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Event pairs fine art, food, drink

Like peas and carrots, birds and bees, smoke and fire, Friday and paychecks, Grand Junction and mullets, some things just go together.But none go together like alcohol and auctions.As a fresh-faced college kid I succumbed to this devious duo at a river festival in Washington state. The festival’s organizers smartly sold cheap beer for hours before they held their auction. Needless to say, I, as a penniless but determined young man, eagerly outbid myself on a new kayak, paying much more than planned. On Saturday the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts holds its Culinary Arts, Wine, and Brew Fest at the Hotel Colorado, pairing wine and beer with a silent auction for the fifth year. “It is so fun,” said Gayle Mortell, the director of the Arts Center.The Center has gathered restaurants such as Siamese Basil, Rivers, Mi Casita, and the Hotel Colorado, breweries such as New Belgium and Glenwood Canyon, and wineries such as Two Rivers Winery and Plum Creek. Each industry will bring plenty of samples and offer suggestions on what beverage to pair with what food. The Center for the Arts has also invited chef Don Wilmoth to demonstrate how to prepare steak au poivre (a peppered filet seared and deglazed with a cognac reduction), and bananas Foster (melted butter, brown sugar, banana brandy, Myers rum, ice cream – oh, and some bananas).The event also benefits a good cause – the Center for the Arts restoration – with silent auction items donated from most of the breweries, many of the wineries, Main Street Gallery, Sunlight Ski and Bike, and many others. What: The fifth annual Culinary Arts, Wine, & Brew FestivalWhen: 4-7 p.m. SaturdayWhere: The Devereux Room at the Hotel ColoradoTickets: $40 in advance, $45 at the doorInformation: 945-2414

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