Side Dish 

Culinary crumbs and gastronomic gossip

Art, coffee ... now liquor?
Guillermo Alvarado, owner of Cucuru Gallery Caf (2332 W. Colorado Ave.), says guests at his recent Saturday night steak dinners tell him they feel they've been transported to another country on his patio. The $25 (not including tax/tip), South American-themed evenings present Ranch Foods Direct steaks in a variety of styles Argentine, Costa Rican, Brazilian, Cuban paired with local farmers' market vegetables and sangria.

Alvarado obtained a liquor license in early September, and plans to expand into full liquor service soon. The dinners take place most weeks alongside live music at 7. Call 520-9900 for reservations and dates.

Cheap Monday hangover
Jos Muldoon's (222 N. Tejon St.) has announced $2 pints of Dos Equis, Bud Light, Coors Light and Tecate cans during NFL games, which it'll show on six 42-inch HD TVs. Visit josemuldoons.com for more.

Vino events galore
The Craftwood Inn (404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs), Sergio Carlei Wine Makers Dinner: five wine-paired courses, 6 p.m., Sept. 22, $60 plus tax/tip. Call 685-9000.

The Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St.) wine and cheese tasting: five diverse wines, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 26, $20, tax/tip included. Call 632-1086.

Cañon City Harvest Fest fifth annual Winemakers Dinner (Shadow Hills Golf Club, 1232 Fremont County Road 143, Cañon City): seven Holy Cross Abbey-paired courses, 6 p.m., Sept. 28 (reserve by Sept. 24), $125, tax/tip included. Call 719/276-5191.

Gertrude's Restaurant (2625 W. Colorado Ave.), Across the Andes: Wines from Argentina and Chile: four courses, eight wines; 6 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 24, $49 includes tax/tip. Call 471-0887.

Speaking of Gertrude's...
The restaurant's executive chef and owner of 11 years, Robert Wooldridge, will sell this week to former The Famous partner Tom Lazaron. Wooldridge says he's taking a break from the business to enter Web site building and interior decorating locally.

"It's like having a child," he says. "I want to leave the restaurant in good hands."

Assures Lazaron, a 30-year restauranteur inheriting a veteran staff: "The only change is a different face."

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