A white trash dinner + more food news

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And now another look ahead at our local world of food and drink:

Coquette's Bistro & Bakery has rented the former Zeezo's space at 104 N. Tejon St. through Dec. 31 for a special holiday market, daily but for Tuesdays. In its words: "So we can bring our beloved cupcakes, cake slices, scones, éclairs, cookies, croutons, breads, buns, French press coffee, take-home potpies, lasagna and more to a second location. As always, custom order baked goods and catering options will be available as well." 

Full Circle Cuisine and the Meat Locker are joining forces once again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 for a hilariously awesome White Trash Dinner — "beloved and humble dishes from our child hood." Seats are $35 and here's a look at the menu:

"Wedgie Salad"  
Iceberg, micro greens, blue cheese whiz, pork belly crackling, ketchup vinaigrette 

"Frito Pie"
Cauliflower chili, corn chip, jalapeno, cilantro, onion, queso fresco 

"Beanie Weenie, Mac 'n Cheesy"
Smoked sausage, red beans, cheddar cheese orzo 

"Beef Flavor Ramen"
Callicrate Beef brisket, quail egg, mushroom, nori, red pepper sauce  

"RC Cola & Moon Pie" 

• Chef Blandine Brutel of The French Kitchen recently announced a guided, two-week culinary trip to France set for May 2014. It's costly, but looks super thorough if you're looking for a true view of the scene that's so instrumental in almost all world cuisines today. Here's all the details: Culinary_Trip_to_France_May_2014.pdf

Kevin Campbell (left) and Mark Henry are together again for a White Trash near-holiday meal. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Kevin Campbell (left) and Mark Henry are together again for a White Trash near-holiday meal.

Downtown Fine Spirits & Wine says it has done some comparison shopping against two other local liquor stores, specific to single malt scotches. During my visits, I have noticed some great beer prices too, but these numbers are compelling if indeed accurate. (I'm not questioning, just pointing out that I didn't do the math.) Take a look, and note two upcoming store events on the second page of this document:  NEWS_November_9th.pdf

• A local nonprofit named Food For All Nations is offering food boxes fixed for a family of four (but open to anybody in an unlimited quantity), with $52 worth of food, for $36. Each includes: 

Your Choice of a Ham (5lbs) or Turkey (8-10lb) plus all 10 items below

3 lbs Yellow Onions                                    

5 lbs Potatoes

2 lbs Green Beans                                               

1 lb Yellow Corn

20oz Candied Yams                                             

1 lb Frozen Cranberries

1 Stuffing Mix                                                      

1 Gravy Mix

1 Dozen Rolls                                                       

1 Pumpkin Pie

Holiday deadlines are approaching to order boxes, and info is at the above website. I emailed founder Wayne Pendleton to inquire more about the organization and food, and he first noted that Food For All Nations is not directly tied to a religious organization, though "It is based upon Christian values and principles, open to anyone who wants to buy a box of food."

He has partnered with various vendors, and some of the vegetables are locally grown, he says. Major brands are used as well, such as Farmland Hams. Here's more info: 

FFAN_sFood_For_PurchaseInfoLtr_-_Final__November_2013.pdf

• Catch a free Vegan Pop-up Market at Epicentral Coworking, Saturday, Nov. 23, with the Colorado Springs Vegan & Vegetarian Group. It'll run from noon to 3 p.m., including vendors like Denver's Nooch Vegan Market. Details are on the organization's page. 

• The Joseph Coleman empire announced a return of its Tres Bites program. Here's the details: 

Leading up to Thanksgiving, the three Blue Star Group restaurants will each feature exclusive specials: $5 for a set of the Hawaiian-style Tilapia tacos and a side of tortilla chips at La’au’s; $36 for three courses for two and two pints of Bristol Brewing Co. craft beer at Nosh; and $50 for a four-course meal at The Blue Star.  Plus, guests are offered a chance to receive a $10 gift card to the Ivywild School valid at The Old School Bakery, The Principal’s Office and The Meat Locker by visiting all three local restaurant locations during the Tres Bites promotion between Nov. 18 and Nov. 27.

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