Our Book

  • Pre-Order This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness

    Jen and Blake have been hard at work putting together a new cookbook! This Immeasurable Place, co-written with award winner author Lavinia Spalding and featuring images by world-famous photographer Ace Kvale, will include sixty new recipes, a zillion gorgeous images of Boulder, Utah and our glorious farm, plus more stories, history, and insight into the magic of Hell's Backbone Grill and the unique town we call home. We also have a lot to tell you about clean food, good dirt, and food justice in both the quiet little valley and the larger world. All pre-orders will be mailed to your door as soon as they arrice from the printer, personally inscribed to your specifications and signed by Jen and Blake.

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Opening for the season on March 17, 2017

Come Visit Our Amazing Acreage!

We have our own farm! Not an herb garden, a farm! With a tractor and goats and everything!

At Hell's Backbone Grill, we serve food and drink that reflect our deep commitment to sustainability and intention to be of benefit in the world. Our ingredients are simple and honest: sustainably grown vegetables, herbs and flowers from the restaurant's own no-harm organic farm, and Boulder-raised grass-fed and -finished local lamb and beef. We lovingly tend over 75 heirloom fruit trees and 130 heritage-breed laying hens who provide the eggs for the breakfast plates.

Hell’s Backbone Grill’s organic farm is located three miles south of the restaurant in Lower Boulder. Our skilled team of farmers, WWOOFers and volunteers work to supply our kitchen with as many varieties of heirloom vegetables, greens and herbs as possible during our growing season. Our awesome cook team works diligently to capture and preserve the bounty of the fields. We freeze, dry and can every last morsel!

The farm is worked organically, employing principles of sustainability and Buddhist values of right livelihood. We use no chemicals, all weeding is done by hand (or by our two rescue goats), and we rely on companion planting and relocation to deter pests. Between our six acres, our hoophouse and the straw-bale greenhouse, we grow over 22,000 pounds of produce a year!

Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner.

From mid-March through the end of November, we are open 7 days a week for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please call 435-335-7464 or email to make reservations while you are in Boulder. Reservations are not required for groups of 7 or less at breakfast and lunch.

Now accepting reservations for our 2017 bounteous, beautiful, and delicious Hell's Backbone Grill Thanksgiving Feast.

Happenings & News

Fourth of July Parade and Talent Show!

We might be biased, but we think that Boulder's 4th of July celebration is the best in the country. So join us! There is no shortage of festivities here in Boulder.

July 3rd: The town of Boulder will hold a parade, BBQ, and dance in our beautiful town park. This is open to everyone and is not to be missed!

July 4th: Every year, Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm and the Boulder Mountain Lodge put together an ice cream social and talent show, and it is our favorite event of the year! Both locals and travelers alike show off their talents - from singing to hula-hooping to story-telling and everything in between. All are welcome and encouraged to take to the stage!

The Monks Return to Boulder!

The Drepung Loseling Monks

Boulder Mountain Lodge and Hell’s Backbone Grill are co-hosting these incredible monks as they teach, perform, play and inspire! Please join us! Being with the monks is fun, uplifting and joyous! There will be many opportunities to spend time with them and events to attend.

The Tibetan Monks will be creating a Sand Mandala this year. You are encouraged to visit multiple times during the week to see the progress ($15 suggested donation).

Daily Meditation Prayers or Puja Practice at the Boulder Mountain Lodge lawn in Boulder, Utah. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no fee for the sessions, but a donation is appreciated. Please note: as grass may be damp, bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit in. ($15 suggested donation).

In addition, the Monks are available for a puja (blessing) for your well-being, home or business.
 For any questions regarding the monks stay or to request a special blessing, please contact Oyuki Cortez at Hell’s Backbone Grill (435) 335-7464 or hbg@hellsbackbonegrill.com.

By reservations only, enjoy a lovely lunch with the monks. Seats are offered at $10 per person. Please call to reserve your seat.

The Monks are on tour to help their monastery raise funds to educate, feed, house and care for about 3,000 exiled Tibetan Monks. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the scheduled events. There is no fee, but a $15 donation is greatly appreciated for each event. We are deeply honored to host the Monks and hope you will take advantage of their time here in Boulder, Utah to visit them.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The monks will arrive in Boulder in the afternoon and we'll be hosting a welcome reception for them. We'll serve butter tea and desi (the traditional auspicious saffron and goji berry sweet rice).
 Blake Spalding, co-owner of the Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm will provide offering scarves for anyone who wants one. All are invited to attend! Time to be determined.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Mandala Sand Painting Opening Ceremony from 10 AM to 6 PM in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Friday, July 21, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Mandala Sand Painting (10 AM to 5 PM) in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Puja, Lecture on Boulder Mountain Lodge lawn 4PM

Mandala Sand Painting (10 AM to 5 PM) in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Mandala Sand Painting (10 AM to 5 PM) in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Closing Ceremony and Dispersal of Sand @ 6 PM

Monday, July 24, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Departing after breakfast, final blessings, offering scarves, time to be determined.

Gift Certificates are for Sale at our Country Store!

Treat your favorite people to the farm-to-table goodness that is a scrumptious meal at Hell's Backbone Grill! Gift certificates work like cash and may be redeemed for merchandise, breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Click the link above to opt-in. We will send mailings to keep you up-to-date on our new cookbook that is officially underway, special Farm events you may be interested in joining, fruit and vegetable harvests, and any other HBG tidbits we have to share.

Hell’s Own Thanksgiving Feast

Our Thanksgiving Feast is our favorite event of the year, when we celebrate the bounty of our harvest and the end of another beautiful season in Boulder. Many of our guests return year after year to this dinner.

We offer an unforgettable meal utilizing fresh ingredients from our farm and local producers. Traditional heritage breed turkeys are prepared from scratch, along with over 30 accompanying side dishes and desserts. Blake prepares a selection of beautiful wines and a full bar list to accompany the different courses. Many of our dishes are vegetarian and/or gluten-free. Dinner is served family style at communal tables.

This year we will be offering our Thanksgiving feast on:

Thursday, November 23 at 2PM

Thursday, November 23 at 6PM

Friday, November 24 at 2PM

Please call us at 435-335-7464 to book your seats

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