Fort Collins’ FoCo Café’ is best known for its “pay it forward” lunch spot but is also a wonderful example of the City’s adaptive reuse of its industrial past.
At FoCo Cafe, we consider Valentine’s Day as “Friends Day.” Our goal is to make sure that everyone has a place to be where they feel welcomed, accepted, supported and loved. This Valentine’s Celebration was a wonderful day and we shared 82 meals with friends!
On this special day we offered other fun activities:
- A card making station
- Mad libs for kids
- Photo booth
- Free gifts that one could take for themselves or share with others: tea candles, fortune cookie cards and decorated cards.
On the eve of the celebration, interns decorated the entire block outside of the Cafe with chalk art. The chalk ranged from red shaped hearts to inspiring quotes to 3D chalk art. We wanted the block to feel inviting and uplifting. Several City of Fort Collins staff members stopped to tell us that they loved the chalk art and that it made their walk to work a happy one. We saw photos from the sidewalk on Instagram accounts of people dropping in for lunch or just walking by. Guests will “Walk through Kindness” to get to the Cafe until snow or rain returns, and we hope for much longer than that.
Every human being is worthy and important. We seek to make sure that they feel this and know this.
The Lyric Cinema Cafe will host a food-themed short film festival on Thursday.
The 300 E. Mountain Ave. theater will showcase nine films that feature different food and agriculture topics. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person at the door. [Read More]
By working to eliminate food waste, FoCo Cafe has been able to focus on nourishing the community from the ground up – literally, thanks to our trusty worm compost bucket.
During November, the youths from the New Thought Northern Colorado Center for Spiritual Living in Loveland have placed a Free Pantry at the FoCo Cafe. [Read More]
The City of Fort Collins Human Relations Commission has announced the recipients of the 2016 Human Relations Award who will be honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, December 6. [Read More]
Make a contribution to FoCo Cafe of just $10 or more through Colorado Gives Day and join the fun with great beer, music, food, and community while raising the funds to pay for the Cafe’s 2017 rent payments!
Preschedule your gift, make your donation on December 6, or donate at the door. Just present your receipt at the door at Odell Brewing Company and join our family-friendly celebration!
What’s in store for each donor who attends?
- One beer token (must be 21 or older)
- Live music from Whippoorwill
- Complimentary Food (pizzas from Papa Murphy’s and Slyce Pizza, plus pizza and garlic knots from The Garlic Knot New York Pizza & Pasta, and more!)
- Complimentary Starbucks beverages
- Silent auction – amazing prizes donated by businesses across the community! Click here for a preview of just a few auction items.
- A great evening at the brewery with other FoCo Cafe supporters
We have space for 200 guests. Join us for a great evening and help us raise the funds to pay the Cafe’s rent in the coming year! FoCo Cafe has served more than 46,000 lunches – join us to celebrate many more meals in 2017!