TABLE TALK: Some Conway cookery surfaces at Stir
Remember Pie-Eyed Pies bakery? Didn't think so. The store that specialized in all-things pie was opened in 2002 by Debbie and Jim Conway - the same family that owned the Conway Red Top hamburger emporium for years here. Like most Colorado Springs local business champions, I was saddened when the burger store closed. But, I was heartened when I stopped by Stir, 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave., coffee shop and found a freshly baked cherry pie prepared by Jackie Conway, Jim's sister. It turns out Jackie has the same way and love of pie making that Debbie, possessed. And there is still a Conway food connection here alive and well.
"I love every pie I make," she said. "I make them with the freshest ingredients possible. The pies are good because I really care."
Although she is just making pies for Sabrina Soong, owner of Stir, at the moment, she may expand her customer base in the future. In the meantime, she is baking fresh pies with seasonal ingredients for Stir customers to enjoy with their cup of Joe. Hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 418-6188.
Heart health education
The Go Red for Women Luncheon and Education Day is at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14. There will be health screenings, interactive booths, educational breakouts and a silent auction. The luncheon is noon-2 p.m. and costs $125 per person. An after-party cocktail event follows from 2-4 p.m. Call 635-7688. Visit csgoredluncheon.org.
Blue Star celebrates
The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., opened in 1995. To celebrate their 18th birthday, the restaurant is offering a "Best of Birthday" menu for $19.95 through Aug. 29. There is a new lunch menu at the eatery, too. Call 632-1086. Visit www.thebluestar.net.
The Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., in Manitou Springs is having a four-course "small plates" wine dinner at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, featuring Vina Robles wines. Cost is $27 per person. Call 685-9000. Visit craftwood.com.
Head to Spencer's Lawn and Garden Center, 1430 S. Tejon St. and 4720 Center Valley Dr., in Fountain forgreen chile sampling at Quesadilla Days. It runs10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The roasters will be cranking out batches of all the varieties of green pods sold at the market. Chilies are chopped and toasted between tortillas for sampling.
- Dickey's Barbecue, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, hopes to be scooping cue by Labor Day or the week after. Hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Call 623-4007.
- Colorado Mountain Brewery will open the second location in the old roundhouse building at 21st Street and Highway 24 this weekend. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
- Firehouse Subs, 7543 N. Academy Blvd., is open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
- SuperNova Barcade, 111 E. Boulder St., a 1980's arcade is open with a full bar and restaurant serving burgers, subs, salads and wings. Hours are 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
- Texas T-Bone Steakhouse, 4659 Centential Ave., is open 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for express lunch. Full-service dinner 3-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 3-10 p.m. Fridays; noon-10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-9 p.m. Sundays. Call 260-2372. Visit texastbonesteakhouse.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests for Saturday's show on 740AM noon to 1 p.m.
- Megan Andreozzi Harris, with Grant Family Farms, talks about Local Food Week Sept. 8-16. The week is filled with events and activities that highlight sourcing local food. Visit peaktoplains.com/index.php/local-food-week for a look at ways you can eat locally.
- Lynette Van Eaton, project coordinator, and John Crumlin, assistant director, of the Colorado University Aging Center talk about "Ageless Cuisine: Summer Splash!" at the Lodge at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Adam Gertler, host of Food Network's “Will Work for Food” and Shane Lyons, former executive chef at Nosh and now New York City restaurateur, will prepare the dinner. Cost is $125 per person. Call 667-0187.
- Jonny Stringer, bar supervisor at Old Chicago, 7115 Commerce Center Dr., talks about beer tours and what it takes to your name on the Hall of Foam at the restaurant. He will also talks about Oktoberfest kickoff on Sept. 12. Visit www.oldchicago.com.
- Larry Stebbins, director for Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, talks about the organization's Garlic Fest at Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 907 W. Cheyenne Road, from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 22. During the event expect garlic tastings, take in a garlic seminar and a garlic salsa recipe contest as well as garlic and garlic-based products for sale. The highlight will be a Master Chef Garlic Cooking Contest. It features a throwdown between Kevin Campbell of Full Circle Cuisine, Nathan Dirnberger, who is executive chef at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and Jay Gust, who is executive chef at Pizzeria Rustica. For $25 per person, you get two tickets for either a Bristol beer or root beer and admission to all the events. To register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgCQ or visit ppugardens.org.
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