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Attack o’ the mac at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Tricia Cleis
Jim Hawkins proudly displays his trophy for winning the Downtown Market's mac and cheese contest.
Cindy Svatos / Downtown Market |

The rain began to pour as marketgoers crowded the Fabulously Majestic Mac and Cheese Contest table at Glenwood’s Downtown Market booth. The array of creations alone was mind boggling, and the aroma was enough to make everyone swoon. It had to be as hard on those crowding around awaiting the judges’ decisions as it was for the judges to decide which mac and cheese creation would take the prize. Marketgoers would get their chance to judge for themselves with 50 cent shots of the creamy, spicy and deliciously traditional mac and cheese dishes. This is one of the ways the market supports itself as a sustainable self-supporting nonprofit organization.

No surprise, Jim Hawkins of Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast took the top prize. The competition must have been fierce in the Hawkins’ kitchen, as Jim, his wife Sharill and son Clay all entered the contest. Jim’s mac and cheese creation “Buffalo Wing Mac and Cheese” featured the fresh crunch of chopped celery and soft cheese on top. It disappeared quickly to much praise and acclaim.

Gerald Mohl’s “Rueben Mac and Cheese” gave Jim a run for his cheese with his exquisite version of the Rueben classic in a casserole of his own corned and smoked beef, home-made sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Gerald happily shared the recipe he created specifically for this competition.

Third prize went to a very classic traditional mac and cheese dish that included a hint of bacon and was topped with a satisfying crunchy mixture, by Liz Hadland, who needs to step forward and claim her gift certificate and accolades. There were 17 entries in all, and the board wants to thank all those who entered in the contest, the judges, volunteers, and all those who came out to celebrate and come together as a community, if only to get out of the rain. There were a lot of satisfied grins sliding those shots down and reaching for another sample.

And because the fun never stops at the market, start getting pie-eyed in anticipation of the upcoming pie contest on Aug. 7.

Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast will sponsor Sharill Hawkins in the cooking booth July 21. Sharill’s skill in the kitchen is well-known, so we are in for a treat. Sharill’s entry in the mac and cheese contest was a dessert dish with fruit and a delicate sweetness, that was outstanding, a daring entry and sumptuous finale to all the savory dishes.

Skip Doty is a classic tradition at the market, and his produce booth Early Morning Orchards is a central piece of the successful market equation. Skip has been with the market board from the beginning and his happy smile brings out the best in the beautiful garden delights that he brings to the market each week. He was invited to join the board and continued the round table discussions and planning that market managing entails for the first few years while he was still in Carbondale. He has moved to Palisade but still acts as a consultant and is always eager to do whatever it takes to make the market successful. Skip considers his time on the board as a valuable experience for him, and he emphasized what he learned about the importance of community involvement and development that inspires Glenwood’s Downtown Market.

On July 21 the music booth at the market will feature Mike Waters and Bonfire, sponsored by Noone Law Firm.

Come and join in the fun at the market every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. through the summer at Ninth and Grand Avenue downtown Glenwood Springs.


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