We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie & Andrea Dietrich & Foro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie & Andrea, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Carrie – Raised on a farm in Iowa, it was second nature to eat off of the land. It was an easy segway into becoming a personal chef for clients who desire whole foods. My family and small community values hard work, so the drive to succeed has been a constant in my life Andrea – Grew up in snowy Duluth, Minnesota. Similar to Colorado, life was teeming with outdoor activities like camping, canoeing and x-country skiing. This environment requires simple nutritious meals on-the-go. Creating quick and healthy recipes turned out to be the impetus that brought me to co-create Mod Nosh!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mod Nosh is a gluten-free and healthy meal delivery company in Boulder County, focusing on vegan and Keto lifestyles. Andrea and Carrie have talked about starting a business in the past and decided when Covid hit, this was a good time to get the ball rolling. Andrea and Carrie have each spent the past decade personal cheffing for individuals and families with varying dietary needs. Knowing not everyone can afford a personal chef, they created Mod Nosh to provide the Boulder County Area with rotating monthly menus featuring nourishing soups, comforting casseroles and indulgent desserts for both plant-based and low-carb eating styles. Orders for Mod Nosh can be made through the website and will be delivered on Thursdays. All products are prepped in a certified gluten-free kitchen. For more information about Mod Nosh, please visit Modnoshco.com. Starting a business is never easy, but always knowing we would figure it out was the mantra we’ve had to keep repeating to ourselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Carrie – As far as food goes, I would take them to Linger in Denver. It’s such a cool vibe with interesting and delicious food. A couple of breweries would also be on the list. A hike on Fowler in the Eldorado Canyon State Park is a perfect start for someone getting use to the elevation, with a stop in Boulder after for some Pearl Street action. A trip to the mountains with a hot springs stop would be next on the list. My favorite is the springs at the Avalanche Ranch near Carbondale. A day trip from there up to Aspen is always fun and gorgeous. Andrea – We would kick things off at the Rayback Collective in Boulder where we could chill outside, catch-up and enjoy the variety of food trucks, beers and games. Now, for the rest of the week, if it is winter, we would spend a day at Brainard Lake for some snowshoeing or x-country skiing and if it is summer, Carter Lake for a few nights of camping. You can take the girl away from those 10,000 lakes (MN) but you can’t take the lakes from the girl. #lakelife Later in the week, we would take a scenic drive in the mountains and probably end up in Steamboat for a soak at Strawberry Hot Springs. If we have the time, we’d stay in Strawberries’ rustic cabins, train caboose or covered wagon. Such a unique spot! Before the trip is over we would end up back in Boulder for brunch at Snooze and an afternoon exploring the breweries in Longmont.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Carrie – The School of Natural Cookery in Boulder is the culinary school I chose to attend. Not only did I perfect my culinary skills, but they taught me efficiency, which is a vital part of this craft. I would also give a shout out to my mom. She is a great cook, and I grew up watching and helping her in the kitchen. She also has been my biggest cheerleader. Andrea – That one is easy, I have to give a BIG shout-out to my best friend back in Duluth, Anni Friesen. Many years ago, she and I started, Cook Club. We would plan and host a monthly gathering of friends and neighbors cooking elaborate meals together and sharing the table with lots & LOTS of wine. Cook Club was the catalyst for realizing I wanted to be a chef. Within a year of starting Cook Club, I had enrolled in Bauman College – Boulder. Bauman’s Holistic Chef Program is where I honed my nutrition knowledge and kitchen prowess.