|Catering Spotlight|: Three Leaf Catering
We have had the pleasure of working with the team of Three Leaf Catering for years now and have worked with them for weddings, celebrations, holiday parties, corporate meetings, fundraisers… you name it! We wanted to sit down with Rachel Marrs, their Director of Catering, to learn more about where they come from, and where they are headed. Here’s what we learned:
How did Three Leaf Catering get started, and what do you do?
Our owners have always had a passion for food and hospitality. About 25 years ago they turned that passion into a business venture. Who would have thought 25 years later that business would include 5 award winning restaurants, an organic farm, and a catering company?! Three Leaf Catering is a full-service catering company based in Boulder stemming from our 5 award winning restaurants, organic farm and tea company. At Three Leaf, we feature a unique variety of traditional & worldly cuisine to choose from. We also help coordinate full service event staff, bartending & rental equipment based upon your event venue, timeframe & vision. To ensure your wedding is unique to you & your fiancé, we prefer to build custom event proposals based on your menu preferences, budget & overall event needs.
What makes you stand out from other caterers in the area?
A few things really set us apart. We have our own organic farm in which we produce many of the ingredients used in our menus. Having multiple restaurants gives us the opportunity to pick the brains of multiple chefs. Because of this, we are able to customize and perfect recipes to fit any menu preference or request. Working so closely with these chefs gives our coordinators a wide range of menu knowledge. We also work diligently with our staff to make sure the hospitality aspect is far above expectation for any event.
What has been your most memorable event?
There have been so many! I would say one of my favorites was a wedding in which the bride was from Australia and the groom from India. They wanted a menu that had some traditional Aussie pies, traditional Indian curries as well as a local flare. It was so fun creating a one of a kind menu that fit all of these different cuisines that also fit well together. The wedding couple was a pleasure to work with and the flowers from Boulder Blooms were amazingly beautiful!
What inspires you as a caterer?
The amazing clients we work with are always an inspiration. Having the one-on-one connection allows us to fully understand the vision that each one has. No event and no client is the same which makes this job so much fun. We are continuously learning and experiencing new things.
Give us some juicy facts that not everyone knows about Three Leaf:
The three leaves of the company are Food, Tea, Farm. The owner, Lenny Martinelli, is an accomplished chef which is the Food leaf. His wife, Sara Martinelli, runs the farm and her passion is the Farm leaf. Lenny’s sister, Nikki, runs the Boulder Tea Company which is the Tea leaf.
What’s next for the business?
We are currently constructing a new catering office in Louisville CO! With the growth we have been experiencing, we are excited to relocate to a larger office where we will be able to meet with our Clients, do tastings, and work side by side with an executive catering chef. We are also finishing construction on Zucca, our Italian restaurant and moving Leaf, our vegetarian restaurant to a larger building.
Now what about you, what do you enjoy in your free time?
I love to curl up on the couch with my cats and read. I also love to cook and to bake and to grill and to try new things in the kitchen.
What three words describe you?
Foodie, charismatic, determined
What are some of your favorite foods?
Pie of any flavor, Italian anything, curries, tacos, pad thai – I just love food 😊