By Lori DeBoer, Co-Owner
If you want to ring in 2018 with fine food and libations—but without the reservations—make a visit to The French Twist Food Truck your first resolution of the new year.
My husband, Michael, will be posted with our food truck at Odd 13 Brewing, 301 East Simpson Street, in Lafayette, Colorado, from noon to 9 p.m. on both Saturday, December 30, and Sunday, December 31. The taproom will be open until midnight on New Year’s Eve but will be closed New Year’s Day.
“If you are waitlisted for reservations or tired of the overpriced, crowded norm, we’ve got you covered,” says Michael. “Everyone wants to do something cool and hip on New Year’s Eve, and there’s nothing cooler and hipper than a brewery and a food truck.”
I can guarantee the food will be outstanding. Michael is a Boulder native and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, in addition to doing his classical apprenticeship at The Flagstaff House in Boulder. He’s built our food truck into one of the top destinations for those in the know, with haute cuisine served at food truck prices. (One of the owners of Basta told me once that we should raise our prices, but we like being a “gateway” to fine dining.)
Our classical French menu, which includes Croque and Salmon Madame Sandwiches ($12), Salade Nicoise with Seared Tuna ($12), Escargot ($7) and Crème Brulee ($3.50), has gotten top reviews from regional and national food reviewers, including Zagat, Eater.com, 5280, Beer Connoisseur and The Boulder Weekly. The French Twist is the only food truck to be reviewed by Clay Fong of The Daily Camera and it received one of three four-star reviews given out in 2015 (no five-star reviews were given). That year, Fong named the Salade Lyonaisse with Duck Confit ($15) as one of the best dishes of Boulder County, which was very exciting to us.
Our family loves having our food truck at Odd 13, which is one of the top breweries in the state, if not the country, consistently winning awards at the Great American Beer Festival. It has 14 beers on tap right now, including the popular Codename: Holidayfan, a triple India Pale Ale brewed for the holiday season; Empress Anzu, a fruited India Pale Ale; Vincent Van Couch, an American session sour; Buzzin Cuzzin, a breakfast stout and two variations—bourbon barrel and vanilla coconut—of the Saint Newcole, an Imperial Stout.
Both Odd 13 and The French Twist offer a full gluten-free experience. (Our teenager and I both happen to be gluten free.)
The taproom provides a casual, almost Old World ambience with its dark wooden floor, wooden tables and brick walls. Its neighborhood pub feel is authentic because it’s located in a mixed-used established neighborhood of cute homes and small businesses in the middle of old town.
Michael says he enjoys serving fine food in a more casual, all-ages atmosphere, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. “If you want to avoid the hype and just have fun, with high-end quality food and beverages, come celebrate with The French Twist and Odd 13.”
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