|Catering Spotlight|: Three Tomatoes Catering
“Three Tomatoes Catering was started by three tenacious and dedicated women in 1977 who had a love for food and the art of feeding people.” Today, they are one of Colorado’s most memorable catering companies for weddings, special events, and celebrations of all kinds. We were able to chat with Lauren Szymecko, the Director of Catering for Three Tomatoes and find out more about her and the business. Read on to learn more!
How did Three Tomatoes Catering get started?
Three Tomatoes Catering was started by three tenacious and dedicated women in 1977 who had a love for food and the art of feeding people. Since those humble beginnings the company has built a reputation in Denver and in the state of Colorado as everyone’s “favorite caterer”. Our team works hard to deliver the highest quality cuisine and service standards in our industry. We are proud to be the best in hospitality and our years of experience taught us to always treat every guest as if they are our one and only, and every detail counts.
What makes you stand out from other caterers in the area?
Our long standing 4 decade reputation, the pride we have in the quality of every morsel we serve, and our employee and guest relationships drive us.
What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
The after party! We love to serve our creative and delicious late night snacks and work with vendors who have amazing entertainment to offer our guests a smashing finale!
What inspires you, Lauren?
All things food. Globally, locally and traditionally. Also outside inspirations within the art and design world such as music/performance, fashion, and architecture.
What is your number one tip for couples who are planning their wedding?
Remember this is about you two. Tap into the reasons you are hosting your friends and family for that one special night. Why and where you fell in love, your favorite foods, favorite music, sports team, even your pets! Bring your couple uniqueness into your event!
Also have a clear idea of budget and don’t be afraid to share! It helps us vendors and planners work realistically with you.
What are other types of events you like to work besides weddings?
We do it all! Graduation parties, themed mitzvahs, all day corporate affairs, holiday celebrations, anniversary soirees, and intimate dinner parties in homes. Those can actually be some of our favorites – picture one long table of close friends in a mood lit backyard setting celebrating laughter and life!
What are some interesting or unknown facts about Three Tomatoes Catering?
Our CEO is originally from Southern Italy and bought the company in 2014 from the original owners. He is (rightfully so) very passionate about the food we serve and even launched a Three Tomatoes Italy brand, where our company works with our planner in Milan to plan destination weddings and events from travel to food to activities such as private chef dinners, unforgettable boat rides and tours! We have planned quite a few events for some of our amazing Denver based clients in Italy and they cannot wait to go back!
What do you like to do in your personal time?
Eat food. Research food. Entertain friends. Get inspired by nature and culture. When you love what you do – you do it on your days off.
What is your favorite hang out spot in Boulder?
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Colorado?
SKIING!!!!!! And trail/ river walks with our Wheaten Terrier, Darla.
What are some of your personal favorite foods?
Another hard question.
All French cuisine, because, BUTTER. My Polish grandma’s potato pancakes and simple home dishes like chicken paprikash and stuffed cabbage, and a really great burger.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I grew up in a small town in Midwest Michigan, but spent all of my 20’s in New York City before moving to Colorado. Living in that magical city opened my eyes to the world, food and the true art of hospitality and how to really “take care of one another” through food and service. It is my passion and something I live, breathe and try to instill in our team every day.
Lauren also wanted to include a special treat for anyone looking for catering for their next event: