Thistle and Mint: Denver's Personal Chef Experience by Jimena Peck

If you sit down for a meal and start to ponder the origin of its ingredients, it can become a convoluted web that is nearly impossible to untangle.

Fortunately, more and more people are becoming conscious of where their food comes from, and taking the time to understand native foods in their area. Thistle and Mind Food is a company dedicated to doing just that: They are a Rocky Mountain personal chef and catering service.


They host everything from secret dinners to weddings, all the while showcasing Colorado’s exquisite foraged foods. I was so excited when the young couple contacted me about this shoot. I knew bringing their personalised chef experience to life would be a special project.

Based in Denver, Jarod and Olivia, the chef couple cooks exclusively with Colorado-based ingredients.


Imagine hosting a private dinner party, with a menu item such as: Rocky mountain oyster pâté with buttermilk green chile, mustard greens and sumac on an oyster mushroom cracker! Their dishes and combinations completely blew me away. The level of creativity and care put into each item was unmistakable.

I am grateful for the intention behind Thistle and Mint. The more people interested in local farms, sustainable agriculture, and farm to table preparation, the better off our communities will be.

Thank you to the Thistle and Mint family for letting me capture your magic at work! I know it is hard working creating something so unique and eco-friendly. We have already taken more photos of their upcoming fall menu and rebranding.

The up-and-coming couple can be hard to track down. Their events tend to be exclusive, so stay tuned for the awesome new menu!