... and yet more notes from the Indy's food desk. (Unfortunately, that's not an awesome buffet spread, but what I'm calling my computer area.)
• Coaltrain Wine & Spirits will provide four sustainable Italian red wines at the Passport to Molise Small Vineyards dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Pizzeria Rustica. Seats are $39 plus tax/tip and benefit Pikes Peak Urban Gardens via the Indy Give! campaign. Check out the full menu here.
• On Friday, Dec. 9, Loveland and Dancing Pines Distillery will host an inaugural Liquid Arts Festival that appears to be hosted much in the spirit of Breckenridge's Still on the Hill. Check it out to sample locally made craft liqueurs and liquors.
• Coaltrain Wine & Spirits will also host a sour beer tasting at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. Roughly a dozen beers will be poured with snacks provided by the restaurant; seats are $42, which includes tax/tip.
• Lastly, in national food news with a local angle, Denver-based Smashburger topped Forbes list of America's 100 Most Promising Companies. Meanwhile, Colorado Springs resident Christina Brumfield has been named to the top 10 finalists in Baskin-Robbins second annual Online Flavor Creation Contest.
According to a release, almost 40,000 people submitted flavor ideas. Brumfield's is a "Snap, Crackle, and Caramel" featuring white chocolate mousse ice cream with chocolate rice crunchies and caramel sauce.
Brumfield has already won free ice cream for a year, but if voted the final winner online she'll win a trip to Boston that includes cash and goodies and a visit to Baskin-Robbins' headquarters to hang with their "culinary team and spend a day bringing her virtual flavor to life." You can vote here.