Now comes the time of the year where my inbox gets flooded with Valentine's Day special dinner notices and the like.
I won't be able to help promote all of them, so usually I recommend that everyone call their favorite eatery early and book a table. Now's about that time.
I'll reward the earliest birds who contacted me here, with just a few ideas for you:
• La Baguette French Bistro
isn't usually open for business on Sundays, but will host a special V-Day menu on the evening of Feb. 14, with seating opening at 5 p.m. Four prix fixe courses plus a couple glasses of wine and a Champagne will cost $75 per couple plus tax and a set 18-percent gratuity. All the details are here:
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• Pizzeria Rustica
is stretching the special day out over the whole weekend, with this Valentines's Day menu
, four courses for $49 per couple, available from Friday through Sunday, in addition to the regular menu. Seatings are available at 5, 5:30, 6:45, 7:15, and 8:30.
• This one's less foodie, though you can of course still plan a meal on premise or somewhere else prior, but the Ivywild School will host A Vintage Valentine's
night of swing dancing from 6 to 10:30 p.m., featuring Joe Smith and The Mile High Club. Details: No dance experience or dance partner necessary. Open to the public and all ages are welcome. Vintage and era appropriate (20's-40's) attire encouraged. Beginner lesson, 6-6:30 p.m. ($5); dancing 7-10:30 p.m. ($15).
Maybe this year it'll be just like it is in the movies and he'll charm you like Hugh Grant, or she'll fall for you like one of those girls in the 80s movies. Or you won't be a straight couple and you'll be having way more fun for no particular reason. ... ah the magic of forced romance on V-Day.
Now, back to other local food affairs, Modern Market
opened a Colorado Springs location in The Promenade Shops at Briargate last week. According to a press release, "The newest restaurant joins nine others along the Front Range, two in Denver International Airport and four in Texas. The next Modern Market opening is scheduled for mid to late February in Richardson, Texas followed by Broomfield, Colo. in the spring."
And more about who they are:
"The restaurant’s seasonally-changing menu includes farm-fresh salads, pizzas made with whole grain dough and organic tomatoes, scratch made soups, toasted sandwiches, classic homestyle plates, and breakfast entrees made with cage-free eggs and all-natural, nitrate-free breakfast meats. Modern Market provides many gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, catering for meetings and events, and it even breaks down the nutritional content of meals on each receipt."
Courtesy Modern Market
Now open in Briargate.
Prior to all of the V-Day hoopla, you can catch a couple more special dinners out:
• Seats remain open at The Melting Pot
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. for a four-course Around the World Wine Dinner with fondue for $54.95 a person plus tax/tip, in conjunction with Coaltrain. Says a release, "two of the wines being poured are on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 (#44 Resrve Malbec Lujan de Cuyo Reserve Malbec and #55 Il Fauno di Arcanum)."
• The American Culinary Federation Pikes Peak Chapter
will honor its members with its annual awards dinner, Sunday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. at The Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron St.). A fine, four-course meal will cost $36, tax and gratuity included. Here's a look at the tentative menu: