Either way, here's the part where I bombard you with a crap load of food- and drink-related listings. Prepare your social calendar for scribblings:
Dig chef Ben Hoffer's menu here (click to enlarge):
• Pikes Peak Urban Gardens' next class, "Cool Season Veggies," will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Horace Mann Middle School. Entry is $5.
• Adam's Mountain Café will host its next One Bowl dinner from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 11, in conjunction with our local Slow Food chapter. Seats are $22 for members and $25 for non-members. Food is consumed in silence and the evening includes a talk on eating as a sacred practice and Slow Food principles.
Oh — you wanna see the menu? ... I suppose. Check it out to the right:
• The seventh annual Colorado Springs Fork & Bottle will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at GOCA 121. Enjoy appetizer and dessert samples from local gourmet restaurants as well as international wines; all proceeds benefit the Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School. Entry is $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
• Trinity Brewing Co. has a bunch of upcoming events, including a Pliny the Elder tapping at noon, Sunday, March 27; the Slap Your Mammy release party at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8; a six-course, IPA-paired beer dinner at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 ($65 plus tax/tip); and the third annual Saison Fest from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16 ($35).
• The next five-course literary dinner at Giuseppe's Old Depot Restaurant will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Seats are $60 plus tax/tip and the feature is Arabian Nights.
• Help raise funds for Tri-Lakes Cares at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 25, at A Taste of Tri-Lakes Cares inside Monument's Sundance Mountain Lodge. Local chefs will prepare dishes that only use items from the USDA Federal Commodity Program, found in local food pantries. Tickets are $5 plus the donation of laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, deodorant or child diapers (size 3-6).
... And just to think: Some gripe that our scene is lacking. This not-even-totally-comprehensive roundup proves just how many cool culinary events occur during a given month. That's part of the reason why a handful of locals have decided to "celebrate the awesomeness of Colorado Springs" via a new campaign of sorts called COSrocks. You can find them online here, here and here.