Event: Durango Iron Horse Chef
Location: Saturday Durango Farmers Market (DFM)
When: Saturday, September 11, 8:45am – 11:30am
Sponsored by: Colorado State University Extension, Healthy Lifestyle La Plata and Durango Farmers Market
Chefs: Ryan Lowe- Ore House and Vera Hansen – Cyprus Café
Healthy Lifestyle La Plata in cooperation with CSU Extension – La Plata County will host the 3rd Annual Durango Iron Horse Chef Competition at the Durango Farmers Market during the summer of 2010.
Expanding off the success of previous year’s event, the competition will be a series of challenges pitting two chefs against each other and against the clock! The chefs will have an hour and a half to shop and prepare dishes – all at the Durango Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of First National Bank of Durango on the corner of 8th and Main Avenue.
The first event occurred on Saturday, August 28, with Chef Vera Hansen of Cyprus Café barely beating out Chef Chris Crowl of Cosmo’s.
The final showdown, this Saturday, September 11, will pit defending champion Ryan Lowe of the Ore House and Vera Hansen of Cyprus Café. The event will run from 8:45 to 11:30am, and the winner will take home the coveted traveling trophy – a personalized Durango Iron Horse Chef Competition Jacket.
Over the last two years, we were able to demonstrate how important supporting local agriculture is to the community, as well as educating attendees (approximately 1,000 people watched at least a portion of last year’s event) on the benefits of eating locally grown food. We have also been able to showcase multiple restaurants that support local agriculture through putting locally grown vegetables, fruit, meat, and other items on their menu.
For more information about the Durango Iron Horse Chef contact the Event Organizers – Darcy Craig (darcyLcraig@gmail.com) of Healthy Lifestyle La Plata, or Darrin Parmenter (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Colorado State University Extension – La Plata County. You can also call (970) 382-6464.