August 2017 Around Town 1

Carbondale Clay Center 
Celebrates 20 Years

The Carbondale Clay Center (CCC) invites the community to mark it’s calendars early for the organization’s 20th anniversary fête at their facility on Saturday, September 9 from 5-9 p.m. The CCC gallery will feature a visual narrative of the nonprofit’s history with photographs, newspaper articles, event posters, and other materials collected from the past two decades.

“The Clay Center is a very special place, and being a part of its 20th celebration is an honor,” said Executive Director Angela Bruno. “I hope to use this tremendous milestone event as an opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the people who helped carry the organization into its 20th year, and to the Carbondale community for 20 years of continuous support.”

Local band Pearl & Wood will perform while farm-to-table catering service Field 2 Fork Kitchen provides a family-style dinner served on handmade ceramic dishes by local artists and CCC residents from all over the country. More than 20 of the local artists will each create a series of 10-inch dinner plates for the occasion, which guests will be able to pick out and eat from at the event before taking them home as keepsakes. Tickets are $100. See for more information, or call the CCC office at 970.963.2529 for ticket purchases and sponsorship details.

Roaring Fork Spice Co. 
Expands To New Facility

After only a year of booming business, Glenwood’s new Roaring Fork Spice Co. is expanding to wholesale and moving its manufacturing operations to the Glenwood Commercial building on Highway 82. Owners and spice aficionados Tony de Moraes and Jenn Dockery introduced the company in summer 2016, working from their own home kitchen and making a splash at countless market, gift show, and event appearances across the valley and in other locations around the state. Now that the brand has established itself within the local community, the company is eyeing bigger growth.

“When you bring a product to market, you need to prove the concept,” said de Moraes, who put his professional skills as a graphic designer to work developing the brand. “Driving to our first farmers market, we agreed that if we sold five jars, we’d be happy. We sold five before our tent was up—and it just kind of took off from there.”

Roaring Fork Spice Co. offers more than 30 savory and sweet spice blends plus infused local honeys. All are natural and free of preservatives and gluten. Look for the company’s products online at, at various summer markets throughout the valley, or at Legends in the Hotel Colorado or Kitchen Collage in Basalt and Edwards.