TABLE TALK: It's time to starting thinking about your valentine
Hey cupids. It’s not too soon to be thinking of that special place to take your sweetheart on Feb. 14. Here’s one suggestion: “A Valentine’s Day Tea”at Garden for the Gods Gourmet Market and Café, 2528 W. Cucharras St.For $16 per person, you get high tea paired with a special selection of seasonal, loose-leaf teas. Tea will be served 2-4 p.m.CQ Call 471-2799CQ. Visit godsgourmet.com.
The Wisdom Tea House, 65 Second St. in Monument, will open at 8 a.m. Jan. 29, following a winter break. Winter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Enjoy afternoon teas at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Cost is $24 per person with a minimum of two guests. Reservations required. Call 481-8822. Visit wisdomteahouse.com.
South African wines explored
Soirée Events & Celebrations, 1003 S. Tejon St., features South African wines at A Curious Palate Tasting Class 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 23. Cost is $25 per person. Call 633-8313. Visit coloradospringsvenue.com.
Italian cooking class
Franco Pisani, executive chef and co-owner of Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, 2802 W. Colorado Ave., will teach one of his popular cooking classes at noon Jan. 30. Cost is $30 per person for cooking demonstration, recipes and lunch with wine. Call 471-8200. Visit paravicinis.com.
Claire’s Pub and Grill, 3840 N. Nevada Ave., has opened offering foods with a British-flair like fish and chips. Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight daily. Call 633-0100.
The opening of Hacienda Colorado, 5246 N. Nevada Ave., has been pushed back from Jan. 27 to March 4. The Denver-based eatery features Colorado-style cuisine known as “Mountain Mex,” which fuses regional flavors of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Colorado with traditional Mexican fare. Visit haciendacolorado.com/.
“KVOR Table Talk”
Guests for KVOR Table Talk radio show on 740 AM, noon to 1 p.m. Saturday:
• Cynthia Bullock, executive director of Harley’s Hope Foundation, a nonprofit helping seniors and the disabled in need of major or emergency veterinary help for their pets. She has a food product line called B&B Creations, that she sells to raise money for the foundation. All the products have animal graphics on the label and include: Dirty Dog, Frisky Filly, and Cool Cat salsas. She also makes all-natural peanut butter dog biscuits and peanut butter-applesauce pupcakes with a low-fat cream cheese icing for dogs. Call 362-6335 or visit harleys-hopefoundation.org.
• William Gillum, wine steward for The Gold Hill Wine & Liquor Outlet, 797 Gold Hill Square in Woodland Park, talks about upcoming free wine tasting and wine dinners. Call 687-9149. Visit gold-hill-wine-and-liquor-outlet-woodland-park.com/.
• Alan Roettinger, a private chef to the stars and clients in the United States, Europe and Australia, talks about his vegan-lifestyle and new cookbook, “Speed Vegan” as well as his other titles. The Monument resident was raised in Mexico City, where he acquired a taste for exotic food and culture as well as a passion for flavor and beauty that drives his culinary expression. Call 499-2113. Visit veganascent.blogspot.com.
• Sandy and Mike Halby, with the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association, talks about “Bee School” on March 16-17 or March 23-24. The comprehensive course covers all aspects of beekeeping in our area, including how to acquire bees and the necessary equipment to keep them. Cost is $50 per person. Registration is due March 4. Call 528-5483. Visit pikespeakbeekeepers.org.
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