Carl and Alaine Nolt, owners of Serranos Coffee Company, 625 W. Colorado 105 in Monument, are making news. On April 6, they were named the 2012 Business Persons of the Year at the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. They were one of four businesses nominated.
Since opening their coffee shop in 1995, the Nolts have built a loyal clientele in their retail store as well as their wholesale customer list. They generously provide coffee at fundraising events. In January, they won Best Overall at the Glass Slipper Ball for the coffee drinks they served.
Recently, they introduced a more extensive menu for lunch. They have started selling fresh, homemade breakfast burritos and bagel sandwiches. The sandwiches were an instant hit and available 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Call 481-9445. Visit serranoscoffee.com.
Summer hours, wine specials
Carlos' Bistro, 1025 S. 21 St., has summer hours 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. Early Bird specials are offered 5 to 5:30 p.m. daily except on holidays. Enjoy half price bottles of wine Sundays and Mondays. Call 471-2905. Visit carlosbistrocos.com.
Wine, dine and jazz
The Colorado Coffee Merchants, 302 E. Fillmore St., will be transformed into an intimate dining spot featuring jazz by the popular Barta Trio with dinners prepared by local chefs. All begin at 7 p.m. The May 17 dinner is prepared by chef Jenna Hines of The Picnic Basket; May 18 presentation is by chef Eric Bowen of 2South Food & Wine. Cost is $75 per person. Reservations required. Call 473-8878.
Free wine tasting
Wines of the World is featured at Downtown Fine Spirits & Wines, 103 S. Wahsatch Ave., at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. You'll sample six to eight wines in the casual downstairs Alibi Room while discussing the varietals and suggested food pairings. Reservations required. Call 475-8115. Visit dtnfspiritsand wines.com.
Help for Mother's Day
Still no reservations for mom's big day? How about a trip to The Ca?n City Queen Anne, 813 Macon Ave. in Ca?n City, on Sunday. For $24.99 per person, you can have a tea lunch with a three-course meal and a glass of champagne or orange mimosa at 11 a.m. At 5 p.m., you can have a five-course meal for $36.99. Call 1-719-275-5354. Visit thecanoncity queenanne.com/511mothersday.html.
Tap into local food biz
Want to be in the loop about locally owned businesses? Visit hungrychicken homestead.com to become one of the chickens on the email list. You'll get two newsletters a month with links to stories about Colorado Springs businesses and the occasional story about chickens. Hungry Chicken Homestead wants to connect you with local business owners in town by telling you their unique stories. You'll find out about Colorado Springs Local Foods Meetups, which are held throughout the month at locally owned businesses. Bonnie Simon is the creator of the website and organizes the meet ups.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday:
? Randy Price, CEO of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group, talks about his expanding restaurant group, award-winning chefs and new menu at his Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill. Visit rockymtnrg.com for information on his restaurants.
? Sandy Vanderstoep, a coordinator for Curbside Cuisine Colorado Springs, talks about the food truck mall that is scheduled to debut May 15 at 225 N. Nevada Ave. It's in a former gas station. The property is owned by the YMCA, which is a partner in the Curbside Cuisine venture. The plan is for six to eight food trucks or trailers to operate 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There is space for up to 15 food trucks. Call 330-8979. Visit curbsidecuisinecs.com or facebook.com/curbsidecuisinecs.
? Matt Carpenter, co-owner of Venice Olive Oil Co., 109 N. Tejon St., talks about his store, which stocks a wide variety of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. He also carries a collection of gourmet foods and olive oil-related cosmetic items. Call 632-5160. Visit veniceoliveoil.com.
? Jeff Zearfoss and Melissa Lofton, who own Common Cause Catering, talk about their Social Enterprise business where they create partnerships to give back to the community. They provide food service for Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and volunteer at the Marian House Soup Kitchen weekly. Their catering business is housed in the Partners in Housing homeless self-sufficiency facility where they have their Partners in The Kitchen, a program to teach culinary skills to the clients who live there. They also caterer events to the general public. Call 924-5299. Visit cccatering.org.
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