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Photos:  left to right
Thomas Barlow's cake for Bob Cook's decoy show.  Find the chocolate decoy.  Beetle kill ponderosa pine owl on custom iron base by Thomas Barlow.  Lynne with Joyce Illian and her magnificent bead work.  Find the doggie.  Two of my favorite people, Tom (marquetry artist) and Mary Abbott.  Michael Kinsley and his oil paintings (a new show for him on January 13).  Mineral and Mining Series lecture on healing crystals with Marierose Wiled and Eric Anthony, with Sean McWilliams (!) on the table. The kiddiewinks: Liwu the Shitzhu and Harper the mini beagle.  The gorgeous walk along the Roaring Fork from Midland Bridge to Old Pond Park.  A tribute to Mike Scanlon, our former extraordinary town manager.  The marquetry art of Ellen Kisker with and ulterior motive! 

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Welcome to the New Kids on the Block!

Free Range Kitchen and Wine Bar is the brainchild of longtime locals, Steve and Robin Humble, who have been in the valley's restaurant scene for over 25 years. Steve and Robin met while working at the award winning Renaissance Restaurant in Aspen for celebrity chef Charles Dale, before moving down valley to work at the Roaring Fork Club, Steve as Director of Wine and ultimately Director of Food and Beverage and Robin as Catering Manager. Steve has won numerous national awards for the wine program at the Roaring Fork Club, including a Best Wine Program in any Private Club in the country from the National Restaurant Association.
The aim of Free Range Kitchen is to provide the community with a vibrant, fun restaurant and wine bar in which to enjoy delicious "clean" and locally sourced food and boutique global wine selections.  With this goal in mind the Humbles joined forces with with Executive Chef Flip Wise. Flip started his culinary career in the valley at the Little Nell Hotel before moving to Boulder to open the fabulous farm to table restaurant Oak. When he moved back to the valley he worked at Meat and Cheese Restaurant in Aspen, before starting his own catering company Open Fire Catering. Flip has excellent connections to the local and regional farming and ranching community.  

Planned opening is for Saturday, December 17 in the space at Riverside Plaza previously occupied by Cuvee.   Details and reservations at

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Toklat Gallery, on Two Rivers Road  at Riverside Plaza
(intersection of Two Rivers Road and Midland Avenue)