a community-supported, dedicated gluten-free kitchen and bakery. Vision Foods is a co-packing company where Downing does hands-on, small-batch productions for startup and small companies and truckload quantities for large customers. Call 459-3308. Visit gottaloveitmarket.com.
- Christine Faith, owner of Ivywild Farm and the founder of the local Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading group, talks about being the first certified, legal working urban farm in the city, where organic growing methods are practiced. Visit her blog, right tothrive.org for free class information. Call 448-9000. Visit ivywildfarm.com.
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