There is an art to throwing an unforgettable dinner party: choosing great people, setting the mood and selecting the very best, highest-quality ingredients so your guests feel they truly had a special experience.
Even when throwing a party is a last-minute endeavor, you can still rock their taste buds if you know where to source Boulder’s best food and drink. Check out this list of the Heartbeet Chef’s go-to resources for last minute party planning…
If you don’t know about Cured Boulder, it’s worth stopping by – even if you don’t have any festive events coming up. In our opinion, this is the place from which to choose a handpicked selection of cheeses, charcuterie, wines and unique grocery items. Be prepared: if you step into this shop, it’s highly unlikely you will leave empty-handed!
Cured has a couple locations around Boulder and will easily put together a cheese and charcuterie board that your guests will oooh and ahhh over! Don’t forget to ask them about wine pairings while you’re there.
Piece, Love & Chocolate
Piece, Love & Chocolate is absolutely the seat of chocolate expertise in the city of Boulder. Their mission (which is thoroughly accomplished) is to “enchant, entertain and educate YOU about the delectable world of chocolate!”
Stepping into the shop on Pearl Street you will be overwhelmed with sweet aromas and delighted when you peek into their display case of artfully crafted chocolate truffles, gourmet pastries and stunning, ready-to-purchase cakes. If you don’t like cake, collect an assortment of truffles (perhaps a Boulder Beer truffle will do? Or a Suerte Tequila truffle? Maybe white chocolate stuffed figs are more your bag!). Your guests will go ga-ga!
Try one of our favorite recipes:
- Sparkling Mineral Water
- Pineapple Juice
- Combine one part pineapple juice with two parts sparkling mineral water over ice.
- Squeeze fresh lime into glass.
Boulder Wine Merchant
Turn your mocktail into a cocktail by heading to Boulder Wine Merchant for hard alcohol or a fantastic wine! The best wine shops have rare and hard-to-find wines as well as a knowledgeable staff on hand to help you choose the right wine for your event – even if it’s last minute!
Da Lupo Pizza
Gourmet pizza is at its best at Da Lupo. Here, ingredients are locally sourced and creatively combined to make your mouth water.
Make no mistake – this is not your typical delivery pizza! However, if you want it delivered, they can do that, too. Your (adult) guests will be impressed with the level of pizza sophistication Da Lupo brings to the table.
A bagel is a bagel is a bagel, right? Wrong! Woodgrain Bagels brings Montreal-style bagels to Boulder, including crafting the bagels by hand and baking them over a wood fire. Your mouth will start watering the moment you step into their open-air shop and take a whiff.
We love their bagels, their challah bread and especially their all-day breakfast – and your guests will, too! Yum!
Looking for meat to throw on the grill? Not all animals are raised equally – but Blackbelly Market believes in doing business with only the most exceptional sources of meat. All their food starts with seasonal, local Colorado-grown ingredients, including pasture-raised, sustainable animals.
Find cured and fermented meats at the butcher shop, and if you have extra time, maybe grab a sandwich at the butchery. You certainly won’t regret it.
The Boulder Farmers Market
The Boulder Farmers Market is a non-profit organization on a mission to support, promote and expand local agriculture by strengthening relationships between local food producers and food consumers. Not only is their mission one that we at Heartbeet Chef enthusiastically support, but it also produces the freshest vegetables you can find in Boulder!
Stop by on Wednesday nights or Saturday mornings for a plethora of local vegetables, duck eggs and much more!
If you visit even one of these high-quality shops in Boulder, your party is sure to be a success!
And if you’re planning an event with a little more time to spare, Heartbeet Chef can help you come up with a delicious menu that your guests will absolutely adore. Click HERE to connect with us directly and find out how we can make your next dinner party a smashing success.