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Cyndi Palmer: Turning over a new leaf

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

As the year rounds out with its final month, it’s that time when we start thinking about turning over a new leaf and word is out that several restaurants have new menus to warm us this winter season.

Untamed Grill at Grand Elk in Granby started its new lunch menu Monday. The new Untamed menu features several daily specials that were crowd favorites and have become full-time offerings. New lunch menu items include a hearty green chili, as well as the popular Southwestern smothered tostada and “blue bowl” specials.

The Rapids in Grand Lake debuts its new seasonal dinner fare this week. Its winter menu continues to feature the popular Ruby Red trout and now offers a lamb tenderloin and wild boar sausage mixed grill entree with an almond date demi-glace, a petite veal oso bucco dish with mushroom maple balsamic jous, as well as several other new dishes. The restaurant reopens for the season Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The County Seat Grill in Hot Sulphur Springs also has some exciting culinary news on the front burner. The Grill welcomes new chef Josh Riffle from South Carolina who is helping prepare a new menu to be on tables at the beginning of the year. Don’t worry. They’ll keep most of the Southwestern offerings and the classic down-home dishes. But the Grill intends to freshen them up, giving diners the opportunity for home-fried chicken and the like. The Grill also welcomes the first of several interns from culinary schools in Denver, completing their three-month extern credits.

Speaking of things of the mouth-watering kind, I must say that the pie I brought to Thanksgiving dinner was given high kudos. Whatever Friend of the Library made the caramel pecan pie I purchased at the Grand County Courthouse, my brother said it was the best pecan pie he ever ate. Thanks for supporting the local libraries and saving me this year.

Cheryl Key, musician Gary Key’s wife, is also excited about a new venture. She’s opening up a store with Cindy Lavoie and Tracey Lamb called “The Seven Sisters.”

The store, to be located in the Alco shopping center, opens Dec. 5 and will display unique clothing, accessories, textiles and home decor from foreign places like Peru, Italy and Nepal. Key said the store will have everything from high-end to hand-made items made by people from small villages.

For those of you board gamers out there, the Gateway Inn in Grand Lake is hosting a cribbage tournament sign-up hour on Monday. Double-elimination tournament play starts Dec. 9 but Sheila at the Gateway said players may duel it out on their own schedules as long as they keep track of the scores.

I play a little myself and challenge anyone who thinks they can beat me to come join in the fun.

It seems like a busy season has been in the cards for the Mountain Family Center. As an interesting turn of events, just a week or so after announcing an overflow of sponsors and a need for families, the center is now in need of sponsors due to a large number of calls received by needy families this season.

“And that never happens,” said Jill Korkowski, executive director. Those who would like to help out are encouraged to call (970) 725-3257.

Other news to note includes an adult library program Thursday in Fraser featuring a story told by local artist India Alar Moon. Moon has a special creation tale to share, which includes tips on how we as individuals can help turn the world around from the path it is headed.

I didn’t need Moon to tell me that Mother Earth is in trouble, but her story (which includes so much more) captured my attention just the same. It is a compelling tale and she’s quite an interesting lady with many talents under her hat. Her audiences should be prepared for some deep thinking and spiritual enlightenment.

In the true spirit of the good message that Moon will share Thursday with her library audience. I am making it a point to not just take a look inside myself for New Year’s resolutions, but every day, at every moment. Together we can make a difference.

Food for thought: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.


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