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Get your fresh meats in downtown New Castle

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

Samuel Garcia is a hard-working man. The new location of Garcia’s, which he finished remodeling about six weeks ago, is two doors from his original location, at 201 Main Street. Garcia’s offers fresh meats and a couple of butchers who prepare tempting steaks and different cuts of beef, pork, variety meats, whole chickens and some out-of-the ordinary delicacies.

Garcia is in the demolition process at his original location, and plans to start a full-service Mexican restaurant, including a huge kitchen to service 300 customers per day, and an outdoor patio.

And he has a couple locations in Carbondale, too.

Now, I’m not the most adventurous gourmand in the world. Some of the items in Garcia’s meat cases are clearly for more creative cooks. Garcia assured me pork feet are a favorite of at least one local woman who stops in once or twice per week for the unusual cuisine she learned to appreciate while living in Central Europe.

He enlightened me to the fact chicken feet are delicious in soups and chicken stock, because the bones in the chicken feet contribute to a rich, hearty taste. But I would need a couple glasses of wine before trying that particular ingredient.

Garcia opened a meat department two years ago in Carbondale. The business became so successful, he decided to try it in New Castle. A growing number of New Castle-ites are glad he did. Patty Ringer of OZ, The Artists’ Workshop, is a real fan of the oxtails he sells.

“I love Garcia’s meat department because it’s so convenient, and the butchers are so anxious to give me what I want.” raved Ringer. “The meat is always good quality, and the store is super clean. It’s a real asset to the community. His thin, seasoned meat makes the best fajitas in the world, and the oxtails for oxtail soup are to die for.”

The items in the meat cases are labeled in Spanish, but translations in English are posted on the wall in back of the cases. The meat cases also contain several kinds of specialty cheeses and fish.

He purchases fresh meats from two different suppliers in Denver.

Spices, dried beans and chilis, and fresh produce to prepare whatever Mexican recipe you can think of can also be purchased.

Customers may also order yummy fast Mexican food in the back of the store.

Huge frozen whole red snapper, tilapia and catfish, as well as lamb and shrimp are available in Garcia’s frozen cases.

Garcia’s is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

The plans for his full-service restaurant are in the hands of the town’s Planning and Zoning Department.

Go, meat! Can you hardly wait?

The first New Castle Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the New Castle Chamber office, located at 386 W. Main Street, Unit 102. A grand opening and ribbon cutting for Tracy R. Forristall, CPA, will start at 6 p.m.

Please RSVP by e-mailing or by calling 984-2897.

Carmel Walden’s paintings are on display at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House through the end of February. She has been painting professionally for 11 years, but she says since her father was a sculptor, she grew up thinking about and creating art.

“I’m primarily inspired by nature and a sort of spiritual quest,” said Walden.

Her watercolor paintings of wildflowers, mountains and Aspen trees are hung in various art galleries including the Midland Arts Company in Rifle.

“Recently I’ve been wanting to paint more animals. I’ve painted people portraits from the beginning, but it’s a different and fun challenge to try and capture the life and grace of elk, trout and horses. It’s always good to paint what you love.”

“I sell most of my originals rather quickly, but still feel it’s an honor to sell a painting to someone who wants to see it every day,” Walden continued. “I make giclee prints from most of my pieces so that makes it a little easier, because I know other people will have a chance to enjoy reproductions of the work.”

She will bring many new framed and unframed paintings to an artist’s reception to be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Patti’s.

Everyone is welcome to come see the art, have dinner or just enjoy complimentary appetizers, drinks and conversation.

The New Castle Veterinary Clinic is hosting its 20th annual Vaccination Clinic Week, which started Monday, Jan. 18 and ends Saturday, Jan. 23. Thursday and Friday, vaccinations for your pets can be obtained by appointment only, call 984-2259. Owners may bring in their pets on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

In conjunction with National Pet Dental Month in February, New Castle Veterinary Clinic is offering dental specials. Call the number above for more information.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column runs every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her for a possible mention of a positive local event or news item, e-mail or call 618-6689.

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