Been to a tennis camp lately to work on your backhand? Have you sent your darling future astronauts to space camp?
For an adventure right here in River City, roll up your sleeves for Camp Carnivore, coming Sept. 7 to a cozy kitchen near you.
This intensive, four-hour meat-cutting workshop will teach you how to sharpen your knife and truss a chicken, debone pork, and butterfly meat. Plus, Camp Carnivore gourmands bring home the meat they cut.
Chris Fuller, a chef at the Ore House, will share his expertise in a private home kitchen, where six students will also enjoy dinner on the grill afterward. Fuller says theres widespread interest in traditional, culinary wisdom, common kitchen knowledge that is no longer passed down from generation to generation. The family butcher, like the man who used to deliver bottled milk from a truck, has vanished.
Check out Fullers website at www.meatchris.com. To sign up for the class, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-4063. The cost for the workshop is $175.
Foodies, mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 27. Two fun events are worth noting:
Its the Fifth Annual Tour de Farms Durango Bike Tour, highlighting local efforts that promote what is unique, healthy and homegrown in Durango. Cyclists can choose between two routes, a leisurely five-mile in-town tour or a longer 25-mile long route loop through southern La Plata County on La Posta Road.
The tour will feature presentations from farmers and garden directors who can provide inspiration for you to start your own backyard edible Eden. The tour winds up at Ska Brewing Co. with lunch from Zia Taqueria and beverages from Ska.
All riders must be registered. Come prepared with your bike, rain jacket, helmet and water. First aid and support cyclists will be on hand throughout the tour for assistance. Registration is $20. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
For more information about the Tour de Farm, email the event organizers Darcy Craig (darcyLcraig@gmail.com) of Healthy Lifestyle La Plata or Darrin Parmenter (email@example.com) of Colorado State University Extension in La Plata County. You can also call 382-6464 or (303) 870-8108.
If youd rather jump in your car, then take a ride over Red Mountain Pass for some beer and barbecue. The Ouray Chamber Resort Association invites guests to come to Ouray for the fourth annual Grillin & Chillin Brew & Music Fest, Aug. 27 from 2-8 p.m.
The festivities will include live music, regional craft brewers, a barbecue competition and a wide selection of barbecue and festival food served by local vendors and non-profits. The price for the beer tasting is $25, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and is good for the duration of the event. The festival and live performances are free for all.
OCRA is proud to host 11 craft brewers from the Western Slope of Colorado this year, including Ourays three local breweries, Colorado Boy, Ouray Brewery and Ourayle House Brewery.
Locals are talking about Mahogany Grills $45 dinner-and-wine-for-two special. The four-course dinner begins with a choice of soup or salad, followed by an intermezzo sorbet and four choices of entrées that include a flatiron steak, chicken and shrimp scampi. It ends with a decadent chocolate dessert. Wine is included. So is the Mahogany Grills signature bread basket with kalamata olive spread.
Reservations are recommended. At prices like this, guests can afford to be generous in tipping the wait staff and piano player.