Chickens know the importance of good snacks. Here we have a picture of my flock, snapped as snacks were being distributed.
Personally, I love it when my party guests have the same response to my buffet table and I bet you do too.
Colorado Springs has an abundance of food vendors who get this response. We have caterers of all stripes, businesses that specialize in a specific item and bakeries worth writing home about (I write to my parents about them all the time).
Let’s start with the meal and then I’ll move on to dessert.
If you’re doing your own cooking, consider visiting Ranch Foods Direct. They carry beef, lamb, chicken and even rabbit!
If you want someone else to do the cooking, you can still find someone who uses locally sourced ingredients.
If you’d like something a little whimsical for your party, visit Faerie Tales Bakehouse on W. Colorado Ave.
You’ll find Cucuru on W. Colorado Ave & 24th St. Chef Angela Valencia runs Tinta De Toro, offering cooking classes (which make a great gift) as well as catered spanish tapas for dinner parties. You may be able to find some of her products at the Tabor Mountain Bakehouse, at Uintah and 19th St.
Tabor Mountain Bakehouse offers a wide variety of gluten free meals and treats, including soups, entrees and desserts. They also carry treats you can share with your dog from Angela’s Cupcakes and Pupcakes, and gluten free El Salvadoran dishes from Monse’s Taste of El Salvador.
Whew! That’s eight locally owned food businesses. Let’s take a break.
We’ve got seven more to go.
If the weather ever gets colder, you might want some soup. Did you know we have two soup experts here in town? Her Story Cafe makes a different soup from scratch every week. You can pick up a batch at the Cafe on Academy & Astrozon. Souped Up! also makes soup from scratch and they offer a subscription service! You pay once a month for eight soups delivered to your home.
And now, on to dessert!
Let’s begin with pie. Dr. Sweet’s Bakery, at Academy & Flintridge, offers cakes, cookies and beautiful pies.
The Cupcake Girls, on Nevada & Platte make lovely mini and full sized cupcakes.
You can also get flavorful cupcakes and whoopie pies at Bliss Bakery at Rockrimmon & Vindicator.
And finally, if you’re looking for gifts or something unique to serve, consider The Colorado Fudge Maker or Art & Style Baking. Sheila, the Fudge Maker, will make any flavor you request, no matter how unusual. And Christine, of Art & Style, offers one-of-a-kind cookies.
That’s 15 businesses, but we all know more are out there. Leave a comment if you know of a locally owned business I haven’t written about. Colorado Springs has so many creative business owners, I could write about them all month!