Local foodies have abundant choices for enjoying the finest creations crafted from local ingredients by top local chefs.
Weekend Food Fest
I recently posted news of the upcoming Renaissance of Local! Festival. “Upcoming” is right upon us now — next weekend (September 28-30), in fact — and I now know the menu for Sunday’s Slow Food Feast at 4:00 p.m. at Planet Bluegrass at 500 West Main Street in Lyons. It will feature grand buffet showcasing ingredients donated by local farms and catered by A Spice of Life. The buffet dinner costs $25, not included in the festival ticket price. The artwork reproduced above gives a real sense of the Renaissance of Local!’s passionate commitment to its cause. Click on my earlier post for general festival information:
Vegetarian Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad, made with cheese tortellini with julienne vegetables tossed with pesto
Garden Salad, made of fresh seasonal greens mixed with cucumber slices, local tomatoes, grated carrots and served with house-made balsamic vinaigrette
Assorted Breads accompanied by whipped herbed butter, whole roasted garlic and olive oil
Churro Lamb Brochettes, grilled seasonal garden vegetables and lamb, delicately seasoned with a light Greek marinade
Sesame Grilled Tofu Skewers
Boulder Ice Cream
Eldorado Artesian Springs Water
Fresh Brewed Iced Tea
Farms Donating Ingredients
Cure Organic Farm
Jay Hill Farm
Abbondanza Organic Farm
Red Wagon Organic Farm
Long Family Farm
Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch
Arriola Sunshine Farms
A highlight of this weekend’s festivities will be cooking demonstrations by Michael Scott of the Culinary School of the Rockies and Eric Skokan, owner/chef of Black Cat Bistro Metropolitain, both in Boulder.
Saturday Food Feast
It is possible to make an entire weekend of dinners celebrating and encouraging use of local foodstuffs. The eighth annual Harvest Dinner for Cultiva!, a youth project of Growing Gardens, is scheduled for Saturday evening, September 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder. Chefs preparing this year’s Harvest Dinner are Matthew Jansen, owner/chef of Mateo; John Platt, owner/chef of Q’s Restaurant at the Boulderado; Jason Rogers, executive chef at the St. Julien Hotel; Shamane Simons, owner of Shamane’s Bake Shoppe; and Howard Treppada, owner/chef of Treppeda’s Italian Ristorante. The fact that five top local chefs will be away from their own stoves on a Saturday an indicates how important they feel it is to encourage young people to participate in hands-on organic gardening — and perhaps eventually farming. For tickets ($100 per person), call 303-413-7248.