Table Talk: Colorado Springs chef bottling her salsa for customers

By Teresa Farney Updated: February 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm • Published: February 21, 2014 | 4:50 pm 0

Elizabeth St. James, owner and chef at Ramon Q's Cantina, 1005 W. Colorado Ave., has added some new dishes to her menu and is selling her excellent salsa.

I'm a big fan of St. James' Twisted Burger, which features delicious toppings of saut?d jalape?s and onions. Her chili rellenos are the gold standard for this dish. So it was hard for me to divert my attention to the Q's Mexican Hamburger, one of St. James new creations.

I took a leap of faith and have to admit it was worth it. Here's what you get for 11 bucks: A grilled 1/3 pound Angus beef patty stuffed with jalape?s and onions, and wrapped in a flour tortilla. The patty is smothered in St. James' stunning green and red chili and topped with melted cheddar Jack cheese. The crowning glory is the yummy cilantro rice and creamy refried beans.

Now about that salsa. When you arrive at Ramon Q's, a basket of warm chips and a bowl of salsa hits the table. Don't fool yourself into thinking you can stop at one scoop. It's addictive. St. James uses only fresh ingredients in all her food, but it really shows in the salsa. Now you can buy it by the jar for $9. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 434-2741, ramonqs.com

Making the list

Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery, 28 S. Tejon St., placed No. 11 on Urbanspoon's list of 101 Great Breakfasts in the United States. The Urbanspoon community, which includes diners, food bloggers and professional food critics, is the basis for the list. Details: 471-2311, over easycolorado.com.

Cheers for sustainable wine

The theme for the Wine Festival of Colorado Springs is "Wines with a Conscience: Exploring Biodynamic, Sustainable and Organic Wine" and the festival takes place March 6 to 8. The event benefits The Colorado Springs Conservatory. Meals, tastings and seminars take place at various locations and are priced separately. Call 577-4556, csconservatory.org

Here's the lineup:

- "The Right Wine, But Is It the Right Glass?" at Soir?, 1003 S. Tejon St., 5:30 p.m. March 6. It includes wine samples and four Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses (a $138 value). Cost is $75 per person.

- "Afternoon Delight: A Farm to Table Experience" luncheon at Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., at noon March 7. Brother Luck, owner and chef at Brother Luck Street Eats, prepares the meal, which is paired with wine. Cost is $95 per person.

- "Your Wine May Be Red, White or Pink, But Is It Green?" seminar at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 5:30 p.m. March 7. A panel of guests winemakers will talk about sustainable vineyard practices. Cost is $35 per person.

- Grand tasting at The Broadmoor 7 p.m. March 7, where more than 300 wines will be available for tasting with food samples from various restaurants and caterers. Cost is $75 per person.

- "The Goat, the Grape and Ewe" seminar at Gardens of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road, 11 a.m. March 8, is a cheese and wine tasting event. Cost is $45 per person.

- Gourmet wine dinner at Garden of the Gods Club at 6:30 p.m. March 8. Cost is $125 per person.

Restaurant Expo

Colorado Restaurant Association Pikes Peak Chapter is holding the Pikes Peak Food & Wine Expo at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., noon to 3 p.m. March 9. For $35, you can sample food from dozens of local eateries, enjoy wine tastings, watch the chef and media cooking contest and the bartenders contest. Details: ppcra.org

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez

Or let the good times roll to get in the mood for Mardi Gras at the following events:

- "A Night in New Orleans" package offered by the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. For $65 per person, you get a ticket to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert at the FAC at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; a $40 voucher per ticket for dinner at Springs Orleans in the Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, 123 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; and a 10 percent discount for a room at the hotel (without other discounts, Feb. 26 only). Tickets for the concert are $40 per person ($36 for FAC members).

- Mardi Gras Brunch at The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, has a three-course meal with seatings 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 2. Cost is $27 per person; children 12 and under $16. Details: 598-8667, margaritaat pinecreek.com

New

- Salud Tequila Bar, 26 E. Kiowa St., has opened. Hours are 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Wednesdays through Thursdays; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch hours coming soon. Details: 633-1134

- Will's Sports Pub, 424 S. Nevada Ave., has a new name: Brickhouse Bar and Grill. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Details: 645-8904

"KVOR Table Talk"

No show this week because of AFA basketball game.

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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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