If the idea of navigating grocery store aisles has you a little on edge right now, there are a number of new alternatives. Many places around town are preparing boxes of produce, meats, cheese, dry goods, herbs, jarred food and more, all with the idea of getting local farm products out there as well as finding a use for restaurant stock that might otherwise go to waste while dining rooms remain closed. If your fridge is looking empty and the pantry shelves bare, here are eleven places to order supplies, many of which will box or bag them up for curbside pick-up or delivery. For more options, Colorado Proud is keeping track of ideas for pick-up and home delivery from food companies that typically only sell to restaurants and grocery stores but are now opening up to sales directly to the public.
Big Red F Pop-Up Farm Stands
Since the farmers’ markets will have a later start this year, Big Red F Restaurant Group has teamed up with the Boulder County Farmers’ Market to create pop-up farm stands. Each of these mini-markets will offer shoppers a stress-free way to get fresh spring produce while supporting local farmers. It’s low-contact, too, since you order and pay for your box of goods online beginning the Wednesday before the farm stand opens on Saturday. Find out which restaurant will be hosting the pop-up on Big Red F’s Instagram page (@bigredfrestaurants), then order online on the restaurant’s website between Wednesday and Saturday. Big Red F restaurants include Zolo Grill, West End Tavern, Centro Mexican Kitchen, Lola Coastal Mexican and all the Jax Fish House and Post Brewing Co. locations.
Black Cat Farm Provisions
1964 13th Street, Boulder
Chef/farmer Eric Skokan has a unique problem: On his farm, he grows food for his restaurants, Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare, and with business down to takeout and delivery orders, there’s nowhere for much of the beautiful produce to go. So Skokan rallied and started an online market where you can buy his vegetables, meats and other goods. Order a grocery box for delivery or curbside pick-up filled with your choice of fresh eggs, fingerling potatoes, radishes, spring kale, herbs and whatever else is coming from the farm. There’s also bread and pasta flour, made in-house with wheat grown for the restaurants. Even the lamb and pork, which you can order by the pound, comes from Skokan’s land. Call or place your order at black-cat-farm.square.site; hours are from 2 to 7 p.m. daily for delivery or noon to 8 p.m. for pick-up.
Del Frisco’s Grille
100 St. Paul Street
This Cherry Creek steakhouse has started selling grocery boxes as well as to-go food from its regular menu. It's a great way to cook at home using the same ingredients as Del Frisco's chefs. Order from a range of steaks, hamburger patties, lump crab, halibut, salmon, tuna, chicken and even lobster tails. There's also fresh produce, including arugula, avocados, carrots, cauliflower, fresh corn, garlic, Brussels sprouts, an array of peppers and lettuces, tomatoes, potatoes, fresh herbs and more. And don't forget the dairy: butter, milk, cream and a variety of cheeses. Call to place an order and pick up at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Denver Central Market
2669 Larimer Street
Choose a crate of selected food from this RiNo market hall next time you need to restock. The Rise and Shine box costs $60 and includes bacon from SK Provisions, a carton of milk and ahalf-pound of coffee from Crema, a stick of butter and a block of cheese from Vero, assorted pastries from Izzio, and a dozen eggs and omelet-ready veggies from Green Seed. Also available is a snack pack for $55 filled with meat, cheeses and crackers, two Jerry's Nut Snack bags, fresh fruit, cookies, a loaf of bread and a pint of high Point Creamery ice cream. The Grill Out, Chill Out pack is also $55 and has four shrimp skewers from Tammen's Fish Market, two pounds of ground beef and bratwurst from The Local Butcher and three pints of deli salad. You can add charcoal to this deal for $6, and dessert as well. For those looking for a larger haul, the Big Box is $135 and contains a combination of dry and fresh goods such as pasta, tomato sauce, mozzarella, meat, crab cakes, bread, whole vegetables, three different desserts and two rolls of toilet paper. Order online from Green Seed between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for pick-up (ready within 25 minutes) or delivery.
The Denver Food Box
5151 Bannock Street, #12
Brandon Camp of What Chefs Want decided to launch a grocery-box service for those seeking local products for easy pick-up without the supermarket stress. The sets range from $75 to $150 and come with meat, produce and pre-packaged goods. Depending on your selection, you might get eggs, lettuce, River Bear ground beef, squash, onions, kombucha and even a roll of toilet paper. Each box also has 32 ounces of Unravel Coffee and a recipe from a local chef to help shoppers cook up their purchases. Order online and pick up your box from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
2400 Curtis Street, Suite 100
Chef Michelle Garcia has shifted her catering business for the moment toward her new One Box program, which sells customizable grocery boxes filled with Colorado produce and staples for pick-up or delivery. Past boxes have included Garcia’s veggie-filled soups, meats from Boulder Lamb, coffee from Element, kombucha from On the Fence and fresh greens from Rebel Farm. You can also add farm-fresh eggs, bread and other baked goods, depending on what’s available each week. Finish your order at onebox-heirloomcatering.square.site by midnight Friday, and your box will be ready at Heir-loom Catering headquarters for you to pick up between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday.
Tributary Food Hall
701 12th Street, Golden
Head to Golden for fresh foods to stock your fridge and pantry. Shop there (with social distancing enforced) or order online and have it ready for curbside pick-up or delivery. There are mixed bags of produce, lemons and limes, bread by Moxie and Izzio, vegan hot dog buns, eggs, oat milk, butter, coffee, pasta, condiments and more. Add River Bear Meats to the shopping list, including sliced peachwood smoked ham, sausages, steaks, bacon and other items. Tributary opens at 7 a.m.; call ahead to find out the best times to shop.
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Modern Market Eatery
This Denver-founded chain has added to its menu of pizzas, sandwiches and salads with pre-packed boxes of produce that you can have delivered to your doorstep when you order online. For $60, the Re-Fresh Set comes with apples, asparagus, avocados, herbs and more, all subject to availability. There’s also the Grill Box, which feeds eight to ten people for $80 and comes with three pounds of grass-fed steak, macaroni and cheese fixings, lemonade, sourdough bread, asparagus and sauces. And the $70 Immunity box comes packed with fresh foods meant to help keep you healthy, such as ginger, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon, kale and more. Not all of the products come from Colorado (since there’s not much growing this early in the season), but it’s all fresh and seasonal.
Moe's Broadway Bagels
550 Grant Street
Grocery boxes from this bagel deli come with fruit, milk from Morning Fresh Dairy, pasture-fresh eggs from VitalFarms and deli meats and cheeses. Of course, you can get bagels and cream cheese, too, so once you pick up the rest, you'll be set on sandwich makings — and Moe's will even throw in a pack of vinyl gloves for $5 for when you do decide to hit the supermarket. Place orders online for pick-up between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Denver bagelry, as well as Moe's Boulder locations.
3200 Tejon Street
The owners of LoHi Steakbar have launched a grocery and take-out program operating out of the restaurant. While you order a sandwich for lunch, also stock up on celery, fennel, grapefruit, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, peeled garlic, herbs, limes and lemons, onions, mushrooms, radishes, sweet potatoes, shishito peppers, sauces and more. There are also plenty of meats and dairy products to choose from: steak, chicken breasts, cheese, cream and almond and soy milk. While you're at it, you can replenish your toilet paper supply. Or let LoHi Local do the shopping, with selected boxes such as a $45 grilling box with two 10-ounce flatiron steaks, twice baked potatoes, asparagus and seasoning; and make-your-own hamburger kits for $45, which come with four patties, Bluepoint bakery brioche buns, thick-cut bacon, cheese and fixings. Call to get your box ready for pick-up from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
817 Main Street, Louisville
Get all the produce and other staples you need from this family-owned restaurant in Louisville. Find things like lemons, oranges, whole milk, parsnips, cilantro, butter, bread, tortillas, bacon, chicken breasts, ground beef and more. There are also prepared foods to order, including pork green chile, smoked pulled pork and soups. The prices prove comparable to those in many grocery stores, with items such as bell peppers for $1, steak at $8.50 a pound and carrots at $1 per pound. Takeout is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with delivery from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Find the full grocery list online and call the restaurant to place your order.
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