The reason we make “Farm to Fork” decisions as a restaurant is NOT because it is the trendy thing to do. I was born & raised on a farm and cattle ranch and deeply understand the significance of local farms & ranches in a community. The closer product is harvested to where it is consumed means:
We believe the success of our business relies on a healthy environment. Our support of sustainable practices through the way we purchase, specifically 100% of our beef, pork, chicken & seafood, is one of the greatest ways we believe we’re called to LEAD this industry in Longmont! Our partnerships with industry visionaries have resulted in smart shifts in the way we purchase our products, ensuring that we provide customers with more sustainable options.
ALL of our Seafood comes through Seattle Seafood company, the industry leader in quality & sustainability (Google for details)
We are now getting 100% of our beef from Clint Buckners beautiful ranch on 75th & Nelson; they are true free range 100% of their life and 100% grass-fed 100% of their life. Clint grows 100% of what he feeds all of his animals! (we are having our Summer staff party on this ranch in June). Our butcher is in Ft. Collins and he will hang our beef to dry age it for 3 weeks before fabricating it and sending it to us. This 3 week dry age both intensifies the beef flavor and tenderizes the meat as it begins to break down.
A cow only has so many each of a certain cut of steak, this is why we have re-worked our menu to have a true respect for these animals. True example: when America only wants chicken breast, Foster Farms learns to grow chickens with no legs and gigantic breasts (in about 1 month). The same goes for beef and we combat that by using the entire animal. You will need to pay attention to our inventory level on certain cuts of steak. Steak Cut Availability will be kept current on the board throughout the week. When we are out of Filet Mignon or Rib Eye for the week, this is not something to be ashamed of like having to 86 something because we weren’t prepared; this is something to be proud of! Steak frites will now be made with: teres major (same), sirloin steaks, flank steak, skirt steak, hanger steak & flat iron steak.
Clint also raises Berkshire Hogs, a highly prized heritage breed known for its rich flavor and dark, naturally pink meat. This is the ground pork for our new Perfect Pork Burger. The rest of the pork that we bring in and braise for things like the Cuban sandwich & Thai Pork Tacos comes from White Marble Farms in Iowa. These are a breed called a Duroc Hog which are bred specifically for rich and tender meat in the shoulders & belly.
We have gone back to Red Bird Farms Chicken. This is a great Colorado company that started in 1940 and has kept the same commitment listed above for 80 years. It takes Red Bird three times longer to raise a chicken than Foster Farms and its worth it!
The Snake River in Idaho is known for producing the most rich & delicious Rainbow Trout in the country. Our trout is raised & harvested by Clear Springs Trout Company that have been raising high end Rainbow Trout in what is called “the Magic Valley” since 1966. The reason this 30 mile stretch of the Snake River called the Magic Valley is because of the high percentage of pure spring water at the perfect 58*F temperature for trout.
High quality aquaculture like this is the future of eating great fish. There are not many species of fresh water fish or seafood that naturally multiply at the rate we now eat it, therefore eating only “wild caught” fish is unsustainable and irresponsible.
Are domestic, dry pack (no chemical added) 100% natural & delicious scallops from Northern Wind Fishery in New Bedford, MA. To insure sustainability, scallop boats are allotted a specific number of fishing days in open and protected areas determined by the U.S. government each year. The new season officially opens March 1st. Northern Wind consistently works with scallop boat owners to improve harvesting, shucking, and cleaning techniques.
A lot of our produce comes from Colorado in the Summer & Fall months but it’s just not possible in the Winter, however there are some products we get locally year round such as lettuces, herbs & mushrooms.
Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese is right here in Longmont and they only use local goats milk. Our milk, cream & butter is all actually from Meadow Gold in Texas but it’s really high quality dairy.
“The Bread Ladies” Kathy Rosser & Susan Bright at Market Street Bakery on 15th & Main Street, just up the road. They deliver fresh bread to us six days a week!
What is Kombucha? A beverage made by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast & bacteria. Kombucha is known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese since around 2,000 years ago
Why drink Kombucha? The fermentation process creates amazing probiotics, enzymes, acids & b-vitamins that are great for: –digestion -immune support -weight loss -reduced joint pain -energy -cancer prevention -detoxification
Who Makes ours? Cassie & Tanner Gifford live in Mead and are about to launch this new Kombucha Brewery called Knuckle Puck (named after the famous hockey shot in the movie The Mighty Ducks (Tanner is a hockey player)
Where is it brewed? Knuckle Puck Brewery rents space inside of Good Eats Grill here in Longmont
The oil we use in our fryers 100% rapeseed oil (non-hydrogenated, nut free, soy free). The rape seed grows abundantly in Canada and is pressed into a healthful vegetable oil. We keep one of our fryers 100% gluten free and there is never any cross-contamination through cleaning or any other of our processes.
Thank you for taking a moment to read this memo, recognize what we’re striving towards and doing your part to help us improve our restaurants and this increasingly devastating world issue.
I’m not going to list the statistics about plastic pollution or post pictures of baby turtles swimming in miles of plastic as I doubt there are many of you that haven’t been exposed to the jaw-dropping facts that are plentiful nowadays. I would simply like to give you the facts of what we are doing about it as of today; invite you to help us continue finding solutions that we may have missed or not yet figured out; and challenge you to find ways to remove & replace single use plastic in your own ways outside of this restaurant.
-We’ve stopped putting plastic straws in drinks, removed them from the premises, and brought in a more expensive compostable (corn product) straw that can be given to customers UPON REQUEST
-We’ve stopped offering kids cups, lids & straws that though they could be re-used many many times, are most often thrown in the trash and sent to the ocean. We now have compostable (corn product) 12 oz cups, lids & straws that can be given to kids UPON REQUEST, but 99% of child-guests can just use a water glass or full size glass…it’s a lot easier to clean a spill than to clean the ocean
-We’ve removed all plastic utensils (wrapped in plastic) for to-go orders and we have brought in compostable forks and spoons that can be given UPON REQUEST (yes, we’re asking you all to TALK TO your customers a bit more…this not only is the responsible thing to do, I promise that it will also turn into higher tips as you figure out an honest way to speak to guests about what we’re doing!)
-We’ve removed all plastic ramekins and brought in a compostable option. We will use this for to go orders only, and only where absolutely necessary
-We’ve replaced plastic to-go bags with a paper one that breaks down in less than a month
-We’ve replaced our trash liners with a compostable one that breaks down in less than a month (these will likely be a pain in the ass and trash cans will have to be carried out and dumped or the bags will break…we appreciate you).
-We’ve purchased lids for all of our refrigerator pans, so no longer cover the refrigerated prep tops with plastic wrap, rather make sure there are no gaps in the pans and then top with sheet pans. We also have purchased reusable lids for all of our containers that hold food & sauces as to eliminate the need for plastic wrap.
YES, single-use plastic is FAR less expensive than the replacements that we’ve brought in for them AND SO we are trusting all of you to help us use as little as possible by not just throwing them at every customer that MIGHT want them. Exactly the same as the food & beverage products we choose to purchase/serve at our restaurants, we refuse to make profit the highest priority in the decisions we make. It’s a great priority to us to be responsible with what we’ve been entrusted with while we make our laps around the sun; the part of life that happens in these bodies on this planet doesn’t last very long yet in that time we can either do a whole lot of damage or try to do a bit of good…let’s shoot for the latter!