Colorado celebrated its 4th annual Buy Local Week two weeks ago. The concept was to connect local businesses with …the rest of us during this particular week. Nice concept – but a week flies by too quickly. So I think we should keep going – local all the way, all the time.
Here are my top 10 Colorado local food/holiday gifts.
1. The cookbook: Colorado Organic- Cooking Seasonally, Eating Locally.
Why: it just has it all. The book is a collection of profiles of eight of Colorado’s most loved chefs (think Teri Ripetto, Yazmin Lozada-Hissom, Lachlan McKinnon-Patterson), recipes from their restaurants (yes, recipes from Potager, Duo, and Frasca), and stories featuring eight of Colorado’s most interestinging farmers. The recipes are approachable, the stories intriguing, and the photography stunning. And let’s face it, everyone who loves food loves a good cookbook.
Where: Online if you click here. Or for a list of retailers, click here.
Why: Cause they’ve got meat curing down to an Italian-back-door- loading-dock-selling- only-once-a-week-science. Yes- you can go to the loading dock on Fridays afternoon to sample and buy. You can create your selection from a great variety of meats- I wouldn’t miss the bresaola, duck prosciutto, and vine e pepe nero.
Where: Order online here or visit these locations.
3. The cracker: 34 Degrees Crispbread
Why: Because it is the easiest thing to pull out of a pantry and have a snack with or serve an appetizer on at a party. It is versatile and the variety of flavors gives the chance of creating a nice selection for a present.
Why: because everyone should have the chance to throw out their old spices and start new with fresh ground spices and hand crafted seasonings. They have pre-made gift sets but you can always make your own- that is my favorite part!
Where: Online- here- or at one of the many locations in Colorado (and now in a few other states!).
5. The preserved fruits and vegetables: MMLocal
Why: Because they are beautiful (literally), interesting, and deeply rooted into the farms and orchards of Colorado. They have the skill and the commitment!
6. The liquor: pick your poison! Stranahan’s Whiskey, Vodka 14. Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine, Great Divide Beer.
Why: cause a bottle (or a six pack) of anything is an easy and successful gift every time. And because these Colorado companies actually provide high quality
Where: Well, your friendly neighborhood liquor store should carry all of this. But, in case that doesn’t work Total Beverage- which rocks- carries and will ship any and all of the above.
7. The sweet treat: Enstrom’s Almond Toffee
8. The Coffee: Conscious Coffees
Why: cause they figured out a way to grow coffee in Colorado. No, just kidding. Because, frankly their coffee is the best and your favorite coffee addict will recognize that immediately. Roast Magazine, the premier coffee publication, declared them winner of 2011 Roaster of the Year. Aside from having the best tasting coffee, Conscious Coffees is also committed to working with coffee farming communities that respect the Earth and its people- always a good thing.
Where: Online if you click here. Otherwise, at your local Whole Foods or any of the shops listed here.
10. The gift certificate: to a restaurant that respects and celebrates local food- my favorites- Fuel Cafe in Denver and Cafe Aion in Boulder.
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