Table Talk: Revered, longtime chefs in Colorado Springs leaving their kitchens

By Teresa Farney Updated: February 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm • Published: February 1, 2017 0
photo - Dominique and Elaine Chavanon have sold their Marigold Café and Bakery at 4605 Centennial Blvd.

Photo by Teresa Farney
Dominique and Elaine Chavanon have sold their Marigold Café and Bakery at 4605 Centennial Blvd. Photo by Teresa Farney

Some longtime Colorado Springs restaurant owners are hanging up their aprons.

Elaine and Dominique Chavanon sold their Marigold Café and Bakery, 4605 Centennial Blvd., Jan. 3 to Silver Star Investments.

"We would have owned the restaurant for 25 years in June," Elaine said. "They (the new owners) are committed to keeping our legacy. Dominique and I will be available to consult with them."

Their daughter Sophie will continue working at the restaurant.

"She knows how to run the show, too," Elaine said.

While the Chavanons are ready for retirement they plan to keep working at the restaurant during the transition phase.

"We'll still be here for at least three months," she said.

Sous chef Chris Reese will step up to executive chef and Jose Aguilar, the award-winning pastry chef, will continue to fill the bakery cabinet. Details: 599-4776, marigoldcafeandbakery.com.

Another longtime restaurateur, Dang Truong, has sold his Lemongrass Bistro, 6840 N. Academy Blvd., to his brother, Patrick Truong. Between Dang, Patrick and their brother, Paul they have brought five Vietnamese restaurants to Colorado Springs since 1979.

"I came to Colorado Springs in 1975," Dang said. "Five years later I opened Mekong on South Academy Boulevard. It was the first Vietnamese restaurant here (in Colorado Springs)."

Later, Patrick opened Fine Vietnamese Cuisine on Centennial Boulevard, which he sold. Later, he opened Mekong Vietnamese Noodle and Grill, 1371 N. Academy Blvd. Meanwhile, Paul opened Saigon Cafe downtown and Dang opened Lemongrass Bistro.

Dang is taking a partial retirement from restaurant ownership and will be working part-time as a chef at St. Francis Medical Center.

Cupid helper

The countdown to Feb. 14 is heating up. Here are a few options to check for reservations. There are a few places offering Valentine's Day specials before and after Feb. 14.

- The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., offers "Between the Sheets" menu for two. It's a play on the fact that all menu items are prepared with sheets of dough, pasta or paper. Cost is $130 for three-course menu with choices of appetizers, entrées and desserts. Plus two "Between the Sheets" cocktails and a split bottle of prosecco. The special menu is available Feb. 10 to 18. Details: 475-8880, thewarehouserestaurant.com.

- Local Relic Beer Dinner at the Marian House Soup Kitchen, 14 W. Bijou St., 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10. For $60 per person you get a five-course aphrodisiac-infused meal paired with craft beers. Details: 270-0077, localrelic.com.

- Tapateria, 2607 W. Colorado Ave., offers a five-course tapas dinner paired with wine for $69 per person. Seatings at 5, 5:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Details: 471-8272, tapateria.com.

- La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St. offers a three-course menu with two glasses of wine for $45 per person (plus tax and tip) on Feb. 14. Details: 599-0686, labaguette frenchbistro.com.

- The Bistro on 2nd, 65 Second St, Monument, offers a menu of specials from which to choose Feb. 13 to 18: appetizers $11 to $12; salads $7 to $8; entrées $21 to $41; and desserts $6 to $12. Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin (red wine blend) or White Silk (white wine blend) is recommended for $34 per bottle. Details: 481-8822, thebistro 2nd.com.

- Moonlit Valentine's Day Dinner is offered at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, 4218 County Road 3A, on Feb. 10 for you and your honey. The five-course dinner, with dishes using honey, costs $100 per couple without three glasses of Holy Cross Abbey wine or $130 per couple with three glasses of Holy Cross Abbey wine. Details: 276-8325, tinyurl.com/jlc5gex.

- Prime25, 1605 S. Tejon St., offers a six-course dinner for $100 per person on Feb. 14. Reservations required. Details: 358-9822, prime25.com.

'KVOR Table Talk'

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:

- Michaela Hightower, owner of Soirée, 1003 S. Tejon St., talks about the expansion of her Curious Palate classes to the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Join in the sniffin,' swirlin' and sippin' fun on the second Wednesday of every month, starting Feb. 8 with Curious Cabernets. Cost is $30 per person ($25 for FAC members) and includes professional instruction, tasting of five wines paired with food bites, and a takeaway note sheet. Tickets at csfineartscenter.org/wine-tasting-class.

- Elizabeth Youngquest, with the Wines Festival of Colorado Springs, March 2-4, talks about the Washington state winemakers who will be pouring wines during the event, seminars, grand tasting and the gourmet wine dinner. Prices vary. Visit csconservatory.org/winefestival.

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Send tips about restaurant openings, closings and specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter: @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

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