Thursday, March 24, 2011

Beer, beer everywhere — and plenty of food

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Perhaps you attended yesterday's Save the Ales event at Bristol Brewing Co., or the Bristol Beer Dinner at The Melting Pot (or caught owner Mike Bristol's related "Your Turn" in our paper today).

Or maybe you're planning to attend this Saturday's Second Birthday Bash for Black Fox Brewing Co. at Front Range Barbeque.

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Either way, here's the part where I bombard you with a crap load of food- and drink-related listings. Prepare your social calendar for scribblings:

• Join local members of Millions Against Monsanto from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Acacia Park on Saturday, March 26, where they'll be passing out signs and fliers such as the "Oh No, Is it GMO?" label.

• Hit up Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, for a four-course, five-wine Starry Night Wine Dinner. Seats are $50 plus tax/tip.

• The Craftwood Inn is hosting the five-course, wine-paired 2011 Vina Robles Wine Dinner on Thursday, April 7. Seats are $60 plus tax/tip.

Dig chef Ben Hoffer's menu here (click to enlarge):

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• The inaugural and yet to be entirely defined Colorado Beer Week will be held April 8 through 16. This Westword posting from yesterday provides some background.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens' next class, "Cool Season Veggies," will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Horace Mann Middle School. Entry is $5.

Adam's Mountain Café will host its next One Bowl dinner from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 11, in conjunction with our local Slow Food chapter. Seats are $22 for members and $25 for non-members. Food is consumed in silence and the evening includes a talk on eating as a sacred practice and Slow Food principles.

Boulevard Brewing Co. will be the focus of a three-course beer dinner at the Blue Star on Saturday, April 16. Each course will be paired with two different beers, and seats are $50 plus tax/tip.

Oh — you wanna see the menu? ... I suppose. Check it out to the right:

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• The seventh annual Colorado Springs Fork & Bottle will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at GOCA 121. Enjoy appetizer and dessert samples from local gourmet restaurants as well as international wines; all proceeds benefit the Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School. Entry is $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Trinity Brewing Co. has a bunch of upcoming events, including a Pliny the Elder tapping at noon, Sunday, March 27; the Slap Your Mammy release party at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8; a six-course, IPA-paired beer dinner at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 ($65 plus tax/tip); and the third annual Saison Fest from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16 ($35).

• The next five-course literary dinner at Giuseppe's Old Depot Restaurant will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Seats are $60 plus tax/tip and the feature is Arabian Nights.

• Help raise funds for Tri-Lakes Cares at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 25, at A Taste of Tri-Lakes Cares inside Monument's Sundance Mountain Lodge. Local chefs will prepare dishes that only use items from the USDA Federal Commodity Program, found in local food pantries. Tickets are $5 plus the donation of laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, deodorant or child diapers (size 3-6).

... And just to think: Some gripe that our scene is lacking. This not-even-totally-comprehensive roundup proves just how many cool culinary events occur during a given month. That's part of the reason why a handful of locals have decided to "celebrate the awesomeness of Colorado Springs" via a new campaign of sorts called COSrocks. You can find them online here, here and here.

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