Side dish: A rudimentary approach 

Elemental eating

"A rudiment means the basic principles of an element, so that's what we do — the basics. Not real fancy, nothing you haven't seen before, just doing things well."

That's Mark Wickline of Rudiments Café (5863 Palmer Park Blvd., rudimentscafe.com), describing the vision he and business partner Brian Davis have for their six-week-old "sandwich shop that also serves breakfast." "We're getting back to fresh food, made from scratch at a good price," says Wickline, a 24-year-old Minnesota transplant whose eight years of culinary experience include Flatiron's American Bar and Grill, and Coquette Bistro and Bakery. (Davis attended Paragon Culinary School for a stint.)

Besides a few savory and a couple sweet crêpes, Rudiments offers omelets and sandwich options. Its Greek Love wrap exemplifies the style: spinach, feta, chicken, mushrooms, olives and bell peppers with sour cream tzatziki. Another friend bakes house desserts such as "an awesome cheesecake," and the menu tops out at $6.95. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays.

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If you can dream it up, Christine Yocum can put it on a cookie — by paintbrush and edible paint, or by fancy printer that renders photo-quality transfers onto edible frosting sheets. The popularity of this process is partly what's driven Yocum's business, Art & Style Baking (artandstylebaking.com), to expand to a new location at 3605 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #15. Previously, she'd shared space at Sweet Celebrations (818 Village Center Drive) with other sugary businesses.

Yocum says her cookies aren't just about the art: "They actually taste good on top of that," with flavors like cran-blueberry, and French sable (a buttery sugar cookie). Her small staff doesn't use stencils and truly paints each item: If it's 300 ladies' purse-shaped cookies you order, every one will be reproduced by hand from the original design, she says.

"Corporate people love it because it makes them so memorable," she says. "This isn't just a business card. Not only do people say 'Wow, that's cool' when they receive the cookies, but they take them back to the office and share them."

Art & Style is open by appointment but doesn't maintain a retail front.

Finally frogurt

This time it's real: Buttercup's Frozen Yogurt (27 S. Tejon St., buttercupsfroyo.com), first described here June 2, will open Tuesday, Nov. 1, after a series of construction-related delays. Expect natural frozen yogurts from Boulder-based Yoki Bliss, non-frozen yogurts from Noosa Yoghurt, and Colorado Coffee Merchants coffees. Enjoy them in a "media center" with TVs, music players and games — "a place to hang out," in co-owner Alexis Spiranac's words.


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