Offering Grab n' Go (Dine Outside or Take To-Go)
and Catering Services
All food is pre-prepared by Chef Lauren daily on location. 2-serving portions, ready to reheat or bring home. Mix and match entrees with sides, soups, salads, desserts or enjoy selections from our deli case like tuna and chicken salad.
We also offer dietary restrictive options including: gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian & vegan.
The plastics used to store the food for the entrees and sides is recyclable and reusable - bring back cleaned containers for a 5% discount on your next purchase.
Lauren's Kitchen won 3rd place in the Best of Vail Valley
Readers Choice Award for Catering in 2020.
Lauren's Kitchen is located in Edwards' Riverwalk,
between Lacy's and The Bookworm. We opened October 2018.
275 Main St. C-106
Edwards, CO 81632
Monday - Friday 11a-5p*
*Hours are subject to change
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.