Relish Gives Back | Impact In Our Local Communities
Service is the heart of Relish Catering. Not only do we want to serve our customers by providing them with an incredible culinary experience, we also want to serve our local community and our planet.
We often get asked by the couples we work with about how we keep our events as low-waste as possible, where we source our food, or how we give back to the Denver community. We love that this is something our clients care so much about, so we’ve put together this blog post to share more about it.
Here at Relish, we see ourselves as ambassadors of the environment. We strongly recommend environmentally friendly practices to our clients when planning weddings, corporate luncheons or even outdoor BBQ’s. As a result, most of our events end up incorporating china, flatware and glassware which helps reduce waste. We understand that sometimes disposable products are still preferred. In these cases, we can provide an option for compostable plates and cutlery to help reduce the amount of landfill waste.
Having been in the business for over 20 years gives us the ability to accurately estimate food quantities and portion sizes, allowing us to minimize unnecessary food waste at an event. In the case that there are any leftovers that need to be composted, rather than trashing it, we can help deliver to our composting facility for a small fee.
When it comes to our own practices, the Relish chefs and kitchen staff are trained and knowledgeable about low-waste food handling practices. Our team members have taken it upon themselves to design and implement ways to reduce food waste and trash in our kitchen by composting leftover food and recycling all boxes and containers that come from our purveyors. In other words, Relish is a zero-waste facility and we recycle everything – even oils.
Our Colorado landscape provides us with a diverse range from produce to choose from all year round. As the seasons change, our chefs at Relish carefully select fruits and vegetables from our local farmers to create the freshest, most flavourful dishes. We use Colorado-based ingredients for a variety of reasons:
- To showcase the goodness our state has to offer. We are a #coloradoproud business!
- Fresh is best. Never pre-made or frozen. All of our dishes are made with fresh ingredients to preserve flavor, taste and quality.
- To promote the local economy. We work with the best vendors in town – there’s no doubt about that! We develop personal relationships with our partners and know their food is sourced ethically, sustainably and handled with care.
- By sourcing ingredients from local businesses and farms, we are reducing the shipping distance required for ingredients to end up in our kitchen. This allows us to reduce fuel consumption from transportation.
- We want you to know where your food comes from. If we work with any venues that have a farm, we will always try to incorporate their products into the menu.
We Give Back
Colorado is our backyard and as such, we treat it with respect and give back whenever possible.
Year-round, Relish partners with non-profit organizations that are doing good things in our community to help them reach their goals. We help them design luncheons or charity dinners that work within their budgets and donate auction items and prizes for their fundraisers.
We also provide meals for The Shining Star Foundation, an organization whose mission is to transform the lives of children and families challenged with pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing care, community and recreational activities at no cost.
Our staff members sit on various local and national boards in order to uphold industry standards and share best practices with our industry.
The city of Denver has given us a platform to thrive in these past 20 years. We are privileged to be able to give back to our community and it is what makes our hearts shine.
We believe you should know where your food comes from so you can eat up with a clear conscience! If you’d like to learn more about The Relish Way, feel free to give us a call at 303.532.4095 or send us a message to chat with one of our professional event designers!