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Another gourmet pizza offering: By spring or summer 2009, Colorado Springs should see its first zpizza franchise. The Southern California-based chain (zpizza.com), boasts of being "health conscious" with organic tomato sauce and soy cheese and "adventurous" with pies like the Thai, consisting of peanut sauce, mozzarella, spicy chicken, cilantro, carrots, red onions, Serrano chiles and bean sprouts.

If the motto, "Serious Food ... Silly Prices" does anything for you, then you'll be glad to know about the opening of Sunflower Farmers Market (a Southwest grocery chain) at 1730 Dublin Blvd., slated for summer 2009. Sunflower, a six-year-old company, is a full-service, farmers market-style grocery store that sells a mix of conventional, natural and organic products not unlike Whole Foods at supposedly "the lowest possible prices." Marketing rep Kaitlin Najewicz says the idea "is that you walk in and feel like you're at a local farmers market." Whether that means friendly, overall-clad cashiers, we'll have to wait and see. Visit sfmarkets.com for more.

Arrivederci and hasta luego

A true loss to the diversity of our local scene: Cubanacan (208 N. Union Blvd.), which served up delicious, authentic Cuban eats, has "closed indefinitely," according to a note on its Web site.

Tuscan Sun (2501 W. Colorado Ave.), which earned largely positive remarks from the Indy, also recently closed. A sign in the window points to the upcoming opening of A Taste of New Orleans.

Wine, wine everywhere

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey 2008 Winemaker's Dinner and seventh annual Harvest Fest: $125 for the seven-course dinner, Friday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Shadow Hills Golf Club (1232 Country Road 123, Cañon City). Free admission to the festival Sept. 27-28 at the Abbey (3011 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City); 719/276-5191.

16th annual Jewels of the Vine Wine Tasting, Saturday, Sept. 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.), $75 benefitting the Arthritis Foundation, features over 200 wines, appetizers, music; 520-5711.

Paws with a Cause Wine Dinner, Sunday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m., McCabe's Tavern (520 S. Tejon St.), $49, benefiting those with disabilities in need of service dogs; 633-3300.

Yalumba Wine Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30-10 p.m., Craftwood Inn (404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs), $70, seven courses benefitting Care and Share; 685-9000.

Bring on the gumbo (and more)

Oscar's (333 S. Tejon St.) owner Phil Duhon has launched new lunch and dinner menus, with items such as crawfish bisque and touffe, seafood gumbo and avocado shrimp salad alongside remaining popular items like oysters, po' boys and burgers.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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