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ABOUT US

California Wrap Runner began its journey in downtown Santa Barbara, California in 2010. Originally a small lunch delivery business catering to the one mile radius known as downtown. With a small kitchen nestled inside a local car wash, food would be crafted and quickly delivered via bicycle to hungry workers with a healthy appetite.

Santa Barbara’s strict city covenants and unwillingness to help small businesses grow ultimately made the decision to move the business imminent. While exploring culinary towns across California, it quickly became evident that large cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco were already saturated in healthy lunch options and were not viable locations for our newly founded business. With our findings we expanded our search to other health-conscious outdoor lifestyle cities including Seattle, Charlotte, Portland, and Denver. Ultimately, Denver seemed the best fit for start-ups and for our healthy wraps.

Transitioning from a small town to a large bustling city meant making some adjustments to our business model. While considering factors like delivery and catering to and around metro Denver, it was clear that our bicycle delivery operation wouldn’t cut it. We needed a larger scale delivery model to cater to the bustling corporate lunch crowd. It was at this time we realized the only way to cater high volume lunches around Denver without a network of kitchens and delivery staff was to launch our first food truck.

Our success was nearly instant. It was clear that what Denver wanted was a quick, easy and healthy lunch they could carry around while enjoying the outdoor Colorado scenery. With sales doubling year after year after year, we constructed a second food truck to fulfill demand. Landing large contracts with venues such as Fiddler’s Green, The Pepsi Center, and Aramark Concessions was a tribute to the success we were experiencing. And while we gained popularity and recognition our corporate catering orders increased significantly and followed suit. Frequently getting orders for 500+ people at lunch hour raised a new bar for our catering business.

Now in our tenth year of business, we continue to grow and learn more about who we are and why we care. It’s become very clear over the years that we care what people eat; we care that our employees thrive; and we care that we make a difference in the way people produce their energy. With care, we push forward through good times and hard and remember why we care.

OUR STORY

Born in California, raised in Colorado

A gourmet wraps company born on the beaches of Santa Barbara in 2010. California Wrap Runner is proud to bring the freshest flavors of Southern California to Colorado. We believe in eating well and playing hard, and we’ve heard that Colorado knows how to take the party outdoors. We combine the fresh flavor of SoCal with Colorado’s freshest and local ingredients and bring them to you at the events you enjoy most.

We know that you bearded, craft beer-loving outdoorsmen crave the spicy and savory California Wildfire Wrap. We also know that your sweet and innocent yoga pants wearing girlfriend needs to keep it lean with our roasted red pepper hummus valley veggie wrap. That’s why we hand-crafted six very different wraps stuffed with insanely good and fresh locally sourced ingredients.

The food we serve is what satisfies the most intense cravings from the likes of hangovers, pregnant women, and your hippy friend that just completed a through-hike of the Colorado Trail. When we say “Eat Great, Play Hard” we mean, tackle two fourteeners in one day, log 20 runs on ski tracks, or take a lap around Wash Park to cool down after the Colfax marathon. These are the types of appetites that our two-handed wraps conquer.

You can find our food trucks out and about at Denver’s best events. We tend to follow the music scene, but you will also find us at the area’s common food truck stops and office complexes.

Invite us to your next event, and you’ll be the hero.

Our History

California Wrap Runner began its journey in downtown Santa Barbara, California. Originally a small lunch delivery business catering to the one mile radius known as downtown. With a small kitchen nestled inside a local car wash, food would be crafted and quickly delivered via bicycle.

Santa Barbara’s strict city covenants and unwillingness to help small businesses grow ultimately made the decision to move the business imminent. While exploring culinary towns across California, it quickly became evident that large cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco were already saturated in healthy lunch options and were not viable locations for our newly founded business. With our findings we expanded our search to other health-conscious outdoor lifestyle cities including Seattle, Charlotte, Portland, and Denver. Ultimately, Denver seemed the best fit for start-ups and for our healthy wraps.

Transitioning from a small town to a large bustling city meant making some tweaks to our business model. While considering factors like delivery and catering to and around metro Denver, it was clear that our little bicycle delivery operation wouldn’t cut it. We needed a larger scale delivery model to cater to the limitless corporate lunch crowd. It was at this time we realized the only way to cater high volume lunches around Denver without a network of kitchens and delivery staff was to launch our first food truck.

Our success was nearly instant. It was clear that what Denver wanted was a quick and easy healthy lunch they could easily carry around while enjoying the freedom of their office. With sales doubling year after year after year, we constructed a second food truck to fulfill demand. Landing large contracts with venues such as Fiddler’s Green, The Pepsi Center, and Aramark Concessions was a tribute to the success we were experiencing. And while we gained popularity and recognition our corporate catering orders increased significantly and followed suit. Frequently getting orders for 500+ people at lunch hour raised a new bar and more hurdles for our catering business. As we were operating our trucks out of a small shared kitchen, finding the space to construct these large orders was incredibly challenging. Next, we needed SPACE!

As 2017 comes to a wintery end and our food truck business caters its final events for the season, the next and most anticipated phase of our business begins to take shape. As a popular food truck purveyor at the University of Colorado Anschutz, discussions began to develop around a new concept of catering to a large campus from within. Going back to our roots of healthy food delivered quickly to a one-mile radius seemed serendipitous. In our search for our first brick-and-mortar in Denver, we had some demanding criteria to fulfill and the university seemed to tick every box. We needed a kitchen large enough to supply two busy food trucks, front counter sales, and a large scale catering business. We also needed the location with nearly 30,000 people to grant us the exposure we needed to help grow our business.

Our new location is giving us the opportunity to try new things and reach more people. We hope that in our efforts we will inspire more to eat great and play hard.

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