Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A bold new bistro on the way + more food news

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

In next week's Side Dish column, I will tell you much more about the upcoming Couture’s Bistro project next door to Paris Crepe Euro Café.  

It's set to open around early November, tentatively with a French, Italian and broader Mediterranean menu. The Colorado Springs Business Journal offered a preview glimpse yesterday, the same day that owner Wahid Hafsaoui also gave me a brief tour. 

Here are a couple pics I snapped:
click to enlarge Couture's Bistro's main dining room shows off everything from exposed original brick to swank new tables and booths. It's a sharp space. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Couture's Bistro's main dining room shows off everything from exposed original brick to swank new tables and booths. It's a sharp space.
click to enlarge Local muralist Carol Cromie, who operates Glassic Design and Iron Mermaid and also teaches with Concrete Couch, painted this bright mural as well as some Van Gogh reproductions for Couture's Bistro. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Local muralist Carol Cromie, who operates Glassic Design and Iron Mermaid and also teaches with Concrete Couch, painted this bright mural as well as some Van Gogh reproductions for Couture's Bistro.

In other food and drink news, there's quite a bit of exciting activity on the horizon, plus a bunch of cool events. In no particular order:

• I heard from Carlos Echeandia of Carlos' Bistro earlier today, who said he had just heard from Zagat that he had once again earned a score of 29, making him the top-ranked restaurant in Colorado for a second year running. So big congrats to him and his crew. 

Curbside Cuisine will host a chili cookoff at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, where $10 (benefitting the Manitou Springs Emergency and Recover Fund) earns you 10 samples. More details here:  _FINAL_chili-flyer-color_copy.pdf

Nosh will for a second year running host the Pikes Peak Community College Fran Folsom Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund Dinner. Seats are $90 per person or $150 per couple for the "harvest feast with wine pairings featuring the talents of Pikes Peak Community College Culinary Arts students." The event starts at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20. 

• The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be held at the Broadmoor on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $200 to sample widely as well as enjoy a local "Iron Chef" competition. More info here:   flier.pdf

• The Children's Literacy Center will hold its 17th annual Vintner Dinner (this year featuring Ken Wright Cellars) on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Garden of the Gods Club. Here's a little more on that:  Vintner_Dinner_2013_.pdf

• Lastly for now, Old Colorado City is continuing its Wine Bar Tour on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., as of Oct. 17. Tickets are $48 plus tax/tip to sample wine and snacks at six eateries and drink houses. More here:  Around_the_World_everyThursday_2013.pdf

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