Healthy Options for Catering

Researching a reputable, credible catering company in your area can be challenging depending on your preferences and importantly your audience. And I believe referrals are always helpful. These are my go-to places for quality catering.

1. Verts  

A little history on Verts. It all started by two German friends, Dominik Stein and Michael Heyne in 2011. After they both graduated from business school at University of Texas at Austin, Stein and Heyne opened the very first two VERTS restaurants. A few years later, they opened over 30 restaurants across Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. They plan to open more restaurants in Texas as well as expand to the East Coast in 2016-2017-including some in Boston, NY and Philadelphia. Woohoo expand the healthy options!

Ok back to why I like Verts. Its fast-casual concept serves chef-inspired Mediterranean food created fresh- in the kitchen, every day. Their catering is perfect for office lunches, meetings, work presentations, celebrations, special events, and graduation parties. They offer food for everyone. There are options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals and are happy to accommodate any dietary needs.

 Another great reason to love them, is they have the Nutrition Calculator on their website. FYI, their spicy red pepper sauce contains walnuts. In this case, I found the nutrition label to be extremely helpful for those allergic to nuts.

2. MAD Greens

What's not to love about another fast-casual healthy option.
Two lifelong friends and chefs, founded MAD Greens in 2004 in Colorado. They were adamant on addressing the lack of fresh, fast and healthy fare available to the average American consumer. Back in 2004, MAD Greens was a pioneer of the fast-casual salad category and over the past 12 years, it has grown to be a leader in both the region and the category.

MAD Greens catering delivers salads, wraps, soups, sandwiches, box lunches and complete salad bars. They believe that preparing everything in-house and making things from scratch is simply better than any alternative; and that "tasty" and "healthy"are not mutually exclusive. They too, have the Nutrition Calculator on their website. 

We both agree you need to eat often so why not make the best of, laugh, and savor the experience. 

3. Whole Foods

A little history for you. Founded in Austin, TX when four local business people decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. 
Check out their first little store!

It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the U.S. Much of the growth of the company has been accomplished through mergers and acquisitions. Which is why there are sooo many Whole Foods stores across the U.S.

Ok back to why I choose Whole Foods.. they have quality standards from the products they sell and the food they deliver. Their offerings change seasonally and vary by store.

With all of that said, there are great local catering restaurants and owners who deliver excellent catering too, these are just some of the places I've experienced to devote quality standard of foods and services for a reasonable price.

What catering companies do you enjoy in your area?

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