I stepped up to the bar at The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., for the inaugural "Date with Nate" the first Sunday afternoon in June. For 30 bucks, Nate Windham, the cocktail and spirits specialist at the eatery, taught me and 19 other barflies how to make two punches, set up a mojito bar and crack the secret of his famous Manhattan.
"The best drink I make," he said.
He uses rye whiskey (never bourbon), Antica Ricetta sweet Italian vermouth, Luxardo Liqueur Maraschino and a brandy soaked cherry for his delicious classic Manhattan.
"Date with Nate" is a two-hour cocktail class once a month. If the first class, which sold out in a few days, is any indication, Windham will be busy stirring and serving drinks monthly for eager learners for some time. His wealth of booze information and history made for a fun experience. Charcuterie boards were served for us to nibble while we imbibed, which was included in the cost. . Call 632-1086. Visit thebluestar.net to sign up for their newsletter and follow eatery on Facebook.
Happy hour all day
Poor Richard's, 322 and 324 1/2 N. Tejon St., offers happy hour all day every day at the eatery and Rico's. Each month, two red wines and two white wines will be featured for $5 per glass. Also available is discounted beer (prices and brands will vary). Call 630-7723 for Rico's and 632-7721 for Poor Richard's. Visit poorrichardsdowntown.com.
Calling all dads
And you thought you were going to mess up Father's Day. Again. Here are some options for treating dad special on his day. Reservations are recommended where available.
- The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., offers a four-course dinner paired with beer and whiskey at 5:30 p.m. Sunday for $65 per person. Call 632-1086. Visit thebluestar.net.
- Mozaic at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Colorado 105 in Palmer Lake, offers brunch with seafood, carving and omelet stations. Cost is $32 for adults, $16 for children 4 to 12 and children under 3 eat free. Call 481-1800. Visit innatpalmerdivide.com.
- The Melting Pot, 30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave., offers a free kid's meal for one child under 12 (a $25.50 value) for every adult four-course dinner sold. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call 385-0300. Visit meltingpot.com/colorado-springs.
- The Famous, A Steakhouse, 31 N. Tejon St., offers a special three-course menu for $34.95. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full menu available 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 227-7333. Visit thefamoussteakhouse.net.
- Tajine Alami, 10 Old Man's Trail in Manitou Springs, offers a special five-course feast with a belly dancing show at 4 p.m. for $25. Seating at 2 to 6 p.m. Call 685-1119. Visit tajinealami.com.
-La Baguette French Bistro, 440 N. Chestnut St., will have a prix fixe menu with choices (starter, entr? and dessert) with wine and champagne for $30 per person. A children's menu is available for $7.95. Seating starts at 4 p.m. Call 599-0686. Visit labaguettefrenchbistro.com.
- Tucanos Brazilian Grill, 3294 New Center Point, will offer a Father's Day Special menu for $26.95, 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Call 597-3800. Visit tucanos.com/colorado-springs.
- Joseph's Fine Dining, 1606 S. Eighth St., offers a special Father's Day menu of steak and lobster for $39 per person. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Call 630-3631. Visit josephsdining.com.
- Flatiron's American Bar & Grill, 2540 Tenderfoot Hill St., will offer free food for kids with the purchase of an adult entr? during Sunday brunch. Call 576-2540. Visit flatirons.biz.
- Caf?36, the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., offers its regular brunch menu as well as the following specials: Adobo Braised Pork Relleno ($15), Green Chili Bacon Burger ($13.50), Pulled Pork Sandwich ($12.50), and Almond Crusted Halibut ($22). Call 477-4377. Visit csfineartscenter.org.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, taped at the Colorado Farm and Art Market during market hours.
- Eric Viedt, executive chef at The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, talks about the movie and dinner on the patio summer series, new bar menu, cooking classes and why he likes to have the Colorado Farm and Art Market at the restaurant Saturdays. Call 598-8667. Visit margaritaatpinecreek.com.
- Nicole Fetterhoff, Colorado Farm and Art Market manager, talks about running the market, how vendors are selected, when and 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 sells knitwear at her NikkiStitch booth at the market. Call 686-3626. Visit etsy.com/shop/ShopNikkiStitch and farmandartmarket.com.
- Amy Thomas, owner of Front Range Granola and board member of the state farm and art market, talks about her granola business. She's a trained chef, but wasn't in cooking school when she developed her signature granola recipes, which are made with whole grains, nuts, seeds and Colorado wildflower home and organic ingredients. They contain no flour. Call 1-720-548-7676.
- Isabelle Allen, owner of Sweet Izzie's Best, talks about her homemade jams, jellies and confections she sells at CFAM. She also raises chickens and sells eggs at the market. Call 330-4449. Visit sweetizziesbest.com.
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