Biz buzz, Nov, 20, 2013

■ Pepperheads rejoice. En Fuego, the Grand Valley’s first mobile “flash restaurant,” pops up Thursday outside Peach Street Distillers, 144 Kluge Ave., with an eye-watering, nasal-draining selection of spicy food for those who love to bring the heat when enjoying an adult beverage.

Lee Mathis of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, in conjunction with Duncan’s Gourmet Food Truck, has created a one-night menu that includes foods spiked with ghost peppers, Trinidad scorpions and habaneros, all flavorful peppers guaranteed to generate some steam.

En Fuego will open at 5 p.m. and close around 7:30 p.m., unless the food runs out, Mathis said. “This has been going on for years on the east and west coast. In the normal tradition, it’s where a chef or a cook — I’m not a chef — takes over a place for a night with a special menu,” Mathis said. “We’re doing everything with heat Thursday night.”

Some of Mathis’ special dishes will include ghost peppers, the hottest peppers available on the U.S. market. How hot?  Consider the Scoville Scale, which measures the heat of chili peppers.

Bell peppers register a zero, jalapeno peppers register 40,000 units, habaneros comes in at about 400,000 units, and ghost peppers register around 1 million units on the Scoville Scale, Mathis said. Diners who like it hot will enjoy Mathis’ ghost chili fries, which come with a choice of dipping sauces; burnin’ BLTs, made with jalapeno-habanero-infused bacon and tomato slices marinated in habenero-infused oil, slathered with chipotle mayonnaise; and flaming burgers, which are made with a mixture of ground Angus beef and ground bacon topped with the “mother sauce,” Mathis said. 

Geeks Who Drink, the live trivia contest currently operating at a variety of Denver bars and pubs debuted in the Grand Valley on Tuesday at the popular End Zone Sports Pub, 152 S. Mesa Street in Fruita. Pub owner Cheryl Gardner said the Geeks Who Drink company offered to produce the free trivia night just as she was contemplating conducting her own contest.

A local personality, interviewed and hired by the Denver company, emcees the contest and keeps things lively, using the pub’s projector to broadcast animated questions for everyone to see. Groups of four to six people compete for prizes and free beer by answering questions about sports, history, entertainment and the like, she said.

Gift cards, free beer and other prizes will be given to both winners and losers at different points during the two-hour contest, she said.

“Bring your friends and your family. It’s a group thing. Come in, sit around and have some fun. There’s no real losers. It’s a good way to spend a Tuesday night — a good night for the women to go out with their friends and do some trivia,” Gardner said.

Geeks Who Drink takes place at End Zone Sports Pub on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mesa Mall invited children to enjoy the new Community Hospital Children’s Play Area on Wednesday by giving the first 75 children to arrive a pail of goodies including toys, sunscreen and more.

The play area is located in the food court next to the family rest room, where there is complimentary WiFi and stroller parking.

The play area will give “young ones an outlet to burn off some energy, especially during the winter months when a visit to the park isn’t always ideal,” mall spokeswoman Chelsi Reimer said.

Karen Martsolf, director of marketing and communications for Community Hospital, said the sponsorship was a good fit because the hospital is preparing to build a new building and expand service lines, including a new labor and delivery unit.

“We worked closely with the marketing team at the Mesa Mall to come up with some ideas that would promote Community Hospital in a way that was positive and fun for children and families,” she said.

The newly branded play structure will change the look of the area it currently occupies with a new, colorful mural and health and safety tips for children including: “Wear sunscreen” and “Eat Lots of Veggies.”

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