Catering | Private Chef | Weddings
Catering | Private Chef | Weddings
Our mission is to show people that healthy eating can be fun, easy, and affordable. By spreading knowledge and creating awareness about the foods that are available to us today, we can share with people how to listen to their bodies and live happier, more energetic, and more fulfilling lives.
We believe that food is the most important and necessary part of our lives. It has the ability to optimize and heal our bodies, stimulate our mind and senses, and provide us with a creative outlet that not only diversifies us, but also brings us together. With a better understanding and a better connection to what we put into our bodies, we are afforded the opportunity to maximize our life experience.
Our promise to you is the same as the promise to ourselves: to do everything we do with love and passion, to always prioritize the quality of our art, to operate professionally and with an open mind, to constantly search for new ways to learn and improve, and finally- to be ourselves.
We are just a couple of romantic & hard-working fools who are completely submerged in the idea of creating a better world through our actions. At this moment we do that through our culinary arts and hospitality ideology. Both Juli and I have a fascination for nature as she holds and creates all the ingredients the rest of us need to survive. So we hold her very high in our lives. We came to Fort Collins 5 years ago, and with the help of some friends we completely fell in love with the surroundings and with its people. We have been in the food industry for almost two decades. We have had a restaurant together, managed a boutique hotel, and open our own Chef’s Table in Colombia. We both believe that food is one of the most important sources of healing and preventing illness. We both love to study, to learn and to apply that knowledge into our everyday lives. In our spiritual life, we study the I-Ching and practice it on a daily basis.
Juli studied culinary school in Mexico and was the first of her class, while I studied in Connecticut in communications, graphic design, photography and advertising, and graduated Summa Cum Laude…yes we are nerds! I happened to grow in a family of foodies and chefs and developed my early love for the Culinary Arts with them, but it was not until Juli and I started dating that I have truly submerged into it. We both run our little, but fun, company from home under a huge 150-year-old cottonwood tree, with three chickens, a dog and a cat… not to mention bees and all the birds and squirrels that live in the tree… We love freedom of speech, and believe in collaboration rather than competition. We see everyone as equal, and will always support taking care of nature in our personal, as well as our business, ethics. We believe that happiness & respect are the keys for an everlasting world community.
We were living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A good old friend decided to fly us over to do his rehearsal dinner near Fort Collins. While we started to plan, many of our friends from the boutique hotel started to book us for events during that time in the summer, so we decided to do a road trip instead of taking a flight. Before we knew it, we had events booked for 4 months in 13 states near the Midwest. It was crazy fun!! After that amazing experience, our friends in Fort Collins suggested that we should stay. We took their advice and started our catering company. We were broke and only had $700.00 for the first month of rent. Then we’d have another event, and we’d pay our second month, and then two events, and three, four… today we create over 80 events per year. From private chefs, cooking in open-fire, donating dinners to raise money for charity, we have given classes and more… it has been an incredible adventure so far… but mostly we are in love with creating weddings food experiences.
The magic of believing and expressing love. Weddings have given us the opportunity to be as creative as possible. Every wedding is different + unique. We create personalized menus, get to know the couple; it is a ton of fun to sit and help them dream together, and get as close as possible to their ideas. It is a pleasure to see how great they are when they understand that we are sincerely here to help. Their heart opens and we can really dream together. Another part that we enjoy are the logistics, preparing, assembling the space, and delivering one year of planning; it is something we really enjoy. You have to get there with the out-most flexibility expecting that anything can happen and be willing to fix it and adapt to the changes. This is something we love, as it helps us practice the artistry of how to be more patient, how to react upon a situation and give a solution almost without the event guests realizing… it is quite the mental, emotional and spiritual challenge!! But it is in trying times that we get the opportunity to become better.
Open-Fire Cooking is definitely our favorite because there is something embedded in our roots when we cook on open flames with wood on a fire ring. It is hard to explain, but it is something we humans have been doing for thousands of years. It is very pleasing to our souls. It allows us be outdoors, and play with fire, and create cooking toys, and be with nature. We would love if we could do our weddings this way all the time!! Haha. Maybe one day when Colorado laws become less harsh we would be able to open this possibility in certain venues. For now it is only in private events that we are allowed to do this. Our second most favorite is Family Style, because it is the best way to practice sharing and the best way to keep all of the guests at the table talking and having a blast instead of having to get up and make a line. It is also the best way to not create food waste and the fastest to serve. We are all about becoming more efficient and taking care of our natural resources. We intend to adapt our business to what is fair to nature first, and then us. It is because of a simple reason: without nature we will not survive.
Since we create unique menus for each event, we have the opportunity to collaborate with nature better. So we have our harvest seasonal map for Colorado and surrounding areas and we create our menus according to the seasons. More salads in the summer and more meat in the winter. We are very particular with trends as we normally do not pay attention to them. We go with what we feel. If you look into trends you never create trends. I guess our trends would be the fusion of flavors from all over the world, and creating the experience of a great service. We love to verbally present our menus to the guests in the event, and that is something you do not see in the catering industry as much as we would love to. To see the artist who created your food, to present your food, to deliver your food, and to be there with you at all times during your event is something special.
We love to work on our home. Do-It-Yourself kind of projects. We love to create, so when we have free time we focus our creative minds into something new and different. We installed a beehive at home in our backyard and we are harvesting honey this summer and we are also creating an irrigation system for our raised beds and plants in our front yard. We are also writing a Culinary Book. We love to travel, to get to know more cultures and other gorgeous places on earth. Obviously food is our main reason for traveling…haha. We also love spending time with our animals. We have three chickens, a chocolate lab and a cat. So we love to sit in our backyard and just enjoy some good music and the tranquility of listening to the wind and being still and enjoy the times we can all be a family. We love photography and helping our community in any possible way we can. We are truly in favor for our world to be a more peaceful and kind-loving place for all of us to be able to experience happiness.
We normally give them this tip: “Remember that every time we plan something there are two ways we function; We have expectations (control) and then, there is reality (acceptance). Our advice to you is to have a vision and then flow with reality. Everything between your expectation and reality, all that gap, turns into stress. If you get rid of expectations, then you will just meet with reality and it will be easier to accept the outcome of your vision. With expectations we are practicing control, and when things get out of our control, we stress. There is nothing worse for your wedding planning adventure than stress. It can destroy the entire atmosphere of your event, which is what makes an event successful or not. Just flow, adapt and accept. Do your best and let life be life. Remember planning should be fun and adventurous, not stressful.”
I think we can only speak from our experience. We take “saved the dates” in our calendar all year round, but we do not begin planning until October for the following year. Which gives you plenty of time to plan for your next year’s wedding. Our advice in choosing your caterer would be to find someone that you matter to them. One of the aspects we encounter more in this industry is the lack of personal intention from the business side. So I would say do not sign anything in fear of not getting a caterer. Also, make the time and get to meet the artist behind your food preparation. For us it is very important to know who we are cooking for, it makes all the difference. We all have different energies and you want to find someone that your energy really vibrates in the same way. About choosing your menu; it all depends what you are looking for & like. We always say not to worry about your guests, just worry about you, what do you want to eat in your wedding?. The mentality of the couple normally is to please everyone, which let me tell you by experience, is impossible. The best approach is to be a little selfish here. For us what you choose to offer should speak about who the couple is. So make sure food brings that personality, and make sure the food is made with love, intention for the two of you. When should you contact the catering? Well it all depends, I would say one year in advance, we have been booked even two years in advance… but mostly one year should be ok.
It really depends what you want and the company you like. Corporate companies have more availability, and personal culinary artists have more demand and quality, but have less availability.
Yes. During your process of organizing a crazy love party where you will want to have plenty of family and friends, please make sure that you are having fun at all times. We all tend to somehow get ourselves into corners where we stop enjoying and it becomes more about money than everything else. We are not all lucky to have endless piles of cash sitting waiting to be spent in our dreams, so make sure you are honest to what you can create, and love what you can do. If you have all the means, then go all crazy into creating everything you want, but for most if us who do not have all the means, there are two ways you could approach. You have to choose either if you want to have tons of guests, or quality of performing artists. What is more important to you is for you to decide. But please when you do decide, always be honest to both of you. Remember that you have an entire life ahead of you, make it fun all the time, collaborate and do not get into a financial corner, it is not worth it. Your love is the only thing worth it, and the guests-count, or the meal, or the music, or the ambiance should never change what you two feel for each other. Love should be unconditional. So have fun and let us know if we can help in any possible way.
Food, Love & Stories.
Food, Love & Stories.
Chef & Food Artist
Born in Medellin – Colombia, may 16th, 1985. Lived in what felt like an infinite ranch/city, until I was 11 years old. Then, my parents moved to Mexico were we jumped from place to place for 18 years. This period of consistent changes in my life created in me a personality with a mixture of cultures, fighting for survival and adaptability within myself and my surroundings. As my life settled in Mexico, it left a deep and unconditional love for this wonderful country and it’s people…my people; it’s fascinating history and off course it’s gastronomy, world icon of tradition and uniqueness. All this without forgetting my roots, my homeland Colombia and all it’s significance in my life. Since I was 18 years I’ve been working, giving myself the chance to discover my strengths and weaknesses in the kitchen and at the same time, immersing into all kind of gastronomies, places, business and much more that had to do with cooking. Each and every one of them so different, so apart and at the same time so alike. Small bistros, big restaurants, catering services, schools, french cuisine, mediterranean, haut cuisine, chocolate sculptures and much more. From owner of my own restaurant in Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya, private chef for a high end Boutique Hotel, to executive chef at the Mexican Embassy in the United States. I am positive that everything in life happens for a reason, and all my culinary adventures, just as all my other jobs, happened the way they did because I had to find myself through the experiences I was living day by day. Now I can see that not until I knew that cooking was the heart within my passion in life, that I was going to be ready for the challenge of my existence. My latest approach has been to try and understand the meaning of a gastronomic gathering, but not just about the nutrition part, but the art and the intention behind everything we do with love and consciousness. For me it goes beyond structures, it nests in the soul and spirit of our work. After doing a gastronomic tour between Mexico and USA for 4 months and 13 states, my partner and I saw a great opportunity and started a food company 4 years ago in a gorgeous little city in northern Colorado, Fort Collins. It has been a magical adventure since. We have set a goal; to restructure, reanimate, understand, admire and respect food, in all of it senses, from the moment you grow it, to the moment you serve it and make it part of your body. We see that there has been a mishandle and an unappreciated approach to what nature provide for us, and I feel I am here to help balance the perspective again through love, understanding, community, equality, art, health, respect and all the virtues that bring the best version of ourselves. How much would I do? Who knows, I guess we will all check balances at the end of our life.
So this is me, passionate about life, art, nature, health, dreams and good food of course. I love how life shows us new things everyday, and surprises us with all that we can do and create when we really want it from the heart, without desire or lust, but with great love and acceptance.
After 34 years of walking among great experiences, I feel more than lucky, because I can say that I belong to the small group of people that their passion in life is the livelihood; to have found in the kitchen and community the perfect formula to express my curious and creative personality, alongside my love for the good life.
A Philosophy of Life.
A Philosophy of Life.
Art Director & Sous Chef
Born in San Diego, 18th of may 1980. Lived in a small town called El Sauzal de Rodriguez – Baja California, a place where there was nothing in-between my family, me, and nature all around us. I grew in a small town with goodness, and kindness, a place were people where genuinely happy; I am the youngest of 4, son of a culinary passionate mom, and a photographer dad, and since I remember I have asked the Why’s of life. My story has had so many cultural changes, it is hard to say where home is… So home became my heart since a very early age. I grew in a ranch with a passion to art, nature and to help. Since I remember I have been an observer of nature and life. Always trying to make this world a more peaceful and balanced world for everyone. I was the mediator in my family struggles which helped me overthink situations, to connect dots and find solutions to problems. As I grew with this natural curiosity and willingness to find emotional happiness in my surrounding, I choose my career path to be Medicine. Once I started this path, It took me almost two years to realized that the allopathic (western) approach was not what my heart resonated with. I knew there was a mystical and magical life out there, but I did not know where, so my search continued. I moved to study my degree in Science in Communication, with minor in Marketing, Design and Photography. I can not ignore it but I was a total nerd, completely devoted to educate myself and absorb all the knowledge I could. I found new ways to stream my emotional curiosity, my thoughts, my feelings and the way I see life. I discover graphics, words, pictures, ideas and my mind was always high in creativity. It had become my new Me. For now I had just realize the importance of communicating, and I had the grasp of how humans process information, and I started to apply my emotional understanding and view of life into every adventure I was part of. During this years of growth, I had a hard time adapting, as I got to see a side of life I did not agree with; the greed side of humans. I could not understand why we could just not be honest, good, and kind to each other. My heart was broken with society and I knew I needed to do something; the willingness to help came back to life. I set a new goal for me: that If I was ever going to be a business owner I was going to do it in such a different manner than the one I had to live. So I kept moving, and searching for that feeling of peace and community, for that feeling of humans being good, and honest, keeping their word and not letting themselves be consumed by greed… not until I was around 32 years old, it all suddenly changed. I gather the strength and decided to be fully happy no matter what. Enough waiting it was time to Act, and Happiness became my new compass in life. This new compass came to clarify the path of my existence in the years to come. I quit my Job, took my savings and starting to apply my views of life. I decided to give all the reins of life to my old fellow heart, no questions ask. Before I knew my universe of life had change drastically, I left everything behind and started to live. My first stop was moving to Colombia to meet Juli, an amazing woman who became my best friend, partner in life, my lover, and together we decided to adventure and grow alongside. We both have the same search in life. To be happy. During our adventures we have had the chance to join our passions an we have been evolving together, we both want to help Humanity and Nature into finding a balance. We started a new adventure in a small city in Northern Colorado; Fort Collins. A place that at some point was an agricultural city, and now is struggling to keep it that identity alive. We started a Catering company, where I found an artistic passion in the Culinary Arts, we bought a home, and we are making community. I am keeping my promise to apply all the knowledge we have gathered in our past, and absorbing the new one arriving. We do not want to be anywhere else, and we want to share our story because we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to wake up and smile, to be excited about the coming day. We all deserve to be ourselves in life, and to help everyone reach that amazing grace in life, a place where fear cannot grow.
Now, in a short story you know how a became to be. Where I go from here, only time will tell, but for now let’s enjoy the amazing present of life itself, let's all find our true self, let's all work to be the better version of today so we can apply it tomorrow, and, lets do it with respect, equality, humbleness, compassion and love.
Let’s Think, Feel and Act on our dreams.