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Janet Day – Put that salad down: It’s time to celebrate ‘big food’

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Celebrate the Season: While the weather recently felt like January and will reportedly soon be repeating August, it remains time to celebrate autumn and October. That means big food. Join the Oktoberfest fun at the Tabernash Tavern on Saturday for an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional satisfying German dishes and drink. Put down that salad and white wine, October is time to think about slow-cooked meat-filled dishes, cured pork products and abundant apple, chocolate or cream-based desserts.

Call now to make reservations for the $30 buffet that includes turkey schnitzel, pot roast with stout beer gravy, ham hocks in sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, duck, a variety of sausages, spaetzel, potato pancakes, pretzels with hand-made German mustards and four rich desserts.

The price includes a glass of wine or liter of Spaten. The food and fun start at 5 p.m. Saturday.

I’m not finished eating yet. Sherry Kent reports that business at her new Drive By Pie restaurant in Granby is growing every day. The local support has been huge and the breakfast burritos have been flying out the door. Never one to sleep when there’s something else to do, Sherry is considering opening even earlier during hunting season. Stay tuned for details.

This also is the season for pumpkins, corn stalks, witches who flew into trees and all kinds of Halloween-themed decorations. The towns of Winter Park and Granby already have the scarecrows out and about, in front of businesses or in the median streetscapes. Some are quite cute, others clever, but the straw-filled gentleman in front of Country Home Outfitters in Granby made me laugh aloud. It’s got a sort-of “bottoms up” feel that you just have to see for yourself.

October also means it’s time to celebrate and appreciate locals. Learn all about local businesses big and small on at the 5th Annual Business Expo sponsored by the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce and Grand County Business Without Borders. Last year’s event was standing-room-only from start to finish. This year, more than 50 businesses are expected to participate, including restaurants, retail, services, activities, lodging and more. The Expo also is a great place to look for seasonal employment. It all takes place at Winter Park Station from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Autumn is a great time to think about re-decorating. Liz Woolf, a custom fabric designer from Hot Sulphur Springs, is bringing together a variety of design professionals for a Home Decorating and Holiday Showcase on Oct. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Caroline’s Cuisine of Grand Lake.

Designers showing off their products and talents include Woolf Design Works, Paradise Home Solutions, The Rustic Urn, Symbolic Interiors, Decor Done, Erica Kalkofen Designs, the Sun Piper and Frank Expressions. The event is open to everyone and is a great opportunity to have all types of design questions answered and attend workshops.

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