TABLE TALK: Poor Richard's opens long awaited patio
When Richard Skorman opened Poor Richard’s Feed and Read in 1977, there was a patio behind the eatery. Over the years noisy air conditioning equipment replaced the tables and chairs in the space. The past several months the patio area has been reclaimed with new outdoor furniture, mural by Douglas and Mallori Rouse, permaculture garden by Becky Elder of Blue Planet Earthscapes, a gorgeous pergola, fountain and stonework. It’s a cozy area, which includes a heater for cooler days, to enjoy food from Skorman’s two restaurants: Poor Richard’s Downtown, 320 N. Tejon St., and Rico’s Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Bar, 322 ½ N. Tejon St. Visit poorrichardsdowntown.com/.
In July, we told you that Otho Spencer, famous for his Otho’s Cookies and Brownies, was closing his store and heading to London, England, to bring American-style cookies to the British. But those plans crumbled when he ran up against immigration issues. So he has returned and is consulting with Pikes Peak Chocolate to dream up a line of cupcakes. The cupcakes are topped with mini-cookie decorations. Look for his cookies, brownies and new line of cupcakes at the two locations of Pikes Peak Chocolate: downtown at 125 1/2 N. Tejon St., and 805 Mantiou Ave. in Manitou SpringsCQ.
“Booritos” for Halloween
Chipotle Mexican Grill will treat customers dressed in costume to a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for $2 from 4 p.m. to closing on Oct. 31. Up to $1 million of the proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which is committed to creating a more sustainable future.
Here are some last-minute October wine and beer dinners to enjoy.
• Celebrate Oktoberfest Saturday with a five-course dinner at La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St. Reservations are available 5-9 p.m. Cost is $37.50 per person and includes a bottle of Becks beer per person and a glass of Dr. Loosen German Riesling per person and live music. Call 599-0686. Visit labaguettefrenchbistrocom/.
• Joseph’s Fine Dining, 1606 S. Eighth St., is the place for a four-course dinner with wine paired at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Cost is $65 per person. Call 630-3631. Visit josephsdining.com/.
“KVOR Table Talk”
Here’s a look at guests for noon to 1 p.m. Saturday:
• Diane Price, CEO for Early Connections Learning Centers, and Marketing Director Liz Denson talk about the Gingerbread & Jazz Gala at the Historic Day Nursery 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10. Two floors of this enchanting center will be transformed into jazz venues with buffets set up for dining as well as a two-hour iron chef competition to build amazing gingerbread houses. After the competition, the gingerbread masterpieces will be auctioned to the highest bidders. Cost is $125 per person. Call 632-1754 ext. 1005 or visit earlyconnections.org/ for tickets.
• Randy Price, CEO of Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group, talks about his latest addition to his restaurant empire, Over Easy; A Daytime Eatery, 28A S. Tejon St. Hours are 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 471-2311. Visit rockymtnrg.com/overeasy.
• Elizabeth St. James and Michael Giberti, who own and manage (respectively) Ramon Q’s Cantina: Mexican food with a Twist, 1005 W. Colorado Ave., talks about their new restaurant and menu philosophy. Call 434-2741.
• Rick Petrocell, owner of The Olive Tap, 906 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, talks about the Olio Nuovo, the first olive oil from this year's crush. He has also added some new food and spice items to the shelves of his store. Call 358-9329. Visit theolivetap.com/.