Randa Duffy of The Speakeasy is a master mixologist by extension of a strong passion for food. Being rooted in cooking and baking ultraganic vegan cooking, she has the intense knowledge of putting flavor profiles in the spotlight. She specializes in hitting different parts of the tongue to accentuate the ingredients her liquid creations are rooted in. She achieved her start with humble beginnings and humor. By luck of a “free-box” she picked up a ridiculous William Sonoma bar guide book and plunged herself into a world of spirits. She combined her love of fresh local humane ingredients into her cocktails. Working her way up from friend tastings, private events, and now bar resident of The Handmade Homemade Marketplace. She is truly holistic with her ideology of drink essentials: knowing where it’s coming from and how it’s prepared.
The Speakeasy is full scale bar featuring organic and locally distilled spirits and liqueurs, and Colorado microbrews and homebrews, mixed with organic agave based sodas, homemade organic infused agave nectars, and other fresh, organic (and all vegan) ingredients.
I am honored to say that Randa Duffy will be in full charge of drink pairings for the launch meal. I hope this news brightens your spirits in a way that it has brightened mine.
The launch of Cocina Campesina is mirroring how I tend to start my day: dancing to some soulful sounds while anticipating my first cup of smooth caffeinated beverage. I proudly say that More Than This and Crema will get our first dinner off to a proper start, providing live music and coffee.
“When I think food justice, I think of giving justice to the food that you are preparing. We get these amazing ingredients, both local and internationly. Fresh produce, meat, & coffee. And it is our duty as preparers to not fuck it up.
A taste of crema
Crema is the lovely layer of thickly effervescent foam that defines well-crafted espresso, an emulsion of the essential oils contained in the coffee. This presence of a thick layer of richly aromatic, reddish brown crema indicates that all culinary factors were met satisfactorily during the preparation of the shot. Espresso is all in the nose. The aroma of espresso lives in the crema so swirl it around. Get your nose right down in there. Inhale deeply.”
-Noah Price, owner of Crema
Brandon Carter with Josh Taves.
More Than This
More Than This: This femme-tastic duo met while canvassing for the local rape crisis center back in autumn 2009. Combining sultry vocals with jazzy piano texture, they create a unique folk sound, with a twist of R&B and rock. More Than This is turned on by new wave, and loves to squeeze fresh juices from the 80’s, with a special inspirational love for Roxy Music. To these funky ladies, Food Justice means access to local, affordable, non-GMO produce and other healthy goodies for all, but especially for marginalized communities and peoples.
This picture was taken from a website that has instructions on how to build a simple wood-fired cob oven
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… The people who give you their food give you their heart.”
-César Estrada Chávez
A shout out to the food obsessed: The first ever Denver Pop-Up restaurant for food justice is firing up its kitchen! Prepare your palate to be mesmerized, tantalized, and challenged. A peek-a-boo menu (Half the fun of eating is the unexpected, right?) is in the works of being sent to your mailbox. Only a few ingredients used will be revealed. Try a taste-bud game of clue to keep you occupied until the debut dinner!