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Culinary crumbs and gastronomic gossip.

Ever-changing Metropolitain
Few restaurants have popped up in local food news as frequently as Metropolitain (101 N. Tejon St., #10) over the past couple years. Shortly after our latest review of the subterranean spot in August (csindy.com/csindy/2007-08-02/appetite.html), we heard a rumor that the still-new chef, Marcus McCoy, had bailed on owner Kimball Bayles already.

We spoke with Bayles in September, confirming McCoy's departure and an upcoming shift in the food focus at the Metropolitain keeping some favorites, dropping the big dinner plates, still running an eclectic bar menu of small plates.

Soon thereafter, a review appeared in the Gazette, praising McCoy's touch for tapas and unique flavor combinations as if he were still back in the kitchen, raining parsley chiffanade onto plate rims.

Suffice to say, we were confused and have since attempted to reach McCoy to ask about his future culinary intentions. We've also attempted to drag Bayles back on the line for comment. Each attempt was to no avail.

So it is in this spirit (and a couple calls to foodie friends) that we can at least report the following for your dining knowldege: McCoy is gone, but we hear Metropolitain is still quite good. So bon apptit. And visit themetropolitaindowntown.com for more.

Fight fire eat chili
The Cascade Volunteer Fire Department (8010 Severy Ave., Cascade) is hosting its annual chili supper fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 13. "Firehouse Chili" and admission are free, plus there'll be a silent auction and raffle benefiting fire service in the Ute Pass area. Call 964-8267 for more.

Prime your chops
Pick up culinary tips for use at home at the Paragon Culinary School (3125 Sinton Road). Public classes are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday and tend to cost $65 (sometimes more for wine tastings and the like).

On the prep table this month: "Cooking 201," Oct. 14; and "Wines of France with Sommelier Gabriel Roddy," Oct. 28. Call 578-5740 or visit paragonculinaryschool.com for more.

Break ground, break bread
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new distribution center at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Powers Boulevard with a free public picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. RSVP by Oct. 12 at 648-3777.

Send buzz on new menus, events and local food in general to scene@csindy.com.


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