Chocolate, chickens, boot camp and more

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It's time for another food news roundup:

• First off, we just learned that Manitou Springs-based Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream plans to open a second location at 125 1/2 N. Tejon St. around March 19.

Owner Laura Thomason says she'll be adding some new items and offerings in the new spot, which I'll tell you all about in next week's Side Dish column.

Just some of whats to come soon, downtown.
  • Just some of what's to come soon, downtown.

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• The Blue Star will host an Avery Brewing dinner at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. Seats are $50 plus tax and tip; resos required.
Click on the image to the left to view the full menu.

• The Broadmoor is offering an inaugural Sommelier Boot Camp on March 3 and 4, featuring interactive wine seminars, tastings and a Wine Pairing 101 dinner at the Penrose Room. A special "locals package" starts at $250 per person.

Details from the press release:

Seminars will focus on basic knowledge of different varietals of wine, from Riesling and other Germanic varietals to sparkling wines, to Pinot Noir from around the world. Seminars will be taught by Tim Baldwin, Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher and Doug Krenik, and will finish with “Viticulture 101”, taught by award-winning wine maker Chris Carpenter from Lokoya vineyards, which recently had two wines score a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker.

“The goal of this ‘Boot Camp’ is for guests to pursue their interest in wine, and to learn while enjoying it, says Baldwin. We are excited to give people an opportunity to shadow and train with our sommeliers and get a glimpse into the craft of a sommelier.”

With over ten sommeliers on staff at The Broadmoor, plus an additional 25 that have passed at least the Intro. Level exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers, guests will be paired up with at least one Broadmoor sommelier at each table, who will offer one-on-one training and interaction. Educational materials will be provided for guests to utilize during the seminars and take with them at the conclusion of the program.

On Saturday evening, Tim Baldwin will lead a “Wine Pairing 101” dinner at the Penrose Room, giving guests the basic skills on how to pair food and wine. Executive Chef Bertrand Bouquin will create the wine pairing menu.

At the last seminar on Sunday, participants will be casually “tested” on their new-found knowledge, and awarded a diploma for completion of the 1st Annual Sommelier Boot Camp. Guests that choose to stay through Sunday evening will have the opportunity to attend the “California Superstars” wine dinner at Summit with Chris Carpenter.


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• The Margarita at PineCreek will host a pun-heavy Leap Year Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29. Seats are $55 plus tax and tip; resos required. Click the image to the right for a look at that menu.

• Attend a backyard poultry workshop with The Colorado State University Extension Office at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, for $25 (resos due by March 1).

Info on that from a press release:

The program will include a presentation by Sarah Millonig, the lead poultry program specialist for the Colorado Avian Disease Surveillance Program. Her presentation will focus on common poultry diseases regularly diagnosed in Colorado, as well as disease prevention.

Jonathan Vrabec, CSU Extension Agent, and Dawn Wheeler, a 4-H Poultry Project leader, will cover basic care and the ins and outs of raising backyard chickens, including managing chickens in a limited area. There will also be information on housing, egg production and city policies and ordinances.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens hosts its next class, "How to Plant, Maintain and Harvest the Best Cool Season Veggies Ever" from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10 at Horace Mann Middle School. Seats are $5 (get in for free with the donation of a new or used gardening book).

Some of what will be covered:

Tips on how and when to plant spinach, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, peas, radish and more ...
Learn tips on how to care and tend your garden to ensure maximum harvest.
Tips on container gardening ... what does well and what doesn't.
Tips on how to plant asparagus and rhubarb for plentiful harvests for years to come.

Full Circle Cuisine has announced a list of its upcoming harvest dinners at Ranch Foods Direct.

Catch "For the Francophile," March 3; "In Southern Style," March 10; "A Feast in Italian Spirit," March 17; and "Tasty Treats from the Deep," March 31.

The community-style meals start at 7 p.m. and range from $40 to $60; resos required.

• Lastly, another reminder that the 17th annual Colorado Restaurant Association Pikes Peak Chapter Hospitality Expo will take place from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11. Click the icon below for a full lineup of restaurant attendees.
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