Obviously the taste of catered food is a large contributing factor toward your happiness with a company, but service should not necessarily take a back seat to flavor.  Many catering services take pride not only in the quality of food but in the professionalism of their cooks and serving staff.  Your catered event can be as elegant and rehearsed as they come, or it can simply be plates of food passed around among friends.  The atmosphere is always up to you, so the catering company that you hire should match your style with their service.  With that in mind, when you’re in the middle of your search for the perfect caterer, keep an eye on their service types as well as their array of menus and prices.

catering serviceThe Gourmet Kitchen, located in Denver, offers three distinct kinds of food service styles for your event, but they are willing to adjust to any specific requests you have.  Their first option is Drop-off service, where they simply prepare the food and drop it off at your event site in disposable containers.  This leaves the presentation, dissemination of food, and cleanup to the customer.  The second option is Buffet With Set up and Tear down, which is exactly how it sounds.  Staff will not stay to serve food at this type of event, but they will prepare food and set up buffet stations before your event, and will return afterwards to break down the stations and clean up.  In this case the customer is responsible for serving plates and replenishing trays.  The third service option is a fully Staffed Event, where food preparation, presentation, service, and clean up will be completed by The Gourmet Kitchen.  A staffed event can come in different forms: buffet, sit-down, stationed, or passed plates.  In this case the staff can also provide plates, glassware, stemware, utensils, tables, centerpieces, bar tenders, chocolate fountains, etc.  Their menus can be specialized and they can recommend venues and entertainment options if you’re still looking for those things as well.  The Gourmet Kitchen also provides perks with no charge that many other catering companies would charge for, like cake cutting fees or cork fees.  Complimentary tastings are also available before your event if you need some help deciding on menu options.

Understanding the service options of the caterer that you have in mind will help the decision-making process go much more smoothly.  Taste is important, and food presentation and sanitation is even more important, but don’t let these elements overshadow the necessity of proper service.  If you have an elegant seated dinner in mind, but you happen to have chosen a catering service that only offers buffet service, you might be out of luck if your event date is fast approaching.  On the other hand, you might end up overpaying a catering company that specializes in glamorous services when you really only wanted the food dropped off so that you could worry about the presentation, service, and cleanup by yourself.

The Gourmet Kitchen

5604 Kendall Court

Arvada, CO 80002

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Craft beer is a marketing dream.

July 15th, 2014 / / categories: 47, beer, liquor, spirit /

In today’s day and age businesses are always looking to find an edge, some way to make more money. Much of that has to do with branding. In the alcohol world the term “craft” has begun to take over. What a craft beer or liquor actually is physically is also not set in stone. Many who brew craft beer do so with what they consider to be traditional methods and with pure simple ingredients. When people think of craft they often think specialty and “back to its roots”. There is a huge trend today in many industries in going organic, using pure ingredients, going back to the way it used to be. This is a great marketing strategy that has proven quite successful and lucrative in the alcohol industry.
Distilleries who are able to sell their products as craft make much more money than just ordinary product. One bottle of non-craft beer may run you $4.99 while a bottle of craft beer will easily sell for $10.99. Which bottle would you rather sell? The term craft can be used by anyone. There are no regulations or laws that must be followed in order to label something craft. There are also differing opinions on who can be a craft and who cannot. Some will argue that anyone can sell craft no matter your size. Others will tell you that if you’re corporate then you are not craft. The meaning is open to interpretation and is often used to varying degrees.
However, according to News.com, “The American Craft Distilling Association, which formed earlier this year, defines craft distillers as those whose annual production of distilled spirits from all sources does not exceed 100,000 “proof gallons” removed from bond (the amount on which excise taxes are paid). (A proof gallon is a gallon at 100 proof or 50 per cent alcohol by volume.) This works out to about 50,000 cases at most, which means bigger distilleries wouldn’t qualify”. Despite this new organization a disagreement on what it means to be craft and who is able to produce craft is still widely up for debate and will most likely be for some time.
Thankfully much to the distilleries joy none of this deters customers and Consumers of craft beer and liquor. The market for such products are still high in demand and customers are willing to pay a pretty penny to pass the sweet nectar of a craft through their lips. One such place to find craft beer is Joy Wine and Spirits as, “Colorado is at the forefront of the craft spirit and cocktail movement and we at Joy know a good thing when we see it… or taste it… which is why we carry all the timeless standards as well as all of the local libations. From Leopold Bros. to Lagavulin, what will you be pouring into your next glass?” Colorado is indeed a great place to live if you are a connoisseur of fine spirits. There is always a trendy liquor store around the corner to fill your desires.

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I have been really taken with shutters lately. I have been wanting to use them in all my properties and on all my job sites since I installed them in my own home, and I’ve had a lot of great luck convincing the customers that it will really meet their needs and bring a positive impact to their space. shutters I originally had to be convinced to put up shutters in my own home, but my wife insisted on it and she knew what she wanted and why. The shutters really added to the look and feel that we have in our space, and it made it much easier to use the windows that we have above our bed. I never liked to keep the window blinds open at night, because there is just too much light that comes in from the neighborhood. So when we would open the windows for the breeze and then shut the blinds to keep out the light, we were never able to actually experience and enjoy the breeze. But with shutters, you are able to get the breeze in through the slits in the shutters, and yet still have the window closed to the light. It has worked really well for us, and we are happy that we can now use our windows and leave them open when we are sleeping. The other benefit is that they add a nice look and feel that you don’t get from blinds. That is the part that I love the most, and why I try to sell my customers on it.

We got our order of shutters for the house from the Fine Shadings company that is where I have gotten other house and window products in the past. They have always been really helpful and fully stocked, so we went there to see what they had in stock for the shutters. Now, this is pretty much where I go all the time when I am doing a job and need to order shutters. They carry the hunter douglas brand, and those are a higher quality and better fit for most window frames than what I have found in other stores around town. It makes sense to have a place that you always go for the same product, and I really enjoy that I am able to build that relationship with my supplier as I convince more and more of my clients to go with the shutters on their newly remodeled windows instead of the traditional blinds and window treatments. I am just hoping that everyone else sees that same benefit as I do, and is able to experience the benefits of putting the shutters on the windows. In the end, it may be about personal taste and preference, and that is okay. Some clients don’t want to use shutters. But I do hope that everyone is at least able to give it a try and see if it will work well for them in the long run. I install them, and the client loves them.

When I think about all of the ways that a big company can improve their service and bottom line, efficiency is probably the most pressing.  Efficiency has become a cliche word in business and I think that that has something to do with the fact that it is a quality that every single business wants to have.  They would do just about anything possible to maintain a high level of customer service and achieve a greater rate of efficiency.  In my mind, I think that it comes down to the fact that a number of the larger businesses out there just don’t have the capacity to focus on how to become more efficient.  Nevertheless, I do have to point out that there are tools out there to help in the process.  One of these tools is a stock management system that monitors exactly what is in the stock of the store or business and helps the manager manage all of the systems down the supply chain.

stock management systemThe benefit of a tool like this is that it takes a lot of the personal involvement with the management of an inventory out of the equalization.  The less time that someone has to spend with that sort of manual counting system, the better and in many cases, it would allow for people to develop a greater understanding and ability of what that could open up for then entire business.  If I were to own a restaurant, I would hope that we could develop a system that tracks our inventory using sophisticated software so that my employees could better focus on interfacing with customers. With enough faith in your employees, the benefit of this is that they could derive even more business from existing customers and find some new business prospects along the line.  I do hope that we will be in the process of developing something like this where I work.

We are all in the fundraising business and as a result, we try to spend as much time as possible with our donors.  Being able to interface with them and spend more time in front of who they associate with means that we can make more money for the organization.  In very much the same way, we would benefit from an inventory management system that allows for us to immediately know what benefits we have left to give to the donor.  This would be the case should we want to put someones name on the wall or do something in their legacy.  It would help us out immensely.  My thought is that in doing so, there is a strong chance that we could soon be able to offer real time answers and process gifts immediately, which is not always the case.  I could picture a system whereby we use iPads to navigate gift and make sure that they reach their appropriate destinations. That would benefit both us and the customers a lot.  I wonder how much that would cost for the organization.

 

While we often hear on the news about uranium being used for weapons in countries that we do not have a great relationship with, the vast majority of uranium is used for nuclear power. In the United States alone nuclear power accounts for twenty percent of the energy that Americans use every day. That number is expected to increase world wide over the next decades because generally nuclear energy is seen as a better option than fossil fuels. There are a number of different uranium mines all across the United States but the main concentration of uranium mines is in an area called the four corners. This is the area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado all meet. One of the uranium mining companies in this area is Energy Fuels which is based out of Colorado but have operations, employees, and properties are located in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, and New Mexico which are pretty much all of the states with large uranium deposits. Currently, Energy Fuels owns and controls the only conventional uranium processing facility in the United States. This mill is called the White Mesa Mill and it is near Blanding, Utah. Currently, White Mesa has an operating capacity of 2,000 tons of uranium every day and it has the potential to process up to 8 million pounds of uranium every year. The White Mesa uranium processing facility also has the added feature of being able to process vanadium, which comes from some of the other mines around the area.
uranium At the moment, Energy Fuels is the largest holder of uranium in the United States. The company controls a little bit more than thirty-three million tons of resources that contain uranium across all sorts and grades. To match their high processing capacity Energy Fuels also owns a 16.5% interest in Virginia Energy Resources Corp., which is the owner of the Coles Hill Projects which owns the largest known uranium deposit in the United States. This combined with a number of different areas of interest is making Energy Fuels the top company in the United States for uranium extraction and processing in the United States.
While the U.S. does produce a lot of uranium, a large part of which is owned or controlled by Energy Fuels in Colorado, the U.S. still imports most of its uranium. Over ninety percent actually of our uranium comes from outside of the U.S., mostly from Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Africa which is better, but not really all that much better or even different than where we are currently getting our oil from. Different people will focus on different benefits or negatives from this change in energy possibilities but in the end what it comes down to is that we do not have all of the answers yet and we are still making mistakes. At least we are getting closer though and as we learn more and more about energy possibilities we are getting closer to finding an option that is not so dangerous for our planet.

http://wwww.livingmorefully.comFor one reason or another, there is often a stigma attached to psychotherapy Many people feel you should be able to resolve your issues on your own, and looking to another person, especially a professional, is a sign of weakness.  This is especially true for males in our society (you know, the ones who will not ask for directions even though they are hopelessly lost).  However, we all need to be mindful of this stigma and to crush it, because all types of people, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, social class, or whatever, can benefit from psychotherapy.  It can help people to resolve nagging issues from their past, e.g. their childhood or past a relationship, develop and maintain most lasting relationships, discover or rediscover purpose in their life, boost their energy, gain acceptance, or a wide variety of other issues.  You can find therapy for gay men, therapy for straight men, therapy for couples, therapy for families, therapy for juveniles, and the list goes on and on.

I reached a point in my life once where therapy really helped me out.  I had fallen into a rut, and I was living an unhealthy life, just kind of floating through my days.  Simply sitting down with someone outside of my group of friends and family helped me to identify many of the issues that were bothering me and how to resolve them going forward.  It is always a work in progress, finding joy and meaning in our lives, but simply beginning that process of growth can be all that we need to rediscover ourselves.  I have a very close friend who, at an early age, went through an extremely painful divorce.  Her husband and her decided, after they had been married, that they wanted two very different lives.  He wanted to continue down a professional path that was going nowhere, putting them further into debt, and straining their relationship.  Rather than working through things with my friend, he simply got angry all the time with his frustrations.  He became verbally abusive, and many of the things he said to my friend stuck with her for a long time.  Seeing a psychotherapist helped her to move on, appreciate herself again, and go forward with her life.

From family members to close friends, I have personally seen the change and positivity psychotherapy can bring to a person’s life.  And, I have seen it in myself.  So whether or not you need therapy for yourself, more focused gay couples therapy, therapy for your entire family because of a traumatic event, or any other kind of therapy, it is important to take the first step and schedule an appointment.  When you visit a therapist, know that they are there for you.  You are the one doing the interviewing and question asking just as much as they are.  Don’t be afraid to visit several psychotherapists before you make your final decision on who to go forward with.  You want to make sure you find a person you can trust and that you feel is invested in you.

 

One of the things that I really appreciate about growing older is your ability to look back at some of the things that you have experienced and see just how much you have grown as an individual.  I am not trying to make this a commentary on how we are as a community or a society, but I think that many more people would benefit from being able to look back and be introspective about their lives.  Nevertheless, in working with the same organization for almost two and a half years, I have learned quite a bit of information and tact about working in a professional atmosphere.  I continue to improve in my job and I was actually awarded a promotion and that was something very special for me.  I greatly appreciated being able to go back and look at those accomplishments to see what I did right and what I would be able to do better in the future.  I would look to that kind of growth for everything that I do.

e-commerce website developmentIn looking back, I think that one of the most beneficial things to happen to me at the organization is the development of a new website. Since we developed this new website, we have been able to attract more and more people to some of the work that we are doing and I appreciate that we have the ability to tell people that they can interact and learn more about what we do in that kind of setting.  It is not often that people want to change the community, so it is nice to be able to have that kind of influence on people that you are just meeting or want to impact for the very first time.  Nevertheless, for a long time we were hamstrung by our website.  The website design was not user friendly and that has a huge impact on your ability to drive people there.  As a result, we often tried to describe things, but people now want to be able to visually see the options for themselves.  That actually makes me think that much of the development on the web is geared toward people that are more visual learners.  I would not be surprised, as a result, to find out that many more people in my generation are visual learners as opposed to those that are from older generations.

Nevertheless, I guess that I was kind of getting away from the point that it was really nice to be able to find more and more people utilizing our website because it was so much better designed.  I just hope that we have the potential to continue our impact in that area.  I am excited about our prospects of developing a website that is much more like an e-commerce site than one of the regular low-cost nonprofit websites that you would run across elsewhere.  I think that the impact of this on the community could be huge and ever growing.  As a result, I am excited to see what we can take that kind of knowledge and what impact that could actually have.