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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Why you can't drop off stray animals after hours

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 12:31 PM

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION
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Years ago, if you found a stray pet wandering your neighborhood at night, you could simply take it to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and drop it off.

Even when the shelter was closed, there was a line of kennels where you could lock up the animal, along with paperwork you could fill out to leave with it. It was pretty easy, and the staff would pick up the animals come morning.

Those kennels are long gone. Personally, I was unaware of their absence until I tried to drop off a stray kitten at 3 a.m. over the summer. I was surprised to find there was no place to leave the little bundle. I mentioned it to a coworker, who said she found a stray dog after-hours and ended up keeping it in her backyard because the Humane Society wasn't open and could not take it.

We both wondered what had happened to the old system, but we shrugged it off. Yesterday, I got to thinking about it again. See, the Humane Society is part of the Indy Give! campaign. I wondered if, perhaps, the lack of kennels was a budget issue. I rang up Gretchen Pressley, the Humane Society spokesperson.

Pressley got back to me this morning. The kennels, she says, have been gone since about 2010. It wasn't a budget issue, she says. It was a safety issue. Some people were leaving extremely sick or injured animals in the kennels, which should have been taken to an emergency vet. Other times, people were putting cats and dogs in the same kennel. 

Removing those after-hours drop-off kennels was meant to keep animals safe, Pressley says, and it's a trend at shelters across the nation and considered a best practice. The Humane Society does accept animals every day of the year, generally from  8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Animal law enforcement works from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the winter, and calls after-hours are routed through the police (though animal enforcement officers still respond if there is truly an emergency).

In most cases, however, the Humane Society is asking citizens to keep stray animals until they can be dropped off during business hours. 

“We're just really asking the community in those cases to help us out and keep those animals safe," Pressley says.

She adds that the system seems to work pretty well.

“Most people are happy that they’re giving the best care to that animal,” she says.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Give to Give! on Colorado Gives Day

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 3:32 PM

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Look, I know how you feel.

I too have had to watch my back at the local Michaels to avoid being plowed over by shopping carts full of glittery bulbs, ribbon, and fabric poinsettia wreaths. I too have stared apathetically at shrink-wrapped turkeys and hams in overcrowded grocery stores. I too have looked at walls laden with every conceivable configuration of Legos and wondered, "Seriously, didn't these things used to come in a bucket?" 

We all get holiday burn out, and we all go broke this time of the year. So sometimes it's easy to forget to donate to your favorite charities. I've been there.

But here's the thing: this is supposed to be the season of giving. And I'm not talking about giving $80 Lego sets to the kids in your family. I'm talking about giving to people who are suffering, or giving to support your community. Not only is this easy (you can do it online), I can tell you that it's enjoyable. Knowing that you've just given a gift to a deserving cause gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling. 

And let's face it, we all have too much stuff anyway. So why not celebrate Colorado Gives Day today by donating to the Indy Give! campaign? The campaign aims to raise $1.8 million for 88 local nonprofits this holiday season. The Indy its partners pay all the costs of the campaign, so 100 percent of your gift goes to the nonprofits of your choice. Give! distinguishes the various nonprofits by assigning each to one of the following categories: animals; a hand up; home safe; inspired learning; see art, make art; big ideas; build community; veterans and their families; youth in action; get well; and great outdoors. Give! also vets the nonprofits that it supports so you don't have to. 

So seriously, folks, don't be grinches. If you can, give a little something back this holiday season, either through Give! or another nonprofit of your choosing. 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Give! campaigns raise over $6 million nationwide

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

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Our beloved Indy Give! campaign — which this year raised over $1.5 million for 75 local nonprofits — is not alone in its effort to gather dozens of organizations each year for a collective fundraising effort. When you factor in the work of our friends at Willamette Week, Monterey County Weeklyand INDY Week in North Carolina, the combined effort netted over $6 million for more than 300 nonprofits this year. 

Here’s some background on the campaigns from April Corbin's story on altweeklies.com:

As part of their Give! campaigns, the papers publish a “Give! Guide” and host an online platform where people can seamlessly donate to one or several of the vetted nonprofit organizations. Sometimes, companies match individual dollar amounts. Depending on the publication, there can also be events or prize incentives to encourage donations—ticket giveaways, ice cream parties, even a raffled-off car.

Raising a ton of money is great, but that’s not all these campaigns are about. The efforts target young donors, under the age of 35. Claire Swinford, former associate director of Indy Give!, is quoted by Corbin as saying,”They don’t necessarily connect giving donations with their compassion for issues. We see our role as seeding the culture of giving.”

In all, Willamette Week’s 2014 campaign raised $3.1 million for organizations in Portland, Monterey County Weekly clocked $1.3 million in California, and North Carolina dished out $151,000 to INDY Week’s second annual effort.

The local Indy’s annual Give! campaign, which was born in 2009, begins Nov.1 and runs through the end of the year. Details on nonprofit application submissions for the 2015 campaign will be announced soon.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Indy finally grows up ... sort of

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM


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When it comes to mortality rates, this is a very good time to be human, with more than 99 percent of people surviving long enough to celebrate their 21st birthdays.

The prognosis for print publications these days is a little less optimistic, which made last night’s celebration of the Indy’s coming of age all the more special.

The annual event honoring the year’s “Best of” winners was once again held at The Pinery, with all proceeds going to the Indy Give! fundraising initiative on behalf of local non-profits.

With 26 days left to go in the current campaign, more than a half million dollars has already been raised. You can join in by choosing from a variety of premium packages at indygive.com.

You can also view more than 500 paparazzi and portrait photos from last night’s 21st birthday gala at Cayton Photography's website.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

UPDATE: Barrel-aged, Randall infused

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Great Storm founder and brewer Jeff Jacobs invited us out last night for a preview of the barrel-aged beers he'll pour on Sunday, Nov. 23 — which are all detailed below. 

We started with the 2014 Barrel Roll Red, which is bochet-inspired, meant to highlight caramelized honey. But the bee sap's not the dominating flavor as in most braggots or meads. The Boardeaux barrel has clearly been at work, gifting faint tannic qualities and a finish flavor I could only relate to dried apricots. 

The 2013 version, also around 8 percent ABV, strikes a more plumb-rich stance with lingering essence of sherry. It also of course illustrates what a difference time means for aging beer. 

The Jack Daniel's-barrel-aged barleywine — my favorite sip of the evening and perfect for the frozen temps — hits hard at 12-percent ABV, acting very vanilla-forward with whiskey presence on the back end. 

Lastly, the 7 percent ABV loganberry (a  raspberry and blackberry hybrid) sour-smacks immediately of Sweet Tarts candy, with an effervescence and lingering fruitiness that somehow made me think of miracle fruit.  

All fun stuff and a solid effort for a barrel program still in its upstart phase. 

Four very distinct brews from the barrel await you. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Four very distinct brews from the barrel await you.

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In this past week's Side Dish, I note the impending expansion of Great Storm Brewing and their newly added barrel-aging program.

On Sunday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., the outfit will host a Private Barrel Tasting for $20, which includes four pours and appetizers, plus discussion with the brewers. Here's what's on tap:

· Niagara By Barrel, a loganberry sour aged in a Bordeaux barrel for seven months.
· Barrel Roll Red, an Imperial Red brewed with caramelized, locally produced, wildflower honey, aged in a Bordeaux barrel for five months.
· Exclusive tasting of the only remaining keg of 2013’s Barrel Roll Red. This will be the only opportunity to try the year-and-a-half-old 2013 and new 2014 vintages side by side!
· A special preview of our Christmas Thunderstroke Barleywine, aged in a Jack Daniels barrel. 
Preceding that, on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., Green Man Taproom will host Indy Give! participant Rocky Mountain Field Institute for the NovemberFRESH Craftbeer Fest. Entry, benefitting RMFI, is $5, and drink sales also go toward the organization. 

Nano 108, Smiling Toad, Lofty and Great Storm breweries will all be participating, using Randalls to infuse such flavors as vanilla, fruits and spices, plus added hops, into beers poured through the contraptions.  

A sampling you shall go at Great Storm Brewing or Green Man Taproom. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • A sampling you shall go at Great Storm Brewing or Green Man Taproom.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Yobel International and the big picture club

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

When I went to India earlier this year with Yobel International, I saw first-hand the impact that nonprofit has on impoverished communities. 

Regular exposure trips provide opportunities for anyone to get involved in a direct way, but of course they don't pay for themselves, and like all nonprofits, Yobel needs to fundraise to fulfill its mission. 

Hence this past weekend's Evening In Good Taste at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery, where Yobel co-owner Sarah Ray says roughly $11,000 was raised via a food and drink sampling, raffle and silent auction. 

No matter that you missed it, because you can still contribute to the cause via IndyGive! or directly at Yobel, through programs like their Big Picture Club, which equates monthly contributions to the cost of a night at the movies. 

Here's a brief look at the evening and some of the charitable faces. 

Sarah Ray details Yobel's goals for transforming communities abroad, particularly as it relates to business development and fighting human trafficking. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Sarah Ray details Yobel's goals for transforming communities abroad, particularly as it relates to business development and fighting human trafficking.

The Principal's Office served a fantastic ginger beer infused with cold-brewed coffee. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Principal's Office served a fantastic ginger beer infused with cold-brewed coffee.

Radiantly Raw's sign says it all. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Radiantly Raw's sign says it all.

Red Leg Brewing's Todd Baldwin (left) and Seeds Community Cafe's Lyn Harwell. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Red Leg Brewing's Todd Baldwin (left) and Seeds Community Cafe's Lyn Harwell.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vino, a fest, recognition and ... poop

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:24 AM

And now to the matter of upcoming food and drink events, two of which pertain to festivals and two of which pertain to sustainability: 

• This Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ranch Foods Direct will host Poopapalooza, the "4th annual great manure stimulus event." Urban gardeners are encourage to come grab some hormone- and antibiotic-free manure in exchange for a donation to Colorado Springs Utilities' Project COPE. A free pig roast will be held in conjunction. 
This year's winemaker's dinner for The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey will be held at the Warehouse in Colorado Springs (versus a typical Cañon City venue). - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • This year's winemaker's dinner for The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey will be held at the Warehouse in Colorado Springs (versus a typical Cañon City venue).

• Next Wednesday, Sept. 24, The Academy Hotel will host the 4th annual Fall Food Festival in partnership with the Mike Boyle Restaurant Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets to sample from more than 30 participating food entities are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. 

• The 13th annual Harvest Fest at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey will take place Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28. Catch live music, a local foods market, a winemaker's dinner (at the Warehouse Restaurant), a Saturday festival on the winery's grounds and special wine releases. 

• Lastly, a congrats to the Colorado Springs Food Rescue, who we mentioned in our recent Simplicity column. According to a press release issued by executive director Shane Lory, the group is tentatively set to be featured on NBC's Today show as part of its "Hope To It" series. Here's more from that release: 
An NBC spokesperson says the series profiles people and organizations that find creative ways to make a positive impact on their community. The CSFR segment is tentatively set to air October 7 in the 9 a.m. time slot, though this could change based on other news developments.

CSFR Executive Director Shane Lory said the nonprofit from day one has kept a careful tally of rescued foods, and as of mid-August that total was just over 25,900 pounds. They’ve since added even more, reaching 30,000 pounds. “With the help of generous food donors and our remarkable crew of volunteers, we are achieving the twin goals of cutting down on food waste and getting more food onto the tables of community agencies serving the hungry,” Lory said.

Among the key donors of food have been Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, Bon Apetit, Jimmy Johns, the Wild Goose Meeting House, La Baguette, Asian Pacific Market, Old School Bakery, and Hunt and Gather. CSFR continues to recruit additional food donors.

Lory said an initial story on CSFR in the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper in February caught the eye of the “Today” Show, whose staff contacted him about doing a segment on CSFR. The show’s production crew was in Colorado Springs August 28 and 29 for interviews and filming.

Food collection and drop-off locations that were filmed included Rastalls cafeteria at Colorado College, Ivywild School, Asian Pacific Market, Marian House Soup Kitchen, Urban Peak, Springs Rescue Mission, and Seeds Community Café. “They filmed meals being served, interviewed key personnel and volunteers,” Lory said, “and I was also able to talk about the basics of how we function and how other cities can get started with their own Food Rescue programs.”

Typical foods collected by CSFR include fresh produce, baked goods, prepared hot foods, and frozen foods. CSFR volunteers pick up these still edible foods which in the past would most often have been thrown out and immediately deliver them to area soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other agencies that are prepared to use them.

Lory pointed out CSFR fills a unique niche by rescuing foods with short shelf life and keeping them usable through its direct redistribution model. Adding to CSFR’s sustainability goals, volunteers transport foods via bicycle trailer whenever and wherever feasible.

Lory said the genesis for CSFR was a group of local college students seeking to help meet hunger needs in the community while also addressing the huge issue of food waste. He said research they conducted showed that one in every six people in the United States is considered at-risk nutritionally, while a joint USDA/EPA study found that 30% to 40% of the food supply in this country gets wasted. “We knew something isn’t right here,” he said, “and we decided to do something about it.” The local program is modeled on similar Food Rescue programs currently active in Colorado in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver.

An early Indiegogo campaign raised initial seed funding for CSFR to buy needed transport equipment and underwrite other set-up expenses. Additional monies have come through fundraising events, grants, and individual donations. CSFR will be one of 76 community charities participating in this year’s IndyGive! Campaign sponsored by the Independent newspaper and Pikes Peak Community Foundation. 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beer: The fundraiser of choice

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

New Belgium Brewing Co. just released stats on July 17's Clips Beer & Film Tour that brought 1,600 folks to America the Beautiful Park. 

They say $12,018 was raised, up 120-percent from 2013. That money goes to Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and UpaDowna, both Indy Give! participants as well. 

Your next chance to do good by drinking takes place this Saturday, also in A the B Park, at the 8th annual Springs Beer Fest. A hefty and quite respectable batch of more than 50 breweries has been assembled by hosting agencies Old Chicago and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Proceeds from this event will go toward Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, another Indy Give! beneficiary as well. Event organizers say more than $100,000 has been raised in the first seven years for area charities. 

The fest runs from noon to 4; find ticket info and everything else at the fest's website. 

Just some of the participating breweries at Springs Beer Fest this weekend.
  • Just some of the participating breweries at Springs Beer Fest this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Local food everywhere (as it should be)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I consider it a good week when my inbox contains multiple emails pertaining to local food — especially when the respective initiatives and events pertain to what could be major change for our (previously underserved) town.

Leading with the most ambitious of the batch, The Colorado Springs Public Market folks (an Indy Give! beneficiary) announced a new community forum, Public Circle, "to connect and engage our southern Colorado community in the business of true 'food shift' toward a local food economy ... provid[ing] a framework for community awareness and engagement, aligning producers, consumers and distributors to build the foundation for a robust food system where demand prefers the local, and supply can readily meet that demand."

Despite a stiff website design that features U.S. currency overlaid or posed with foodstuffs (such that you feel like you accidentally clicked on a financial page of some sort), the underlying vision is clear, and outlined at length on an initial, footnoted blog posting by area business leader and one-time congressional hopeful Dave Anderson

The group is seeking community partners (businesses), including inside of a Public Circle Forkholder Discount Card Program

An abundance of locally grown food can't come too early in the Springs' future. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • An abundance of locally grown food can't come too early in the Springs' future.
Next up, to this prior list of 2014 farmers markets we rounded up in April, add the Sunday Market Downtown in Acacia Park. It's being managed by the Ivywild School's Hunt or Gather, meaning the food offerings will primarily come from AVOG, but also some of your neighbors too, potentially. 

Hunt or Gather will sell goods from urban gardeners who follow AVOG's standards (shared by project consultant CFAM), meaning uncertified organic practices (non-GMO, pesticide, etc.), for a very fair 10-percent take of the sale. Interested backyard growers need to fill out this application. Those same local growers can also participate in a cool Saturday pop-up market from noon to 3 at Hunt or Gather's storefront inside the Ivywild School, which functions in the same manner sale-wise. 

All of these efforts are a step in the direction that City Councilor Jill Gaebler would have us go in the near future, as we reported back in March about her sustainability-minded call for a "food policy commission" after a move to allow goats in the city

In next week's Side Dish, I'll report on another very exciting and ambitious local food initiative that's about to take shape in partnership with (another Indy Give! beneficiary) Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Until then, one last related note to a local food business that's close to the heart of many area chefs: Black Forest's Naturescape Microgreens. Owner Dione Sears and her husband David recently put the business up for sale, as they plan to retire, while still remaining "involved in consulting, food security issues and plant science research focusing on urban growers."

Here's a description: 
Well established, profitable local indoor speciality Micro green growing business for sale. Fourteen years with solid Colorado customer base and successful business model. Growing sales yearly. Need to have your own building site and commitment to produce year round.
Says Sears: "Our hope is to be able to pass our success and knowledge forward within our community. For those who have limited knowledge of these growing techniques we intend to offer training to ensure owner(s) success. I have helped develop, train and consult other Micro green businesses that are successful," such as Bloom Microgreens, who "had limited growing experience [but is] in the process of moving into a 9000 sq. foot greenhouse in Los Osos CA."



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Supporting Springs Rescue Mission's culinary training program

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Thursday night, I attended the final installment of the inaugural Springs Rescue Mission Pikes Peak Culinary Series, held at First Presbyterian Church.

It was the fourth meal in the monthly series that began March 20 at the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, followed by April 17 at The Broadmoor and May 22 at The Club at Flying Horse. Generous donors paid $1,000 per person to attend all four functions; the funds go towards SRM's mission. 

Here's more information on the meal in this event flier from the evening:  PPCS-evening4.pdf
According to the agency (an Indy Give! beneficiary annually since 2011), SRM will serve 130,000 meals this year, not including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals, with peak months being October through April, when the shelter is open.

Due to this year's success, look for a follow-up series in 2015 on: February 12, March 12, April 9 and May 14.

My comped invite came courtesy of chef Tyler Peoples, formerly of the Briarhurst and 2 South Wine Bar, as well as The Warehouse, which he recently departed to take a position with the faith-based nonprofit. 

Peoples, along with a professional army of gentlemen (in recovery) that are currently in SRM's training program — somewhat of a social enterprise, in-line creativity and culinary wise with AspenPointe's program — put out an amazing meal, also spearheaded by SRM chefs Jeff Cook, (head chef) Bill McLaughlin and Mike Longo (formerly of Nana Longo's Italian Market).

I have a feeling that we'll likely be taking further looks into SRM's valuable social programming down the road in the Indy, but for now, here's a glimpse of the talent on display last night and creative capability of this strong chef crew and its students. 

From left to right: chefs Tyler Peoples, Bill McLaughlin, Mike Longo and Jeff Cook. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • From left to right: chefs Tyler Peoples, Bill McLaughlin, Mike Longo and Jeff Cook.

A sugar sculpture made by one of the resident culinary students. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • A sugar sculpture made by one of the resident culinary students.
Springs Rescue Mission CEO Larry Yonker, presenting on the organization's culinary training program. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Springs Rescue Mission CEO Larry Yonker, presenting on the organization's culinary training program.
The stuffed artichoke with salmon, crab, roe mousseline and micro greens. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The stuffed artichoke with salmon, crab, roe mousseline and micro greens.
Port wine poached Bosc pear salad with arugula, pear vinaigrette, candied walnuts and gorgonzola. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Port wine poached Bosc pear salad with arugula, pear vinaigrette, candied walnuts and gorgonzola.
Rogue River blackberry sorbet from the Colorado Creamery. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Rogue River blackberry sorbet from the Colorado Creamery.
Colorado lamb chops, New Mexico red chile cream, shittake mushrooms, asparagus, garlic and 10-year-aged cheddar mashed potatoes. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Colorado lamb chops, New Mexico red chile cream, shittake mushrooms, asparagus, garlic and 10-year-aged cheddar mashed potatoes.
The caramel macchiato cheescake coffee tuile with spun sugar and cardamom cream. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The caramel macchiato cheescake coffee tuile with spun sugar and cardamom cream.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Her Story Café launches the Makepeace Grinder

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

A quick note of congrats to the Indy's Give! executive director Mary Lou Makepeace

Continuing an illustrious career that of course included her time as Colorado Springs' mayor from '97 to '03, Makepeace has now been honored with a fun tribute sandwich at Her Story Café

Her Story's owner and former high school history teacher Liz Rosenbaum, for those unfamiliar, names all her creations after distinguished women, from Jane Goodall to Marie Curie. 

Now, she's made a local nod to greatness with the Makepeace Grinder

Its ingredients can be read below; go check it out when you can. 

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Dec. 31 is your last day to Give!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

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Now in its fifth year, Give! continues to raise money for local nonprofits — for one more day. Tomorrow is the last day to join some 8,000 other unique donors  (and reward-package receivers) to help push the total over $1 million. As of this writing, donations sit at $624,825 with some $322,000 in matching grants waiting in the wings.

"More Colorado Springs residents are giving back to their community through Give! than ever before," says associate director Claire Swinford. "Since 2009, we've given $2.3 million to local nonprofit projects, and we're primed to make it $3.3 million by tomorrow night."

Those who donate to five or more different causes are also automatically entered to win 2014 Subaru Crosstrek, so get out and git yer giving on.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Scenes from Rock the Give!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Last night, as part of ongoing Indy Give! fundraising efforts, CityRock hosted five of this year's featured nonprofits for the second annual Rock the Give! event. 

Those five were: Kids on Bikes, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, the Trails and Open Space Coalition, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and the Millibo Art Theatre

New Belgium Brewing Co. provided some brews and Distillery 291 the requisite whiskey for a real party. Ben Pratt handled the live music, powered by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation's Mobile Music Project

Follow the Indy Give! Facebook page to track upcoming Give!-related events throughout December. 

For now, here's a little look at last night's fun:

It's always nice to see a bustle of activity around a fundraising site, particularly one as cool as CityRock in which to hang out. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • It's always nice to see a bustle of activity around a fundraising site, particularly one as cool as CityRock in which to hang out.

New Belgium's excellent White IPA leading the donation rally. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • New Belgium's excellent White IPA leading the donation rally.

The always fun Mobile Music Project, generating some clean energy via happy hipster sweat. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The always fun Mobile Music Project, generating some clean energy via happy hipster sweat.
The Millibo Art Theatre performers getting all stabby on the evening. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Millibo Art Theatre performers getting all stabby on the evening.
The faces of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, responsible for much of the Waldo Canyon Fire recovery efforts in the burn area. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The faces of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, responsible for much of the Waldo Canyon Fire recovery efforts in the burn area.
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates sign up another supporter. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates sign up another supporter.
New Belgium Pikes Peak Beer Ranger Travis Flett (left) with Focus on the Beer contributor (and Colorado Springs Business Journal graphic designer) Ryan Hannigan. Both pensive and profound. (Yeah, I posed 'em.) - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • New Belgium Pikes Peak Beer Ranger Travis Flett (left) with Focus on the Beer contributor (and Colorado Springs Business Journal graphic designer) Ryan Hannigan. Both pensive and profound. (Yeah, I posed 'em.)

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Give! Black Lager debuts at Bristol Brewing Co.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Last night, Bristol Brewing Company released the Give! Black Lager that we highlighted in last week's Side Dish

You may have even heard about it another local paper "that shall remain nameless" in the spirit of that same paper's ... um, discretion. 

Anyway, a good crowd came out to help launch the fundraising for area nonprofits — $2 for each pint sold to the drinker's nonprofit of choice — and folks I overheard discussing the beer were quite pleased by it.

Go grab a pint at Bristol or at area Old Chicago outlets. Meanwhile, here's some pics from the beer release party:

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beer: Give back with Give! Black

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Bristol Brewing Company founder Mike Bristol has always wanted to brew a Schwarzbier, and he finally found the right reason: our Indy Give! campaign. 

Check out my Side Dish column in tomorrow's paper for full details on the exciting new Give! Black Lager

Beginning Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, it'll be available only in Bristol’s Ivywild School taproom as well as all four area Old Chicago locations. Proceeds will benefit our 59 featured nonprofits this year. For each beer you buy, you'll get a vote as to who you want your money to benefit. 

I'll explain everything tomorrow — including all the nerdy details on the malts, hops and yeast used to achieve the traditional German brew — but for now, enjoy a sneak peek at the cool label for which you'll be searching next week. 
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