Celebrate the Fork will return to Hotchkiss for a second year, according to Dave Mitchell with the North Fork Creative Coalition. Last year's event, a major fundraiser for the coalition, included a concert, arts and crafts fair, and a dinner. This year, Mitchell told the Hotchkiss Town Council recently, the group is focusing on just the dinner. They have reserved Heritage Hall for the evening of Aug. 27.
Last year more than 225 people attended the dinner.
The North Fork area's bounty of food will be the focus of the event. Mitchell said Eugenia Bone, a Crawford resident and nationally known culinary writer and author of several books, will create the menu and help prepare the meal. "We're really happy about having her on board and allowing us to use her name," said Mitchell.
Rather than seek sponsorships this year, the coalition will pay for the event and is asking businesses and individuals to sponsor a table and purchase tickets, which will again be $50 per person. "I would hope that the Town of Hotchkiss will participate in that in some manner," said Mitchell. He also requested a letter of support, which the town provided last year.
"We may be coming back to ask about a concert at a later date," said Mitchell, "but right now we're only going to focus on the dinner."