Food Lover's Guide to Denver
“Local first, sustainable second, organic third.” Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson’s simple food philosophy can, and should, be a guiding light for all of us. Here in Denver, we’re lucky to have a devoted group of people dedicated to local, sustainable, organic—and just plain good—food. Dig into the stories on the following pages, then get out there and taste the difference community makes.
CHEESE & BREAD
There was a time not so long ago when Haystack Mountain was the only Colorado-made cheese that was readily available. While Haystack’s offerings (the Buttercup in particular) are still refrigerator staples, our state is seeing a new class of diverse and seriously exciting cheese. Don’t miss the following. —AMF
- Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar
As a rule, cheddar is best made in a humid climate. And yet, Avalanche Cheese Company’s Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar defies Basalt’s high-desert location to create a dry, snappy, and upscale cheese that’s worthy of any picnic. avalanchecheese.com
Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy’s first mixed-milk cheese (it’s made of pasteurized cow and goat milks), Buttercup is creamy, mild, and easy to love. haystackgoatcheese.com
Slice through MouCo’s Ashley—a soft cow’s milk cheese encased in a smoky vegetable ash rind—and you’ll find a tangy cheese that’s best when aged seven to eight weeks. That time in the cheese cave allows the flavors to mellow and the interior to soften. mouco.com
- Shepherd’s Halo
Fruition Farms’ award- winning ricotta is on menus all over the state, but you see far less of Shepherd’s Halo. With this exquisitely ripened and salty-sweet cheese, Fruition chef, co-owner, and farmer Alex Seidel proves that a sheep dairy (the state’s first) can not only exist in Colorado but also thrive. fruitionfarmsdairy.comLeyden
Unwrap a wedge of Leyden from James Ranch in Durango and discover a raw cow’s milk cheese that’s embedded with whole cumin seeds. The spice adds an appealing lemony flavor. jamesranch.net
Many eateries rely on local bakeries to bake their crusty loaves. This is good news for diners wanting to bring restaurant-quality bread to their own kitchen tables. Below, cross-reference your ideal bread with the bakery behind it. —Christie Sounart
- Udi’s Artisan Bakery
Bakes for: Fuel Cafe, the Kitchen, Duo Restaurant
Where to find it: Udi’s cafes, King Soopers, Vitamin Cottage, Sunflower Market, Costco, and farmers’ markets.
- Grateful Bread Company
Bakes for: Fruition Restaurant, Masterpiece Delicatessen, Euclid Hall, Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Table 6, Il Posto, Vesta Dipping Grill, Luca D’Italia
Where to find it: 425 Violet St., Golden. Open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Denver Bread Company
Bakes for: Potager, the Cherry Tomato, Bang!, Venue, Hops & Pie, Boulder Cork
Where to find it: 3200 Irving St., Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- 4. City Bakery
Bakes for: Snooze, Elway’s, Shanahan’s Steakhouse, H BurgerCo., Ocean Prime, Steuben’s, the Über Sausage
Where to find it: Marczyk Fine Foods, Carmine Lonardo’s Meat Deli, and the Cheese Company