The Background, The Girl:
I love food. Also, I’m Italian. My family and I are dual-citizens of Italy. Eating food is passion. It is life.
I was raised with the notion that food is to be shared in large groups with family and friends, laughter, wide arms, many chairs around the table and the food endlessly goes on. No one ever left my house hungry.
I believe that over food we connect, find common ground, share, laugh and love. It binds us together.
My parents are consciously healthy and infused, “You are what you eat,” to me while I was also raised vegetarian. My mother and grandfather have always gardened and brought fresh food to the table from their backyard. I never have owned a microwave and by age 10 I knew what high fructose corn-syrup and genetically modified food meant.
I look for farm-fresh and local to sustain the economy and my palate.
As a Boulder, Colorado based food blogger I am lucky to have so many delicious, local options.
Elsewhere – Location – Blogging – Work:
I live in Boulder, Colorado and work in the blogging, online media and startup world. I currently am the Director of Customer Success and Accounts at Kapost, a content marketing software.
Since 2008, I have been blogging over at my personal blog, Small Hands, Big Ideas. You can find me tweeting @gracekboyle and for everything food: @gracefullplate. I love blogging and food, so in late 2011 I married the two and Grace(full) Plate was born. You can read my introduction post that I wrote here.
Boulder, Colorado Accolades: Bon Appetit’s Foodiest Small City 2010 and as Raymond Sokolov wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal, “(Boulder is) the best small city for great meals we know of in this country.” Boulder has more Master Sommelier’s per capita than any other city, including New York City and San Francisco. With 100 Master Som’s in North America, 10 are in Colorado!
Although I don’t focus exclusively on the Boulder and Colorado food scene, I pay homage and very often write about Boulder’s foodie scene and culture, that I love so much. You can find Colorado-at-large food posts here. You can find my Grace(full) Plate dining guide here.
A little note about the type of content I create here: It’s really a mixture and whatever I’m inspired to share or write about. You can find recipes, restaurants, food events, food news and more. Please note – I rarely, if ever, cover news events as I like to have personally experienced everything I write about which includes the stories I uncover or the photography I take. Food related news, announcements and press releases do have a great place and that usually goes to my writing coverage Eater Denver and/or for smaller news tid-bits Boulder Food News. See descriptions below for more detail.
Involved In Food:
I run the Facebook page, Boulder Food News. I can’t share or write about every food news item in the Boulder area on the blog, so this is a place for the all food news, meetups and festivals in Boulder, Colorado. Visit and/or like the page and learn more about how to submit your event.
I’m a co-organizer and founder of Boulder Food Media, a Meetup group that encompasses Boulder-specific (and surrounding immediate ‘burbs) of food bloggers, food photographers and food writers. If you are one of those, please join! We have great gatherings and take the offline, to online over food.
Finally, I’m the Boulder contributing writer for Eater Denver. I stay busy and I stay busy in food!
Here’s what I will do at Grace(Full)Plate. I want to cover it all, what my passion already is: favorite restaurants, dishes, recipes, interviews with cooks, food authors all while infusing my love for travel and foodie love.
I’m not a food critic. I do not have a background in the culinary arts. I simply love to cook and I’m not claiming to be the best cook you will ever meet, but I love food.
My passion is my accolades, my heritage is my resume and my adoration and respect for food is why I’m here, doing this.
What’s In A Name?
In a moment of inspiration after a deliciously foodie-inspired trip to Taos, New Mexico the man and I (as he’s referred to in posts) toyed with my given name and my love of having a full belly from delicious food–>Grace(full) Plate.
All photos on this blog are copyright of Grace Boyle and taken by me (unless otherwise noted). I use a Nikon D3100 and occasionally, my trusty iPhone. Please ask for permission before specific use and distribution and always provide copyright, citation back to the photo. It’s just not nice to steal. If you’re interested in reusing the photos commercially or for your own distribution, please contact me for purchase rates.
This labor of love was designed and built by Andrew Norcross. Recommended, gold stars, the whole bit. Grace(full) Plate is even featured on the Thesis homepage showcase as a Killer Customization.