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Rousting competition at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Tricia Cleis
Suzzanne Paris
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According to Wikipedia, July 14 is National Macaroni and Cheese Day in the U.S. At Glenwood’s Downtown Market, we will be celebrating with a Fabulously Majestic Mac and Cheese Baking Contest to commemorate the occasion. No excuses, we have had cooking demonstrations in the past weeks on cooking pasta and making cheese, so we fully expect the community to get involved in creating some spectacular mac and cheese dishes to enter in the foray. So there will be no cooking demonstration this week.

This is just the kind of thing that Nancy Sprick Page had in mind when she brought the idea for Glenwood’s Downtown Market home from a visit to Grass Valley, California. Nancy is one of the original board members who recently retired from the board after 10 years, to allow new blood to come on board. It was Nancy’s intention to see the kind of social community event she visualized for Glenwood that would bring people together for music, fun, local foods, produce and hand-made crafts. Nancy still attends the market every week to see that the traditions carry on and to enjoy all the festivities that the market brings to the community. Nancy gives selflessly to everything she is involved in and has been an invaluable member of the board who would be hard to replace. Thankfully she shows up every week to keep us on task.

Downtown Drug and Treadz are co-sponsors of the music booth this week where Suzzanne Paris will delight marketgoers with her distinctive sound and soulful renditions of classic rock, blues and folk songs. Paris has opened and performed with artists such as Dave Mason, John Denver, Stephen Stills, Dan Fogelberg, Bo Diddley and many more. Paris can be found most Wednesday nights at Heather’s in Basalt playing with one of the former members of the Hall & Oates band.

Among the many local food vendors at the market, Andy’s Kitchen stands out drawing hungry marketgoers to his hot grill with the delightful, spicy smell of his wonderfully delicious hand-made sausage, sauerkraut and roasted pork. Andy has definitely created a demand for his unique, tasty, flavorful sausages and that wonderfully pungent sauerkraut that keeps marketgoers coming back each week. We especially look forward to finding Andy at the Oktoberfest event, where he will be playing music as well.

Andy Grogger came to the U.S. from Austria 15 years ago at the behest of the Prince of Bavaria to manage a restaurant in Vail. He has since created a name for himself in his own business, Andy’s Kitchen, where his kraut and sausages have become famous and are available for special events as well as wholesale. When he is not doing farmers markets or making sausage, Andy loves to play music and ski the Colorado slopes. Andy can be reached at 970-390-1785.

You can follow your nose to Andy’s booth every Tuesday throughout the summer at Ninth and Grand Avenue from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Glenwood.


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