TGIF and the place to be at 11 a.m. every other Friday is the pavilion in front of The Antlers - A Wyndham Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. The hotel chefs set up a cooking station offering fish and chips with coleslaw, condiments and a soft drink ($10). This is one of the best renditions of fried cod to be found around town. The fish is moist and flaky, and a live band plays and gets you thinking about the rest of the weekend. The mini-downtown party will take place two more Fridays: Aug. 11 and 25.
As the finishing touches are done to Duca Neapolitan Pizza in The Antlers, The Piccadilly Bar in the hotel lobby is open for lunch. The Buffalo Chicken sandwich ($12) with spicy-sweet sauce, bacon, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, lettuce and tomato is becoming a personal favorite. The sizable 6-ounce chicken breast is perfectly fried. Details: 955-5600, antlers.com.
Pre-order Palisade peaches to support the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Cost is $27 for a 10-pound box; $35 for an 18-pound box. Place orders tinyurl.com/y9t2wvss by Aug. 7. Peach pickup is at Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 19. Details: email firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-369-2027.
The Colorado Restaurant Association knows how to throw a party. And that's what they did at the Industry Spotlight Awards dinner at The Hangar at Stanley MarketPlace in Aurora June 27. The awards celebrate the restaurant industry and the top stars of hospitality. Plenty of food and drink and an excellent band kept things festive. Of the 18 award winners, a Colorado Springs company, a restaurateur and yours truly were honored with the elaborate Signature Dish Award. The Food Maven company won the Exceptional Newcomer award; Tony Leahy, who operates Patty Jewett Bar & Grill, was awarded Regional Outstanding Professional; and I received the Outstanding Media Professional award.
'KVOR Table Talk'
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:
- Dawn Franz, nutritional health coach for Natural Grocers, 7298 N. Academy Blvd., talks about the store's 62nd anniversary celebration noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 17. The party will feature vendors, gift raffles and an ice cream social 4 to 6 p.m. She also will discuss the launch of the store's kombucha on tap and upcoming classes. Details: 577-2500, tinyurl.com/y87a75xq.
- Maureen Christopher, with the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, talks about the wine festival at 1715 N. Cascade Ave., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. For $50 per person or $90 per couple, enjoy wine tastings from Vintages Wine & Spirits, food from the city's finest restaurants, a silent auction, live music by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Fiddle Band, and special dance performances. Details: 630-7434, csdance.org.
- Krista Heinicke, food and beverage office and public relations manager for The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., talks about the promotion of David Patterson to executive chef; new chef de cuisine Maxwell Robbins' addition to the Penrose Room; and new chef de cuisine Luis Young's addition to Summit. A new Asian pop-up concept is at the Natural Epicurean eatery, NE Ramen, which she will discuss. Hours for the pop-up are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1 to 4). Details: 577-5733, broadmoor.com.
- Brad Luckinbill, general manager for Service Systems Associates, the food-service source for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 420 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, is joined by Andrea Bolt, the zoo's public relations and social media manager, to talk about Tails, Tunes & Tastes, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Cost is $45.75 per person; $50.75 at the door (if available). You'll get the full zoo experience, live music, food and drink. Visit cmzoo.org/tails.
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