GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Corned beef and cabbage paired with green beer is as much Irish as the fortune cookie is Chinese. Both, incidentally, come by way of immigrants who settled in early America.But as St. Patrick's celebrations gear up, we've come to associate the salty cured meat boiled in a pot an annual staple to kick off festivities.And rightly so. On paper, corned beef and cabbage may not sound like a gourmand's idea of a good time, but to quote the Lucky Charms leprechaun mascot, it's "magically delicious."So, if you want some of that mouth-melting corned beef paired with a heaping of stewed cabbage, carrots and potatoes, stop by the fourth annual Fruitvale Lions Club St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Supper Saturday, March 16. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clifton Community Hall, 126 Second St. The event is all-you-can-eat, but word of advice: Get there early to ensure seconds. (And don't forget to wear green.)The cost for the Irish-American feast is $8/adults, $5/ages 5 to 11, and under 5 is free. Lemonade and/or coffee comes with the meal. Sodas and bottled water will be for sale for an added cost.Lions Club members will also be doing the ever-popular cake and cheesecake spin-the-wheel raffle, where if you play long enough, you're virtually guaranteed to win (unless you are lacking the luck of the Irish). Net proceeds from the event will directly benefit locally-based charities and scholarships.
On the west side of the valley, the Fruita United Methodist Church is putting on its annual Maggie and Jiggs Corned Beef and Cabbage and Beef Stew Dinner Saturday, March 16. These folks have been doing this for a lot of years, like 81 years, and they know how to boil a mean slab of corned beef.The event runs from 4-6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 405 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita.The cost is $9/adults, $5/children. Take-out is available; call ahead to 970-213-8038.