What makes every event more fun? Food! Read about catering tips on everything from office parties to family reunions.

Breakfast Catering

Breakfast Catering

We’ve heard it time and time again – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why do we settle for plain boring bagels or sugar blasted doughnuts when it comes to morning event catering? Well, we at That Personal Touch Catering are here to break the boring breakfast catering stigma, once and for all! We have a variety of delicious menu options ranging from light snack choices to hearty filling meals. Don’t know which tasty options will be best for your specific event? We’re here to help you out with this useful breakfast catering guide.

The Lighter Side

Yogurt & Granola Parfait

Looking for a lighter option that will still satisfy your hunger? Our yogurt parfaits come with granola toppings to give you that perfect mix of creamy and crunchy. Top it off with some fresh berries from the fruit tray and you’ve really got something good going on.

Fresh Fruit Tray

Who doesn’t love some delicious seasonal fresh fruit? Being served on a platter makes this an easy option for a quick grab and go at a networking event.

Gluten Free Muffins

If you’ve never had a gluten free muffin, there’s no better time than now! Our freshly baked muffins are so good, you wouldn’t even know there were gluten-free if we didn’t tell you. Feel free to use that fun fact as an icebreaker at your next networking event.

Bagels & Cream Cheese

We know we said bagels were boring – but not our bagels. They come with multiple cream cheese options so you can load up with as little or as much smooth, creamy goodness as you want. Go ahead, get carried away.

Go Big or Go Home

The All American

Perfect for anyone looking to start the day off right, this meal is fit for a king. With scrambled eggs, country potatoes, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausages, pancakes or muffins, and fresh squeezed orange juice, this meal is not for the faint of heart.

Breakfast Burritos

A breakfast classic, these large burritos made with eggs, sausage, bacon, cheddar cheese, onions and peppers, and topped with our tasty fajita sauce are a surefire way to get your morning off to the best start.

Italian Skillet

If you’re craving something a bit more eclectically flavorful, look no further than our Italian skillet. Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, and sundried tomatoes are just a few of the elements that take this breakfast to the next level. Served with fresh fruit and a mini muffin, you won’t be hungry after finishing this!

Ham & Cheese Strata

Similar to a quiche, this ham and cheese strata is a baked egg dish with ham and broccoli topped with warm melty swiss and cheddar cheeses. This strata is truly what dreams are made of.

Beverages

Coffee & Tea

We offer 100% Columbian coffee and freshly brewed tea by the gallon, so no matter how your guests take their caffeine, rest assured they’ll be covered.

Others

We also offer a variety of juices, sodas, lemonades, and water to ensure every guest has something to choose from.

We offer all these breakfast catering options and so much more for corporate events, weddings, and parties. Check out our full breakfast menu, and visit our website for more information about how to make your next morning event a success!

Catering Considerations for Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

Catering Considerations for Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

As a company whose main service is providing food for events, we have to be extra careful about clients who have dietary restrictions and food allergies. Here are some helpful tips and catering considerations for food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Ask Attendees

The easiest way to determine if you need to order special items for attendees, is by asking them! When sending out invitations to your event, make sure to include a section asking them about any and all dietary restrictions and food allergies. Then relay this information to your catering company when ordering.

Know What You Might Encounter

When an attendee lets you know which food allergy or dietary restriction they have, it’s best if you already know a little bit about what it entails. Some of the most common food allergies and how to accommodate them are as follows:

Nut Allergy

A nut allergy is probably the most common food allergy. Any and all types of nuts are included, so do not to use nuts or nut products in your cooking or with any of the same cooking supplies if an attendee is allergic to them. This can go as far as even refraining from using peanut oil and substituting it with another, similar cooking oil for your dishes. Severity of this allergy varies from mild to extremely severe allergic reactions, so it’s best to remove nuts from the menu all together, just to be safe.

Gluten Allergy

Having a gluten allergy or preference against it has becoming increasingly common over the past decade, so most catering companies should be aware of the food restrictions. Gluten is a wheat protein most commonly found in bread products, but can also be in many other food products that one wouldn’t normally think of, like soy sauce. Make sure there are plenty of gluten free options as well as non-gluten free options for guests to choose from to ensure that all attendees can enjoy similar food.

Vegetarian

People who are on a vegetarian diet simply do not eat meat. They might be pescatarian and, in that case, can consume seafood, so be sure to ask guests to clarify. Adding vegetarian options to the menu is typically easy to do and most caterers already have alternative items prepared for this.

Vegan

Vegan diets do not allow for the consumption of any animal products. This includes meat, eggs, milk, and butter, just to name a few. This diet has a few more restrictions than most, making it a bit trickier to accommodate, but can easily be done with enough planning and time.

Paleo

The Paleo diet is increasingly popular and is thought to be a healthy lifestyle rather than a diet. It is based off of the foods eaten by early humans, and consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit. It excludes all dairy, grains, and processed foods. Paleo attendees should usually be able to find something that accommodates their dietary restrictions on many normal menus, but to be on the safe side, its best to supply them with a menu beforehand.

Kosher

This may be the most difficult dietary restriction to accommodate due to the many restrictions in place on the food that can be used and the way it must be prepared. Most catering companies don’t normally accommodate these dietary restrictions, so it is best to contact them beforehand. In some cases, they may have to order from a separate company to ensure the food is up to Kosher standards and may charge more for this service.

Halal

Halal restricts participants, usually those of Muslim faith, to eating a type of animal that has been slaughtered and prepared in a certain way. The meat must be Halal certified and not contain meat derived from pigs. This restriction is relatively easy to accommodate and attendees who affiliate with this limitation will usually be able to eat alternative menu items that do not contain meat.

Label Everything

It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your guests’ safety. If the catering company did not already, you should label all food with the name of the dish and all of the dietary and allergic restrictions that it encompasses. This will allow attendees to quickly determine which foods they can safely consume and which they cannot.

Planning a meal for a large group can be difficult. The more you know about who will be attending and what type of food allergies or dietary restrictions they may have will help streamline the process and ensure that no guest goes hungry. Here at That Personal Touch Catering, we are happy to accommodate all special requests and catering considerations for food allergies and dietary restrictions. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about our options and how we can help take your next event to the next level!

Corporate Conference Catering

Conference Catering Do’s and Don’ts

So you’ve just been put in charge of planning the food for your upcoming corporate event. Where do you start? Deciding on a catering company can be hard work, but we’re here to give you some helpful tips to make the process a bit easier, and maybe even fun! Take a look at our list of conference catering do’s and don’ts, and you’ll be an expert in no time.

Do:

  • Research multiple catering companies. Reading customer reviews and testimonials is a great way to get first-hand information about how well companies do their job and live up to expectations.
  • Make arrangements as far in advance as possible. Catering companies’ schedules fill up fast, especially during peak seasons and times. It’s best to lock in your date with a good company sooner rather than get stuck with a non-reputable last-minute option.
  • Get an accurate headcount. Nothing is worse than running out of food at an event, especially when it’s as delicious as That Personal Touch’s! When in doubt, overestimate; because who doesn’t like leftovers, right?
  • Consider attendants’ dietary needs. Make sure to ask guests about any allergies or dietary restrictions they may have and always plan for a few different menu options just in case.
  • Take into consideration the event, venue, and time of day. Hors d’oeuvres are usually better for smaller, shorter events, while buffets and served plates are more suitable for larger, longer settings.

Don’t:

  • Choose the cheapest company you can find. Quality comes at a price and conference catering not the place to cut corners. Your guests will thank you.
  • Wait until the last minute. We’ll say it again. Planning is key when it comes to getting the best corporate catering for your event, and last-minute options are just never as good.
  • Be afraid to speak up. If there is something extra or out of the ordinary that you would like the catering company to do, ask them about it! Most of the time they will be able to accommodate your requests. Trust us, we’ve seen it all!

With any corporate catering event, you want to leave your guests with the best impression of your business. Let us at That Personal Touch Catering help you make your next event a success! Give us a call at (303) 790-0477 or visit our website for more information and to view our menu.

Keep it Fresh with these Spring Cooking Ideas (Plus a Bonus Recipe!)

Spring has sprung and thus our cooking styles have changed. Say goodbye to the thick, hearty meals we enjoy in the fall and winter seasons and say hello to the lighter, fresher fare of spring! So what makes a dish more “springy?” Typically spring cooking is lighter and very colorful! Here are some tips to help you add a springtime flare to your cooking at home!

  • Keep it Fresh – Lots of fruits and vegetables will be coming into season during the coming months so take advantage!
  • Get Colorful – The beautiful colors of spring can easily transfer into your cooking. Add fruits and vegetables with bright colors to your dishes to give them a springtime feel.
  • Stay Light – After months of hearty winter meals, now its time to get light (and I’m not just talking about losing our winter insulation!) Use lighter oils and glazes instead of thick sauces. Try using a protein like fish instead of London broil.
  • Keep your Cool – Now that its warm outside we can start making cooler meals (temperature wise that is!) Try making pasta or couscous salads and mix in fruits for a fresh springtime taste.
  • Lots of Veges – Start your meal off with a fresh salad and accompany your main course with lots of roasted vegetables!

Spring is all about growth and rebirth. Spring clean your diet and start cooking with a fresh new perspective! To give you a head start try out this recipe we would like to share with you. Not interested in cooking anything? Have your next office meeting or event catered by That Personal Touch Catering! Check out some of our spring specials here.

 Roasted Asparagus Salad

  • 1/4 pound of fresh asparagus
  • 2 Red bell peppers
  • 1/3 cup virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • ¼ cup of sliced grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups of spring mix salad greens

Slice the red peppers in half lengthwise, removing the seeds and the membrane. Place peppers skin up on a sheet pan and place under a hot broiler until the skin blackens and blisters.  Cool peppers in a plastic bag for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove skin and dice peppers. Place lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and basil in a small bowl and wisk to combine.  Add diced peppers and pine nuts, season with salt and pepper. Wash and rinse asparagus, carefully remove the woody end (hold each spear at both ends and bend gently-the woody end will snap off at its natural breaking point.)  Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes, or until just tender.  Immediately drain asparagus and place in a bowl of ice water to cool.  Drain again, and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange spring mix on plate, garnish with sliced grape tomatoes.  Place asparagus over spring mix and gently spoon the dressing over the top of the asparagus and serve. Garnish options: sliced black olives or lemon wedges for squeezing.

Holiday Catering with That Personal Touch!

We would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year!

This is our 32nd year catering holiday parties in the Denver and Centennial area. It is so special to be a part of all the celebrations during this very festive season. We cater all types of holiday parties including Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years! Some we host at our event center while others we travel to and deliver our hot meals directly to happy partygoers!

If you are interested in having your event catered this holiday season, please contact us. 2013 was a great year for us here at That Personal Touch Catering at The Franciscan Event Center. We had the pleasure of hosting many wonderful events including a Denver Chamber Business After Hours and many beautiful weddings. (Click the links to see pictures from each event!) We updated our menu to add some new and delicious items and created this new website to showcase our beautiful facilities. We are very excited to see what 2014 brings! If you are planning on having any sort of event in the upcoming year, please consider using us for the venue and/or the catering. We have an amazing staff that is excited to help you create a memorable event whether it is a wedding, a corporate function or anything else! Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding catering or events. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2014!

Mac & Cheese Side Dishes

July is for BBQs and although burgers and dogs are tasty, the side dishes are really where its at. I’m talking about delicious hand made cole slaw, hearty potato salad, fresh fruits, and more. The side dishes are what saves your BBQ when dad is charing hot dogs and serving up hockey pucks on cold buns. The side dishes are where the creativity happens. We’d like to share one of our favorite summertime side dishes that will actually give you twice the goodness. This mac and cheese recipe is as delicious on day one as are the mac and cheese bites you will make on day two. Read on to learn more! Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pasta, hearty pasta works best such as: Cavatappi (corkscrew), Conchiglie (shells) or, Farfalle (bow ties).
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar,
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack, or Colby (smoked Gouda adds a great twist).
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups seasoned bread crumbs (panko bread crumbs are a great touch).
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions:

  1. Bring about 1 gallon of water to a boil over high heat in. Add the pasta and a tablespoon of salt. Cook until the pasta is al dente, or about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Drain and let rest.
  3. In a medium saucepan, prepare the cheese sauce. Begin warming 1 cup of the milk in the saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and the flour until there are no lumps. When you just start to see a bit of steam rising from the milk, whisk in the milk/flour mixture. Continue whisking gently until the milk thickens slightly to the consistency of heavy cream, 3-4 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat to low and begin mixing the cheese into the milk a ½ cup at a time. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and hot sauce. Stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Remove the sauce from heat.
  5. In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta and 1/2 of the cheese sauce. Stir to coat the pasta evenly and add the second half of the sauce and any additional items like crispy bacon pieces.

Salivating yet? Just wait a second, there’s more. Now you can serve this tasty homemade mac & cheese at your BBQ or wait a day and make… Fried Mac and Cheese Bites:

  1. Fried Mac and CheeseMold the cold mac and cheese into desired-sized (keep in-mind the size of your cooking vessel) balls and place them onto a waxed paper or another non-stick surface and freeze overnight.
  2. Beat the eggs and 2 tablespoons milk together to form an egg wash and pour it into a shallow bowl. Place the bread crumbs into another shallow bowl. Remove the mac and cheese balls from the freezer. Dip the frozen balls into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Put the balls back into the freezer until you are ready to fry.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large cast skillet to 350 degrees F. Fry the mac and cheese balls until they are golden brown and center is hot ( at least 140 f), or about 5-6 minutes. Drain on rack for 5 minutes and serve hot with your favorite sauce: Cheese, Marinara, Alfredo, or Hot Sauce to name a few.

This side dish is sure to impress your guests and satisfy their taste buds! Now go out there and  host the best BBQ of the summer! Need some help or would you just prefer to have someone else do it? Contact That Personal Touch Catering in Centennial Colorado about providing the food for your next event.

September Garden Veggie Deep Dish Pizza Party

It may be September but there are lots of delicious vegetables that are still in season like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, and onions. You know what those vegetables sound like? Pizza toppings! When it comes to pizza, everyone’s favorite is usually thin crust. The light, crispy thin crust, sweet tomato sauce, and thin layer of cheese is just so delicious. But what about deep dish? This underrated style of pizza seems to be popular nowhere but Chicago. Until now… Check out this fantastic deep dish pizza you can make at home in your cast iron skillet using all those delicious seasonal vegetables. What you need:

  • 1 Pizza Dough – You can buy premade dough at most any grocery store. If you want the challenge of making your own dough, check out this dough recipe.
  • ½ Cup of Pizza Sauce – Pizza sauce can be anything from standard marinara to one of my favorites, arrabbiata (spicy!) Do you like white sauce or oil? Experiment and let us know how it goes!
  • At least a Cup of Veggies – Use up those tasty in season veggies like eggplant, fresh tomatoes, and a green pepper.
  • At least a ½ Cup of Mozzarella Cheese – You can cheese this to the max if you want (I usually do) otherwise, use at least ½ a cup.
  • Olive Oil – For coating the skillet (You’ll also need a cast iron skillet!)
  • You can also add seasonings, Parmesan cheese, basil or whatever you fancy!

Istruzione:

  • Cook the veggies however you’d like. I’d suggest roasted them in the oven (since you’ll have to use that anyway) or try grilling them to give them that smoky charred flavor.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • Use olive oil to coat your cast iron skillet. You can also rub a garlic clove around to add some more flavor.
  • Add your dough to the skillet and push it up the sides about 1-1.5 inches.
  • Sprinkle in your cheese. (Oh yeah, cheese first with deep dish!) Then add your veggies and top with the sauce. You can put some cheese on top and add seasonings and/or Parmesan.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes. (Adjusting for altitude it may take 30+minutes) Basically you are looking for a golden brown crust and bubbly cheese and sauce.

Let it cool for a few minutes and then enjoy. Deep dish is hearty so don’t expect to eat it all, even though you’ll want to. Don’t feel like cooking? That Personal Touch Catering will cater your events at home or work. Check out our catering menu here.

Light and Lively Dishes for Your Spring Wedding or Event

Spring is here and we are ready for it in the kitchen. We have assembled some delicious ideas for your Springtime wedding, party or event! Let us know what you think and if you’d prefer to have someone else do the cooking, give us a call! Check out some ‘Springy’ meals on our main menu here or see our current specials here.

Now, let’s begin with Appetizers! Our pick: Cucumber Tomato Bites Far from tame, these tasty mouthfuls combine cream cheese, mayo, and ranch seasoning to create a pillow of ectasy between the sublime cucumber and the cherry tomato topping.Hint: Don’t spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the cucumber. Use a pastry bag. Weddings are the time to take the presentation up a notch. Click here for the recipe: http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/11/cucumber-tomato-bites-appetizer-recipe.html

Next up, Salads Our pick: Spring Salad with Orange Vinaigrette This is unique and filling, yet won’t slow your guests down on the dance floor. Take the zest and juice from in season oranges, add a nutty Jarlsberg cheese, crunchy bacon pieces and hardy walnuts for texture. Even your relatives who only consider potato salad a “real salad” will be clamoring for seconds. Get the full recipe and instructions here: http://dineanddish.net/2012/01/the-runners-diet-recipe-spring-salad-with-orange-vinaigrette/

We’re almost there: Sides Our pick: Greek Orzo Salad Orzo, or by another more exotic name, Risoni, is like a blank canvas before Van Gogh got his hands on it. It is a mere brushstrokes, or in our case, ingredients from becoming spectacular. The cooled orzo is punctuated by crunch red pepper, red onion, and cucumber but softened by spinach and artichoke hearts. Uncover the recipe here: https://veganadventures.squarespace.com/blog/greek-orzo-salad

Where’s the beef? Mains Our pick: Garlic Lime Chicken with a Mango SalsaChicken is a mainstay because of its versatility and people pleasing potential. Why mess with perfection? Your guests will love the colors and kick of the lime and mangoes.

Take it from a bride: Use chicken thighs. They don’t dry out as easy as chicken breasts. Another tip? Add grilled pineapple and keep an assortment of hot sauces on your guests table. Nothing breaks the ice like a challenge to the rest of the table to see who can stand the heat. Full recipe here: http://www.food.com/recipe/garlic-lime-grilled-chicken-with-mango-salsa-161381Fresh, springtime, light and refreshing, no matter the adjective used, these springy menu options are packed with veggies, fruits and plenty of flavor.