Another great match |

Another great match

Cam Burns, Ann Burns and Leslie Henderson.

The Great Match – A Meeting of the Senses took place on the evening of Friday, April 21, at the Roaring Fork Club. The third annual wine tasting from the extensive cellars of Catherine Store Wine & Liquor expanded this year to include microbrew tastings and samplings of gourmet cuisine from area restaurants and caterers. Drawing locals from either end of the valley, The Great Match has now become somewhat of a precursor to Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic.An array of appetizers and delicacies were provided as a complement to wines served throughout the evening. Big Mamma’s Kitchen, Crave Catering, Classic Cakes of Aspen, the Kitchen Fine Catering, the Hickory House, Lisa Jo’s All Things Sweet and Zheng Asian Bistro were donors for the food portion of the event. The Roaring Fork Club and Catherine Store Wine & Liquor partnered as event hosts. Additional sponsors included Alpine Bank, American National Bank, Alice Koelle Photography, Bank of Colorado, Creative Celebrations Event Planning, Colorado Mountain News Media, Myler Law Firm, Rainy Day Designs, Prince Creek Construction, Stewart Title of Glenwood Springs, Timberline Bank, Vectra Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Rio Vista Services, and the Dunrene Group-Spruce Realty (Glenwood Meadows Apartments). The Great Match not only is an opportunity for food, wine and beer connoisseurs to enjoy savory flavors, but it also helps build sustainable communities through beneficiary Mountain Regional Housing’s nonprofit development and housing services.

Mountain Regional Housing is a nonprofit developer with special access to grant funds and low-interest loans for building new homes and rental properties aimed at attainable housing for local full-time residents. Its mission is to promote economically balanced communities through a wide variety of programs and services. Through its $400,000 Revolving Loan Fund, it provides several options for below-market loans for down payments or closing costs. Free Homebuyer Education Workshops are provided monthly in both English and Spanish with nearly 400 graduates of its program. The area of service is from Aspen to Parachute. Among its notable achievements, Mountain Regional Housing developed 26 rental units at Aspen’s Ullr Commons in a lodge conversion project and sponsored 29 rental units in Rifle completed in 2005. It helped create and now manages the deed restrictions of 60 Victorian ownership homes at Thompson Corner in River Valley Ranch. Mountain Regional Housing is currently developing Keator Grove – a highly energy efficient 52-unit ownership project located in Carbondale. For information on Mountain Regional Housing, call 963-9606.

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