Best Catering Company: Drunken Onion
Steamboat Springs — As a full service coffee shop, go-to breakfast stop, deli with lunches and grilled offerings galore, and store offering a variety of take-and-bake options, the Drunken Onion is far more than just a catering company.
With the tagline “Caters the biggest, the everyday and the in-between,” Drunken Onion chef and owner Ben Stoock provides heat-and-serve meals from his Wildhorse Marketplace location to help those needing nourishment during late hours or to relieve the stress of fine dining.
Options includes blackened chicken with lemon chive aioli, mac ’n’ cheese, pan fried pork chops, pizzas, lasagna, enchiladas, sandwiches and more, from full-service catering to the casual pickup and go. He also offers a variety of frozen and chilled items that change with the seasons, along with a sit-down area for lunch.
Stroock moved to Steamboat in 1993 after graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After his restaurant The Main Dish closed, he worked on his idea of a full-service catering company and business offering casual pickup and go meals for a few years until he opened Drunken Onion in 2007.
Since then he’s prided himself and the local establishment that has taken first place in this category for the past four years, highlighting its hardworking employees, consistency and quality.
Interested in high quality food for as long as he can remember, he says his parents had a tremendous impact on him.
“What I learned from them is professional pride and quality,” Stroock says. “If I’m not excited to eat it, someone else wouldn’t be either. Food should taste as best as it can in the best scenario.”
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