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Happy Friday Everyone!,

 

When you think of a caterer you often think of only buffet tables, servers passing out hors d’oeuvres, and sit down meals. However something a caterer can also do for you is a Meal Plan! Recently one of our employees, Michelle purchased a meal plan from us for a very dear family friend. Their friend’s mother was diagnosed with staged 4 thyroid cancer and as soon as they got the news they immediately wanted to provide the family with some meals since cooking dinner at such a tretrious time in your life can sometimes be the last thing on your mind. They were very touched by the gesture and greatly appreciated the food. We can provide them with everything from a one night dinner meal, to a weeks worth, to even a month of food! So next time you come across a family in need, whether it be the birth of a new family member, or a tragic loss let YLo help you send your support with a home cooked meal!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Courtney Hall & YLo Team!

 

 

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Meet Michelle Pool! Y Lo’s newest employee taking on the role of our new Event Specialist!   Michelle was born in Hawaii, raised in Oklahoma, and has lived in Denver for over 7 years.  She has an amazing husband, two adorable little girls, and two dogs. Michelle and her family love to frequent the golf course, or just spending time at home together. She went to college for Journalism and has 14 years of experience in the restaurant industry, and over 5 years in event planning. She has planned everything  from 20,000 player soccer tournaments to weddings, and from charity golf tournaments to corporate occasions. She also loves to throw a good Dinner Party or Scentsy Party. With her event planning experience she has such a great ability to really take the time and patience to make your party a success! She has been such a great asset to the Company and we’re sooo excited to have her on the Y.Lo team!

Sincerely,

Courtney Hall and YLo Team!

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After a long day at the office sometimes you just don’t have time to make any quick stops at the grocery, so having a stocked pantry at all times comes in sooooooooooo handy. I’ve found it just helps to make cooking after a long day a little less stressful. Thankfully Rachel Ray came up with a master shopping list of ingredients to have on hand at all times. It’s such a great way to make sure you have everything already at home in your pantry. It really helps to make life just a little bit easier and prevent you from running to the store every day of the week! It’s also the first list I turn to when I move into a new home. I find I can quickly start cooking again with all these ingredients on hand. So since this list has become so handy in my life I just had to share! And I hope that it helps make yours a bit easier too! So when you head off to the grocery store this weekend to make that weekly shopping trip make sure to bring this list along… and Happy Stocking!

Kitchen Essentials:

SPICE RACK
cayenne pepper
bay leaves
ground cinnamon
sweet paprika
dried rosemary
crushed red pepper flakes
dried thyme
dried oregano
kosher salt
black peppercorns
fine sea salt

FRIDGE
soy sauce
Tabasco sauce
ketchup
Worcestershire sauce
pure maple syrup
mayonnaise
Dijon mustard
milk
unsalted butter
large eggs
cheddar cheese
bacon

MISC.
garlic
onions (yellow, red, shallots)

CUPBOARDS
extra-virgin olive oil
vegetable (or canola) oil
chicken broth
dried pasta
red wine vinegar
balsamic vinegar
arborio rice
long-grain rice
canned tomatoes (whole, crushed, tomato sauce)
canned beans (black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.)
dried lentils
canned tuna (olive oil- and water-packed)
bread crumbs
granulated sugar
brown sugar (light or dark)
baking soda
baking powder
pure vanilla extract
cornstarch
semisweet chocolate
chips
unsweetened cocoa powder
golden raisins

FREEZER
nuts (almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, etc.)
frozen vegetables (broccoli, corn, peas, spinach, etc.)
frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
all-purpose flour
bread (wrap in plastic before freezing)

Happy Friday!

Courtney Hall & YLo Team!

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Happy Grilling!

I love any excuse to grill in the summer time. As I’m sure most people do. It’s such a great excuse to spend a little bit more time out side and enjoy the warm weather. It also adds such a great smokey flavor to your food that you just can’t get in the winter when you’re forced to cook inside. I’ve been lucky to be able spend a lot of time grilling this summer whether it be on a small propane grill on my balcony, with a smoker at a friends house, over a big family reunion back home, at a local park, or over a camp fire. My favorite experience so far this summer has been with the family. We had a big family reunion back east where everyone loves to grill the venison they caught last fall and where sweet corn stands are on every country road. Once my family caught wind of my love for grilling I quickly became the one in charge of grilling up the hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, corn on the cob, venison burgers, and venison steaks. It was a lot to handle at once, but I love doing it especially after watching how much everyone enjoyed the food. I’m always looking up new recipes to try on the grill and recently came across one in The Grilling Issue of Bon Appetit that was for a Chimichurri Marinade/Sauce best used for grilled beef. It contains fresh herbs, garlic, onion, olive oil, and Jalapeno for a little kick. You want to reserve part of the marinade to put over the grill meat after you take it off the heat. The heat from the meat lets the herbs and garlic release more of their flavors and aromas and just adds a great finish touch to any grilled steak. So please enjoy the recipe below and Happy Grilling!

Chimichurri Marinade

1/2 Cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp Kosher salt plus more

3-4 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced

1 Shallot, finely chopped

1 Fresno Chile or red jalapeno, finely chopped

2 Cups fresh cilantro

1 Cup  fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/3 cup  fresh oregano

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine Vinegar, salt, garlic, shallot, and chile in medium bowl and let stand for 10 mins. In food processor pulse cilantro, parsley, and oregano until finely chopped. Stir cilantro, parsley, and oregano into the vinegar mixture. Using a fork whisk in oil. Reserve 1/2 cup chimichurri to save a sauce for after the meat is cooked. Put your meat in a glass dish and toss with the remaining marinade. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Enjoy!

Courtney Hall & YLo Team!

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Our FAVORITE events are when Food brings people together, and recently we got to do just that! This past weekend we were very happy to help one of our customers meet all of her new neighbors in her new neighborhood. She recently moved to the Cherry Hills area and wanted to throw a Meet & Greet Party to let them all know she was very happy to meet them and get to know them. We helped take the work out making sure her guests were fed and had a beverage in their hands at all times, so she could spend the time getting to know her guests. We served appetizers that drew people to the table and easily became conversation starters as they gathered to fill up their plates. Baked Brie and Baked Goat Cheese with various crackers, toasted points, and fresh berries allowed the guests to play a little bit with their food making different combinations to share with each other. The guests and hostess were able to talk mingle and get to know each other, while YLo took care of all the work. So next time you want to throw a party let us do allllllllll the work for you!

 

Sincerly,

 

Courtney Hall & YLo Team!

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

As a new employee to YLO one of the first things I admired about our menu is our not so typical box lunch. So I just wanted to remind everyone again how amazing our Box Lunches are! The variation in Sandwiches, Wraps and Salads that we offer is amaaaaaaaaaazing! Coming from the corporate world I easily got tired of the same old Chicken Salad Sandwich, Tuna Salad Sandwich, or very plain Deli Meat, Cheese, and Bread Sandwich that we got. YLo branches out of the box to include ingredients like Portobello Mushrooms, Chipotle Chicken, Roasted Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes, Pickled Onions, Mixed Greens, Sautéed Onions, Bacon, Corn & Celery Salsa, Goat Cheese, etc. I could go on and on and on about all the amazing ingredients we use. And we go even further to spice it up with your not so typical Mayonnaise such as our Cilantro Lime Mayo, Horseradish Mayo, Chipotle Mayo or our Pesto Mayo. You could never get bored with our the  Twenty One variations of Sandwiches we offer or the Fourteen variations of Salads!

And last but not least our Box Lunches are MASSIVE! We offer up a more than generous portion of the Sandwiches, Salads, and Wraps. Every Box Lunch also includes one of our Homemade Sides of your choice, a Bag of Chips, and Fresh Baked Dessert! They will easily satisfy that mid day craving and even leave you with leftovers to help get you through the rest of your day. So for your next  Training Seminar, Executive Meeting, or even if you just want to get together with your fellow co-workers let us bring you one of our not so typical Box Lunches!

Sincerely,

Courtney Hall & YLo Team

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Happy Wednesday!

One of my favorite things about summer is festivals, festivals, festivals! I recently ventured down to Englewood for their Eats and Beats festival, which featured local music by a great local artist like Nathaniel Ratliff, and local food trucks such as The Crockspot, and Argentina Route 40. And then recently enjoyed checking out local artists at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which grows every year. They’re such a great way to discover new bands, and challenge your taste buds by finding new culinary treats you may have never tried before.  And they’re a great way to support local businesses, artists, find out what’s going on around town, and run into old friends! So let us know your favorite Denver Festival, and check out some of the upcoming festivals listed below:

July 8-10th – Colorado Black Arts Festival

July 8-10th – Colorado Irish Festival

July 16-17th – Summerfest Arts Festival

July 23rd – Castle Rock Wine Fest

July 26th – Taste of Colfax

July 28-31st Denver County Fair

Aug 19-20th Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

Aug 20-21st – Golden Fine Arts Festival

Aug 27-28th – Chile Harvest Art Festival

Aug 26-Sept 5th – Colorado State Fair

And make sure to end your summer with my favorite festival…. Taste of Colorado! Which this year is September 2nd-5th.

Enjoy Lots of Food, Fun, and Happiness this summer!

Courtney Hall & Y.Lo Team!

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