Valentine’s – Don’t Wait, Make it a Date at Fooducopia!

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By Diane Adam January 17, 2018 No Comments on Valentine’s – Don’t Wait, Make it a Date at Fooducopia!

Chef Richard’s Menu infuses chocolate into a masterpiece menu!

 

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Richard Glover thinks of two things—flowers and chocolate. So for this year’s Valentine’s Menu at organic restaurant Fooducopia, he has unveiled a romantically delicious three course menu—all including chocolate of course and good honest food. The flowers, well that’s up to you.

So don’t wait make it a date and make your reservations here now!

 

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What makes YOU happy?

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By Diane Adam January 9, 2018 No Comments on What makes YOU happy?

Serving you local, organic food makes us happy!

 

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Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia restaurant in Denver that serves organic food.

 

Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia restaurant in Denver that serves organic food, is a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien—the author of the fantasy novel The Hobbit. I am not sure if it is because of the company of friends Tolkien had—C.S. Lewis was one of his most treasured friends—or that he knew what was important in this life.

If you ask Tim, he will tell you that the above quote is one of his favorites. In fact he has it on his desk, computer screen and always on his mind—because he believes what Tolkien penned so long ago.

“There is nothing better than when I am at Fooducopia and I see customers laughing, talking and enjoying a meal together,” he said. “It just makes me happy.”

 

What makes you happy?

 

The new year is here and 2018 is still getting used to itself. The resolutions and lists of things to change, get rid of or improve upon are all in clear view, but the questions we need to ask ourselves are: what continues to make us happy? What don’t we need to change but rather keep doing?

Obviously there is no one-size-fits-all type of answer. And thank goodness for that. But finding common ground can make us all happy. And I think Tim is on to something.

History has taught us that selfish wants only bring selfish needs. I am not an expert on Tolkien’s writings. But rather I am here to remind each of us of the weight of his words.

When Tolkien wrote those words, there were no smart devices. The smartphone was not even an idea—nonetheless a device. But now in the digital age that we are in they are a distraction—especially when it comes to dinnertime. Common Sense Media for its #DeviceFreeDinner campaign includes comedian Will Ferrell as a smartphone-addled father trying to get to his hoarded smartphone while the rest of his family just wants to enjoy dinner together without any distractions.

Perhaps the challenge this year is to turn off the hoarded smartphone and value good food, cheer and song.

Happy 2018 from all of us here at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue!

 

Don’t miss Chef Richard’s menu for New Year’s Eve!

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By Diane Adam December 27, 2017 No Comments on Don’t miss Chef Richard’s menu for New Year’s Eve!

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Join us for a delicious dinner for New Year’s Eve

 

prepared by

 

Executive Chef Richard Glover

 

Enjoy our comfortable and warm atmosphere!

 

Click here to make your reservation.

 

Hurry spots are filling up.

 

Meet Tim’s sister “Mary Potter” . . . the mug maker!

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By Diane Adam November 29, 2017 No Comments on Meet Tim’s sister “Mary Potter” . . . the mug maker!

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Fooducopia mug maker revealed!

 

Walk into Fooducopia any day of the week and you will be sure to hear someone ask: “Who makes these mugs?”

Since the restaurant’s opening in 2008, staff has seen the mugs fly off the shelves, as customers just can’t part with this “must have” mug. So where do they come from? Who is the potter who makes these infamous mugs?

Well we are happy to reveal the family secret. Owner Tim Lymberopoulos comes from a big family. In fact he has nine siblings one of whom he calls “Mary Potter.”

“My sister Mary hand makes all the mugs,” Tim revealed proudly. “In fact, I think the coffee tastes better because of the mug.” Customers couldn’t agree more. Last week a family of four came in for brunch and left with four mugs. “So many people will tell me or my staff how much they enjoy our mugs,” said Tim, who regularly meets with Mary to bring in new mugs to the restaurant.

The mug retails for $18 and customers are happy to pay. “This is a great deal,” shared one customer. The mug is handmade, fired in the kiln and unlike any other.

So who is this “Mary Potter?”

Mary Stamatopoulos, who currently resides in the Midwest with her husband Jim and their two kids, has had a passion for pottery for over 25 years. She credits her mom for instilling in her an artistic interest.

“Growing up my mom always had us creating something, whether it was sewing, painting or knitting—she just loved to see us working with our hands.”

So in the early 1990s when Mary was living in Fort Collins, she signed up for her first, but not last pottery class.

The rest, as they say is history.

She didn’t stay in Colorado, but after making a move to Chicago in the late 1990s, Mary quickly found a much loved pottery studio.

“I took several classes at the Lillstreet Art Center when it was located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area,” she said.

“Pottery is so therapeutic—it gets your mind off the stress of the day,” said Mary, who currently teaches several pottery classes to kids and adults in a studio.

“When I am in the studio, working with clay is my gift to myself.”

In fact, the idea for a mug came in the form of a gift. “A few years ago I made a mug for Tim as a gift. I never thought much about it, but rather wanted to give him a mug with the word Fooducopia on it for his office.”  Little did she know what this little keepsake would turn into.

An obvious fan of Executive Chef Richard’s menu, Mary incorporated charm and wit into her design of the mug.

“Fooducopia is a place where everyone is welcome and I see the mug as a bonus,” she said. “Whenever we are in Denver, the restaurant is our first stop—to eat and to make a delivery,” she said with a laugh.

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Well it’s working. “Mary Potter” is busy working on a holiday mug that will make anyone on your list happy. Now through December 31, 2017, purchase two $50 gift certificates  and get a mug for FREE. All while supplies last, of course.

“It brings me joy knowing the mugs can bring a smile to someone having coffee,” she said.

So be sure to stop in today and while you’re at it take us along with you! Share your Fooducopia mugshot with us on Instagram and Twitter at #myfooducopiamugshot

 

 

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Meet our Gluten Free Denver Team!

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By Diane Adam November 14, 2017 No Comments on Meet our Gluten Free Denver Team!

Meet Fooducopia’s Gluten Free Denver Team!

 

Every week Fooducopia Restaurant Executive Chef Richard Glover carefully crafts a Grab and Go menu that features something for everyone—including those looking for items that are gluten free. In fact tonight’s Grab and Go is herb grilled chicken with rice and veggies—all gluten free.

So this week we wanted to highlight a few of the players on our Gluten Free Denver Team as we like to call them. We will highlight more players in another upcoming blog. These artisan food producers and local companies feature gluten free food that is healthy and delicious.

You often hear that gluten free Denver restaurants are everywhere on the Front Range. Wash Park restaurant Fooducopia is proud to carry gluten free items on its in house menu and Grab and Go as well as the marketplace. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the term, gluten is the proteins found in wheat and can be harmful to those with Celiac Disease.

Meet the Gluten Free Denver Team

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Cappello’s Gluten Free Company in Denver

 

Located here in the Mile High City is the Colorado-based gourmet food company Cappello’s. Founded in 2011, by friends Stacey Marcellus and Benjamin Frohlichstein, Cappello’s has seen itself grow into a mainstay for healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions.

“We are proud to offer Capello’s,” said Tim Lymberopoulos, owner of Fooducopia. “On any given day our kitchen staff will incorporate Cappello’s pasta into the menu.” Fooducopia even also carries Cappello’s in the marketplace of the restaurant for take home as well. “Seven days a week, neighbors will come in and grab a couple boxes of the Cappello’s pasta—it’s top notch!” added Tim.

 

 

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This gluten free salsa is da bomb!

 

During the brunch hours at Fooducopia, you’d be hard pressed not to find a customer happily chowing down on Chef Richard’s breakfast burrito. The pork or vegetarian burrito, stuffed with cage-free eggs, organic potatoes, beans, and not to mention the swimmingly wonderful flavors from the Rocky Mountain Salsa, is a customer favorite.

“We’re proud to have Rocky Mountain Salsa on our gluten free team,” said Tim. “Customers are always buying a few jars to take home as well, it’s just that good!”

 

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Gluten Free fall baking essential

 

Small artisan producer of gluten free breads is the delicious Outrageous Baking of Boulder, CO.

For the past 10 years, Outrageous Baking has been baking up delicious gluten-free sweet breads. The company was born out of a need to make gluten and dairy-free treats as owner Pamela Fletcher’s daughter had eczema as a baby.

According to the company website, “Pamela and her family were determined to not use any form of medical intervention, so they relied on determining which foods created the manifestation of the eczema.”  The rest as they say is history and thus Outrageous Baking was born.

Fooducopia is proud to carry these specialty gluten free breads. “My personal favorite is the chocolate zucchini bread,” said Tim.

Don’t have time to bake? Don’t worry.  In fact, just stop in and grab a loaf. Many people say it’s even better than homemade.

 

 

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