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Slow and easy

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

May SelbyKatie Leonaitis, Tom Passavant and Joyce Falcone " three of the original founders of Slow Food Roaring Fork.

CARBONDALE ” Slow Food Roaring Fork and Chef Mark Fischer of Restaurant SIX89 sponsored the Fifth Annual Summer Harvest Social on Monday, Aug. 25, at 689 Main Street in Carbondale. The benefit evening featured locally produced food and a lineup of Colorado’s most celebrated chefs. The sold-out event began with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction in the courtyard at 6 p.m., with dinner inside and on the tented patio afterward.

Passed appetizers included elk carpaccio on a chip, toast points with either mulberry or peach pate, spoons of melon and feta bites, and fresh mozzarella bruschetta. For dinner, chefs created signature dishes with products sourced from area growers and ranchers. Ian Kipp of Restaurant Ella in Carbondale served Maine lobster cannelloni with heirloom tomato sauce and a wild micro green salad. Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail prepared a natural Colorado rack of lamb with Morales Farms pea and green onion saute and organic pea tendrils. Ryan Hardy of Montagna at The Little Nell in Aspen presented a handmade Rendezvous Farms salami with chevre and radicchio, lemon, celery leaves and olive oil.

Following dinner, all gathered on the deck and in the courtyard to toast the chefs and expediters who contributed their time, creativity and resources for the special evening. The occasion also marked the 10th anniversary of Restaurant SIX89. As restaurateurs Mark Fischer and Lari Goode thanked everyone for a decade of dining at their Carbondale establishment, all applauded their success over the years and hospitality that evening. Both Fischer and Goode have been advocates of the Slow Food movement for several years.

The Slow Food movement began in Italy as a resistance movement to combat fast food. The worldwide organization is comprised of chapters, each of which is managed independently with the shared goal of promoting local artisans, local farmers, and local flavors through events such as culinary receptions, wine tastings, and farmers’ markets. Proceeds from the event at SIX89 will benefit Slow Food Roaring Fork, the local chapter of Slow Food USA.

For more information about Slow Food Roaring Fork, contact Tom Passavant, passavant@aol.com.

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