Le French Café Boulder opened quietly in The Village shopping center just a few weeks ago. Agnes and Quentin Garrigou, who had run two French cafes in Miami for about a decade, decamped for Colorado just ahead of Hurricane Irma’s devastating arrival in Florida. Quentin hails from the Loire region, while Agnes is from the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area and was eager to return to the mountains where their seven-year-old son could enjoy a childhood something like hers.
The couple sank all the money from the Miami cafes into the Boulder location, so are relying on word of mouth (and word from fingertips on keyboards) to get the word out. I’m happy to help, since it is the first French bakery in Boulder since Le Francais in the BaseMar Shopping Center closed years ago.
Le French Café is in what might be considered Boulder’s bakery intersection. It occupies a corner that features two other bakeries — Woodgrain for Montreal bagels and Great Harvest for whole-grain items. They are all different. My husband and I went there this morning and it was an altogether pleasant experience. The space is bright and cheerful. The service is attentive. And most of all, the breakfast items are very good. I’m a gluten fan myself but I am very impressed that there is no surcharge for gluten-free crepes.
The Village Shopping Center 2525 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder; 303-284-2265.
Travel & Leisure’s latest “In Every State” roundup, “The Best Cheap Eats in Every State,” pegs Boulder’s Shamane’s Bake Shoppe for its chicken pot pie. The Ali Khan cited a noted food blogger and host of “Cheap Eats” on the Cooking Channel.
For an unforgettable comfort meal, head to Shamane’s Bake Shoppe in Boulder to try their chicken pot pie.
The hearty pie, at $8.25, is made with roasted chicken and a stock created from its bones to create an incredibly flavorful dish that Khan says is the best chicken pot pie he has had as of yet.
“What blew me away was the intensely rich and comforting roasted chicken flavors,” Khan said of the dish. “Chicken pot pie is one of those foods we crave often but seldom find done right, let alone done from scratch—not the case here.”
Five months after being burned out in a terrible fire, Rosenberg’s Bagels and Deli is reopening at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Owner Josh Pollack and his 18-person team made good use of the unplanned sabbatical, collectively volunteering some 1,000 hours and raising more than $8,000 for charity.
During the summer, Rosenberg’s hosted pop-ups at the weekly Slow Food Farmers Market at The Source, and at festivals and special events in Denver. All pop-up proceeds went to such local charities as Project Angel Heart, Friends of the Denver Fire Department, Slow Food Denver and Stamp Out Hunger. Each Rosenberg’s staff member volunteered at least 75 hours assisting with food drives, replanting community gardens and feeding the sick for such organizations such as Metro Caring, Project Angel Heart, Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver Parks & Recreation and Extreme Community Makeover. For this commitment to community alone, we should all patronize Rosenberg’s.
But the New York-style bagels and toppings are very good, and Pollack has several other worthy projects underway. These include the City Pretzel cart launched earlier this summer; a second Rosenberg’s coming to the Stanley Marketplace when it opens in Aurora; Lou’s Italian Deli, slated to debut in RiNo in early 2017, and what is described as “a joining of forces with The Bagel Store, an iconic, kosher bakery in Southeast Denver.” Not sure what “joining forces” means. But meanwhile, I’m celebrating the return of the original.
Conor O’Neill’s reopened just a week after it closed, thanks to a deal struck with the Irish pub’s landlord. The Irish pub rehired staff who rushed to put back everything they had taken down just a few days earlier. The new owners of The Campus Lounge in Denver’s Bonnie Brae area say they are keeping the name, the horseshoe bar and even the landmark sign but are redoing much else.
Rosenberg’s is to rise again in mid-October, having satisfied their loyal customers and perhaps finding new ones with a pop-up at the Slow Food Famers Market in The Source in RiNo and elsewhere , and also donated money, time and effort to various good causes.
When we were Aspen recently, we went to two of my must-go eateries in this fabulous mountain top. Of course, they are bakeries: the venerable Main Street Bakery in town and the beyond-wonderful Franck Thirion French Pastry & Cafe in the Aspen Airport Business Center. Aspen Magazine likes ’em too, including those two on its list of “Top Five Favorite Local Bakeries.” Another is Paradise Bakery in the heart of downtown, which I often but not always visit.
Here’s the magazine’s list; click on this link to read more about each, including locations and phone numbers:
1. Paradise Bakery 2. Main Street Bakery 3. Louis Swiss 4. Franck Thirion 5. Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop
Flatirons Food Film Festival benefit a delicious evening.
Boulder are area foodniks (and a few filmniks) gathered yesterday evening in the spacious new lobby of the Dairy Art Center “Film, Chefs, Glorious Song,” to benefit the Flatirons Food Film Festival, coming up October 20 – 23. I’ll be out of the country then, but I’m glad I was here for the fundraiser. Kudos to organizer Julia Joun and to the chefs, sponsors, purveyors and volunteers who made this happen. Here are some images. And yes, there were wine and beer offerings too.
Paris reportedly boasts 100 baguette vending machines to compete with or to complement the boulangeries that grace the City of Light. Colorado does not yet have a vending machine that has been called “a baguette ATM” and an “on-demand bread bakery, ” with San Francisco not surprisingly getting the country’s first.
Le Bread Xpress brought its first machine to our shores and installed it at The Myriad, a food court and food-biz incubator where the first machine is located. Fresh-baked loaves are $4.25 each. According to SFGate.com, which sent a reporter to investigate, it works like this:
A bakery in Burlingame preps and partially bakes the dough (much like those finish-in-the-oven loaves at grocery stores).
The dough is then loaded into the machine, which has a built-in fridge and oven.
Baguettes are baked regularly throughout the day; worst case scenario, your baguette is a mere two hours old.
When you order, the baguette is then ready in about 20 seconds.
Tear into it with your bare hands (or take it home to consume with cheese).
I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy to find one around here, even though Breadworks is nearby and several French bakeries dot the greater metro area. Shall we start a write-in campaign? Contact email@example.com and get something started.
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