Rick Velliquette, owner of The Bistro on 2nd, isn't one to be at a loss for ideas on the dining experience and new menu items. At his Sept. 19 South American wine dinner, celebrating the bistro's one-year anniversary, he announced that the dining room will become dressier, with black tablecloths and wait staff donning black slacks, shirts and burgundy-colored neckties. The casual polo shirt look is reserved for lunch.
Velliquette is showing off his flambé skills with table-side salads and dessert presentations at his bistro at 65 Second St. in Monument.
New to the fall menu are Flower Pot Pies. Chicken, bison and veggie pot pies baked in what else? Flowerpots. There's a lunch portion and a larger dinner portion. Keep in mind this is the man who dreamed up the Tater-tot Grilled Cheese and Bacon waffle, which has become one of his biggest sellers. Details: 481-8822, thebistro2nd.com.
Good eats at art center
The Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. has stepped up food and coffee offerings with the staff of Bon Appétit, the food service company associated with Colorado College. The FAC Coffee Bar was the first addition. A new perks program lets members sip their way to a free cup of coffee using a punch card. Pick up a card at the front desk and start enjoying local High Rise espresso and coffee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The coffee kiosk has grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps and salads, all made with local, seasonal ingredients. Fresh fruit and vegetables are available along with other healthy snacks and bottle beverages.
Taste at the Fine Arts Center, the gourmet dining room, is offering a full pre-dinner menu for performances of Baskerville, Bunnicula and Annie. Think entrées such as beef tenderloin ($27) with garlic whipped potatoes, sauce Robert and wilted daily harvest aquaponics greens, or Boulder natural cornish hen ($23) with Millberger Farms root vegetables and cider-braised cabbage. A small plate menu at Taste and the Deco Lounge offers dishes such as Millberger Farms beet borscht ($7), vegetarian curry lentil stew ($4), lump crab Napoleon ($12) and stuffed portabella ($5). Brunch buffet is available for Sunday matinées from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $36.95 and $6.99 for children under age 12. Expect to enjoy a build-your-own bloody mary bar, carving and omelet stations as well as an array of brunch dishes. Walk-ins welcome but reservations recommended. Details: 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
Eat on the wild side
Nate Dirnberger, co-owner of Pineapple Republic Food and Beverage Co., and Robert Seebeck (aka "Cattail Bob"), a wilderness survival expert and author of "Best-Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies", are offering the Wild Chef Edible Adventures, an eight-hour small, guided wilderness foraging experience Oct. 27. Cost is $90. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Call 625-1074.
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