Leo, you could have eaten the fake bison liver that The Revenant’s prop department made from jelly. But you didn’t. And we Coloradans won’t settle for anything less than the real thing, either.
In honor of the 2016 Oscars, the film, and perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar win (fingers crossed), the Fort Restaurant‘s proprietress Holly Arnold Kinney has added bison liver—which can be ordered raw by request—to the menu. While the organ is certainly a talking point, it also aligns with the restaurant’s western roots: The Fort is modeled after Old Bent’s Fort, a historic 1830s trading post, and the restaurant’s cuisine features a variety of foods that trappers, traders, and Native Americans ate back in the day. The liver is offered as a component of the “Historian’s Platter,” an appetizer sampler featuring historical foods of the west like Rocky Mountain oysters and bison sausage.
In an interview with Variety, DiCaprio compared the texture of raw bison to that of a balloon. “When you bite into it, it bursts in your mouth.” On screen, you’ll see him gag—a reaction he says was very real. However, Kinney describes the organ as sweet, delicious, and lean. Eating the offal raw highlights the fresh taste of the minerals and iron, although Kinney does admit that it can be a bit chewy.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Fort for the raw bison liver. Or, if you prefer, you can enjoy the delicacy medium rare on crostini and topped with caramelized onions. Both dishes will be available as a part of the historian’s platter until March 31.
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, 303-697-4771