Local Culinary Treasure!
In 2015, the co-proprietors of 24 Carrot Bistro decided they wanted to share their passion for food with the residents of Erie. But something unexpected happened. The restaurant’s reputation grew and awards starting piling up for its amazing farm-to-table cuisine.
Now people travel from Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Boulder – even as far away as Centennial – to sample the delectable menu at this culinary treasure.
General Manager Bianca Retzloff’s food pedigree is indisputable; her family’s 10-acre Longmont farm was the genesis of Alfalfa’s Markets. And, she has a degree in Culinary Arts and a fondness for simple, organic, clean ingredients.
Bianca’s partner, Executive Chef Kevin Kidd, responded to his epicurean calling at age 14
and his storied, cross-country career – from the Eastern seaboard to San Francisco – eventually brought him to Colorado.
Living the Dream
A few years back, Kevin took a break from the restaurant business to help Bianca launch the prepared foods department at Alfalfa’s. Together they dreamed about owning their own restaurant, but weren’t making any concrete plans.
“I’ve always kept my eye on the market,” Bianca says, “and when I saw an ad on Craig’s List for this restaurant space with the beautiful bar I thought, ‘Wow! What’s the catch?’”
“It was five minutes from our house so we had to go look at it,” she continues. “And when we pulled up in front, Kevin said, ‘This is it.’”
“It was just meant to be,” Bianca says. “Everything just blossomed right in front of us.”
Aiming for Happy
“I love food and I love to eat. And if I leave a restaurant unsatisfied I’m miserable,” she says. “So, the biggest thing for me about owning our own restaurant is to make people happy through our food, our service and the overall experience.”
“I think what Kevin loves about 24 Carrot is that he gets to do, whatever he wants,” Bianca says.
“The best restaurants are always chef-owned,” she says. “You can see the love and feel the passion. And that’s Kevin. He puts every bit of his soul into every dish that goes out.”
Growing up outside of Boston, Kevin comes from a long line of lobstermen and fishermen and has an affection for seafood. That’s why 24 Carrot has a fresh selection of seafood flown in six days a week – crab, shrimp, scallops, tuna – even bronzini, a sea bass that tastes somewhat like red snapper.
“People come here especially for the seafood, and for how Kevin prepares it.”
24 Carrot Bistro doesn’t do much advertising — they haven’t had to. The restaurant has grown a loyal clientele almost exclusively through word of mouth.
“Some of our customers come in three to four times a week. We’re almost a Cheers – we know everybody by name,” she says.
“We’ve done so much better than we ever expected and it’s because of the community. Everyone’s been so welcoming to us. And when the community stands behind you and wants you to succeed, what could be better than that?!”
We asked Bianca about the best sellers at 24 Carrot Bistro and not surprisingly she mentioned seafood.
“Our calamari is a definite must-try – people say it’s some of the best they’ve ever had. They’ll say, ‘And I’m a calamari snob!’”
Another insider tip from Bianca is Chef Kevin’s Crispy Duck Confit.
“Kevin is well known for how he utilizes duck,” Bianca says. “We like to joke that the duck is Kevin’s spirit animal – he uses the whole entire bird – from the duck wings to the duck liver pâté.”
Bianca and Kevin would like nothing more than to create an outstanding, memorable food experience for you. 24 Carrot Bistro is open for lunch, brunch on weekends, and dinner. While reservations aren’t required, they are recommended…and don’t forget to try the calamari!
24 Carrot Bistro, 578 Briggs St., Erie
Minutes from Colliers Hill
Fine dining is minutes away from the master-planned community of Colliers Hill in Erie. If you don’t live here yet, check out the historic town, then drive through the neighborhoods and tour the models from Shea Homes and Richmond American Homes. You’ll find a brand-new ranch or two-story design that’s just right for you, priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.