Hire YouthWorks Catering for Your Next Event

YouthWorks Catering is a business outgrowth of our culinary arts training, a social enterprise in which young people work part-time providing food and service for local events.

Chef Carmen Rodriguez, former New Mexico Chef of the Year, leads the program, along with his wife Penny, to share expertise in cooking preparation, catering logistics, and front-of-the-house skills.

For more about Chef Carmen and his journey from young migrant farm worker to award-winning chef, click here.

Proceeds from catering jobs help support the YouthWorks culinary arts program, enabling more youths to get the training they need to move into the workforce.

For More Information

Our young people are ready and able to cater your next event—whether dinner for two, hors d’oeuvres for fifty, or full meal service for hundreds.

For an estimate, just complete the form here, and Penny Rodriguez will be in touch. For more information about menus, pricing, and scheduling, email Penny at culinary@santafeyouthworks.org or call her at 505-989-1855.

See the Crew in Action

Scroll down to read about our catering team, what their clients say about them, and the work they’re doing to prepare themselves for a future in the hospitality industry.

YW Wins Rio Grande School Contract

Rio Grande School has selected YouthWorks to cater family-style hot lunches for their students for the 2018-2019 school year.

Families will sign up for meal service in advance online, and YouthWorks Catering will deliver and serve the lunches.

Prepared under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, the menu will change weekly, featuring such dishes as Hawaiian Pizza, Chicken Stir Fry, Lasagna Bolognese, and Beef Chimichanga.

The Food Truck @ the Coe Center

The YouthWorks food truck will be at the Coe Center at 1590 B Pacheco Street on Tuesday, August 14 from 5 – 7 pm.

Come for the public opening of the IMPRINT exhibit, meet the artists, and stop by for tasty eats prepared by YouthWorks Catering under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez.

Menu

Native American Tacos $3

Red Chile Braised Buffalo Barbacoa with Chile del Arbol Salsa & Grilled Wild Onion

Mole de Pavo with Shredded Cabbage & Tahini Crema & Toasted Black & White Sesame Seeds

Guajillo Mushrooms with Prairie Carrot & Radish Escabeche

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Beverages

Hibiscus & Mint Agua Fresca $2

Blood Orange Prickly Pear Agua Fresca $2

Bottled Water $1

 

The Food Truck @ La Familia Fiesta

The YouthWorks food truck will be at the La Familia Health and Wellness Fiesta at 1035 Alto Street on Saturday, August 11, from 10 am to 2 pm.

We’ll be serving delicious healthful fare prepared by YouthWorks Catering under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez.

La Familia’s family-friendly community event will offer free health and dental screenings plus cooking demos, massage, Zumba, face-painting, entertainment, and more!

Menu

Red Chile Teriyaki Chicken Street Tacos (3) $6
With shredded cabbage and sriracha citrus hot sauce (GF)

Crispy Korean Brussels Sprouts $6
Charred brussels sprouts tossed in sweet and spicy Korean bbq sauce (V, VG)

Fried Riced Cauliflower Buddha Bowl $6
Riced cauliflower stir-fried with seasonal veggies and Buddha Belly sauce (V, VG)

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Add-on $2

Red Chile Teriyaki Chicken

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Beverages $2 / Refill $1

Pinalada (Pineapple & Lemonada)

(GF) Gluten Free  (VG) Vegetarian  (V) Vegan

 

The Food Truck @ Las Golondrinas

The YouthWorks food truck will be at Las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos Road) Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5.

Stop by and sample the tasty fare prepared by YouthWorks Catering under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez.

Menu

Crispy Korean Brussels Sprouts $6
Charred brussels sprouts tossed in sweet and spicy Korean barbecue sauce (V,VG)
Fried Riced Cauliflower Buddha Bowl $7
Riced cauliflower stir fried with seasonal veggies & Buddha Belly sauce (V,VG)
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Add-on $2
Red or green chile pork belly candy or achiote pineapple chicken
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Pig Newton (2) $6
Graham cracker biscuits filled with spicy pork belly candy, bacon & fig jam

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Beverages $4
Mint Jamaica Agua Fresca 
Ginger Melonada

 

(VG) Vegetarian  (V) Vegan

 

Visit YW Catering at Spanish Market

Join us for breakfast or lunch at Spanish Market on the Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and July 29.

Our booth will be open all day, starting with breakfast at 8:30 am.  Look for the YouthWorks sign on Washington Avenue right in front of Tees N Skis.

All proceeds benefit job training for young people at YouthWorks.

Menu

Bocadillo Spanish Style Egg Sandwich (Served 8:30 am to 11:00 am)

Your Choice $7

Caramelized Onion, Egg and Cheese on Baguette Chorizo, Caramelized Onion,Egg and Cheese on Baguette Tofu, Caramelized Onion and Cheese on Baguette (V,VG)

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Pinchitos

Skewers Served over Yellow Rice with Romesco Sauce

Your Choice $7

Seasoned Lamb (GF) Spiced Chicken (GF) Grilled Vegetables (GF,VG,V)

Yellow Rice with Romesco Sauce (GF,VG,V) $4

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Drinks

Bottled Water $1 Virgin Sangria $4

(GF) Gluten Free  (VG) Vegetarian  (V) Vegan

 

What Our Catering Clients Say . . .

The food from YouthWorks catering service was both innovative and delicious. I was also very impressed by the professional service the YouthWorks team provided.

Jeremy Mier

American Institute of Architects

YouthWorks Caters AIA Event

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) feasted on hors d’oeuvres prepared by YouthWorks Catering for the AIA summer party on July 13 at the Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

Menu

Bacon Wrapped Dates (GF)

Tortilla Espanola (GF,VG)

Barbacoa Tamalito (GF)

Chicken Tinga & Black Bean Empanada (GF)

Roasted Fennel & Artichoke Crostino (GF,VG)

(GF) Gluten Free  (VG) Vegetarian

 

Need catering for your own event?

For an estimate, complete the form here, and Penny Rodriguez will be in touch.

For more information about menus, pricing, and scheduling, email Penny at culinary@santafeyouthworks.org or call her at 505-989-1855.

What Our Catering Clients Say . . .

Thank you for the extraordinary party the YouthWorks team made possible today! I’ll be recommending them to everyone I know who wants help with a party!

Alan Webber

Mayor of Santa Fe

YouthWorks Caters Mayor’s Event

YouthWorks Catering was tapped to cater the half-day session at the Community Convention Center today during which Mayor Alan Webber’s transition working groups reported their findings.

Through the late morning and early afternoon, participants feasted on barbecued pork buns, roasted mushroom sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies prepared by the YouthWorks crew.

Following the event, Mayor Webber joined the YouthWorks team—along with Chef Carmen Rodriguez (right) and Youthworks Executive Director Melynn Schuyler (left)—for a photo to commemorate the event.

YouthWorks Caters NOMCON

Long-time YouthWorks supporter Representative Ben Ray Luján visits YouthWorks at the first national gathering of the Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCON).

YouthWorks Catering, led by Chef Carmen and Penny Rodriguez, fed nearly 400 participants breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the two-day event at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

It took “all hands on deck” to manage the catering for two days of meals for such a large group. Here the catering crew listens to last-minute instructions from Chef Carmen.

NOMCON is a focal point for a movement empowered by increasingly affordable digital tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters and computer-controlled cutting machines that make cheap prototyping and manufacturing accessible.

YouthWorks Feeds Ute Fire Crew

YouthWorks volunteered to help feed the crews working the Ute Park fire in Northern New Mexico.

The YouthWorks catering team made and delivered sixty-six dozen—that’s nearly eight hundred—chocolate-chip cookies as their contribution to help feed the crew members as well as local residents who had to be evacuated.

In thanks, YouthWorks received this note:

YouthWorks Celebrates Supporters

YouthWorks celebrated its supporters with an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation at the High Summit home of YouthWorks Board Chair Fred Seibel and his wife Molly.

Guests had the opportunity to meet and chat with YouthWorks Executive Director Melynn Schuyler, members of the YouthWorks board, and the young people from YouthWorks Catering, who planned and prepared all of the hors d’oeuvres for the event.

The menu showcased the capabilities of the group, led by Chef Carmen and Penny Rodriguez. The catering service is now available for hire for both public and private events.

Menu

Roasted Fennel & Artichoke Heart Crostini with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto (VG)

Stuffed Endive with Local Goat Cheese, Pinon, Honey & Red Onion Jam (GF) (VG)

Albondigas con Flame Roasted Tomato Romesco (GF)

Crispy Prosciutto Tuscan Cups Filled with Tuscan Melon Relish (GF)

Cucumber Roll, Coriander Seared Ahi Tuna & English Cucumber 

with Wasabi Pickled Ginger Japanese Mayo (GF)

Imported & Domestic Cheese Board with Fresh and Dried Fruits (GF)

 

(GF) Gluten Free  (VG) Vegetarian  (V) Vegan

 

For information about menus, pricing, and scheduling, email Penny Rodriguez at culinary@santafeyouthworks.org or call her at 505-989-1855.

YouthWorks Caters at Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

YouthWorks Catering prepared a tapas feast for those honoring this year’s winner of the Masters Award at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Carlos José Otero was given the Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to Spanish New Mexican artistic traditions and culture.

The award is given each year to an artist who raises awareness of the art form, is included in private and museum collections, and has been tapped to receive awards at Spanish Market and other fairs and exhibitions.

Tapas Menu

Tortilla Espanola wtih Roasted Garlic Saffron Aioli (GF,VG)

Pulpo Gallego (Grilled Octopus) with Smoked Paprika Romesco on Toast

Gazpacho Shooter with Cucumber Relish (GF,VG)

Assorted Spanish Meats and Cheeses (GF)

(GF) Gluten Free  (VG) Vegetarian  (V) Vegan

What Our Catering Clients Say . . .

A wonderful evening with a terrific Spanish and New Mexican menu . . . great service provided by YouthWorks young people and Chef Carmen and Penny Rodriguez.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

YW Culinary Team Caters Funders’ Dinner

Under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, the YouthWorks culinary team put their skills to work at the Intermountain West Funder Network dinner at Meow Wolf on May 3.

The Funder Network brings together funders who can work alongside each other to strengthen and expand funding and philanthropic leadership in eight western states, including New Mexico.

The menu featured a variety of classic New Mexican dishes hand-made by the YouthWorks culinary team.

Menu

Chips with Roasted Salsa, Pico de Gallo & Tomatillo Salsa (VG,V)

Red Chile Camarones Seco Posole (GF)
Green Chile Stew (GF)

Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad (GF,VG)
Apricot Jicama Salad (VG,V)

Tamalito Trio: Green Chile Chicken, Red Chile Pork & Christmas Calabacitas (GF)
Tres Hermanas Stuffed Sopapillas (VG)
Lamb Adovada (GF)

Home-Made Corn Tortillas & Arroz Verde (VG,V)

Mexican Natillas (GF,VG)

(GF) Gluten Free  (VG) Vegetarian  ((V) Vegan

 

Visit Us on Cinco de Mayo

Stop by the YouthWorks food booth at the Railyard between 11 am and 5 pm on Cinco de Mayo (May 5). We’ll be serving tasty hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs—topped off with Mexican chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

All proceeds will benefit the Youthworks culinary program, which prepares our young people for jobs in the food industry.

Students Fill Valentine’s Day Orders

Youthworks culinary students prepare Valentine’s Day sweets under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, who leads the YouthWorks culinary arts program.

For the Valentine’s Day sweets sale, Amanda and Matt are learning the fine points of creating chocolate-covered strawberries, Mexican wedding cookies, and chocolate truffles.

Proceeds from the sales help support culinary arts training for young men and women to prepare them for work in local area restaurants.

What Our Catering Clients Say . . .

We were honored to have the YouthWorks Culinary Program, under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, participate in the 2018 Legislative Reception. Thank you for your generosity of time and amazing food.

Mae Martinez

Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

YouthWorks Tapped to Serve Legislators

The YouthWorks culinary arts team was one of seventeen local food providers serving hors d’oeuvres at the 2018 Chamber Legislative Reception.

Under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, the YouthWorks culinary team served Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Red Chile to hundreds of guests gathered at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this January 29 event is the largest legislative networking event of the year. Guests from around New Mexico attend to network, connect, and advocate for New Mexico business.

 

Chef Carmen Rodriguez, manager of the YouthWorks culinary arts program, and Owner-Chef Ahmed Obo, of Jambo’s Café, take a break to compare notes at the Chamber’s Legislative Reception.

 

YouthWorks Assists at Souper Bowl

Chef Carmen Rodriguez leveraged his slot at the Food Depot’s 2018 Souper Bowl to give YouthWorks culinary students a chance to put their skills to work in a very public setting.

Ashley and Kevin, shown above with Chef Carmen, spent the day putting the finishing touches on and helping serve Pato con Palomitas, a crowd favorite at the Food Depot’s 24th Souper Bowl.

At this annual Food Depot fundraiser, more than two dozen chefs compete for “best soup” honors in multiple categories. Proceeds from the event help support the Food Depot’s mission to eliminate hunger in Northern New Mexico.

Chef Carmen, the owner/operator of MiSanta Catering along with his wife Penny, is leading the YouthWorks culinary arts program, sharing his expertise in cooking preparation, catering logistics, and front-of-the-house skills.

For more information about YouthWorks Catering or to schedule their services for your next event, contact Penny Rodriguez at YouthWorks.

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