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Starlight very bright
I'll bet you two heirloom tomatoes that you've seldom, if ever, had a meal quite like this: one eaten off the land, on the land.

Let me explain. Last Sunday, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation hosted its first starlight fundraising dinner on the edge of Venetucci Farm's gardens. The four-course, wine-paired meal included mostly ingredients direct from the farm, with supplements purchased from regional entities such as Larga Vista Ranch, Windsor Dairy, NewFarms and Ranch Foods Direct.

Guest chefs Jeremy Engel, from Jake & Telly's, and Justin Trudeau, from Nosh, prepared gorgeous eats: gazpacho inside a cucumber shot glass; an insanely fresh Caprese salad; lamb carpaccio sushi style; a Callicrate steak with potatoes and veggies; and a divine, homemade, lavender- and honey-infused vanilla ice cream with Palisade peaches on top. Yummytown.

Prior to the fresh-fest, guests enjoyed a hayride tour that featured chickens, cows, beehives and sickly cute baby pigs. The next dinner, to be prepared by the Briarhurst Manor Estate's Rachel Brown and the Margarita at PineCreek's Eric Viedt, is Sept. 15. Your $100 admission benefits the farm; call 389-1251 for reservations.

Over the Edge
According to Bristol Brewing Co. beerocrat Laura Long, the Edge City seasonal label soon will be tossed with the spent barley. Mastermind Mike Bristol will unveil a re-imagined special label, to no longer include the IPA that fine drink's getting its own label and will be sold locally in six-packs.

New tasting-room releases include the Skull 'n Bones Aged Wheat and the Edge City Small, a strong brew made from the second running of barleywine mash, with "the forward malt character of a barleywine without the viscosity or the stupor-inducing ABV," says Long. She adds that this year's barleywine "is going to be a monster."

THREE, two, one ...
Well, I'd say "liftoff," but it wouldn't make much sense. Anyhoo the countdown ends on Aug. 29, when Trinity Brewing Co. finally opens its doors at 1466 Garden of the Gods Road. The early word from a lucky VIP is that the beers are outstanding. We can't wait to check out that slow food, in addition. Visit for more.

I spy ...
... a new Vietnamese restaurant opening soon at 3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave. in Old Colorado City.

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