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Food fight

The 12th annual Restaurant Expo and Culinary Arts Show will take place from noon to 3 p.m., March 30, at the Broadmoor Hotel's Colorado Hall (1 Lake Ave.). Each team, comprised of a local chef, two media personalities and a community member, has had 10 days to design a menu based off a predetermined ingredient list; they'll be judged by other local chefs (and also by ticketholders, who will vote on an audience-choice award). Tickets are $35, available at or at the door. Visit for more.

And now for something Thai

House of Yakitori #5 (6626 Delmonico Drive) recently added "& Thai Kitchen by Naya" to its name to account for a new, full Thai section of its menu. The establishment, which has served Japanese-style teriyaki for the past four years, has slowly introduced a few Thai items, according to owner Kurt Stark, whose wife Naya moved here from Bangkok five years ago. After many customer requests, the couple decided to launch a full menu of traditional favorites, which Naya will make as spicy or mild as preferred.

"Most Thai restaurants that have come into town have felt pressure to Americanize their food," says Kurt. "We can safely say that this is as authentic as it gets."

Call 265-9168 for more.

Take note
13 Pure (217 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) is holding a three-course dinner fundraiser for the Southern Colorado AIDS Project at 6:30 p.m., March 27. Tickets are $30 (tip optional). Call 635-0999 for more.

Keva Juice's 8668 N. Union Blvd. location is hosting "Keva for the Kause" from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., April 2, in which half the day's earnings will go to Pine Creek High School's community service club. The 100 participating students give 250 hours total, monthly, to community service activities. Call 282-3919 for more.

Nocon's Gelatoria recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at 8816 N. Union Blvd. The family-owned independent wants to remind folks that its milk-based gelato is only 4 to 8 percent fat, as compared to ice cream, which ranges from 18 to 40 percent. Weight watchers: You do the math. Call 282-3135 or visit for more.

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