Monday, June 24, 2013

Baristas, goats, horses and the Fluffy Kitty Meow Meow

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Here's a brief heads-up on four worthy upcoming food-and-drink events:

• At 7 p.m., this Thursday, June 27, R&R Coffee Café will host an Evacuee Barista Jam Latte Art Throwdown. A suggested $5 donation to witness the creamy creativity will benefit the Black Forest Fire Recover Fund. Here's a flier with info: Latte_art_poster.pdf

R&R Coffee
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Area coffee baristas will compete in a friendly manner on Thursday at R&R Coffee Cafe for a Black Forest Fire recovery fundraiser.

• Then on Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will host its fourth annual Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses fundraiser.

If you happen to be a firefighter, first responder, police officer, EMT or animal rescuer, you can attend the event free of charge, as a show of appreciation.

For the rest of us, here's what you need to know, from the FAC's blog:

Four breweries, including the Colorado craft brew icon Oskar Blues Brewery, and four distilleries, featuring national award-winner Leopold Brothers, will pour samples of their delectable spirits during Whiskey IV. Musical entertainment is provided by the incomparable Black Forest Band, The J. Miller Band, playing the finest in Americana and country. Once again, the Buffalo Gals will be serving up New West barbeque for purchase.
A significant increase in both hooting and hollering is anticipated from the previous three editions. Also included with your ticket is free admission to view the FAC galleries. Since the inception of the event in 2010, patrons who wear a "big-ass" belt buckle will get a $5 discount. Tickets are $25 ($20 for FAC members), available online or at the door.

• Saturday, June 29, brings a five-course Great Divide Brewing Co. dinner at 5 p.m. at Brewer's Republic.

Seats are $35, and here's a look at the menu courtesy Focus on the Beer:

First course:
Great Divide Nomad Pilsner with Cream, Tequila, and Cactus soup with hominy and cilantro, and finished with jullienned radish topper.

Second course:
Great Divide Rumble with Deep fried Avocado in a cumin beer batter served with a cilantro sour cream dipping sauce.

Third course:
Great Divide Fluffy Kitty Meow Meow IPA with Orange and Jicama salad- fresh oranges with Jicama in a ground chile, tossed in vinaigrette and finished with fresh scallions.

Fourth course:
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale with Sliced Skirt Steak marinated in a roasted tomato and garlic sauce, grilled to perfection with a roasted pepper and red onion tapenade drizzled in a chipotle cream sauce served with a roasted garlic and poblano pepper mashed potato

Fifth course:
Great Divide Oatmeal Raisin Yeti with Chile infused dark chocolate bark with bacon, marshmallows and salted peanuts.

• Lastly, jump to Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m. for a special "family-style goat feast" at Black Forest's Joyful Noise Farm with Full Circle Cuisine.

Prior to the meal, at 6 p.m., farm owners Craig and Kellie McHugh will discuss their goats, including information on the milks and cheeses the farm produces.

Seats are $65, and here's a look at that menu:

Goat Charcuterie with pickled farm vegetables

Smoke roasted whole goat Cabrito style
Fresh tortillas & salsas

Birria ~ Slow braised Mexican goat stew

Goat milk ice cream with goat milk cajeta

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