I wrote previously* about the introduction of Chipotle Catering in Denver. I had the opportunity to see their catering options at an event held in HQ Denver and post about their various different options and the pricing too.
Well, we got to try it out ourselves this past weekend and it was, well…. a lot of food! We had the catering for 20 people and it was the BIG SPREAD. Check out their entire menu and options here. We had 2 trays of chicken since we do not eat beef and did pork in addition to the chicken. There were 2 different types of rice – brown and white; and beans came in pinto (contains bacon) and black. This spread came with the fajita veggies, tortillas, taco shells, and chips and all the salsa. It has been 5 days and we still have a ton of food left over. Chipotle really gives you a lot with their catering option. We got all the serving spoons from them, signs for the salsas (so much flavor), and all the sterno and dishes to keep the food warm. All of it was put into reusable bags to carry home easily. They provided serving bowls for your guests, napkins, and spoons and forks. And, if you return all the equipment, you get a coupon for a free entree on another day.
All in all, the catering option went very well for us, and my 40th birthday bash but the sterno is very, very hot and it is not adjustable so it burned some of the rice, veggies, and chicken.** So, if you can, wait to light that when all your guests arrive and only light it if you need. Have people heat up their food in the microwave because sterno tends to scare me. In any case, if Chipotle could do adjustable sterno (so you could turn the flame low or high) that would be ideal. What a fiesta and the food was perfect for everyone including kids because they could pick and choose what they wanted to eat. Chipotle catering is perfect for vegetarians, gluten-free, dairy-free guests, and for kids. And if you do not want to do this much (the big spread) you can do a smaller version, or chips and salsa only, and as always, burrito in a box. This burrito option comes with chips and salsa too! You just can’t go wrong with Chipotle catering.
*Disclaimer: as previously posted, I was compensated with free catering for 20 people (the big spread) for writing about the new Chipotle catering option in Denver and for taking my time to attend the Chipotle HQ event. The opinions listed here are mine alone and do not reflect any views from Chipotle corporate.
**PLEASE NOTE: I attended a Chipotle-catered event last night, and it seems we did it wrong. You do not place the sterno below the pans. You put about 3-4 cups of water in each LARGE pan, then you place the food pans inside of these pans. Then, you light the sterno underneath it, so the food stays warm from the heat of the water, and it’s not a direct flame. DUH!