Chow down

La Plata County's premier fall feast is back. On Sat., Sept. 15, Local First will once again be hosting its annual Harvest Dinner on the Smiley Building lawn.

This year's event promises a fine-dining experience like no other, replete with twinkle lights, craft cocktails in Mason jars, fresh linens and flowers, live music and the best local food from the best local chefs.

The dream for the harvest dinner started in 2010 with Cyprus Cafe owner Alison Dance, who has worked tirelessly for more than two decades to encourage Durango's local food movement.

"It's not just about supporting local farms," says Dance. "It's about a whole harvest vision that this community continues to grow and bask in. It's a celebration of the food shed that feeds us all."

If the thought of this five-course meal already has your taste buds tingling, don’t delay. Tickets to the Harvest Dinner tend to sell out like hot crab cakes on a tender bed of baby arugula.

Tickets for this year's Harvest Dinner are $100 and include all taxes, gratuities, food and beverages. Quantities are limited to the first 140 guests. To get yours, go to All proceeds benefit local farmers and Local First's efforts to promote the local, independent business community.