It's that time of year again: Rodeo season.
Which means chuck wagon teams will cook up a storm with their cast iron kettles on Saturday at The Ride for the Brand Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Seven chuck wagons, featuring Callicrate Beef, will compete for the best in darn good grub. The teams stoke up wood fires early in the morning to whip up what they hope will be the winning dishes. Some of the teams serve food to the public. For $20 (plus the rodeo admission fee, which varies), you'll get a plate and unlimited access to food prepared by the chuck wagon teams. Children 11 and under can get free grilled hamburgers. Note: Because of the demand, you might want to arrive early.
Calling all pie bakers
Manitou Springs will hold its "Good Old Summertime" Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest at 5:30-8 p.m. July 8 in Soda Springs Park, 35 Park Ave. Participants need to bring two identical homemade pies. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, the best fruit pies and the best cream pies. There's also a division for kids 14 and under. After the pies are judged, the public can buy slices of pie for $2 each and for a $1, add a big scoop of ice cream. Visit manitousprings.org for an application. Free to enter. Call 685-5089.
French for a day
Channel your inner Frenchman at La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., at the restaurant's Bastille Day celebration on July 14. First up is a three-course Champagne brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Children (4 to 12) have a menu for $6.95. Next up is a four-course dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $35 per person (plus tax and tip), which includes a glass of wine and a glass of mousseux sparkling wine. Children's menu is $7.95. Musical entertainment included. Call 599-0686. Visit labaugettefrenchbistro.com.
On another note, the restaurant will close Sunday to July 7 for a vacation and to spruce up the eatery.
Colorado Springs Food Tours offers Downtown Cocktail and Cuisine Tour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 3, 17, 31 and Aug. 14. Cost is $29 per person with destinations that include The Famous, the Rabbit Hole, Jack Quinn Irish Pub and Springs Orleans. Each eatery serves a sample cocktail paired with an appetizer. Call 322-5731. Visit colorado springsfoodtours.com.
Eat up to help out
Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill, 9420 Briar Village Point, is the place to go 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to eat a complimentary breakfast and make a donation to the Black Forest Fire Support Fund, which was set up by the Academy School District 20 Education Foundation for students and staff who are victims of the recent fire. Call 955-6650.
The third Egg & I has opened at 733 N. Academy Blvd., (east of the Citadel Mall) in the Citadel Crossing Shopping Center. Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 637-3444. Visit theeggandirestaurants.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM:
- Forrest and Russell Keller, with their mother, Linda, talk about their gourmet food truck, The Crepe Crusaders. They are part of Curbside Cuisine, 225 N. Nevada Ave., where they offer stuffed crepes and blended smoothies. Since starting the family mobile food truck business in 2010, Linda and her husband have turned the business over to the sons. . Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 337-0370. Visit crepecrusaders. com.
- Care Young, owner of Care 4 Cakes, 1625 W. Uintah St. (inside the Gotta Love it Kitchen), talks about her custom-made cakes, cookies and eclairs. She has more than 30 years of baking experience. She sells her baked goods at the Colorado Farm and Art Market at The Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday and at Ivywild School market, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m. every other Wednesday. Call 216-3091. Visit care4cakes.com and follow her on Facebook.
- JL Fields, owner of JL Fields Consulting for vegan lifestyles, talks about her newest cookbook, "Vegan for Her: The Women's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet." Fields has studied at the New York City-based Natural Gourmet Institute and Organic Avenue. She also completed the Intensive Study Program at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies in Philadelphia. She is currently completing a certificate in fitness nutrition. Her blog is JL goes Vegan. Call 445-9107. Visit jl goesvegan.com.
- Luciana Da Silva, event coordinator and programming director for Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., talks about the Middle Eastern three-course dinner with entertainment, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday she has organized. Dishes include: Lebanese-inspired braised eggplant, hummus, tzatziki, flatbread with za'atar, kabobs of lamb, chicken and veggies, and rice and lentils with crispy onions. Desserts are nut balls over a bed of honey and rose water syrup and dates filled with tahini paste and nuts. Cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Call 444-1012. Visit smokebrush.org.
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