Five accomplished chefs to lead culinary class to benefit Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership


    By Sally High
    Special to The PREVIEW
    The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) invites Pagosa Springs to a unique hands-on culinary workshop to celebrate hundreds of years of Four Corners native plants and one year of successful GGP operations.
    On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join us at the North Conference Room and Senior Center kitchen of the Ross Aragon Community Center. Five accomplished chefs will teach gourmet recipes using corn, beans and squash — the “Three Sisters.” Remember your apron.
    The upscale recipes include duck confit, sausage with white bean cassoulet, southwestern enchiladas with black beans, corn and butternut squash, blue corn pone, roasted pumpkin with miso glaze, a special baked squash dish and a savory succotash. Participants will receive all featured recipes and share their own favorites.
    Guests will enjoy tastes all day long, lunch and even leftovers. Wear your aprons and bring your special Three Sisters recipes for trading. You will also take home a complimentary bag of regionally grown blue corn meal freshly milled from this year’s harvest.
    The final 2017 GGP workshop features four amazing chefs. Chef Justin Blackwood trained at the acclaimed La Bedaine Restaurant in San Francisco. He brings those years of experience to Pagosa Springs, where he is executive chef at the Senior Center.
    Kathy Keyes owns a popular local bakery that was Pagosa Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business of the Year. Keyes trained at L’Academie de Cuisine in the Washington, D.C., area before bringing her expertise in pastries to Pagosa Springs. Keyes uses local produce and Colorado-grown grains whenever possible.
    Kellie and Todd Stevens, both accomplished chefs in their own rights, will cook together Saturday. They met at Western Culinary Institute in Texas, where they opened their first restaurant together. After migrating to Colorado, they were chefs in Aspen. The Stevens own multiple local restaurants.
    Arnold “Safari” Ngumbo is an executive chef in Durango and teaches in the Culinary Arts Program for Manna and South Colorado Community College. Ngumbo brings years of international award-winning experience from his home in Nairobi, Kenya, including with a cruise line. After settling in southwest Colorado with his family, Ngumbo is active in local food advocacy groups and recognized as an expert in squash.
    The GGP’s upcoming workshop wraps up the organization’s successful first year of greenhouse agriculture and education. GGP operates the Education Dome in Pagosa’s Centennial Park. All proceeds from the GGP’s workshops support the nonprofit organization’s ongoing educational activities for all ages.
    Register today at or at the door on Saturday. Participation is $20 for GGP members and $40 for nonmembers. If you intend to register at the door, email so that the chefs can plan enough food. Tell your friends and register soon, as space may become limited. Remember those aprons.