Comal Heritage Food Incubator is the prime example of food being used as a form a storytelling. I always believed that a community’s food was the perfect introduction to their culture. You can learn the language, historical events and pinpoint the geographical location. Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to various food brands that built their foundation with the community in mind. This is the platform on which Comal is built off of.
“Comal Kitchen is a heritage food incubator in partnership with Focus Points, a non-profit that serves families in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods. Its goal is to provide skills in culinary arts and business to a cohort of women- many originating from Mexico, El Salvador, and Peru- to maintain and celebrate their traditions through entrepreneurial ventures.” - Comal Heritage Food Incubator
Thanks to Matthew and Chef Tim, I was able to experience two distinctive dining experiences during the week. Tuesday, I partook in their standard menu that host dishes based on Mexican and Central American cuisine. I’m a sucker for great guacamole, so the meal started off on a high note! The special of the day was the Mole. The sauce alone was made up of 24 ingredients! If that’s isn’t a commitment to quality, I don’t know what it. The chicken was cooked to perfection, retaining all the flavor while remaining moist. Last but not least, they hit me with the tacos. I love tacos! These were some of the tastiest I’ve had since moving back to Denver, from California. The standout taco was the roasted veggies. I thought it was a unique and bold way to present a vegetarian option.
That Friday the menu featured dishes from two mother-daughter teams from Syria. This was one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve ever had. We started with an appetizer plate that features hummus, baba ganoush, fresh pita bread, artichoke hearts, and dolmathakia. Next, were the two main course. Then there was dessert, knafeh bil jibne! This meal was inspiring. We don’t have enough quality ethnic food options in Denver. The addition of a Syrian restaurant banging out this type of food would be a game changer. It was beautiful to see the family dynamic. My mother is the foundation on which my passion for food exists, so I felt an emotional connection with this crew.
Authentic and fresh, would be the two words I would use to describe the food at Comal Heritage Food Incubator. There was no doubt that the highest quality ingredients, mindful preparation, and real passion were infused into each dish. There was a spirit of joy and accomplishment that permeated the space. After both meals, I had the opportunity to chat with each group of women. They shared their background, insight about the program and what they hope to achieve after it ends. Some interest was in opening restaurants, food trucks, and catering companies. Comal Heritage Food Incubator provides them with the business acumen and technical culinary skills help propel them into Denver’s budding culinary space.
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Comal Heritage Food Incubator
3455 Ringsby Court #105