I’ve been a delinquent foodie this summer. I’ll blame it on hectic work projects and monster amounts of vegis from my CSA (now Grant Family Farms since Cameron Place ceased doing business in Steamboat). The harvest has kept me on an epic late-night cooking schedule in hopes of savoring so much fresh food before it wilts each week.
But I’ve been taking notes and snapping photos throughout the bountiful harvest…waiting for the right moment to sit down and share some of it here. The nudge I needed was Saturday night’s gorgeous Farm to Table dinner at South Routt Nursery — scrumptious food and fine company on a warm fall night under the willows. Perfect.
Wow. Let me tantalize you with a few highlights of just how divine a local menu can be as fall looms in the shadow of the Flat Tops.
- Caprice Farms made mouth-watering kibbeh (savory little mouth-bombs of ground goat meat and grains): Goats raised west of Steamboat, near Milner.
- Quiche muffin appetizers: Eggs from Linda Dilley in South Routt, chard from Grant Family Farms and jalapenos from Elkstone Farm in Steamboat.
- Fresh bread baked by the Mugshot in Oak Creek: wheat grown by Mike Williams in Hayden and ground by Dutch Meyer
- Herb rubbed beef from just down the street: Roast from Yampa Valley Beef and herbs from the nursery’s community gardens.
- Spicy horseradish sauce: Grown in the canyon above Oak Creek (Note to self…consult the master gardeners about how to get this going in my yard!).
- A root roast: Potatoes from Elkhead Ranch in Hayden, plus beets and onions from local gardens.
- Mint chocolate mousse: Fresh cream from Taft Hill Dairy, sweetened with clover honey from Oak Creek.
Plus there was home-grown music – and some dancing – too!
I even scored myself a party favor…one beautiful jar of Oak Creek honey…
We can hardly wait for the next one of these! Thanks for the vision, and the beautiful execution, Zuschlag family and South Routt Nursery!