FOOD & DRINK
Owner Shuts Down Their Popular Restaurant To Pursue Competitive Pickleball
While many restaurants are acclimating to a post-Covid reality, Wendy Mitchell, owner of Aspen, Colorado's popular Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, has decided to voluntarily shut business down in order to focus on…wait for it…competitive pickleball. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. —...
French connection frustrates Wild Fig owners
The new restaurant filling The Wild Fig’s space will have an old familiarity to it, but only because its ownership is lifting the very concept its predecessor established nearly two decades ago. Aspen restaurateurs have expressed that frustration ever since they learned that the expansion of what’s being billed...
Kim Doyle Wille shares abundance
Melons, squash, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and herbs, plus over 100 varieties of pollinator-friendly flowers — all of these and more are growing from seed and seeking soil. Kim Doyle Wille has golden eyes reflecting a golden heart. She’s also got some 5,000 plant starts, representing around 400 different varieties, spilling out of her El Jebel home. Many of the varieties were grown from saved seeds, making them regionally adapted to our climate. This includes 17 varieties that survived the Lake Christine Fire, which came right up to Wille’s house.
Skinner: Pick your favorite ideal
How's your Aspen? I hope it's fine and I have to say that today, mine is not too bad. I'm practicing discipline while the waves reach higher, the wind blows stronger and the flames lick closer. Reading the opinion columns and letters in the Aspen Daily News is usually where...
TACAW fundraiser goes big with Sarah Jarosz
The Arts Campus at Willits will host its first fundraising gala this summer on Wednesday June 28 at … TACAW, anchored with an appearance by four-time Grammy winner Sarah Jarosz. “It’s a tough act to follow opening our campus in the heart of Basalt, getting our very own TACAW...
Storytellers sought for ‘Voices of the Collective’
Storytellers are invited to be part of a Live Storytelling event taking place from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, at The Collective in Snowmass. In partnership with Writ Large, tellers are being sought to share their potent, thought-provoking, and authentic tales as part of a collaboration to deepen our understanding of our local communities. Storytellers will be supported and coached by Writ Large’s founder and director Alya Howe, whose expertise will enhance storytellers’ prowess.
In Brief: Parties on Friday; shuttle service expands to Aspen airport
The Wilderness Workshop’s annual Community Party returns on Friday at Sopris Park in Carbondale from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wilderness Workshop spokespeople call this their kickoff to summer, celebrating their restoration and stewardship projects, hikes in landscapes they’re working to protect, bilingual events like Latino Conservation Week, and actions locals can take to protect the environment.
On the Fly: An essential list of items for fishing success on the local waterways
Whether you wade fish with a pack, sling or vest, we believe there are a few essential items you should always take to the river. As you might have noticed, there are those who travel light, and others who look ready for multiple days in the backcountry. Along with some organization, you can find a happy medium and be prepared for long days spent hiking into Jaffe Park or short walks on the Fryingpan.
New “Girls in STEM” summer camp aims to bridge the field’s gender divide
Women have been historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1970, women made up only 8% of STEM workers, and in 2019, that figure jumped to 27%. Women make up nearly half the American workforce, so there’s still room to...
McDonald: Not flying straight
What are the resultant ramifications of the proposed Aspen/Pitkin County Airport expansion?. Reconfiguration and expansion of the runway, taxiway, aircraft parking, and terminal to accommodate FAA rules for bigger planes to land as well as the accompanying ancillary offsite infrastructure required should cost every taxpayer and small business a bundle. But this is all that is needed to fuel big-business development.
One last summer for Meat & Cheese
Aspen’s restaurant row will have a bit less flavor come autumn. Wendy Mitchell, owner of Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, announced Monday that she’s closing the business “after the summer season” so she can focus on competitive pickleball. “I’ve had a good run. I’ve...
Authors of ‘Growing Up Aspen’ will see if you can go home again; one never left
For Andy Collen, Chris Pomeroy, Dean Jackson, and Lorenzo Semple, Aspen is much more than a playground for the uber rich and famous. It’s their hometown — where they grew up and which laid the groundwork for the rest of their lives. Their new book of essays “Growing...
A team of rivals better for board
Why was Amory Lovins not selected to be on the Airport Advisory Board? He applied to be on the board. He is imminently qualified. He is obviously willing to commit the time and energy on this important community airport expansion issue. But like many of us who were publicly opposed...
Explore Booksellers suggests two new titles and one old classic
Each week as part of SunLit — The Sun’s literature section — we feature staff recommendations from book stores across Colorado. This week, the staff from Explore Booksellers in Aspen has some suggestions. From the publisher: Denied a dog, a baby, and even a faithful fiancé, Cat...
Heritage Fire Returns to Snowmass with a Tasty Local Barbecue Experience
America’s beloved, live-fire, open-air culinary experience, Heritage Fire, returns to Snowmass Base Village in Snowmass Village, Colorado on Saturday, July 29, with an all-star cast of chefs who specialize in whole animal cookery. Heritage Fire Snowmass will showcase more than 20 notable local chefs, each grilling heritage-breed animals en plein air against the Rocky Mountain backdrop, and each sourcing ingredients from local farms and sponsors.
Joanna Gleason to Direct Phylicia Rashad in MASTER CLASS
Following last year’s smash-hit production of The Sound of Music, for their 4th annual collaboration, Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Music Festival and School announced the complete casting for the special presentation of Master Class for performances on July 9 and July 10 at 7:30 PM at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.
WineInk: Winemaking is freedom
One thing about this town: If you are looking to attend a fundraiser in the support of a good cause, you certainly have your choice of options. But few events on the philanthropic calendar have as enlightening and compatible premise as that being offered at a fundraiser the night before the Food & Wine Classic to benefit our own Aspen Public Radio. Winemaking is Freedom is a special wine-tasting event and dinner that will welcome noted Washington, D.C., restaurateur Rose Previte and her husband, David Greene, formerly of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” They are the founders of Go There Wines, an organization intent on not just selling great wine, but also on disrupting and expanding the current paradigm of the wine world.
Strings for Peace
Sharon Isbin is a master of Western classical music. Amjad Ali Khan is a master of Indian classical music. Together, they're building Musical and cultural bridges. Join us at a concert in Aspen for a highlight from Sharon Isbin's and Amjad Ali Khan's Strings for Peace project. Episode Playlist. Hour...
Aspen High’s Drama Club presents ‘Not a Cabaret’
Throughout the year, Aspen High’s arts and theater students work on plenty of projects, all created and directed by adults. “We end up only performing in shows or concerts with material that we don’t really get to choose. A lot of the stuff we work on throughout the year never gets seen in front of an audience,” said Clare Williams, a sophomore.
Colorado ski resort to host FIS Men’s World Cup in March 2024
Aspen has once again made it on the calendar for next year’s International Skiing Federation World Cup. The FIS Men’s Giant Slalom and Slalom will be back in Aspen March 2 and 3, 2024, according to a post from the FIS Alpine World Cup Tour Facebook page. Aspen is slated to be the second to last stop before the finals in Saalbach, Austria March 22 through 24 next year.
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