Social dining (and drinking)

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Hey! How was your Christmas or Hanukkah?

Great! Me too! Blah blah blah ...

Now that we have that awkward post-holiday necessity out of the way, let's talk a little (more) food and drink.

• First up, The Summit at the Broadmoor recently announced "Social Hours" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m.

The earlier hour-set features a menu called "Tastefully Early" with $5 to $9 apps and $5 cocktails and wines.

The latter hour-set brings a "Fashionably Late" menu with similar prices, including $4 beers as well.

Here's a look at a sample menu provided by The Broadmoor:
Social_Hour_Menu_-_12-2-11.pdf

• For the beer faithful who are willing to go truly great distances for their passion: how does a three-hour drive sound?

The 12th annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival takes place Jan. 5 through 7 in Vail.

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I'll once again defer to Focus on the Beer, who's already done the research and writing on this one.

Click that link and check out Eric Steen's recap from last year, as well as this year's event calendar.

• And as the new year approaches, let's remember that it's not cocktails and beer-fests all the time — some hard work gets done in between.

So in the spirit of a "that food don't grow itself" lecture meant to inspire humility and appreciation, I offer you yet another Pikes Peak Urban Gardens food-growing class.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, catch "Getting Ready for the 2012 Veggie Season," with tips on how the Mayan calendar and imminent end of the world will affect your Swiss Chard and other leafy greens this year.

OK, I made that last part up to see if you were still with me. The class will actually cover such topics as seed saving, bio-intensive planting methods, space-saving techniques and much more that is completely unrelated to a fiery earthly demise.

Details as well as a registration link are available on PPUG's website.

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