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No more waiting for Gaspare

This past November, we told you about Gaspare Licata's faltering attempts to get his Gleneagle restaurant venture (then named Vincenzo's Bistro and Bakery) up and running. With a change of location and name, Gaspare's Italian Restaurant and Bakery (11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive, 303/805-9200) is now thriving in Parker.

The bakery side of the operation opened first at the end of May, followed a week later by the restaurant. Business is already "fantastic," according to bakery manager Tina Rudig. The bakery serves pastries as well as pizza by the slice and calzones; the restaurant dishes up an authentic Sicilian menu with daily specials.

Miracle (fruit) in Pueblo

Also in November, we covered the growing trend of "miracle fruit" parties. Here, people gather and feast on odd foods after eating tablets made from the berries of a West African shrub that cause their taste buds to momentarily perceive sour foods as sweet. (See "Miracle worker," The Break, Nov. 13.)

If you haven't thrown or attended such a shindig, consider visiting Restaurant Fifteen Twentyone (123 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-9999) for its Miracle Fruit Food Rave from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 26. Chef Duy Pham and staff will lay out a giant food and drink spread — to include fruits, cheeses, alcohols, condiments and more — before dosing you and setting you loose to explore. The cost is $35 ($30 in advance).

Take note

• The Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667) will host its Independent Restaurant Cooperative Dinner at 6:30 p.m., July 14. Expect six courses (five wine-paired) designed around a South American barbecue theme; the cost is $60 plus tax/tip.

• Attend a Czech Slovak Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 18, at the International Dance Club (2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195). Enjoy a traditional Czech Slovak dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by dancing to the Dick Zavodny Band from 7:30 to 11. The cost is $17; reservations requested by Wednesday, July 15.

SouthSide Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487) recently added four salads, including grilled mahi mahi and spinach salads, as well as two appetizers, Kobe beef sliders and spring rolls, to its menu.

• Take advantage of the Melting Pot's (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave., 385-0300) late-night special from 9 to 10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays and 10 to 11 on weekends: $40 per couple buys cheese and chocolate fondue and a bottle of wine.

• The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) has "decided to put First Thursday Tastings on hiatus," explaining in a release that expenses surpassed revenues during the monthly wine event.

— Compiled by Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly and Matthew Schniper

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