Eatery makes Good Food 100 Restaurants List

Seasons Café in Salida has been offering a creative menu with farm-to-table, seasonal cuisine since 2013. Last month, the café was honored with five different links on the Good Food 100 Restaurants List from the Good Food Media Network for its role in promoting good food and sustainable food systems.

Recently, co-owners Jon Kristofer Sackett-Williams and Julie Kimbrough, chef and executive chef respectively, moved their café location from U.S. Highway 50 to downtown Salida on Sackett Avenue. With idyllic, riverside views plus a unique take on brunch and happy hour hors d’oeuvres, Seasons not only satisfies a specific niche for the area but also supports farmers, artisans, ranchers and purveyors in the valley, too.

“I think, other than just being able to make good food that people enjoy on a regular basis, we really enjoy interacting with the great people who supply our food. Seasons Café currently sources slightly over 85 percent of its food and beverage from within Colorado, and over 53 percent of that spent is within Chaffee and Saguache counties,” said Kimbrough.

“So there are people we interact with on a weekly basis that are super passionate about what they do. Being around that gives us inspiration in what we do.”

As food sourcing become a more pressing issue, the Good Food 100 Restaurants List, operated by a health-conscious group, aims to provide transparency and better-quality dining experiences for patrons around the nation. Seasons Café is dedicated to that same principle, creating a brunch menu that changes with each season according to what products can be found. The breakfast and lunch items range from a green eggs and hash made with seasonal mixed greens and local goat cheese to a bison sloppy joe concocted with local ground bison meat, bell peppers and onions, and topped with their own barbecue sauce on a house-made oatmeal roll.

My favorite menu item currently available is the crème brulee French toast, which is a baked bread pudding-style French toast with seasonal fruit and chocolate balsamic sauce. It is rich and sweet, paired perfectly with the tart notes of the fruit and the pop of the balsamic vinegar. A house-made mimosa or dark coffee are the perfect brunch accompaniment. Another reason Seasons is such a local favorite is their Food Bank Friday program, which allows patrons to bring in food donations and receive a 10-percent discount per item off their meal.

“In working with the First Presbyterian Church food bank, we found that they serve over 2,000 families per year. That’s over a third of the population here! So, we came up with the Food Bank Wednesday (now Friday) idea. By donating a food or toiletry item, our patrons receive a 10-percent discount off of their meal per item. So, bring 10 cans, get free lunch. It’s our small way of helping to encourage year-round donations,” added Kimbrough.

Seasons Café Hours

Brunch, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday-Monday

Cocktail Hour, 4-6 p.m., Thursday-Monday

Coffee House, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday