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Trulife Studios

Serendipity Catering has recently partnered with Trulife Studios, a unique collaborative event and wedding planning studio. Trulife has a beat on the most superior vendors for Colorado weddings and events.  Learn more about Trulife Studios here.

Since wedding season is almost here, we sat down with Sarah Roshan, owner of Trulife Studios, and got a few great ideas and tips for planning a Colorado wedding:

What are the qualities you look for when finding a vendor or venue?

Potted Shrimp All my professional vendors and venues have come from a recommendation from me or my other vendors. Each one has to have set up their business in a professional manner, have excellent customer service, and have worked with at least one of my other vendors.

Have you ever had any wedding disasters? How was it handled?

Some of the weddings I have personally attended that maybe weren’t disasters, but could have gone much more smoothly were those where they decided not to hire a professional to do a job. DJs not understanding the sound systems they are working on (or just not showing up). The reason true professionals cost more is because they are true professionals. They understand what it takes to go the extra mile, be a hero, provide excellent customer service, and feed their family.

What tips do you have for an over-stressed bride?

This day only happens once in your lifetime. It is supposed to be fun. Fun to plan, fun to experience. The more you stress out, the Bridal Dress with shash less fun it gets. Sit back, relax, it will all work itself out. And if something goes wrong on your wedding day (which is bound to happen), just let it go and enjoy the moment. It goes by so quickly.

Any wedding/event trends you are looking forward to this spring? 

I really love the new trend in wedding gowns with the sashes around the waist. It adds uniqueness to your dress. I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to couples and love so I really love all the soft pallets that I am seeing this year.

What makes events in Colorado special?

The sunshine, the blue sky, the mountains, the gorgeous views. You can get married any time of year in Colorado and it is beautiful, even in the city.

Mountain Wedding Table Setting Serendipity Catering: Thanks, Sarah — your work to bring people and vendors together is appreciated by your clients and your partners!

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The Rehearsal Dinner

There are so many decisions to make when planning a wedding — the venue, the ceremony, the reception, the caterer and all the details from colors, to menus to flowers. The rehearsal dinner is often considered last. But, in some ways, the best is saved for last.

The rehearsal dinner is a time for those directly involved with the wedding to get together and share some private time before the big day. The rehearsal dinner is often more causal and relaxed than other events surrounding a wedding. From a plated meal to a picnic, anything goes at a rehearsal dinner.

 

Etiquette

A rehearsal dinner by Serendipity

Traditionally the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. However, it is becoming more common for close friends or relatives to host the dinner before the big day. Despite who plays host, the bride and groom should always be consulted about the details.

Immediate family, members of the bridal party and their spouses, children in the bridal party and their parents and the officiant and his spouse should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. It is common to also include any out-of-town guests. It is not necessary to send an invitation to the rehearsal dinner, word-of-mouth is appropriate. Guests shouldn’t be expected to pay for any part of the rehearsal dinner, including their drinks.

You can read a little more about rehearsal dinner etiquette from Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart Weddings: The Etiquette of Wedding Rehearsal Dinners

 

What to Serve

Some families decide to prepare the rehearsal dinner themselves. From grilling in the back yard to a more formal menu, there are a lot of do-it-yourself options. Serendipity found some menu ideas and recipes for you to consider.

Epicurious: Rehearsal Dinner

Yum Sugar: Rehearsal Dinner Menu

My Recipes: Three Course Rehearsal Dinner Menu

That being said, most event planners suggest you select a caterer for you rehearsal dinner. While it might seem like a money saver to do it yourself, it is a huge commitment and often drains time and energy that could be spent on enjoying family and friends. Serendipity understands how important the rehearsal dinner can be and will work with families to create a memorable night before the big day.

A fun cake by Anything But Vanilla

Grooms cakes are another fun addition to the rehearsal dinner menu. This is an opportunity to be creative and reflect the groom’s interests. Serendipity partners with Anything But Vanilla to create amazing groom’s cakes. Here are some ideas featured on Delish, but bring us your ideas and we’ll make your vision a cake reality.

Delish: Grooms Cakes

Serendipity can easily add your rehearsal dinner to your wedding catering needs.  Call a service consultant today to plan your rehearsal dinner, snacks for the bridal party while they are getting ready and, of course, your reception.

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Breakfast in Bed

Mother’s Day is one day each year when many dads are helping their children whip up a tasty breakfast to be served in bed to mom. Every mom dreams of breakfast in bed! Make her dreams a reality by trying one of these delicious recipes for the ultimate breakfast in bed.

Eggs

Photo from Martha Stewart

Scrambled, fried, poached, hard-boiled or baked, eggs are a breakfast staple. Moms will love any egg dish but you can really impress her by preparing one of these delicious recipes.

Taste of Home: Green Onion Scrambled Eggs

My Recipes: Crustless Smoked Turkey Spinach Quiche

Taste of Home: Apple Cinnamon Omelet

You can personalize mom’s eggs by cooking them into a heart shape. Martha Stewart suggests browning a piece of buttered bread in a pan. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to remove a heat in the center of the bread. Put the bread back in the pan and crack an egg into the open heart-shaped center and cook until the egg is done.

 

Pancakes

Photo from Epicurious

Pancakes are a fun, easy way to impress mom. Pancakes can be made with hundreds of different ingredients and a variety of toppings and syrups. Here are two of Serendipity’s favorites.

Epicurious: Sour Cream Pancakes with Sour Cream Maple Syrup

Serious Eats: Maple Bacon Pancakes

Sticking with a basic pancake and jazzing it up with a special topping is another great way to win mom’s heart. Here are a couple of great toppings.

All Recipes: Blueberry and Raspberry Pancake Topping

Yummly: Norwegian Apple Sour Cream Pancake Topping

 

Muffins

Photo from Evil Shenanigans

Headed out to do something active and fun with mom? Make muffins for a delicious breakfast on the go. Personalize your muffins by buying brightly colored or patterned muffin cups found at most craft stores.

Epicurious: Raspberry Topped Lemon Muffins

Evil Shenanigans: Orange Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Something different

Moms deserve something out of the ordinary. Make sure when you serve mom on her special day, to make the breakfast look as good as it tastes — add a fresh flower or hand-made card along with a cloth napkin.

Although these recipes may take a little more time to prepare, mom will savor every bite!

Serious Eats: Breakfast Sandwich with Chive Biscuits, Cheddar Spread,  Canadian Bacon,  and Fried Egg

Food & Wine: Bacon Tomato  and  Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs

 

Cooking for a crowd?

Don’t fret about trying to make the perfect breakfast for your crowd. From a broccoli and cheddar frittata to red velvet pancakes with cream cheese topping, Serendipity can create a custom menu for your breakfast celebration.

 

 

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Super-food All-stars

When researching healthy foods, you will find thousands of resources that list foods with cancer-preventing properties.  While each list varies slightly, there are a few foods that have a starring role on almost every list — blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, garlic and carrots.

All of these foods are low in calories and fat and they contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that may help reduce your risk of cancer and even prevent a wrinkle or two.  Knowing that, here are some tips and recipes for these five all-stars.

 

Blueberries

Most people think of breakfast or dessert when they consider blueberries. But have you considered salsa, pasta and soup? Serendipity has found some amazing recipes to help you incorporate super-food darlings into your diet.

My Recipes: Chilled Blueberry Soup

My Recipes: Blueberry Salsa

Eating Well: Healthy Blueberry Recipes

Now that you have a few recipes to get out the blueberry blues make sure to choose the best berries possible. The “Food Lover’s Companion” recommends choosing blueberries that are firm, uniform in size and indigo blue with a slivery frost.  Not washing your blueberries until you are ready to use them and storing them in the refrigerator in single layer in a moisture proof container will assure longevity.

 

Tomatoes

While you are selecting your blueberries, take a stroll over to visit their super-food friend the tomato. Tomatoes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. All are good for you and there are recipes that utilize most varieties.

When choosing tomatoes, select the tomatoes that are firm and fragrant. They should have rich colors and no blemishes. To prevent a mealy texture, never refrigerate tomatoes.  Tomatoes can be ripened by putting them in a paper bag with an apple for several days at room temperature.

Once your tomatoes are ripe and ready, try one of these great recipes.

My Recipes: Fennel Tomato Tart

My Recipes: Tarragon Crab Salad Tomato Cups

Eating Well: Healthy Tomato Recipes

 

Broccoli

Why settle for your mother’s broccoli — boring and bland? There are so many delicious ways to incorporate the green super-food king into your diet. Epicurious, one of Serendipity’s favorite sources of inspiration, has an amazing collection of broccoli recipes and tips.

Epicurious: What to Cook Now: Broccoli

When buying broccoli, look for deep, strong color of green or green with purple, according to “Food Lover’s Companion.” The buds should be tightly closed and the leaves crisp. Refrigerate unwashed in an airtight bag.

 

Garlic

Smelly breath is definitely worth it when it comes to garlic. Some of the best recipes call for fresh garlic. Here are a couple of delicious, unique recipe collections that call for garlic and could help keep a few vampires away.

Saveur: Spring Green Garlic Recipes

The Daily Meal: 9 Garlicky Garlic Recipes

When at the store, select garlic with firm, plump bulbs and dry skins. Store fresh garlic in an open container, away from other foods, in a dark, cool location.

 

Carrots

Last, but not least, are the crowned carrots. Carrots are used in thousands of recipes but are also a great snack served raw.  Here are two unique carrot recipes Serendipity is sure will delight your inner bunny and keep you in bouncing shape.

Bon Appetit: Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad with Feta

Eating Well: Hot and Sour Carrots

Carrots are available either with or without greens attached. If you purchase carrots with greens, make sure the leaves are moist and bright green. Remove the greenery right away, as they deplete the roots from moisture and vitamins. Don’t buy carrots that are cracked or that are too soft. Store carrots in a plastic bag in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator. Keep carrots away from apples — the apples emit ethylene gas that can make carrots taste bitter.

Serendipity can include all these food all-stars in your next menu. Don’t forget, Serendipity is having some of its vegetables grown locally this year, providing you with the freshest ingredients possible. Call a service consultant today to start planning your menu.

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Cinco de Mayo

It is time for a fiesta! Cinco de Mayo, translated to the 5th of May, is a celebration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France. While this celebration is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, it has become a major celebration of the Mexican culture in the United States. It is a time for preparing delicious foods inspired by Mexican tradition.

House-made salsa by Serendipity

Salsa

While salsa is often served with tortilla chips, the flavorful tomato-based sauce is also used to spice up main dishes from eggs to tacos. Many salsa recipes date back to the Aztecs and have always used fresh ingredients.  Making your own salsa is a great way to infuse any meal with a burst of flavor. Try one of these recipes:

Authentic Salsa Recipes

 

Tacos

In Spanish, the word “taco” is a generic term like “sandwich.”  It signifies a tortilla wrapped around a filling. Whether you prefer flour or corn tortillas, there are endless options for filling the tasty flat bread. From spiced crab tacos to turkey tacos with cranberry salsa, the recipes we’ve found are unique but delicious.

Simply Recipes: Tacos

Delish: Beyond Basic Tacos and Toppings

 

Corn

Corn is staple in most Mexican communities. Corn is eaten on the cob but also incorporated into many authentic Mexican dishes.  Martha Stewart has a great corn on the cob recipes that will be a hit at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

Martha Stewart: Mexican Corn

If you are looking of a tasty recipe for corn off the cob, try this one from Epicurious.

Epicurious: Mexican Corn

 

Enchiladas

The first documented enchiladas were from the Mayans and consisted of corn tortillas rolled around small fish seasoned with a chile sauce.  Similar to tacos, enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients. Epicurean.com offers several recipes for sauces and fillings that are sure to satisfy any palette.

Epicurean: Enchilada Recipes

 

Desserts

Flan, popular in Mexico, Spain and Portugal is custard with caramel topping. It is typically made with eggs and milk with vanilla flavoring. There are, however, many variations on the theme. Serendipity found a pumpkin flan sure to satisfy.

Gourmet: Pumpkin Flan

Or, try this basic flan recipe from the Good Food Gourmet.

Good Food Gourmet: Delicious Easy Creme Caramel Flan/

 

Churros were originally a Spanish dessert that migrated to South America. Traditional churros are deep fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar. As the dessert has become more popular, filled versions of the sweet bread have popped onto plates everywhere. Try this basic churro recipe for your celebration.

The Sophisticated Gourmet: Churros (Spanish Doughnuts)

Want a churro with a little more flavor? Consider this delight filled with almond cream.

Group Recipes: Almond Cream-Filled Churros

 

Fish tacos by Serendipity

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Tip from Serendipity service consultant, Suzie Loya: “Make a fruit filled empanda — have it for breakfast or dessert!”  Need help with your fiesta?  Call Serendipity today.

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Great Tasting Restricted Diets

Guess whose coming to dinner! Do you know what they can eat? Those with medically necessitated food restrictions or voluntary special diets often struggle to eat in restaurants and at parties.

As a host, it is proper etiquette to ask guests if they have any dietary restrictions and to do your best to accommodate their needs. As someone who requires a certain diet, help the host by offering to bring a dish you can eat.

You should know the lingo and consider your options before planning your next party.

Gluten Free

A gluten-free, vegan meal from Serendipity.

Celiac disease is a genetic disorder where certain types of protein, called gluten, set off an autoimmune response that damages the small intestine. The small intestine then loses its ability to absorb the nutrients found in food. Those with the disease should avoid all forms of wheat, commercial salad dressing, instant coffee, canned soup and stock, beer or any beverage made from grain alcohol and canned tuna, to name a few.

There are a lot of delicious gluten-free recipes that all guests will enjoy.

Self: Gluten Free Recipes

Whether you have Celiac disease or you know someone who does, plan to attend the sixth annual “The Incredible, Edible Gluten-Free Food Fair” at the Denver Merchandise Mart Aug. 19. More information about the fair, in addition to gluten-free recipes and information can be found on the Denver Metro Celiac Support website.

Denver Metro Celiac Support

Lactose Intolerant

Many people can’t properly digest lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. People who experience this intolerance should avoid milk products. While most people with lactose intolerance can find plenty to eat at a party, there are numerous lactose-free recipes that are delicious. Food.com has a very comprehensive listing of lactose-free recipes.

Food.com: Lactose-free Recipes

 

Vegetarian

More and more people are choosing some form of a vegetarian diet. However, there are many categories of vegetarians and, as a host, knowing what you can and can’t serve can be confusing. Here is a quick guide.

Semi-Vegetarian: Someone who consumes dairy products, eggs, chicken and fish but no other animal flesh.

Ovo-Lacto-Vegetairan: They eat no meat, poultry, fish or seafood but they do eat eggs and drink milk. A majority of vegetarians fall in this category.

Ovo-Vegetarian: They eat no meat or dairy products except for eggs.

Lacto-Vegetarian: They consume no meat or dairy products except for milk.

Vegan: They do not consume any animal products or by-products.

With the increasing numbers of vegetarians, it is usually a good idea to prepare a vegetarian option for you party guests. It may seem overwhelming but there are thousands of recipes that are easy to make and taste great – recipes that both vegetarians and meat-eater alike will devour. Here are some options Martha Stewart just released for Earth Day.

Martha Stewart: Vegetarian Recipes

 

Raw Food Diet

Made up of 75 percent fruits and vegetables, raw foodists choose to eat plant foods in their natural form, uncooked. Raw foodists believe high heat destroys enzymes and vitamins critical for proper digestion. Staples of this diet include seaweed, sprouts, sprouted seeds, whole grains, beans, dried fruits and nuts.

Webmd: Raw Food Diet

Try one of these raw food recipes at your next party.

Rawfoodrecipes.com

 

Working with a Caterer

Serendipity will always work with clients to accommodate dietary restrictions. We will help you select a menu that satisfies all the guests’ palettes. Call a Serendipity service consultant to start planning your party today.

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Thomas Jefferson

What do you think of when you hear the name Thomas Jefferson? For most you think of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress and his eventual election as president of the United States. What many don’t know, is that Jefferson is also known as one of our country’s first foodies.

Tomorrow (April 13), we celebrate Jefferson’s 269th birthday. There would be no greater tribute to this founding father than to prepare a healthy meal featuring local ingredients and some good wine.

 

Vegetables

Jefferson was in tune to his health and despite his busy life leading our new nation, he focused on exercise and nutrition. Jefferson believed in eating red meat and drinking wine in moderation, and consuming a lot of vegetables.

He was so committed to vegetables that he planted the garden at Monticello with more than 330 varieties of vegetables — from okra to cabbage, to chiles to eggplant, the garden had it all. It is believed that Jefferson is the first in the “new world” to grow tomatoes and sweet potatoes.

Salon.com: Thomas Jefferson: America’s Original Foodie

Following in Jefferson’s footsteps, First Lady Michelle Obama plants the Whitehouse garden with onions, potatoes, broccoli, spinach, carrots and radishes. In late March, Mrs. Obama invited children from around the country to help her do the planting, in an effort to promote healthy eating.

Serendipity is excited for the warmer weather that indicates the vegetable gardens at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch south of Denver will soon be yielding some crops. For the first year ever, Zuma’s is growing vegetables exclusively for Serendipity. Jefferson would be proud.

Whether you grow your vegetables at home or buy them at a farmer’s market, here are some tasty recipes to try.

All Vegetable Recipes

Taste of Home: Top 10 Grilled Vegetable Recipes

 

Macaroni and Cheese

Believe it or not, Jefferson had a thing for the most basic of comfort food – macaroni and cheese. However, his pasta was homemade with fresh cheese melted throughout. While he wasn’t the first American to serve the dish, he did his part to popularize it.

While touring Italy in 1787, Jefferson drew some plans for a pasta machine so he could make macaroni, a fashionable food at the time in Paris.  He ended up purchasing a pasta machine enabling him to serve macaroni and spaghetti, according to the Library of Congress.

Serendipity can add a new twist to Jefferson’s old favorite by creating a macaroni bar featuring a variety of toppings for the cheesy dish. We can also prepare a variety of macaroni recipes to satisfy you palette. Here are a few recipes you can try at home.

Eating Well: Healthy Macaroni Recipes

 

Wine

Inspired by the wines he tasted while serving as the United State Minister to France before becoming president, Jefferson aspired to make wine at Monticello. Jefferson tried to plant traditional European grapes only to have them destroyed by pests. At the time, native grapes didn’t produce the quality of wine needed to establish the wine industry in the “new world.”

If you feel inspired to go for a bottle of French wine, see what advice Food & Wine has to offer.

Food & Wine: Things You Need to Know About French Wine

Whether it’s French wine or wines from other countries, Serendipity can work with one of its sommelier partners to choose the wine that’s best for your occasion.

Happy birthday Thomas Jefferson and thank you for helping to shape America’s culinary scene!

 

 

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