Shout out for Elbows Allowed!

September 7, 2009

louise birthday

To celebrate my mother-in-laws 80th birthday this past August, we hired a catering crew to come to our home and prepare a birthday feast.  And what a feast!  Elbows Allowed, a brand new, local catering company in Cokato, prepared and served a fantastic meal, all made from scratch and home cooked!


Bacon wrapped artichoke hearts
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Barbecued Ribs
Garlic mashed potatoes
Raspberry pear walnut spinach salad
Fresh garden vegetable medley
Raspberry topped cheese cake drizzled with dark chocolate

Basil strawberry punch

I believe that this new company is headed for some big time bookings!  Elbows Allowed is a dream that two friends, Betsy Niemela (my sister-in-law) and Mary Raisanen, had talked of pursuing over the years while they worked in the corporate world.  Finding themselves both laid off from their corporate jobs this past winter, they decided they had nothing to lose by following their catering dream!  Both of these ladies come from large families, and grew up helping their mothers prepare home cooked meals from scratch, and Mama Mia, does it taste like it!

Catering to parties of any size or occasion, these gals are fast gaining a reputation for outstanding food!  Give them a call for your next special occasion – 612.845.6573  or 612.229.1703

Elbows Allowed crew

Elbows Allowed crew

4 Responses to “Shout out for Elbows Allowed!”

  1. Mindijo Says:

    Good for them! The menu sounds delish. And now I’m really hungry.

  2. jen Says:

    That is so inspiring! And I my mouth is totally watering. The girls look so happy.

    And your photos are beautiful, this is my first visit.

    • 33barefootlane Says:

      Welcome, Jen. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit, come back often! Your sister Katie is a long time friend of mine, so now we have a connection.


  3. Sharyn Says:

    Well – how fun is that!! And congratulations to them! And our sixth sense must be in overdrive over here – because my husband was just asking yesterday – what is Betsy doing these days? Now I can tell him!

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