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Part of the mission statement of Denver Professional Net Impact is to educate the public further on eco-friendly 
food practices.  

Serendipity co-owner, Laura Zaspel, was thrilled to bring her knowledge and experience to a gathering hosted by the Denver Professional Net Impact chapter and  Galvanize in the Golden Triangle.  Laura gave an insider's perspective from the food industry discussing how sourcing food has changed over the years, where it is today, and what the future holds.

Manisha, a Denver Professional Net Impact chapter leader, answered a few quick questions for us: 

Please explain how Net Impact operates? 

Denver Professional Net Impact is a volunteer-led chapter, with three leaders helming the ship.  Our parent organization, Net Impact, is headquartered in San Francisco and provides guidance and structure to the various university and professional chapters located around the world.  Each chapter is given autonomy to determine their own direction and we in particular look to our surrounding community in Denver and the Front Range to inform the subjects we tackle.  That said, our mission is to "cultivate a community of professionals dedicated to using business as a platform for creating positive social, environmental, and financial impact". Sustainability in particular is close to our hearts, so we tend to focus on the subject as a whole when figuring out what our next event will be!  We're a pretty informal group right now but we're starting to gain traction and provide value to our members. 

Serendipity co-owner, Laura, recently gave a presentation on sustainable food practices for Denver Professional Net Impact. What is the next challenge for both food professionals and people at home when it comes to eco-friendly food practices/eating? 

Overcoming affordability/effort challenges - there are many stories out there of the money required to eat sustainable food (Whole Paycheck, anyone?) as well as the time it takes to research and prepare that food.  Since so many people value cheap convenience, those challenges are tough to break down.

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Fun Facts:

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The first Jack O'Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum

The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." Wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

Halloween Bottles

According to Irish legend, Jack O'Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.


Stephen Clarke holds the record for the world's fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds, smashing his previous record of 54.72 seconds. The rules of the competition state that the pumpkin must weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved in a traditional way, which requires at least eyes, nose, ears, and a mouth.

Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

Sugar halloween skull candy

Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) on the Christian holidays All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) instead of Halloween. The townspeople dress up like ghouls and parade down the street.

Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
ghost in tree

Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

"Halloween" is short for "Hallows' Eve" or "Hallows' Evening," which was the evening before All Hallows' (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.

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Fall Spice

fall spices

Fall's cool weather always has us looking to warming spices.  
A few ideas for using the quintessential spices of fall:   

Spiced Cocktails

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 "The dinner was fantastic and we are very pleased with the services that Serendipity has provided to us.  
Our guests loved the food, the staff was phenomenal, and the accommodations were spot on!
We are looking forward to our dinner with your presence this upcoming week as well.  

Thank you for providing such excellent service.  We are looking forward to our continued partnership in the coming year!"

~C.B. | CU Denver
September,  2015

Holiday Party Planning
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Now is the time to plan  for fall and winter parties!

Dates book up fast, so call to soon to discuss your next event. 

Office Holiday
Cocktail Parties
Holiday Parties
New Years Eve
Winter Wedding

Serendipity can help with venue selection, menu planning, entertainment, flowers -- down to the last festive detail. 

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