Food and wine and drinking at dinner



In last week's Side Dish, I told you about a new oomph on display with the Colorado Springs Independent Restaurant Cooperative.

See it yourself at the next IRC dinner at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at TAPAteria. Drag your mouse over the mini menu below and enlarge it to see chef Jay Gust's planned presentation.


Only 30 seats will be available for this meal, so book soon if you're interested at 471-8272.

Next, consider this an early heads-up for the Colorado Restaurant Association's 18th annual Pikes Peak Food and Wine Expo 2013, set for Sunday, March 24 at The Broadmoor.

Tickets are $25 in advance (at spots like Jake and Telly's and The Famous Steak House) and $30 at the door to sample from more than 65 area food and drink vendors.

Then there's the Iron Chef battle between area restaurants, a silent auction, prize wheel and newly created bartender competition.

CRA Food and Wine Expo
  • Matthew Schniper
  • As part of the Iron Chef competition, culinary teams construct a plate for the public to view.

Lastly, it wasn't long ago that I advised you to sign up for Coaltrain Wine and Spirits' newsletter to get the early jump on cool stuff like a free scotch tasting with a master distiller.

I'll reiterate that recommendation now, because the latest newsletter edition features listings of wine and beer dinners extending out into April. Here's a look:

Odell Beer Dinner
Save the date: Wednesday, February 27th, join us at Springs Orleans for a paired tasting featuring some of our favorite Odell beers. Brewery representative, Matt Pomeroy, will be on hand to tell us all about them an answer all your questions.

Antler’s Hotel Old World/New World Wine Dinner
We have a neat treat for everyone who’s wondered about the friendly rivalry between aficionados of wines from the Old-World and those who insist on wines from the New-World. Come to the Antler’s Hotel Restaurant at 7pm on Friday, March 1st and decide for yourself!

Martin Arndorfer Wine Dinner At Black Bear
What a special treat! We are honored to announce that Austrian winemaker, Martin Arndorfer, will be with us on Sunday, March 10th . He will be in Colorado for just two days, hosting one wine dinner at Boulder’s illustrious Frasca, and one with us at the Black Bear in Green Mountain Falls. For wine connoisseurs with a penchant for Old World style in their wines, this is an event not to be missed.

Wine Dinner Featuring Chile & Argentina
We’ve had many successful events at The Warehouse and are excited to invite you to our first wine dinner there, featuring the wines of Chile and Argentina at 7pm on Thursday, March 21st.

Barolo Busters: April 3rd
We are pleased to see that this tasting has become an annual event. We taste the best Barolos in the store and Pete Moreno, MacKenzie’s Chophouse godlike chef, prepares a few goodies to elevate the event to unforgettable status.

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