Denver, and Colorado in general, has a very rich agriculture and produce industry that you can and should expect the freshest ingredients in the various restaurants in the city.
In fact, this freshness should not be limited to just the restaurants you eat in but also from the menu in catering services.
In fact, here are some catering ideas to take advantage of the freshest ingredients in Denver.
Instead of the traditional buffet catering services, you can instead customize individual boxes for your guests.
You can even accommodate special requests and each box can even be labeled for each of your guests.
This makes the event more personal and intimate.
Nothing says fresh more than a bowl of crisp vegetables.
Treat your guests with a salad bar featuring different fresh fruits and vegetables with a variety of salad dressings and add-ons like vinaigrette options, various cheeses, honey mustard, and more.
Your health-conscious guests will really appreciate it.
Pancakes, omelets, freshly-baked pastries, and yogurt parfaits. Who would not love a great breakfast?
Separate your event from other events by serving your guests’ favorite breakfast.
It will make your event homier.
If your guests do mind to be a bit messy, then a taco bar might be a great idea.
Let them create their own tacos from the freshest ingredients around Denver.
It will be perfect for events that are not too formal and a great way to get guests to interact with each other through food.
Treat your guests with some specialty foods served in custom trays.
It can be a special tray with different types of cheese, or a tray of gourmet sandwiches.
The important thing is that it is presented in a way that is both artisan and delectable.
This gives your event a touch of sophistication.
The classic buffet
Yes, this has been done a thousand times. But there is a reason for that.
It may not be as personal as the other options but what it lacks in personalization, it makes up in function.
Say what you want about it, but the buffet is practical and functional for any event.
It does not require much manpower because it is almost self-service and guest can pick and choose the food they want from the items served.
This should also avoid waste because guests no longer have to take food that they won’t eat.
Last, even if it not customized for each guest, you can pick different food items that should meet most if not all your guest’s food considerations.
At the end of the day, all of these are great catering ideas that should take advantage of the fresh ingredients found around Denver.
Beverage catering is no easy task. It is not for everybody.
If you think you can just hire anyone out from the street to serve beverage and alcohol to your guests, then you would be in for a rude surprise.
Your guests will have a miserable time. Dispensing beverages to an audience is a science in itself.
In fact, here are some things you should know about the science behind beverage catering:
What are the 5 Core Spirts?
The five core spirits are the basic liquors of a bartender. These are vodka, gin, Triple Sec, rum, and tequila.
- Vodka – this Russian spirit can be taken on the rocks but is frequently used in different kinds of cocktails like martinis and cosmopolitans. You can also serve this as a cold shot too.
- Gin – This is another spirit used for cocktails. But unlike vodka, you don’t encourage anyone to take this as a shot
- Triple sec – like vodka and gin, this is also a clear spirit that is suitable for mixed drinks like margaritas and cosmopolitans.
- Run – comes in brown, gold or clear. The brown and gold are usually associated with the Rum and Coke drink, it can also be served on the rocks. The clear version is more suited for mixed drinks
- Tequila – This very strong alcohol is usually served with lime wedges and salt. Usually used in making Margaritas.
How do You know how much alcohol to buy for an event?
There are various tools online that will tell you how much alcohol you have to bring to your event. But generally, it will depend on the following factors:
- Number of guests
- Duration of event
- Is the bar open?
- When the bar will open
- When the bar will close
How many bartenders should I have?
The ideal scenario is that you have one bartender for every 50 guests. But generally, the advice is that you will need a second bartender if you have about 75 to 150 guests for a basic but limited bar
If, however, you have a full bar with different mixed drinks, you should definitely try to follow the 1:50 ratio.
How do I set up the bar area?
Choose an area where there is a good flow of people pas the cocktail bar and into the standing or seating areas.
Separate the bar from the food stations or you will have a big bottleneck, no pun intended.
There are more things that you should know when considering beverage catering. Better leave it to professionals, to save you the headache.
Just hire a beverage catering company and just enjoy the event, and the booze, with your guests.
Summer is here and the temperature is rising.
Flare up the temperature some more by hosting your own awesome summer party.
If you haven’t hosted any summer party in the past, don’t worry.
Here’s a guide that will make it easier for you to throw a cool summer party not only for friends and family, but a party where strangers will be paying admission to get to.
Hire a catering company to drop off or get a food truck to come.
Number one on the list is food. But if you are going to host a large crowd, it might be better off if you would just hire a professional catering company.
Preparing the food yourself will just eat up all your time that is better used in organizing the event itself. Besides, you think you are saving money by cooking the food by yourself, but for large groups, you might be surprised that the cost of hiring caterers is not that far off from the cost of doing it yourself.
Another option, aside from hiring a catering company, is to get a food truck to come to your event. It will be a cool factor thrown into your summer party.
Anticipation is everything. Build an event website to get registration and have a designer create a flyer.
All your efforts will be for naught if you are not able to get people to go to your event. The best way to do that is to market your party extensively.
One way to effectively do it is to build an event website to get registration. The site will also include all the details of your summer party including the date, location, itinerary, and line up of guests and performers.
Use the website as the center of your marketing campaigns. Extensively promote it on social media, go as far as boost your posts through paid ads.
You can also delve into traditional marketing. Have a designer create a cool flyer that also indicates your website. Pass it around town.
Rent an open-air photo booth
I always say that the photo booth is the ultimate rental for any event, summer parties are not an exception.
And you know what’s better than a photo booth? And open-air photobooth. Yup no walls. A photobooth where everyone sees how everyone poses.
It is a fun way to get everybody involved in the event. It’s a souvenir for your guests too.
Hire local DJ with sound system
There will be lull moments during your summer party. A DJ can fill those silent moments with groovy music.
Your DJ can also be one of the performers. Ask your DJ to play a killer set for you.
And once all the performers are done, your DJ can take control and get everyone to dance through the summer heat.
Rent Tables and chairs with table linen
Your party is about summer so it is important that your tables, chairs and other decors reflect that.
Make sure that the linen used on the tables matches the color and theme of your event.
If not, your guests will surely notice that the décor is just an afterthought.
Get a bartender to serve mixed drinks and signature cocktails
What kind of summer party doesn’t have alcohol? Make sure that you rent a bar or have a beverage caterer to take care of the drinks during your summer party.
Coordinate with your beverage caterer about the types of mixed drinks that will be available. You can even concoct your own signature cocktail so that it will be identified to your event.
These are just some simple things you can follow if you want to organize a kickass summer party. It will take some time and effort, but it will be worth it.
Tired of boring formal dinners for friends and family? Maybe it’s time to spice it up, and in this case, somewhat literally.
For your next get-together, why not host your own Taco Fiesta Party!
That’s right, spice up your lunch or dinner and make it more fun with a Taco party that lets your guest go DIY on their own tacos.
But how do you plan the perfect Taco fiesta party? Where to start?
The venue or location is not that important. Unlike formal dinners where you consider everything from the table to the table napkins, Taco fiesta parties don’t require a formal set up.
It can be done indoors or outdoors and everyone is guaranteed a good time. You just need a long enough table for your DIY Taco bar, put some colorful designs, and you are set.
Tables and chairs are even optional.
The best part about Tacos is that you eat it with your hands. Aside from some plates, there are no utensils required.
But just in case, better prepare a few knives and forks. There’s bound to be some guests who would like to go fancy on a non-fancy gathering. Bless their souls.
What you should really stock up on are disposable napkins.
DIY Taco fiesta parties tend to be messy in a good way. People will be stacking up their tacos with as much as they can and spillage is to be expected.
Disposable napkins will be everyone’s best friend.
Your guest’s diet
The best part about hosting a Taco Fiesta party is that you can accommodate different diets because the hosts can DIY their own tacos.
The vegans won’t have to touch the proteins like chicken and beef, while the carnivores can ignore the veggies as long as they want.
The picky-eaters can then choose only those that they want. That includes me, no beans for me, thank you.
The actual tacos
What’s great about Taco Fiesta parties is that the food is not exactly delicate. A lot of it can be prepared beforehand and kept in crack pots, ready to be reheated at a moment’s notice.
Best part is that because it’s DIY, you get the chance to combine different combinations to see what works best.
While you can actually cook up a lot of the ingredients, it might be more convenient to just hire a Taco Fiesta Bar caterer.
You get to have so much variety on your choices and it makes it easier for you to focus on the other stuff like the venue and entertaining the guests because the food is being taken cared off.
Heck, they can even take care of the cutlery and napkins if you want them to.
The arrangement of the ingredients
Now, how do you setup the Taco bar?
Well, you always start the line with the plates. Whether your guest want to take those plates or go plate-commando is up to them. At least, you gave them the choice.
Next up is the tortillas. Try to offer a variety like corn and flour. You can even include tortilla chips for variety.
After the tortillas, you present the proteins like shredded chicken and ground beef. Guests can then move to the greens (or if you’re vegan, go straight here).
After the greens, comes the sides like black beans, avocado, and Mexicali rice.
Last is the salsa and sauces. Give them some guacamole and even some siracha. The more sauces, the merrier.
The perfect party
You might be asking, what about these tips make this a perfect taco party. The answer is nothing.
That’s because a perfect Taco Fiesta party is about it not being perfect. You want people to be messy and spilling things left and right.
After all, a clean taco party is a sad taco party. This is not Monica’s party, people!!