Five Colorado locavore feasts at innovative urban farm
With the exception of the unfortunate listeria issue with some Rocky Ford cantaloupes, 2011 has been a banner year for Colorado-grown and -raised foods, and Denver Harvest Week is its culmination. It isn’t exactly a week, but locavores forgive a little calendar slippage. Chefs from local independent restaurants strut their culinary stuff at The GrowHaus, a nonprofit local urban farm and marketplace, to spotlight the state’s bounty, particularly pork, lamb, beef and bison from Colorado farm-raised animals. Diners are asked to bring your own plates, flatware and wineglasses to each event.
Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m. - Brunch Menu by Steuben’s
- Butterscotch-bacon sticky buns and corn; green chile scones with lime-cilantro sour cream drizzle; baked pear doughnut; and Chinese five-spice apple muffin.
- Zucchini and goat cheese fritter with chile-rubbed bacon, tomato peach chutney and a Niman Ranch poached egg.
- Smoked trout with poached quail eggs and rye bread crumbs and mustard.
- Colorado short rib hash with queso fresco, three-chile crepe, “Dixon” red chile and micro cilantro.
- Oven-roasted white chocolate dessert panini with caramelized apples and cinnamon ice cream.
Monday, October 10, 6 p.m. – Pork Theme Dinner Vesta Dipping Grill, Jonesy’s, Black Pearl, Row 14, Barolo Grill and H Burger
- Charcuterie: porchetta, lonza, headcheese, soppressata, Fruition Farms pecora, MouCo Colorouge cheese, pickles, toast and bay leaf honey
- Blood sausage, tasso and Great Divide I.P.A brat with cherry, peach and bourbon mustards, cabbage, white sauerkraut, red pickled Napa slaw and pretzel buns
- Roasted 6 L farms pig with fatback pinto beans, adobo rice and Pueblo green chile
- Manteca chocolate pot de crème with bacon Anglaise and balsamic pig trotter ice cream
Tuesday, October 11, 6 p.m. – Lamb Theme Dinner by Encore on Colfax, Duo, Second Home, ChoLon, Locanda del Borgo and Vine Street
- Spiced lamb satay with a cilantro-mint yogurt
- Goat cheese fazzoletti with lamb ragu
- Ewe Bet Ranch box-roasted whole lamb served with family-style sides and sauces
- Chocolate lamb suet cake with Chantilly cream
Wednesday, October 12, 6 p.m. — Beef Theme Dinner by Elway’s Cherry Creek, Olivéa, Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza, Rialto Cafe, El Diablo and Bistro Vendome
- Marco’s meatball lasagna
- Almond-breaded sweetbreads, preserved Colorado peaches and micro salad
- Grilled steak and potato chile relleño with queso Chihuahua
- Braised beef short rib enchiladas with pipián rojo
- Tongue-and-cheek pho with traditional garnishes
- Stir-fry tri tip with kimchi
- Terrine of braised beef tongue with mostarda di fruitti
Thursday, October 13, 6 p.m. – Buffalo Theme Dinner by Root Down, Linger, Avenue Grill, Corner Office, Hideaway Steakhouse, Restaurant 1515 and Biker Jim’s
- Bison Liver Mousse, Olathe corn fritter, Jackelope Gin & tonic peach marmalade and Oogie’s popcorn
- “Soup & A Sandwich,” open-faced bison pastrami Croque Madame, Rocky Mountain Cola caramelized shallots, Avalanche goat cheddar, fried quail egg served with heirloom tomato bisque and bison jerky
- Lengua taco, smoked Mezcal guacamole, Noosa yogurt crema and wild mushrooms
- Chicken Fried Skirt Steak, bison sausage gravy, White Mountain potato-celeriac puree and foraged greens
- Braised Bison Shortrib Ravioli, buffalo milk mozzarella, bison bacon, pickled pumpkin relish and James Ranch Belford brodo
- Buffalo milk ice cream sandwich, Colorado quinoa gingerbread and LeftHand Milk Stout gastrique
Get tickets online for a suggested donation of $50 per person. The GrowHaus is at 4751 York Street, Denver.