Top 6 Denver Catering Ideas

Denver Catering Ideas

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.

Boxed lunch

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.

Fresh Salads

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.

Breakfast specials

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.

Taco Bar

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.

Specialty Trays

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.

 

 

The Science behind Beverage Catering

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.

How to Hire the right Event Staff

How to Hire the right Event Staff

The right event staff can make or break your event. Even if they are not exactly your employees, they will be flying your banner and anything they do will reflect on you.

It doesn’t matter if they are not really your “people” those who will attend your event will assume that they are and you can’t go around telling everybody that it is not really your fault if they suck.

So, in your next event, make sure that you take precautions before hiring some event staff, here are some tips.

Determine the scope of your event

Before you go out looking for event staff agencies, you should determine the size, length and audience of your event. There are event staff agencies that excel in bigger events while there are others that thrive on smaller, more intimate events.

You don’t want to be hiring event staff for your big event if they do not have the experience for it.

Look for reputable agencies

Once you determined the scope of your event, research different agencies that offer event staffing. Look for those that have strong recommendations or are frequently hired by other event organizers. Those are signs that they provide a good service.

Make a short list of all these agencies so that it will be easier to narrow down on the right one later.

Look for event staffers that has experience in your industry

Like the scope of your event, you should also consider if the event staffs you will be getting has the experience to handle the type of event that you ill be organizing.

Do they excel in corporate events? Or do they excel I more intimate settings like weddings?

Consider these so you can shorten your short list even further.

Make a checklist of questions then schedule a series of interviews

Before making contact with any event staff agency, make sure that you have prepared a checklist of questions you want to ask them. This should include questions about them, their staff, and their experience at handling different kinds of event.

Once you have a checklist of questions, you can make contact through a call for a short inquiry on their services. From there, if you are happy with their answers. You can schedule a 2nd meeting where you can interview them further.

After the interviews, you can further cut your list so that  you have yout top 3 options.  You can then schedule a final meeting so you can make your final decision.

Don’t be cheap

Last tip for hiring event staff is to not be cheap. In our quest to save money, we tend to go for cheaper options for things like this. But always get it in your head that if you pay cheap, you will get cheap.

When you pay for a cheap event staff, you will get cheap and unreliable event staff. Your audience will, in turn, will think you are cheap as well for hiring such people.

In the end, you will be known as that cheap events organizer. Don’t be that guy. Pay up or get what you deserve.

Food trucks have brought the food scene in Denver to a whole new level.

It brought us some food choices that would have required someone to open up a new restaurant, which would have needed major capital investment.

And with Denver being open to different foods from different cultures, food trucks are able to thrive and make a niche in the city’s food scene.

The best part is that you can now take advantage of the latest food truck scene by renting them out for your event.

Instead of the usual fare, give your guests a treat by renting out the trendiest Denver trucks that can take your event to the next level.

Here are some of the top Denver food trucks you can get for your event:

The Sugar Storm

sugar storm food truck

This is your one-stop shop for all your candy and chocolate needs… on wheels. Yep, get your fix of your favorite sweets and even ice cream from this one-of-a-kind food truck. Your event guests will surely go ga-ga waiting to treat their sweet tooth.

The Ethiopian Food Truck

Ethiopian food truck

Introduce your event guests to the wonders of Ethiopian fare. This very underrated cuisine gives you delicious food while introducing them to the colorful Ethiopian culture. From the Tikel Gomen to the soft injera, everything is served hot, fresh and delicious.

The Mack Shack

mack shack food truck

Comfort food at its finest. That is what this food truck aims to deliver to everyone in Denver. Their mac and cheese are obviously to die for, but they also offer other tasty food options ranging from healthy salads to delicious fries. There will be something for everyone in this food truck for all your event guests.

Roll it UP Sushi Truck

roll it up sushi food truck

This is not your ordinary sushi joint. Aside from being served in a food truck instead of a Japanese restaurant, you can also try some amazing flavors you can never find anywhere else. Pro tip: buy the Voodoo child and the Godzilla. You’re welcome!!

Devil Dog Grill

devil dog grill food truck

If you are looking for a more traditional, American backyard grill type of food truck for your event? Then the Devil Dog Grill is the one for you. They serve up a variety of hotdogs and sausages like bratwurst and spicy Polish. They also serve burgers and even a vegetarian burger for your non-meat loving guests. Try the Hebrew National All Beef hotdog and find out why it was ranked number one among national hot dog brands by the NYT.

 

Do not underestimate these food trucks. Some of the best fares can be tasted through their offers. Bring these Denver food trucks to your event and take it to the next level.

 

4 Corporate Holiday Event Ideas

Holding corporate holiday events is a fun way to give back to your employees.

These events give you the opportunity to show your appreciation for having them in your company.

However, holding a corporate event does not mean your employees are going to have fun.

If it is just your standard run of the mill event, you might just get some ho-hum reaction from the crowd.

So to make sure your guys are engaged an are having fun, here 4 event ideas to take your corporate holiday to the next level:

 

A photo booth

The photo booth is the ultimate event rental. Bring it to your holiday event and your employees will surely have fun.

First, they will have fun posing with each other in different wacky poses. Second, they will have a souvenir of the event to take home.

Last, it will be a conversation piece even after they have had their photos taken.

 

A popcorn machine

A popcorn machine brings nostalgia about the old days when we were brought by our parents to the carnival.

Bring that nostalgia back into your corporate holiday event.

Plus, popcorn is the ultimate filler snack. It is not too heavy that your guests will lose appetite for the main course, and it is not too messy that it can ruin some nice guest getups.

 

A food truck

Instead of getting a traditional food caterer, make it fun by inviting some of the best food trucks in the area.

Denver, in fact, has some of the most diverse food-truck scene in the US so there would be a lot to choose from.

 

A beverage bar

The best way to bring out the fun in your employees? Alcohol, of course.

So why don’t you get a beverage bar setup for your employees? Watch them have a few drinks and start loosening up.

Next thing you know, everyone’s dancing on the dance floor.

Just make sure everyone has a designated driver.

 

These 4 corporate holiday ideas should take your event to the next level. Just remember that it is not about you, but your employees.

Make sure that they will have fun.

5 Event Rental Items You Should Consider For Your Next Event

Planning to host an event like a wedding, birthday party, or a corporate event?

You are probably already thinking about the big-ticket items that you have to consider like venue, food, and even entertainment.

However, there are simple things that you can add to your event that can have a big impact.

Take a look at some at these 5 event rental items that you should consider for your next event.

A popcorn machine

A popcorn machine gives your event an instant fun way to give your guests some snacks and to distract them as well.

You would think that a popcorn machine is only for carnival, circus, or movie-themed events. You would be wrong.

You’d be surprised at how many events works with a popcorn machine on hand.

It provides nostalgia and it gives people something to snack on while waiting for the event to unfold.

The best part is that it is not too messy that it can ruin formal clothes during formal events.

A photo booth

Another great addition to any event is a photo booth. This is a fun way to get your guests more involved in your event.

Your guests get to have fun doing wacky poses in the booth with each other plus they get an instant souvenir for their trouble.

Best part, you can get a soft copy of all the pictures that you can use for a collage or something else to remember the event.

A jumpy castle obstacle course

You would think that a jumpy castle would only be for children. You would be so wrong.

You will be surprised at how many adults will be excited to bounce up and down like little children on these.

Plus, since it is an obstacle course, there would be some competitive people who would want to take it to the next level.

Next thing you know, you have a Jumpy Castle Obstacle Course race to add to your itinerary.

Fancy tablecloths

You may think that any tablecloth for your event will do but your tablecloth will actually help you set the ambiance of your event.

Make sure that your tablecloth matches the motif of your event. If not, it will really be obvious because you will see the contrast between the venue design and your tables immediately.

Also, make sure to use fancy linen. Your guests will quickly notice if you use cheap ones because they will be directly touching the material.

 

A cool centerpiece

Like your tablecloth, a cool table centerpiece also helps set the mood and ambiance of the event.

Imagine having tables with barren design except for the tablecloth. The table will look too blank.

A cool table centerpiece helps you fill that blank space in the table with something that is desirable to look at.

Plus, it can also be a cool conversation piece for guests, especially if it is really unique.

 

These are just some of the cool but simple rentals that can elevate your next event.

Do you have other suggestions? Sound off in the comments section!!

 

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