Business: Taste of Palisade

Owner: Ashley McGee

What does Taste of Palisade do?

Taste of Palisade creates charcuterie boards using locally sourced, seasonal products from businesses in the Palisade, CO area.

What inspired you to start this business?

It’s a way to connect and support local businesses while encouraging tourists and visitors as well.

Over the past year, I’ve noticed small businesses struggle during Covid and a few of my favorite ones have just completely given up. After doing some real soul searching about what I can offer to this unique community, while supporting small businesses, I created “Taste of Palisade.”

​I want a way to support all the boutique stores downtown, local farmers, and surrounding small businesses. Most of the ingredients used on each board will come from local businesses in the area. Each business will be recognized with a list of products used and how you can purchase them.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have lived in Colorado for 22 years and always loved all forms of entertaining. I have had a career in Event Production and Sales & Marketing for 17 years. Being a southern girl from Alabama, hospitality is in my nature. Creating pieces of art as conversation starters is what led me to the world of charcuterie platters. I believe food brings people together and helping people connect again feels very important right now.

Describe a typical day for you.

Meditation. Hike or yoga. Answer emails and work. Early dinner. Bed and book.

What brought you to the Business Incubator Commercial Kitchen Program?

Business guidance and commercial kitchen space

How can people get in touch with you?


Instagram: @tasteofpalisade

About the Commercial Kitchen Program

Since 2002, the Business Incubator Center’s Commercial Kitchen Program has assisted more than 100 culinary professionals realize their dream. By providing a low-cost, full-service kitchen space, we eliminate the need for small businesses to take on the debt of purchasing expensive equipment or signing a long-term lease. Instead, culinary entrepreneurs can focus on building a sustainable and profitable business.

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