No MSG found in any of Loredana's ProductsNo GMO found in any of Loredana's Products

Loredana's Pesto began in 1993 at the Downtown Denver Farmers' Market. I borrowed some crates and an old door from the farmers and made a table. And I started selling pesto. I sold out in one hour.

I learned how to make pesto at my parent's first restaurant, Berthoud Falls Inn, in Berthoud Falls, Colorado. The chef was Gabrielle (Gabrielle's of Sedalia). My brother, Ivano, was the assistant chef, my two sisters bussed tables and I washed dishes.

I watched and I learned. When the kitchen needed extra help I would fill in. I worked in the kitchen from when I was 9 years old to 15 years old. At fifteen I began to bus tables until 1987, the year the restaurant burned down.

In 1988 my family opened Ristorante Al Lago in Dillon, Colorado. It was there when my brother asked me to pick up the basil at the Farmers' Market. The farmer asked me what I was going to do with all that basil and I told her that we use it for making pesto. She invited me to come to the Saturday Farmers' Market and sell pesto. Little did I know that I would be selling pesto at Farmers' Markets throughout Colorado, participating in 20 holiday shows a year and sending pesto all over the United States!

         Aida Mollenkamp as Taste Hunter for FoodCrafters
Aida Mollenkamp in the Loredana's kitchen with Basamic Vinaigrette and Marinated Cheese productsHost Aida Mollenkamp is on a mission: to discover and celebrate the absolute masters in independent food production around the USA. These are FoodCrafters, award-winning makers of gourmet cheeses, chocolates, bread and a thousand other delicacies. Rock stars in the foodie world, they're obsessed, compulsive entrepreneurs with a single focused passion: to create the ultimate flavors and tastes. Going behind the counter, Aida rolls up her sleeves and digs in, revealing both how these signature treats are made and what it took to bring them to the table. For anyone who ever cheered on the little guy, FoodCrafters is a behind-the-scenes look at how these food entrepreneurs turned the American Dream into a tasty one.

As seen on FoodCrafters

Loredana's was featured in the December 2007  issue of 5280 magazine


(Loredana is pronounced - Laura donna)