After a year in the works, Kerri Olivier will open Extraordinary Ingredients this Saturday, Nov. 14, at 612 N. Tejon St.
"I always felt the Springs had a need for access to more flavor," says the New Orleansian-turned-Springsian, who partnered with Denver-based Nigh Imports to procure 300-plus international items. Among them: Turkish olive oil, heirloom beans, exotic rice and grains, herbs, spices and dried snacks.
Olivier says Nigh's connections with fine dining restaurants in the Springs, Denver and Boulder will lead to demos and talks with guest chefs. Also, if you bring in a receipt from said restaurants — places like Jake and Telly's and Nosh — you'll get a 10 percent discount at the shop. (See a full list at extraordinaryingredients.com.)
Olivier also says she'll sell locally grown herbs and microgreens, and use minimal and recyclable packaging.
I heart hoagies
New Jersey native and 10-year local John Kondratow confesses to a unique hobby: throwing sandwich parties. For two years, once a month, people would come over and enjoy his homemade creations.
Kondratow says he did it for one reason: "I love sandwiches. No, I mean, I love sandwiches like most people love water."
This love has borne South Jersey Subs (1726 Brookwood Drive, southjerseysubs.com), opened earlier this year and located in the old Friendly's Sub Shop location. Expect 8-, 12- and 24-inch subs, and desserts from East Coast staple Tastykake.
Pork to pizza
"I don't think Colorado Springs is a market like you have in Kansas City or Texas ... people [here] actually think about where they're going to eat," says Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group owner Randy Price, citing the reason he's closing Slayton's Legendary Pit Barbecue in Rockrimmon and opening Piazza Italian Kitchen (806 Village Center Drive, 266-5300) in its place.
Price says the new venture should open Nov. 23 with a menu including organic salads and stone-baked pizzas, pastas and homemade gelato.
À la carte
• Attend a five-course Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve wine dinner at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Steaksmith (3802 Maizeland Road, steaksmith.com); seats are $65, which includes tax/tip.
• La Petite Maison (1015 W. Colorado Ave., lapetitemaisoncs.com) will celebrate this year's Beaujolais Nouveau release with four-course, carafe-paired meals for $40 per person plus tax/tip, Nov. 19-22.