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Supply droppeth, prices riseth
Just four months ago, Ken Kennard, owner of Olde World Bagels & Deli (1670 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. and 6628-A Delmonico Drive) was paying $11.50 for a 50-pound bag of flour. Today, he's paying $23.75.

While using more than 50 bags weekly, he's seen costs go up significantly. Soon, he'll be forced to raise the price of a bagel from 85 cents to 99 cents, and toppings by roughly 15 to 20 cents.

It's a chilling example of how global wheat supplies (at a 60-year-low domestically) are affecting businesses.

"This affects [bakers, restaurants, grocery stores]," Kennard says. "There's going to be a ceiling for what someone is willing to pay for a bagel. I've got to make my margin, but I can't go too far."

Kennard believes that beyond the weak harvest, a strong exports market and the trend of more farmers moving to corn rather than wheat also factor into the rising cost. Call 527-9651 to say, "I feel ya, brother."

Welcome to the neighborhood
Bravino's Trattoria & Pizzeria (3536 N. Academy Blvd.), a new locally owned, family-run operation, recently opened. Co-owner Ralph Nelsen says the venture is fulfilling the childhood dreams of his wife Mary Jane ("the real owner"), whose father ran a business of the same name many years ago in Chandler, Ariz.

The Nelsens are using some of those original pizza recipes alongside new pasta and meat entres (seafood soon), featuring homemade breads and locally baked desserts.

Ralph, New York-born and in the biz for 37 years, says traditional Italian trattorias typically didn't have menus; instead, they were based around constant change and lively seasonal fare. Via regular specials, he aims to carry on the tradition (wisely, with a printed menu). Call 596-6223 for more.

Take note
Sabores del Peru, previously located at 511 N. 30th St., recently closed its doors.

The Melting Pot (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.) will host a March wine tasting at 6 p.m., March 18, which includes cheese, entre and dessert courses paired with six wines. The cost is $49, which includes tax and gratuity. Call 385-0300 for more.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City) is hosting free barrel and reserve wine tastings the last three Thursdays in March, each featuring a different wine release and appetizers prepared by area gourmet chefs. Call 719/276-5191 for more.

Send what you know about new menus, upcoming events and food-related news to scene@csindy.com.

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