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Ranch Foods Direct Customer Newsletter    

February 2012 

"Love is the greatest refreshment in life."  - Pablo Picasso           


At Tabeguache, a classic steakhouse experience puts spotlight on the meat

It seems obvious: the prime ingredient for a successful steakhouse ought to be, well, the steaks. Yet, carnivore-connoisseurs visiting even some of the most fabled local steak places will soon learn that assumption doesn't hold. Rare is the steakhouse that serves consistently great truly artisan steaks. 
Since opening in May 2005, Fred Brocklesby, owner-chef at the Tabeguache Steakhouse in Woodland Park, has never wavered in his commitment to what's most important or in his source of exceptional beef: Ranch Foods Direct. As a result, he's a favorite with the locals and continues to attract more diners from neighboring Colorado Springs. 
"The focus here is on the steaks. I want people to have a good meal, yes, but I want them to have an excellent steak. When you walk into a steakhouse, you would think the focus would be on the steak, but that's not necessarily the case. Even popular places use sauces to cover up the flavor. When people eat here, they say, 'That is good steak. What is your seasoning?' And I say, 'Salt and pepper.'" 
After such a long and happy association with Ranch Foods Direct, it's not surprising Tabeguache is one of the first restaurants to partner on the store's new Pay Forward card program. Unveiled late last year, it works like this: when a cardholder shops, a small percentage of what they spend goes to a local charity. Likewise, the same thing occurs when they eat out at participating restaurants. 
"If it brings needed attention to a local nonprofit organization, great, I'm there," Fred says. In particular, he's a fan of the Fostering Hope Foundation, which helps support foster families and does it with minimal fanfare. 
"It's near and dear to me," Fred says. "I've known several foster parents, and I know how they put themselves out to help raise these children." 
Any cardholder dining at Tabeguache receives a free creme brulee dessert when they order a Callicrate Beef item from the menu. "It's a nice light dessert that you can't find just anywhere, because a lot goes into making it," Fred explains. "I only use eggs from Wisdom Farm that I buy from Ranch Foods Direct." 
In addition to Tabeguache,Jake & Telly's Greek Cuisine in Old Colorado City and McCabe's Tavern on Tejon have agreed to participate in the Pay Forward program. The cardholder special at Jake & Telly's is a complimentary stuffed grapeleaf appetizer; at Irish pub McCabe's, it's a dish of bread pudding. 
Valentine's Day is the biggest day of the year in the restaurant biz, and Fred plans to offer a special surf-and-turf entree from Friday through Tuesday of Valentine's week. He's been taking reservations since last year. "My wife (Gail) and I will be celebrating Valentine's Day together at our favorite restaurant," he jokes. (Daughters Shilo and Shea will also help out and are zealous advocates of healthy food.) 
Except for a wider selection of upscale wines, not much has changed since Fred opened. The menu is still steakhouse classic; the atmosphere, mountain lodge-casual. And diners can count on a truly worthy steak. "If you want to be successful in business, you can't look at down-grading. I can't see taking that step back," he says. 

Tabeguache Steakhouse � 407 E. U.S. Hwy 24 in Woodland Park � (719) 687-8536 � Open for dinner, 7 nights a week, starting at 4 p.m.

Ranch Foods Direct makes it easy to support community organizations every time you shop... "Pay it forward" cards allow you to contribute part of what you spend toward local charities while you shop or dine at participating restaurants. Learn more by CLICKING HERE

The most unique and memorable new dining experience in the Springs... now at Ranch Foods Direct

"Beyond being great quality food that genuinely tastes amazing, it is also food served close to where it's produced, which gives it a special authenticity... it's just a really unique and pleasant dining experience with a great feel to it."
- Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate

 Ranch Foods Direct hosts farm-to-table dinners by Full Circle Cuisine. Consider reserving a dinner for your group, business or organization... 

For availability and to make reservations, email [email protected]
r call him at (719) 482-8082.

Keep up with Kevin's dinners and special events on Facebook, CLICK HERE.


What you support prospers,

what you feed grows   


When eating out, use Ranch Foods Direct's interactive restaurant map (or the smart-phone QR code, below).


Restaurant Map Code 


Are you ready for some football...

along with great tasting party food? 


Did you know?... You can make a quick and easy dip or dressing by mixing together equal parts prepared pesto or your favorite salsa with sour cream.


For your Super Bowl Sunday stock-up, Ranch Foods Direct has the best ground beef, chicken strips, Bristol Beer brats, applewood-smoked bacon and much more in the meat department... but also a wide selection of locally made pestos and salsas, the city's healthiest popcorn, corn chips and crackers for game day snacking.


"Super Bowl" Week In-Store Specials include:

5# 80% lean burger in bulk $4.19/lb.
Bulk Black Beans $2.69 per/lb.
Bulk Anasazi Beans $2.99/lb.
Christian cheeses now on sale $8.99/lb.
Old German Bakery White Bread $1.79 per loaf
Old German Bakery Sweet Braid Bread $1.89 per loaf


Have you discovered the benefits of bone-in?  


"The bones and bone-in cuts are the foundation of our cuisine, a legacy of people being resourceful and using every part of the beast they could... Plus, anything you cook on the bone is better. The bone has moisture in it and fabulous collagen, which when cooked down eventually turns into gelatin: good healthy deliciousness." - Chef Kevin Campbell of Full Circle Cuisine     




Keep up with RFD on Facebook. Follow owner Mike Callicrate on Twitter: @MikeCallicrate 


Ranch Foods Direct Natural Meat Market
2901 N. El Paso, Colorado Springs 80907
Retail Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  


(719) 473-2306 or 1-866-866-6328

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For Ranch Foods Direct harvest table dinners (presented by Full Circle Cuisine) CLICK HERE.


Home Service option, CLICK HERE.