Local Food Week, September 8 – 16, 2012

 Come learn about local food, taste, share and explore! Check out the events and food specials at participating restaurants, and share the synergy of working, playing and celebrating together!

Saturday, Sept. 8th:

 9 AM – 1PM Chef’s Cook Off: Takes place during the market at The Margarita at Pine Creek, 9am-1pm, although the judging will happen before the market ends. info@farmandartmarket.com

10:00AM -12:00PM – Canning Class at Venetucci Farm. Join us for this outdoor canning class on the farm!  They will provide fresh vegetables, just harvested from the fields, for us to preserve. We will discuss how pickling preserves low acid foods, as well as the process of water bath canning, including safety.  Visit the farm stand from 9AM – 1PM to buy fresh produce and make more at home.  Class is $30 and limited to 12 people.

Contact Bonnie Simon to register: bnnsimon@gmail.com.

Sunday, Sept.9th:

2 PM – Mountain Song Community School Wellness Event, “FRESH” movie
Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Mountain Song Community School is committed to supporting the whole health of each student and our extended community of Colorado Springs. Join us for our Back to School Wellness event where we will hear a short talk by Mina Liebert, Director of LiveWell Colorado Springs, sample some nutritious home-made snacks, and receive recipes for quick and healthy weeknight meals, packed lunches, and snacks. There will be some great door prizes such as cooking classes from Pause to Eat, and Tabor Mountain Bakehouse, and reusable lunch containers. And we will screen ‘FRESH’ The Movie which celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. All this will begin at 2 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library downtown Colorado Springs. Some content in the movie may not be suitable for young children, there are some childcare spots available.


Contact Neah Douglas; 503.432.1719, neahdouglas@gmail.com

Monday, Sept. 10th:

Movie; “Bag It”– 6:30 – 8:30PM – Manitou Springs Library

Tuesday, Sept 11th:

12:00 – 1:00PM; Lunch n’ Learn – Food Drying & Fermentation. Contact Debbie Walker, 719-475-8618 or tkcupboard@gmail.com, for more information.

10:00AM – 12:00PM; Harrison Urban GardenRibbon Cutting; remarks at 10:30 and light refreshments; the public is welcomed.

5:00PM – 9:00PM Bristol Brewery Karma Night! $1 from every beer sold will benefit the Colorado Springs Community Alliance and the Community Dinner, which closes out Local Food Week on September 16th.

6:00PM – 8:30PM: COOKING CLASS: Tabor Mountain Bake House, 1625 W. Uintah. International Tapas Class, featuring the best representation of Colorado produce at the time. Growers highlighted; Venetucci, Frost, Hanagan Farms & Larga Vista. Class size is limited to 8 students and cost is $65 per person. Class starts at 6pm and runs roughly 2 1/2 hours.  Contact Chef Angela Valencia; 719-429-2302 or tabormtnbakehouse@gmail.com; www.tabormountainbakehouse.com.  Payments must be made at time of sign-up.  We accept cash, check or credit cards.  Class size is limited to 8 persons.


Patatas Bravas with Aioli – Colorado Potatoes, tomatoes, Savory Spices, Farm Fresh eggs

Pinchos Murunos-Moorish Style Pork Skewers – Local Pork Loin, Savory Spices

Xato-Spanish Salad with Romesco Vinagrette – Fresh Roasted red peppers, Savory Spices, bitter greens like curly endive or arugula, Eggs

Spanish Tortilla-Egg and potato omelet – Colo Potatoes, Onions, Eggs

Dessert-Almond Torte –  Eggs

Wednesday, Sept 12th:

4:00PM – 7:00PM Salsa Tasting with Chef Heather,  Colorado Farm and Art Market at the Fine Arts Center!

12:00PM – 1:00PM – Brown Bag Lunch n’ Learn – Seed Saving Library David Wooley – Community organizer, gardener, recently completed a Master’s degree at UCCS in Geography and Environmental Studies and currently works for the City of Fountain as a geospatial professional” – Manitou Springs Library.

Thursday, Sept 13th

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch n’ Learn at Care and Share – Marcy and Dan Hobbs; “Seed to Table”. “The Local” Food Truck will be there, selling their fresh and local, natural and gluten-free dishes.

4:00PM: Local Food Bike Tour; cancelled.

8:00PM Movie “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” Margarita at Pine Creek; Limited to 50 seats, arrive early and order off the local menu or off the bar menu. Movie starts at dusk; In addition to the normal patio movie, this week The Margarita at Pine Creek screens “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” accompanied by an all-local prie fixe or bar menu for dinner. Make your reservation and be assured of a seat, if the weather turns.

$35/3 course, $42/5 course and bar menu from $3 – $20. RSVP to themargarita@att.net

Friday, Sept 14th

10:00AM – “Self-care for Gardeners”A complimentary event honoring those who make local foods possible. Location: Sun Pilates Studios; Event to include self-care massage & stretching of hands, enriching posture & breath movements for gardening and ointment recipes from the garden for the hands. RSVP either 719-460-4647 or 719-447-5662 to make appropriate accommodations for everyone. Sponsored by Sun Pilates Studio and Integrated Health Works.

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch & Learn “Colorado Springs and a Year Round Farmers Market,” at Care and Share, 473-2306 for more information.

12:30PM – 1:30PM: Lunch & Learn: “Healthy Local Eating on a Budget”, Senior Center, 12:30-1:30pm, contact Judith at jricejon@gmail.com for more information.

5:30PM – 7:00PM –“Local Food, Local Funding” Chris Dwyer, President of LocalMotive Financial will explore how we as individuals, families, organizations and communities can employ alternative financial strategies to re-whole local food systems and otherwise make our region more sustainable. Location: Adam’s Mountain Café; RSVP to info@peaktoplains.com to be assured of a seat; Event is free; local appetizers and beverages available for purchase, made lovingly by the staff at Adams Mountain Cafe.

Saturday, Sept 15th

All Day: What “if” Celebration – Booth: http://www.whatif-festival.org/ – 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Explore the idea of edible gardens and find volunteers who will be handing out fresh garlic.

School Garden Tour – 10:00AM – 12:00PM (pre-school thru college); 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Pikes Peak Swap. Trade  six or more of your home made food and products, and go home with half a dozen different home made items!  Debbie Walker’s Urban Homestead 2:00 – 3:30PM; Ivywild Area, signup and more info at  http://pikespeakseptember.eventbrite.com

Sunday, Sept 16th

9 am – 12 PM“How to build a greenhouse” workshop: Learn how to build a greenhouse that requires no supplemental heating, even in winter. New or recycled materials can be used and it works at any altitude. Two-session class from 9am-noon with lunch provided by local-food-catering gurus at Bon Appetit, then finish your instruction from 1-4pm, at Tutt Science Center on the Colorado College Campus. $50 per person ($25 for students with a current I.D.); following the workshop, join Penn and Cord Parmenter for an intimate Meet-and-Greet from 4-6pm. To register: 203-984-8926 or  ccstudentfarm@gmail.com . To know more about the instructors:http://pennandcordsgarden.weebly.com/index.html

5:00 – 9:00PM; Community Dinner at beautiful Hillside Gardens. The culmination of Local Food Week, the Community Dinner is a potluck of fresh, local food hand made and shared in a celebration of community. Gypsy jazz music by Mango Fan Django, beer and wine available, more food than you can eat. More information and reserve a seat at http://springsalliance.webs.com/community-dinner.


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