Friday, December 29, 2017

McCabe's to close, become Streetcar 520

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Make your last visits to McCabe’s Tavern, because come late January, it’s going away for good. Owner Ari Howard will be closing the spot as part of a major renovation on part of the 500s block of South Tejon Street. She's going to reopen it as Streetcar 520 early in 2018. Look for more details in the January 3rd edition of the Independent.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wobbly Olive releases new menu from executive chef Supansa Banker

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 2:38 PM

We're a few months out from Wobbly Olive West still — co-owner Sean Fitzgerald estimates mid-February at this point — but corporate executive chef Supansa Banker has released her first menu at the 4.5-year-old original Wobbly Olive. Indy editor Matt Schniper and I were invited to join other local media heads for a preview of some of the menu's standout items December 11.

Short version, everything's damn good. Long version, Banker has put on display a wide array of culinary chops, building a menu that should appeal to a wide range of diners. Check out our photos and tasting notes in the slideshow below — the menu's available as of December 12.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Brother Luck competes in Top Chef season 15, premiering tonight

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Brother Luck is back on TV. Earlier this year, Chef Luck competed in the 15th season of Bravo's cooking competition show Top Chef, set in Colorado. At this point, we're starting to lose count of his television appearances. He's gone on a Sysco-sponsored mini-episode of Food Network's Chopped, beaten Bobby Flay on his Food Network competitive cooking show, then competed on Chopped proper.

"I’m a mixture of emotions right now," says Luck via Facebook when asked how he feels. "I can’t wait to see how it all looks on television. My biggest emotion is a sense of pride because this was a goal I set for myself and can now say I’m a part of the Top Chef family!!!"

Top Chef Season 15 premieres tonight at 8 p.m. Mountain time on Bravo.
Chef Brother Luck's new cooking competition series, 86'd, will pit less-well-known local chefs against one another, testing their creativity and their grasp of the fundamentals. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • Chef Brother Luck's new cooking competition series, 86'd, will pit less-well-known local chefs against one another, testing their creativity and their grasp of the fundamentals.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

UPDATE: Old School Bakery at Ivywild ceasing baking operations

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Old School Bakery, Southgate/South Downtown
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Blue Star Group owner Joseph Coleman reached out to provide additional information. Old School Bakery will cease baking operations at the Ivywild School, but as a business and brand, it will not be closing. He calls it a “pivot” in operations, which will allow the Blue Star Group to focus on improving quality for the heavily taxed kitchen, as well as add pizza to the menu.

"We're committed to better bread in Colorado Springs," he says, "and supporting young businesses. ... We're committed to great pastries — I think it's gonna be great next week, I'm not worried about quality, I'm excited about the future of what we're working on, and to expand Ivywild's kitchen selections."

He’s still hammering out details for his bread and pastry partners, but he was able to provide some details. For bread, he’s finalizing a partnership with Joshua Aldarondo, who he calls a "fantastic baker." A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Aldarondo's formerly of the Ritz-Carlton of Naples, Florida, according to his LinkedIn page, and in addition to acting as executive baker for the Broadmoor, he owns Delicias Bakery. As for where OSB would be getting its pastries, Coleman did not provide a name, but says he's looking toward a similar partnership of some sort with another baker.

Long-term, Coleman confirms that the Principal’s Office and the Ivywild School’s kitchen will both be remodeled and expanded, though he did not say what would happen to the Old School Bakery retail counter.

As for longer-term plans for the Blue Star Group as a whole, we have a meeting set with Coleman next week to discuss details and will report back soon.

———ORIGINAL POST 2:32 P.M. FRIDAY, DEC. 1, 2017 ———

The Old School Bakery, house bakery for the Ivywild School and part of the Blue Star Group, is closing after the end of its business day on Sunday, an employee confirmed Friday, Dec. 1. From Monday on, baked goods for the Ivywild School will be sourced through two separate bakeries outside of the building, though our source was unable to provide names.

Back to the School, we're told the bakery counter will remain open for now, though an extensive remodel has been planned. The kitchen, which serves the Principal's Office, the Bristol Pub and the Axe & the Oak Whiskey House, will remain open.

This closure is the third that the BSG has seen this year, after Nosh closed suddenly in May, followed by The Blue Star in October. Needless to say, a minimal-notice closure doesn't look great for BSG, but it's difficult to make any real judgement without more information.

We have reached out to Blue Star Group owner Joseph Coleman for comment but have not yet received a response. We'll update when we hear more.
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