Perfect for outdoor entertaining! These kabobs are easy to make and are sure to impress summer guests. [Read more…]
Rustic. Refined. Recycled? Indeed! The beautiful stone serving trays from Serving Slabs are not only striking but sustainable. Started by Derrick and his wife Wendy, the Salida, Colorado-based company gives unused granite that would have ended up in landfills a new life as stunning and solid serving dishes and other home goods. Since April 2011, they’ve diverted an average of 2500 pounds of granite from landfills per month! [Read more…]
Many of us know the pleasures of a good bottle of wine. When properly paired with a meal, it can create a plethora of uniquely exciting tastes, taking a home-cooked meal from good to outstanding. However, even some of the most passionate locavores might come up with questions when it comes to nearby wineries. That’s where Paula Mitchell and her book Exploring Colorado Wineries come in. Mitchell has assembled an easy to use compendium of wineries and tasting rooms in our very own state. Believe it or not, there are over 125 and luckily we have Exploring Colorado Wineries to help us discover them. [Read more…]
When it comes to eating well, many chefs and home-cooks look to their surroundings for inspiration. This can come in the form of centering dishes around nearby ingredients or asking locals for old recipe favorites. The new cookbook Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes form the Centennial State does both, and a whole lot more. Best of all, its author Michele Morris will be a part of our June Foodie Walk spectacular on the 21st of this month from 5-8pm. [Read more…]
Do you know Welsh Rabbit?
Whether in reference to the homey English dish (also known as “rarebit”) or to the local Fort Collins artisan cheese shop, Welsh Rabbit is fantastic. The comforting combination of melted cheese (often Cheddar) and beer or other ingredients served over bread is the store’s namesake and, though it’s not served there yet, the Welsh Rabbit has already became a mainstay in the Fort Collins foodie community. They carry upwards of 50 different kinds of imported and domestic cheeses for both in-store snacking and take-home savoring. The offerings are flavorful, varied and exceedingly satiating, just as fine cheeses should be. The best part? They’ll be doing samplings in our store as one of the local vendors we’re hosting for the June Foodie Walk!
The store opened in March of 2012 a couple years after Dean and Nancy Hines were inspired by The Truffle Cheese Shop in Denver. They thought Fort Collins could use a specialized purveyor of fine cheeses and when Dean’s brother Nate joined the team, they made the shop a reality. With the lovely atmosphere and awesome service, we’re always happy to visit our knowledgable, local cheesemongers.
Here’s a spread they plated for us on a beautiful Serving Slab (Stay tuned for a post on them!). Offerings clockwise from top left: flavorful and supremely textured Buffalo Pastrami from Denver; lusciously creamy Delice de Bourgogne from France; crisp and complementary 34˚Crackers from Denver; regally marbled Napoli salami; tasty, smooth, vegetable ash-striped Morbier Delize from France; super-savory and textural Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from Vermont; and local Nita Crisp crackers. “
Luckily for us and all of you, they’ll be bringing the epicurean fun into our store for the June 21st Foodie Walk which means they’ll be samples for those who get there quick enough! With wine pairings provided by Ten Bears Winery, we will also have guidebook author Paula Mitchell of Exploring Colorado Wineries, and Wendy and Derrick of Serving Slabs, and cookbook author Michele Morris of Tasting Colorado, it’ll surely be worth a stop!
Stay tuned for introductions of more local vendors that will be joining the Welsh Rabbit at the Cupboard on June 21st from 5 to 8 pm. We hope to see you there!