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Saunders joins GOGG

Just read Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential if you doubt the value of a good baker. (The bits about "Adam Real-Last-Name-Unknown" are classic.) Locally, Shawn Saunders, head of the currently defunct Shawn's Bakery, is about as close as we get to a quirky bread character. His artisan creations have graced many of our best restaurants, and he certainly knows how to throw down with some flour and yeast. (I'll never write that sentence again.)

After a brief time away from the culinary scene due to a legal entanglement, Saunders is back and now employed at Garden of the Gods Gourmet (2528 W. Cucharras St., godsgourmet.net). You can find an array of his plain, savory and sweet breads baked fresh daily in GOGG's market; a newsletter says they're out of the oven by 10 a.m. Also look for some of his desserts.

Or you can find Saunders, as I did this past Saturday morning, working GOGG's stand at the Colorado Farm & Art Market at the Margarita at PineCreek. He also represents his craft Friday mornings at the Woodland Park Farmers Market, behind Starbucks on the north side of U.S. Highway 24.

A Wholly local event

Stop by the Whole Foods Market (7635 N. Academy Blvd., 531-9999) Farmers & Food Artisans Road Tour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Saturday to partake in a variety of local-food-centric activities, not to mention a free concert by Big Bill Morganfield (who's profiled here). Farmers and vendors will be on hand, keeping 100 percent of their proceeds; barbecue sales will benefit KRCC-FM.

But foodies might be most interested in witnessing the chefs battle that begins at noon. Competitors are Bill Sherman from Amuzé at the FAC; Chris Miller and Jason Miller from Whole Foods; Beau Green and crew from Wildthings Catering at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; and Francis Schott and crew, representing Extraordinary Ingredients.

Left Hand lovin'

You've got to appreciate the rare beer dinner in a world overrun by wine dinners and wine tastings.

At 6:30 on Monday, Aug. 2, A Second Cup (13860 Gleneagle Drive, asecondcup.net) and chef Christopher Willard will feature five courses paired with five Left Hand Brewing Co. ales out of Longmont. Representatives from the brewery will present and discuss the Oktoberfest, Chainsaw Ale, St. Vrain Tripel, Twin Sisters Double IPA and Milk Stout — all off tap. A limited number of seats are $39.99 plus tax/tip.

  • New start for local baker, a "wholly" local food fair and a beer dinner.

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