Chill out, have fun & eat well this weekend!

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By Diane Adam August 4, 2017 No Comments on Chill out, have fun & eat well this weekend!

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The weekend is here and that means it’s time to chill out, have fun and eat well! On Saturdays and Sundays, the stress levels are lowered. But what also happens is our expectations seem to lower themselves too. Which is not always a good thing— especially when it comes to eating. Lurking around on the weekend is the temptation to not eat healthy.

But that does not have to be the case. In fact, finding fun organic food in Denver is easy. Thanks to the booming restaurant scene, Denver is a growing food destination.

So might I suggest a weekend that includes organic food in Denver?

Great. If chill is the vibe you are looking for then grab that book that you have been meaning to finish. I know I have a stack too. Just pick the one from the top.

The next route is your decision. Do you first head over to Wash Park to absorb its beauty or do you fuel up at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue for healthly food at Fooducopia? Either way both are a win-win!

Decisions. Decisions. Hmm?

Flip a coin. It’s easy, cheap, and will get you where you want to go!

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Garden Benedict: mixed organic veggies with hollandaise is a customer favorite for healthy eating!

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Fooducopia’s peel & eat shrimp with local elk sausage is creative, local and a perfect blend of mouthwatering flavors.

 

Here at Fooducopia good honest food is our passion. Executive Chef Richard Glover and the entire team will make  your weekend complete with food that is the best organic food in Denver. To make a weekend dinner reservation click here!

Happy Weekend!

 

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Food transparency begins with THIS

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By Diane Adam July 23, 2017 No Comments on Food transparency begins with THIS

Food transparency and honesty is good for all 

 

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My 13-year-old son is learning the art of communication. If anyone else has a teen they can relate. Last week, he made plans with his best friend via text that I would drive them both to his water polo game.

The night before the game, my husband and I realized those plans wouldn’t work. So we told our son to communicate that to his friend. Before I went to bed, I checked to make sure he communicated this to his friend. My son said “yes.”

Fast forward to a rushed morning and a text from the mom’s friend reads: “you are still picking him up for water polo, right?”

I’ll admit my first reaction was that of frustration. So I went and inquired. My son started to communicate. The frustration in me increased. I then felt let down. But most of all, I knew what I had to do.

I sent the mom a text that read: “I am sorry for the mass miscommunication…”  Then, I took a deep breath and knew the next step. To introduce my son to the importance of the art of communication—especially when it came to being honest.

From his perspective he didn’t think much of it. But when we widened the lens, things began to appear differently.

And so I started to wonder, aren’t we all trying our best to master the art of communication? Especially when it comes to being honest?

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Earlier this year, my boss, Tim Lymberopoulos, filled out a detailed survey regarding Fooducopia and food transparency. The Good Food 100 survey is a way to empower eaters—all while restaurants fine tune their art of communication—or simply, “walk the talk.”

It surveys how chefs and restaurants are building a better food system and supporting local, regional and national good food economies. Diners can see for themselves how the restaurants rate.

I applaud founders Sara Brito and Jeff Hermanson for offering a way for diners to be exposed to the food transparency process. It’s a great start to this art of communication—food transparency.

And it requires, above all, honesty. Or as the Good Food 100 website states, this is “a badge of honor for not just how good their food tastes, but how good it is for every link of the food chain.” In fact, according to a recent study, consumers are learning to communicate this.

Tim texted me when he finished the survey. I could tell by the text he was glad it was finished. But deep down, I knew he was far more happy to reveal the passion that he and Executive Chef Richard Glover and the entire staff are committed to—good honest food.

In fact, Fooducopia is now proud to be part of the Good Food 100 restaurants list— in the highest rankings category with six links. When it comes to food transparency, this is good news for everyone.

My son now jokes about his “communication.” We laugh at the jabs we give each other, but deep down I feel a sense of relief knowing he understands that being honest is good for all.

And for my boss, and the entire team at Fooducopia, we understand that too.

 

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Slow Food Nations comes to Denver

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By Diane Adam July 13, 2017 No Comments on Slow Food Nations comes to Denver

Slow Food Nations takes over Denver July 14-16

 

Do me a favor. Can you clear your weekend calendar? And instead jot down these three words in your planner —”Slow Food Nations.” Trust me. This is one event you don’t want to miss if you are passionate about good, honest food.

 

 

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The Mile High City will be bustling with people from all over the world who want to see good, clean, and fair food for all. Inspired by Slow Food International’s biennial Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy, Slow Food Nations will combine the energy of a street food festival, rigor of an academic conference, and inspiration of a cultural exchange.

Slow Food Nations is a free festival, which is open to the public. Not to mention it is a great opportunity to mingle with some of the top food movement leaders from around the world.

 

Leading food figures

 

I mean how often does Denver boast having Alice Waters, Ron Finley and Simran Sethi all in one setting?

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Speaking of Simran Sethi have you read her latest book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love? Sethi, who is an award-winning journalist, is at the forefront of biodiversity, food waste and climate change. Written with honest grit and wit, the book is one you want on your bookshelf for years to come. She tackles her affinity of bread, wine and chocolate head on. And takes you along willingly. Be sure to check out the times she will be presenting this weekend.

 

Bring the kiddos

 

Can’t get a babysitter for the weekend event. No problem. This event even includes wonderful activities for the kids. One event not to miss is June Jo Lee’s presentation at the Tattered Cover Book Store on Sunday at 1 pm. This event will feature an array of wonderful food literacy books for the kids to enjoy.

 

Keeping it local

 

To kick off Slow Food Nations, be sure to check out the all-inclusive Colorado-Made Block Party featuring Colorado farmers, ranchers, artisan food producers and more. This is another great way to eat, drink and be merry with all things Colorado.

 

And be sure to stop in at Fooducopia to tell us what you learned from the event.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

What Alice Waters’ tweet teaches us

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By Diane Adam June 23, 2017 No Comments on What Alice Waters’ tweet teaches us

Alice Waters wants Amazon to “do the right thing”

 

 

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I like Alice Waters. And this past week I like her even more.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Waters is the pioneer of slow food and all things organic. A giant force in the food revolution starting back in the 1960s, Waters holds food in high esteem. In fact, her famed Chez Panisse restaurant is an icon throughout the world for sustainable, locally sourced and organic food. So she offered her two cents as to the recent news about Amazon and Whole Foods. She tweeted an open letter to Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos—and it all centered around food—and it was by far more powerful than two cents. 

Since the announcement of Amazon’s intent to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the Internet has gone into overdrive with countless theories for the motive of  Bezos to take the helm. Will we ever know the motive? In time, but I am no expert to speculate.

But there is one person that did weigh in this ginormous purchase and I think she is a heavyweight when it comes to the matter of food—or should I say good honest food.

Waters understands from start to finish how this could help or harm the food industry. She is making it clear that a deal this big needs to take into consideration the farmers, the land, and our natural resources. Or as she puts it “it’s time to do the right thing for our country, our farmers, and our planet.”

The landscape of America’s food is changing. And with this recent Amazon acquisition, many industry insiders believe it is going to change even more. Waters wants Bezos to steer the ship of America’s food in a clear direction. Or rather in the right direction.

Many are skeptical and see this as nothing but a ginormous corporate takeover taking a bite into the food industry. Industry insiders are fearful and dreading what will happen not so much to food but rather the other green stuff—the mighty dollar. 

But that brings me back to Alice Waters who reminds us of the other larger green commodity that is at stake—our food system which is far greener in wealth.

“With hopefulness” Waters ended the tweet—signaling a chance the right thing will be done.

Shouldn’t that be what we are all fighting for?

Here’s a gift dad will enjoy!

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By Diane Adam June 17, 2017 No Comments on Here’s a gift dad will enjoy!

Father’s Day brunch at Fooducopia

 

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Father’s Day weekend is all about Dad! Father’s Day is a time to play, laugh and celebrate all the things that dad’s do best! Finding a right way to celebrate Father’s Day doesn’t have to be fancy or fickle but rather why not head over to Denver’s best brunch spot Fooducopia to enjoy good honest food. We’re pretty sure dad won’t mind getting the royal treatment of Chef Richard’s good honest food with his brood.

Fooducopia will be open on Father’s Day from 8 am to 3 pm.

Happy Father’s Day!

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