The Taste of Basalt Strikes It Big Again Event Photography

The Taste of Basalt Strikes It Big Again Event Photography

My friend Gaye LaCroix is the mother of two girls who attend Basalt public schools and she is on the Board of Basalt Kids.  She called to see if I would volunteer my time and my cameras to photograph the annual Taste of Basalt at the Roaring Fork Club on Saturday, November 7th.  I photographed this event about ten years ago and wow has it grown.  All of the proceeds from this well-known local event go directly to the Basalt public schools to purchase whatever is needed by the teachers and the students – from computers to art supplies to band instruments and maybe best of all – a scholarship for a college-bound senior. 

Many if not all of the Basalt and El Jebel restaurants and caterers were there offering tasty samples of their signature meals.  Bistro Basalt offered crabcakes (truly fabulous) and Darwin's of El Jebel fame was plying the guests with their yummy beef stroganoff.  My friend Steve McKenney and his wife Greta own European Catering and their paella was outstanding. 

My friend Chris Goplerud was there playing the drums with Joe Kelly of Smokin' Joe and the Gypsies.  Zoe was playing bass and Chris Bank was playing the sax among other instruments.  They really got the party started with lots dancing and great covers of classic rock favorites. 


I was taking pictures all night so I did not get to sample as many of the food and drinks as I might have otherwise and everything I had was beyond yummy.  We are truly lucky to live in a town with such talented and generous restauranteurs, caterers and liquor distributors.

The Taste of Basalt has evolved into one of the valley's favorite events.  It is affordable enough for "real" locals to attend yet supports a great cause and it is held during off-season so it's more relaxed and fun for everyone.  I even saw a few local teachers who were in attendence.  How great that our local teachers can attend an event that supports Basalt schools in such a real and pragmatic way.

Check out all of the pictures I took on  Here are a few of my favs from that evening with captions below each image.

On the right is Martha O'Keefe who was the Event Chair back in the day when I first photographed the event with longtime local realtor Carla VanAlstyne.


Our fabulous Basalt Town Manager Bill Kane and his lovely wife Carolyn.

Darwin's of El Jebel represented by Hilary Wilcher who works there and her friend Annette.

Zoe Stern dancing the night away with her husband.  Zoe is a Basalt Middle School teacher. 

Butch of Butch's Lobster Bar in Basalt and Snowmass Village with Connie Lynn (left) and Kathie Jaycox who both broker mortgages for Wells Fargo in Carbondale.

Gaye and Chris LaCroix were instrumental in pulling off this year's very successful silent auction.

Judy Simecek and Deedee Hooker are on the Basalt Kids Board and Deedee is the Event Chair.

Steve McKenney (left) Owner of European Caterers serves up his delicious paella.

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