Hire YouthWorks Catering for Your Next Event

YouthWorks Catering is an 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 a dozen, 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.

NM Magazine Covers YouthWorks

Photo by John McCauley

YouthWorks made the pages of the latest issue of New Mexico Magazine!

In a piece titled “The Food Truck Different,” the magazine says the YouthWorks food truck offers “good food” for a “good cause.”

To see all the coverage, click here.

What Our Catering Clients Say . . .

The party went swimmingly! I so appreciated everyone’s efforts—the food was yummy and the crew totally professional.

Stephen Beili

Del Norte Credit Union Supports YW

From left, Youthworks participant, Youthworks Executive Director Melynn Schuyler, DNCU President CEO Chuck Valenti and DNCU Web Marketing Specialist Alexandra Pratt. Courtesy photo.

Del Norte Credit Union employees presented YouthWorks with a check for $8,500 to support the organization’s drive to qualify for $15,000 in matching funds from a local Santa Fe couple.

DNCU’s President/CEO Chuck Valenti said. “DNCU’s mission of improving lives, begins with improving the lives of our youth so that we can achieve a brighter future together.”

For the full story, click here.

YouthWorks Feeds the Democrats

YouthWorks was hired to cater a feast for more than 300 Democrats on Saturday, August 25, at the Mayor’s Barbecue, a get-together at the Del Norte Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe on Valentine Way.

The YouthWorks Catering crew poses for a photo with Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic candidate for governor, was in attendance along with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and other special guests.

What Our Catering Clients Say . . .

The food was fabulous. YUMMM! Great servers. Don’t know how it could have been better.

Wendy Pomeroy

Treasurer, Santa Fe Democratic Party

YouthWorks Profiled in NationSwell

Photo by Paul Ross

A former gang member, Carmen Rodriguez found his calling in restaurants. Now he’s helping other at-risk youth find theirs.

In their latest edition, NationSwell features the story of Chef Carmen Rodriguez and YouthWorks Catering.

Click here to read how Chef Carmen and his wife Penny have joined with Melynn Schuyler at YouthWorks to serve up a future for at-risk youth.

NationSwell is a leading social impact media company dedicated to powering the solutions and innovations that will move our country forward.

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.


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



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!


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)


Add-on $2

Red Chile Teriyaki Chicken


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.


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)
Add-on $2
Red or green chile pork belly candy or achiote pineapple chicken
Pig Newton (2) $6
Graham cracker biscuits filled with spicy pork belly candy, bacon & fig jam


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.


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)



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



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.


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.


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

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