Slow Food Western Slope's fifth annual Food Farm Film Wine Festival on Aug. 16-18 was very successful. This fundraising event netted $3,000 in proceeds for two local non-profit organizations — Citizens for a Healthy Community and the Western Slope Conservation Center.
On Friday, seven local cooks selected produce from local farms and concocted some terrific edibles:
• Deb Pennington (Delicious Orchards) — Italiana Terrina di Verdure con Sopressata e Formaggio di Capra;
• John-Marc Ventimiglia (Thistle Whistle Farm) — Rice cake with roasted beet, roasted garlic, jalapeño, Rainbow Hill corn and red pepper coulis;
• Chef Mike Gillespie (The Living Farm) — Fried chili polenta with zucchini, eggplant and tomato relish;
• Alexis Halbert (Zephyros Farm & Garden) — Tomatoes with cucumber mousse and eggplant caviar;
• Emma Stopher-Griffin (Ela Family Farms) — PJ's peach gazpacho;
• Don Grant (Small Potatoes Farm) — Roasted potato with tomato, red onion and basil; and
• Ashley Trego (Orchard Valley Farms) — Paonia peach cookies.
They also had the director of "Bag It," Suzan Beraza, who entertained a question and answer session after the movie was shown.
Festivalgoers on Saturday enjoyed the farm tours at Delicious Orchards, Zephyros Farms, Austin Family Farm and Small Potatoes (where the wood-burning brick oven was stoked up). They also visited several West Elk wineries.
That evening the attendees savored Fresh & Wyld's Dava Parr's appetizers and Palisade Wine Fest award-winning local wines from Mesa Winds Winery, Stone Cottage Cellars and Black Bridge Winery. The movie, "Genetic Roulette," followed.
Dava Parr served a farmhouse dinner at Fresh & Wyld after the movie.
Here's what she served: Panzanella tomato salad; braised green beans with raisins, onions and chèvre; BBQ goat with various summer salsas; corn pudding; cheese onion flan (vegetarian option); raw kale salad with lemon Parmesan dressing; and peach gelato.
After a continental breakfast (which included Monica Wiitanen's cinnamon rolls), the attendees saw the movie "Dirt," and had a scrumptious outdoor brunch at Fresh & Wyld. Sticky Mulligan and Francois Pretorius provided the music.
"All in all a terrific weekend!" said Jim Brett of Slow Food Western Slope.blog comments powered by Disqus