Serving up a local and seasonal dining and fundraising experience

The Southwest Institute for Resilience is the local non-profit that hosts the community gardens in Telluride, Ridgway, Norwood and the community greenhouse in Ophir. It also oversees the Telluride Farmers Market and a new project – the Tomten Community Farm where we hope to have top bar bee hives and other cool demonstrations this summer.

Everyone is invited to join us at the Steaming Bean on January 19th at 6:30 p.m. for a four course meal, edible auction items, local musicians, dancing and general festivities celebrating local food, farms and gardens. The meal, catered by JB & me will feature as much local food as possible (yes some things can be grown in winter at altitude!). Seasonal delights from farther away will accompany the local goodies. Each meal comes with a complimentary drink. We’ll also provide a taste of mead (following the bee theme and local as well).  An eclectic mix of local musicians will be featured for great entertainment.

What is the buzz about local food? Consider that in the Telluride region 100% of the food is imported, generally from a significant distance. What would happen if the roads were closed by avalanche or mudslide? What about the local economy? Does it make sense to buy local, and what does local even mean in this region? Who is ‘the worm lady’ and how does she fit into this equation? The answers to these and other burning food questions will be revealed at the event.

Tickets for this fundraising event will be available at the Steaming Bean. The four course meal, beverage of choice and après dinner mead is a delightful deal at $60 per person. You’ll be amazed at the creativity and excitement a little local food and fun can generate.

For more information, please contact Daniel Aragon at 970-519-1265 or southwestresilience@gmail.com.


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