TABLE TALK: Colorado whiskey maker scores big in annual 'Whisky Bible'
Michael Myers, owner of Distillery 291, has only been making whiskey for a little more than year and already he has been awarded Liquid Gold by Jim Murray in “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible,” for his “291 Colorado Whiskey Aspen Stave Finished” whiskey.
“Because I’m making whiskey in Colorado I used aspen staves (pieces of aspen wood) in the whiskey during the aging,” he said.
Murray, who tasted 1,350 new whiskies for the 10th edition of his whiskey bible, gave Myers’ golden rye mash, barrel number 2, a score of 94 points saying, “It’s a superb, enigmatic rye whiskey which ticks every box: They are obviously fast learners.”
Myers’ 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey White Dog, matured for less than one week (batch 1), was given 90 points by Murray, who noted, “It’s the way a white dog should be: pulling at the leash and baring its teeth. Excellent spices.”
Visit 291coloradowhiskey.com/ to find locations that serve or sell his spirits.
Uncork the Season Wine Festival takes place at the El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366 10th St.,. in Calhan, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 10. For $25 per adult and $20 for military you sample Colorado wine, beer and get some holiday shopping done. Nondrinkers and under 21 are free. Visit elpasocountyfair.com/Documents/Uncork%20the%20Season%20Wine%20Festival.pdf.
Get your ducks in a row
The Blue Star chefs are taking orders for roulade-like Turducken. That's fresh boneless turkey breast, chicken and duck layered with andouille and traditional Blue Star stuffing. Reserve one online at thebluestar.net: click on turducken. You have until Nov. 16 to place an order. Cost is $40 for a small entrée and $60 for a large one. Red Velvet Cake, by The Old School Bakery, can be ordered too. An 8-inch cake costs $40.
Spice it up
Savory Spice Shop, 110 N. Tejon St., celebrates its third birthday this month with two cooking classes, which are limited to the first 30 paid students. Classes are on Tuesdays and start at 6:30 p.m. Details: 633-8803, savoryspiceshop.com.
• Nov. 13: Victor Matthews, owner of Paragon Cooking School and the Black Bear Restaurant in Green Mountain Falls, will teach “Holidays around the World.” $30.
• Nov. 27: Susanna Holmes, Savory Spice Shop staff, teaches “Holiday Baking.” $20.
Cook with a chef
The chefs at the Picnic Basket, 1701 S. 8th St., offer a class about entertaining at 6 p.m. Nov. 13. You’ll get tips for setting the perfect table to bidding the proper “adieu.” A four-course plated meal is demonstrated and served during the class with flaming bananas Foster for dessert. Cost is $70. Call 635-0200. Visit bestcaterer.net/.
• Wood’s Barbecue and Burgers, 6620 Delmonico Dr., has opened in the former Everything Fajita location. Here you’ll find Texas-style cue and burgers 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 590-9663. Visit woodsbbqandburgers.com/.
• Guadalajara Family Mexican Restaurant, 7336 McLaughlin Rd., in Falcon, replaces Poblano’s. It’s the fifth location of the Mexican food chain. Others are located in Elizabeth, Parker, Castle Rock and Aurora. Enjoy their extensive menu 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
• Taste of India 2, a second location for the Indian restaurant, has opened inside the food court of the Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East. Visit tasteofindiacoloradosprings.com/.
• The Parked Pierogi, 292 S. Colorado 105, in Palmer Lake, has taken over the former Amuzé Bistro space. Currently, it’s a weekend breakfast spot open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. More hours to be added soon. Call 210-7029.
• Little Market Mobile, a spin off of the Little Market & Deli, 749 E. Willamette Ave., is parked on the southeast corner of Colorado Avenue and Wasatch Street (behind the Cottonwood Art Center) 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Drop by to enjoy runzas, Polish sausage and bbq pork.
• A Culver’s will open soon at 8065 Fountain Mesa Rd. in Fountain. Visit culvers.com/ for updates.
Flip for fall pancakes
IHOP has introduced their fall pancake line-up: New York Cheesecake, PumpkinC and, back again for the first time in four years, carrot cake. Starting at $4.99, the trio of signature pancakes will be available through January. Visit ihop.com/ to find a participating location.
Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0271, Twitter @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney. Hear Farney’s “KVOR Table Talk” radio show noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays on 740 AM.