Chipotle will alway have special memories for me. In 1993, my husband and I moved to the Denver area from Orange County, CA. Having been born and raised in Southern California, I ate a lot of Mexican food and I mean a lot. My love for this cuisine may also be due to the fact that I was born on Cinco de Mayo. We were very desperate to find good Mexican food in our new hometown. One day, Rich took me to this restaurant near the University of Denver, it was called Chipotle. We both had the burritos and we were hooked! This was the original Chipotle founded by Steve Ells in 1993!
I am so impressed with their website that I want to share a portion of it with you. What is “Food with Integrity?” “Food with integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers. It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value. It means that we support and sustain family farmers who respect the land and the animals in their care. It means that whenever possible we use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. And it means that we source organic and local produce when practical. And that we use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones.”
We need more places like Chipotle who are committed in serving quality food, while respecting the environment, the farmers and the animals. To learn more about Steve Ells and the restaurants, please visit their website: http://www.chipotle.com/enus/chipotle_story/steves_story/steves_story.aspx