- a reversion to an earlier ancestral characteristic.
- a person or thing having the characteristics of a former time.
- a Community Supported Kitchen in Boulder, CO
At Throwback Kitchen, we harken back to the olden days of wholesome, deeply nourishing food. We offer nutrient dense, globally-inspired prepared dishes made with ancestral techniques and featuring local ingredients.
How it Works
Sign up to get the menu emailed to you every week.
You will receive an email every Friday afternoon announcing the new menu with a link to our online store.
Order online by Tuesday night.
Last order accepted 11:59pm Tuesday. In our store, you can order items a la carte or choose to be a weekly subscriber.
Your food is ready by 5pm Thursday!
Select pickup or delivery at checkout. Delivery costs $5 (available within Boulder city limits only) and is free for orders over $50.
More questions? Scroll down to read more about us and to view our FAQ section.
A Community Supported Kitchen
Throwback Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative pioneering a new kind of community supported business.
We create wholesome, nutrient dense prepared food for members of our community. We are rooted in our relationships with the local farmers, ranchers, and food producers who provide our ingredients.
What is a Community Supported Kitchen?
A Community Supported Kitchen (CSK) is a new idea to connect farmers and eaters. Much like with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm-share produce box, customers subscribe to our prepared-meal service and in return receive weekly shares of ready-to-go, made-from-scratch meals. We also offer a no-commitment ala carte menu for folks who want to choose what they want each week. We don’t stop at making delicious fresh meals; we are dedicated to using traditional, labor- and time-intensive techniques that result in nutrient-dense, healing foods. It’s the way most of our great-grandparents ate, and it is still the food our bodies are best able to digest and utilize.
We are inspired by our sister CSKs around the country, including our pioneering grandmother CSK, Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley, CA. We rest on the shoulders of food pioneers Weston A. Price, Sally Fallon, Sandor Katz, and Jessica Prentice.
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Nutrient Dense Healing Food
We believe in using:
- organic local produce
- traditional fats
- “activated” or soaked and sprouted whole grains and legumes
- traditionally fermented and pickled foods
- slow-cooked stocks and broths, including mineral-rich bone broths
- products from humanely treated, grass-fed and pasture-raised local animals
- natural whole-food sweeteners
- stainless steel, glass or cast iron cookware
- reverse osmosis filtered water and Colorado spring water
When we cannot find an ingredient locally (within roughly 250 miles of Boulder) we source first from small U.S. producers and artisans. When ingredients come from farther afield (such as certain spices and coconut products, for example) we choose organic, fair-trade certified ingredients.
Inspired by the food preparation practices of traditional cultures, we take care to use techniques that enhance digestibility and nutrient availability.
We are also committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our ingredients through mindful ingredient sourcing. We buy in bulk directly from producers whenever possible. All of our food is packaged in ecologically friendly, reusable containers, like glass mason jars and compostable or recyclable containers. Our labels are also fully compostable.
Meet the Hands that Feed You:
Thea (“tay-yuh”) is a healer, visual artist, writer and passionate community builder. She holds a master of science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is trained as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and holistic nutritionist; she has additional training in Mayan Abdominal Massage, Holistic Pelvic Care™ and as a birth doula.
Thea loves to create gatherings around food and especially enjoys experimenting with new recipes from around the world and traditional methods of food preparation. She believes that food is our best medicine. Thea lives with her husband Ian in an intentional community house in Boulder.
Katia is a multicultural community builder and an amateur medicine maker. She has a BA in Contemplative Psychology of Health and Healing from Naropa University and has worked as a devoted End of Life Caregiver.
Her experience of living on and tending to an abundant farmland in Hawaii taught her that there is nothing more nourishing than deep and fearless friendships and foods that have been grown and processed with integrity and generosity.
Throwback reminds Katia of how much wisdom is stored in her body, and how much more there is to be revealed. In this project she sees an amazing opportunity to slow down, deepen relationships and get curious.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I give the gift of Throwback Kitchen’s healing and healthful meals? Can I have the food delivered to someone else?
A: Definitely! This is the perfect gift for new parents, those dealing with illness, loss, or someone experiencing a busy period or transition and anyone you love! We offer virtual gift cards in any amount in our shop that you can email to someone. You can also choose to order food and have it delivered directly to any address in Boulder, thereby sending food to someone. You just need to make sure they will be home to receive their food during the two-hour delivery window you choose or have them leave a cooler on the porch stocked with frozen ice packs.
Q: Do you offer home delivery? How about a pick-up site?
A: Yes! We offer delivery to any address inside Boulder city limits and are working on adding more locations in the future, so be sure to drop us a line and let us know if you are interested in delivery outside Boulder. For home/office delivery in Boulder, at check-out you will be prompted to pick a two hour window during which you will be home to receive the food or you can leave a cooler with ice packs waiting on your front porch and we will drop off the food. Home delivery by our 100% electric and hybrid-electric vehicle fleet is currently offered between 5-7pm on Thursdays and 7am-noon on Fridays and costs $5.
If you would prefer, you can choose to pick-up your food at our convenient pick-up site: The Dailey Method (1810 30th St, Boulder) from 5:15-6:45pm on Thursdays and 830am-11:45am on Fridays and Saturdays. Just select “pick-up” at checkout.
Perhaps you would like to form a group that takes turns picking up group orders and delivering to another nearby town? Contact us to set this up!
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: If there is something wrong with anything you buy from us, we will either exchange the item or issue you a refund. Please contact us right away.
Q: What if I order something from you but then don’t like it?
A: We are unable to offer refunds for products that you simply don’t like. Please contact us with any constructive criticism so that we may continue to improve our recipes and systems. We take all feedback seriously!
Q: Can you accommodate special diets?
A: Currently, we offer food that caters to several special healing and therapeutic diets (click here for the full list of the tags we use on our menu) as well as vegetarians, and those avoiding gluten and dairy. Our certified commercial kitchen is a shared space where best practices are followed, but cross contamination is possible. We make our food in large batches each week so we are not able to accommodate individual requests or restrictions. However, we are interested in customer feedback and would love to hear your ideas, questions and requests. If enough people are interested in a specific kind of offering we will consider adding it to our menu.
Q: How spicy is your food? My kids/partner/self detests spicy food.
A: We hear you! We try to keep our dishes mild and family-friendly. Many of our dishes are based on traditional recipes from around the world where the cuisine is often much spicier, but we adapt these dishes to work for milder palates. If you like, you can always make our food spicier at home with some cayenne or hot sauce. When a dish has some spiciness to it we will list that in the description.
Q: I see that you charge a glass jar deposit for each item that is served in a reusable jar. Is this fee refundable and how does that work? Yes, our jar deposit fees are fully refundable provided you return the glass jars in perfect condition. We will pick up your empty clean jars when we deliver your food. We tally up these returns up on Fridays and issue store credit via email. You will be given credit equal to the number of jars you returned the previous week to spend in our store. No deposit is charged on our compostable and recyclable containers.
Q: Can I donate my own jars for jar credit?
A: If you would like to return your own glass jars for credit (as opposed to returning ours) we are currently accepting clean, wide mouth, freezer-safe 24 ounce or 16 ounce glass Mason, Kerr or Ball jars in perfect condition.
Q: Should I wash the glass jars before I return them?
A: Yes, please! We sterilize the jars, but we expect customers to thoroughly wash them before returning to us.
Q: Should I return the lids and rings, and put them back on the jars?
A: Yes please! Please clean and dry the lids and rings before you put them back on. If a ring is damaged or rusty, you can recycle it. We will sanitize and reuse any rings and lids in good condition. If a jar is chipped, cracked, broken or damaged in any way it cannot be reused. Only fully-intact, reusable jars can be returned. Thank you!