Side Dish extras: philanthropy, paella, mom and more



And now for some Side Dish extras relative to the weeks upcoming:

Thai Lily Songkran
  • This flier has everything. Just ... everything.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens' Salad Pick 'n Pay — featuring everything from red leaf, romaine and buttercrunch lettuces to cabbage, kale and kohlrabi for between $1 and $3 — is now open on Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. Shoppers at the city greenhouse are advised to bring their own bags in order to avoid plastic bag reliance.

• Catch a free, cultural Songkran Celebration at Thai Lily Cuisine and Yakitori 8 at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4. We're pretty sure you won't find the fusion of Buddhist Monks, a dunk tank and a water fight at any other event locally. Just dig the poster (by clicking on the image to the left).

• Join the Slow Food Colorado Springs chapter at the Margarita at PineCreek at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9 for a special vegetarian wine dinner. (RSVP requested by May 5.) Seats are $55 plus tax/tip ($50 members; $40 sans wine.) And here's a look at the menu: Vegetarian_Menu.pdf

• Following in the philanthropic footsteps of Bristol Brewing Company and its Tuesday Night Karma Hour, Trinity Brewing Company just announced The Giving Beer every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting May 8. During that time, $1 from each Trinity beer sold will go to a nonprofit of the week. The brewery is seeking suggestions for which nonprofits to support (including contact info) at

TAPAteria will host its next Paella on the Patio dinner along with Classic Wines on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. Seats for the three courses are $29.95 plus tax/tip. Reserve seats by calling Coaltrain Wine & Spirits at 475-9700. Here's a look at that menu: menu.pdf

• And for you procrastinators: Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12, and I can tell you my inbox is stuffed with info on special dinners across town, at eateries both pricey and modest. There are too many to list here, so I offer my annual advice: Call you favorite spot soon to inquire about their menu, or hail someplace new-to-you that might be a special treat for you and the lovely lady both for that newness (to you) factor.

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