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    John Platt of Riffs Urban Fare

    John Platt of Riffs Urban FareChef/proprietor John Platt is a respected leader in the Boulder restaurant world, a teacher to aspiring culinarians and a mentor to numerous alumni of his past restaurants.

    Chef Platt’s most recent endeavor is Riffs, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown on Boulder’s Pearl Street. During his time off, John likes to fly fish and tend to his organic garden.


    My Perfect Day in Boulder: 
    • Evening prior to the big day: Go to McGuckin Hardware to get flies for fishing. (Even if I don’t need flies, they invariably have something I need!)
    • Next morning: Up early, coffee, demolish the day’s sudoku, garden perusal, pick lettuce for dinner and a quick bike ride to The Village Coffee Shop for a great green chile breakfast burrito.
    • Drive the beautiful, 40-minute drive to the Big Thompson River for a day of matching wits and reflexes with wily rainbows and browns. Have a riverside home-made lunch of ham and Haystack Mountain chevre on that killer olive bread from Breadworks, Boulder Sea Salt and Vinegar chips, a perfect Colorado peach, a Lefthand Sawtooth Ale and some of my wife Sabrina’s chocolate chip cookies.
    • Cruise home (basking in the memory of conquering “Old Fighter” yet again), make sure the garden is still growing, pick sun-warmed tomatoes for dinner, grill up a steak and spend the best part of the Boulder day enjoying dinner with my beautiful wife on the deck. (Another one of those Lefthand brews always seems to sneak in here somehow.)
    • Or, an official work-related happy hour visit to Riffs for an adult beverage and snacks (gotta have brussels sprouts and a grilled avocado), followed by dinner at Café Aion or pizza at Basta