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KDNK Blues & BBQ Fest hits Main Street in Carbondale

Photo courtesy Alan SpearmanThe Gamble Brothers Band features bassist Blake Rhea, left, saxophonist and vocalist Art Edmaiston, vocalist and keyboardist Al Gamble, and drummer and vocalist Chad Gamble.
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When a New York girl found herself on a ranch near Crawford, a love for gourmet cooking merged with the pleasures of the North Fork Valley to make Eugenia Bone feel at home.Ive always had a fascination with food, especially its origins. And the North Fork Valley is, of course, magnificent in that regard, said Bone, who will give one of the cooking demonstrations at Saturdays KDNK Blues & BBQ Fest on Main Street in Carbondale.I came from a very strong food family tradition, said Bone, whose father is Edward Giobbi, one of the foremost experts on Italian cooking in the country.He broke down the spaghetti-and-meatballs paradigm and disseminated the good word about Italian food, she said.Bone carried on the family tradition, becoming a food writer for Gourmet and Food and Wine magazines. When her husband, Kevin, bought 50 acres near Crawford on a whim a few years ago, she somewhat reluctantly agreed to leave the city and join him. She said she has since come to appreciate and respect the western aesthetic.Life slowed down, and for a New Yorker thats a real gift, said Bone, who decided to write a book, At Mesas Edge, Cooking and Ranching in the North Fork Valley, applying her culinary knowledge to western fare.Bone also heads the new Slow Food Western Slope, which puts on slow-cooking dinners and demonstrations around the region, including a recent one in Paonia.At this point, were just trying to get more people to realize what a unique artisanal food-producing region this is, Bone said. And it helps us maintain the quality of life here if we can help farmers find markets. The third annual KDNK Blues and BBQ Fest runs from 2-9 p.m., featuring a BBQ feast, Tommyknocker brews and bloody marys, and music by the Hosty Duo and the Gamble Brothers Band.The cooking demonstrations were such a big hit last year that KDNK has expanded these with cooking demos to include phat thai and Russets restaurants, and an organic cooking demo utilizing fresh local produce with organic farmer Suzanne Luck, said event organizer Amy Kimberly.Playing from 5-6:15 p.m., the Hosty Duo hails from Oklahoma and offers hill-stomp Mississippi blues, Kimberly said. The Gamble Brothers Band, from Memphis, will bring a distinct horn sound to the Blues & BBQ Fest from 7-8:45 p.m. All four of us have been heavily influenced by the Memphis and New Orleans music of the 60s and 70s, said Al Gamble, lead vocalist and keyboardist. This music has also influenced our songwriting. Part of what were doing is paying tribute to those soul acts.New this year, the Mount Sopris Historical Society will host an ice cream social with sundaes and root beer floats, as well as provide Carbondale history.Food and fun start at 2 p.m. Cooking demonstrations begin at 3 p.m., and the music rolls at 5 p.m. For more information call KDNK at 963-0139.


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