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Culinary Arts, Wine and Brew Fest

Kim Doose

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts held the 5th annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brew Fest on Oct. 16 at the Hotel Colorado.More than 250 people enjoyed tasting beer and wine from local and international microbreweries and vintners while they sampled cuisine from area restaurants.The event arrives every year just in time for patrons to seek expert advice on holiday meals from food and wine aficionados.The biggest thing in wine right now is the corkless closure, said Ken Robinson, who owns Roaring Fork Liquors. The bottom line is the wine stays good! he said.Todd Thibault of Breckenridge Brewery recommended Christmas Ale for the holidays. Whats more appropriate for the holidays? he asked. With an 8.2 percent alcohol content, Thibault believes it is great for family gatherings because it better equips one to deal with relatives.It softens the edges, he said.Joachim Ress, a wine broker from Germany, recommends serving a Riesling or Beaujolais with holiday meals, but never cabernet with turkey.The event raised more than $16,000, which is being used to renovate the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The building, once the Glenwood Springs hydroelectric plant, was constructed in 1888 and added to the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1998.It is the cultural center of Glenwood. Theres nothing like it, said Center for the Arts executive director Gayle Mortell. In the midst of a makeover, the building now has red Georgian brick stucco, a new roof and new windows and doors. Last Friday at the center, music teacher Kristi Phillips filled the cavernous hall with Martina McBrides Concrete Angel.In the 1800s, the building electrified the city. While the building no longer generates electrical power, it breeds a different kind of energy a cultural enhancement through its programs that nurtures new artists and educates children in the arts.The Arts Center is all about kids, said Mortell.While saving this piece of Colorados past for the future is a worthy endeavor, it is an expensive one. The center needs $250,000 to finish the job.Maybe the centers connection to the Brewfest will prove to be even more valuable. If Christmas Ale has the same effect on generous donors as it does on families, then maybe it will take the edge off writing a big check to a worthy cause.

Arts Council committee members, from left, Gayle Mortell, executive director; Mary Gould, of Glenwood, president of the board; Sinda Wood, of Glenwood, program assistant; and Aluna Chen, of Glenwood, a volunteer.

Deborah Korbel of Glenwood is a cosmetologist and owns Paradise Day Spa, and Mark Miskiewicz owns Concrete to Cabinets.

From left, Tawni Griffin of Glenwood works for Roaring Fork Liquors; Aaron Rogers of New Castle works at Juicy Lucys Steakhouse; and Nissa Maddalone of New Castle is a legal assistant at Worrell Griffith Durrett & Jaynes.

Rick Hilleary, left, of Glenwood, owns Real Data Services, an Internet business; and Marty Martinez, of Glenwood, owns Rio Vista Services. The duo played a blend of pop, jazz and blues for the event.

From left, Joan Langer, of Carbondale, owns Crystal River Spas; Debbie Bannon of Carbondale, owns Bella Cuchina Catering; and Conne Bazley of Carbondale is adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College.

From left, Leanne Wilmoth, of Glenwood, works for Land Title; Mike Dority, of Glenwood, is a Mechanic for Eagle Springs Golf; Jackie Dority is assistant branch manager at American National Bank; Jill Wilson is a teacher at Glenwood Springs High School; and Ken Wilson is vice-president at Alpine Bank.

From left, Pam Laugesen of New Castle is financial service representative at Vectra Bank in Basalt; Lane Laugesen of Glenwood is an architect at John Muir Architects; Chef Kristin Mul of New Castle owns Convenient Cuisine; and Joe Mul is an automotive technician.

From left, Joan Baldwin, of Glenwood, owns Rio Vista Services and is past president of the Arts Council; Barney Higgins, of Glenwood, is retired; and Susan Moore, of Rifle, is a waitress and cook at Base Camp Caf.


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