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Flavorful fare featured at Art in the Garden

The chefs for Art in the Garden Festival 2009 have been hard at work during the past few months, perfecting a menu to please the most discerning of palates at this second annual event.

Art in the Garden will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m., at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin. Along with the gourmet food, there will be 15 artists and eight different sets of musicians to provide a delightfully entertaining afternoon in a beautiful mountain ranch setting.

The food will be served in courses, with different selections during each course. The afternoon begins with cold soups. You can choose one or all three: Zucchini Curry Soup with Chive Garnish, Corn and Carrot Soup with Cilantro Garnish, and Summer Gazpacho with Basil Garnish will be featured in the main tent. During this course, servers will circulate throughout the venue with appetizer trays. The appetizer selections are Salmon Mousse on Rye Bread with Dill Garnish, and Chicken Liver Pate on Crostini with Radish and Parsley Garnish. Following the soup course, a salad display will be available in the main tent. The choices are Moroccan Salad; Snow Pea, Carrot and Corn Salad; and Quinoa Salad.

From 4 to 6 p.m., the outside grills will be open serving Mini Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Burgers with Fire Roasted Pineapple and Swiss Cheese; and Mini Bison Burgers with Cabernet Onions and Cheddar Cheese, both served with Grilled Rosemary Potatoes garnished with Sour Cream and Chives. There will also be Grilled Pork Loin on Potato Latkes with Apple Chutney passed on trays by strolling servers.

Three dessert choices complete the afternoon. There will be Olde English Syllabub with Mint and Berry Garnish, Death by Chocolate Delights, and Almond Cookies.

Coffee and Iced Mint Tea will be available during the entire event.

A cash bar will also provide two wine selections, a white Pinot Grigio, and a red Cabernet Shiraz.

Tickets for this event are on sale at Plaid Pony, Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Community United Methodist Church.

All proceeds, including 30 percent of fine art sales, support the CUMC Community Assistance Fund, which helps those in need in Archuleta County regardless of religious affiliation. For more information, go to