One of the more difficult aspects of being an inveterate “foodie” here in Fraser/Winter Park is the all-important shopping portion.
Due to the lack of consistency and continuity in the “supply chain” experienced at the local Fraser Safeway, the dedicated home chef has to be really flexible all the way around.
Normally a “B-Store,” except for certain times of the year, when, due to the influx of wealthy second homeowners and visitors, alike, the availability of certain products ebbs and flows as it miraculously morphs into an “A-Store.”
There have been many times when we’ve planned a meal, only to have to re-think the whole plan, “on the fly.” Today was no exception!
We’re heading down valley to serve a simple lunch—mozzarella and fresh basil on grilled Italian bread; mixed field greens with an orange vinaigrette dressing; roasted tomato and red pepper bisque; gelato and almond biscotti.
A brief trip to Safeway quickly evolved into the normal case of unrequited love. Luckily, our trip to visit the dowager aunt will take us by the Granby City Market and we hope they’ll have what we need.
Lo and behold, the Granby City Market had just what we needed!
Lunch was a success!
Mozzarella sandwiches on freshly-baked Italian bread, sauteed to golden perfection in extra virgin olive oil; tossed field greens lightly dressed with a delicate orange vinaigrette; served with an ice-cold 2011 Naia Verdejo; ending with black cherry gelato and biscotti.
The Denver Division of Safeway, apparently, doesn’t care about the 1,000 or so “permanent” Fraserites to keep it’s store stocked with the provisions needed for the gourmet table. As stated before, there have been many frustrating shopping trips wherein the entire menu had to be revised, “on the fly,” due to the lack of available product on the shelf.
So, between now and mid-November, our store again will morph back to a “B-Store,” ignoring and complicating the culinary needs of the locals.
Fresh basil? Fresh mozzarella? Don’t be silly! Decent organic produce? Don’t be absurd! But what can a dedicated "foodie" expect from a "B-Store?"
I guess that during the time Safeway’s “A-Shoppers” are not in the County, we’ll have to make the drive to the Kroger’s Granby and vote with our dollars. And while we're there, might as well use “fuel points” and gas up!
Real shame we “locals,” the thousand or so of us, simply do not count in the eyes of Safeway’s Denver Division.