I’ve noticed a change in both the quality and the creativity in the food recently. I think the chefs of Fort Collins are starting to take this City to the next level. It’s starting with special event dinners where creative freedom flies and the New Belgium beer dinner hosted by the Rustic Oven is a prime example of the gastronomic journey we are being lead to.
The Rustic Oven has been a locally owned Fort Collins restaurant for 2 years. The Old Town location opened in 2007 and the next year the east Harmony location followed suit. Owner, Todd Crisson opened Biaggi’s at Centerra where he worked with Chef Joel Nevejas. With Crisson’s almost 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and Chef Nevejas 15 years, including training in San Fransisco at the California Culinary Academy, the Rustic Oven has been going strong – so much that there is hope for more locations.
My husband and I went on a double date with friends of ours, eagerly anticipating the night which was going to include a private tour of New Belgium. We met at the Rustic Oven to enjoy glasses of Fat Tire and appetizers of beer cheese queso made with Fat Tire.
Adam’s Ale is from their Lips of Faith line (the creative craft brews). Engineer, Adam Higdon, won a quarterly Lips of Faith drink-off by identifying the three beers in his glass which landed him the privilege to create his own beer. Adam’s Ale is light, but full of flavor – malty, caramel sweetness balanced with pine, honey and bread-like notes. I really enjoyed this.