Fall foods not to miss in Summit County, CO | SummitDaily.com

Fall foods not to miss in Summit County, CO

Christina Holbrook

Autumn is here in Summit County. The peaks are glowing with soft shades of red, deep green and gold. The air is crisp and invigorating. It's the perfect weather for long hikes or bike rides through the mountains – and for working up an appetite for something delicious to eat or drink.

Here are six not-to-miss fall taste treats to savor that will add even more enjoyment to this beautiful season.

(NOTE: Enjoy autumn's bounty to the fullest by purchasing the Breckenridge Dining Passport, good in many restaurants in Breckenridge from September 28 – November 19).

PUMPKIN & SEASONAL PIES

Some people like to start their day with a cup of coffee and a slice of pie – and why not? Now that October is here, better make that a slice of creamy pumpkin pie, baked fresh, and served up at BUTTERHORN BAKERY in Frisco. Also available at lunchtime and any other time of day! You can special order your favorite seasonal pie from BUN IN THE OVEN BAKERY, also in Frisco: Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie (dairy-free, egg-free, vegan) and Chocolate Chunk Pecan (dairy-free, almond-free).

Butterhorn Bakery is located on 408 Main Street in Frisco.

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Bun-in-the-Oven Bakery is also located in Frisco; call 970-485-5342 to place orders.

HEARTY SOUPS

SOUPZ ON in Breckenridge serves homemade soups and crusty, whole-grain breads. During the fall season, try the Pumpkin Soup with Granny Smith Apple and spiked with Breckenridge Bourbon. Feeling a little more daring (or hungry)? Try the seasonal Elk Stroganoff: elk meat (farm-raised) braised in a mushroom bordelaise sauce and finished with a dollop of rich sour cream.

Located in City Market Center, 422 North Park Avenue in Breckenridge.

SEASONAL BREWS

Autumn is just another opportunity for Summit County's creative brew masters to dream up more flavorful brews. Here are just a few of the local autumn offerings: Try the traditional taste of the season with Pumpkin Pie Stout at BROKEN COMPASS, while the Dark and Stormy made with cherries, spruce tips and honey is "Like Fall in a Glass." ESB (Extra Special Bitter) is the current special on tap at PUG RYAN'S. THE BAKER'S BREWERY will have a Fall Saison "the color of changing leaves" and an "Ichabod" Pumpkin Ale coming for Halloween. At the BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY, The Chili Autumn Ale is the fall favorite, with more creative brews in the works.

Broken Compass, located at 68 Continental Court, Breckenridge.

Pug Ryan's, located at 104 Village Place in Dillon.

The Baker's Brewery, located at 531 Silverthorne Lane in Silverthorne.

Breckenridge Brewery located at 600 South Main Street.

MAPLE SYRUP

Offered in limited quantities, maple syrup — aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels — is a mouth-watering fall treat. The sweet maple syrup has a hint of smoky bourbon, making it as scrumptious in fall cocktails as it is on pancakes and waffles! The syrup can be purchased at the BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY TASTING ROOM or sampled in cocktails at the BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY. Located at 137 South Main Street (Tasting Room) and 1925 Airport Road (Distillery)

SQUASH & PUMPKIN RAVIOLI

In northern Italy, pumpkin and squash have long been used as an autumnal taste treat in tortellini and ravioli. See how the Summit County version stands up by sampling Butternut Squash Ravioli at GIAMPIETRO'S PIZZERIA, tossed with butter and crispy sage leaves. Or RELISH'S whimsical Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream, served as a tasty appetizer. Giam's is located on 100 North Main Street in Breckenridge. Relish is at 137 South Main Street in Breckenridge.

SAVORY SEASONINGS

OLIVE FUSION in Breckenridge stocks only the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oils, specialty Oils and Vinegars. Try their Roasted Pumpkin Seed oil for a smoky flavor that will enhance salads, soups and vegetables. The nutty taste of Butternut Squash Seed oil is goes well with roasted vegetables, meat or fish. Truffles, which are traditionally harvested in the fall, lend their earthy taste to infused oils and salts prepared by Olive Fusion. These seasonings are delicious on virtually anything – from potatoes and fries, to meat, fish or even scrambled eggs!