Is food waste, in the eye of the beholder?


By Diane Adam October 5, 2017 No Comments on Is food waste, in the eye of the beholder?

The beauty hidden in food waste

Food waste

When was the last time you went out to dinner and opted not to get a doggie bag? Does it happen often or when you’re just too stuffed to consider taking another bite? Regardless of the situation, food waste is increasing, especially here in America where the term “supersize” got its birth.

American consumerism is not going away. History teaches that the seeds of American consumerism were planted in the 1800s and the Industrial Revolution. And there are many weeds that have choked efforts to reverse or reduce the gluttons we have all become. Especially when it comes to food waste.


The good, the bad and the beauty hidden in food waste


According to an eye opening article half of all US food produce is thrown away. The article goes beyond the dinner plate and explains the “cult of perfection” that Americans are demanding for their produce. In other words if it has a blemish or imperfection it’s rejected. Which prompts the question: “isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder?”

Where and when did this happen? Much to my chagrin I am still looking for the answer. The silver lining is that food waste is in the spotlight. Or should I say the silver screen.

On October 13, the highly anticipated documentary WASTED! The Story of Food Waste arrives in theaters. Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain’s film aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food.  WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.

Last month Food Tank hosted a remarkable one-day summit at the WNYC Greene Space in New York titled “Focusing on Food Loss and Waste.” In partnership with Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) and with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and The Fink Family Foundation the summit included experts from all over the world. All to address the problem of food waste. You can watch it here.

As I watched live on Facebook, I felt burdened to the fact—how did we as a society arrive at this point? I pondered, and still do, over the statistics that 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year.

Yesterday as my son ate his banana he fussed about the brown spot on the banana. Luckily as he finished the entire banana I was there to remind him—”those are the banana’s beauty marks.”




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Chef Richard’s Weekend Must Haves!


By Diane Adam September 15, 2017 No Comments on Chef Richard’s Weekend Must Haves!

Finding healthy food places in Denver: start at Fooducopia






I can’t tell you how excited I am for the weekend. It’s not so much that there is a list of fun activities, but rather the weekend is wide open.  I just want to unwind. Anyone else have that on their agenda?

And a great way to kick off the weekend is enjoying foods that we love. Mine of course is hummus and a chilled bottle of beer.

Did you know that hummus is one of the world’s most beloved foods? That is everywhere except for Kentucky, where they would rather eat their pita plain. What? I know, crazy right?

I guess it’s a good thing to know that here in Colorado we are all about healthy and detest Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Of all the great food options in the Mile High city, finding healthy food places in Denver to start your weekend begins at Fooducopia.

Fooducopia located at Race and Kentucky Avenue in Wash Park is a great farm-to-fork restaurant in Denver that marches to the beat of  Executive Chef Richard Glover.



And might I add, that Chef Richard’s trio of Spanish marinated olives with hummus & pita is out-of-this world.  So, go ahead, make a reservation—it’s a great way to start the weekend.


And yes the beer is chilled and ready.





Chef Richard makes it easy with his Small Plates Menu!


By Diane Adam September 8, 2017 No Comments on Chef Richard makes it easy with his Small Plates Menu!


Watermelon salad with pistachios, feta, balsamic reduction & fresh mint

Celebrate the flavors of Chef Richard’s Small Plates Menu


At Fooducopia, we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the weekend! Executive Chef Richard Glover’s Small Plates Menu for dinner is a great way to enjoy not one, but two or even three different dishes. Meant to be shared, Chef Richard’s deliciously creative dishes celebrate the flavors of local and organic ingredients. Passionate about farm to table ingredients, Chef Richard effortlessly crafts good honest food into each Small Plate. And if you can’t decide which dish to choose, there is nothing to shy from and order one…two or three! So make a reservation gather up the gang and start sharing!


Grilled octopus marinated in papaya served with a mojo rojo



Satisfy your organic craving with Chef Richard’s menu!


By Diane Adam September 1, 2017 No Comments on Satisfy your organic craving with Chef Richard’s menu!

Labor Day Weekend with us at Fooducopia!




Seems like summer is staying put for the Labor Day weekend. The long weekend is shaping up to be full of sunshine and high temps so you won’t have much of an excuse to not get out and enjoy the weather.  Usually when it comes to dinner spots in Denver for the long weekend, there is an inkling to “go big” or “go home.” As if we have to cram in the last hurrah of the summer with a gluttonous sense.

But the long weekend can be done differently. I think sometimes when there is a long weekend it’s a great way to satisfy your organic cravings. A chance to linger and savor what is healthy. In other words to embrace the time that has no sense of urgency.


Chicken confit, mashed potatoes, wilted greens & chicken demi


Executive Chef Richard Glover’s menu at Fooducopia is one of the best dinner spots in Denver that can satisfy your organic cravings. And when it comes to dinner, there are timeless elements to his Small Plates Menu. Intended to delight all the senses, Fooducopia’s menus are carefully crafted from organic and local farm and artisan food producers. In other words there is no “go big” contenders other than the out-of-this-world dining experience.

So enjoy the long Labor Day Weekend, and be sure to linger—and enjoy good honest food at Fooducopia this weekend! To make a reservation click here.




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Chill out, have fun & eat well this weekend!


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


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!


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


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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