Granby: Taste the best of Grand County
June 27, 2008
The Second Annual Taste of Granby 2008 event Saturday is serving up delights to tempt all of your senses, with live music throughout and a variety of food and drink to try from local vendors.The festival returns to Granby to celebrate community pride and features restaurants and caterers displaying some of their best culinary creations. Attendees are invited to sample food prepared by some of the best chefs, growers and cooks in Grand County.They will be serving up Texas-style barbecue, Mexican food, American classics, fresh, locally grown produce from Morales Farms of Granby; home-style cooking, homemade desserts and locally brewed beer and wine. Theres also a dollar tasting menu available. Each of the restaurants and caterers will be showcasing their best fare with at least one item available for $1.Participating restaurants and caterers include: JRs Grill & Catering, Mavericks Grill, Ians Bakery, Java Lava Cafe, Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church serving up Granby Dairy ice cream, Showboat Catering and possibly Mackinaws.Newcomers to the festival this year will be the Winter Park Winery and the Grand Lake Brewing Company, with town representatives pouring wine and beer made here in the county. Libations from the Winter Park Winery (of Fraser) will include a zinfandel, cabernet, sauvignon blanc and a chardonnay all bottled there within the past year. The Grand Lake Brewery, which has all nine taps in full force for the summer, is brewing up three of its most popular beers for the event their White Cap Wheat, Trail Ridge Red ale, and their Wooly Booger, a nut brown ale.Featured bands at the event: Ron Ivory and The Miles Apart Band playing rhythm and blues and classic Top 40 tunes 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Anton Mallard 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Fineline plays Motown, classic soul, oldies, contemporary and Top 40 7 to 7:45 p.m. One on One playing Motown and classic soul 8 to 9:15 p.m. One on One, Fineline and Anton Mallard 9:15 to 9:35 p.m.Ron Ivory, leader, director and keyboardist, says the whole enchilada started with the Miles Apart Band, a six-piece collaboration that has featured up to nine players. Their explosive horn lines, intricate keyboard styling, rhythmic drumbeats, exceptional guitar sound and heart-felt bass add to the intoxicating vocals and harmonies. Their personalities and artistic talents emerge on stage and meld together in unrivaled perfection.For Saturdays show, Henry Hudson III and Lee Brown will be playing tenor sax and singing, Michael Wilkerson will be playing sax, Jeff Young (trombone) and OJ Blackwell will both be playing trumpet, David Summers Jr. will be playing bass, Ben Mitchell will be on guitar, Delano Austin and Stan Clements will be bringing in the beat on drums and percussion, and Ivory and Tom Sandquist will be tickling the ivories. Ivory calls the group the Kick Brass Orchestra.Solo artist Anton Mallard, a first tenor, will be playing classic oldies and nostalgic tunes on his own and then will join the other performers for a combined show to round out the evening. The ladies of the Fineline trio will follow, consisting of Linda Lee, Darla Stephens and Carol Henton.One on One, another group featuring Ivory, is a quartet showcasing songs from the 1950s through the 1990s. Features include hits made popular by The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Platters, The Contours, Al Green, The Stylistics, The Isley Brothers, The Dells and more. Members include baritone, second tenor and lead Henry Hudson III; Ivory (first and second tenor, baritone, lead musical, and vocal arranger), Jimi Alexander (second and first tenor and lead), and Nelson Stroud (first and second tenor and lead).Granby has opened up a new fan base for us and the chemistry from the Oktoberfest last year still lingers strong, Ivory said. Everyone is excited and passionate about performing for the Taste of Granby and its townspeople this Saturday. You may see a few Denver folks who will want to experience and get on this fun. Ive put together a show to take it beyond just entertainment, but in the realm of an experience.The event is brought to you by the Downtown Enhancement Committee, an extension of the Main Street Program. Granby Downtown Enhancement Director Betsy Cook is excited about this years event. Last years turnout surpassed our highest expectations, she said. As of today, we already have more vendors for this years event and the music will knock your socks off.How to get there: The town of Granby is located in Grand County, about 85 miles northwest of Denver (take I-70 west to U.S. Highway 40), situated on the west side of the Continental Divide between Grand Lake and Winter Park.