Livability.com, a website that ranks areas in the US based on an array of factors centered on quality of life, released its “Top 10 Foodie Cities in America” list this week. The list, which featured several surprise contenders such as Omaha, Nebraska and Traverse City, Michigan, ranks Boulder as the seventh foodiest city in the country. No doubt, the ranking is a comment on the rapid expansion of Boulder’s culinary arts scene as a whole across the past few years. Indeed, according to the website, the list is calculated based on a holistic evaluation of a given area’s food community.
According to the brief prologue, the list’s ranking methodology is largely focused on communities that support local agriculture, focus on local and regional cuisine while still exposing their patrons to new flavors and experiences, and promote healthy and sustainable cooking techniques.
The city of Boulder is no stranger to praise for its burgeoning food scene.The same publication had ranked Boulder third on this list in 2012. Boulder was also ranked as the “Foodiest” town in the country by Bon Appetit in 2010, and was called one of the “Five Secret Foodie Cities” by Forbes Travel Magazine earlier in 2014.
Highly cited as part of the rationale for Boulder’s most recent culinary accolade is Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson’s restaurant, Frasca Food and Wine. Mackinnon-Patterson, who was a James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Chef: Southwest in 2008, began his culinary career at the elite Ecole Gregoire-Ferrandi in Paris in the late ’90s. He, along with sommelier Bobby Stuckey, opened Frasca Food and Wine in 2004, basing the menu and atmosphere off of the Italian frascas they had both visited in the past.
Mackinnon-Patterson also spent a season competing on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Masters,” and Fracas Food and Wine won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service in 2013.