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Tidbites | Terroir pulls up roots

TERROIR PULLS UP ROOTS

Longmont diners will be losing a local treasure later this summer as popular eatery Terroir will be closing Aug. 25.

The restaurant opened in historic downtown Longmont on New Year’s Eve 2007, quickly becoming a favorite with locally sourced ingredients and Mediterranean-tinged modern American cuisine. Despite a continually thriving business, a hang-up renegotiating the lease at its Main Street location and an inability to find an appropriate location will force the eatery’s closure.

The restaurant will pair up with local businesses to host two more of their popular farm dinners after closing. Their final dinners will be Aug. 26 at Lone Hawk Farm and Sept. 2 at Jack Rabbit Hill Winery. Owners and staff expressed their gratitude to the area in a statement.

“Longmont has embraced Terroir, and we feel fortunate to have built a business that has thrived on the true essence of community — local food, regional drink, common gathering spot,” reads the statement. “We certainly will miss you.”

MORE THAN A HILL OF BEANS

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, the Denver-based restaurant chain operating 14 locations throughout Colorado, has donated more than 500 pounds of food to help relief efforts after the devastating fire season in our state.

The company placed collection bins in all of its restaurants for two weeks, rewarding diners who donated with 10 percent off their purchase. The nonperishable food was delivered to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and the Fort Collins Foothills Mall Fire Relief Center.

BE AT PEACE WITH FARM OFFERINGS

Andrews Family Farm will host the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center Annual Farm Fest, which benefits the supporters of unconditional nonviolence on Aug. 11.

For a donation of $15 to $60, the Farm Fest will offer healthy organic local produce and a gourmet organic dinner sourced from area farms. Tours of the Andrews farm will be available, as will a silent auction with an array of everyday and unique items. Entertainment includes special poetry and musical guest The Pretty Good Folk Band.

Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/262191, the RMPJC at 3970 Broadway, or at the door. Go to RMPJC.org or call 303-444-6981 for more details.

PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO LOCALITY

Door to Door Organics, the Boulder County-based online food delivery service, has become the first retail business to sign onto a pledge from Transition Colorado to devote at least 10 percent of its food budget to obtaining locally sourced foods.

Transition Colorado is trying to catalyze the already growing movement toward more locally grown food to foster health and well-being in the community.

“It increases local food purchasing, produces jobs, supports the local economy and is important to the health of our local citizens,” says Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Transition Colorado.

Door to Door strives to deliver fresh, high-quality organic produce and natural groceries directly to consumers in their homes, businesses and schools around Colorado.

Go to http://localfoodshift.com for more information.

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