Lauren's Kitchen is located in Edwards' Riverwalk,
between Lacy's and The Bookworm.
275 Main St. C-106
Edwards, CO 81632
Monday - Friday 11a-5p*
*Hours are subject to change
Lauren’s Kitchen has been open in Edwards’ Riverwalk since October 2018. But Lauren has been catering for the Vail Valley (as NewAmericanFoods.com) since 2013.
My name is Lauren McElroy and I am a die-hard foodie. As a sixth-generation Texan, I grew up on good ol' southern cooking (chicken fried steak, beef bbq, Frito pie, shrimp gumbo, etc.). I started out cooking with both my grandmothers and the passion for food (especially comfort foods) helped spark my absolute LOVE for cooking.
After high school, I moved out to Fort Collins, Colorado where I received a Bachelors in Business Marketing and a "minor" in snowboarding from Colorado State University. After college, I worked in various sales and marketing positions for locally-owned insurance and real estate companies, and graphic design for the mountain newspapers.
I went for the "career move" when I took on a "Vice President of Marketing" position for a brand new pharmaceutical dispensing company out of Chicago. After 2 labor-intensive years of learning every aspect of the marketing, graphic design and the pharmaceutical business, endless concerts, and and dining, I decided to rediscover the SUN & followed my mother and grandmother to the sunny state of Florida to really incorporate something that I had been passionate about all along: FOOD.
Five years later, I earned my Associates in Culinary Arts from Keiser University's Culinary Program. I have since worked hot line, pantry, sandwiches, deli, customer service, and catering jobs at both high-end resorts and gourmet markets.
After 4 years in sunny, South Florida, I decided to return to my happy place: Vail, Colorado. I am an expert terrain snowboarder, camping enthusiast, white water rafter, & adventure-seeker and am happy to call the Vail Valley home once again!
I love creating new dishes and changing up the common comfort foods I grew up on by adding my own personal twist. By definition, New American Foods are a fusion of old school American recipes and innovative seasonings or fresh ingredients. Thereby, defining the epitome of my cooking style, mixed with a little Southern flare.
In the summer of 2014, I started my own catering company, NewAmericanFoods.com based out of a shared location in Minturn, CO. Since then, I have moved into my current location at the SE corner of Edwards Riverwalk (between Lacy's & the Bookworm), Lauren's Kitchen.