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Side dish: Chocolate and gelato mix in Monument

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Confections to creams

As we also point out on p. 34, local chocolatiers Chris and Darcie Farrow of Art of Chocolate (artofchocolate.com) purchased Pikes Peak Ice Cream & Gelato (481 U.S. Hwy. 105, Monument, pikespeakicecream.com) from Rick and Denise Hauf.

Chris told us in late April that he was searching for a retail location for their chocolates, and at the time was seriously considering University Village on North Nevada Avenue. Flash-forward: That location was too expensive, he felt, and many others weren't the right fit, either. Then he heard that PPIC&G was for sale.

Adding gelato to their repertoire (the shop stopped making ice cream late last year) made sense to the Farrows because confection sales are highest in winter, while frozen-treat sales are highest in summer. They hope the two will balance out for steady income, and be boosted by extras such as a gelato contract with The Broadmoor and other community partnerships.

Of their new location, Chris says the "real intent is not to be an ice cream shop, but a dessert lounge." He's planning an interior remodel and product expansion: Joining the truffles and gelato soon will be coffee and tea drinks, courtesy of Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co.; drinking chocolates; and a bar selection of international chocolates.

Curious Jorge

When we spoke to Jorge Ayala, owner of Jorge's Sombrero (1319 E. Evans Ave., Pueblo, 719/564-6486) and Jorge's (2427 W. Colorado Ave.), in late March, he said he hoped to complete his $500,000 renovation of Jorge's by late May or early June. Now he's looking at October, saying, "The building is 100 years old. Everything that could go wrong went wrong."

Ayala says everything on the ground level will essentially be brand-new, with a lot of reconstruction going into foundational and structural elements.

À la carte

Jammin Cabana (jammincabana.com), the Caribbean-themed food truck we featured on Aug. 11 and 18, has abandoned downtown in favor of Colorado Avenue near Ridge Road. New specials include arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and a mixed seafood Alfredo. • Sushi Rakkyo (9205 N. Union Blvd., 645-8754), the all-you-can-eat sushi house we previewed in late July, is now open.

• The inaugural Chile Chili Festival (thatsnatural.info) will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at Rock Ledge Ranch (30th Street and Gateway Road). Tickets benefiting the ranch are $5 (free for active-duty military and kids 10 and under). Watch chiles being roasted, enjoy local clowns, and purchase Colorado beer and cider as well as treats from a bunch of Denver-based food trucks.

• Early heads-up: Local Food Week runs Sept. 17 through 25 this year. Check peaktoplains.com for an event schedule.

— Matthew Schniper

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