Ordering food to go during a busy workday is the norm for a lot of working folks, and thanks to technology, a full spread can be wrangled nearly anywhere and everywhere with a few taps on a smartphone. But what about when you're tasked with ordering lunch for multiple people — say, an office full of hungry co-workers? This week's question comes from Chelsea:
My office is hosting a working lunch in a couple of weeks, and I've been picked to coordinate the order. The group is a diverse one in terms of eating preferences, with a couple of dairy-free and gluten-free eaters. I'd love to know what places might work for us, and we prefer to order from locally owned businesses. Any ideas?
There's a certain pressure when managing a catering order for a large group of people, and it's not always a fun one. Add in dietary restrictions, allergies, picky co-workers, delivery logistics and a rigid schedule, and coordinating an office meal ends up requiring a good chunk of time. Luckily, a number of Denver restaurants specialize in catering and can assist with the daunting task of ordering breakfast or lunch for a crew. These five are particularly great at it.
1552 East 17th Avenue, 303-832-8663
3390 East First Avenue, 303-955-0455
Chef and restaurateur Mary Nguyen recently opened the second outpost of her popular Olive & Finch eatery and bakery in Denver's Cherry Creek area. Earning a loyal crowd since opening the original location in Uptown just over three years ago, Olive & Finch offers a.m. and p.m. menus with a little something for everyone. Nearly every menu item can be made dairy-free or vegetarian, and a variety of gluten-free options are available for an up-charge. Sweeten the order with a batch of fresh-baked pastries, or maybe treat the group to a specialty platter of cheese and charcuterie (or both!). Note: Catering orders must be placed 24 hours in advance and can be submitted by calling either location.
2001 East Colfax Avenue; multiple locations
With eight Colorado locations and an out-of-state expansion into Tuscon, Illegal Pete's is serving the masses — and rightly so. With a selection of great fast-casual Mexican offerings, Illegal Pete's also has a reputation for giving back to the community and supporting the local music scene. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the eatery can cater to groups of all sizes, with a taco-bar buffet option that allows everyone to build their own meals (soft tacos, hard tacos, a burrito bowl — you name it!) starting at just $10 per person. Available for pickup or delivery, Illegal Pete's offers everything required for a disposable buffet setup, so you don't need to return any of the serving equipment. Note: Catering orders can be placed 24 hours in advance by visiting the restaurant's website and filling out the catering request form.
704 South Pearl Street
Nestled along a small storefront block in Washington Park West, Vert Kitchen + Takeaway is both a charming restaurant and a takeout powerhouse. With eight years under its belt, Vert, from chef and proprietor Noah Stephens, covers plenty of ground between its grab-and-retail partners around the city and the catering program. With boxed-lunch and buffet-platter catering options, Vert consistently offers healthy and seasonal sandwiches, salads and soups. Note: Catering orders must be placed 48 hours in advance by filling out an order form, available for download on the website.
Stella's on 16th
1550 Wewatta Street
New to Denver's Union Station North area, Stella's on 16th is a restaurant, bakery and market operating from sunrise to sunset. With breakfast, lunch and dinner service offered, Stella's also specializes in catering for all meal periods for groups small and large. Along with buffet options and boxed lunches, Stella's also boasts a state-of-the-art pastry kitchen with stunning petit fours, cookies and cakes. To place an order, contact
Biju's Little Curry Shop
1441 26th Street; Multiple Locations
When searching for something outside of the typical lunch staples of sandwiches, soups and salads, Biju's Little Curry Shop does the trick. With two locations in Denver and another in Boulder, Biju's offers healthy and fresh fast-casual Indian. Co-workers can order Biju's staples with a variety of modifications to suit individual preferences, or a meal can be ordered family style, and people can choose what they like from the spread. Every meal comes with cooling condiments and spicy sauces — and don't forget plenty of
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