Colterra's food gurus, captained by chef Bradford Heap, curate organic produce from local farms and Colterra's own garden to forge upscale breakfast-lunch blends infused with classic French and Northern Italian flavors. Sate after-morning appetites with a selection from the brunch menu such as French toast, stuffed with Long Farm sausage and topped with organic apple compote, strawberry coulis, fresh blackberries, and a cumulus cloud of whipped cream. Smoked wild salmon, eggs from a local farm, and organic spinach frolic in hollandaise sauce atop an English muffin benedict, and all breakfast dishes are served with roasted baby Yukon gold potatoes and local field greens that toast tongues with champagne vinaigrette. Lunch eats imported to the menu range from grass-fed Lasater Never Never burgers—bedecked with bacon and layered with Grafton cheddar cheese—to pan-roasted, wild-caught tilapia accompanied by mussels, shrimp, and shallots in white wine.
Baristas at Cafe de Paris brew Novo coffee fresh for each cup and steep more than 50 different kinds of organic loose-leaf tea from International Tea Importers, filling the café with rich aromas transported inside a soft haze of steam idly spiraling through the air. Sipping microbrewed masala chai tea with pressed ginger between bites of sweet and savory crepes, panini sandwiches, and regular or gluten-free bagels, patrons may browse the Internet inside the café or listen to live jazz music and indie rock performances during weekly events. Outside on the terrace, lined with umbrella-topped tables, diners clink glasses of French wine or craft beers during nightly happy hours while strains of music linger in the background.
Inside what 5280 Magazine describes as a "125-year-old dining room with original mosaic tile and a sparkling chandelier," restaurateur Robert Thompson and his expert staff have re-created the cuisine and atmosphere of old-school Parisian bistros and brasseries. With locally sourced ingredients, artisanal cheeses, and in-house charcuterie, Chef Sergio Romero and his culinary team craft French cuisine that 5280 Magazine, in its 2011 Best New Restaurants feature, lauded as "light, fresh, and remarkable." French classics such as escargot, steak frites, and a savory crepe of the day complement a selection of cocktails made by mixologist Colin Dart. Diners can savor each bite while nestled into oversized booths or contemplating infinity on the outdoor patio.