Two Redstone residents are planning to launch an online marketplace showcasing the products of some of the finest artisan food producers in North America.
Aspen Valley Foods, which expects to launch operations in late 2013 or early 2014, will be based in Basalt and could employ up to 100 people within five years, according to a press release from company founders Alan Pilkington and Martha Silva. Initially, it will offer over 400 food products in 16 food categories with an emphasis on working with smaller, Colorado-based producers, the release says. All items, from wine to sausage, will be “source verified,” sustainably produced and quality tested.
Pilkington and Silva, while having secured commitments for much of the start-up capital, are seeking more using the online platform IndieGoGo. For more information about the funding effort, visit www.indiegogo.com/aspenvalleyfoods . For general details about Aspen Valley Foods, check out www.aspenvalleyfoods.com.
Two Aspen projects have been honored by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA).
In the public parks category, the Theatre Aspen tent and pavilion recently installed near the redesigned John Denver Sanctuary in Rio Grande park was honored at a New York City gala last month. Charles Cunniffe Architects worked pro bono on the project.
“The Ski Home,” a new mansion on Ute Avenue, was recognized in the residential category. Architect Leathem Stearn designed the property, which incorporates technological innovations resulting in a 60 percent reduction in energy use, according to a press release.
Aspen commercial real estate broker Ruth Kruger was recently charged by FIABCI with establishing its U.S. awards, and was on-hand in New York to make the presentations.