Holiday Party Platters | Local Eats

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Tis the season…to Entertain! After greeting your guests and hanging their coats, it’s all about what to offer your hungry friends and of course, how to do it with some style? To get you started, we found some fun and affordable platters and then paired them with some great food all sourced from Colorado companies. Have at it!


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he French Bull Mosaic Round Platter brings a punch of color to your party table! Its ultra-bright clean lines would make any food a little more fun. We accompanied it with a big bowl of Cranberry Mango White Girl Salsa. Based out of Louisville, the funny nickname for the token “white girl” in a Hispanic family’s close-knit circle became the company title, and her fresh and unique salsa flavors have been a hit ever since. Garden of Eatin’ has been making chips with natural and organic ingredients for the past 35 years in Boulder. We chose their Chia Seed Corn Tortilla Chips to get the party started right.

Platter: allmodern.com • Salsa: whitegirlsalsa.com • Chips: gardenofeatin.com


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ealthy organic sweet potatoes are the perfect seasonal food and Hope Hummus’ Sweet Potato Hummus hits all the right notes – bright, creamy and delicious. Based out of Boulder, Hope Hummus creates organic and diverse flavors while at the same time perpetuating hope. They donate 10% of their profits to local communities in need. Served atop the modest yet sophisticated Ikea Dinera plate, this pairing lends a rustic feel to the table, but still lets the food do the talking.

Platter: ikea.com • Hummus : hopehummus.com


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ho doesn’t love pie this time of year? The Humble Pie Store will give your guests a slice of “pie paradise”. Humble Pie (based in Denver) started with a love of cooking, baking, and indulging in quality organic ingredients, giving traditional recipes a modern twist. These mini pies are better than Grandma’s (but don’t tell her that). Complemented by the silver sheen and rice-hammered finish of the Luau Party Platter, everyone will forget they were too full for dessert.

Platter: crateandbarrel.com • Pies: humblepiestore.com


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imple yet elegant, the Olson Party Platters create the unique asymmetry of retro-inspired serving pieces. Plus, you can’t get more simple than local honey with fruit! Since honey adds gentle flavor to the tart blackberries, we chose Clark’s light golden Wildflower Honey produced out of Fort Lupton since 1985. A richer amber, the Mountain Gold Wildflower Honey from Madhava (known for their sustainable sweeteners based in the foothills of Colorado), nicely compliments delicate figs and gives a soft lingering sweetness that will please any palate.

Platters: crateandbarrel.com • Honey: clarkshoneyfarm.com and madhavasweeteners.com


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andmade from naturally fallen wood collected in the forests of Northern Thailand, this sculpturally organic and smooth platter creates the perfect backdrop for a mild velvety chevre from the Avalanche Cheese Company, based out of Basalt. We paired this smooth cheese, made from goats raised on their farm in Paonia, the heart of Colorado’s Farm to Table movement, with a bright Boulder chevre from the Boulder County owned and operated Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. Add some apple and pear slices and a few chunks of fresh bread for the perfect platter!

Platter: allmodern.com • Cheese: avalanchecheese.com and haystackgoatcheese.com


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urprise guests with this unusual platter. Inspired by the links of a bicycle chain, the graphic Black Links serving plate will always stand out. Grab some crackers and enjoy PRiMO Raspberry Habanero Preserves (bright and delicious with a little kick). PRiMO, based in Denver, uses simple ingredients and always puts the fruit first. The preserves are cooked for 3 minutes or less so that you taste the fruit rather than the concentrated sugars. Counter the sweet heat with the unprocessed & preservative-free Garlic Basil Blast savory spread from Boulder company Ciolo. Scoop it all up with Whole Grain Crispbread from 34 Degrees, whose name was inspired by Australia (34 degrees is the latitude for Sydney).34 Degrees are now exclusively produced in Boulder.

Platter: notneutral.com • Preserves: yayprimo.com • Spread: ciolofoods.com • Crispbread: 34-degrees.com

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