Most already know that Maggie has recently been devoting her time and energy to pursuing her other passions in life. From completing the Swift Ride in July to getting hired as a sous chef in Antarctica, she's doing it all! I, Chris Kirkendall, have taken over as head chef of Mezcla Maggie Catering. Maggie still has a large role with the company but has moved on from day to day operations. However, when in town you might catch Maggie at our kitchen or even at some catering events, keep an eye out!
I hope to grow Mezcla Maggie and will start by introducing new brands and concepts to the Denver market. The first will be available very soon and is called Petit Dejeuner. It is a sister catering company that will specialize in breakfast including crepes, waffles and quiches. Please check it out at www.petitdejeunerdenver.com.
The second release is called Sweet Charlotte which is named after my mother. Those that attended Maggie's Swift Ride fundraiser in Denver last month got to experience much of Sweet Charlotte's offerings. We will be offering a wide variety of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Please keep an eye out for the future release of the menu and website!
HUGE announcement for me came on my 30th birthday, 7-16-18. Sharing that in May & June 2019 I will be biking 4000+ miles across the country to raise awareness and funds for organizations involved with mental health and suicide prevention. My planning team Rich Smith, Lacey Avery and Chris Kirkendall and I are working on more details but you can visit the preliminary route on our website www.swift-ride.com
We are starting to collect donations through PayPal to Maggie.firstname.lastname@example.org. The idea is to collect donations for each mile of the ride. My goal is $20/mile for as much as $80,000 to be split between four organizations.. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), This is My Brave (mental health), Active Minds and Mental Health Colorado. We are also planning to give a grant to a group or individual we have not yet come across but we meet throughout the next year that is making great efforts in this cause.
We are planning to host a Podcast to share stories, inspiration, messages, trials and tribulations to spread more awareness and hopefully create a more openness and connectedness in our communities, if you're interested or have any suggestions or comments please reach out to me at Maggie.email@example.com
We are so very excited about this ride/project and appreciate any feedback and support as we plan more details. Thank you for taking the time to read, and more details will come!:) #swiftride #NAMI #AFSP #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #wellness #biking #bikeamerica #crosscountry #bemorehuman #optoutside #thisismybrave
Heading out to Zion
Every summer we for a group based off the east coast, called Rein Teen Tours.
This year we will be stationed in Zion National Park, well right outside the entrance. We will have 4 tour groups come through and cook them breakfast, lunch and dinner out of Penske truck geared up with tents, grills and food!
2018 marks Maggie's 9th year and actually Rein tours was the first company that had officially given her the opportunity to be paid to cook! Even better, the opportunity to be outside and travel, and expose young kids to hearty food while exploring the outdoors and wonders of our country!
Susan, Maggie's mother will be joining her for the first time this year as an assistant!
Follow along on our IG page @mezclamaggie for daily updates!
6 WEEK SERIES
MONDAY NIGHTS STARTING AT 6PM
WITH HEALTHY LIGHT SNACKS AND BEVERAGES PROVIDED,
LOCATED AT DENVER PRESS CLUB
1:ENJOY HEALTHY FOOD THAT TASTE GREAT
LEARN ABOUT THE FOOD SPECTRUM, SMALL CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE TO CHOOSE HELATHIER FATS, LESS SALT AND ADDED SUGARS; HOW TO MODIFY YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES AND TIPS FOR REGULAR EXERCISE
2:QUICK, HEALTHY MEALS AND SNACKS
TIPS FOR PREPARING QUICK AND HEALTHY MEALS; MY SHOPPING LIST; TIPS FOR EATING OUT; HOW TO BUILD A HEALTHY MEAL WITHOUT CALORIE COUNTING; SLOW COOKER DEMO
3:EATING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET
CREATE A WEEKLY MEAL PLANNER, DIETARY GUIDELINES AND WHAT THAT EVEN MEANS; COST-CUTTING MEALS AND TECHNIQUES; INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
4:TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING IT OFF
FRUIT & VEGGIE TASTING; DISCOVERING YOUR HEALTHY WEIGHT; 5 MINUTE ANYWHERE WORKOUT; KEEPING IT OFF; RETHINKING YOUR DRINKS
5:MAKING HEALTHY YOUR LIFESTYLE
CONCEPTS OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLE; THE WHEEL OF LIFE ACTIVITY; WHOEL GRAIN TASTING; BALANCING WITH MORE NOT LESS; NUTRITION FACTS AND LABELS
6:LETS GET PHYSICAL
BE ACTIVE YOUR WAY; MUSCLE STRENGTHENING; BARRIERS AND GOALS
Please email Chef Maggie to let her know you're coming:) www.mezclamaggie.com
Partnership with Denver Party Ride
We are announcing our partnership with Denver Party Ride for the 2018 season--- have you heard of them?
Denver's fleet of buses and limousine rentals...perfect for getting to and from your events safely and of course in style! Their drivers are all insured and trained to get your where you need to be safely. Safety is always our(and their) biggest concern for our guests at the end of a great party, wedding, etc.
We highly recommend checking out their fleet here: http://denverpartyride.com/fleet/ And this year, you will receive 10% off their services, just because you are our client!
Looking forward to planning some special Colorado farm tours and more using these guys...rid'n in style:)
P.S. They featured us here on their blog.. check it out:
Article taken directly from ezcater.com blog:
"Welcome to the wild west, because anything goes within Denver’s energetic dining scene. Convivial food halls are popping up everywhere in the Mile High City. And they’re attracting homegrown cooks along with celebrity chefs. The groundbreaking craft brewing scene has been long recognized nationwide. But the rest of the country is finally noticing that Denver has great food, too. That’s why Zagat recently named it one of the hottest food cities in the country. This distinction extends to Denver’s catering, of course. Here’s a list of the best catering in Denver, along with some stand-out dishes.
Mezcla Maggie Catering (Glenarm Pl, Denver)View their catering menu
For something out of the ordinary, you have to try Mezcla Maggie Catering. They whip up singular dishes like Ricotta Lasagna Roulade — lasagna rolls stuffed with ricotta and topped with marinara sauce — like no one else. Try the Espresso-rubbed Pork Loin with the Strawberry Delight Salad for a fantastic mix of flavors. For breakfast, their Cruffins are a combination of croissants and muffins and they melt in your mouth. The Donut Hole Kabobs and Cinnamon and Sugar Churros are just as intriguing for dessert. You’re guaranteed to see why this is some of the best catering in Denver.
Transformation Challenge 2018
Transformation Challenge 2018
January 25th- February 25th
Now and continuing over the next few years, fitness, nutrition and society will change dramatically.
This challenge will set you up to dive deep into structuring your mind and body to battle the changing stimulus and information around you. You will develop a better understanding of yourself through this self-paced, 5-week course, really focusing on expanding your attention and awareness in daily challenges and reflection.
Much of our current age is based on a linear perception…we have a limited reality, a limited amount of time, a limited concept of how much we can include in our attention span and a limited sense of our capacity as individuals. It takes great energy and pressure to deal with the amount of data we are stimulated by daily and in doing so we often feel inadequate. Trying to perceive things faster and faster has caused us to understand less and less. Combining hundreds of functions into gadgets, has caused us a dependency that is causing our natural human abilities to atrophy. Fragmented attention and perhaps our screen addiction, shows our hunger for intimacy and has begun to replace real relationships. Drugging ourselves with stimulation, is beginning to cause us to focus on things sometimes not even worth paying attention to. It’s not that we should begin to ignore innovations of technology, just that we need to equally develop and explore our own human abilities so we can continue to expand with the evolution taking place around us.
Do you want to return to a more conscious life experience? Develop and maintain closer relationships/friendships? Work on developing healthy boundaries for yourself in regards to exercise and nutrition? Create an inner calm and higher self-esteem? Have better work relationships, develop creativity and practice respect?
These are all within your reach, and maybe now is the time for you to commit to shifting back to a better understanding of yourself. Slow it down, refocus your attention, goals, and delve more into understanding aspects of your life.
Come expand your mind, heal from societal stress and attend to yourself while re-creating your world that allows you to feel more present, positive and inspired!
During this 5 week challenge you will participate in a self-guided fitness, nutrition and mental plan. With your application you will select one of three programs in each aspect, designed to help you focus on what you seek for the five weeks. A Facebook community will keep participants engaged and excited by connecting you with other individuals who are also on a journey to recreate themselves in the New Year.
Each participant will receive their own fitness and nutrition plans, along with a month long guide with daily ggieand reflections. The challenges of the month can be completed on your own time and schedule, but each challenge must be completed at some point during the duration of the challenge itself. At the end of the month, participants who have completed each daily challenge will be awarded a printed completion certification, and $15 VISA gift card. “Biggest Motivator” participant will also receive a $15 gift card.
Send application information to firstname.lastname@example.org
(one that can be accessed daily for challenge communications)
Current Nutrition: (foods/beverages you eat every day or would like to eat every day, things you hate, # of meals you prefer to eat daily/snacks, etc.)
Current Fitness: (do you work out- walking, gym, yoga classes, etc? In what capacity?)
Primary Goal(s) for 5 week challenge:
Heath Conditions/Limitations: (current or past)
Fitness Catergory (Select 1):
Muscle Building - you’re looking to not only tone, but really kick up your routine in order to shape your physique
Transform for Life- you’ve participated in past challenges and are looking to continue or return to a maintenance schedule
Other- please specify and I will do my best to design your fitness program focusing on your primary goal
Nutrition Category (Select 1):
Everything- You have no restrictions as far as ingredients in your meal plan
Vegetarian- No animal proteins, dairy is included
Specialty- please specify and I will do my best to design a nutrition program focusing on your nutritional goals
Please share anything you would like me to take into account when designing your nutrition and fitness plans.
Tapas Cooking Class
Boy what a fun evening!
They found me with a random google search for Tapas cooking classes in Denver, and I'm sure glad they did! Last night was the reason I host these classes....for excited, beautiful people, to unite, for one purpose: FOOD.
The two co-hosts invited three other couples, some who may or may not have known each other. We all had an interest in creating tapas...drinking sangria and other choice wine and beer...
They had literally never met me, but had faith that I would present an evening that friends and family could be together laughing and enjoying each other's company while centering everything around food and learning.
Seriously. My favorite thing is to bring people together around food.
My favorite thing to prepare are tapas.
My favorite cuisine is Spanish food.
My favorite activity is to cook!t did you learn from us?"
These classes will probably be offered a little more often...what an amazing group. As we finished the night presenting the dishes they made, I asked to also share something they learned with the group. Of course they flipped the question back on me.."What did you learn from us?" My response: I learned how amazing it is to meet a new group of people and be able to have fun and learn together. Seriously, their energy, curiosity, and laughter energized me and I'm already anxiously awaiting our next class together! Thank yoU!
Women Who Startup Basecamp: "We have a giant sandbox, now let's build a fucking castle."
With the current events of the #metoo movement, it was ever so timely to go to this workshop/presentation put on by Women Who Startup. It's like there is so much turmoil from the past being brought to the surface, women and people speaking up...we don't know how to work through it. (That's pretty much where I've been at with the business...so much going on and no tools and experience to process it.)
The events are founded by Lizelle VanVurren, sho started her first group of entrepreneurial women in 2013 and has now grown the group to host monthly speakers, a summit during Denver Startup Week and 6 minute solutions. All of her programs are directed towards giving women sponsorship and opportunity in a world created and sustained by men(not always a bad thing). But encouraging women to become powerful and bold and run with their ideas. (We need both!)
I loved every word that came out of her mouth. Strong, bold, empowering..to say the least. Luckily, in my lifetime, I have yet to feel like I "can't," do something. Maybe from the encouraging words of my parents, that I could do anything and go anywhere I wanted...or maybe its just something you're born with. As Lizelle put it, "we're bulldozers." We have ideas that we don't take no for an answer, or we just don't stop till we find a solution. She's spotlighting women entrepreneurs and breaking down how they got to where they are, and who they really are.
Last night she interviewed the CEO of @kitables Arieanne DeFazio..an ex-scientist, young personality who thought it would be better to give people an experience by building their own projects; give them all the tools and empower people of all ages to build; backwards in a way, instead of an app, give them a hands on-do-it-yourself kit. I love it! Anyways, listening to her speak about not knowing anything about finance and crowdfunding when she started..and the fact that she is three years in (where we are as a catering business), really helped me focus on "taking the legos and building."
I (Mezcla Maggie) am at this odd stage where we need to grow the business, but giving up the reins on the "Do everything yourself," roller coaster...is mentally going to be the hardest thing. Finding the right people, to trust with the "baby." I can't really fathom it until it happens...but it's happening. I can't resist growth. That's what we are here for. To learn, to grow, to innovate...hence being an entrepreneur. "We have a giant sandbox, now let's build a fucking castle."
More reflection to come...
Hopefully, I am not speaking prematurely, but we finished up with our last wedding of the season last night.
A simple menu but one that anyone could enjoy.
BYO Pasta Bar including bowtie pasta and penne pasta with choice of chicken based alfredo sauce or vegetarian base; mix-ins including diced tomato, grilled chicken, parmesan cheese, sauteed crimini mushrooms, and broccoli florets. BYO Slider Bar with beef pucks, cheddar, provolone and swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion along with ketchup and mustard. Appetizers including rainbow fruit kabobs, parmesan and spinach stuffed mushrooms, corn chips, salsa and guacamole along with a no-tomato Brushetta Bar of Basil Aioli, Roasted Red Pepper Feta and Olive Tapenade! Even pulled out the good ole S'mores Bar.
Chelsey and Jonathan were easy to plan with and celebrated their ceremony in Estes Park yesterday and the reception at the Knights of Columbus in Fort Collins.
BYO Bars are great for an affordable wedding, but we spiced it up having our men in black serve! See pictures below with credits to Rich Smith for capturing;)