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September 2014

LOCAL FOOD WEEK.   Local Food Week is on Sept 13-21 in the Colorado Springs area.  As always we bring in the best available produce from Arkansas Valley Organic Growers and will be offering local farm and ranch specials at both restaurants.  TAPAteria will also have our private local label TAPAteria tempranillo from Bookcliff Vineyards while it lasts.  For the many fun events during Local Food Week see the Colorado Springs Public Market site.

ARTWALK.  OCC will be packed for Artwalk Fri, September 5th with fine weather forecast so please be sure to call ahead for seating.  It is going to be a great weekend!  Pizzeria Rustica 632-8121.  TAPAteria 471-8272.

COLORADO SPRINGS RESTAURANT WEEK 2014.  Partially concurrent with Local Food Week is the Colorado Springs Restaurant Week Sept 19-Oct 4.  Dozens of local restaurants are offering dinners for two at $30, $45, and $60.  Pizzeria Rustica and TAPAteria will be offering Dinner for Two for $30 per couple and have great wine specials to go along. 

CS INDY BEST OF THE SPRINGS.  Best of the Springs voting is open through Sunday, August 31st.  You helped TAPAteria win Best Tapas in 2013 and we'd appreciate your support again for Best Appetizers/Tapas.  TAPAteria also plays well in Gluten-free Friendly, Neighborhood Restaurant - West, and Mediterranean.  As the only 4-Star Certified Green
® Restaurant in the mountain states, Pizzeria Rustica competes for Place to Eat Local/Sustainable, for Local Pizza, and Patio Dining.  And don't forget Jay Gust for Local Chef!  Thank you for taking the time to enter a ballot.

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CLASSIC WINE DINNER.  The book is already open at Coaltrain for our Tuesday, Sept 23rd Classic Wines Passport to Italia dinner with Ross Seville at 6pm benefiting Westside Cares.  We tasted through a number of superb value wines you will be able to obtain from Coaltrain Wine & Spirits where you can reserve, 719-475-9700.  The menu and pairings are below.  $59 + tax & service for 5 courses paired with 5 wines.(Click on the wines to learn more about them)

Wood-roasted Garlic & Calamari, Lemon Zest Aioli
2012 Maculan Pino & Toi
Antipasto of Wood-roasted Wild Mushrooms, Crispy Sopressata & Duo of Crostinis
2012 Ciro Rosso Classico

Toulouse Sausage, Red Onion, Pistachio & Boursin Goat Cheese Pizza, Salad Garnish
2011 Maiana Salice Salentino
Campanelle Pasta Cassouletti with Arugula, Wild Boar, Wood-roasted Carrots, Truffle Oil, Fontina & Pecorino
2010 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (90 pts)
Tuaca Zabaglione with Sfogliatelle Pastry
Zardetto Vino Spumante Brut

PASSPORT TO PIEMONTE WINE DINNER.  For those looking ahead to October, on Tuesday, October 7th at 6pm our wine dinner benefiting Colorado Demolay Youth will feature Piemontese cuisine such as Vitello Tonnato, Carne Crudo, Agnolotti, Bagna Cauda, and Piemontese cheeses.  Matt Sharpe from CTS Distributing and Chef Jay have created pairings with traditional Piemontese varietals like Gavi, Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbaresco, and Barbera.  That reservation book is also open at Coaltrain.  $59++.

OFF-SEASON HOURS.  Beginning Sept 8th Pizzeria Rustica will be open:
Tuesday-Thursday  5-9pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday  12 Noon-9pm
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NOW OPEN MONDAYS!  Remember, we are now OPEN  SEVEN DAYS: 11:30am-Close Mon-Sat.  1pm-Close Sundays. Come enjoy wine & tapas on the patio 7 days a week!

CLOSED LABOR DAY.  The exception to open Mondays is next Monday, Sept 1 when TAPAteria will be closed in observance of Labor Day so our team can enjoy time with family and friends after working hard all summer.

WHAT IF FESTIVAL.  Look for TAPAteria at the What If - Imagination Celebration Festival downtown on Sat, Sept 6th, 9am-4pm.  We'll be serving Paella for you to enjoy with over 100 interactive experiences and a beer garden.  Admission is no-cost!

GOLD HILL MESA CONCERT.  Chef Jay will once again be cranking up the Paella pans and also have Carne Adobada soft tacos to serve folks attending the complimentary Latin Jazz concert with Dennis Bueno on Saturday, Sept 6th, 4:00-7:30pm.

PAELLA ON THE PATIO.  Sunday, Sept 14th and Sunday, Oct 12th at 5pm are the last two two Paella on the Patio events of the season.  $29++ includes a glass of wine, sangria, or beer.  They are filling quickly so reserve soon at 719-471-TAPA (8272).  Credit card guarantee required.

Come in and enjoy our Happy Hour 3-6pm with great drink and tapa offerings.  You can even pick items from our well-stocked deli case to enjoy at TAPAteria or to take home.

COMMENT CARD DINNER WINNERS.  The winner of a dinner for two of $50 in tapas and drinks at TAPAteria is Liz Udall.  The winner of a $50 gift card at Pizzeria Rustica is Michael Collins.  We hope to see you soon and thanks for filling out our comment cards!

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