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Aspen TREE needs volunteers to help prepare food for Tuesday’s Community Meal

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Aspen TREE needs an army of volunteers this weekend to help pull off its popular Community Meal, which will be held Tuesday. Volunteers also are needed to help with the meal itself.

A team of chefs will be preparing food this weekend for the ninth annual Farm to Table Free Community Meal. The event attracted 1,200 diners last year. Eden Vardy, executive director of Aspen TREE, which hosts the event, expects a similarly sized crowd this year.

This year's event will be special because it offers a chance for the community to celebrate the values it shares and shed the contentiousness from the presidential election, he said.

"It's a real exceptional opportunity for the community to come together despite our differences," Vardy said.

The event includes children's activities, live music, a silent auction and opportunities to learn more about Aspen TREE's sustainable food shed efforts. The Community Meal is a local tradition for the community to come together before the busy winter season and enjoy a meal along with each other's company. It also showcases the bounty of the region, as almost all the ingredients come from local farmers and producers, including Aspen TREE's sustainable Farm Park at Cozy Point Ranch.

Volunteers are needed for prep work, greeting and serving. Email volunteer@aspen-tree.org to learn more and commit to a shift.

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There will be three seatings at this year's meal. Organizers are offering the chance for pre-registration to make sure diners can get seated, Vardy said. Reservations can be made at http://www.aspentree.org.

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