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Thursday, December 8,2011

Rio Grande plans to improve its food and reputation

By Christie Sounart
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is best known for its margaritas, while its food always seems to fall short of memorable. Changing a long-standing reputation is difficult, says Jason Barrett, Rio Grande’s CEO. However, the company is determined to change the public’s view of its food, and has taken many steps to try to improve its overall customer satisfaction.
Thursday, December 1,2011

Not your average neighborhood coffee shop

By Blair Madole
Vajra Rich looks like a mad scientist, complete with messy hair, a glint in his eyes and beakers and circular heaters that look like they belong in a chemistry lab. He doesn’t work with obscure chemicals or create monsters though. He makes coffee.
Wednesday, November 23,2011

Chef prioritizes local products

By Christie Sounart
Bradford Heap has a passion for quality food, and he says he will do what it takes to get it to you. Heap is owner of Pearl Street’s SALT bistro, Colterra Food & Wine in Niwot and his own catering company, Bradford Heap Catering. With each business, he says, he strives to incorporate the highest quality local and organic food he can find year round. As the winter freeze sets in and most restaurants finish the last of their local food supply, Heap continues to serve his customers fresh and local food.
Thursday, November 17,2011

Alternative Thanksgiving options

By Blair Madole
Sometimes it can be fun to play with holiday traditions, especially those involving food. Altering an ingredient, making a new dish, or changing a presentation can create a fresh energy for the table and may help alleviate the stress of hosting your hard-to-please in-laws and extended family.
Wednesday, November 9,2011

Italian-style pizza booming in Boulder

By Christie Sounart
It’s clear that people in Boulder love pizza. Not just any kind of pizza, but authentic Italian pizza. And the city’s restaurant scene has seen an uptick in places that offer it. Boulder’s newest restaurant that serves Italian-style pizza is Tossa, which opened its doors on Oct. 26 to many waiting customers. Yet there are many other pizzerias blocks away that also have loyal customers, in part because each restaurant has its own unique style of Italian pizza.
Thursday, November 3,2011

What farmers do during the winter months

By Blair Madole
The recent snow and impending closure of the 2011 Farmers’ Market have many asking where they will get local food for the next few months and what the farmers are doing in the off-season. Though some farm hands will use the time to travel, relax or get a job that is comfortably indoors, many local farms will continue to operate.
Thursday, October 27,2011

Restaurants band together for First Bite Boulder

By Christie Sounart
First Bite Boulder is coming back to Boulder County this year in full force, and it’s not too early to make reservations. The week of Nov. 11-19, more than 40 restaurants will participate in this special food event, and each restaurant has prepared a unique three-course menu for its guests. Every menu offered will have the fixed price of $26 a person.
Thursday, October 20,2011

Celebrate Food Day by eating local

By Blair Madole
The first annual National Food Day is Monday, Oct. 24, and, naturally, Boulder County has decided to engage in the effort with an Eat Local Challenge. Food Day is a national effort to promote healthy and sustainable food and start the process of creating a better food system in the country.
Thursday, October 13,2011

Beyond a pie in the sky idea

By Christie Sounart
For David Segal, owner of Pie in the Sky Bakery, cooking has been a passion his entire life. Yet this past year he has ventured into the realm of baking, completely focused on his new business of selling gluten-free cheesecakes and key-lime pies.
Thursday, October 6,2011

The great grilled cheese debate

By Blair Madole
As the leaves turn red, the air becomes crisp, and the politicians go in for that final pre-election teeth whitening, the bears aren’t the only ones concentrating on fattening up before winter hits. Moms all over the country are pulling out the ingredients for beef stew, meat loaf, mashed potatoes and the classic American comfort food: grilled cheese.