Side Dish 

Culinary crumbs and gastronomic gossip

Re-Fuse the trend
At least for now, it appears that a creative, gourmet, independent restaurant is indeed unfeasible east of Academy Boulevard. (Know of one? Please write in.) In the words of Fuse New American Cuisine owner Julia Lane, "Our small, family-run bistro has struggled to make a name for itself among the many large chain restaurants along Powers Boulevard."

The struggle ended Sept. 29 when, after 10 months in business, Fuse closed its doors. The Lanes previously had run Hola Southwest Bistro on the site for two years.

Ranch expansion
Every couple months, word of mouth brings news of another place that has chosen to replace its commercial meats with Ranch Foods Direct hormone- and antibiotic-free products. We thought it would be pertinent to run an updated list of local establishments, only to realize that at 30-plus just near Colorado Springs, the list would overwhelm this space.

Instead, if you're curious, visit ranchfoodsdirect.com for a complete listing, which includes drive-ins, restaurants, diners and taverns, take-and-bakes and even bowling alleys.

This one's for the ladies
The Melting Pot (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.) continues its Ladies Night Out series from 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 15 and Nov. 13. Alongside a three-course dinner consisting of cheese and chocolate fondue, as well as an entre assortment of meats and seafood, the Pot will have psychics and vendors on hand with jewelry, crafts, skin-care items and more for sale. The cost is $26, not including tax and tip. Call 385-0300 for more.

Searching for Bobby Flay
Kurt Boucher, former executive chef at the highly regarded Aspen Valley restaurant Pine Creek Cookhouse, is launching a new venture in Salida called The Butcher's Table (122 N. F St.). The opening is projected to be in mid-to-late October, on the heels of a 7 p.m., Oct. 7 appearance in which Boucher will face off with Iron Chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network's fourth season of Iron Chef America.

When asked if he could tell us anything about the show experience, Boucher replied with an expected, "Nope." Hey, we tried. Call 719/530-9909 for more on the new restaurant.

Send the word on new menus, events and food-related news to scene@csindy.com.


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