When the world came to a screeching halt in March 2020, I watched with heartbreak as our beloved restaurant community was demolished. As friends closed restaurants they worked years to build, lost jobs they loved and/or had to fire all of their staff in order to stay afloat, each day for those first few weeks of quarantine were filled with shock, sadness and a feeling of disbelief.
As restaurants determined if and how they would be open during quarantine I figured the best course of action for First Bite was to be a really good cheerleader. There are far better people equipped in our industry to play coach, consultants and advocates. For the last few months I’ve been supporting from the sidelines as many of our beloved Boulder County restaurants have reinvented themselves a few times over.
It is a collection of over 40 recipes from your favorite eateries, featured content from local industry personalities, and stories from each restaurant that connect you further to their dishes. The best part is that this is a fundraising cookbook, with 50% of proceeds going to a relief fund for the participating restaurants. Our mission with this labor of love is to celebrate these restaurants unique personalities, share ways to explore a variety of food, and to share chef perspectives about the quality ingredients, purveyors and techniques their restaurants use. Most importantly, it is to further deepen the roots of love and support for our food community. Our hope is that this collection is a snapshot of this moment, a unique capture of these incredible restaurants, their people, their food – especially at a time of so much uncertainty. We know that you’ll find new favorite weeknight meals, the perfect dish to celebrate an anniversary, and fun new ways to feed your family.
We look forward to sharing this with you in the Fall and celebrating with you this incredibly resilient and passionate dining community.
Food is Love.