Tidbites | Keep an eye on these three



Three food companies with ties to Boulder County were honored recently as 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch by ColoradoBiz magazine.

Boulder Ice Cream, Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company and 34 Degrees were recognized as “on-the-grow” organizations based on indicators like product innovation, community enrichment and job creation.

Boulder Ice Cream has branched out from its beginnings 20 years ago to distribute its 14 flavors of premium, all-natural ice cream to grocery stores and restaurants in nine states.

Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company has been around even longer, setting down roots in the eastern foothills more than 25 years ago. Now run by Tim and Karen Bradley, the company’s certified non- GMO, gluten-free popcorn is available nationwide.

And 34 Degrees, owned by Craig Lieberman, makes a thin and savory cracker destined for favorite cheeses or fine by itself. In less than a decade, 34 Degrees has grown to offer nine flavors of its all-natural cracker products, including Sesame, Caramel and Cinnamon Graham.

The awards were presented at a recent reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver.


Like skiers following an early season dusting, chocolate lovers will converge on Winter Park on Saturday, June 23, to make runs through their favorite confections during the Winter Park Chocolate Festival.

Attendees at the free event will be able to indulge their sweet teeth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to samples, there will be a pudding eating contest, a beer and chocolate pairing and a “Chocolate Crown” awarded to the person who can eat the most Hershey Kisses in one minute.

Live music will be provided by Katey Laurel, and non-chocolate food and beverages will be available for purchase. See www.winterpark.chocolate-festival.org.


The Kitchen Upstairs welcomes Chef Stephen Stryjewski of New Orleans’ Cochon restaurant on Monday, June 25, for a special event to benefit Chef’s Collaborative, a national chef network searching to reshape the sustainable food landscape.

By sharing stories of the Gulf, imparting his philosophy on Cajun cooking and using the finest ingredients, Stryjewski will take diners on a journey through the bayou during a family-style feast. Dinner with the James Beard Award winner begins at 7 p.m. and is $125.

Call The Kitchen Upstairs for reservations at 303-544-5973.