In a nation where obesity rates are on the rise and the term GMO is getting a lot of press lately, many consumers are craving more food options that don't damage their health or the earth.
Boulder, Colo. – a city known for its commitment to the environment and healthy living – boasts a variety of restaurants and grocery stores offering sustainably and locally produced meats, vegetables and products.
But Black Cat, located in Boulder's beautiful downtown, is not a restaurant with merely a few farm-to-table options. Rather, it's an example of how farm-to-table bistros can work efficiently and still turn out high-quality (not to mention delicious) food.
Sumptuous seasonal options are sure to entire at Black Cat — Photo courtesy of Black Cat
It's rare to find a restaurant so dedicated to bringing fresh fare to the table; however, Black Cat makes sourcing vegetables, eggs and other items from its 130-acre farm the staple of its culinary practice.
Chef Eric Skokan and his wife Jill love raising organic vegetables, chickens, sheep, turkeys, pigs and geese on their local farm, in an effort to ensure that those who dine at Black Cat truly get a taste of Colorado.
What's more, the process of raising their fare organically ensures that the produce and meats are free of pesticides and hormones
Black Cat's elegant and cozy ambiance is second to none — Photo courtesy of Black Cat
Chef Eric is always changing up the Black Cat menu by adding new seasonal items. Rarely will you visit Black Cat and find that the menu hasn't been altered in some way.
Some of the current offerings include Rabbit Braised Over Thyme, Juxtaposition of Duck and Line Caught Sturgeon. For an appetizer, be sure to try the Heirloom Beet Salad with beets so farm fresh it's as if they were harvested that same day.
Desserts and Drinks
Drawing inspiration not only from the farm, but also from the season, Eric creates unique and earthy delights. Fall selections include the Spiced Carrot Cake, complete with eggnog diplomat, caramel goat cheese mousse, candied carrot and pecans, as well as the chocolate cake with pistachio, chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream and poached cherries.
Black Cat's also known for their exceptional wine list. Try one of their aged options, including Colorado's own Sutcliffe Vineyards.
Bramble and Hare
Acting as a sister restaurant and providing the same farm-to-table freshness while still creating an entirely different and slightly more laid-back atmosphere, Bramble and Hare is another labor of love from Eric Skokan.
This "casual vintage atmosphere" provides one of the best happy hours in town and allows those on perhaps a more budgeted income to experience local produce and meats.