This Weekend: We’re Excited to Serve Dedicated JDRF Volunteers

Chances are high that you know someone affected by Juvenile Diabetes (type 1 diabetes). It’s become a serious health problem in the U.S.

  • Over one million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes, with 5 million Americans diagnosed with new cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes every year
  • Rates of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine
  • Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States

Seven Loaves Catering is Helping the Way We Know How!

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Seven Loaves Catering is doing our small part to help the fight against juvenile diabetes.

We were happy to be selected as the official Food and Beverage Sponsor for this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) benefit walk in Dallas.

The walk is this Saturday morning where we’ll be donating the food and service to feed breakfast to around 300 participants. Seven Loaves Catering will feed 200 volunteers and 100 corporate sponsors in two separate breakfast events before the walk.

We’ll be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, skillet potatoes, biscuits and gravy, and sausage. We’ll also provide participants with coffee, orange juice, and iced tea.

JDRF 5K Dallas Walk

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This year’s JDRF 5K benefit walk in Dallas is Saturday, October 21, at 9:00 am. Walkers will start out at Ericcson North America in Plano. For information about the walk, contact Lori Campbell at lcampbell@jdrf.org or 214 373 9808. If you’d like to sponsor a walker, or get further information on this worthwhile organization, check out JDRF’s website or visit their Facebook page.

JDRF Funds Diabetes Research

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JDRF is the leading organization funding type 1 diabetes research. It was founded more than 45 years ago by parents determined to find a cure for their children. Its exclusive focus is on the worldwide effort to stop type 1 diabetes.

Striking children and adults suddenly, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. You cannot prevent it—and there is currently no cure. If you have type 1 diabetes, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, rely on injected or infused insulin, and carefully monitor your eating and activity. It’s a serious and stressful disease to manage.

JDRF works to develop grassroots support, deep scientific and industry knowledge, and academic partnerships to fund research to create a world without type 1 diabetes. They’ve raised more than $2 billion to-date and have helped with the development of life-changing breakthroughs.

The JDRF Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes. We think that’s a pretty awesome goal!

Seven Loaves Catering supports JDRF

JDRF does important work, and Seven Loaves Catering is excited to be awarded the job of the official Food and Beverage Sponsor for this weekend’s walk. Come out and join in or sponsor a walker!

Benefit walks like this raise crucial funds for research. We look forward to the day when a cure is developed to end type 1 diabetes. As the JDRF walk slogan sums up, “JDRF One to None!”

 

How to Win a 5-Course Dinner (and help teachers and students at the same time!)

The Lewisville Education Foundation (LEF) will hold their annual gala this Saturday, September 9th, at the Hilton Garden Inn of Lewisville. The gala is billed as an evening of fun to celebrate education and to benefit the students and teachers of the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD).

Seven Loaves Catering has been chosen to participate in this year’s event where we’ll serve some of our most popular dishes from our hors d’oeuvre menu for around 500 people. The theme is Making Anything Possible─The Magic of Learning. This is our fifth year to cater the gala, and it’s always a good time.

Seven Loaves Catering staff at the 2016 LEF fundraising gala

Lewisville Education Foundation

LEF is dedicated to providing teacher grants and student scholarships within LISD. Since its founding in 1990, LEF has given $3 million to students and teachers to fund expenditures not covered by tax dollars. At the end of 2017 school year, LEF awarded 292 seniors with scholarships totaling over $187,000.

Something we really enjoy at the LEF fundraising gala is having the opportunity to raise money for this worthwhile cause. For the last four years, we have donated a personally-catered dinner for eight as an auction item. We provide the winning bidder a gourmet five-course meal with wine. It comes with tablecloth service by our staff.

Last year’s winner was Joeris Construction and they chose August 29th to enjoy their event. It was a fun night, and we think the Joeris party enjoyed the dinner and the evening.

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Our dinner menu for the Joeris dinner:

Salad Course:

Scotch Egg; a soft boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, hand breaded and deep-fried

Napa Valley Salad; mixed greens with dried pears, red onion, goat cheese and toasted walnuts with a sherry vinaigrette dressing

Soup Course:

Heirloom tomato bisque soup; creamy roasted Heirloom tomato soup garnished with Parmesan cheese and served with a Gouda and cheddar grilled sourdough sandwich

Fish Course:

Fresh salmon grilled on a cedar plank and served with tomato jam

Collard greens with sautéed bacon in a cast-iron pot

Entree Course:

Beef tenderloin filet steak served with a maitre d’hôtel butter

Roasted root vegetables with garlic and rosemary

Oven roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes served with chimichurri sauce

Lightly seasoned asparagus, grilled over an open flame

Dessert Course:

Cherry frangipane tart; a frangipane and sweet cherry filling in a sweet pastry crust tart topped with red currant jelly and whipped cream

Good luck to this year’s bidders!

This Saturday night we are donating a catered dining experience again, and the winner will choose a date to enjoy another gourmet dinner cooked and served by Seven Loaves Catering. We’re glad to be able to contribute this to help raise money for LEF─they’re an excellent organization that contributes to our community’s students and teachers.

New this year, gala attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant or caterer. Stop by and see us to enjoy some great food. (Of course, we’d also love your vote!)

If you’re attending, we wish you luck in all of your bids. We look forward to seeing who the winner is for this year’s Seven Loaves’ dinner and to serving them soon!

Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD

Educators from LISD aren’t the only ones we’re serving. We recently fed over 400 teachers at the Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD Educator Appreciation Breakfast on August 16th.

Speakers were Dr. Bobby Burns, Superintendent of CFBISD, and Dr. Thom Chesney, President of Brookhaven College. They presented a conversation on “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” moderated by Jerry Bates of Oncor.

Seven Loaves Catering Loves Serving Educators

Seven Loaves Catering enjoys serving all of our clients, but we especially enjoy serving the local educators in our community. We appreciate all that they do, and we know how important they are to the future!

If you’re at this year’s LEF fundraising gala, please come by and see us!

 

 

 

Highland Village Balloon Festival – We’ll Be There!

We hope you’ve been enjoying your summer. For us, this means we hope you’ve been grilling and relaxing with friends and family.

There are still summer grilling evenings ahead! Check out this blog post we published earlier this summer for grilling tips for chicken and this one for tips on grilling the perfect steak.

We put away our own cooking tools for awhile in July and took a family trip to Big Sky, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park. It was crazy and fun. (What else can it be with four cars and 16 people?)

Now we’re back home, refreshed, and ready to get back at it!

30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival

One of the next big public events we’ll be doing is the 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival on August 18-19 (the festival will continue for part of August 20th) at Unity Park.

This will be Seven Loaves’ third year to have a food booth at the festival. We’ll be serving brisket tacos, Mexican street corn, bratwursts, turkey legs, sausage on a stick, and drinks.

Besides food, the festival features fun for the entire family with a kid’s zone, live music, a car show, arts and crafts booths, and of course the beautiful, iconic hot air balloons. Entry to the festival is free. A $5 donation is requested for parking.

The Highland Village Lions Club hosts the annual Balloon Festival. Their motto is, “We want everyone to see a better tomorrow,” and their principle service project is detecting vision and hearing problems in local pre-school children.

Parking donations collected at the Balloon Festival help the Highland Village Lions Club screen children at day care facilities around Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village and surrounding cities. The Highland Village Lions Club have completed five years of screening children, serving over 4000 local children last year alone. Proceeds raised through the success of the Balloon Festival has enabled them to purchase state-of-the-art vision and hearing equipment to detect early warning signs of problems.

The annual Highland Village Balloon Festival is a great cause and a lot of family fun. We’re happy to be a part of it again. Come by and see us!

Vote for Seven Loaves as Best Caterer in Denton County

One more thing!

We’re excited to be nominated again for Denton County’s Best Caterer. We would love to have your vote—it takes just a minute! Voting closes August 23rd.

Please click the link below and scroll down to item #9 for Best Catering in Denton County . We really appreciate your support!

http://bestofdentoncounty.com/voting/restaurant-and-food-service-voting/

Come See the Hot Air Balloons and Seven Loaves

 

Enjoy these last remaining days of summer, and please come by to say hi at the 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival on August 18 – 19.

 

Seven Loaves: Exclusive Hospitality Sponsor at Plano Race for the Cure

For the third year in a row, Seven Loaves donated food and catering services for the Plano Race for the Cure. This was our first year, however, to be the Exclusive Hospitality Sponsor for this massive event. We set up in four different locations and served over 1000 people!

Seven Loaves Catering Plano Race for the Cure We donated and served all the food and coffee in both the Survivor and VIP tents. Participants there enjoyed build-your-own omelets with cheese, bacon, turkey, sour cream, and homemade salsa. Along with fresh fruit, pastries, and muffins, we also offered build-your-own yogurt parfaits with blueberries, strawberries, and granola.

In addition to the VIP and Survivor tent catering, Seven Loaves provided coffee for roughly 400 event volunteers.

We participated in the race as well. Seven Loaves had a team of eight who ran in the 5K race. Half of our team was staff members and half were friends who were eager to support the cause.

Seven Loaves Catering Plano Race for the Cure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plano Race for the Cure puts 100% of the net proceeds of the race toward their mission. Of the net income, 75% stays in our community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25% goes toward the Susan G. Komen Research and Training Grants program.

In addition to raising funds for the breast cancer movement, Race for the Cure also increases awareness, celebrates breast cancer survivors, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Breast cancer is way too common

  • 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
  • In North Texas, 21 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 3 women die every week
  • 1 woman in the U.S. dies from breast cancer every 13 minutes
  • At the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths will occur around the world in the next 25 years

Unfortunately, breast cancer knows no boundaries. It affects people of every age, gender, socio-economic status and location.

Seven Loaves Catering Race for the Cure

Seven Loaves Catering Plano Race for the Cure

 

 

 

 

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Giving Back

One of the benefits of our success at Seven Loaves is the ability to give back to our community. We were happy to have the opportunity to contribute again to the Plano Race for the Cure. It’s a great cause, and we think they do incredible work. We were glad to be a part of it!

Seven Loaves Catering Plano Race for the Cure

 

 

Seven Loaves Serves the 18th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Seven Loaves had the opportunity to serve at an important community event on Wednesday, May 3, when we provided the meals and staff to feed all the participants of the 18th annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast.  This is our third year to cater this meaningful event.

Serving 450 people at 6:30 a.m. is no small feat, but Seven Loaves was ready and able, and it went off without a hitch. We served scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, ham, biscuits and gravy, skillet potatoes, fresh cut fruit, and cinnamon rolls.

Attending the breakfast were community leaders from Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Highland Village including local law enforcement officials, LISD School Board members, Denton County Commissioners, Denton County Sherriff’s Department, local Fire Department officials, and numerous multi-denominational Christian leaders from around the community.

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The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is held each year in observance of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s keynote speaker was home run hero Darryl Strawberry and music was provided by local group Legacy Voices.

We were pleased to be able to again provide our food and services to this important, annual event.

Welcome to our new Seven Loaves Catering & Events Blog

The Smithwicks have always been a family that plays together and works together.

Smithwick family works together

When Phillip launched Seven Loaves Catering and Events, he knew it would be a family business. His wife, Leslie, has been involved in the operations since the beginning. Their oldest daughter, Haley, now works full-time for Seven Loaves as the Catering Manager. Another daughter is off the payroll (at least for now) while attending college out of state, but the three other Smithwick kids all currently help out as servers. And after showing an interest in learning to cook new things, their youngest son sometimes even helps Phillip with the cooking.

“I really enjoy working for my parents,” Haley says. “Although at times it may be difficult, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love working together to expand the business, and I couldn’t have any other bosses who understand me better.”

“I’ve been working with my dad since I was 12 years old. It used to be just the two of us, and here I am now—almost ten years later—managing the business and helping it grow.”

The Beginning of Seven Loaves

Phillip and Leslie started catering in 2001. While catering part-time, Phillip continued to work as an Executive Chef in various positions at a country club, a catering company, and a start-up restaurant. He also served as a private chef in Highland Park. Then in January of 2011, he left his chef jobs behind to run Seven Loaves full time and, as the saying goes—he’s never looked back.

Seven Loaves Loves Our Community

One of the most satisfying things for us at Seven Loaves is to be able to contribute to the charitable giving of many strong philanthropic organizations in our area. It’s important for us to give back to the community where we’ve raised our family, and have received so much loyal support for our business.

We had the opportunity to donate to a wonderful event last week. Seven Loaves was proud to serve the participants of Cloud Nine Charities annual Giving and Golf Tournament on Monday, November 7, at the beautiful Lantana Golf Course.

Seven Loaves catered Cloud 9 Charities golf event

Seven Loaves staff at Cloud 9 Charities Golf EventAfter a rainy but good day of golf, Seven Loaves donated the food and staff to serve all 144 participants. We prepared our famous brisket tacos and Mexican Street corn, which one golfer told a staff member was “high class.” We’ll call that a success!

Proceeds from the tournament went to the Doug Smith Memorial Foundation and various charities that Cloud 9 Charities supports. These are organizations, mostly in Denton County, that support children, seniors, the abused, and the homeless. We were glad to be a part of it.

Come back soon!

We hope you’ll visit our new blog frequently.

We plan to provide tips for planning fabulous wedding receptions, highlight some of the charitable work going on in our community, and share our insights on how to make sure that your big celebrations are enjoyed by all. We may even give out a favorite recipe every now and then!

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