Co-owner and chef Amos Watts prepares an order of ceviche de navajas at Corrida in Boulder in 2018.
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The Good Food Media Network on Wednesday released its annual Good Food 100 Restaurants list, “an annual rating and economic analysis offering insight into the business and purchasing practices of chefs and restaurants and their commitment to good food and sustainable sourcing,” according to a news release.

“Our goal is to promote transparency and empower people to be aware of where their food is coming from while recognizing the chefs and restaurants who are consciously committed to building a better food system. Every menu choice and good food purchase that chefs and restaurants make affects each link in our food chain as well as state, regional and national economies,” Sara Brito, co-founder and president of Good Food Media Network, stated in the release. “We are proud of the participating 2019 chefs and restaurants who are leading the way with transparency and catalyzing change among their colleagues and guests.”

Key findings of the economic impact analysis, according to the release, include:

  • Overall domestic food purchases for the participating 137 restaurants totaled $100.7 million
  • Restaurants reported spending $66.3 million on domestic good food, which translates to a $213.5 million economic impact on the national good food economy, indicating that every dollar spent  had triple the impact on the local, state and national economies.
  • The 137 responding restaurants represented every region of the United States, with Colorado and California having the most participating restaurants.

The Good Food 100 Restaurants list was curated based on the quantitative measurement of participating restaurants’ self-reported annual food purchasing data, according to the release. Restaurants are rated with two to six links — symbolizing links in the food chain — based on the percent of total good food purchases, the release stated. and purveyors.

Boulder restaurants and food service operations to make the list are Basta, Blackbelly, the Boulder Valley School District School Food Project, Corrida, Flagstaff House, Fortuna Chocolate, Fresh Thymes Eatery, Next Door American Eatery, Santo, The Kitchen and the University of Colorado Boulder Dining Services.

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