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TABLE TALK: Colorado Spring Jamaican restaurant throws festive parties in August

July 25, 2013
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photo - Claudette Hutchinson, an owner of Spice Island Grill, raises a toast to festive events at the eatery during August.
Claudette Hutchinson, an owner of Spice Island Grill, raises a toast to festive events at the eatery during August. 

Here's your chance to channel Bob Marley at the Spice Island Grill, 10 N. Sierra Madre St., during the eatery's August events. First up is the Jamaica 51st Independence Retro Patio Party, starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 2. Ladies get one free pina colada before 9 p.m. Drink specials include Malibu and beer buckets. The Cultural Celebration and BBQ is 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and features Jamaican food, dance and music.

Next up is the Second Anniversary and Customer Appreciation BBQ from noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 10. Enjoy live music, free food samples and games. Call 473-8280. Visit spiceislandgrill.com.

Farm dinner

The July farm dinner at A Joyful Noise Farm, 9895 Walker Road, was such a success that the farmer, Craig McHugh, and the chef, Kevin Campbell, owner of Full Circle Cuisine, are having another one at 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

The evening starts out with wine or beer with appetizers. McHugh gives a tour of the farm before dinner is served. The menu features goat prepared as Caribbean goat charcuterie including Pyrat Rum goat booty. According to Campbell, pyrat is pronounced "pirate" and booty refers to treasure. So he is going to make a "treasured" dish from goat butt, most likely a sausage. Also there's East Indian goat stew and jerk goat with red beans and coconut risotto.

Dessert? A goat float: goat milk ice cream and root beer. Cost is $65 per person. Call 357-9410. Visit ajoyful noisefarm.com.

Pie winners

Five children (12 and under) and 25 adults entered their best pies to win bragging rights at the Good Ol' Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest in Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs on July 8.

The winners:

Kids Division

First place: Hunter Nichols, chocolate mocha pie

Second place: Katerina Flanegin, key lime pie

Third place: Sarah Yacovoni, Banana Delight

Adult Division, fruit

First place: Teresa Hickman, cherry

Second place: Teresa Hickman, apple green chile

Third place: Christa Carlsson, peach berry pie

Adult Division, cream

First place: Rosie Feymuth, You'll Want S'more Pie

Second place: Elaine Sommers, Amish White Christmas Pie

Third place: Sandy Mattingly, Orange White Chocolate Delight

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday:

- Eric Viedt, executive chef at The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, talks about Fiddles, Vittles & Vino at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The event features live bluegrass music and tastings from local restaurants with beer and wine samples. Proceeds are donated to further the agricultural programs at the ranch. Cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children. Call 578-6777. Visit rockledgeranch.com.

- Nicole Fetterhoff, Colorado Farm and Art Market manager, talks about what type of produce is available and events planned for the market. She grows vegetables and herbs as well as tends ducks and chickens at her home. She also sells knitwear at her NikkiStitch booth at the market. Call 686-3626. Visit farmandartmarket.com.

- Susan Gordon, who with her husband, Patrick Hamilton, are farm managers for the Venetucci Farm, talks about the summer educational programs at the farm. Famous for the Pumpkin4Kids give-away program, the farmers also grow more than 100 different varieties of chemical-free vegetables and herbs. They raise pastured heritage hogs, grass-fed cattle and a large flock of laying hens. All the products are sold locally through community supported agricultural programs and at the Colorado Farm and Art Market. Call 389-1251. Visit ppcf.org.

- Mundi Ross, owner of Salt + Butter Co., talks about her unique cookie business which she considers the Bonnie and Clyde of cookie making because of the unusual flavor combinations she makes. Think Chocolate Anise with Gingered Pear, Kitchen Sink cookie with bacon, Whiskey Cherries and Chocolate and Lemongrass with ginger and vanilla. She is working on opening a Colorado Crafted Beer Bar to support Colorado Springs culture and American-made goods. Call 428-8904. Visit facebook.com/saltbutterco#!/salt butterco.

- Anke Verburg, owner of Schnitzel Fritz Restaurant and Deli with her husband, Mitch, 4037 Tutt Blvd., talks about Old German Bakery and the baked goods she sells at CFAM and at the eatery. Call 573-2000. Visit schnitzelfritz.com.

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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.

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