Colorado Springs chefs gearing up for holiday festivities

By Teresa Farney Updated: December 7, 2017 at 10:17 am • Published: December 7, 2017 0

The Broadmoor culinary team built an impressive gingerbread house depicting the Pauline Chapel. The hotel elves worked magic with 958 pounds of powdered sugar, 475 pounds of flour, 650 eggs, 19 pounds of holiday spices, 200 pounds of honey, 128 pounds of molasses, 6 pounds of salt, 78 pounds of assorted candy, gumballs and fruit jellies, 164 pounds of dark chocolate, 89 pounds of butter, 3 pounds of baking soda, 10 pounds of heavy cream and 2 pounds fresh yeast.

The jaw-dropping festive display is on the mezzanine of the main building at the hotel, 1 Lake Ave.

Broadmoor chefs and beverage experts are busy preparing for the popular 12 Days of Christmas classes in the Schreyvogel room in the South Tower from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, on the days listed below.

For $30 per class, you also get a glass of prosecco. Reservations required: 577-5733. Here's the lineup:

Dec. 21 - Partridge in a Pear Tree: Learn the classic French pastry, Tarte Bourdaloue, a sweet lemon shell filled with a rich almond cream and topped with a holiday spiced poached pear.

Dec. 22 - Two Turtle Doves: Learn everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate.

Dec. 23 - Three French Hens: A wine tour of the Rhone Valley.

Dec. 24 - Four Calling Birds: Learn the basics of the yard bird.

Dec. 25 - Five Golden Rings: Learn to make doughnuts in the hotel bakery.

Dec. 26 - Six Geese-A-Laying: Learn everything about eggs, including omelets, Scotch eggs, spaghetti alla carbonara and Caesar salad dressing.

Dec. 27 - Seven Swans-A-Swimming: Learn to make swan pastries.

Dec. 28 - Eight Maids-A-Milking: Learn how to make fresh cheeses at home.

Dec. 29 - Nine Ladies Dancing: It's a party with rosé and canapés.

Dec. 30 - Ten Lords-A-Leaping: Winter cocktails.

Dec. 31 - Eleven Pipers Piping: Piped cookies.

Jan. 1 - Twelve Drummers Drumming: Happy New Year! Chefs will show how to cook classic New Year's Day dishes.

Road trip

Michael Wright, executive chef at Fire restaurant in the Art a hotel in Denver, shows off two of the starters on his new winter menu. Photo by Teresa Farney 

Michael Wright is executive chef for Fire restaurant, lounge and terrace in Denver's ART hotel, 1201 Broadway.

The hotel property, which is in the Golden Triangle, Denver's museum district, has more than 40 works of art from leading contemporary figures in visual media, far-flung and locally based.

With a notable art collection, it makes sense that the restaurant would exude creativity through innovative cuisine, which Wright does masterfully. His new winter menu includes starters such as smoked trout dip ($15) with garlic crostini and Bermuda onion jam, and roasted red pepper hummus ($12) with feta, olive tapenade, crudite and pita.

Stunning desserts such as the chocolate-beet brownie sundae ($10) with strawberry semifreddo, chocolate ganache and orange gel, illustrate the chef's artistry.

Get in touch with your inner artistic side with a trip to Denver for a tour of the art collection at the boutique hotel, then stay for a meal to experience Wright's way with food. Free art tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Happy hour is honored for evening tour participants. Details: 1-303-572-8000, thearthotel.com.

New Year's Eve plan

Reservations will fill quickly for this special evening. Here are a couple of options:

- Patrick and Krystyna Garnier, owners of La Baguette French Bistro, have decided to do something different this year.

"Since New Year's Eve falls on Sunday night, we have decided to celebrate New Year's Eve 2017 on Saturday the 30th," he said. "Those who don't want to contend with crowded venues will still get their night out safely, just a day ahead."

For $75 (excluding tax and tip), you get a five-course dinner with two glasses of chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon and JP Chenet Blanc de Blanc Champagne. There are two seatings, 5 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Live music. Reservations required. Detail: 599-0686, labaguettefrenchbistro.com.

- The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, offers a six-course tasting menu for $65, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Wine pairing is additional. Details: 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com.

California grilling

Buffalo Gals Grilling and Catering, 1701 S. Eighth St., fires up the grill in the parking lot 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays selling Santa Maria-style grilled whole juicy beef tri-tip, "Rip Yer Lips Off" chicken or linguica sausage and all the fixins. Your party needs are all there. For big orders, call ahead weekdays, 635-0200; Saturdays, 635-1388. Visit buffalogalsgrilling.com.

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