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Taste the Valley

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A day of global cooking with local ingredients.

On Saturday August 22, 2009, the Black Canyon Land Trust and the Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyard in Hotchkiss, Colorado, will present "Taste the Valley," a day of cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings.

Local winemaker and Chef Yvon Gros will host Chefs Johannes Busch and Heath Stone from Denver’s Johnston & Wales Culinary School. They will instruct culinary techniques and prepare local meats, produce, fruit and create exceptional dishes. Chef Johannes returns this year to delight the audience with magic pairings of fine chocolate and local fruit. Chef Heath will dazzle you with knife techniques and ice sculpting.

A special guest this year is Eugenia Bone, author of Well Preserved , a collection of 30 small batch preserving recipes and 90 recipes in which to use the preserved foods. For anyone who's ever headed to their local farmers' market reciting the mantra "I will not overbuy" but has lumbered home with bags overflowing with delicious summer strawberries, zucchini blossoms, and tomatoes, or autumn apples, pears, and cauliflower, this book will be your saving grace.

Surrounded by the beautiful views of the West Elk Mountains and the Leroux Creek Vineyard, the chefs will share their secrets for preparing grass-fed elk and buffalo and compatible sauces. They will provide new ideas for local vegetables and use fresh local fruits and exotic chocolates to make tempting desserts. Attendees will enjoy the "fruits" of the chefs' labors and have an opportunity to imbibe on local wines and beverages.

What is the connection between a conservation organization and local food?

Past BCLT Board President Elaine Brett says “One of the best ways to tell people about protecting farmland is to have them taste it. For land trusts involved in local food issues, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. The local agricultural community can provide a natural partnering opportunity for land trusts whose mission may include shared interests, be it saving working ranches, agricultural land or natural wildlife habitats.”

Demonstrations, tastings and a gourmet lunch will be from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Saturday, August 22, on the grounds of the Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards at 12388 3100 Road in Hotchkiss. The day will finish with a private wine tasting. Donations ($75 recommended) will go to the Black Canyon Land Trust.

For more information and to pre-register by August 15th, contact:

Black Canyon Land Trust
970-252-1481 (phone)
970-252-7209 (fax)
info@blackcanyonlandtrust.org
www.blackcanyonlandtrust.org

BCLT works with private landowners on a voluntary basis to conserve agricultural lands, ranches, open space, scenic landscapes, and natural habitats for both current and future generations. Protected lands provide substantial public benefits to local communities and Colorado, and preserve a precious land-based lifestyle.

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