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Soup contest closes out the season

Guest Column
Sharill Hawkins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
From left, Dean Moffat, Bill Kight and Walter Gallacher, market regulars, discuss what to do on Tuesday evenings since the Downtown Market has ended for the season.

Did you miss the last Glenwood Downtown Market of the season? What will you do on Tuesday nights now that the market has ended? If you did miss the last market, you didn’t get to try all the great soups entered in the soup contest. Several local restaurants participated in this market tradition. This fall and winter you might want to visit their restaurants and enjoy some of their creations.

Chomps, Good Health Grocery, Rosi’s Bavarian, Riviera, Haute Plate Bistro, Sunlight Mountain Inn, Tatry/Uncle’s Pizza, Ski Sunlight, Jan Harr and Sue and Peter Sharpe all participated in the annual soup contest. The chefs had the opportunity to meet, one on one, with more than 250 of their customers. The happy soup tasters voted for their favorite of the night. Visiting members of the Denver Broncos also tasted the entries and picked their first choice.

Third place this year went to the Riviera for its potato leek soup. Rosi’s Bavarian, defending champion, came in a close second with its “Superbowl Leek and Mushroom” soup, and the winner was Haute Plate Deli’s “Boss Man’s Kickin’ Boomer Bisque.” The bisque from Haute Plate Deli also won the Broncos’ choice award. As the nights get cooler give the participating restaurants’ soup a try.

We want to let you know where to find some of the products featured at the market, during winter and spring. Cook ala Carte will be carrying the market’s balsamic vinegar and olive oils. Good Health Grocery will have Paula Troobnick’s Basil Vinegarette-Marinade, Big B’s apple cider and Avalanche goat cheese. The two cookbooks the market featured this year, Colorado Organic and Well-Preserved, are available at Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast. Hungry Mother Bakery and Pappardelle’s Pasta will be at Glenwood’s Saturday Market for several more weeks. If there are any of the market vendors, musicians or chefs you would like to contact, the market board can pass on their information. E-mail or call me at 945-4004.

We had glorious fall weather for the market’s Oktoberfest this year. We want to thank all the volunteers that helped from early in the morning until evening. Berthod Motors provided a flatbed truck this year so everyone could see our Oktoberfest musicians.

Glenwood’s Tuesday Downtown Market, our farmers, artists, musicians and chefs all want to thank Glenwood Springs and the surrounding communities for supporting the market this year.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2010 Downtown Market Season.

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