Aspenites are keen on good health and that means exercise plus a healthy diet. So this summer’s first Healthy Gourmet Fest, sponsored by the Aspen Center for Integrative Health, was a fabulous addition to the busy summer schedule. Famous chefs from throughout the country gave light-lunch cooking classes, and I took the one given at Jan and Ronnie Greenberg’s home with chef Magdiale Wolmark. What a great lunch he made for us with King Oyster mushrooms, along with amaranth grits. He told us that “eating vegetarian is a more compassionate way to live your life.” There was a tasting of organic wines from Jim Fetzer’s Ceago Vinegarden and his other vineyard on Tule Bay, Calif., and the Benziger Family Winery of California. The wines are made from organic and biodynamic (farming the organic way) grapes and were light and delicious. The Fetzer Family sold their Fetzer Wineries and now Jim is one of the country’s leaders in producing organic wines. In the evening everyone met for the Platinum Carrot Chef Awards reception in the garden of The St. Regis Aspen hotel followed by a tasting dinner of specialties from famous healthy gourmet restaurants around the country.Chairman of the Healthy Gourmet Fest was Glenda Greenwald and her co-chairs were Pamela Levy Crandall and Lynda Weiser. Glenda is also the founder of the Aspen Center for Integrative Health; Jennifer Young is the director. Aspenites ate up this new healthy event. Erin Dinsmoor has a showing of her paintings at the Main Street Bakery and Cafe. Erin, the daughter of Jane and Bill Dinsmoor, recently graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.Named to the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications dean’s list this spring for academic achievement was Basalt resident Braden Bruington, who is majoring in television, radio and film. Max Lipsey, son of Linda Girvin and Bill Lipsey, graduated May 9 magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School. In September he will begin his studies in industrial design at the Design Academy, Eundhoven, in the Netherlands. Max graduated from Aspen High School in 2001.Attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, this fall is Nelson A. Harvey, a 2004 graduate of Colorado Rocky Mountain School and a transfer student from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the son of Kelly Alford of Basalt and Joe Harvey of California. Also attending Bates this fall is Gretchen Grebe, a 2005 graduate of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and daughter of Jeff Grebe of Carbondale and Romaine Schott of Colorado Springs.
Art Pfister celebrated his 95th birthday on Aug. 18 at his and wife Betty’s home with his children, grandchildren, and friends old and new.Heard that Aspenite Merv Adelson, who has been a leader in television programming for years, is now working on a new program about children fighting obesity. The program will be launched in January.Moved back to Aspen is Gloria Sandvig after 17 years away. She taught school in China and then lived in New York City.The Aspen Center for Physics held its annual cocktails on the lawn gathering in early August.The Aspenblow Bluegrass Mountain Stomp was held at Picnic Point on the back of Ajax and featured an afternoon of music, dancing and good food. Hosts included Kyle Boyd, Kent and Joan Shodeen, Kathryn Sewell and Neil Hight, Dick Stahura, Nancy Snell and Rodney Knutson, George and Sandy Benkendorf, Steve Serna and Gwen Richter, Denny Burrill, Genene and Fred Aryaza, Ed and Pat Peterson, Michele Bodner and Howard Bass, Lorrie and Larry Winnerman, Jack Miller, Holly and Jon Simpson, Pam and Jack Stanford, Enola Maybry and Bob Bradley, and Mary Ellen Sheridan and Drew Kitchell. Undercurrent … yellow leaves are creeping into the forests around Aspen.
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