RVB Featured in National Magazine

Drovers Cattle Network, a leading national cattlemen’s trade publication, ran a profile story of RVB in its April 2012 issue.

John Maday, Drovers Managing Editor, wrote the article and did a great job telling our story and encapsulating our business philosophy. I’ve been fortunate to have known and worked on various projects with John over the course of my career in the cattle industry and am grateful for his interest in our business.

I thought you would enjoy reading the article and learning more about what and why we do what we do:

Drovers RVB Profile Story

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Arvada Press Business Profile

Last month, our local newspaper picked up on the wager the Mayors of Denver & Boston had over the NFL’s 2011 AFC-West division playoff game between the Broncos and Patriots – and how Denver Mayor Michael Hancock selected RVB to source the beef for the wager and called RVB’s beef as “some of Colorado’s finest homegrown beef.”

The Arvada Press was particularly interested in our business and wanted to explain how we do what we do – after all, there aren’t many “local” cattle and beef businesses this close to Denver.

Megan Quinn did a great job writing the story – my two favorite parts are when she described me silencing my cell phone during the interview (which really happened), and telling about how people like to visit and talk when I make deliveries.  That’s what makes our business go – building relationships and helping people connect with the source of their food.

Click here to read the story:  Arvada Press RVB Story 020212

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RVB Receives Top Honors at Culinary Competition

RVB received top honors at the first annual Colorado Farm to Fork Culinary Competition inside the State Capitol on March 8th as part of Colorado Ag Day.

RVB owners Kim and Todd Inglee with Executive Chef Jorge de la Torre, Dean at Johnson & Wales University after taking top honors in the first annual Farm to Fork Culinary Compeition at the State Capitol

Eleven teams made up of one state legislator, one ag producer, and one American Culinary Federation certified chef competed against each other preparing a dish featuring a locally grown and raised food product.  Competing commodities included beef (of course!), lamb, salad greens, eggs, potatoes, chicken, buffalo, pork, trout, and various dairy items.  The dishes were judged and served to legislators, legislative staff, volunteers, media, and other guests.

RVB was asked to represent the state’s beef industry by entering a dish.  We were paired up with Executive Chef Jorge de la Torre (Dean at Johnson & Wales University) and Colorado Rep. Su Ryden (Aurora).  Building upon Rep. Ryden’s request for including some type of spicy pesto, Chef Jorge created what he called Double R Steak Strips on Pesto Mash.

News Conference Photo: (l to r) Rep. Su Ryden (Aurora), RVB's Kim Inglee, Executive Chef Jorge de la Torre, Sen. Gail Schwartz (Senate Ag Cmte Chair), Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (House Ag Cmte Chair), RVB's Todd Inglee

While we weren’t able to taste all of the dishes, the ones we did have were great.  It was fun to see the creativity of each of the ACF chef’s ideas.  As the judges began to announce the winners, our hearts started to race…and after mentioning the third and then second place entries, we started to get disappointed – never thinking that we’d actually finish that far.  Much to our surprise, they announced “beef” as the first place entry and the crowd cheered – what fun!!

Chef Jorge's diligent staff helped prepare and serve the 1st Place winning dish

Following a press conference and short speeches from various state officials, Colorado’s ag commodity groups presented an in-kind and financial donation of more than $95,000 to Food Bank of the Rockies – providing nearly a half million meals to those in need.

Part of National Ag Week, Colorado Ag Day was held to help educate the general public and underscore the cultural and economic importance of agriculture to not only the state and nation, but also the entire world.  During the press conference, John Salazar, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, commented that local farmers and ranchers provide affordable, safe, and abundant food and fiber while also protecting the state’s open spaces.

Commissioner Salazar also added, ”Colorado’s diverse agriculture and food industry is a large part of our great state’s economy generating approximately $40 billion annually.” The statement was proof of Governor Hickenlooper’s comment during his 2012 State of the State address where he proclaimed that agriculture is the one industry leading Colorado out of the economic downturn.  And with only less than 2% of the population actively involved in agriculture, that’s a powerful statement!

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RVB Partners with Tag Restaurant

In late February, RVB was asked to partner with Tag Restaurant in Denver for one of their 2012 Brewery Dinners. Each of the dinners features food from a local producer and carefully paired beers from a local brewery.

For our event, RVB was paired with Longmont’s Left Hand Brewery. The dinner consisted of five courses – two of which featured our beef.  When I asked one of Tag’s chefs who helped prepare the dishes, what makes special dinners like this one so much fun, he said, “Because we get to think outside of the box and create items that aren’t normally found on typical menus.”  Well, I quickly learned that Tag doesn’t EVER serve anything that can be labeled as “typical.”  This was a great meal and each dish had its own unique flavor.

Tag Restaurant's February 2012 Brewery Dinner menu featuring RVB and Left Hand Brewery

At the beginning of the meal, I introduced RVB to the guests and described our business philosophy of raising quality natural beef.  Then, as each course was served, Left Hand staff presented a new beer pairing and gave an interesting background into each label’s flavor profile.  I have to admit – having no real background or distinguished tasting abilities for beer, I left the evening much more knowledgeable and much more aware of craft beers.

Enjoying conversation with Ro Guenzel, Head Brewer for Left Hand

Click here for more pictures of the dinner event – courtesy of Tag Restaurant.

I met some really nice people at the dinner and enjoyed sharing RVB’s story and vision for sourcing healthy ranch-direct beef.  It was also great partnering with Chef Troy Guard and his outstanding staff.

My favorite quote of the night came at the end of the meal when Chef Guard came into the room to talk and get feedback on the meal.  Amidst applause and on his way back into the kitchen, he turned and shouted (in front of everyone), “Todd, your beef kicked @*$!!”

I hope to be able to do it again soon!  Keep posted…

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2012 NYFEA Environmental Leader Award

In early February, I was honored to be presented with the 2012 Environmental Leader Award by the National Young Farmers Educational Association in Washington, D.C.

The national award recognizes young producers who integrate environmental management into their overall business and production plans.  I was recognized specifically for my conservation work with water quality and range restoration on my family’s small ranch in Clear Creek County.

Click to read the NYFEA news release:  NYFEA Environmental Leader Award – 021512

Click for a radio interview about the award from Barn Media:  NYFEA Radio – Barn Media 031012 – 7m30s

In addition to speaking before the NYFEA’s Policy Forum attendees about RVB’s business and highlighting some of the environmental stewardship practices we are undertaking, I also met with two of Colorado’s Congressional delegation (Rep. Scott Tipton & Rep. Cory Gardner) to discuss several policy issues important to not only NYFEA, but also state and national cattlemen’s associations.  Rep. Gardner had one of his staff usher us through the underground walkways between the Canon House Office Building and the Capitol where he stepped off the House Floor to talk prior to voting on the Keystone Pipeline issue.

After our meetings on Capitol Hill, I had some free time to walk around the entire National Mall taking in the historic sights and even stopped in to see as much of the Smithsonian Museum of American History as I could in the little time I had – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time!

Walking the National Mall and taking in all the history

It was a great trip and a real honor to have some of our work nationally recognized.  Whenever you’re working with natural resources and trying to affect any type of positive change, it takes a long time.  So while we’re just in the beginning phase of doing some of the work we’re doing, this award gives me a ton of encouragement and underscores the importance of what we do for a living!

Thanks NYFEA for the honor and for all you do to secure the future of agriculture and food production for the world.

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RVB Meets Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

RVB's Todd Inglee meets with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock following the AFC West Divisional playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots

After all the dust settled following the wager over the AFC West Division playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Mayor Michael Hancock invited me to meet with him in his office in Denver.

I hadn’t been inside Denver’s City & County Building since I was little when my Dad took me there on a sight-seeing trip, but I found my way to the Mayor’s office where I was promptly ushered in to meet Mayor Hancock. He thanked me in person for partnering with him on the wager and we continued with a friendly conversation that lasted about 15 minutes.

He seemed genuinely interested in just visiting and he told me what it was like to wear the Patriot jersey to the Nuggets game and how the crowd reacted when they noticed him walk in the arena. He seemed good natured about upholding his end of the bet and commented about how excited he was to run into Boston Mayor Menino at a future event to hear about receiving Ralston Valley Beef’s combination package.

He opened his desk drawer and presented me with a Denver logo pin that states “Everyone Matters” – a theme that Mayor Hancock is emphasizing throughout his administration.

I enjoyed meeting Mayor Hancock and wanted to share my picture of the two of us – - notice the RVB cap he’s wearing?!?

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RVB Goes to Boston!

RVB Goes to Boston!!

We’re excited to announce that Ralston Valley Beef was chosen by Denver Mayor Hancock to settle his bet with Boston Mayor Menino over the NFL playoff game between the Broncos and Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 14th.

To settle the bet, Hancock ordered one of RVB’s 40 lb. combination packages – which he called “some of Colorado’s finest homegrown beef.” The package also included a number our tenderloins the Mayor’s office renamed “Tebow Tenderloins.”

Hancock said he hopes that Boston’s mayor “shares this unbelievable dinner so people in Boston will know why Colorado’s beef is some of the best in the nation.”

While RVB was sorry to see the Broncos’ season end, we appreciated watching Tim Tebow lead the team to a great overall finish – and we’re really excited to introduce Boston to the best beef in Colorado.

While news of the bet has been circulating for almost week now, the actual payoff is just starting to hit the news:

Denver Business Journal

Denver Post

9News – KUSA Denver

The Denver Channel – 7 News – KMGH Denver

Fox 31 – KDVR – Denver

Check back soon for pictures from the Mayor’s office!!

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2011 Feast in the Field

Join us this weekend for the 2011 Feast in the Field – 11am-4pm, Sunday Sept 25th at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch.  Tickets are still available:  www.acfcoloradochefs.org

Chefs from around the state are paired up with Colorado food producers (representing a variety of Colorado grown/raised food) for a fun outdoor eating experience.  We’re excited and proud to partner with another family-owned company, Italco Food Products (www.italco.com).

Italco will be preparing a delicious menu including:

  • Fresh Hydroponic Lettuce Salads
  • Marinated Beef Skewers (RVB beef)
  • Seasoned Beef Sliders (RVB beef)
  • Marinated Chicken Wings
  • Coffee/Espresso
  • Cremespresso (frozen Espresso Drinks)

Proceeds from this year’s 2011 Feast in a Field will go to support the American Culinary Federation’s Chefs Move to School program.  This initiative provides for a partnership among Colorado schools, American Culinary Federation chef members and Colorado Proud. The chefs work with school districts and foodservice employees to provide tasty, nutritious, healthy meals working with local ranchers and growers. Chefs across the state are teaching young people and their parents about the advantage of incorporating healthy, local foods in their menus.

Feast in the Field Poster

Civic Green Park Map

The weather is supposed to be fantastic and the food will be outstanding!  If you attend,  be sure to stop and say hello!

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2011 National Chili Day

Chili.  There’s nothing like the taste of a bowl of warm chili.  Whether you like it spicy or mild, exotic or conventional, the explosion of flavor with every spoonful makes this truly Americanized dish exciting to eat.

Just the other day, I learned that Friday, Feb. 25th is National Chili Day…and since this is one of my all time favorite types of food, I am looking forward to celebrating it somehow!

It’s interesting to Google ‘National Chili Day.’  You’ll find a number of entries talking about local celebrations, food companies advertising their chili fixings, and more.  Try it and see what you find…there just may be something happening in your local area!  One of my brothers is a firefighter and I’ve heard that they’ve had some good competitions at the fire station.  I may need to pay them a visit on Friday…mmmm.

I’ve been trying to talk my wife out of her secret chili recipe so that we can post it within the Ralston Valley Beef recipe page, but I haven’t been able to talk her into it….yet.  Keep checking in once in a while – I hope to get it posted before too long.

But, I do have a chili recipe that can be made with five variations – each one of them with a distinctively different taste.  So, in celebration of National Chili Day, here is the Beef Chili Five Ways recipe.

Try it and leave comments on what you thought.  Better yet, have a chili recipe that you like?  Post a comment and tell how you like to make your chili!!

Happy Chili Day

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Grass Finished vs. Grain Finished Beef

One aspect of our business that we truly enjoy is talking to all the people interested in cattle and beef. Whether it be prospective customers or current customers, we love to visit with them and answer questions.

Lately, we’ve had a lot of people ask about the differences between grass and grain finished beef. While both types offer a healthy and nutritious source of protein, the biggest difference to the consumer will be found in the taste.

Here are two articles that not only do a great job explaining both types of beef, but do so in a neutral way (not promoting one over the other).  They should be helpful to most anyone with questions:

While RVB features grain finished beef throughout the whole year, we can also provide grass finished beef upon request – but only during the summer and early fall.

We hope you find these articles useful and informative. Leave us a comment or contact us by e-mail if you have more questions.

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