Colorado Springs family brings new Mexican food truck to town | Culture & Leisure

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On Cinco de Mayo, Jose Santos Colmenares Jr. along with his brother, Roberto Colmenares, and father, Jose Santos Colmenares, opened the Moctezuma Mexican Grill food truck on the southwest corner of Union Boulevard and Vickers Drive.

Born and raised in California, Jose came to Colorado Springs in 2014 while stationed in Fort Carson.

“Later my brother joined the military and luckily for us he was posted to Fort Carson as well,” Jose said. “Then my dad joined us and our move to Colorado Springs became permanent.”

When Jose finished his military tour, he and his family realized their dream of owning a restaurant.

“We’ve always had a desire to start our own restaurant, but until now it seemed like a far-fetched dream,” Jose said. “This food truck is our first step towards building a better future for our family.”

Jose began his research for the opening by cooking for his friends and family.

“Once I felt I had something special, I enlisted the help of my dad and my brother,” he said. “My father has always had a talent for cooking. He always cooked for us growing up. Regardless of his work schedule, which was often the night shift, my brother and I always came home with good food he had prepared for us.

The truck menu offers tacos, burritos, bowls, taco plates (two tacos, rice and beans), and tortas. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. There’s a QR code on the front of the truck that you can use to place orders on your phone and wait in your vehicle for food to be delivered. Details: 719-820-4011, tinyurl.com/5n6cp3pt.

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Chiefs Winners

A dozen local chefs have stepped up their game at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel for the Chef Showcase, which benefits Rocky Mountain PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). Chefs competed for bragging rights and attendees voted for what they considered to be the most tantalizing flavors.

Drum roll please:

Third place — Picnic Basket Catering Collective with confit pork belly.

Second Place — Luchal’s Gourmet Catering for Spicy Fried Shrimp Tacos.

First place – Lumpia Lhea’s for island barbecue chicken, rice and beef, and vegetarian lumpia with sweet chili sauce.

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Five-year celebration

French Kitchen, 4771 N. Academy Blvd., is hosting a tailgating party from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to celebrate five years of business success. Owner Blandine Mazéran will make her famous sweet and savory crepes, which will be available for pick-up only in take-out containers. Flavors include Sugar and Butter, Salted Caramel, Nutella, Gruyere, Ham and Gruyere, Ham, Gruyere and Egg (scrambled or sunny), and Rolled Pancake with Sausage, Gruyere and Dijon mustard. Pre-orders strongly recommended.

Entertainment and specials include:

• From 9 am to 1 pm, La Baraka plays live French music.

• Culinary demos throughout the day.

• Ten percent off items in the Café, Bakery, Boutique and Frozen Market.

• From Friday 3:00 p.m. to Saturday midnight, benefit from a 10% reduction on cooking classes

Details: 719-528-6295, tfkcc.com

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mountain weekend

Nathan Rockwood, owner of Man Cave Meat Co. and co-founder of Gray Wolf Resort, 2631 County Road 86, Victor, is hosting the Man Cave Meat Festival: A Mountain Man Rendezvous, June 10-12. There will be exotic and farm-to-table meats, which will be smoked, grilled, flame-grilled and barbecued for tasting. Also enjoy ax throwing competitions, foraging walks, bean bag throwing, horseshoes and cooking classes. Tickets, which include dinner, are $50 per day and $25 for children (ages 5-11). Guest cabins and camping rentals extra. Visit tinyurl.com/55wdhpnc.

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