WomenCoook! 2015


Dine for a difference with Work Options for Women at our 11th annual WomenCook! event on April 27th. This popular walk-around dinner features some of Denver’s most well-respected and creative women chefs.

Temple Emanuel
51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
April 27, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.

More information about the event at workoptions.org/womencook

Photos2WomenCook Tickets

Participating Chefs:

Table sponsorships start at $1500.  Please contact Lindsay Leuthold at lindsay@workoptions.org or 720-944-1917 for more information.


Colorado Gives, Today, December 9!


It’s Colorado Gives Day!

Many Coloradans have already come together to support their favorite charities by making a donation through ColoradoGives.org. There are eleven hours left and Work Options for Women is almost half-way to our goal of $15,000! Please remember to include Work Options for Women as part of your Colorado Gives Day gift before the end of the day.

Thank you to all who have already given. Your support today will allow Work Options for Women to train more unemployed and disadvantaged women with culinary jobs skills so that they can become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.

Decisions. Decisions.

There are so many wonderful organizations to donate to today. If you are looking for other great causes to give a gift to, here are some of the nonprofits that Work Options for Women staff support.

Great Colorado Nonprofits who need your help:

Support Work Options for Women on Colorado Gives Day


Colorado Gives Day

Support Work Options for Women on Colorado Gives Day

On Tuesday, December 9, Coloradans will come together to support  nonprofits like Work Options for Women for the fifth annual Colorado Gives Day. Thanks to supporters like you who believe in our recipe for success, we raised $15,567.33 last year to continue our mission to help impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.

This year, our goal is to raise $15,000. With these funds, Work Options for Women will be able to:

  • pay for three Denver area women’s entire Basic Culinary Job Skills Training.
  • teach three hundred Advanced Culinary classes to WOW Graduates.
  • send six WOW Graduates through our new Prep Cook Certification program endorsed by the American Culinary Federation.

Join the movement:

Tell your friends that you will be supporting Work Options for Women on Colorado Gives Day by

Schedule you donation today

  1. Go to our donation page and begin the donation process.
  2. After you enter a donation amount, click the button that says “CO Gives Day” underneath. (You will need to set up or login into a donor account to use this feature.)
  3. Complete the form as usual. If you get lost, watch the how-to video


Thank you for supporting WOW!

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A huge thanks to each of you who donated to our Capital Campaign to Build a Barista Training Station at Cafe United. Because of you, we raised $3,278 in twenty days!

With this money, we will be able to

  • Begin building the Barista Training Station at Cafe United.
  • Help many more WOW students gain advanced culinary training.
  • Serve the Curtis Park Community coffee while educating them about adult self-sufficiency.

It’s not too late to donate!

If you haven’t already made a donation to our Indiegogo campaign, there is still time to help us reach our goal. We will be accepting donations until midnight tonight. Click here to go to our campaign page.

Thank you for your support. We hope to see you in line for a coffee at Cafe United soon!

Enchanted Water at Cafe Options

Art Show

Blue Planet • Enchanted Water • Life Emerges

Cafe Options was bustling on Wednesday afternoon while Steve Bostwick, Clifford Hawkes, Becky Chapman, and Alma Mueller carefully hung Enchanted Water, the group’s first art show.

After working together for two and a half years on separate projects, this group of photographers thought it was time they learned how to curate an art show, together. It took the group over three months to put together this collection of five photos. They had to refined the theme from garden to water. “It’s hard to explain why, but we just couldn’t come together on a group of photos until we focused on water” says Alma Mueller. Then, they had to choose five photos out of the 180 that each member of the group submitted. “It’s very hard to create a homogenous body of work among friends” Clifford Hawkes says, choosing his words carefully when asked about his experience. Despite their difficulties, these friends, seemingly closer than ever, finally put together five creative and beautiful photos of water in various forms.

“It was a learning experience for them” explains Teri Keller, the groups friend and mentor. Teri helped guide the photographers through the curating process. Showing them different methods of organizing photos for a single show. Now she sits back and glows with pride as they measure every inch of the wall at Cafe Options to make sure each photo is precisely where it is supposed to be.

The Enchanted Water collection is more than great photography, it represents the group’s teamwork and willingness to learn. Come down to Cafe Options to see their show in person and support their efforts. You can even order a print; 25% of the proceeds go to Work Options for Women.


16” x 21” print
Unframed: $100
Framed: $225

9.25” x 12” Print
Unframed: $85
Framed: $190

Contact the artist directly to purchase

Steve Bostwick: steve@bostwick.co
Becky Chapman: info@beckychapman.com
Clifford Hawkes: Clifford.l.hawkes@gmail.com
Alma Mueller: almamuellerphotography@gmail.com

Unseen Reflections by Tom Haygood

Unseen Reflections by Tom Haygood

Tom Haygood entered the world of photography when he was appointed the Official Photographer for his eighth grade Track and Field day. His passion for photography continued during his career as a Physician. During his visit to Denver in 2006 he was taken by how the towering office buildings transformed into giant canvasses fill with golden reflections containing patterns, shapes and colors that he had never noticed before. He wanted to capture these visions, not only for his own soul, but also to share this extraordinary discovery with the rest of the world. So upon retirement from the profession of Medicine he entered the profession of Fine Art Photography.

See original works by Tom Haygood at Cafe Options.

Eggs, eggs, eggs!


“A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

This time of year, hard-cooked eggs are popping up in Easter baskets and on Passover Seder plates. Just like we all have our own special traditions, it seems we all have our own special method for cooking eggs. Please enjoy the tidbits we’ve gathered below. We also hope that you’ll take a moment to share some of your own egg wisdom!

The Oven Method:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Place eggs in a muffin tin and bake for 30 minutes
  • Cool eggs in an ice water bath.

The Stove-top Method:

  • Gently place eggs in a pot and add just enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 12-18 minutes, depending on the size.
  • Cool eggs an ice water bath.

The Crock Pot Method:

  • Fill your slow cooker with eggs (6-12)
  • Cover the eggs with water
  • Cook on high for 2.5 hours
  • Cool eggs in an ice water bath.

Tips and tricks to try:

  1. The green ring that sometimes forms around hard-cooked yolks can occur from cooking eggs too long or too hot. To minimize this, cook eggs in hot (not boiling) water and cool immediately.
  2. Older eggs peel easier, so buying your eggs a few days in advance can make them easier to peel.
  3. Adding your eggs after the water boils, cooking them at too rapid of a boil, or cooking in too much water can cause your eggs to break.
  4. Adding a teaspoon or two of baking soda to the water can make your boiled eggs easier to peel.
  5. Looking for a new way to dye your Easter eggs? Boil yellow onion skins, cranberries, blueberries, coffee grounds, tea, turmeric, chopped beets, purple cabbage, or paprika to make your dye bath. Add 3-4 T vinegar to set, and enjoy the subtle beauty of nature in place of the usual commercial dyes.

Do you have an “egg-cellent” method, tip, or trick to share? We would love to hear from you!