Home Grown

Fifty Colorado products perfect for the pantry, the gift list, or tonight's dinner table.

October 2008

Drizzle ice cream with Izzybelle Chocolate sauces. Made in Lakewood by Karen and Jim Day, these decadent toppings are crafted from all-natural, organic ingredients. We first discovered Izzybelle at the Truffle Cheese Shop, and now the sundae-worthy peanut butter-chocolate blend is a dessert staple. www.izzybellechocolate.com

Read all about it on Papaya Pâté. We check this blog (written by local chefs John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom) regularly for an insider's take on Denver cuisine—and the world of food as a whole. Follow the duo down Federal Boulevard on the hunt for bahn mi sandwiches or to New York for dinner at Momofuku. In addition to an honest take on restaurants and trends, Papaya Pâté is ripe with recipes, gorgeous photos, and cooking tips. For any food lover, this is a gold mine. www.papayapate.blogspot.com

Grab a handful of Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn. These delicious kernels, which come in tempting flavors such as smoked Gouda (our favorite) and sun-dried tomato and Parmesan, are the brainchild of three Denver friends looking for a healthy, tasty snack. Although the corn is popped in Oregon, we had to give them kudos for creating eats that are cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher. www.oogiessnacks.com

Turn up the heat with San Mateo Gourmet Foods' Chili Verde. Cabrini Lucero, owner of this Highland company, prides herself on maintaining a good balance of flavor and fire. This chile has kick for sure, but the flavor is punched with smoke and pork from Coleman Natural Foods. Try it slathered on a fried egg. www.sanmateofoods.com

Pop the top on a Dale's Pale Ale. We've got to hand it to Lyons' Oskar Blues Cajun Grill & Brewery for single-handedly banishing the stigma of canned beer. This small-batch, homegrown pale ale is hoppy, confident, and totally refreshing. And how many other canned brews can claim the titles of "Top American Pale Ale" ( the New York Times), "#1 Rated U.S. Beer" (New York magazine), and "World's Best Canned Beer" (Details)? www.oskarblues.com

Ask for a double scoop of Josh & John's ice cream. This Colorado Springs company makes its mark with gourmet, all-natural ice cream in memorable flavors: oatmeal cookie, yellowcake, and Pikes Perk Coffee are especially good. Even better is the Sundae Bar, a trolling cart that can be rented out for events. www.joshandjohns.com

Stock the shelves with Spinelli's Sauce Company's Italian sauces. Though we're usually skeptical of overly sweet jarred spaghetti sauces, Spinelli's marinara, roasted garlic fra diavolo, and creamy tomato-vodka deliver robust, true flavor. Created by Spinelli's, a Park Hill market that has served gourmet foods since 1994, these sauces contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. www.spinellissauceco.com

Pick up dinner at Tamales by La Casita. The Sandoval family has been making and selling tamales in northwestern Denver since 1974. We never get tired of unwrapping the corn husk to find steamed masa filled with red-chile pork or green chile and cheese. Apparently we're not the only ones—La Casita sells about 12,000 tamales a day. 303-455-2190