Food: Lee Mathis of Decadence Cheesecakes has big plans |

Food: Lee Mathis of Decadence Cheesecakes has big plans

Lee Mathis
Free Press Food Columnist
Lee Mathis
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All good things must come to an end and the time has come to end this column in the Grand Junction Free Press.

One of the things I have always been fond of saying is if you do not evolve, you become extinct … and evolve we must!

For almost six years, over 200 columns, rants, raves and musings, I have pontificated about food and life in the Grand Valley and beyond and it has been a blast; but times and things change, so this will be my last column in the paper. For our dedicated fans, you can still follow us on our blog.

In this time, we have found many fans, some of which have written and emailed us, stopped by the many events we have done throughout the valley and expressed their fondness for the column, and for that, we thank you. The staff at the Free Press has been great, and I also want to single out Josh Nichols, who back in January of 2009, allowed me space to write. Thanks, Josh!

We have seen many changes throughout the valley in our time in the paper — people come, people go, but the one thing I have learned, is we truly have some great foodies here! From folks in restaurants, bars, brewpubs and cafes to people in the streets; good food and good eatin’ prevail.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure writing this column.

So I am going to end this column the way it began… from our first column:

“It was somewhere around the edge of the dessert, in the Grand Valley, when the food began to take hold…”

Some closing notes: We have just released our first non-cheesecake product, the first in our new line of relishes and sauces — a Colorado-Style Southern Chow Chow! Chow Chow is a traditional southern relish, which, of course, we tweaked with heat.

And the last pop-up/flash restaurant’ of the year, “Tocino’s En Fuego” (Bacon on Fire!) is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building (14th Street and Ute Avenue) from 5-7 p.m. If you are a fan of bacon and heat, you do not want to miss this one.

Lee is the founder and owner of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes and Catering. He can be reached at,, on Facebook, or by calling 970-256-4688.

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