Some of you know that I was participating in the Jefferson County Business Resource Center LAUNCH! Program, which I just graduated from today! This was such a fun, inspiring, educational 8-week course with some other great Entrepreneurs, but what really made this class so amazing were the two outstanding Instructors, Amira Watters and Lou Riverso. These women have built LAUNCH! from the ground up and made it such a valuable Program for anyone either thinking of starting a business or already deep in the trenches, like myself with Cibo Meals. But…all good things come to an end, especially in 2020. I just found out that the JeffCo Business Resource Center is closing its doors on Jan. 1, 2021.
Here’s our virtual Zoom Class already for our Graduation presentation, I’ve got my Cibo Meals apron and delivery bag ready to show off
I feel honored to get to know Amira and Lou and to participate in the final LAUNCH! Program ever. Below is a video of my presentation about Cibo Meals, it is a great way to learn about the business and how we started. Enjoy!
For most of 2020 COVID-19 has caused our favorite dining spots to close completely or start offering take-out, delivery & outdoor dining to their menus. Also, food delivery services like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and GrubHub have greatly increased in popularity as they offer delivery from a huge variety of restaurants. However, the downside to this (as if COVID-19 wasn’t bad enough) is the increase in packaging waste that is being generated. Just think to yourself about everything that arrives with every delivery or take-out order you purchase.
As Americans, we create an enormous amount of trash. The average American consumer produces just under five pounds of trash each day, while a family creates about 18 pounds. Multiplying those numbers by 365 days for the year, it all adds up to:
1,642 pounds per person.
6,570 pounds per family.
To put it bluntly, your food might be delivered to you within an hour, but the packaging it comes in could be around for hundreds of years!
This is where Cibo Meals’ sustainable Mason jar packaging comes in. Our glass jars, hard plastic lids, and green insulated bags are returnable and reusable after we fully sanitize them, and they are the perfect vessel for our tasty vegetarian meals. Mason jars also help keep your food fresher for longer than plastic or paper packaging, cutting down on food waste. We understand the desire for delivery of your favorite foods within 60 minutes, but think about how much effort, energy, and waste that desire is creating. If you order from Cibo Meals once a week, you can still be excited when your jars arrive and enjoy the meals for longer than typical take-out. And, you’re helping Mother Earth, what’s better?!?
Here’s a few suggestions to cut down on your food-related waste and help make a difference:
When picking up or having food delivered, tell them NOT to give you utensils or napkins if you don’t need them.
Ask the food vendors if they use compostable/recyclable packaging, and if not, ask them to start.
Order from Cibo Meals for locally prepared, fresh-to-jar meals that are delivered safely to you in a reusable cooler bags ~ no plastic bags.
Have questions or want to start enjoying Eco-friendly meals? Learn more and sign up for our meal options at cibomeals.com/sign-up/.
We love our super-local neighborhoods and Edgewater is such a gem in the Sloan’s Lake/Wheat Ridge area. Cibo Meals was featured by our friends at the Edgewater Echo almost a year ago, and I just wanted to share that interview again. Thanks for the support!
When I started Cibo Meals almost 4 years ago, catering was the last thing I ever thought my small business would expand into…and yet here we are, catering away into 2021! Of course COVID has put a big dent in that side of the business, but as things start to settle out and people want to plan gatherings again, I thought it would be a good time to talk about what makes us stand out from other caterers, and to invite you to consider Cibo Meals for your next gathering.
Instead of offering a set menu, we work with you to create a personalized, fun menu based on your event and style.
We focus on smaller events between about 10-50 people so that we can make sure each of your guests is happy.
Even before COVID, we always follow strict food safety guidelines and cook out of an FDA-approved commissary kitchen right in Arvada, CO.
We strive to use compostable and/or reusable serving and dishware to be kinder to our planet.
We partner with other local growers & businesses as often as possible to bring that personal touch to your event.
You will work directly with myself, the Owner, on all planning and throughout your event.
Whether it’s a special family dinner, a business happy hour, or a wedding rehearsal dinner, Cibo Catering can make your event creative, special, and easy. Just reach out to me and let’s start planning together. Check out or Catering Page for some serious inspiration!
Localworks has used Cibo Meals for a number of events, large and small. Emily’s food is great tasting and fresh. She’ll work with you to find a menu that suits your needs and she pays attention to detail including the visual appeal of the spread. Did I mention she is super easy to work with? Highly recommended!
Our Chop Chop Salad/Relish is SOOOO refreshing and tasty, and also a great way to get your fill of veggies quickly and with little prep time. And the best part? You can really add any ingredients, herbs, and seasonings you have on hand, so make it your own!
What you’ll need from the kitchen:
A few small bowls or jars for keeping your chopped ingredients separated
Another larger serving bowl or Mason Jar for mixing all of the ingredients together
Ingredients (serves 4):
4 Cucumbers (Mini are best, lightly peeled if you want, or use only 2 English Cucumbers)
1 Package Grape Tomatoes
1 Bunch Radishes, Onions, Scallions, or Chives
1 Serrano, Jalapeno, or Anaheim Pepper
3-4 Sprigs of Mint
1 Lemon or Lime Juice (fresh-squeezed is best)
1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Any type of lighter vinegar (aka, not balsamic), White Balsamic, White Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar or similar
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Splash of Sparkling Water (plain flavor is best, but a citrus blend is great, too)
Steps for Preparation:
Finely chop the cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes (or other), pepper, keeping each ingredient separate.
In your large bowl, add all chopped ingredients together.
Using scissors, finely chop mint leaves from their stem (or use Herb Scissors for fasting chopping) on top of the vegetable mix.
Add lemon or lime juice, E.V. Olive Oil, Vinegar, Sea Salt & Pepper, and Sparkling Water into the bowl.
Lightly toss with your hands or a spoon to coat all ingredients with the vinaigrette.
Serve chilled or store in a jar for more of a pickled/relish taste.