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Janet Day finds deals that tempt her tummy

Janet Day/Talk of the Valley
Winter Park, CO Colorado

Deep Freeze: I figure the best way to tackle sub-zero temperatures is with a whole lot of calories. Fortunately, a lot of local restaurants are making it easy to fuel-up. And now is a great time to take advantage of specials, discounts and promotions before the holiday tourist crowds arrive.

Rudi’s Deli is coming up with some surprising daily specials that go far beyond the sandwich and side dish routine. Last week, for example, the restaurant offered a salad of seared ahi, romaine lettuce, tomato, edamame, cabbage and an Asian-influenced sesame dressing. And they’re staying open until 8 p.m.

For a heartier meal, check out Back Country Grill’s daily specials, half-priced appetizers and glasses of wine. Appearing on the menu lately has been a savory foie gras bread pudding. I can’t imagine how rich and warming that must be.

To really warm up in a traditional Alpine way, head out to Caroline’s Cuisine for the raclette. I’m a huge fan of the French melted cheese served with air-dried beef and great bread. Apparently so are other people since Caroline’s reports getting repeated requests for raclette. It’s not on the regular menu, but if you call ahead they’ll make it for a party of two or more.

Alberto’s hasn’t opened yet, but I got a sneak preview of the new restaurant’s pizza. After one bite I was transported back to New York City where I’d have a slice of pizza on my walk home from work about three times a week. Alberto’s cheese pizza was everything this East Coaster wants in a slice: thin, crisp, slightly charred crust; a light spread of flavorful tomato sauce; real mozzarella cheese. If the pizza is any indication of what will come out of Alberto’s kitchen, we may finally have great Italian food in Winter Park.

The next week also is a great time to warm up by getting out and socializing before the crowds come. Wednesdays are Ladies’ Night at Ullr’s Tavern. Live music and a couple free drinks for the gals; $5 cover for guys.

Have a great time, taste of great wines, buy some great gifts and support a great cause by attending the Grapes and Gifts event at Verso Wines on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Ten percent of sales plus all tips and donations go directly to Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children). There will be drawings for wine and wine-related gifts. Karen Gadberry will be the guest bartender clanging the cowbell for each donation.

The Verso event coincides with the Grand Opening Celebration of Wild Horse Gourmet, just down the stairs from the wine tasting room in Cooper Creek Square. Wild Horse will be catering the CASA fundraiser and providing plenty of goodies in its own store Thursday night.

If your idea of staying warm is to stay inside and host your own party, take a look at the new offering from Pick Me Floral and Event Design Studio. The Winter Park company has launched It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, a mobile bartending operation and event planner. The company offers to do all the work for you: create party themes, develop signature cocktails, provide bartenders and servers, suggest caterers, book guest transportation and handle all the trash and recycling.

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