OA: Taste of Grand Valley February 06, 2009

Evi Cruzm, owner of eC’s Asian Station. photo by Samantha Stiles

Evi Cruz is the owner of eC’s Asian Station, a new contemporary Chinese fusion restaurant in Grand Junction.

Cruz will also be a food vendor at the Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley on Monday, Feb. 9.

There are roughly 30 exhibitors at this year’s event showcasing their cuisine and beverages.

Stiles: Describe your menu.

Cruz: “I’ll say our menu is sophisticated or more unique than most places. What makes it unique is the method of cooking. I would say it’s fresh.”

Stiles: What’s the most popular item on your menu?

Cruz: “Everything so far. If I would choose, the chicken with black bean sauce.”

Stiles: Your favorite ingredient?

Cruz: “I like to infuse any kind of ingredient I get my hands on. Shallots, the vegetable, that’s something that you can work with.” Cruz said he likes to use authentic ingredients such as Peruvian chilis and Thai and Japanese spices.

Stiles: What do you like about being a chef?

Cruz: “Watching a customer enjoy a meal. That’s what fills me up, keeps my soul going ... this is my passion, this is what I do.”

Stiles: What are you serving at Taste of the Grand Valley?

Cruz: “Steamed Chicken Raviolis with a Szechwan sauce, Crab Stuffed Shrimp Cigars and Sesame Chicken with Fried Rice.”

About the restaurant:

eC’s Asian Station opened in May at 509 28 1/2 Road, where the Grand China used to be.

The restaurant is not a buffet. All the food is made fresh when ordered. eC’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. It offers catering, takeout and a banquet space. Items on the lunch menu are priced from $5.95–$9.25. Entrees on the dinner menu start at $7.25.

For more information, call the restaurant at 241-7219.


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