June 2014 Customer Newsletter
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"Land is infused by stories waiting to be told."

- Award-winning Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz      
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Steaks, burgers worthy of view
at iconic dining club

THE SCOOP: The Garden of the Gods Club dining lodge, overlooking "America's mountain" and the breathtaking red rock formations of the famous park next door, is arguably the most stunning spot in the city. Now the burgers and steaks on the menu are good enough to rival the views.

Under new (and more civic-minded) owners, Brenda Smith and Judy Mackey, the club is once again featuring products from Ranch Foods Direct. Earlier this year, Food and Beverage Director Erik Pederson and Executive Chef Steven Weber, below, toured Callicrate Cattle Co. to clinch the deal.

The lunch menu now includes several Callicrate Beef burger options, including the Française, described as "a half-pounder on a griddled brioche bun with vinaigrette, frisee and poached egg." For dinner, selections include a flame-grilled Callicrate New York strip steak (accompanied on a recent menu by a "dried apricot and caramelized onion sauce.")

Even better, here's the new wording now printed on all menus:

"We are proudly partnered with Callicrate Ranch and Ranch Foods Direct who provide our beef and most of our meats; humanely treated, hormone, antibiotic and GMO free. Where we can't source locally, we still insist that our meats are consistent with the standards set by Ranch Foods Direct."

Garden of the Gods Club · 3320 Mesa Road · (719) 632-5541
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Mundi Ross: stirring up something delicious 
On-line magazine documents craft culture   

THE SCOOP: Mundi Ross (in photos above by Anthony Delao Adams) made a name for herself last year at the Colorado Farm and Art Market by selling wildly inventive cookies featuring flavor combinations like pumpkin curry oatmeal, lemon basil and chocolate anise (under the equally irresistible name Salt + Butter Co.) Though she won't be at this year's market, which starts June 11, her popular cookies are now available year-round at STIR, the fun coffee, pie and tea shop in the Bonn Shopping Center, 2330 N. Wahsatch. She also has a big new venture unfolding: a glossy on-line magazine celebrating "makers, creators, and enthusiasts" from throughout Southern Colorado.

Colorado-Collective.com is a collaboration of talented writers and photographers, producing sumptuous imagery as delicious as her cookies and a growing repository of stories about food artisans and do-it-yourselfers from across the area. She's marshaling many of these same subjects to share their stories at local "Mic Talks" events as well. Her mission is to "cultivate new collaborations, uncover hidden gems, and celebrate cultural and artistic pioneers in our community." She visited recently about her new project during Colorado Springs Craft Week, where Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate gave a talk on the importance of supporting all things local (including local craft beer-makers.) The first-ever Craft Week event, the brainchild of local brewer Aly Hartwig, is a sample of what readers can learn about on the Co-Co site, along with hog butchering and kombucha making. The occasional recipe is posted there too.

If you have an extra minute, check out Co-Co's feature on Pueblo's Springside Cheese (available at Ranch Foods Direct; but watch out, the cheese curds are addictive!)

Make plans now to spend part of your Fourth of July weekend at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs!
Sponsored in part by Ranch Foods Direct and Callicrate Beef