Art Scene – October 21

‘Well done is better than well said.’

If I didn’t know better, I’m pretty sure that Ben Franklin must have been at our 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest last Saturday night because the feedback has confirmed it was certainly a job well done.

We never perform solo when it comes to the events the Center for the Arts brings to the community and I want to devote this column to honoring everyone who made our most important fundraiser of the year the biggest success we’ve had since we launched this community celebration in 1999.

The Food

Big Daddy’s, Chang Thai, Grand Avenue Sweets, The Grind, The Iron Bridge Grill, The Lost Cajun, Riveria Supper Club and Piano Bar, Nepal Restaurant, Zhengs, The Pullman and our food demo star Cherie Pape, chef/owner of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering.

The Wines

Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, Classic Wines, Craft Wines, Natural Wines, RNDC, Synergy Wines, Two Rivers Winery, Veraison Wholesale, CTS, El Costano, Wild Wind Cellars, Old World Wines and Williams Cellars. Much appreciation to Kevin Brady of Cooper Wine and Spirits for facilitating all of our major vendors. Thanks Kevin, we could not have done it without you!

The Micro Brewers

Breckenridge Brewery, Boulder Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Dales, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Odell Brewing Co, Carbondale Beer Works, Nikasi Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Snow Capped Cider, Talbott’s Cider Company and Tivoli Brewing. Special thanks to Emily and Damon Arredondo of Roaring Fork Events Company for an outstanding job in establishing our vendor relationships.

The Best of Show 

For the first time, we invited the over 400 attendees to vote for the best dish, best wine, best beer and best cider in Glenwood. We didn’t know how difficult a task that would be but after trying all of the marvelous offerings, our audience called it:

  • Best Dish – The Pullman
  • Best Wine – Glenwood Springs Brew Garden
  • Best Beer – Nikasi Brewing Company
  • Best Cider – Snow Capped Cider

To Those Who Step Up

The sponsors of this year’s event define community. Each individual, each organization believes that “the arts matter and are essential to our lives.”

Thank you:

  • Alpine Bank
  • Bighorn Toyota
  • Bethel Party Rental
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Glenwood Springs Ford
  • KMTS 99.1
  • Roaring Fork Events, LLC.
  • Cooper Wine and Spirits
  • Glenwood Hot Springs
  • Glenwood Springs Post Independent
  • Climate Control Company
  • Murray Dental Group
  • S2M Construction
  • Grand River Construction
  • Glenwood Insurance
  • Balcomb and Green, P.C.
  • Berthod Motors

They Keep on Keeping On

A special thanks to our committee members and volunteers:

Wayne Griffin, Kate McRaith, Kate Collins, Anais Liston, Stacey Barnum, John Quinn, Rita Wagner, Rhonda Bell, Veronica Capraro, Emily and Damon Arredondo, Brad Janssen, Tom Baldigner, Jerry Barnum, Courtney Madden, Shawna Dawson, Craig Dawson, Katherine Rosen, Kelly Zevin, Zabdi Fuentes, Morgan Crater, Judy O’Donnell, Randy Schriever, Sandy Schriever, Liz Waters, Terry Muldoon, Matt Christy and Tom McRaith

There’s Still Time

You can still bid on our wonderful silent auction items until 5:00 today. We are keeping the online bidding opportunity open so just go to and select Culinary Arts Event and have the last word on the subject!

The Big Finish

The best part of your participation in this year’s event is knowing that all proceeds support the creation and delivery of 70 classes, 12 community events attended by 28,000 people, 50 annual scholarships, 7 outreach programs and the teaching of 700 students….plus we employ 27 artist/teachers!

Thank you one and all!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts you can reach her at

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