On the first Saturday in November, which this year fell on All Souls Day, the Roaring Fork Club opened its doors to the public for the Taste of Basalt fundraiser benefiting the Basalt Education Foundation. Parents, the kidless and those whose birds had already left the nest feasted on soup to (dough)nuts, fresh sushi, tasty Thai and messy meatballs. Martha O’Keefe, who founded the first Taste of Basalt on Dec. 7, 1996, joined the more than 400 guests in attendance last Saturday night. The final tally for how much was raised at this fundraiser for Basalt public schools is “still a few weeks away,” according to Bridgette Anslyn, president of the Basalt Education Foundation. One thing’s for sure: All souls were satiated last weekend on the grounds where a former horse barn once stood.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Nearly three dozen restaurants, food suppliers and liquor providers helped sponsor the Taste of Basalt. Nobody went home hungry. 2. Tony and Kathy Welgos, who moved to the Mid-Valley earlier this year from Aspen, were among the hundreds who enjoyed this year’s Taste of Basalt. 3. Laura Cornish, who is vice president of the 19-member, all-volunteer Basalt Education Board enjoyed the night out with her husband, Mark. 4. Michelle Harrington kept guests’ glasses full at the Taste of Basalt. 5. Silent auction items included ski wear, hard goods, jewelry, paintings and gift certificates to local eateries and other businesses. 6. Michael Kinsley and friends put the Taste of Basalt’s photo “booth” to good use. (photo by Mary Kenyon)