Who is accomplished Boulder chef Matt Collier and what does he envision for Seeds Library Cafe?
New installed, Matt Collier’s vision for Seeds Library Cafe, a partnership between Boulder County Farmers Markets and the City of Boulder to promote local food, is to showcase the joy of cooking with the seasons. He plans to operate a Seeds food stand at the Boulder Farmers Market, and will create a custom movie night menu for the Boulder Art Cinema. Collier also plans to expand Seeds’ catering program and help Boulder County farms increase food sales to restaurants.
Collier launched his culinary career in 2001 as a line cook at Chautauqua Dining Hall, then joined The Kitchen’s team as sous chef. He then worked in the kitchens of Chicago restaurateurs Paul Kahan and Giuseppe Tentori, which ignited his passion for sourcing farmers markets ingredients. Since moving back to Colorado, Collier has worked at T/aco, Oak at Fourteenth, The Kitchen and The Kitchen Upstairs. He most recently was Culinary Director at Bradford Heap Restaurants.
“The one big joy I get out of cooking is being able to connect with farmers, getting into the fields and understanding their work,” Collier said. “If successful, Seeds has the power to change the culture of kitchens, the role of chefs. The easiest way to begin improving the food system is to start eating local.”
Collier is experimenting with creative uses of winter ingredients, including Mexican Sweet Potato Candies made with Monroe Organic Farm potatoes, Valentine’s Day Scones colored with beet juice, Peach Thumb Print Cookies made from Ela Family Farms jam, and Puffed Amaranth Bars.
About Seeds Cafe
Seeds Library Cafe is a partnership between Boulder County Farmers Markets and City of Boulder. Its mission is to showcase local food and drink by offering an affordable seasonal menu, to engage the public with local agriculture, and to serve as a vibrant gathering space for the local food community. For more information about Seeds Library Cafe, visit seedsboulder.com.