April remains young. Let's look at recent foodie news and food and drink haps that will lead us into May:
• A new app called Food Planet Live recently launched out of Colorado Springs. Founder Sam Calderon has paired with organizations like Care and Share Food Bank and local eateries and drink spots like R&R Coffee Cafe and the Sahara Cafe.
Food Planet Live allows small businesses to exclusively band together (no “mega-giants” allowed) on a centralized website and Android app (release date: April 1, 2012) where consumers can find local restaurants based on location, price, food preference, atmosphere, and service. Members gain free access to video tours of restaurants that meet their criteria, and community reviews on each location. Consumer membership is free of charge, and members are encouraged to share their experiences by adding their own reviews.
Food Planet Live members also gain exclusive access to discounts and a unique loyalty rewards program where points can be redeemed for gift cards, special pricing, merchandise, and more. For non-members, video restaurant tours and promotions are available at www.youtube.com/foodplanetlive.
• The Margarita at PineCreek, in celebration of turning 38, will for the month of April offer its five-course signature dinner for $38 per person. The restaurant has also introduced Flights & Bites in its lounge area, a weekly tasting of three wines with a trio of appetizers for $20.
• After 20 years as executive chef at The Broadmoor, Sigi Eisenberger will step down at the end of next week, on April 20.
According to a press release from the hotel, the fourth executive chef in the property's history plans to turn his farming hobby into a business, selling naturally produced herbs, produce and meats; The Broadmoor intends to be his first client.
• Pikes Peak Urban Gardens hosts its next class, "Successfully Growing Warm Season Vegetables in the Pikes Peak Region," from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, at Horace Mann Middle School. Entry is $5. And mark your calendars early for Saturday, Sept. 22, which will be PPUG's Garlic Fest, including garlic ice cream, recipe contests, classes, Bristol Brewing Company beer and more.
• On April 18, La Baguette French Bistro will launch its new spring and summer menu, which, in the words of chef Patrick Garnier, "includes many new recipes as we have been very aggressive in incorporating many French provencial-style dishes as well as a few classic European ones. I think it reflects a new trend towards more fun eating dishes at a value added price range that the present market demands."
See the full menu here: SPRING_SUMMER_DINNER_MENU_APRIL_2012.pdf, and catch a six-course wine dinner on Saturday, April 28 for $50.
• On April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Venetucci Farm and local orchardist James Kulbeth will present "Growing Fruit Trees in the Pikes Peak Region," a class from the Living Close to Home series about "selecting, prepping, planting, transplanting, pruning, training, and maintaining fruit trees."
Registration is required, and entry costs $40.
Click the image to the left to see a list of this year's participating chefs.
• Also on April 22, Urban Beer Hunt will host an unusual, smartphone-navigated scavenger hunt/race, beginning at noon in the downtown area. The cost of entry is $50 per player, with a $500 grand prize up for grabs. Click the image above to check out the boundary map.