This weekend was one for the books. The one that keeps track of all things amazing, tasty and wonderful in life. This weekend’s entry is brought to you by Le Jardin Secret, friends, family, fresh delicious food and the beginning of summer in Denver. So much to be grateful for.
Le Jardin Secret is the genius work of chef Jorel Pierce, chef de cuisine at Euclid Hall. Together with the Mile High Business Alliance and Larimer Square, they’ve created a beautiful parisian style chef’s market unlike anything I’ve seen in Denver. Every Saturday morning between now and September, step into the courtyard of Bistro Vendome and be transported into a beautiful world of culinary divine.
There are only a handful of vendors, but that’s what makes it so special. Bread, cheese, meat, spice, produce, pastries, floral and pies from an expertly curated vendor lineup offering only the finest ingredients to bring your weekend dishes to life. I’d say it’s the best thing to happen to Downtown Denver this year.
First stop was to secure the pie. Because pie. So happy to see the beautiful pies from Wednesdays Pie and pick up a mini blueberry that had my husband licking his plate clean. Literally.
Next stop was to say hello to the lovely ladies at Savory Spice Shop. Their display of spices was outstanding. In fact, all of the displays, booths, props were custom built for this event. No popup tents or folding tables here. Instead you’ll find wooden benches, tables, carts, tubs, shelves, and wicker baskets creating the perfect mood for a sunny Saturday morning in Paris. Add a mimosa from Bistro Vendome as you meander and your Saturday just became one for the books.
Next up was a visit with the amazing women behind the Truffle Cheese Shop. As some of you may know, I love butter. And cheese. And especially Burrata. Their display of cheeses was stunning, and included a tub filled with Burrata. Be still my heart. I’m thrilled to know I will be seeing these incredible ladies and their delicious cheeses every Saturday morning this summer. How lucky am I?
A stroll through the hallway brings you to Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. A simple, gorgeous chilled marble slab table displaying their steaks, chops, sausages was outrageous and mouth watering. Next week their tenderloins will be coming home with us.
Finding a variety of local, organic produce at many markets can be challenging. Especially so early in the season. Not true here. Growers Organic delivered amazing. Mushrooms, potatoes, greens, asparagus, fiddle heads and radishes to name a few. The radishes struck my eye first, and were hard to miss looking all fresh and French in a giant tub. I had to indulge in a few bundles.
Also in the lineup and not to be missed are a few more favorites: Sugarmill (pastries!) Grateful Bread (breads!) and Blooming Fool Florist (flowers!)
I’ve been looking for a recipe fit for a couple of divine looking bundles of radishes like the ones I picked up at Le Jardin Secret for a while. Finally, I found a great one that with a couple of tweaks is pretty much perfect. Here you go:
Brown Butter and Miso-Glazed Radishes (adapted from this recipe by Amy Roth at Minimally Invasive)
1 bunch radishes, cleaned and trimmed leaving 1/2-inch of greens still attached
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon agave (original recipe calls for maple syrup. I’m not a maple fan, so I substituted agave)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons white miso
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Halve radishes vertically. Toss with the olive oil and salt. Place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender,
Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat, add agave and lemon juice. Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes, then stir in the miso until the mixture is smooth.
Toss the radishes with the sauce mixture and enjoy.
Let me know if you are heading to Le Jardin Secret anytime soon. I’ll see you there.
Le Jardin Secret, courtyard at Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer, Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm