Hospice eatery keeps doors open for dinner
Spoons Bistro & Bakery has decided to give it a whirl with new evening hours.
The non-profit restaurant, which operates on the campus of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, has grown its hours until 8 p.m., said executive chef Troy Krukow.
On the dinner menu, you’ll find a ribeye steak and baked potato, grilled salmon steak with caper buerre blanc and a daily chef’s special. Besides the dinner entrees, all of the daytime offerings — pastas, sandwiches, salads and bakery goods — are served.
They decided to add evening hours at the continued urging of loyal customers. On a recent trial run, when coupons were offered, Krukow said they had as many as 200 customers for dinner.
The bistro has a lovely patio surrounded by blooming flowers and a sweeping lawn, and proceeds support the mission of hospice.
HEALTHY LIVING: Main Street Bagels’ booth at the Downtown Farmers Market is offering a deal to anyone who uses food assistance coupons. The coupons will be worth 1.25 times their face value for the whole grain and organic flour bakery items. It’s a personal mission of owner Mark Smith to combat childhood obesity, which is greatest in low-income communities.
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention.
Other vendors at the Farmers Market also accept food stamps and vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children program.
HOLD THE MEAT, PLEASE: The nationwide pro-veggie effort to persuade people to go meatless at least one day a week is making a big splash in Aspen, according to the New York Times. At least 20 spots in Glamour Gulch are offering special vegetarian choices on what’s been dubbed “Meatless Mondays.”
Joining the haute cuisine crusade are Aspen Valley Hospital and the public school system, which serves only from-scratch food, down to their own homemade ketchup, the Times report said.
The city council, not wanting to appear elitist, declined to pass a Meatless Mondays resolution. Really? Aspen, it’s too late to worry about an elitist reputation.
KNOW YOUR WINES: Here are a couple of quiz questions from Mike Chariton at Planet Wines in downtown Grand Junction:
The Cote d’ Or is a wine region of
D. Rhone Valley
The oldest American Viticultural Area in the United States is in which state?
A. New York
Answers: The Cote d’ Or is in Burgundy, France. The oldest viticultural area is in Missouri. Even with one in four odds, I never would have guessed that one.
AL FRESCO DINING: Drop me an email and let me know your favorite Grand Valley restaurant with a view, or an idyllic patio with ambience.
QUOTE: “I can reason down or deny everything, except this perpetual Belly: feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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