It's not too soon to make plans for Mother's Day - one of the biggest eat-out days of the year. Instead of elbowing your way through a buffet line on May 11, why not take a more civilized approach at a festive tea? The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary's Victorian Tea and Tablescapes will be Mother's Day weekend at the Myron Stratton Home, 2525 Colorado 115, with two seatings at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. May 9 and May 10. It's the perfect way to let Mom know how much you love her. Besides enjoying tea, scones and sandwiches, there will be lovely table settings to view and Mother's Day gifts for sale. The event benefits underprivileged children in El Paso County. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are due by May 1. Details: 964-3754.
The Colorado Chocolate Festival at the Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. (58th and I-25, exit east), 4 to 9 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10, features the best chocolatiers and vendors from around Colorado. There are cake and truffle contests and chocolate and beer pairing classes. Cost is $5 per person to enter; kids under 12 are free. Taste tickets for sampling are $10 for 12 tickets; $20 for 25 tickets. Details: chocolate- festival.org.
The Kidpower's Chocoholic Frolic at The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., 7 to 9 p.m. May 3, is always a popular sell-out affair. For $65 per person through Friday, $75 through April 25 when reservations close, you can sample chocolates from a dozen candy, cake, cookie and ice cream makers. There are savories to balance the sugar rush. Details: 520-1311, kidpowercs.org.
Crafting a culture
Colorado Springs Craft Week - April 26 to May 4 - is a time to celebrate all the many small craft businesses in the region, including craft coffee, beer, cocktails and food. During the week, there will be opportunities to explore the higher quality of locally crafted products at several events such as the latte art throwdown at R&R Coffee Caf? 11424 Black Forest Road, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 27. Local baristas will compete in a timed contest to make the best coffee drink.
Bristol Brewing Co., Paradox Beer Co. and Blue Star restaurant will collaborate for a beer dinner at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 29, featuring speakers showing how to pair beer with food. Prices vary. Visit cscraftweek.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include Susanne D'occenzo and Diane Zieger, co-chairs for the Tri-Lakes Women's Club, who will talk about the Annual Pine Forest Antiques, Home D?or and Garden Show and Sale; Jewels Burdick, The Taste of Old Colorado City in Bancroft Park; Larry Stebbins, director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens; Julie Pech, the Chocolate Therapist.
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To watch a demonstration on making endive, avocado, arugula and broccoli sprouts salad, scan the QR code with your mobile device or go to gazette.com.