Gettin' hot in here ...

Congrats to local spice and barbecue-sauce producer Kim Rogers for netting a 2009 Scovie Award for Kim's Foods Original Barbecue Sauce. The Scovies pit some 600 international fiery-food products, from salsa to cheese, against one another annually. Rogers won third place in the category of low-carb barbecue sauce. (There are also fruit-based, chipotle and American-style barbecue-sauce categories, among others.)

Kim's was beaten out this year by Illinois-produced Wild Joe's Authentic Barbecue Sauce and Ohio-made Crazy Uncle Jester's Inferno World Brush Fire BBQ.

Since the judges clearly have an affinity for exaggerative adjectives, may I recommend that Kim toss one on her product next year? How 'bout "deranged," "maniacal" or "savage"? Beat this: Uncivilized Kim's Barbecue Sauce. That's tough.

Visit fiery-foods.com for a list of winners and kimsfoods.com for more on her products.


Pueblo recently welcomed a newcomer to its dining scene: AND's All Natural Dining at 112 Colorado Ave.

According to co-owner Amber Nieto, who manages the outfit with her mother Debra, diners will find a largely organic, Southwestern-influenced breakfast and lunch menu of wraps, smoothies, fresh juice and the like, with gluten- and wheat-free options.

"Pueblo didn't have anything like this," says Amber.

The Nietos are Pueblo natives, and this is their first restaurant. Along with other green steps, they'll serve as many local products as possible. Call 719/542-3089 for more.

Full wallet

Recently, we told you about free, downloadable wallet guides to sustainable sushi and fish. To add even more bulk to your pocketbook (and hopefully your feel-good), print the complimentary Glossary of Meat Production Methods from sustainabletable.org.

The guide provides paragraph-long explanations of common meat terms, like "natural," "grass-fed," "cage-free" and "organic." Even studied foodies will be surprised by some of the USDA fine print and minutiae dictating certain food practices. With this guide in hand, buying what you want, versus what you think you're getting, should come easier.

Bye, bye, bye

We've received word of three more local eateries that recently closed: Friendly's Sub Shop at 1726 Brookwood Drive; Culpepper's Louisiana Kitchen at 8810 N. Union Blvd.; and Texas T-Bone at 2070 S. Academy Blvd. Phone calls to each yielded messages saying the number was disconnected.

Send the word on heat, meat and moving feet to scene@csindy.com.


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