TOUR, TASTE, TOAST AT SAVOR THE SAN JUANS!

Special to the Mirror

MONTROSE-If touring six incredible properties, tasting fresh, delicious foods and toasting it all with a libation and dessert is not enough, you can nourish your mind and spirit as well at Savor the San Juans 2015. Because this year, Savor the San Juans welcomes a new partner— Montrose Center for the Arts, a growing community group dedicated to uniting local artists to bring a Center for the Arts to Montrose.

“The Montrose Center of the Arts is a perfect partner for Savor the San Juans, which is built on the premise of feeding people great local food,” event organizer Carol Parker said. “With the addition of the arts, we are feeding the soul as well.”

Local artists have been invited to display pieces during this year’s event, both prior to the tour at the Lark & Sparrow venue Downtown and afterward at Turn of the Century, where there will be a sale featuring all mediums of donated local art, from paintings in watercolor, oil, pastel and acrylic, to photography, ceramic, fiber, and jewelry. The sale will benefit efforts to create a Center for the Arts in Montrose.

All art displayed at The Turn of the Century will be available for sale for less than $100. “Many of the properties on our tour this year showcase personal art collections. We feel that supporting this emerging association of artists fits well with our mission to showcase local farmers, bakers, vintners, brewers, designers, and the fine craftsmanship of area contractors during the tour,” Parker said.

Exciting kitchens and delicious food continue to be central to Savor the San Juans, which takes place Sept. 13 from 10:30 am to 4pm. The tour encompasses six unique properties that range from a renovated, historic farmstead to a contemporary masterpiece. The talents of local contractors, florists, and table decorators will be on full display at each decorated home. The brunch sampler at Remington’s at The Bridges and a dessert, beer, cider and wine tasting reception at the Turn of the Century make for a complete culinary adventure not to be missed.

Featuring a full array of regional culinary talent, each home will showcase a local chef preparing seasonal foods from local farms.  Participating chefs include Chef Janice Wheeler-Pine Cone Catering Co., Chef James WaltonCreekside Restaurant at Cobble Creek, Chef Nick Rinne-The Bistro, Chef Roberta Madsen-Remington’s at The Bridges, Chef Katerina Papenbrock  and Chef Sid Cavallo – Cavallo’s Restaurant, Ouray. Remington’s at The Bridges also hosts a brunch sampler during the event from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Tasting menus are crafted from the generously donated products from local farms who are Valley Food Partners and include farms such as Dayspring Farm, Mattics Orchards, Circle A Gardens, Kinikin Processing, High Desert Seed and Garden, Buckhorn Gardens, Milk and Honey Homestead, City Farm, Macario’s Produce, Waggs World Orchard, Dad’s Patchwork Farm, and Rocking W Cheese.  The full complement of participating businesses can be seen at www.valleyfoodpartnership.org/savorthesanjuans.

Participants will end their experience at the Turn of the Century Saloon in downtown Montrose with a Toast of the Tour from 2-4pm. The toast will include local beers, wines, hard ciders, and desserts. Celebrate the local contractors, designers, chefs, florists, and farmers who make living in the San Juans an amazing experience while supporting two valued community non-profits. The Turn of the Century Saloon has been generously donated for this reception for the third year.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Valley Food Partnership and the Montrose Community Foundation.

The Valley Food Partnership strives to improve the health of all community members and invigorate the economy by expanding access to locally grown foods. As a mission driven organization, the Valley Food Partnership is committed to working together to grow a healthy community by connecting local farms to forks.

The Montrose Community Foundation serves the the community by providing capacity-building workshops for nonprofit organizations, scholarships to deserving students, philanthropy programs to area youth, community service recognition programs, partnership for community initiatives, and grants to nonprofits.

Early bird tickets are $35 until Sept.1. Purchase tickets at The Bridges Golf Shop, Montrose Farmers Market, Tiffany Etc., Timberline Bank and Aqua Studio. After Sept. 1, tickets are $40. Tickets are also available for sale online on www.brownpapertickets.com–search for Savor the San Juans. Participants can pick up their programs including the map for the Tour on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Montrose Farmer’s Market (8:30am – 1pm) or on Sunday morning at The Bridges from 10:30am-12:30 pm.