Natural Grocers Backs Boulder Film Festival for Foodies

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was the official sponsor and food purveyor of ChineCHEF 2023 at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) last month. The 19th Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) was a four-day event from March 2nd to 5th celebrating the cinematic, culinary, and musical arts with over 25,000 attendees. The event, named as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine includes film screenings from local and global creators, happy hours with filmmakers, galas, musical entertainment, and the CineCHEF 2023 food competition. The CineCHEF 2023 showdown is a culinary competition where Boulder and Denver’s renowned top chefs face off to create movie-inspired dishes for guests to enjoy. As a sponsor and food purveyor, Natural Grocers provided $500 NGVC gift cards to each participating chef for ingredients. CineCHEF attendees enjoyed the specialty crafted food with paired wines and local beers, desserts, and musical entertainment. The talented lineup included local chefs:  

  • Chef Jeremy McGinty – Chef de Cuisine, River and Woods
  • Chef Patrick Balcom – Executive Chef/Owner, Farow
  • Chef Rich Byers – Executive Chef, Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro, St Julien Hotel & Spa
  • Chef Linda Hampsten Fox – Executive Chef/Owner, The Bindery
  • Chef Chris Royster – Executive Chef, Flagstaff House
  • Chef Bob Sargent – Owner and Executive Chef, Savory Cuisine
  • Chef Mike Thom – Executive Chef, Spruce Farm and Fish, Hotel Boulderado 
  • Chef Cesar Tamariz – Executive Chef, Kachina Cantina 

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage continues to operate by their F”ive Founding Principals” and are passionate about being an active participant within their communities. Natural Grocers “believes that everyone should have access to nutritional education and live in a thriving, regenerating environment,” said Raquel Isely, Vice President of Marketing. The NGVC good4u Crew also attended the event mingling with festival-goers, handing out movie-night themed samples and snacks.