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Heavy Appetizers

Heavy appetizer menus are great for both large and small parties.  These menus add flexibility and diversity.  Since the menu is all finger-foods, it is a good way to keep your guests mingling.  Heavy appetizer parties are perfect for after work get-togethers, birthday parties, budget-friendly weddings, wine or beer tastings, and any event that calls for something new!

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Can’t decide between chicken satay or pulled pork sliders?  Have both!  A heavy appetizer menu allows room for an assortment of culinary delights.  If there are guests attending your event that have specific dietary requirements or diverse taste, a heavy appetizer party is always a real crowd pleaser.

“I couldn’t have done it without the capable, wonderful employees of Serendipity. Every one of them goes way beyond the call of duty. Whether it is taking another cocktail to a guest, laying out extra appetizers, whatever needs to be done. The kitchen is always cleaned better then they found it, the area is placed back where it was when they came! They can visit with the guests on a variety of subjects in an intelligent manner and make every guest feel comfortable and well attended to.

My guests have complimented me on the service Serendipity has provided, and I hope they have taken advantage of you services when they needed the level of care you provide.

Thank you to your crew and especially the ones who have helped me to look so good!”

Cocktail Party with Heavy Appetizers for 55 Guests | S. D.

Sample Menus

These are just a handful of examples. We custom create a menu for every event based on your flavor profile, budget and unique event vision.

Heavy Appetizers

Bacon & Chevre Tart: Chevre with Crumbled Bacon and Garlic, topped with a Roasted Cherry Tomato

Lamb Lollipop: Topped with Mint Pesto

Cherrywood Smoked Beef Brisket Slider: Served with Caramelized Red Onion Jam on a Mini Onion Roll

Thai Chicken Slider: With Spicy Peanut Sauce and Bean Sprouts

Tuna Carpaccio: With Citrus Oil and Micro Greens

Mini Lobster Pot Pie: Rich Lobster Meat in a White Wine Reduction

Sesame Soy-Ginger Beef Tenderloin Skewers: With Scallions and Roasted Red Peppers

Brie and Pear en Croute: Crudités Cosmo with Edible Flowers

Strawberry Basil Mini Eclairs: Curried Chocolate Ganache Coconut Tartlet

Salted Caramel Squares: Mini Cupcakes in Signature Flavors and Frostings


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Four-course Plated ‘Meal In Provence’

Aperitif : Basil Tapenade, Eggplant Caviar, Assorted Meats

First Course : Tomato and Goat Cheese Terrine

Fish Course : Pan-Seared Halibut with a Saffron-Fennel Emulsion

Meat Course : Lamb Shank and Apricot Tagine topped with Orange Gremolata

Dessert Course : Peach Tarte Tatin with Creme Anglais

Dinner Buffet

Turkish Apricots Stuffed with Chevre and Pistachios

Cesar Salad with served with Crispy Bacon, Freshly Ground Pepper and Shaved Parmesan

Chicken Puttanesca (Chicken with Garlic, Capers, Tomatoes & Black Olives in a White Wine Sauce)

Lamb Shank in Burgundy Wine and Rosemary Reduction

Artisan Pasta

Asparagus with Brown Butter and Almonds

Sweet Potato Puree with Whiskey Sauce

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Cappucino Cream & Strawberries

Lunch Buffet

Grilled Veggies served with Red Pepper Aioli

Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Field Greens with Choice of Two Housemade Dressings

Chicken Bruschetta (Grilled Chicken, Fresh Basil, Tomato, Feta, Balsamic Vinaigrette)

Roasted Pork Loin in Dijon Cream Sauce

Artisan Bread Carving Board

3-Tier Presentation of Two-Bite Desserts

(Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes, Crème Puffs, Tropical Fruit Tarts)

Breakfast Buffet

3-Tier Fresh Fruit Display served with Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Dipping Sauce

Spinach & Red Pepper Frittata or Mini Quiche Lorraine

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Applewood Smoked Bacon & Sausage Links

French Toast Bread Pudding served with warm Maple Syrup

Assorted Bakery Goodies (Banana Muffins, Apple Turnovers, Croissant served with Honey Lavender Butter)

Holiday Party

Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Sliced Beef Tenderloin served with Horseradish Sauce

Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Garlic Potatoes Au Gratin

Heart-Shaped Scones topped with Strawberries and Cream

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Southwest Buffet

Cheese and Onion Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce

Shrimp Tamales with Roasted Garlic Sauce

Spanish Rice and Beans

Southwestern-style Corn and Red Peppers

Traditional Flan with Kauhlua Sauce

Cajun Themed Birthday Party

Spicy Calamari Cakes

Chicken and Seafood Jambalaya served with Creole Sauce

Seafood Gumbo served over Dirty Rice

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brandy Sauce

Cornbread Wedges served with Honey Butter

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Chantilly Cream

Open House Buffet

Sesame-Soy Glazed Beef Tenderloin Skewers

Spicy Artichoke Dip served with Parmesan Crostini

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail served with Horseradish Sauce

Sliced Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Raspberry Sauce

Vegetable Tray with Dill Dip

Fruit and Cheese Platter

Basket of Assorted Breads

Double Fudge Chocolate Chip Brownies and Cookie Bars

Caribbean Themed Party

Spicy Mango Salsa served with Tortilla and Plantain Chips

Jerk-Seasoned Chicken Skewers

Rack of Lamb Crusted with Hazelnuts and Dijon Mustard with a Raspberry Demi-Glace

Sweet Potato Gratin

Grilled Veggie Platter

Three-Layer Toasted Coconut Cake

Our Success Stories

Serendipity's expertise ranges from an intimate party in a private home in the Highlands to a large corporate event spanning three floors of a high-rise building in Greenwood Village. From plated, five-course meals to passed appetizer parties to sumptuous wedding buffets, they can do it all. Every client is treated with maximum care; custom menus are made for every occasion. Their tagline says it all: "The easy-to-work-with catering company." A few quotes from Serendipity clients:

Everything was absolutely wonderful. We loved every bit of it. The setup was gorgeous and there were even strangers coming over to take pictures of the event! Everyone loved the food, we especially heard a lot of great feedback about the veggie burgers. The games were a big hit also!

Kelly was a great help the day of the event, we really appreciated all of the work she put forth!

Thank you so much for all of your help throughout this process.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and Serendipity Catering and we will definitely be using you for our future events!

Ireland, Stapleton

Thanks for checking in. Yes, the event was wonderful! And this was in large part due to Serendipity’s amazing food and staff. Everything was delicious, and everyone was super friendly. It was truly a pleasure to work with you, and I look forward to hopefully working with you more in the future.

Office of Sustainability, City & County of Denver

Both parties were excellent.  They had great reviews about the quality/quantity of food.  We had a wonderful time.
It was great to see how much people were enjoying everything.  What can I say about the service?  The girls were amazing!!!
Thank you for making entertaining so easy.  I appreciate it.

Once again I find myself in awe of how you and your wonderful staff go above and beyond each and every time I have used Serendipity. The definition of “customer service” is unquestionably Laura Zaspel and Serendipity Catering.
Dan and Amy did a marvelous job setting up a beautiful food presentation under the tough restriction of being quite as mice (with the conference going on in the adjoining rooms). And, without a request, they set-up the beverage station – which was very much appreciated. Please pass along my thanks; they both did a tremendous job. When we opened the wall between the conference rooms and people saw the food presentation, I heard a lot of “wows” and “awesomes”.
And of course the food was a huge hit! According to one guest, the artichoke dip possessed magical properties.  :)
I wanted you to know how pleased everyone was with the event and how grateful I am for all of your help and the excellence of your company.

Baker Hostetler

On behalf of Colorado Technology Association I wanted to personally thank you all for going above and beyond to make our Annual Women in Technology Conference such a huge success.  We have never had such great feedback from guests.  Your service and professionalism was outstanding!

Colorado Technology Association

The food and service was great. The enchiladas and guacamole were fantastic :-)

Thank you again so much for making this an easy process.

Siemens

The menu and food was a hit!!! Thank you.  I will be contacting you again for the next meeting!

Doncaster

Everything turned out wonderful.  Phil and Jen were great – helpful, clean and nice.  It all went very smoothly…
I want to thank you for all your help!  I was very impressed!

The party was perfect.  It was exactly what Keri wanted.

I’ve got to say the food was great!  It was 5 star restaurant good; people were asking for Serendipity’s name yesterday still.  Kelly couldn’t have been better.
We really appreciate how superb of a job you guys did!

It was OUTSTANDING!  A number of the women commented on how tasty the food was!  I loved the granola bars that you guys made; they were well received!  Dan D. did fantastically in set up and break down and was quiet and unobtrusive when he had to come in while we were teaching!  Lunch choice was excellent.  The chicken was especially tender and yummy.  The ‘build your own trail mix’ was also appreciated.

LEADERSHIP INVESTMENT

It was absolutely wonderful. Everything was delicious. We were very pleased with the set up. The delivery people are even a step up from what we are used to. It was great!
We are so happy to have a new caterer.

Envision

As USUAL – your crew is EXCELLENT!!!! Food looks YUMMY! Thanks for your continued fine service for us!

Xcel Energy

Thanks for making today special! It meant so much to me to not have to worry.  You are my caterer of choice. Thank you for everything.

Hunter Douglas

Serendipity Catering is simply the best in the Nation! I have worked with a variety of catering companies for large national events to smaller intimate gatherings and serendipity catering has been the best I have worked with yet. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them for our grand opening at Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery. The staff is very professional, accommodating and excellent in communication skills. The food and presentation is brilliant! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this company and it’s staff and owner.

Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery

The food was great and the presentation was beautiful.

Baxter Healthcare

Huge compliments on lunch!!!
Thanks so much for everything :-)

Global Technology Resources, Inc.

Saturday was absolutely perfect. The staff at Serendipity were awesome! I just want to thank everyone for all there hard work they did for our special day. They were prompt and courteous and the flow of everything was spot on! Not to mention all the wonderful comments on how the food tasted. Again, thank you so much for doing our wedding it was WONDERFUL!!!!

Yes, everything went great! We received a lot of compliments on how good the food was and the service was fantastic! Jen and her crew were excellent. Thanks to you and everyone who worked at helping us putting together such a great event!
It’s hard to choose which was my favorite appetizer because it was all so great tasting. I would say the top three for me would be the Thai Chicken Sliders, Lemongrass Beef Skewers and the Stuffed Figs.

Thank you so much for reaching out. The lunch yesterday was fantastic and everyone did enjoy it.

Leadership Center

Thank you so much! The food was delicious! We have been getting compliments all day! :-)

Antero

Everything was fantastic!   People raved about the food, the presentation, everything.  It was amazing!!!!
 
Thank you so very much!

Denver BBB

Our company has had the pleasure of working with Serendipity on both a daily basis and for large events.
Laura and her team are consistently exceptional. Everyone is helpful, kind, and very professional. They offer a very wide variety for our daily meals and cater to the dietary restrictions of individuals, which is incredibly helpful. Monthly surveys also help to ensure that everyone remains happy and well fed. They even specialize birthday treats for employees, which we absolutely love.
On the large event end of the spectrum, Serendipity never ceases to impress us with their ability to tackle whatever requests we throw their way. Our office hosted a Tiki Party for Denver Startup Week and Serendipity provided delicious cocktails and appetizers that perfectly suited the theme.
Whatever the occasion, Laura and her team see to it that their client is 100% satisfied and every event is a success. We are truly grateful for the work that they do. It has been a delightful experience and we look forward to having a long relationship with Serendipity Catering.

Stack Overflow, Megan S.

“Thank you so much for providing the breakfast this morning.  Everything as usual was more than I excepted and the food was fabulous!!  Alec did a wonderful job setting up the event.
Rick, our owner, commented on how this was the perfect breakfast.
Thank you again!”

RK Mechanical, Tracy P.

“The (Serendipity) team was fantastic and everyone had a great time.  Also, the food was a hit!!!  We look forward to seeing you a few times this Spring and Summer.  Thank you for everything.

Janie

“Serendipity is hands down the most reliable caterer I have worked with. Their food is outstanding and with every menu we are able to try new dishes. They have plenty of variety and are affordable on all ends. Productivity is above average in our workplace when lunch is provided. They go above and beyond for us making it more efficient around the office. Employees no longer need to waste time leaving for lunch, they are able to take a reasonable break and then they are right back to work.”

Jill

“The food was spectacular as always. Your employee that you sent over this morning was a doll and did a great job setting up, paying attention to every detail.  You have been great. I love Serendipity!
You all do a great job and we appreciate it.”

Kim

“Peak is beyond impressed!  The service was amazing, the food was delicious and everything went so smoothly.  I was so impressed with Jessica.  We threw a bunch of changes at her through the process, and even a couple the day before the event.  She executed all flawlessly with a smile.  Beyond that she made the event classy and beautiful with greenery, decorations for the buffet table and bars, lit all the candles we brought in and was the perfect hostess coordinating all the events of the evening to coincide with the bringing out of dinner/dessert.  I have already recommended Jessica and your establishment for a friend who just got engaged and would love to use you again for future events.
Thanks again to you, your staff, and Jessica for making this event better than we could have imagined.”

Our Asian Culture night and Breakfast for the Coors Family Reunion were a huge success because of you. Your attention to detail and complete customer support helped us have two wonderful events.

Coors Brewing Company

Any good open house has to have GREAT food, and Serendipity provided just that. Their amazing brunch, filled with mini quiche and mini, fresh-baked pastries, as well as delightful juices ranging from Blood Orange to Peach, was such an elegant and delicious addition to a very professional event that brought almost 100 clients, prospects and business partners to share in our success.

Serendipity Catering has been with us every step of the way, providing that much-needed final touch to any of their events, to help them convey class and elegance in addition to their professionalism and excellent development skills. We will continue to rely on Serendipity to be their “better half” and make every event complete! Thanks Todd Zaspel and team!

Software Development Company

Thank you so much for the fantastic job you did with the catering for the October 4th Posh in the Pink event. WOW the food was amazing and the guests had so many positive comments!

I was impressed with your easy-going and high customer service attitude and your ability to make the menu and service work in the constraints of two retail stores. The food was tasty and well presented, and the passed service on the clients’ platters was a nice touch.

I especially noticed your ample portions on all the appetizers and the generous cuts on those desserts, my favorite being those delicious brownies. The homemade scones were amazing and the flow of service very professional.

I have shared your Serendipity cards with my special events industry peers and I will continue to refer new business to you.

Again my best to you and thanks for the fantastic job!

Wiersma Experience Marketing

We both thought Serendipity did an excellent job. You guys went above and beyond expected, not only during the party itself but in helping with all the planning. You were personable, receptive, always quick to respond. And of course the food was fabulous. Everybody loved it. So if you ever need a reference, please don’t hesitate to use us, we will have nothing but good things to say.

“Thank you for everything! The presentation, food, quality and overall value of your services was exceptional! I received countless compliments and know that I am passing out your cards company wide! Thanks again. ”

Mercy Housing System

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to you and your team at Serendipity Catering. The ‘Mardi Gras in May’ Open House was our opportunity to showcase Tewell Warren’s new equipment and re-introduce our company to the industry. The event was a great success, and we owe much of it to you.

The caliber of food was extraordinary and the service was fantastic. We will recommend Serendipity Catering to anyone looking for great service, reasonable pricing, and to-die-for food. Thank you for working with our vision as well as our budget to help us create an event worth talking about!

We look forward to doing business with you again. ”

Tewell Warren Printing

“My most heartfelt thank you for making our first afternoon tea such a success. Everything was delicious and very tastefully presented. You made me look like a million bucks! Again, thanks. ”

Storey Investments

Thank you so much for the magnificent job you did – the party went flawlessly. The menu you selected was awesome! I can’t tell you how many people told me how delicious the food was and how nicely it was displayed. I appreciate the impeccable service and attention to details! You made my job so much easier and certainly made me look good!

RK Mechanical, Inc.

“You are an amazing caterer! Thank you for ensuring our private dinner and BBQ the next day had amazing food! So many compliments from our guests made our day perfect. You were so accommodating, easy and fun to work with! We will pass your name onto friends and family! Thank you!”

I wanted to take a minute to write a personal note of appreciation to you and your staff. What a great event, great food, wonderful presentation and such a friendly staff — Serendipity Catering definitely was one of the keys to our successful Open House. From the first phone call to discuss preliminary information to the crew cleaning up after the event, everything was great, ran smoothly and so “un” dramatic (which is a very good thing, if you’ve ever dealt with caterers in general)! I was impressed by the food presentation and the creative ways to serve the same things everyone has at a party (such as, instead of plain cold boiled shrimp in a bowl, those lemon chili shrimp skewers you make were absolutely mouthwatering). A month later, I still get comments from guests about what a great time they had and how great the food was and how nice the servers were to them. Serendipity Catering is definitely going to be my caterer of choice from now on. Thank you all!

St. Paul Travelers

“Thank you so much for the magnificent job you did on Ron Kinning’s Retirement party!! It was a pleasure working with both of you and your staff.

Rick and I spoke on Friday in regards to the party, he thought the party went flawlessly. The menu you selected was awesome! I can’t tell you how many people told me how delicious the food was and how nicely it was displayed. The Oktoberfest/Fall theme was fun and the extra touches you added were perfect. Your ideas to incorporate the fabrication of pipe into the party were great; probably the most expensive pretzel holders in town!! Rick and I were both impressed how attentive you and your staff was to every detail; from the presentation of the food all the way to the tasteful decorations of the fall leaves and lemons with the ice sculpture. I never noticed the food levels ever becoming low, your staff was very attentive to our guests.

I had a number of people inquire about the catering company we used; some did take your card. I hope you get a lot of referrals from this party! I would highly recommend you for any event, large or small.

I appreciate the impeccable service and attention to details! You made my job so much easier and certainly made me look good! ”

RK Mechanical, Inc

“I had the Party of the Decade (for me) and Laura & entire crew at Serendipity Catering were absolutely outstanding in creating an event that my friends are STILL talking about from last September, 2010. The party was a cocktail party with buffet dinner (6:30-10pm) for 100 people in my home to celebrate our recent kitchen/addition renovation and a certain (large) birthday of mine. We invited everyone we knew so wanted it to be just perfect!

Serendipity is a perfect “10” when it comes to offering excellent customer service, and getting a party EXACTLY how you envision it (or helping you figure out that vision — in my case.) The food was delicious – beautifully presented and served and got rave reviews from guests.

I had started with a smaller caterer referred by friend who developed a personal schedule conflict so I was desperate to find someone reliable, who would offer really good food (my husband and I do lots of cooking and are very picky with what we serve). I was also very aware of maintaining a certain budget.

Laura was like an angel sent from Catering Heaven — She was kind, patient, funny, smart — and handled every one of my nervous and sometimes odd requests. She helped me get the entire party organized including all the rentals for tables, bar, glasses, dishes, etc. and the theme of party. There are so many moving parts to a large party and Laura calmly and efficiently gets it all done so well.

My party was a HUGE success– people raved about the food and service. We had 2 full bars staffed by Serendipity bartendars and one was a fun Martini & Margarita Bar with exotic fun Jersey Shore/summer themed drinks. Serendipity’s bartenders were perfect– professional, fast, funny with guests and able to make all my crazy drink recipes in mass quantities!!

We had a private tasting downtown of all my potential food selections which really helped — I met one of their chefs that day. The night of party the food service helpers transformed my garage into a kitchen (wild to see) and served up the tastiest food — fish tacos were to die for, shrimp on sticks, a fun brushetta, etc. all got RAVE reviews from my friends– and we had more than enough food!

Laura had a photographer stop by to take pictures of the set-up, food and even wait staff and my husband & I before party — these are keepsake pictures I will treasure!!.

And to really treat me – Laura had a personal attendant worry only about my husband and me — Kent – he was wonderful – making sure we had drinks and food, taking gifts from guests and being so kind and wonderful to many of my friends — but getting them drinks and worrying about where purses should go — he was amazing and made me feel like a princess!

Everyone did a great job cleaning up after this huge event — and it was so easy working with them for both set up and clean up. The final bill was more than fair based on the food, service and overall quality and attention to every little detail. I would do again in a heartbeat!

Laura also hooked me up with Glenn at Corks – a wonderful supplier of liquor and wine and they were terrific to work with. They helped me figure out types of liquor needed for specialty drinks and also recommended some great reasonably priced wines. They dropped off everything day before party and picked up unused stuff for a credit the day the following Monday. Very easy to use this service.

All in all I HIGHLY recommend Laura and her entire crew at Serendipity. They are a catering company to be watched!!”

Our company has a large celebration once a year, with tents, tables, food, music, the whole nine yards. My first contact with Serendipity was to say the least, amazing! The day of the event went off without a hitch, Serendipity was ready to go 15 minutes early, the food was great and the service was fantastic. Serendipity event went above and beyond and added a couple extra details that we didn’t ask for, but made the event that much more memorable.

If you would like to see more success stories, please ask us. We have many more on file. Reference contact information will also be provided upon request.