Chipotle catering in Denver – post-event Review

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.

Chipotle Catering

Chipotle Catering

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.

photo 2 (2)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!

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3 Sons Italian Food- Arvada, CO

3 Sons Italian restaurant is an amazing Italian restaurant- a gem of a place tucked away in West Arvada, on the corner of Indiana and 64th.  This place is family-owned and run, a small business, and their menu is amazing.  The prices are reasonable, their happy hour and lunch offerings are great, and their service is always with a smile.  We love, love 3 sons and we hope you do too.   It is a family place and you can take the kids but keep in mind that if you do a 3- course dinner, it is casual and takes time to make your meal.  Kids aren’t always patient.  We generally go to their happy hour with the kids because the food is quicker.  But if you are looking for a place this Valentine’s Day, check out their 3-course dinner and make a reservation today.  It is a romantic, cozy little restaurant and the prices are just right to make this place perfect for you and your Valentine.

If you have followed me on yelp or trip advisor, I rave about this place, and I hope you like it too!

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Chipotle – now you can cater it at home (Denver metro area)


Order catering for 20 people or more between now and Feb 3; get 2 free entrees. Return your equipment and get another free entree.

Chipotle(R) has started a catering option in its Denver metro locations starting January 21 and can I just say, “wow!”  Chipotle catering has many options with the best one being the Two-Meat Spread please note: if you are vegetarian or only want one meat, then substitute the other meat for fajita veggies – the price for this is $12 per person with a 20 person minimum, up to 200 people;  the big spread includes three meats and fajita veggies and this runs $13.50 per person for 20-200 people; and the usual burritos by the box is still available nationwide for 6 or more people at $8.20 per person and includes chips and salsa; the chips and salsa spread runs $40-$55 flat fee for 10 or more people but no per person fee.

Catering – The Big Spread

For the Superbowl, a birthday bash, business lunch, or for any event at all, these catering options can be customized to meet your needs and they are reasonably priced for the type and amount of food you get.  The prices for each (per person and minimum numbers) are included above. And, for smaller catering numbers, the burritos by the box is always available for six or more persons and a moderate amount of chips and salsas is also included!

Chipotle Catering

Chipotle provides everything including the trays and the burners to keep the food warm.  If you return the equipment after your event, you will get a coupon for a free entree.  What a deal!  And, here is a great deal: If you order the Two-Meat Spread or any catering option for 20 people or more between now and February 3, 2013, bring your receipt to any Chipotle location through February 28, 2013,  and redeem up to two free entrees.  Now, that’s a deal!  If you can’t think of a good idea for food or are tired of boring pizza, give Chipotle catering a try- it is a hit among kids and adults alike and guests can dress their taco, burrito or nachos anyway they’d like. Check out their catering menu (available only in Colorado for now), and give it a try.  Let me know how it goes.

Call 1-800-CHIPOTLE or go to to order- please give at least 24 hours notice.

*Disclaimer: Get Clued In was compensated with a free catering event (20 people only) in exchange for an honest review of this.  Chipotle also invited her to preview their catering (pictured above) to understand what this was about and what it entailed. Once the catering event is held, Get Clued In may post another review.  All views are mine and voluntarily undertaken and not influenced by any compensation, in-kind or otherwise.  Please read the rest of my Disclaimer.
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The Garlic Knot – Westminster, CO

It’s finally open! Yeah! Garlic Knot, my favorite from Lakewood, CO (Green Mountain) finally opened a location up north near where I live on the corner of 92nd and Wadsworth in the old Amici’s location.  It’s tucked away and if you blink you can miss it, so when you turn East onto 92nd make your first left into the first shopping center or you will miss it!

Oh Garlic Knot, I am so glad you decided to branch out up north. Getting a slice of NY-style pizza has never tasted good. Garlic Knot has specials daily for lunch and dinner and yes, you can get pizza by the slice, or calzones, or traditional favorites like Spaghetti, Eggplant Parm, and so so much more! I wrote about them sometime ago when I discovered them near my work but now they deliver to my door in North Colorado – yeah!

It’s casual dining and fun for the kids too- pizza by the slice and their garlic knots will definitely blow your calorie counting diet but hey!  Skip a meal and then eat here. Check out their website and then check out their menu and locations as well.  Bon Appetit and dig in!

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Freebies and Discounts for Tax Day 2012

Taxes stink but you can drown your sorrows or your refund in these great deals, discounts, and freebies for Tax Day. Some are right on the big day, April 17, and others are through April 15. So check below, click the links, print the coupons (if necessary), and then, enjoy! When I did a Google search for Tax Day 2012 Freebies and Discounts, this website popped up. So I want to give credit and thanks to “Pocket Your Dollars” as well. But ,there are additional Denver-specific ones too. If I learn about more discounts I will add them and in the meantime, if you know of any great tax day deals or for the week of TAX DAY, April 16 – please post them and share here. THANKS!


AMC Theaters is giving away free small popcorn with this coupon from April 13-15. Not bad considering you know how I feel about AMC theaters 🙂

Just like last year, Arby’s will have a coupon for free value curly fries on April 17 – check their Facebook page starting Friday, April 13, for the coupon. Print it and voila! Free fries!

Boston Market BOGO
Buy 1 individual meal and a fountain drink and get another individual meal free at Boston Market with coupon.

Bruegger’s Discount
Bruegger’s is offering a great discount for a BAGEL BUNDLE which is their dozen bagels and two cream cheeses for $10.40 when you present their coupon available on their Facebook page. The offer is valid April 13-17.

Chili’s Discount
Get a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an adult entrée when you present this Chili’s coupon in printed version or on your smartphone. Coupon is valid from April 16 through April 18. And, if you are active on social media, check-in to Chili’s on four square every time you go for specials like free chips and salsa. So, you can have it all when you combine your coupons which Chili’s graciously lets you do.

Cinnabon Bites
Get your two free bites on Tax Day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (includes their mall locations).

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza (Denver): buy two ten-inch pizzas for the price of one, or get half-off a twenty-inch pizza on tax day only.

Qdoba Get a $5 chicken or vegetarian entree with this coupon from their Facebook page. Valid now through Tax Day, April 17th.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Get a large pepperoni pizza for $5 at Papa Murphy’s on April 17 or upgrade to family size for only $2 more.

P.F. Chang’s Discount
Save 15% on most everything on its menu* (excluding alcohol and happy hour items) on April 17. No coupon needed. *good on carryout orders too. Make sure that you ask for the discount because it may not be automatic.

Red Robin HOT ends April 15 Kids eat free between April 10-15, with every adult entree purchased but you need a coupon. Click here for the coupon and thanks to “Saving with Brandi” for the coupon on this great deal! This great deal ends April 15 so act this weekend!

Sonic Happy Hour
Happy Hour is going on all day on Tax Day with half-priced drinks and slushies. Yum!

OTHER DISCOUNTS (FREEBIES): – 50% off Sitewide, when you use coupon code TAX50 at checkout

Office Depot
Office Depot is letting customers make 25 single-sided black and white copies and offering up to 5 pounds of shredding for free through April 16. No coupon is necessary, and the offer is valid in stores nationwide. I learned about this offer from Pocker your Dollars so thanks to them!

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