Local caterer’s macaroons go to Los Angeles this weekend
November 14, 2014
Steamboat Springs — This weekend, a sweet treat from Steamboat will be at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards and the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Maureen Totman is a local entrepreneur known for her many talents, and one of those is cooking. For 25 years, she has owned and operated the personalized catering business, The Butler Did It Inc., with about 20 employees. Aside from that, she is known for her macaroons.
“There is something special and mysterious about her macaroons,” Steamboat Springs resident Edith Hornik said. “They just taste so good and melt in your mouth. I don’t know all the details for making them, but they are kind of magical.”
Last Sunday afternoon, Totman and her daughter Natasha were busy prepping macaroons to be sent to Los Angeles. The whirlwind of busily making the 800 cookies for celebrities, she said, is surreal.
Those macaroons will be sent to L.A. with the staff of Bella Vista Estates and placed into celebrity gift bags at the Hollywood Film Awards and American Music Awards.
Extra, a show broadcasting entertainment and pop culture news station, has teamed up with the Hollywood Film Awards DPA Suite to give a gift bag that includes various products and snacks in addition to destination excursions. Bella Vista Estates in Steamboat Springs was one of the destination spots included in the gift bag. Totman will be the exclusive caterer for the potential clients when they come to town. Because of this, she was asked to provide business cards for the staff to take with them.
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“I never would’ve dreamed this in years,” Totman said. “I never thought that little me from Steamboat Springs would be doing something like this for celebs.”
Wanting to give more than just a business card, she took it to the next step and made 800 macaroons for the 200 bags, with four cookies in each. Not only will the cookies stand out, she said, but the labeling will, too. Element Print and Design helped Totman come up with the black polka dot label with The Butler Did It Inc.’s logo.
“I knew I wanted something classy, something whimsical and fun but yet something that wouldn’t take away from the product inside,” Totman said.
Totman said she is not a cookie specialist, but even she knows there is something special about the cookie that she couldn’t quite put her finger on. The recipe is an old family favorite, and one she wished to remain a secret.
Perhaps it’s the texture or the savory taste, but the macaroons are made with all organic products and they come in variations of chocolate, white chocolate and gluten free.
Totman will sell her macaroons at specialty shops around Steamboat including the Wild Plum and Elevated Olive. Her treats also will be exclusively available for guests at One Steamboat Place.
“I think even Taylor Swift is going to be eating our cookies and love them,” Natasha Totman said.
“I’m not looking for stardom,” Maureen Totman added. “I just wanted these to be a really good showcase of what The Butler Did It Inc. does and how incredible the staff is. It’s a sampling really, of how good everything is.”
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