March 1, 2021


For Everyone Else

Peche Restaurant in Palisade is well worthy of the trek

The exterior of Pêche Restaurant in Palisade. (Offered by Ashley Chasseur)

There have been two occasions in my lifestyle where I’ve performed the really impolite act of stopping in the middle of meal to textual content my editor, so floored by what I was consuming and experiencing that it could not wait.

Incidentally, both equally dinners had been cooked by the same chef, Matthew Chasseur.

By no means listened to of him? I believe he’d favor it that way, but — sorry Matt — individuals have to have to know in which to obtain phenomenal foods, and it’s my task to explain to them.

So at what Denver incredibly hot spot will you uncover Chasseur? Sorry once again. You are heading to have to generate just about 4 several hours west to Palisade, where by Chasseur cooks out of an open kitchen area off minor Key Avenue, wowing a dining home full of locals and readers at Pêche Restaurant (Despite the fact that the restaurant’s name, technically, is “Pêche. Restaurant,” it is so great, I’ll forgive them for the unnecessary punctuation.)

It is not frequently that my head is turned by a restaurant. But at Pêche, it turned, swiveled and whirled, rotating into a hungry pirouette just before abandoning my system for that plate of salty, crispy-pores and skin chicken. It would be joyful to continue to be in minor Palisade eternally, my head, lying on the plate, mouth gaping beside that rooster, tongue eagerly lapping up whichever onion-y juices it generously offered me.

Roasted chicken at Pêche Cafe in Palisade. (Delivered by Ashley Chasseur)

Or, to describe the restaurant with out utilizing decapitation, I fell in adore with Pêche.

Opening in Palisade was a fairly easy option for Chasseur and his wife, Ashley, Pêche’s co-owner and general manager. They know the city nicely, both due to the fact they are living in close by Grand Junction with their 3 young small children and since of the time they used doing work the kitchen area at the Substantial Lonesome Ranch in De Beque, a town so teeny that it will make Palisade appear like a metropolis. It was for the career as Significant Lonesome Ranch’s government chef that the pair made the decision to shift out to Colorado in the initially put, exploring for a small city reminiscent of the ones they grew up in in Iowa (Ashley) and New Hampshire (Matt) in which to start out and expand their household.

“After about a few months of living in the spot, we’d started to make close friends who were being like family to us,” Ashley states. “We understood we required to be in an area that was scaled-down, quaint and up-and-coming, a single that had a great community foundation all-around it.”

“We knew we preferred to remain in this article,” Matt states of opening the restaurant in Palisade. “It just appeared normal they ended up accomplishing a little something exclusive below in city.”

At this place, I sense I should interject that Matt and Ashley have cafe knowledge that extends a little bit outside of your normal compact town. Or significant town. They will not mention it, but I will: They met operating at 1 of America’s finest places to eat, the triple-Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago, where Matt was the chef de cuisine and Ashley a hostess. (Ashley went on to perform as the assistant standard supervisor at Alinea’s sister cafe, Subsequent.) So, yeah, this uber-proficient few has a triple-Michelin-star pedigree, and while they’re not broadcasting it, you really feel it in the hospitality and flavor it in the meals.

Really, though, my dinner at Pêche did not commence flawlessly. In truth, the only reason I can explain to you that the dining place is stark and up to date with the clear walls and hanging Edison lights you’d anticipate from a restaurant that is opened in the earlier pair of decades (previous August, to be exact) is due to the fact it took too lengthy to get our initially round of beverages and I had time to search all-around.

But you really don’t treatment and I really don’t care that it took as well very long simply because the bread is coming, and it will kick off the greatest meal you or I have very likely experienced inside of a Colorado restaurant in years, if not ever.

Aside from the decapitation hen, other amazing dishes I ate: a puffy disc of pizza dough crowned with grilled Palisade peaches, arugula, Surryano ham, and — most stunning and shocking of all — slices of easy, firm, marble-like ricotta salata, some thing I’ve never expert but want to experience again and the prettiest, no-guidelines, what ever-they’ve-obtained-on-hand salad you’ve at any time witnessed produced up of carrot blooms, sunflower petals, basil buds, 3 distinct forms of fennel (bulb, stalk and fronds, in situation you’re wanting to know), and a rainbow of carrots, beets and radishes.

There was also the truly specific pork belly and egg, sizzled tableside and combined, oozing that briny yolk, with greens a pyramid of lamb with sweet, curried roasted cauliflower and pickled golden raisins at the foundation and sous vide lamb loin and Pêche-produced lamb sausage piled atop, all concluded with curry butter and served with naan for some carb motion a trio of glass tumblers loaded with uncooked salsa makings, daring the diner to mix the picturesque contents into less sweet — but extra delightful — dips to decorate the stack of steaming corn tortillas cider doughnut spheres that melt into apple brandy ice cream and people Palisade peaches all over again, starring together with vanilla ice product in a attractive crisp.

The lamb with cauliflower and naan at Pêche Cafe in Palisade. (Offered by Ashley Chasseur)

“We’re a creatively driven cafe,” Ashley claims. “There is not a set delicacies we focus on. We like to use components in a uncomplicated, nevertheless intricate way. I use “simple” a great deal when I’m describing it. Nothing at all is extremely advanced it is just performed pretty properly. We let the elements talk for by themselves.”

They talk. Oh, how they speak. Which is attention-grabbing, simply because I’ve hardly ever once read anybody discuss about this cafe, and I’m close to people who commit a great deal of time talking about dining places. The trouble, if absence of excitement is a dilemma, is that Pêche is basically outside the house most of our jurisdictions. It is far, and we town (or, like myself, suburban) folks often overlook that there is lifetime and society and superior food to be had in Colorado outside of the Entrance Variety.

So I questioned Matt and Ashley the uncomfortable concern of regardless of whether they felt they have been overlooked mainly because they are not in Denver metro. And, if so, do they care?

“We did not open up a cafe to be stars or to be perfectly-identified,” Matt says. “This isn’t a game to us. We give it all we obtained, and we know there are a great deal of people today out there who want to do this (function in the cafe industry) for a living. We want to deliver the surroundings for them to do so, an environment in which to force by themselves and be great … . That is what I adore about cooking, that we can all come with each other, preserve this higher level of professionalism and execute at a high stage. That’s what I like to do.

“PR is good for the cafe, and it’s great for the buyers, but it’s not what we request in our hearts,” he stated.

The inside at Pêche Cafe in Palisade, which opened in August 2019. (Furnished by Ashley Chasseur)

Does Pêche have desires of starting to be the up coming great Colorado vacation spot cafe?  

“Of course, which is why we’re accomplishing this,” Ashley stated. “We have a restaurant due to the fact we want persons to come eat at our restaurant. But we have a restaurant mainly because we want to provide hospitality, not because we want to be on a record of best restaurants in the condition.”

It’s a very good lesson for people today like me, who at times produce individuals sorts of “best lists,” that there is so considerably much more to the meals entire world than we know. We have to assume outdoors the buzz — and, certainly, the geography.

If we never, we just could overlook out on the dinners value texting our editors about.

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