Colorado Food Blog: Udi’s, Boulder Ice Cream, Chipotle and farm-to-table fatigue

Here’s a quick Colorado food news update …..

• Homegrown fast-casual giant Chipotle Mexican Grill has upped the sustainable ante by committing to source sour cream from 100 percent pasture-raised cows, and 65 percent of its cheese from the same.

• According to the Associated Press, Smart Balance says it has completed its acquisition of the Denver-based gluten-free food company Udi’s Healthy Foods for $125 million cash. Don’t despair, Udi’s wonderful gluten-heavy bakery and cafes in the metro area are operated separately by the founding Bar-on family.

• Stop by Larkburger – the locally launched sustainable/healthy burger joints – any Saturday and Sunday in July for a $2, 12-ounce chocolate, vanilla and strawberry Boulder Ice Cream milkshakes. I’ve personally, uh, “reviewed” these shakes and can vouch for their coolness. This is what milkshakes are supposed to taste like.

• “I’m so tired of hearing and reading ‘farm-to-table’ in every conversation and article. Hopefully we all use seasonal ingredients, store them properly, mise en place them properly and finish them à la minute properly. … the “farm-to-table” movement is hardly new.” – Thomas Salamunovich, executive chef of Vail’s Larkspur and Larkburger, quoted in Westword.• For a good read about Colorado’s distinctive wineries:

• If you love the Aurora’s world of dining, be sure to vote soon for your favorite thin-crust pizza, sushi, brunch, steaks, barbecue ribs, Korean BBQ, supermarket, wine list and bakery in the city in the Aurora Sentinel’s debut Grade A Awards. Look for the online ballot at:

John Lehndorff is the editor of Colorado Table. Contact him at He writes the food column Nibbles in the Aurora Sentinel, Buckley Guardian and Life Science weeklies and websites and hosts Radio Nibbles on KGNU radio ( Tell your foodie friends to “like” the Nibbles Facebook page. Find more on Colorado food at:

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