Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival
Last weekend Andrew I went to Dallas for Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival. My nice friends at Annie’s Homegrown provided me with two VIP passes to attend the event. It was a day of delish food, new music and creative ideas.
After driving four hours to get to Dallas, we were ready to eat some food! If you’ve followed my instagram for at least a week you know my love for Chipotle. I love how Chipotle is making the fast food experience something healthy and delicious.
At the festival, Chipotle offered a bunch of new food. The choices included: pork belly or barbacoa gorditas, chicken or tofu sofritas tacos, grilled steak kale salad, and meatball or tofu rice bowl.
Shophouse Kitchen is a new concept from Chipotle. Or at least new to me. Right now they have stores in California, Washington D.C and Maryland. Has anyone been to one of these restaurants? Looked good. Next time I’m in California I’ll have to stop by one.
So many delicious things to choose from. Andrew ended up going with the pork belly gordita. I stole a bite. I wasn’t too crazy about the flat bread, but the pineapple and other toppings were definitely tasty.
I got the kale salad with grilled steak. The kale I buy at the grocery store is pretty tough, which makes it hard for me to enjoy unless it’s baked or sauteed. The kale in this salad was baby kale and was so tender and delicious. Plus, the corn salsa and dressing on the salad was to die for. The tortilla chips on the top didn’t hurt either. And I’m not much of a steak eater, but I did like this steak. I hope this salad makes it into Chipotle stores!
The rest of the afternoon we spent walking through the food-focused interactive displays. My favorite display of the day compared processed fast food to Chipotle’s fresh, fast food. The ingredients from both were displayed for a really powerful visual.
The only product Chipotle currently has that contains GMO’s is their corn tortilla. About 90% of the corn produced in the United States contains GMOs, so it’s difficult to make non-GMO corn tortillas.
At the end of the display you used a ping pong ball to cast you vote on your position on GMOs. The balls got sucked up through a vacuum and landed in the category you voted for. I’m most concerned with “inconclusive data on GMO safety”.
After that we headed to the VIP area for some IZZE cocktails! I got the IZZE Madres, which had IZZE Sparkling Clementine, Vodka and Cranberry Juice. Andrew went with the IZZE Shandy, made with IZZE Sparkling Clementine, Vodka and a lime wedge garnish. I stole Andrew’s lime wedge for this picture.
About 30 minutes later I came across a mango mojito popsicle from Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles. It was so good. I don’t really like fresh mint so I was worried the mojito flavor was going to be overwhelming for me, but it was a perfect balance.
We checked out some of the goodies in the tent before heading home for the day. There were a bunch of samples including cookies from Wackym’s Kitchen, a variety of Annie’s products, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola from Sweet Nana’a Granola, and Bare Fruit Chips.