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Friday, August 12, 2016

Special dinners abound — be at one

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM

The upcoming weeks are crammed with cool food and drink events, many with timely RSVPs. Here's a bullet point list so you can't say we didn't tell you: 

Venetucci Farm will hold two upcoming Starlight Dinners, on Monday, Aug. 15, and Monday, Sept. 19, the first featuring chef James Africano from The Warehouse and the second hosting chef Jay Gust from TAPAteria/Pizzeria Rustica. There's already a waitlist on the second meal, but you can still buy tickets for the first here. All the info is on this flyer: 
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• The Margarita at PineCreek's annual Clam Jam takes place Sunday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The house chefs will present nine different regional seafood dishes alongside live music and much more. Entry costs $60. Call 598-8667 for resos. 

Lee Spirits will release a new, very limited barrel-aged gin in Brooklyn's on Boulder at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25. Axe and the Oak barrels were used to make the product, which will cost $45 per bottle. The spirit makers describe it as "a creamy and citrusy spirit with a touch of vanilla smoke."

The Broadmoor will hold a special Maker's Mark Weekend from Aug. 26 to 28, hosting chairman emeritus Bill Samuels, Jr. from the legacy whiskey company. The whole affair includes a meet-and-greet reception, tastings and presentations with Samuels, and a whiskey dinner in La Taverne. Visit the above link for full details. 

• On Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m., the El Pueblo History Museum will host a four-course farm-to-table dinner with chef Ernie Duncan, with proceeds benefiting the museum's educational programming. From a release: "The evening will pay homage to the history of agriculture in Pueblo and support Colorado farms including Pueblo County farm and Larga Vista Ranch. Complementing each course, Shannon Speaks from Synergy Fine Wines has perfectly paired each meal with a glass of wine." Get more info and tickets, $65 non-members, here

• Also on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m., The Coffee Exchange will host a Cuban Night of dinner and dancing, $22 per person or $40 for a couple. Here's a look at the menu: 
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• From 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, Colorado Springs Food Rescue will hold its Harvest Celebration at Venetucci Farm, featuring live music, plus food and drink samples from CSFR's community partners. RSVP required and the event is free, though organizers will ask for a meaningful donation to become a part of their Friends of Colorado Springs Food Rescue campaign.
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• An early heads up on this one: Pizzeria Rustica will host CEO Edward Mottini Jacorossi and manager Alessandra Santinelli from Fattoria della Talosa in Montepulciano, Italy, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, for a five-course dinner. George Spencer from Il Castagno will present the wines. Tickets, $59, will benefit the Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz. Make reservations with Coaltrain at 475-9700. 

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