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Over at 1610 Little Raven Street, local boy John Calloway has taken over permanently as chef de cuisine at Zengo. That's his name splashed all over the new menu, rather than that of Alan Yu, who came in as a temporary fix -- chef Troy Guard had departed to open Nine75 in the former Moda space once bossed by Michel Wahaltere -- and now has gone on to another Richard Sandoval enterprise. Calloway has given Zengo's Latino-Asian fusion lineup an even finer Asian touch, revising the street-food image of Japanese gyoza by adding foie gras and a passion fruit-mustard sauce, and including chicken with fermented black bean sauce on the entrée board. And on the dessert side? Lychee panna cotta with pineapple salsa.

Finally, two weeks ago I reported on the untimely death of new Le Centralchef Richard Ruiz, taken down by a heart attack while working at the ripe old age of 44. As bad as that was, the news gets worse: Ruiz had no life insurance. In order to help his widow, Caroline, and their two children, the human resources department at the Brown Palace (where Richard had been chef prior to taking the post at Le Central) has set up a fund through the Bank of Broadmoor and will be collecting donations for the next few weeks.

Dig deep, my friends. This guy was one of ours, and every little bit will help.

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