Elevate Your Event: 4 Tips for the Perfect Corporate Catering Menu

How do you make everyone happy?

Planning a memorable corporate event requires a lot of effort, careful consideration, and let’s not forget, a fantastic menu. The power of great food in bringing people together and shaping experiences is undeniable.

➡️ But how do you ensure that your corporate catering menus truly stand out and impress your guests?
➡️ How do you make your event the one that everyone talks about around the water cooler (or on Slack), for all the right reasons?

Well, you’re in the right place.

Whether you’re an office administrator or an event planning pro, this post will help you plan the perfect menu. We’ll delve into the art and science of designing Denver corporate catering menus that not only satisfy taste buds but also elevate the entire event experience.

The tips here apply to everyone, but you’ll find this post especially useful if you’re planning a corporate event in Denver.

From understanding your audience and prioritizing seasonality and balance, to infusing creativity and maintaining impeccable service quality, we have you covered. By the end of this post, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and insight you need to make your corporate catering menus the talk of the town (or at least the office).

So, let’s get started on our journey to creating the perfect corporate catering menu.

Understand Who You’re Catering to (Literally & Figuratively)


seasonal spinach saladThe first question to ask when creating a powerful catering menu for corporate events is: who are you catering to?

Are you serving your team lunch during an all-day training, or are you saying thank you to your top donors at an exclusive evening event? The dishes and experiences here are going to be quite different.

For the former, you may consider a Fit & Fresh or Lifestyles Bowl option that provides luscious low-fat, high-carb, high-protein meals that will fuel your team for learning and creativity.

For the latter, your focus will likely be more wow factor. Our Urban menu combines tasty and creative plates, including:

  • Passed hors d’oeuvre: Bao Big Mac Steamed Buns featuring 5 spice pork belly | Wasabi Thousand Island | Sesame Ginger Pickles | Bib Lettuce
  • Salad: Mandarin Spinach Salad with mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, red onions, and balsamic
  • Entree: Pineapple Soy Hangar Steak with Szechuan Shrimp, served with sugar snap peas, black bean sauce, and jasmine rice
  • Dessert: Dessert Poke featuring passion fruit tapioca custard, sesame brittle, dragon fruit, and blueberries

This should be the first question you ask when you get started! Think about their wants and desires, potential dietary or event restrictions, your budget for this demographic based on your event goals, etc. Our planners can help you run through these questions and many more to create the perfect menu, too.

Place Focus on Seasonality & Balance


delicious seasonal bowlNext, consider what time of year and day you’re hosting your event.

Creating a seasonal menu that balances indulgences with healthy eats is popular in an active city like Denver. If it’s a daytime luncheon, you may want to go with something a little bit lighter, but if it’s an evening event, that isn’t as much of a priority for most corporate soirees.

For example, the Luther Burgers served on a glazed donut hole on our Classic Menu are a favorite summer hors d’oeuvre—nothing screams summer like sliders! Whereas for winter corporate events, guests love plates reminiscent of the holiday season, like warm pretzels with fondue.

At Rocky Mountain Catering and Events, our local purveyors are our lifeblood and what makes our food so incredibly flavorful and delicious, no matter what season.

These are just a few ways we source local food for our corporate catering events in Denver:

Plus, sourcing locally is a great conversation starter for clients, investors, partners, and colleagues!

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative—In Fact, Make Creativity Required


fancy backyard eventWe think menus make moments. And what that means is that when someone is wowed by a plate or beverage you serve, it’s going to be a moment they remember. Isn’t that what you want for a VIP or C-suite event?

Think outside the box when creating dishes and add in some creative plating to really spark a memorable meal. As a chef-owned company, Rocky Mountain Catering & Events prides itself on not only delicious food but also the creativity seen in the details of our dishes. 

The thing about corporate events is that planning them can be fun. You just need the right supportive team on your side.

Consider things like:

  • Interactive dessert stations like a flambeed donut station or an edible cookie dough bar for networking events
  • Offer a breakfast burrito buffet at the office as a surprise for your team when they hit quarterly KPIs
  • Serve a build-your-own sandwich bar so your team can fuel with exactly what they want and need before a training event versus a set platter
  • Host a backyard picnic (elevated, of course) as a summer client mixer

Our team can work with yours to also cultivate a custom menu to suit your guests’ unique flavor preferences, dietary restrictions, and your team’s budget!

Factor in Service Quality & Elements


selection of high end menuNow, you can have the best menu in the world with the most creative dishes and elegant presentation. But if it’s not served efficiently and effectively, you’re not going to wow anyone. You don’t want service delayed and running in competition with your keynote speaker taking the stage. Nor do you want to be searching for utensils because your drop-off caterer forgot to leave them with the order while your team has limited break time on-site at an all-day training.

How many times have you been to a gala where you’re disappointed when you’re at the last table served and your salmon is cold? How many times have you been frustrated by the long bar line keeping you from networking and making connections?

Think about these potential mishaps and consider how important your investment in the right caterer is. You know that when these things have happened on-site at an event you’ve attended, you’ve left with a sour taste in your mouth.

So, while managing corporate event planning and menu tasks, you want to think about:

  • What’s the event timeline?
  • What is the server/bartender-to-staff ratio?
  • What venue considerations do we need to think about (i.e., is the venue set up for corporate events?)
  • How are they going to ensure accuracy with numbers and dietary restrictions?
  • Do I need a professional planner on-site so I can focus on creating connections or running my session?

These are just a handful of questions that will impact the guest experience. If you have an experienced and trustworthy full-service catering company on your side, they’ll ensure that you are taken care of by asking these questions.

With Rocky Mountain Catering & Events, you can rest assured that the service experience is just as delicious as the food on the plate. That’s what creates a positively memorable event, in our opinion!

Let Rocky Mountain Catering & Events Help You Design Your Next Corporate Catering Menu


Corporate events can be one of the top revenue drivers for your business—if they’re done well. That’s why whether you’re hosting a small board meeting or stakeholder meeting for 25 or a product launch event for 1,000+, you should enlist the support of a team of professionals.

Our full-service Rocky Mountain Catering team—which includes chefs, planners, day-of coordinators, waitstaff, and more—will take care of every element of your event, from impactful experiential design to corporate menu planning and wow-worthy event execution.

Let’s chat about your Denver area corporate event goals and uncover how we can support you in getting ROI.


10+ Unforgettable Denver Corporate Event Venues Your Guests Will Love

You’ve got a lot on your plate, juggling tasks and ensuring everything runs smoothly for your company’s next big gathering.

And we know how crucial it is to find that PERFECT Denver corporate event venue to make your job easier and your event a smashing success.

But worry not! We’ve got your back.

At Rocky Mountain Catering, we’ve done the legwork, explored every nook and cranny of the Mile High City, and curated a list of the most fabulous Denver corporate event venues that’ll leave your attendees raving for months. ✨

From elegant spaces that scream sophistication to ultra-modern venues that capture the spirit of Denver’s innovative tech scene, our list has got it all.

And with our insider tips and exclusive relationships, you’ll have the keys to unlock the best-kept secrets of corporate catering experts.

So, let’s dive in and discover the must-book Denver corporate event venues that’ll elevate your next gathering from ordinary to extraordinary!

🔑 Let’s save you time and start your venue hunt together. Contact a designer today.

Cable Center

Central Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Cable Center, Central Denver, CO

Why we love it

This state-of-the-art facility boasts multiple event spaces equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. From the Active Learning Lab (which is great for collaborative events) or the Bresnan Board Room (which is perfect for presentations) to the Tech Studios that make streaming a hybrid event a simple reality, you can get creative with how to utilize the space for your next conference, training, team off-site, or fundraising event. It’s also ideally located right next door to the University of Denver and right by downtown and Cherry Creek-area hotels for easy attendee access.

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PACE Center

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Pace Center, Parker, CO

Why we love it

When people think of the PACE Center, they typically think of shows and productions. But it’s actually an incredible spot to host corporate events in Denver due to the versatility of the spaces available! You can offer TED Talk-style presentations in the theater, followed by networking in one of the state-of-the-art meeting spaces.

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Upper Larimer

RiNo Neighborhood, Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 340 | Outdoor Reception Capacity: 220

Upper Larimer - Denver Event Venue

Why we love it

The Upper Larimer event space is a seamless blend of historic and modern. This restored warehouse and homestead from the early 1900s is now outfitted with modern fixtures and audiovisuals. It’s great for networking events, lunch and learn presentations, galas, awards dinners, fundraising dinners, and more.

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The Establishment

Westminster, CO | Seated Capacity: 520 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Establishment, Westminster, CO

Why we love it

If you want a space that’s modern and vast, The Establishment at Bradburn Village is it. It’s just 20 minutes away from Downtown Denver and has two ballrooms with separate foyers, an outdoor terrace space, a lounge, a green room, and plenty of breakout space. It would be ideal for a conference or team meeting with breakout sessions!

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Vehicle Vault

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 500 | Reception Capacity: 800

Vehicle Vault Corporate Event Venue, Parker, CO

Why we love it

The Vehicle Vault is one of the most fun corporate vent venues in the Denver area, hands down. Whether you’re a car buff or not, you have to appreciate the luxe and vintage rides on display at this museum/event venue. They feature nearly 30,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor event space that flows beautifully while providing an open floor plan for creativity. You don’t have to do much to wow your guests at a venue like this!

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The Conference Center at RidgeGate

Lone Tree, CO | Seated Capacity: 88 | Reception Capacity: 150

Why we love it

Naturally, a facility designed with corporate meetings in mind is going to be one of the best in the area to host a corporate meeting or event. The Conference Center at RidgeGate features a modern design with seven unique meeting rooms ranging from large general session spaces to intimate board rooms with plug-and-play audiovisual equipment that also allows for simple video conferencing and teleconferencing. Plus, they have a fully equipped business center on-site, which is a great perk.

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Highlands Ranch Mansion

Highlands Ranch, CO | Seated Capacity: 250 | Reception Capacity: 250

Why we love it

The perfect spot for retreats, team-building, or special corporate events, the Highlands Ranch Mansion is nestled among 250 acres of ranch less than 20 miles south of downtown Denver for easy access that feels like a world away. There are five indoor spaces and five outdoor spaces of varying sizes, so you can use them for general sessions, breakouts, meals, and more.

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Denver Botanic Gardens York

Denver, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 600 | Reception Capacity: 1,300

Why we love it

The Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street is highly popular for social events, but it’s actually also a super fun corporate party venue in Denver. Not all work events have to be stuffy. And when you’re among the blooms that cover 24 acres of transformational event space, it’s hard not to feel inspired and relaxed. A product launch event, celebratory anniversary event, investor dinner, or holiday party are all great events to host in one of the eleven different spaces available for rent at DBG York. Featuring both indoor solarium space, outdoor gardens with aquatic plants, and amphitheaters with twinkling lights above, you have so many options and spaces to get creative.

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Cielo

Castle Rock, CO | Seated Capacity: 350 | Reception Capacity: 500

Cielo Event Venue, Castle Rock, CO

Why we love it

Right off Interstate 25, just over half an hour away from downtown Denver, you’ll find the mountain escape of Cielo at Castle Pines. The rustic retreat immerses attendees in the nature that makes this state so special while still providing all the amenities required for a modern corporate meeting. This makes it perfect for team-building events, day-long strategy sessions where you need a little creative inspiration, or multi-day partner conferences.

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Wings Over the Rockies

Denver Metro, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 1,200 | Reception Capacity: 3,500

Wings Over the Rockies, Denver Metro, Colorado

Why we love it

Did you know that Wings Over the Rockies at Colorado’s Air & Space Museum was named the best meeting/event venue in the Denver Metro by Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine? And for good reason! It not only features 182,000 square feet of blank canvas event space for large corporate events in Denver, but it also tells a story and offers interactive displays of aircraft, military vehicles, uniforms, and even more history. It will definitely get attendees talking. Plus, it makes for a super easy theme!

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Lone Tree Arts Center

Lone Tree, CO | Seated Capacity: 160 | Reception Capacity: 225

Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, Colorado

Why we love it

The stunning architectural design and cutting-edge technology make Lone Tree Arts Center an excellent space for conferences, product launches, and galas. The Performing Arts Hall boasts a fully equipped stage with theater seating for 480, along with exceptional sound and lighting. On the other hand, you have the Event Hall as a more intimate space that is ideal for cocktail receptions and dinners.

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Let’s Start Your Venue Hunt Together –
Reach Out Now!

Leverage our insider knowledge and exclusive connections to access Denver’s hidden gems and event planning secrets.

We’ve gone the extra mile, scoured every corner of the Mile High City, and handpicked our collection of outstanding Denver corporate event venues that will have your attendees buzzing long after the event.

From classy venues radiating refinement to innovative spaces reflecting Denver’s dynamic tech scene, and from cozy, intimate settings to expansive, versatile locations, we’ll help you find a venue that matches your style.

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Real Food, Real People:
Scratch BBQ Picnic Menus Guests Will Devour

When you think of picnics, what do you envision? For us at Rocky Mountain Catering, it’s friends, family, camaraderie, drool-worthy BBQs, and a whole lot of happy memories. That’s why we offer the best BBQ picnic menus in Denver to spread the love (and the real, tasty food too, of course).

Now, not every caterer is going to put in the work to make sure that your catered BBQ picnic spread is from scratch. But as a family-owned and operated picnic catering company, we see the immense importance of creating experiences people can enjoy together. And to be frank, that’s not going to be sparked by frozen potato salad from a plastic container.

Each and every dish on our picnic menus is made from scratch, handcrafted with local ingredients. After one bite, you’ll be able to fully understand the difference—we don’t offer your average picnic catering.

So today, we’re going to share some of our favorite BBQ picnic menus with inspiration for planning your next picnic.

What’s Inside: Local Denver Ingredients


Our menus wouldn’t be the same without the incredible, high-quality local ingredients we’re able to source from Denver bakeries, farms, and vendors who are doing incredible work to make our local food scene sustainable, safe, and seriously delicious.

Here are just a few of the partners we love—and if you go with us as your caterer for a county fair picnic, pig roast, or any meal really, you’ll see them on your menu.

Harvest Moon Bread Products

Denver, CO

Since 2006, they’ve been making the best gourmet rolls in town. Using a little love with family recipes paired with wholesome ingredients and no artificial preservatives, they distribute around the country. We’re lucky to have them in our neighborhood!

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Honeycomb Honey – Local Hive

Greely, CO

Honey products from Local Hive

There’s nothing quite as sweet as artisan honey. This Greely, Colorado company sources raw and unfiltered honey from over 250 beekeepers in the U.S. to bottle up the all-natural goodness in safe, 100% BPA-free containers.

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Deby’s Gluten-Free

Denver, CO

For our gluten-free guests, Deby’s is always the go-to. Their country white hamburger buns are so good you can’t taste the difference. Plus, we use their flour for our gluten-free goodies!

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Sawatch Artisan Foods

Colorado Springs, CO

Charcuterie spread from Sawatch Foods Denver

Working with local farmers who deliver fresh milk daily, Sawatch has a proprietary dairy-making process that results in the creamiest, most delicious artisan cheeses around. We feature their Pueblo Jack and Chipotle Cheddar in the BBQ menus.

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Mountain Man Micro Farms

Franktown, CO

In Franktown, Colorado, you’ll find an impressive aquaponic farm that provides all our nutrient-rich microgreens. Plus, Mountain Man Micro Farms also uses a portion of each purchase to fund and build sustainable aquaponics systems in Africa.

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As you can see, the people we work with are doing good for the environment and the world while helping us nourish guests through healthy, sustainable cuisine.

Inspiration: BBQ Picnic Menu Ideas & Themes


Now… how do we use these tasty ingredients?

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite menus for picnics!

🐖 American B.B.Q. Theme

BBQ Picnic Catering Meal

An American B.B.Q. experience is such a great “go-to” for any picnic. We choose the finest quality meats and cook them to perfection. Take our 14-hour “slow & low” brisket; a true BBQ treat! The food will be the star of the show here, with low and slow meats and from-scratch sides that will have guests coming back for seconds (or thirds).

Decor for this package can look like haybales, horseshoes, and those red and white checkered linens, surrounded by the sounds of the best country music the DJ can play! Here’s our menu to get you inspired:

Menu Features:

Meats (Choose 2)

14-Hour “Slow & Low” Brisket

Smoked Red Bird Farms Bone-In Chicken

“Memphis-Style” Pulled Pork

Spicy Smoked Sausage

Sides (Choose 3)

Jalapeno Cole Slaw

RMC Potato Salad

House Potato Chips

Burnt End Baked Beans

Dessert (Choose 1)

Apple, Berry, or Peach Cobbler

🍔Backyard Grill Theme

Picnic CateringBeing in the Midwest, we know a thing or two about an honest-to-goodness backyard BBQ. You know that everyone’s favorite foods will be on deck for this one. Burgers and hot dogs and delicious sides are just some of what this crave-worthy menu includes.

For décor, we’d recommend having the classic checkered red and white picnic tablecloths with matching grill-inspired centerpieces and hanging decor, like burger honeycomb table toppers.  We’ve even seen guests create a fun photobooth with BBQ props like mustard bottle glasses and a chef’s hat. Take a look at what we’ve got:

Menu Features:

Meats (Choose 2)  

Beef Hot Dogs
1/3 lb. Burgers
Pulled Sesame Chicken Sandwich, Cucumber Ginger Slaw, Sriracha Aioli

Sides (Choose 2) 

Summer Vegetable Succotash
Charred Broccoli Tortellini Salad
House Potato Chips
Watermelon Slices
Caesar Salad

Dessert 

Cookies and Brownies

🌮 Southwest Grill Out Theme

There’s a reason why Southwest foods are some of America’s favorite foods. They’re simply delicious! Who doesn’t love a Chipotle chimichurri beef taco? Yum! To really step up this theme, consider a Southwestern decor flair. Think shades of rust, or earthly palates with geometric prints for tablecloths and furnishings. And why not add a Southwest scene as a backdrop to a photo booth? There are lots of ways to bring the Southwest Grill Out theme to life.

Menu Features:

Meats (Choose 2)

Coriander rubbed bone-in chicken, smoked shallot jus
Milk and citrus braised pork butt, salsa verde
Chipotle chimichurri beef, charred tomato, flour tortillas

Sides (Choose 2)

Summer Vegetable Succotash
Charred Broccoli Tortellini Salad
House Potato Chips
Watermelon Slices
Caesar Salad

Dessert

Churro Bites and/or Chili Chocolate Cookies

Hosting a Picnic in Denver?
Let Rocky Mountain Catering Help.


If you’re hosting a picnic in Denver this summer, let Chef Patrick McCreary and the RMC+E team help you. Our skilled team of professionals knows exactly which Denver event venues are best for picnics, plus how to come up with a fun theme that pairs perfectly with our from-scratch BBQ menu items.

Browse the menus and set up a call today!