February 2014
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"Omaha is a run play. But it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple of things: the wind, which way we're going, the quarter and the jerseys that we're wearing."


- Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning on a famous play-calling code word he used during the divisional championship game 
Super Bowl Stock-up Sale

Come in before the big game (today or Saturday) and SAVE when you pick up one of the store's special "Bronco Bundles"

  
How about making Blazing Bronco Burgers with Smoking Chipotle Honey Sauce? For the recipe, CLICK HERE.

Plus... Complete your game day menu by shopping the wide selection of salsas and dips, crackers and chips...



DID YOU KNOW? The Denver Broncos will be playing in their seventh Super Bowl, the third most in NFL history. After losing their first four Super Bowl appearances, Denver is on a two-game Super Bowl winning streak with back-to-back wins in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.


THE SCOOP:
Mike Callicrate, owner and founder of Ranch Foods Direct, was honored as the first "local food luminary" depicted on a striking new mural inside the courtyard dining space occupied by Seeds Community Cafe (shown above). Other local food heroes will be added throughout the year and unveiled during a series of special celebratory dinners to be held monthly. "We want this to culminate in a big bash during Local Food Week in September," says Beth Alexander, the cafe's events and catering manager. Mike's portrait was kept hush-hush and then revealed during a special kick-off event, held January 29 and attended by many of his close friends. An elaborate pop-up dinner, prepared by Full Circle Cuisine Chef Kevin Campbell, showcased lesser known cuts of Callicrate Beef in the nose-to-tail style trendified by London's Fergus Henderson.

THE BACKSTORY:
Chef Lyn Harwell, shown in inset above, brought the concept of a pay-as-you-can nonprofit cafe to Colorado Springs with the opening of Seeds last September and vowed to source everything possible from local growers and businesses. Though the concept was new to the Springs at the time, Beth says the response of the community has been nothing short of "phenomenal."  To celebrate - while also raising additional funds - the cafe wanted to create a joint tribute to local food, art and music, and arrived at the idea of showcasing a beautiful wall painting inside the cafe's unique inner courtyard. In the second inset, above left, is the mother-son artist team, Raven Wolf and Re Morningstar, who brought the iconic Colorado Springs landscape to life. Beth, shown at right in the same photo, adds, "From the start, we've been filling this cafe with local art."

WHAT'S NEXT:
Daily lunches at the cafe have gone over big, but Beth reminds everyone that catering and takeout options are also available. Since the cafe is a 501c3 nonprofit, your purchase is considered a tax deductible donation. "There aren't any other caterers in town who can say that," Beth points out. "It's a win-win: it's a donation to a good cause, and Lyn gets a chance to show off his amazing cooking skills." No-one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and the operation emphasizes community-building by engaging lots of volunteers. For more on this visionary business model, sprouting in multiple cities worldwide, go to OneWorldEverybodyEats.org.

Seeds Community Cafe 109 E. Pikes Peak Downtown (719) 473-8206 Open Mon-Sat 10-2:30 p.m. SeedsCommunityCafe.com

HAVE A PERFECT SPACE FOR A GORGEOUS MURAL OF YOUR OWN?

The talented artists, featured above, are available for hire, ready to bring any unique wall space to life.

For info or details on hiring the muralists for a creation of your own, please call Beth Alexander at (719) 641-1339.

"We're excited about the opportunity to host these pop-up dinners and honor the contributions made by local food 'ag-tivists' such as Mike Callicrate. The work he and others do in the Local Food Movement fits right in with the Seeds mission. It's all about creating community and solving food insecurity on a local level." - Lyn Hartwell

"We will be working with many organizations around town, such as Local Food Rescue, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Bristol Brewing Company, Colorado Springs Public Market Project, Colorado Coffee Merchants, Green Cities Coalition and other like-minded organizations for inclusion on the Local Food Luminary Wall. There's been such an incredible outpouring of community support since we opened, and we want to keep that momentum going." - Beth Alexander

To view a photo gallery from the inaugural "mural night" at Seeds, CLICK HERE.

 
 

Valentine's Day is just around the corner...


Ranch Foods Direct has you covered.  
Heart-healthy entrees and gifts that you can feel good about preparing, serving and sharing...
They'll make your heart happy.

 
 

Radiantly Raw Chocolates introduces truffles!

  For Valentine's Day, owner Jacquie Mosher is introducing truffles to her line of pure raw chocolates sweetened with raw local honey. Her first two special edition flavors are raspberry rose and coconut cardamon. Ranch Foods Direct is selling her truffle 6-packs and assorted variety 12-packs now through February 14 in addition to smaller individual sample-size boxes.

"Honey is a natural sugar and has a much lower glycemic index than refined sugar, so you're getting a triple-dose of healthy goodness in each bite... Honey is anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Raw, local honey can prevent allergies and can treat upper respiratory infections... Honey is also packed with vitamin C, which helps keep the sniffles away... Studies show that coconut oil can help improve the efficiency with which your body uses insulin. It also positively affects hormones for blood-sugar control. Raw cacao is safe for diabetics, as it raises blood sugar less than any other food and is also said to raise insulin sensitivity."
- Jacquie Mosher


The great Salmon Sale (online and in-store) continues while supplies last!

Honey-Pecan Salmon

(shown in photo above)

cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons mustard
3 (5-oz) salmon filets (on sale while they last)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Mix breadcrumbs, pecans, honey and mustard. Spread the chunky mixture evenly on top of the salmon filets in a baking dish. Put the salmon in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. 

For more great honey-salmon recipes, CLICK HERE.

ADD SOME TURF TO YOUR SURF! Beef up and buy in bulk for big savings. Go to Cowpool.org for pricing and quantity info.

GET UPDATES! For more details on events and sales, keep up with Ranch Foods Direct on FACEBOOK.

VOTE NOW! Vote Ranch Foods Direct for "Best Steak." Voting is open now through February 16. (Click on the image above to start the voting process.)