Entertain your guests
The holidays are a time for eating delicious food, but the time spent making tasty treats can be prohibitive.
Enter Crossroads Fine Foods, part of Crossroads Wine & Spirits at 611 24 Road in Grand Junction. Owners Eleni and Jerry Sica offer high-end food options with minimal preparation.
“It is a little store with big heart,” Jerry Sica said, adding that “Crossroads is the exact opposite of the big-box grocers and butcher shops. We know where it was raised, how many days it was aged, (and) in the case of seafood, where it was caught and how it was handled.”
According to Eleni Sica, Crossroads Fine Foods carries a variety of fresh olive oil, craft cheeses, salami, fresh seafood delivered to order from the coasts, and more.
“We specialize in artisan cheeses — Colorado cheeses and from across the U.S.,” she continued, including regional cheddars, Gouda, Brie, Gruyere and blue cheeses.
“The single best buy and the rarest protein we offer is the fresh seafood,” Jerry Sica said. “You can go anywhere in the country, even to big cities on the coast, and not find the overall level of quality fish and shellfish we bring to Grand Junction.”
He recommends his “fresh dry packed scallops, which cook up in a hot skillet in just two minutes a side at about $30-$40/lb.
“Across the country, these are really rare but oh so good, a real treat.”
Crossroads Fine Foods will also pull together food items for any budget, and delivery is an option. Plus, gift baskets may be purchased, from $30-$130, with items like regional wine, pasta, cured meats, etc.
And while you’re there, check out the store’s large wine and spirits section.
“You can pair food with wine from the liquor store,” Eleni Sica said.
Want to learn more about food, but don’t know where to start? Crossroads offers Foodie 101 courses in the shop.
“It’s an opportunity to come in and taste items,” Eleni Sica explained. “It’s a 90-minute private class; you must RSVP. We will start back up in 2014.”
For pricing and more information, stop into Crossroads Fine Foods today. For store hours, visit http://www.crossroadswineandspirits.com or call 970-257-1557. It’s closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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