TABLE TALK: Perfect getaway: Holden House B&B
If you didn’t get your fill of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, you have one more chance to plan a sweet-treat attack at the Indulgence Festival at Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The 15,000-square-foot ballroom will be filled with vendors offering gourmet caramels, decadent fudge, truffles, toffee, sauces, chocolates, cookies, cakes, sorbets, gelatos and oh, yes, plain old food. Also, you can taste dozens of wines, spirits, beers, coffees and teas. Cost is $70 per person or $120 per couple. You must be 21 with a ticket purchased in advance at indulgencefestival.com to revel in the chocolate fest.
• The Colorado Springs Chorale Chefs’ Gala at at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., is the premier chef competition in the region. Twenty-four of the best local chefs will vie for a place in the competition, which is celebrating its 28th year. While guests mingle and sample what each chef team hopes will be the winning dish, judges scrutinize the chefs’ work in a curtained area. Judges include: Award-winning cookbook author, Nathalie Dupree; Wildwood Casino executive chef Casey Higgins; and Luis Pagan, chairman of the culinary arts department at Pikes Peak Community College. Cost is $75 or $675 for a table of 10. Call 634-3737 or visit cschorale.org.
• The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs is March 7-9. It’s a fun-filled and informative weekend that benefits the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The featured wines will be from France. New this year is a Riedel wine glass seminar on March 7 at the FAC. Each attendee will receive four wine samples and a set of four Reidel Vinum XL wine glasses, a $138 value. Cost is $75.
The evening of March 8, a seminar called “The Enduring Cachet of French Wine” will be held before the Grand Tasting & Wine Market Auction at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave. Cost for the seminar is $35 and the Grand Tasting is $85.
March 9 kicks off with the ever-popular cheese pairing with French wines at the Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road. Cost is $45. The FAC luncheon “The Artful Duo of French Pairing” luncheon at the FAC brings back former Colorado Springs chef, John Broening, who is well-known for his time at the stove at the now-defunct restaurant Primitivo.
Broening has made a name for himself in Denver at Duo, Olivia and Spuntino restaurants, where he serves as executive chef at each. Soa Davis, the New York-based chef who wowed the luncheon guests last year, will team up with Broening for what promises to be another sold-out event. Cost is $85.
The highlight of the event is the Gourmet Winemaker Dinner & Live Auction at the Garden of the Gods Club on the night of March 9. Cost is $125 per person.
For tickets for all the events Call 634-5583. Visit csfineartscenter.org/winefest.asp.
La Zingara at Gleneagle, Gleneagle Golf Course, 345 Mission Hill Way, has closed, according to their FaceBook page.
“KVOR Table Talk”
Guests for “KVOR Table Talk” radio show on 740 AM, noon to 1 p.m. Saturday:
• Nathalie Dupree, award-winning cookbook author and TV cooking show host, talks about her new cookbook, “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” and the interesting journey her career has taken.
• Gina Costley, who with her husband, Les, own Luigi’s, 947 S. Tejon St., talks about the family-owned eatery, which was opened by Gina’s parents 55 years ago. In celebration of the restaurant’s anniversary, there will be specials starting in April. They have started bottling Luigi’s signature meat sauce and it is sold for $7.95 for 24 ounce jar at the restaurant. Call 632-7339. Visit luigiscoloradosprings.com.
• Alaine Nolt, who with her husband, Carl, own Serranos Coffee Company, 625 W. Colorado 105 in Monument, talks about expanding menu options to include lunch fare, such as hand-crafted paninis, soups and salads served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Michael Hoard, the general manager, will also join the discussion. Call 481-9445. Visit serranoscoffee.com.
• Marina La Riva, an owner of La Rosa Southwestern Dining, 25 S. Colorado 105 in Palmer Lake, talks about the restaurant, her New Mexico-style of cuisine and her long history in the restaurant business. Call 368-7676 or visit facebook.com/larosamexicanfood.
Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to email@example.com, 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.