Side Dish 

Culinary crumbs and gastronomic gossip

Jack's coming back
According to the Rocky Mountain News, Jack in the Box is returning to Colorado for the first time in more than a decade. You may remember the chain, now with about 2,100 locations, from news and litigation surrounding a 1993 E. coli outbreak that killed four children and sickened hundreds of people. Those days seem to be behind the company, which has revamped its image with slightly higher-brow food (ciabatta sandwiches, etc.) since purchasing Qdoba Mexican Grill four years ago. The Golden location, debuting next month, features an open kitchen.

I do know at least one person excited about this news: A coworker forwarded me the article with "News of the Year" written in the subject line. She wrote, "I am freaking out about Jack in the Box. I'm addicted to their monster tacos," prior to detailing how she's been known to bring 20 orders home in a cooler from vacations in Texas.

To each his own, right? I drink a sludgy green drink every morning that's famous for making unsuspecting houseguests dry-heave.

Welcome back, Jack!

Eye of the tiger
Akasaka Japanese Restaurant (4737 N. Academy Blvd.) has released a new menu featuring themed and seasonal items. Among the newbies: a Halloween tonkatsu (pork cutlet) and specialty sushi rolls like the Tiger Mask, Lion King and Monster Eyes. Call 272-7301 or visit akasaka.conous.com for more.

West-based East Coast meets Front Range
Cathy's Deli (4037 Tutt Blvd.) recently picked up after five years in Santa Clarita, Calif., to settle in the east end of our town. It already claims the "best corned beef and pastrami" around. Owner Cathy Anderson's also starting her traditional homemade-soup-recipe contest: Bring in an entry, and if it earns a spot on her menu, you earn free dinner once a month for a year. Call 597-8888 for more.

Fundraisers and (gasp!) murder
"Catamount on Tap" (to benefit the Catamount Institute) at One World 2 U (1120 Elkton Drive); food, beer, auctions and entertainment, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, $30 to $40. Call 471-0910 ext. 104.

"Whiskers & Wine" (to benefit Dreampower Animal Rescue) at the Olympic Training Center (1 Olympic Plaza); canaps, wine, auctions and more, 6 p.m., Oct. 27, $30 to $35. Call 390-7838.

Murder mystery dinner at The Melting Pot (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.); four courses, drink specials and performance, 6 p.m., Oct. 31, $60. Call 385-0300.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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