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Do the chicken dance

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Chipotle premiered its naturally raised, antibiotic-free chicken in stores nationwide a few weeks ago, meaning that all meats on the menu come with a side of social consciousness. In Colorado, most come from local ranches and farms.

Manager Braxton Marks of the 17 S. Tejon St. branch notes that he's received some customer feedback about the increased prices (30 to 50 cents for meat items) linked to the chain's "food with integrity" decision. But on point, he says, "Everyone agrees [that] the new chicken is really good."

Keeper of the Krug

You can quiz winemaker Peter Mondavi Jr. and try the first vintages of Charles Krug Napa Valley wines since the Mondavi family shifted to organic viticultural practices in 2000. Sonterra Grill (28 S. Tejon St.) will host a winemaker's tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 7. Call 471-9222 to make a reservation. The $35 price will also get you appetizers, but does not include tax or gratuity.

Holy blossom

In other stained-tooth news, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Cañon City) will celebrate the 2007 Blossom Festival during business hours May 4 through 6. Complimentary tastings will include the 2005 Colorado Merlot, 2005 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc. There'lll also be wine and cheese pairings and a 20 percent discount on Apple Blossom Wine, a five-apple collaboration from Abbey winemaker Matt Cookson and a Cañon City organic apple grower. It won a silver medal at the Southwest International Wine Competition in Taos, N.M. Call 719/276-5191 for more.


Attend the 2007 Taste of the Springs, to benefit Care and Share, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Sheraton Hotel (2886 S. Circle Drive). Taste samples from 30 food and 10 drink vendors. Tickets are $65 which feeds one child for almost six months, according to Call 389-0973 for more.

Visit Bristol Brewery (1647 S. Tejon St.) for its Cinco de Mayo Chile Beer release party, featuring pilsner infused with roasted chiles, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Call 633-2555 for more.

Indulge at the IRC (Independent Restaurant Cooperative) dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Briarhurst Manor Estate (404 Manitou Ave.). The meal includes five courses paired with five wines for $50, pre-tax and gratuity. Call 685-1864 for more.

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