All peaches are not created equal


A peach is a peach, right?


A true peach is a ripe, sweet, juicy, run-down-your-arms Palisade peach. That's exactly why there's a Palisade Peach Festival — Aug. 18 and 19 at Riverbend Park — to celebrate the peaches and those who grow them.

You'll get to watch, learn and talk with 11 wonderful, talented local chefs presenting at the Peach Cuisine with Colorado Chefs. Our culinary artists will create peach dishes, sample them out and give you the recipe.

See Out & About Aug. 11 for a complete schedule and dishes by chefs from Palisade Pro Start, Cole Householder (MasterChef Junior Star), aspiring young chef Dane Morrison, Kristin Seltzer (Western Colorado Community College student), Michael Gonzales/Lindsey March (No Coast Sushi), Meredith Newell (Taproot Catering), Stacy Hinkle/Dave Kassera (Wine Country Inn), Palisade Café 11.0, Jake Straw (Warehouse 2566), Willy's Wild Carvings, John Young (The Ribber) and more. I'll be your emcee, we'll get to know the chefs, have other peachy guests, peachy tips, peach history and more in-between presentations.

While our local chefs love to incorporate peaches in new and delicious ways, the overwhelming response to the question of their favorite recipe for a Palisade peach was to simply eat it right out of their hand. That about says it all.

Scott Leysath, known as the Sporting Chef on the Outdoor Channel, will make a special appearance at the festival. He'll be at Spectrum's booth from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. He will be cooking up something special to serve you. He is an expert at cooking wild game and has written several cookbooks. He will then visit us at the Peach Cuisine with Colorado Chefs at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Fred and I make this Peach Cuisine recipe for special family get-togethers.

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