Telluride, Colorado is known for many things. Among that is it’s stunning natural beauty, distinct box canyon location, high altitude, awesome people, skiing, hiking, mountain biking….. The list is endless. Thankfully I call this slice of heaven my second home, I always want to call it simply home. Among the praise I have for this gem of a town, the amazing food has me jumping for joy every which way I turn. I love to cook when I am there and I also enjoy the good eats in spots like The Butcher & Baker Cafe located on Main St.
It thrills me that I can indulge my active lifestyle and food even more when in Telluride…the altitude and views enhance every single experience!
Do you think the mountain is the bump they are referring to?
One of the main reasons I love escaping to Telluride is because of it’s rustic charm. The people that live here take great pride in preserving it’s history. They appreciate the finer things in life with true mountain grit mixed in. Great food fuels the culture in a big way.
You burn a lot of calories when you live at nearly 9,000 feet.
No matter what season I visit I am always inspired to really live. In Telluride there is always a reason to celebrate life & even more reasons to host a festival!
There are festivals for festivals. These folks celebrate everything from Hot Air Balloons, to the Wild West, Mushrooms, Chocolate, Yoga and every kind of film, music and the arts. Throughout the year there are amazing sporting events to challenge the toughest athlete.
With the magical mountain back drop it is no wonder this town is often noted as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This place is filled with creative thinkers who have open hearts and minds. That is why I need to be there as often as possible.
Throughout the day you just need to stop everything and gaze at the natural beauty that surrounds you everywhere you look!
These are the two ladies who co-own this neighborhood deli cafe, Megan Ossola (the butcher) and Cinda Simons (the baker) How cute are these gals? And that precious baby!
They source local ingredients when available & organics are menu staples.
It is very obvious why kids and adults love coming here for their homemade desserts and pastries. I mean really obvious…
The Butcher & The Baker’s catch phrase is Fresh and Friendly in Downtown Telluride That sums up the vibe in this town and the aesthetic of the restaurant.
The Butcher & Baker Cafe serves up fresh and friendly food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and take-out.
Take a peek at my lunch….a local + organic curry, vegetable stuffed bell pepper. A beauty huh!
I also dabbled in a whole lot of protein with the hearty egg salad & the chicken salad. Can you believe the huge pieces of Italian parsley & dill?! These salads were in the deli refrigerator and I asked to have them both side by side in a bowl. I then asked for garnish for the photos. Out came giant pieces of fresh herbs…
I love the bread board menus. Homemade is the key word for everything.
I also love the handmade napkins with brightly colored fabrics. It’s all in the details…
Beyond the ever changing menu options they have a large catering menu and are open to all kinds of creative thinking as well.
Let’s not forget about all of the nibbles you can feast on for snacks too! The pastries, breads and treats are beautiful!
After a long day of hiking, skiing or mountain biking perhaps a large frosted cupcake is due…It almost resembles the snowy cover peaks. Yes?
A few last glamour shots of my favorite town. Can you see why I never want to leave once I arrive? I mean really?!
In the fall it glows…
And glows some more…
Have you ever had the dream to open up a cafe or bakery? What is your favorite town & great escape?
More about Telluride
- Foraging For Mushrooms in Telluride Family Fresh Cooking
- Mountain Film 2011 Family Fresh Cooking
- Telluride, Winter 2011 Family Fresh Cooking
- Telluride’s Latest Gold: The Butcher and the Baker Edible San Juan Mountains
- The West’s Best Ski Towns Sunset Magazine
- Visit Telluride.com