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A picture of Melody Alvarez, the early literacy senior librarian with the Pikes Peak Library District, holding a book she read during digital storytime.
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People working during COVID-19 have rapidly adapted to provide needed services to the community. KRCC's Elena Rivera spoke with three people working in Southern Colorado on how their jobs have changed since the virus showed up in the state.


A photo of three kitchen workers wearing yellow safety vests near a metal cart, getting ready to hand out a meal to a family in a white car.
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Around 500 sites across Colorado are offering free and reduced price meals to help feed students while schools shift to distance learning due to COIVD-19. The Colorado Department of Education reports a little over 40 percent of students across the state qualify for the meals. When schools close, these students lose access to consistent and nutritious meals.

Epi’s is a Basque restaurant in Meridian Idaho, just west of Boise. In mid-morning, things are still pretty quiet, but owner Eric McFarland and a few others are prepping food.


It’s nearly Thanksgiving, which means extra food — and extra food waste. But one man’s garbage is another’s renewable energy.


When We Love Our Food So Much That It Goes Extinct

Sep 23, 2019

We humans love food to death — literally.

From mammoths to passenger pigeons, we have driven our favorite meals to extinction through overhunting and habitat destruction. And globally, our tendency to overharvest just a narrow range of crops has limited the variety of foods we eat.

Over the past 70 years, ultra-processed foods have come to dominate the U.S. diet. These are foods made from cheap industrial ingredients and engineered to be super-tasty and generally high in fat, sugar and salt.

The company Calyxt, just outside St. Paul, Minn., wanted to make a new kind of soybean, with oil that's a little healthier — more like olive oil.

As it happens, some wild relatives of soybeans already produce seeds with such "high oleic" oil — high in monounsaturated fat. It's because a few of their genes have particular mutations, making them slightly different from the typical soybeans that farmers grow.

Researchers studying wild black bears have found that eating human food could have a deep impact on the animals’ bodies.

Ecologists tracked 30 wild black bears around Durango, Colorado over a few summers and winters. They also tested their hair and blood.

They found that bears that foraged more on human food hibernated for shorter periods of time.

Think about the last time you went to the supermarket. You probably spent no more than a few seconds choosing from all the different brands of toothpaste, frozen peas or oatmeal.

Those few seconds used to be the holy grail for brands, the moment you would get hooked forever on that Tide detergent or Heinz ketchup — an event referred to as "the first moment of truth." But lately, the moment of truth has moved to the Internet. What's more, ripples from the 2008 recession have changed us as shoppers.

More and more people have started saying: "I'm not a brand person."

Investigators who are trying to track down the source of E. coli contamination in romaine lettuce are feeling that they've seen this movie before.

Over the past six weeks, at least 50 people in the U.S. and Canada have gone to the doctor suffering from the symptoms of food poisoning. They were infected with an identical strain of E. coli bacteria. Most of them remembered eating romaine lettuce.

This Sunday it's estimated that Americans will consume more than 200 million avocados. After all, what's a Super Bowl party without guacamole?

Oskar Blues Brewery is fast becoming one of the most recognizable craft beer brands in the nation with two locations in Colorado as well as in Brevard, North Carolina and Austin, Texas. But the Rocky Mountain based business continues to branch out as it represents both sides of the brand with its sister company, Oskar Blues Fooderies.

Pikes Peak Market at 9 S. Weber St. in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, hosts a soft opening on Thursday, November 2, from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. A grand opening celebration is set to take place in December. 

The Blue Star announces that they will temporarily close as of Saturday, October 7, with plans to reopen at an undisclosed location in downtown Colorado Springs in 2019.

The Blue Star says it’s an opportunity to “reimagine and renovate” but “the guiding principles will continue to be the foundation of the reinvented restaurant.”

Motif Jazz Cafe originally found a home in Old Colorado City, Colorado, but made the conscious business decision to close for almost a year in search of a new location. They chose to reopen in February at Country Club Corners in the same restaurant and shopping center as Duca’s Neapolitan Pizza. With a fresh start at 182 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

The Wobbly Olive is set to open another location in January 2018 at 2611 W. Colorado Ave. The second installment finds a home in the historic district of Old Colorado City, Colorado, right next door to TAPAteria and across the street from Jake & Telly’s Greek Taverna.

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Mother and daughter duo, Michelle and Turu Marx, co-owners of Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery, have been on a path to bring accessibility to gluten-free dining since opening the first location eight years ago in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The decision to specialize spurs from Michelle’s own profound results from the dietary changes she implemented after suffering from unexplainable health issues.

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Have you ever found yourself looking at the red pepper flakes in the stout, swirled, glass shaker on the table at the local pizza parlor and asked yourself, how long has this been sitting here?

Typically it has no protective sealant with complete exposure to the elements, offers a minimal spice profile and the source…who knows. So why have the spices that we add on top of our gourmet foods gone unnoticed and without the same demand for quality?

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Natural Epicurean, The Broadmoor’s casual dining spot, known for it’s health-focused, organic menu and transparent kitchen design, shifts gears to host a pop-up ramen shop. NE Ramen is open exclusively on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Labor Day.

For Natural Epicurean to operate as the venue is “a little contradictory to the concept,” says David Patterson, executive chef at The Broadmoor. “But that’s the point of a pop-up, to get out of your normal skin and be someone else.”

Photo courtesy of Craving4More.

Ashley Sara DeKam, author of the blog Craving4More, wants to share her passion for cooking and self-proclaimed love language with Colorado Springs. A Colorado College alumni, DeKam considers herself a local since 1999 but designed her website during a brief stint living in Portland, Oregon.

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La comida es algo muy fuerte, or, Food is a very strong thing.

A fryer full of oil and empanadas bubbles inside Angie's Latin Food truck. It's parked in an empty lot on Chelton St. under a Walmart sign.

In the cramped space, Wilmer Adelid Machado and Olga Canales sidestep one another, taking orders at the window, talking to customers on the phone, and preparing traditional Honduran food with fresh ingredients.

Here are a few more events coming up recommended by The Rocky Mountain Food Report, plus an update on their staff:

• 22nd Annual Pikes Peak Food and Wine Expo: A fun festival of food and drink with samples galore from restaurants and distributors with a cooking competition and craft cocktail competition.  $45. Sunday, March 19, noon to 3 p.m. The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.

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Looking for something to do food and/or drink related this week and month?  The Rocky Mountain Food Report has you covered:

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A round-up of can’t-miss events this month from The Rocky Mountain Food Report:

• 26th Annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs: A benefit for the Colorado Springs Conservatory featuring a weekend of wine-centric events, including tastings, seminars and dinners. Held throughout the city at locations such as the Broadmoor and the Warehouse. March 2-4.

In July of 2016, The Broadmoor welcomed its new director of operations and experienced master chef, John Johnstone, stepping into the role of Vice President of Food and Beverage.

Chef Terence Rogers of TBD Foods in Denver is bringing back casual, in-home dinner parties with an intimate setting located right inside his own quaint Cheesman Park apartment.  We got to attend the winter smoke-out dinner on Friday, February 3, enjoying a self-serve, barbecue-inspired dinner at a table of six.

Recently, Mason Jar Event Group hosted their winter cannabis pairing dinner at art gallery Boulder Creative Collective. Chef Jamey Fader, executive chef at Lola in Denver, cranked out courses while attendees enjoyed marijuana bud, concentrate and edible products from featured sponsors. Talking to the Report, Mason Jar made it clear the dinner’s are a unique opportunity to bring first-timers and aficionados together to appreciate cuisine and Colorado cannabis the way it is intended, in a group setting.

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A round-up of can’t-miss events this month:

• Haute Chocolate Hop: A 13-stop progressive gourmet chocolate tasting. Go online for a full list of the stops — which include shops, restaurants and art galleries — and what’s on the menu. $10. Friday, February 3, 5-8 p.m. Downtown.

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Downtown mogul Perry Sanders, attorney to the famous and owner of the Mining Exchange, the Antlers, the Famous, Springs Orleans and more is offering the full VIP experience for locals with the establishment of his new 365 Grand Club.

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Local rancher and owner of Ranch Foods Direct, Mike Callicrate, describes the role of a public market in a city as that of the kitchen in a home. It's a place where people congregate and create community around food. For Callicrate and other board members of the Colorado Springs Public Market project, Colorado Springs is a city sorely in need of such a place.

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