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Ranch Foods Direct Customer Newsletter    

March 2012 

"Capitalism is 100 percent reliant on natural capital... It is natural capital which underpins our financial wealth."  - England's Prince Charles             


McCabe's, the city's favorite Irish pub, celebrates 6th anniversary on March 10th

Growing up in New York, Greg Howard was surrounded by Irish food and culture and dreamed of someday opening a neighborhood pub true to the spirit of the places he knew. "Irish pubs got their name from being a 'public house.' It was where farmers and ranchers who lived in the surrounding sparsely populated neighborhoods came together with their families," Greg explains.

After cooking professionally for 20 years - everything from Mexican to fondue - Greg brought a taste of that tradition to Colorado Springs six years ago when he opened McCabe's Tavern in what had been the old Wayfarer downtown. Named in honor of his maternal grandmother, McCabe's is now consistently voted as the community's favorite Irish pub, offering live music about twice a month, a wide variety of beers on tap and - just as importantly to its owners - good home-cooked food made with many locally sourced ingredients.

"We have a bar, but we also have a full dining room," says Greg's wife Ari, who does the books and runs the front of the house. "Families bring their kids in during the day for lunch."

March is a big month at McCabe's, which celebrates its anniversary on March 10 with a customer appreciation party. New menu items will be available for sampling throughout the afternoon and a live band will play that night. And on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, the restaurant plans to serve thousands of classic Irish entrees, the same dishes it offers 363 days a year (it closes on Thanksgiving and Christmas only) but with a little extra Irish cheer (and green beer.) Known locally as the place to go for authentic Irish favorites, the corned beef is tender enough to serve in traditional chunky style rather than thinly sliced, and the house-cooked reuben sandwich features chopped meat mixed together with sauerkraut for moist flavor.

The foundation of Irish cuisine consists of affordable ingredients like cabbage, lamb and potatoes, which Irish peasants learned to transform into hearty comfort foods such as shepherd's pie and lamb stew, Greg explains.

McCabe's buys all of its lamb, steaks and burgers from Ranch Foods Direct. "It costs more, but it's local and it's a better product, so it's worth it," Ari says. For the new anniversary menu, Greg is introducing a couple of new burgers: a Philly steak burger and a "breakfast burger" with bacon, egg and cheese. He plans to start featuring a different steak special every night.

As a partner in Ranch Foods Direct's "Pay Forward" card program, McCabe's rewards cardholders with a free dish of dessert heaven: bread pudding in a butter and whiskey reduction sauce. "The bread pudding is amazing. I'd eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if I could," Ari raves.

McCabes Tavern  520 S. Tejon  (719) 633-3300  Open daily for lunch and dinner
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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.

NEW to the Pay Forward program... TAPAteria in Colorado Springs is offering a free gazpacho shooter with purchase of a Ranch Foods Direct menu item (includes meatballs or carne adobada.) Stop by for real Spanish tapas, exceptional wines and classic Barcelona ambience.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by sampling Chef Kevin Campbell's take on the traditional Irish table, one of several themed dinners this month at Ranch Foods Direct. 

"His short ribs, bone marrow, hanger steak and bacon, served every which way that's gourmet, and spotlighting each one's finest qualities... something different, and something special."
- Matthew Schniper in the Colorado Springs Independent
Read his glowing review in full HERE.

 Upcoming farm-to-table dinners by Full Circle Cuisine offered Saturdays in March, beginning at 7 p.m.

March 3rd: For the Francophile (French country cooking) 


March 10th: Southern style cuisine  


March 17: Traditional Irish for St. Paddy's Day 


March 24: An Italian feast   


March 31st: Tasty treats from the deep (surf and turf)
For availability and to make reservations, email
r call him at (719) 482-8082.

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