TABLE TALK: Broadmoor names executive chef
Bertrand Bouquin has been promoted to executive chef of The Broadmoor. He is the fifth executive chef at the resort since it opened in 1918.
Bouquin came to the hotel in 2005 to be the chef at the Penrose Room and Summit restaurants. He assisted opening the Summit, which has since earned many awards, including Best New Restaurant from Esquire Magazine in 2006. During his culinary leadership, the Penrose Room has received both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Awards, making it one of 12 restaurants in the country with such honors.
Home sweet home
Winners of the Gingerbread Masterpiece Challenge at the Early Connections Learning Centers' "Gingerbread and Jazz" were only separated by one point. Judges for the contest included: Jane Vasterling, owner of Little London Cake Shoppe, Scarlett Farney (yes, that’s my daughter), executive chef at The Inn at Palmer Divide; and Kelly Dunavin, a baker at Cravings.
• First place: Christmas Childhood Memories by Bliss Bakery
• Second place: The Nutcracker Sweet: Sugarplum Cake Shoppe
• Third place: Victorian Christmas: Double Tree by Hilton
The Metropolis Supper Club, 1201 W. Colorado Ave., has gotten a makeover. Owner Jeff Chevalier has added a stage with large dance floor in the center of the dining room. Small cocktail tables circle the colorful tile floor, and more tables and chairs are set up behind the little cocktail numbers. You might imagine Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers swooshing across the floor. Chevalier has created a place for a relaxed evening of enjoying a cocktail and listening to music like jazz, country and oldies. He doubles as the chef offering a small menu of selections that change daily. On some evenings he devotes the stage to stand-up comedy and live productions like a take on "Rocky Horror Picture Show" complete with a gift bag of goodies for interactive involvement with the performers. Hours are 4-11 p.m. daily. Call 227-9888. Visit metropolissupperclub.com.
Summit, 9 Lake Circle at the Broadmoor, in addition to evening dining, has begun opening for lunch in the dining room 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The new menu features soups, salads, sandwiches and entrées like Wild Game Meatloaf ($13) with sweet potato puree and napa cabbage salad. Call 577-5733. Visit broadmoor.com.
Mobo Sushi, 5975 N. Academy Blvd., has a new all-you-can-eat sushi menu. Cost is $13.99 at lunch and $19.99 for dinner. They are open daily. Lunch hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Dinner hours are 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and, noon-9 p.m. Sundays. Call 593-8249. Visit mobosushi.com.
Owners of The Villa Palmer Lake, 75 S. Colorado Highway 105 in Palmer Lake, have announced the winner of their Fall Recipe Contest: Cathi Iannone, of Thorton, took the top prize for her Broccoli Rapini and Orecchiette with Gremolata. The recipe is available at The Villa’s Facebook page or visit thevillapalmerlake.com. The dish will be featured on the eatery’s menu throughout the month. Call 481-2222.
30 years and counting
Tim Payne, a partner at The Mason Jar, 2925 W. Colorado Ave., announced the restaurant has been in business 30 years. To celebrate they are serving one of the most popular dishes on the menu: Rock Lobster Tail. The lobster special is offered through Sunday for $21.99 for a six-seven ounce portion. Call 632-4820. Visit masonjarcolorado.com.
Lush Wine Bar, 121 W. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park, has opened in a renovated 1940s downtown building. There owners offer wines by the glass or bottle to enjoy with a tapas menu. Coming soon: the School of Lush classes in Wine 101, Deductive Tastings and Blending Workshops as well as olive oil tastings, salt tastings, and cooking workshops. Call 322-7720.
“KVOR Table Talk”
Here’s a look at the guests you can hear on 740AM noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17.
• Samantha Bruner, who with her mother, Karen Kelley, operates the Colorado Springs Food Tours, talks about the newest addition to their tour lineup: Downtown Cocktail Tour. On this tour you visit four restaurants to taste signature cocktails with light appetizers 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $29 per person. She will also talk about the other tours she offers. Call 322-5731. Visit coloradospringsfoodtours.com.
• Dick Frieg, who with his wife, Mary, owns Savory Spice Shop, 110 N. Tejon St., talks about the exciting specials they are having to celebrate their third year in business. Call 633-8803. Visit savoryspiceshop.com/.
• Richard Skorman, who has owned Poor Richard’s Restaurant since 1977, talks about the trials and tribulations of his restaurant career. He will also talk about the new patio and plans for doing other improvements to the eatery at 320 N. Tejon St. You won’t want to miss his story about learning to make and spin pizza dough. Call 632-7721. Visit poorrichardsdowntown.com.
• Amy Siebert, Colorado Farm and Art market manager, talks about the Holiday Market at the Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, which runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8. Inspired by the famous holiday markets in Europe, the event takes place outside and on the patio of the restaurant. Dress warmly and drop by to shop for homemade crafts and goods by local artisans and farmer's, live music, ice carvings, delicious snacks and warm drinks. Visit farmandartmarket.com.
Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0271, Twitter@tffoodie or FacebookTeresa Farney. Hear Farney’s “KVOR Table Talk” radio show noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays on 740 AM.