In addition to its recently created (and already sold-out through June) Dinner With Our Chef in the Kitchen series — four courses with Amy Pontius at 7 every Thursday night — Garden of the Gods Gourmet just opened a new Two Rivers Winery tasting room inside its market space at 2528 W. Cucharras St.
Owner Sandy Vanderstoep says she approached Marv Parliament at the Wines of Colorado for recommendations on Colorado vineyards he likes. From there, she called around and quickly made a connection with Bob and Billie Witham at Two Rivers out of Grand Junction.
"I thought that adding the ability to serve wine was a piece I needed in order to make things like our Dinner With Our Chef series work," she says. Hence the idea to open a remote tasting room for a local vineyard — each is allowed five remote tasting rooms by state law — in her market.
Garden of the Gods will offer the standard, free, one-ounce pours that most tasting rooms do, of six wine varietals. Customers can then buy by the glass to drink on-site, or by the bottle to take home.
Vanderstoep says the market has been reconfigured to make room for the tasting counter. Guests can still sit to eat deli lunches, and in the evenings, GOG will roll wine barrels out into its parking lot and set them under umbrellas, creating a pleasant atmosphere for wine and food sampling.
Thai in transition
After 12 years at 3020 W. Colorado Ave. — the last nine of which it's been voted Best Thai by Indy readers — Wild Ginger (wildgingerthai.com) will soon close ... and reopen shortly thereafter at 27 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs. (Had you there for a sec.)
Owner Khon Onexayvieng says she has purchased the former Eagle Graphics and Printing building and plans to make the move a little deeper into the west side, her base, as early as August. Her lease has ended at her current location and she says she wants a more permanent space for the business.
"This is it for us," she says. "We're not planning on doing anything else."
Whenever the transition happens, expect the operation to be down for around a week while everything down to the booths is moved.
À la carte
• Sakura Sushi & Grill has closed at 3117 W. Colorado Ave.
• Crêpes Française (321 N. Tejon St., 473-6999) is hosting an Ecuador Relief Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 18. Entry for dinner, music and a silent auction — $30 in advance, $35 day-of — goes to help those afflicted by a flood on April 11, which caused $200 million of damage.