• With the approach of Valentine's Day, my inbox swells with emailed menus from restaurants — special dinners laced with Champagne and chocolate.
Each year I largely ignore them because there's simply too many to do anything with, and I instead just advise readers to check with their favorite eatery directly to find out what's cookin'.
I'll break form here just for a moment, because the "aphrodisiac menu" at The Broadmoor's Charles Court looks too cool to not share. (Thanks again to them for assisting with this week's Bites cover image.)
Courtesy food and beverage marketing and Pr manager Lindsey Bradish Hafemeister, here's a look:
mimosa liquid sphere
“vodka and caviar”
rose and vodka pana cotta, oscetra, fingerling crisps, quail egg, chive oil
“oysters and pearls”
crispy oysters, macadamia nuts, toasted couscous, mango, passion fruit pearls
“silk and satin”
seared foie gras, diver scallop, Kobe short rib, potato puree, red wine gelee
“the big moment”
butter poached lobster tail, roasted beef tenderloin, truffle gratin, grilled asparagus
“chocolate and cherries”
cherry brandy filled chocolate sub-zero snow ball, white chocolate and cherry crème brulee, chocolate and cherry truffles
Aphrodisiacs used: champagne, roses, caviar, eggs, oysters, macadamia nuts, mango, passion fruit, foie, scallops, red wine, lobster, truffles, asparagus, chocolate and cherries
Call the restaurant directly for pricing, reservation info and with questions.
• I'll probably have more for you in next week's Side Dish on this, but here's an early heads-up on the next burger venture to try its luck in the Springs.
Larkburger is currently under construction in the Southgate area. It is a Colorado chain with locations in Fort Collins, Boulder, Edwards and Denver.
From their website, here's a look at their eco-friendly face:
With a passing glance at their menu, I notice the prices are much lower than most gourmet burger concepts — I don't think anyone else has offered a truffle burger for as low as $6.95.
I'll also say I'm a little leery of the term "all-natural" here. I don't see mention of grass-fed, or hormone-free meat. Instead, it is just black angus beef.
We'll find out if they have more to say about that when we get them on the phone.
Take a moment to give the insightful Q&A a look; unfortunately Fieldhouse still hasn't pinned down a location yet.
• Back in December, I wrote a small feature on local cooking classes available to the community.
I recently saw a listing submitted for cooking classes at Memorial Healthlink, for $20.
Here's the description, as sent to our listings desk:
Cooking classes taught by a Registered Dietitian and Executive Chef from Memorial Health System, held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Different themes each month such as heart healthy, allergy free, women's health, and sustainable cooking. See website for all monthly themes. Classes will offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, nutrition information, as well as tasty samples!
I also later realized that Thai Eats would have been a good addition to that feature, as well.
From our Dine & Dash column, here's some notes from a class I attended.