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!
Due to the ongoing COVID19 Virus & the uncertainty that revolves around it, we have made the decision to change the routine for cooking your Mason Jar meals for the foreseeable future. Here’s what is changing:
We will be only be cooking and jarring ONE meal per week.
We will be cooking from our Home Kitchen to avoid contact at our Commissary Kitchen.
We will be using recyclable brown paper bags for your delivery.
We are taking your meal suggestions and recommendations during this time, please let us know what YOU want us to cook up.
We will be resuming our regular routine when we feel that things are safe and certain enough to do so.
While there is an increasing number of vegetarians in the world, there are also those to whom the term “flexitarian” applies. It’s a person who mostly sticks to vegetarian prepared meals and dishes, but who indulges in meat occasionally. The guide below looks at some of the reasons why limited meat consumption is beneficial.
Why Reduce Your Meat & Seafood Intake?
1. Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds
Following a flexitarian diet allows you to eat vegetarian prepared meals with some flexibility, hence the name. Although there are no strict guidelines that dictate how you should eat under this plan, the general idea is that the majority of your nutrients are derived from plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. At the same time, you can add meat to your meals if you want a protein boost. This way, you get what your body needs while also limiting the effect your meals have on the environment.
2. It May Help With Weight Loss
Losing weight ultimately boils down to reducing your calorie intake and substituting unhealthy foods with choices that are better for you. That might include using a food ordering service that provides healthy prepared meals or snacking less frequently. As a flexitarian, you might notice that you lose weight more easily by substituting caloric dishes, like cheeseburgers and fried fish, with more natural, healthy foods.
3. Boost Your Intake of Healthy Fats
Flexitarian diets are also naturally higher in fiber and healthy fats because they’re so concentrated on vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These are the basic building blocks of a well-rounded eating plan. Moreover, the American Heart Association recommends several vegetarian components as excellent sources of unsaturated, or healthy, fats. These include nuts, avocados, and oils. Meat dishes, like beef and pork, contain saturated fat that can contribute to issues such as hypertension, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Are you ready to transform your diet—and your lifestyle? Turn to Cibo Meals in Denver, CO. Specializing in delicious vegetarian prepared meals in mason jars, the company understands that you’re busy—which is why everything is ready to eat! Visit the meal delivery service online to find out more about ordering their pre-made meals or give them a call at (720) 530-3140 with questions.