Franks Deli @ Creative Catering

Events, Services, Menu Inspiration & FAQ

These menu ideas are intended to help you start planning your event. Each individual affair is customized to meet your needs and we love to mix it up with your fresh ideas and favorite dishes so if you don't see it here, please don't hesitate to ask!

Prices are subject to change, depending on market prices, number of guests, venue and other factors. Creative Catering will provide you with a complete estimate, which will help you further fine tune your plan. A complete catering guide explains all preparation options in more detail call Josephine Kellett at (970)209-3928 for a copy of this guide or if you have any questions.

Depending on the size of your event we can provide glass and tableware. We are happy to facilitate rentals of tents, tables and chairs for your event as well as shuttle services.

 

Why choose Creative Catering?

In every way your vision is the most important aspect of planning your event and Creative Catering can bring that vision to your table.

Chef Josephine Kellett has nearly 30 years experience and will begin planning your event with a personal consultation, so you can be certain that all of your needs and your guests needs will be satisfied.

 

Email Josephine to begin your menu planning today!

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Catering for Weddings in Crested Butte, CO

 
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Photo Credit: Magnified Joy Photography, for information and bookings with Magnified Joy please visit: magnifiedjoy.com

 

At Creative Catering we look forward to pleasing you and your guests at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Planning is the key to any successful event and all of our event planning begins with our Chef, Josephine Kellet. Schedule your event consultation today to begin planning or head to our Frequently Asked Questions for some common questions. You can view menu options here or stop by Frank’s Deli for a sample tasting!

Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado have the finest venues to accomodate your private or public events.

The choice for your event location will primarily depend on the number of guests that are attending your party and other considerations like entertainment, theme, and accessibility.

If you would like more information about the capacity or appropriateness of any of the following locations or other venues in the area, please Contact Josephine.

The following is a list of locations that we are happy to cater at, if you don't see your ideal location listed please let us know.

 

Crested Butte Land Trust:

  • Peanut Lake

  • Woods Walk

  • Gunsight Pass Bridge

The Crested Butte Land Trust will work with you to reserve one of three ideal outdoor wedding locations! Imagine you and your guests surrounded by aspens, mountain peaks and wildlife!

 

Crested Butte Town Parks:

  • Crested Butte Town Ranch

  • Crested Butte Town Park

  • Crested Butte Rainbow Park

  • The Crested Butte Depot

Crested Butte's park facilities all have gorgeous views, each accommodates a varying number of guests and all are within town limits, perfect for townie takeovers!

 

 

Other great locations:

 
 

Corporate Retreats & Ski Groups

Focus on Business  ~  Focus on Pleasure

 
 

Planning your next retreat or business meeting in Crested Butte? Leave the meal planning and preparation to us! We specialize in:

Large & Small Groups

  • Serving Any Location

  • Courteous, Knowledgeable Staff

  • Plated Dinners or Buffets

  • Menus & Meal Planning

  • Save on Plate & Flatware Rentals!

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Ski Groups

Is your ski group headed to Crested Butte?

Alleviate the stress of shopping for food, cooking and cleaning by calling Creative Catering. Chef Josephine has ample experience with all types of groups and venues around Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte and can accomodate any diet so that you can stay focused on what’s important!

 


 

Holiday Meals, Private Events & Chef Services

 
Prepared Holiday Meals in Crested Butte
 

Holiday Meals

Are you looking forward to Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas in Crested Butte, CO? This year, relax and let Creative Catering help with your holidays. Offering sinful desserts, complete dinners, and party planning for families and large groups. Contact Josephine Kellet to discuss your needs this holiday season.

Pies & Tarts

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Cranberry Chocolate Tart w/Mascarpone Filling

Holiday Meals

Deep Fried or Roast Turkey

Stuffing, Potatoes & Casseroles

Fresh Bread & Salad

 
 
 

Private Events & Chef Services

Chef Josephine Kellett brings nearly 30 years of experience to the table, which makes planning your private party an enjoyable experience. Knowledgeable in american, asian, indian and local cuisine to name a few. Anything you dream up we can create. Whether you are planning a private brunch, birthday dinner or intimate meal for two we can accommodate you in any setting.

We have fun menus and ideas to fit all budgets. Let's get together to create the party of your dreams!

Josephine and the staff at Creative Catering love to come onsite to your home or office to create and serve your meal. If you would like to throw a private party at your home or other location a tour may be required in order to plan.


Cooking Classes with Josephine

 

Sharpen your culinary skills this winter with Chef Josephine Kellett and Creative Catering. We will be adding more classes so please visit this page often to stay up to date. Cooking classes also make great parties for kids and adults. Call Josephine today to sign-up or to create your own private cooking class.

Classes Beginning in Mid-November

  • Preparing Beef

  • Holiday Cookies for Kids: Multiple classes will be offered for different age-groups. Children will make christmas cookies from scratch to bring home or to send to loved-ones this holiday season.

  • The Perfect Pantry: What items are key to stocking the perfect pantry? Learn great tips and fresh, simple recipes from Chef Josephine, certain to spice up your life!

 
 

Our Menu

These menu ideas are intended to help you start planning your event. Each individual affair is customized to meet your needs and we love to mix it up with your fresh ideas and favorite dishes so if you don't see it here, please don't hesitate to ask!


Appetizers

Mini Crab or Salmon Cakes - Lump crab meat or salmon meat, mixed with a touch of aromatics, pan fried and topped with our lemon aioli

Mediterranean Vegetable and Meat Platter - Assorted roasted and grilled vegetables including onion, asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, brussels sprouts, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, olives, carrots and tomato/ basil/ mozzarella Caprese kabobs. Italian style meats and cheese can also be added.$5.00/person, without meat

Imported Cheeses and Fruit Platter - Baked brie, stilton, fontina, and sundried tomato cheeses ball with berries, apples, grapes and crackers

Cheese filled Vegetables – Refreshing endive, celery, jicama, and cherry tomatoes filled with a light boursin cheese

Bruschetta - Traditional, tomato and basil bruschetta, and or chopped artichoke heart bruschetta, atop garlic rubbed toast rounds

Spanakopita - A blend of spinach and feta cheese wrapped in crispy filo dough

Tandoori Chicken Spears – All natural Indian spiced chicken, grilled and served with mango chutney

Southwestern Stuffed Shrimp - Large 16-20 Texas white shrimp marinated in a lime chili mix and stuffed with chorizo and grilled

Stuffed Mushrooms - Choose from Vegetarian or crab stuffed mushroom caps, served hot

Tuna Poke - High grade sushi tuna, chopped and marinated in sesame, soy ginger and served on a homemade cracker

Beef Tenderloin Canapés - Seared Tenderloin on stilton toast and horseradish aioli

Goat Cheese Tapenade - Creamy goat cheese base, topped with chopped Mediterranean tapenade, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil, on or with toast rounds. This can be served as a stationed or passed appetizer

Lamb Lollipops - Ground lamb with mint, feta cheese and aromatics formed on a stick, served with creamy tzatziki sauce

Salmon Mousse Cups - Creamy salmon mousse piped into fillo cups and cucumbers, garnished with house cured gravlax


Salads

House Salad – Mixed greens topped with tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and jicama hearts, drizzled with light vinaigrette

Caesar Salad – Crisp romaine lettuce tossed in creamy garlic caesar dressing with tomatoes, shaved parmesan and croutons

Caprese - Sliced tomatoes and layers of fresh mozzarella, with basil leaf and balsamic reduction

Greek Salad – Crisp romaine lettuce with kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onion and tomato, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette

Spinach – Baby spinach leaves with sliced strawberries, candied pecans and blue cheese crumbles, served with light vinaigrette

The Love Salad- Raw Kale massaged with lemon and salt until tender and bright, finished with parmesan cheese, currents and extra virgin olive oil


Entrees

Chicken Entrées :

Sicilian Style Chicken - Marinated with Italian flavors, grilled and topped with a chunky robust tomato ragu. Served with orzo pasta tossed with grape tomatoes, shaved parm, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil

Paradise Chicken - Seasoned chicken breast, grilled and topped with melted fontina cheese, prosciutto and baby arugula, garnished with lemon wedges

Honey- Teriyaki Chicken - “Pre brining” the chicken makes it moist and flavorful. Grilled and basted with a honey teriyaki glaze and topped with scallion threads and toasted sesame seeds. Seasonal vegetable medley and ginger/lemongrass jasmine rice

Pineapple Chicken - Sweet soy glaze and grilled pineapple makes this a favorite to the barbeque menu. Along with favorite sides

Indian Tandoori Chicken - Marinated in a spicy yogurt marinade and grilled topped with home made mango chutney, fresh cilantro and lemon.

Chicken Marbella - All natural chicken breast, cooked wine caper and plum sauce, served with gnocchi and seasonal vegetable

Beef Entrées:

New York Strip - Roasted whole to medium rare and sliced, served with a shallot Madeira reduction.  Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and almond green beans accompany this dish

Beef Tenderloin - Roasted to medium rare and sliced, served with creamy wild mushroom sauce

Rocky Mountain Entrées: 

Elk Tenderloin - Grilled whole to medium rare and sliced, served atop garlic roasted mashed potatoes with port reduction and vegetable medley

Rocky Mountain Trout - Lightly dusted in seasoned flour, pan fried and finished with garlic, caper, sun dried tomato beurre blanc. Toasted almond green beans and orzo tossed in baby tomatoes, basil and olive oil accompany this dish

Rack of Lamb - Tender lamb riblets with a dried cherry demi-glace served with lemon mint couscous and seasonal vegetable

Fish Entrées    

Grilled Salmon - Fresh salmon seasoned with a magic thyme rub and grilled to perfection, topped with lemon garlic butter. We offer a variety of preparations for our salmon

Halibut - Sautéed and served with orange basil sauce and orange segments

Vegetarian Entrées  

Vegetarian Strudel - Portabella mushrooms roasted red bell peppers and creamy herbed goat cheese rolled in flaky phyllo dough

Grilled Polenta Napoleon - Layers of herbed polenta, mozzarella cheese and robust red sauce

Served with:

Rolls - Assorted, served warm with butter

Lemonade and Iced Tea - Raspberry herbal tea, lemonade and water


Barbecue

Choose 2 Meats

Roasted Pig -Slow smoked pork served with grilled pineapple, Polynesian sweet teriyaki and Home made barbeque sauces

Baby Back Ribs - Tender pork ribs with homemade barbecue sauce

Roasted Chicken - All natural pieces of chicken grilled

Beef Brisket - Slow cooked, sliced beef brisket with barbecue sauce

Pulled Pork - Slow cooked, hand pulled with homemade barbecue sauce

Choose 2 Sides

Grilled Vegetable Medley - Including zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red bell peppers, carrots, onions and garlic tossed in fresh basil

Potato Salad - Red skin potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams mixed in a creamy base with aromatics

Asian Slaw - Cabbage, carrots, green onion and jicama tossed in sesame rice vinegar dressing

Sassy Baked Beans - Colorful beans with a hint of pineapple and green chilies, vegetarian

Olathe Sweet Corn - When available, steamed fresh with butter

Polynesian Rice - Jasmine rice with fresh herbs, mango, onion, soy and sesame, served cold as a salad.

Quinoa Salad - served cold with lots of vegetables with a lemon cider vinegar dressing


Dessert

Cup Cake Tower – Choose from yellow or chocolate cake and buttercream frosting, decorated with the bride’s flowers and presented on a tiered stand.

Trifle - Strawberries, blueberries and Raspberries layered with cubed cake and pastry cream in a clear goblet.

Tiramisu - Layers of coffee soaked lady fingers, sweet mascarpone cheese and shaved chocolate.

Italian Chocolate Flourless Cake - Almonds take the place of the flour in this chocolaty marvel, topped with strawberries and brandied whipped cream.

Cream puff Tower - Small cream puffs filled with pastry cream or Grand Marnier chocolate mousse piled high on a tiered stand with the bride’s flowers.

Mousse Filled Tulips - Chocolate tulip cups filled with Grand Marnier chocolate mousse garnished fresh berries and whipped cream.

Pies - Choose from a variety of flavors- strawberry rhubarb, apple, pecan, blueberry,


Reach out to learn more, plan your menu and reserve your date!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Would you need me to rent anything? ie. a prep tent, any of the glassware, etc?

We provide table and place setting for up to 120 people, and can arrange for linens, tables and chairs. We also come fully equipped with tents, grills, stoves and coolers as needed to be able to provide a freshly cooked and served, quality meal to your guests.

Do you only serve buffets or do you also serve plated dinners?

We serve both and in fact we suggest the plated dinner. As compared to the buffet the plated dinner is a much more personal, intimate experience to provide your guests with. Often whether you choose the buffet or plated dinner depends on the number of guests and the venue that will host your wedding or party. Creative Catering can provide the necessary personnel to serve either type of party.

Can you estimate costs for service, glassware, place settings, rental basics and linens?

Please email or call with your event location and number of guests.

You can also hire shuttle services for your guests

What type of fish, meat and vegetarian options do you offer for a buffet?

Tri tip, Filet, NY strip, bistro steak

Mahi, Salmon, Halibut, Colorado Rainbow Trout, Shrimp

All Natural Chicken, Colorado Lamb

Stuffed shells, Stuffed Grilled Portobello Mushroom

*Josephine has experience with an extensive selection of meats, fish and seafood, local game, and foreign fare please call Josephine if you have a special menu in mind for your event.

Will Creative Catering be able to supply soda, ice, juice, mixers?

We can provide ice, an assortment of hot and cold beverages, set up your bar on location and provide a bartender for your event.

You will need to provide any alcoholic beverages. Beer, liquor, wine and mixers can be purchased at a number of locations in Crested Butte, like Acme Liquor Store. You will need to drop off any alcohol or mixers for your bar to the Creative Catering Kitchen in Crested Butte at least 1 day prior to your event. Please call Josephine to make arrangement for your bar. If you choose to provide your own bartender please provide all your bar items, and set up and manage the bar on your own as well. It is recommended that you hire a bartender through Creative Catering to maintain the bar and assist in getting your guests home safely.

Glassware can always be provided by creative catering including champagne flutes, wine glasses, highball, rocks and water/beer goblets.

Should I factor in serving-type dishes (ie. bread baskets, sauce bowls, etc)?

Being a full service catering company we will provide all necessary serving dishes for your event. You will not need to worry at all about the preparation or service of your food with Creative Catering. There are no extra charges for the use of any of our serving dishes or equipment needed to prepare or serve your event.

Can you provide have servers and bartenders?

Yes! We can provide servers and bartenders for your event. It is recommended that you hire a bartender through Creative Catering to maintain the bar and assist in getting your guests home safely. It is important to provide us with an accurate number of guests who will attend your event to ensure that you have enough staff on hand. A service and gratuity charge will be included in your bill and will depend on the number of servers needed to accommodate your guests and your event.

Does Creative Catering set up the reception/dining area?

We will setup tables with linens, place settings and any glassware needed for service. Please provide any wine or champagne you would like to place on your guests tables at least 1 day prior to your event by dropping it off at the Creative Catering Kitchen.

Guests and family members always provide a personalized touch to your wedding. You can manage the decorations at your event or you can provide all decorations on site at the event location and Creative Catering will set them up for you. Please call Josephine if you would like to have your decorations set up by Creative Catering and provide instructions for all the details that will be required to decorate your event.

What types of venues are available for weddings and parties in Crested Butte?

There are a variety of indoor and outdoor event sites in and around Crested Butte. View our Wedding Information for locations we can accommodate.

Will Josephine, the chef and owner of Creative Catering be on location?

Absolutely! I prepare your dinner on location and manage the event service and professional staff personally.

Could you supply me with a list of references?

We would be happy to share with you a list of references from happy clients in Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado. Josephine opened Lil's Land and Sea as chef and owner in Crested Butte in 1995. The Seafood and Sushi restaurant is named for her grandmother, Lil. She sold the restaurant in 2001 to become the executive chef at the Crested Butte Country Club which inspired her to open Creative Catering in 2002. Come by the Creative Catering Kitchen located at Frank’s Deli (COME BY FOR A TASTING ) or contact us for more information.