Best Of 2011: Caterer
Breaking Picnic Basket's stranglehold on this category, your favorite local 3G service provider (get it?) continues to expand its programming far beyond catering. Monthly community dinners give back to nonprofits; cooking classes spice up your routine; a "Dinner with our Chef in the Kitchen" series brings you into the fold; a remote tasting room for Two Rivers Winery and a market stock your shelves; and a deli offers delicious dine-in options. But the big news that co-owner Sandy Vanderstoep is excited to share: the opening of The Carter Payne, a historic events center located in an old church at 320 N. Weber St. It's available for booking as of late October, catering to parties up to 300. — Matthew Schniper
Insider Guide 2010
One block off the main Old Colorado City drag, Garden of the Gods Gourmet's market is stocked with house-blended seasonings, Colorado-made packaged foods, fresh-baked breads and desserts, and take-and-bake meals.
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for pre-theater dining, Café 36 just returned to the oversight of Garden of the Gods Gourmet. Look for dressy salads, gourmet sandwiches and entrées like a citrus-glazed mahi mahi. Still, nothing beats the view.