Archive for March, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I know that I sometimes give little bits of information regarding how to plan for a “Green” Event, but since there are so many ways to go about it, I wanted to share some more ideas with you all! Green Catering goes hand in hand with Green Event Planning, and at Y.Lo Epicure, we have all of the resources you could need!

My favorite part about planning a Green Event is the centerpieces!  Last time I told you about using potted plants as opposed to flowers, so that your guests can take them home as opposed to just throwing them away.  When you need a lot of centerpieces, it is fun to play around and do something different.  Another idea is to use Edible Centerpieces! Think dessert… delicious and eye pleasing~

I also like to encourage people to send their invitations via Facebook, Email, or other social media tools.  Not only will this save paper and money, but people are so interested in Social Media these days, they will be sure to check out your invite! And don’t forget to include somewhere on the invitation that it is a Green Event, people are looking for this today!

Lastly, go with a Green Caterer!  At Y. Lo, we make all this stuff easy.  Plus, we love to do it, and we don’t charge a fee to help you go the extra mile.  To highlight a few things we do: We ALWAYS Recycle!  We always will provide you with recyclable materials, and we can even provide composting and recycling  on-site, with the materials to go along if that is something you are interested in.  We always use local vendors whenever they are available.  We encourage people to use a rental company, and when this does happen we always take the extra steps to make it as green as we can (for example, not throwing away the disposable hangers for the linens, they are reusable!!!).  We also are happy to provide complimentary carafes for your beverages instead of using plastic bottles or cans.  And, if we do have to use disposable serving ware, we will pick them up from you after your event at no charge so that we can reuse those as well.

“It’s not easy being Green” is not the saying we have at Y.Lo Epicure!  We need to take the initiative to be Green and help keep our planet Clean! Ask us how we can help you with your Green Event today!

Nina Holmes- Y. Lo Epicure


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Hi Everyone,

I had to post something about this today because, well, it came up!  And, I have been thinking about it for quite a while, so here it is!  Not only are you going to get a more personal glimpse into my life, but I hope it can bring a little joy to yours as well!

At night, after a long (and fun!) day of work, I like to kick off my shoes and hang out with my boyfriend.  My favorite nights are when we cook together, and more importantly, put on some great music!  Food and music are definitely two of my favorite things.  Food makes me happy, and music makes me happy, plain and simple!  So I am going to start sharing an awesome recipe that I love to make at home, along with some great artists and songs to listen to while you cook up your delicious concoction!

For the Food: It’s simple, inexpensive, and tastes sooo good!

Shrimp Scimpi: (My Family calls it Scimpi rather than Scampi because we don’t like to add the capers.  But if you want a salty kick, go for it!)

  • 1 1/2 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Pasta: your favorite


Pat shrimp completely dry with a paper towel.  Cook your pasta so that it is ready to go when the shrimp is done, they don’t take long at all to cook!

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the skillet. Arrange the shrimp flat on your skillet.  Cook the shrimp, without moving for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.

Return the skillet to the heat and pour in the white wine and lemon juice. Boil the liquid until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Stir the zest and parsley into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with the pasta, and most importantly, ENJOY!

Now, to really make this dish great, pair it with the band Calexico.  My favorite albums: Feast of Wire & Carried to Dust.  My favorite songs: Sunken Waltz and Inspracion.  They don’t really have one specific type of style, it’s all fun!  Here is a link for their website http://www.casadecalexico.com/.


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Nina Holmes- Y. Lo Epicure

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Hi Everyone,

I am so happy about this cake, it was such a fun project for me!  The family was so nice, and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to work with them.

Chocolate Chip with Cream Cheese Frosting!  It seems to be the most popular flavor combination, which make sense because you can’t go wrong with cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips! YUM!

Everything on the cake was edible, from the sugar snowflakes to the edible sparkles & crystals!

Nina Holmes- Y. Lo Epicure

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share some information about what organizations and groups Y. Lo is involved in.  Not only have these been the building blocks for the growth of the company, but we have built some wonderful and long lasting relationships as well.  So here it is:

The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce: By far the most important organization we have been involved with.  I love the women who work for the chamber!  They are so helpful and such a pleasure to get to know.  They have great networking events, anything from Business After Hours, to Luncheons, and Leads Groups.  Check them out at www.cwcc.org

The Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce: Another great chamber!  I am part of the Business Success Series Committee which is a wonderful event once a month that features a successful person to speak about their passion, obstacles, and achievements. They also have great After Hours events, Sunrise Scramblers, and many more! Check them out at www.cherrycreekchamber.org

The Better Business Bureau:  First and foremost, we have an A+ rating with them! Awesome!  But they have been a great resource for us.  They also have a great linkedIn page which is great for building connections!

Other organizations that we are involved with that have been wonderful to meet new people and help out a good cause are:

The Tennyson Center for Children: They have networking events as well, but we support them more for the kiddos, they are so special and I had the pleasure of meeting many of them!  The job they do is so important and we are thrilled to be a part of the organization.  I am also on their planning committee and we are working on the upcoming Walk of Faith (ask me for details please!! But I will post more on this soon!) Check them out at www.childabuse.org

The Daniels Fund: Another GREAT organization that really cares about creating equal opportunities for everyone, especially high school students looking to go to college.  They also have perfect meeting space, and we just so happen to be on their preferred caterer’s list!  Check them out at www.danielsfund.org

If you need anymore information about the organizations we are involved with, call me 303-780-9888 or email anytime nina@yloepicure.com.  Thanks!

Nina Holmes- Y. Lo Epicure

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