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Louisiana lives!

Recently closed Culpepper's Louisiana Kitchen is returning to the dining scene, with a little face lift.

According to owner Martin Anderson, Culpepper's Cajun Kitchen is tentatively set to open in mid-March at 6502 S. Academy Blvd., just outside Fort Carson near the U.S. Highway 115 intersection.

The new venture, says Anderson, is designed "to fit these economic times." It will offer an affordable menu similar to the lunch menu he served at his Union Boulevard location, with plates ranging from roughly $5 to $14, all day.

A benefit of the new spot, adds the Louisiana-born Anderson, is the number of nearby military families from the South who'll likely identify with his cooking. Check culpeppers.net for updates soon.

V is for Viedt (and victory)

For the second year running, Margarita at PineCreek chef Eric Viedt earned the prestigious People's Choice Award at the Colorado Springs Chorale's Chef's Gala.

But Viedt didn't stop there Sunday night. For his sauerbraten-style braised beef cheeks, he also earned first place in the entre category as well as Best of Show both judges' decisions.

With big eyes, Viedt accepted the awards graciously (then probably did a few victory laps, "whoo-hoo"-ing around The Broadmoor's duck pond, when the rest of us left).

For those new to the gala, now in its 24th year: It's a friendly competition in app, entre and dessert categories among 20-plus local chefs and restaurants. They serve samples of dozens of rich and gourmet dishes; you gorge yourself rotten while diggin' some live jazz; and the chorale takes ticket and auction proceeds.

Congrats also go this year to the Warehouse, which took first for apps with maple-braised Colorado bison shortribs, and Otho's, which won for desserts with its lemon bars.

Visit cschorale.org soon for full results.

Heads up

More than 20 talented local chefs will compete again from 7 p.m. to midnight March 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2886 S. Circle Drive) for Zonta's third annual Glass Slipper Ball. Tickets, benefiting TESSA and the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area, are $85 at zontapikespeak.org or 573-1458.

Now's the time to reserve seminar tickets to the 18th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, March 13 and 14, to benefit our Fine Arts Center. This year's theme is "Women in Wine," which brings several female winemakers to town, along with some 300 wines. The grand tasting, at 7 p.m., March 13 at The Broadmoor ($65-$70), is the aptly named big event. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can find out more now at csfineartscenter.org.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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