In the case of Ski Barista (124 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-7542), which quietly opened 10 months ago, the name does actually say something about the business.
The café/coffee shop offers a view of Ski Broadmoor, defunct since the early '90s. Co-owner Elizabeth Daniels says her mother skied the area in the '60s, which was "all real groovy back in its day."
In tribute, Daniels and co-owner Brian Gerardis have given their shop "a subtle ski lodge theme," in hopes of inspiring guests to slow down and relax a while, even though they are welcome to grab and go. Daniels says her staff "takes coffee seriously, and really dolls up the presentations ... it's meant to be fun, so you can really stop and enjoy what you just paid for."
Formerly in the car sales industry, the co-owners now make all their own soups and items like quiche, salads, breads and muffins, supplementing those with a wide array of sweets from Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery. All coffee products, including organic options, come from Pittsburgh-based roaster and distributor Kiva Han, where Daniels and Gerardis did their barista training.
Regular hours are weekdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fridays bring a special cheese and/or chocolate fondue until 8 p.m.
Conscious Table (26 E. Kiowa St., conscioustable.net) will open for lunch beginning Jan. 10, with regular Tuesday-through-Friday hours of 11 to 2. Dinner hours will remain 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday.
The seasonal lunch menu, heavily reliant on sustainable sources, ranges from $4 to $12 per plate, not including specials. The inaugural menu sports items like a shrimp salad with cranberry coconut red curry vinaigrette and a wild buffalo Juicy Lucy (a burger with the cheese inside the meat).
A variety of cooking classes also continue at the eatery, and the next multi-course literary dinner, "King Arthur and the Knights of the Conscious Table," plays at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30.
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• The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) announced Wednesday that Garden of the Gods Gourmet (godsgourmet.com) will return as the restaurant provider for Café 36, as of mid-January.
• Early heads-up: Be thinking about buying tickets soon to the sixth annual Glass Slipper Ball (glassslipperball.com), supporting the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area. The lively chef's cook-off, featuring an array of gourmet eats, will be from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2886 S. Circle Drive). Tickets are a fund-raising $100. See reviews of the past two events on the IndyBlog.