Table Talk for April 12

April 2005
Out with the old...Strings Restaurant launches a new spring menu as it welcomes Ed Kent as new head chef. Kent hails from 240 Union where he cooked for eight and a half years. The new menu--think lobster and crab, handmade tarragon fettuccine, peas, morels, and Pernod butter--is true to Strings' seasonal New American cuisine and Kent's love of seafood. We can't wait to try the fallen vegetable soufflé or the pan-seared salmon with radish and crab relish, cucumber consommé, and pea shoot salad. 1700 Humboldt St., 303-831-7310, stringsrestaurant.com. Tax relief...Drown your sorrows or celebrate your refund on Tax Day at McCormick's & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in the Denver Tech Center. Drinks specials will run all day--sip on "In the Red" bloody Marys, "In the Black" Irish coffee, "In the Green" appletinis, or a Sam Adams "Deduction" draft--and happy hour lasts from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner specials on will only cost you $10.40 (get it?). 8100 E. Union Ave., 720-200-9339. Brain food...Our new favorite food book is Rise & Dine by Golden author Joey Porcelli. The chatty guide to breakfasting in Denver and Boulder is small enough to fit in a purse or glove compartment, and it's one breakfast-lovers should keep close by. With more than 100 short reviews of breakfast menus ranging from Ellynton's in the Brown Palace to greasy-spoon Breakfast King, we can only imagine how many slices of French toast and dozens of scrambled eggs Porcelli ingested. Available at bookstores such as the Tattered Cover, Barnes & Noble, and Borders Books.

Raise a glass...Save 15 percent on all Pinot Noirs at Denver Cru Fine Wine & Spirits through Thursday, April 14. It's a sale that makes us salivate--especially after attending the Taste of Vail's Pinot Noir tasting this past Saturday. The 90-minute seminar featured 11 different Pinots from Oregon, California, France, and New Zealand. Denver Cru's Pinots are primarily from Oregon and California and start at around $20. Shop owner Peter Klann recommends putting the August Briggs 2002 ($37) and Tandem Peleton 2002 ($28) on your must-buy list. 1590 Little Raven St., Suite 175, 303-573-9463. Table Talk is 5280 Magazine's weekly newsletter highlighting Denver's latest restaurant and dining news. Subscription info on Table Talk and other 5280 newsletters is available here.