Many transplants and visitors initially think of Colorado as a rugged, landlocked state; dry and devoid of vegetation, comprised of desert, mountain, and blistering sun. While this is the case for certain regions, our state is actually home to a biologically diverse ecosystem that fosters juicy peaches and melons, sweet, crisp corn, spicy, vegetal green chilis and more.
Fortunately for us on the Front Range, we get to enjoy all sorts of seasonal produce right in our backyard through farm-to-table dinners all around Boulder County. Here are some of our favorites:
When: various times, beginning July 3
Ramping up in July, this Lyons farm and education center hosts elegant group dinners crafted by renowned Colorado chefs. In addition to dinner, guests will enjoy a tour of the organic farm and get the chance to mingle with Boulder County’s interesting residents at a long, communal table situated in the field. Each dinner benefits an area charity or non-profit, giving Boulder residents the chance to give back and enjoy a truly exceptional event.
When: 7/27, 4 pm
Presented by the traveling farm-to-table dinner group, Outstanding in the Field, this dinner is hosted by Longmont Farmers Chet and Kristy Anderson, owners of The Fresh Herb Co. Outstanding in the Field seeks to connect communities with their local farmers, ranchers, and with each other through communal dining. This particular event includes beer pairings from Casey Brewing and Blending, out of Glenwood Springs.
This lovely farm situated right in Boulder hosts seed-to-plate dinners from June through October. Guests are invited to come out to the farm and dine amongst friends with a gorgeous view of the mountains. These dinners implement farm fresh produce and products, making each dinner distinctive, healthy, and delicious.
Family-run Ollin Farms seeks to bring the community together though hosting communal farm-to-table dinners. 2019’s schedule has yet to be announced but last year’s dinners were a hit. Each dinner will be hosted by a different, talented chef who employs farm fresh goods to create seasonal, four-course menus. Dinner is served among sweeping cottonwoods, adjacent to the bank of Left Hand Creek.
Step out of the ordinary dining out routine and attend one of Boulder County’s farm-to-table dinners. These events provide Boulder residents the opportunity to see where their produce comes from, meet the folks growing it, and try innovative, distinctive dishes made from ingredients pulled from the ground only hours before. Colorado summers are unlike any other and these events elegantly showcase all that our great state has to offer.