The opening CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser held on July 22nd was a successful sold-out event. It was a truly local, grass-roots meal that honored the connection that the food we eat has to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY; it also honored connections within the Silver City community and New Mexico.
The elegant dinner featured Gruet Winery with Operations Manager, Michael Dominguez, making a trip from Albuquerque to attend the dinner and pair Gruet wine with each course. Jean-Robert Be’ffort of A-Space Studio Art Gallery won the prize for best ceramic place setting, which included a farm-to-table themed gift basket donated by Single Socks, a Coach Massage Gift Certificate, and a hand-made silver pendant made by local jeweler Juan Velasco.
The meal was prepared using locally grown food from Silver City Farmer's Market vendors and was prepared by local chefs from Brazzas Grill, Shevek’s Casual Restaurant, Diane’s Restaurant, Revel, Tapas Tree Grill, La Bonita Bakery, and Bad Ass Bakery. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, grew greens that were used in the salad and harvested the nopales used in another dish. Youths in the Community Youth Building Program attended two trainings in food service to serve at this special event.
The funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. CLAY Festival is donating $1000 to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and $500 to the Silver City Farmer's Market.
The CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser on July 22nd will be an extravaganza you won't want to miss! It will showcase locally grown food from Silver City Farmer's Market vendors, including EZ Does It Farm, Gone Fishin’ Farms, Frisco Farms, Amy’s Greens, and La Bonita Bakery. The menu of chilled beet and chipotle soup, pit-roasted lamb, black beans, nopales con queso fresco, blue corn mesquite tortillas, salad, and a special dessert will be prepared by local chefs from your favorite Silver City restaurants. Chefs from Brazzas Grill, Shevek’s Casual, and more will be preparing the special menu. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, will grow the greens and vegetables that will be used in the salad. And, youths in the Community Youth Building Program will be trained in food service to serve at this special event.
Gruet Winery will provide the wine and the pairings will be chosen by Gruet Operations Manager Michael Dominguez. Gruet is located near the Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico, and the Gruet family has been growing grapes and producing wine since 1952 in France.
In keeping with the spirit of CLAY, dining participants will bring their favorite ceramic place setting to dine on and the best place setting will be awarded a prize. Funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and the Silver City Farmer's Market.
Join us at this elegant opening celebration of the CLAY Festival on Saturday, July 22nd from 6-9pm. You won’t find a more local, grass-roots meal than this one, honoring the connection that the foods we eat have to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
The 2014 CLAY Festival, a Silver City Arts & Cultural District Signature Event, held its second annual CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser last Saturday. Beginning with 34 players, the event kicked off to an exciting start at 3:00 PM with the final hand dealt just after 8:00 PM.
Throughout the tournament, family and friends gathered around tables to watch the action, adding to the energy of the event. The fun continued outside on the patio with wood-fired pizza provided by Floyd and Faye McCalmont of Pig Iron Pizza, music, and a full cash bar by W & N Enterprises.
Taking first place was out-of-towner, Laurence Jaques, winning a week-long stay at the Raintree Cimarron Golf Resort in Palm Springs, California. Second was Terry Wagner, choosing the seven day vacation at a condo resort in Sedona, Arizona. Brian Dolton finished third, claiming $150 in MainStreet gift certificates. Fourth place was Amber Rheubottom, selecting a two-night stay at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern. Mayor Mike Morones took fifth, winning $500 to Syzygy Tile. Sixth place and $100 to Manzanita Ridge was awarded to Chris Evans followed by Wesley Farris taking seventh and $75 to Diane’s Restaurant. Marcos Marquez took eighth and a $50 gift card to Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware. Ninth place went to Wendy Phillips who chose a haircut and massage from Curl Up & Dye Salon. Linda Gagnon finished out the final table, taking tenth place and a gift basket from Single Socks Thrift Store.
This event is the first of many for the 2014 CLAY Festival. For further details on free youth activities, gallery exhibitions and receptions, a street dance, workshops, and downtown activities, visit the events page. CLAY wishes to thank all sponsors who made this year’s CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser possible.