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Curbside campaign

On Monday, Curbside Cuisine (225 N. Nevada Ave., curbsidecuisinecs.com) kicked off a 30-day Indiegogo campaign to raise $5,400 to renovate the property's garage (tinyurl.com/curbsidecampaign). According to Amy Van Wuffen, on-site manager and co-owner of the Heavenly Dessert Truck, plans include indoor seating for 30 to 40 people and space for live music and local art displays.

As for the food service: "Everything will be served out of the trucks, just the way it is," Van Wuffen says.

However, she adds that if the campaign surpasses its goal, the nonprofit will use the extra funds to upgrade the site's outdoor area as well, possibly with cloth canopies strung with lights, picnic tables with umbrellas, new furniture and "maybe even a gas fire pit."

Van Wuffen anticipates the indoor project coming to fruition in March or April — perfect timing, she notes, for our annual spring snowstorms.

It's still good ...

Colorado Springs Food Rescue was started last fall by Colorado College sophomore Shane Lory and fellow students, with support from Boulder Food Rescue. Today, Lory is the executive director of the all-volunteer nonprofit, which works with local food distributors to donate their extra food to groups in need, such as the Marian House Soup Kitchen and Springs Rescue Mission.

"Recent estimates from the [Environmental Protection Agency] have suggested that anywhere around 40 percent of the food produced in this country is being thrown away before it's eaten," Lory explains. "And this is mostly food that's still edible. ... We convince grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, any sort of food distributor to give us the food that they're planning on throwing away, not because it's inedible, but because it's unsellable."

Lory notes that when you walk into a grocery store's produce section, "Everything you see that is there is immaculate, pristine, you know, no bruises, nothing like that. A large percentage within that 40 percent is being thrown away [ahead of time] because of appearances. Not because of its edibility at all."

In the four months CSFR has been running, Lory says, it's saved about 3,000 pounds of food, a number the group hopes to triple this year. To that end, it's hosting a fundraiser at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at the Manitou Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). For details, see Seven Days to Live on p. 20.

Holding the tacos

La'au's Taco Shop (830 N. Tejon St., #110, laaustacoshop.com) is under construction, with both interior and patio remodeling in the works. Look for a re-opening this summer.

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