Feast in the Field in Crested Butte Aug. 18 | AspenTimes.com

Feast in the Field in Crested Butte Aug. 18

Staff report

This past spring, Chef Kalon Wall of Supper at the Sunflower trained with renowned Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann — featured on the first season of Netflix “Chef’s Table” — to learn the ancient art of Gaucho-style fire cooking. Mallmann is an expert at cooking over flame, under it and in it, and now Wall brings his new fire-cooking skills back for Feast in the Field, hosted by Mountain Roots, on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. in the outdoor setting of Whetstone Ranch in Crested Butte.

The true farm-to-table experience will feature beef from Parker Pastures — as the actual cows graze at the ranch — lamb, seasonal vegetables and fruits picked at the peak of summer from Rain Crow Farm, Thistle Whistle Farm, Delicious Orchards and Mountain Roots’ community gardens. Winemaker Joe Buckel from Sutcliffe Vineyards in Cortez will pair wine with the multi-course dinner, and during appetizers guests can sample handcrafted libations from Peach Street Distillers of Palisade and Big B’s Hard Cider of Paonia. A fresh peach dessert paired with Crested Butte’s Montanya Distillers rum along with fireside music will end the evening.

Feast in the Field is not only a celebration of local food. The dinner seeks to tell the story of local food and bring people closer to its hardworking makers. Guests will meet the ranchers, farmers, chefs, distillers and winemakers for a personal and rare culinary experience.

Tickets are $150 and include alcohol. You can buy tickets at http://www.mountainrootsfoodproject.org. Dinner benefits Mountain Roots, a Gunnison Valley nonprofit working to make the local food shed sustainable and abundant. For questions, email cassandrapence@gmail.com.

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