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Out, damned clot!
Manitou Springs resident Rebecca Berson has decided to pick a fight with a slick culprit behind heart disease: trans fatty acids. Inspired by bantransfats.org, which educates on the health risks that partially hydrogenated oils pose, Berson has formed a group called Food for Hearts. The alliance aims to rid sit-down restaurants in Manitou's historic district of trans fats by Dec. 16.

"[Trans fats] affect all of us and our children," Berson says. "Food for Hearts is about supporting restaurants in making the shift and assisting them in finding alternatives."

Beginning with Tiburon, Calif., cities across the country now including New York City and Philadelphia have enacted similar bans, acknowledging that trans fatty foods lower good cholesterol while raising bad cholesterol. Many restaurant chains, including Jason's Deli, have also vowed not to use trans fat-containing oils.

Berson believes a ban in Manitou could boost the town's economy by drawing health-conscious patrons.

"We could be a regional and national model of how restaurants and towns can make this shift," she says.

Contact Berson at 685-5979 or online at foodforhearts@hotmail.com if you are a Manitou resident who wants to assist.

Flat Foot for gumshoes
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (3316 Cinema Point Drive) released a Flat Foot Ale on Oct. 11, from which 25 cents of each pint sold through the end of the month will benefit the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association's Fallen Officers Fund. The fund assists families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Call 550-3586 or visit rockbottom.com for more.

After the Met
After last week's update on the Metropoliatin's ever-changing kitchen and food focus (csindy.com/ gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A21646), we heard from former chef Marcus McCoy, who says he plans to stay in the Springs and is currently seeking a vacancy in a creative, independent kitchen. As for his departure from the downtown spot, McCoy cites a difference in vision with owner Kimball Bayles.

Wine dinners
Ritz Grill (15 S. Tejon St.) Crew Wine Dinner, six wine-paired courses, 6 p.m., Oct. 24, $65 plus tax/tip. Call 520-5733.

Jake and Telly's (2616 W. Colorado Ave.) Wines of Greece, six wine-paired courses, 7 p.m., Oct. 23, $60 plus tax/tip. Call 633-0406.
Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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