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Side Dish: Care and Share gets greener 

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With its LEED-silver-certified building at 2605 Preamble Point, as well as its orchard, compost program, and community crop and permaculture gardens, it's not like Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado (careandshare.org) hasn't already reached beyond its mission to feed those in need, to also feed them in as eco-friendly a manner as possible.

The green goodness continues from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 22, with the dedication of a new, 14-by-32-foot passive solar greenhouse at the facility. Constructed by local health and sustainability advocates (and good friends of mine) Bryan and Lois Pratt, the earthship-like structure, according to chief programs officer Melissa Marts, cost $25,000 and was funded by the last of a $100,000 grant given last year by the Colorado Garden & Home Show. Care and Share has also used that money to assist Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (PPUG) with its programming locally as well as to fund farm-to-table initiatives in Salida with a 14-acre community garden.

Food grown in this new greenhouse, bundled with nutrition and recipe information, will be distributed inside El Paso County by select partner agencies. Marts says that Care and Share isn't necessarily "on the leading edge" of green growing initiatives by food banks in the nation, but nonetheless, "it's pretty unique for a food bank to do this."

Cabbage to kimchi

After a year of searching for the right location after closing at 230½ Pueblo Ave. (what's now Lucia's Family Restaurant), the Kim family has finally located a suitable new spot for Café Banzai: the recently vacated Lettuce Head Restaurant storefront at 2917 Galley Road.

The Korean/Japanese eatery will re-open sometime in coming months, but chef Kwi Kim's daughter Christina isn't comfortable mentioning any dates due to some remodeling that's needed. She will say that the family is excited to open with more kitchen and dining space than they had before.

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• After roughly five years in business, Bistro de Pinto has closed its doors at 26 E. Kiowa St.

Opb&j (3 E. Bijou St., opbandj.com) has expanded its Friday and Saturday hours for summer; it's now open for dinner until 7:30 p.m.

• In honor of Earth Day, anyone arriving at Bingo Burger (101 Central Plaza, Pueblo, bingoburger.com) by foot, bicycle or "any means not requiring fossil fuel" will earn a 20 percent discount on their meal through Saturday, April 23.

  • Also: Café Banzai reopens, Bistro de Pinto closes and more.

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