Mark Hayes, director of dining and hospitality services at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, couldn't be prouder of results from The James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. Although the UCCS culinary team didn't win the top prize of a trip to New York City to prepare their Sweet Home Colorado Burger at the James Beard House, they still have bragging rights.
"Clyde's (Gastropub) was number 28 out of 347 competitors nationwide and number one out of nine university dining service entries," Hayes said in an email.
Of the 13 Colorado eateries who entered the contest, the top three vote winners were, in order: Crave Real Burgers, Clyde's Gastropub, and The Golden Bee at The Broadmoor. The Sweet Home Colorado Burger has been placed on the fall menu for $10 at Clyde's Gastropub, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, in the University Center. Details: 255-3502, facebook.com/ClydesatUCCS.
Alton Brown returns
Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown will bring his "Alton Live: Eat Your Science" to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 4 p.m. April 2. The culinary variety show features songs, talk show antics, multimedia presentations, comedy, puppets and food demonstrations. Ticket prices for the live show range from $43 to $63 and are on sale via ticketswest.com, pikespeakcenter.com or by calling 520-7469. Brown's latest cookbook, "Alton Brown: EveryDayCook," is set to be released Sept. 27.
The "La Bouillabaisse" dinner takes place at La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., with seating starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 26. Bouillabaisse is a stew of mussels, clams, shrimp and white fish in tomato-basil sauce. For $45 per person you get a choice of New England clam chowder or onion soup, bouillabaisse for two, maison salad, tiramasu for dessert and a bottle of French chardonnay, coffee or tea. Reservation required. Details: 599-0686, labaguettefrenchbistro.com.
Toast in order
The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., gives back to the community to celebrate 21 years of fine dining. A percentage of sales go the following: On Friday and Saturday, TESSA is in the spotlight; Sunday to Aug. 27, Palmer Land Trust will be gifted; and Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, Millibo Art Theatre will benefit. Details: 632-1086, thebluestar.net.
The Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, is where to get your fill at the "Clam Jam VIII," starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For $60 per person you dine on nine regional dishes with accompaniments, dessert and non- alcoholic drinks. Think oysters on the half shell, fried catfish with red beans and rice and crab legs with corn on the cob. It's a fun time to fill up, enjoy live music and relax on the sunset patio. Details: 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com.
Eat out to help out
Partners in Housing, an organization that helps homeless find shelter, is celebrating 25 years of service with the "Grapes on the Ground" event at 455 Gold Pass Heights on the Myron Stratton property (2525 S. Colorado 115) 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. For $50 per person, you can taste an assortment of more than eight passed hors d'oeuvres and other foods at the tasting station prepared by Common Cause Catering (full discloser, my daughter is a chef for the company). Wine tastings are included. Details: partnersinhousing.org.
Easy-to-Love Lobster is offered at Bonefish Grill, 5102 N. Nevada Ave. For $34.90 you get a 1 1/2-pound Maine lobster steamed, cracked and stuffed with creamed spinach and cheese, through Aug. 30. Details: 598-0826, bonefishgrill.com.
'KVOR Table Talk'
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:
- Amee Anderson, banquets manager at Glen Eyrie Conference Center, 3820 N. 30 St., is joined by Jennifer Denman, pastry chef at the conference center, to talk about the teas and other dining opportunities at the center. Details: 265-7050, gleneyrie.org.
- Larry Stebbins, director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, talks about the Garlic & Harvest Symposium, at Galileo School of Math and Science, 1600 N. Union Blvd., 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Morning ($10) and afternoon ($25 with lunch) educational sessions include topics on season extending, seed saving, harvest preservations, backyard farming 101 and beekeeping. Cost to attend morning and afternoon sessions with lunch is $35. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.
- Wendy White, with Colorado Proud, talks about "Follow Your Fruits & Veggies Journey," a monthlong trek across Colorado's agricultural landscape. On the tour she will make stops, including one at the Colorado Springs Farm and Art Market at Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. At her booth pick up educational information with produce facts, recipe cards and Colorado seed packets.
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