About Us

Mountain Crust started in 2016 when Ryan & Kendall built Ole Blue as seniors in college. They have been catering parties around Denver and all over Colorado ever since. The Mountain Crust motto has always been “You bring the People, We bring the Party” and that’s why we have grown so fast. Word has gotten out that our team likes to have a good time!  The Mountain Crust Event Venue is our dream come true– It is a place where we can host events and provide everything you need for an epic party. Serving up amazing food & drinks in a super cozy neighborhood event venue. You don’t need to worry about a thing! Just bring your people. We’ll bring the party. 

What We Provide

Mountain Crust Event Venue is a one stop shop. All you have to do is get your people there and we have everything else you need for a great party. 

We have 2 bars– A roof-top bar with amazing mountain views and an awesome smaller bar in our gorgeous backyard. We have our own liquor license, so you have to purchase alcohol from us. Ole Blue (our original truck) has fully retired in our backyard and is always ready to cook up a feast for your party. Other things we provide at our venue are tables and chairs, outdoor furniture, a full sound system, projector & TV’s and of course good vibes!

We’re also green freaks- All serving ware we use is real, no paper or plastic crap! We recycle and compost at every Mountain Crust event as we strive to make our planet a better place, one slice at a time. The event industry is insanely wasteful, we’re here to change that! 

Mountain Crust is perfect for any special occassion!

Who We Are:

Michael Scott of The Pizza World

King of Food & Fashion

The V.I.P.P (Very Important Pizza Person)

Mr. Laid Back

The Monarch of Dance Floor Pizza

The Chillest Man Alive

The Operator

Captain of Kindness

Ultimate Party Hype Man

The Pizza Pirate

The Question Master

Lil Mx. Sunshine

Jack of All Trades

Plant Lady Extraordinaire

Resident Biker Boy

The Real Pizzaiolo


Ryan McLean - Owner/Founder (he/him)

Ryan has always been the life of the party! He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, where his true passion for throwing pizza parties really kicked off. He brought his electric energy & party pants to Denver in 2012 when he attended University of Denver. By the time his junior year rolled around, he was already making plans for how to make Mountain Crust a dream come true. All these years later, he’s still livin’ the pizza dream and leading our team with the same electric energy!

Favorite Party Song: Get Up Offa That Thing by James Brown

Favorite Pizza: Every. Single. Slice. Ever.

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Kendall Flores - Head Chef

Kendall (Dolly) Flores - Co-Founder/Head Chef (he/him)

Kendall is a true artist, choosing food as his medium! He is creative in every way, especially when it comes to choosing his outfits for the day. He’s not only passionate about serving people the best dishes, but making each dish with as many local ingredients as possible. After 15 years of experience in the restaurant world, Mountain Crust is lucky to have him leading the charge in our kitchen and on our team.

Favorite Party Song: Funky Town by Lipps Inc.

Favorite Pizza: Cheese, but make it extra cheesy (big cheese guy!)

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Nicole (Nico) Vanderburg (she/her)

Nico has been with Mountain Crust for 7 years. Starting out as an intern while studying at the University of Denver, she quickly rose the ranks as one of our most passionate & dedicated team members! Even though she despises bacon (wtf!), we always appreciate Nico’s enthusiasm for all things cheese and all things pizza! As we embark on a new journey with our own venue, Mountain Crust Event Venue, we’re very lucky to have Nico as our venue manager.

Favorite Party Song: Listen to the Music by The Doobie Brothers

Favorite Pizza: Honey Cheese, because sweet & salty!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Ethan Alter (he/him)

Another DU intern converted to full timer! Ethan started out his MC journey in 2019 and has been an integral part of our pizza fam ever since. We know we can always count on Ethan to throw an epic pizza party! From booking events to finalizing details with all of our clients, he’s on top of it all. If you’re lucky enough to have Ethan at your event just know that you can expect top of the line service and a night to remember!

Favorite Party Song: Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Favorite Pizza: Italian Stallion *chef’s kiss*

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Kath Avedon (she/her)

Kath joined the MC team in 2019 when we plucked her from the monotony of the corporate world. Taking her unofficial title as “Pizza Party Aficionado” very seriously, you can always expect to find Kath out on the dance floor or running around double fisting pizzas at your event! Other than partying it up with our clients, Kath is either working behind the scenes at MC HQ or obsessing over her puppy Kevin.

Favorite Party Song: I’m Your Boogie Man by KC & The Sunshine Band

Favorite Pizza: Squash & Sausage = Squasage!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Aidan Garrison (he/him)

Aidan joined the Mountain Crusties in 2023. After chefin’ it up in Montana on a ranch, he was ready for something different…and what could be more different than Mountain Crust?! Aidan has brought new life into our kitchen and to our menu. His talents are impossible to ignore! If you’ve ever enjoyed any bite of Mountain Crust, you can shoutout Aidan for keepin’ it real in the kitchen!

Favorite Party Song: Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey

Favorite Pizza: He’s so chill he’ll literally take whatever, dude

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Noe Rodriguez (he/him)

Noe joined the MC team in 2020 and showed us what speed really means! He’s the fastest chef we’ve ever had in our kitchen. He’s a true magician when it comes to prepping all of our tasty food! You can always count on Noe to bring good vibes to the kitchen and to events. When he’s not chefin’ it up at work, he’s always making something new & tasty for late night munchies at home too!

Favorite Party Song: Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Favorite Pizza: Italian Stallion (a true staff fave!)

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Sarah Golden (she/her)

Sarah Golden is just that – our Golden Gal! She joined our team in 2020 and our lives have been brighter ever since. Sarah is an essential part of our kitchen team; she brings all the smiles and tons of experience to our kitchen. When she’s not prepping in the kitchen, you can find her making incredible charcuterie boards at events – she’s the best charcuterie artist we’ve got!

Favorite Party Song: Too Hot To Stop by The Bar-Kays

Favorite Pizza: Seasonal Squash on White Sauce – YUM!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Scooter Jones (he/him)

Scooter has been with Mountain Crust for a few years now and WOW are we glad we have him on our team! Scooter is a front of house beast! Not only does he manage sales for our catering side of our business, he throws some of the most epic pizza parties known to humankind! If Scooter is your event lead, just know you’re in for a damn good time with one of the happiest humans on Earth!

Favorite Party Song: Bust A Move by Young MC

Favorite Pizza: White Sauce Italian Stallion *chef’s kiss!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Kai Taerson (ze/zim or he/him)

Kai is our most recent addition to the fam, joining MC in 2022. We barely remember what this pizza life was like before Kai. He brings his bright smile and good vibes everywhere he goes – whether he’s traveling around in his van, making amazing art, or slicin’ up that hot zaa! You can find him buzzing around at events making sure things go smoothly, bringing out everyone’s smiles, and just being Kai!

Favorite Party Song: I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince

Favorite Pizza: Bacon & Butternut Squash makin’ love on top of Pesto (sizzlin’ hot!)

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Disser Wallace (he/him)

Disser is yet another one of our University of Denver recruits! Starting out as an intern through the hospitality school, we were lucky enough to have Disser join our team full time as soon as he graduated in 2023. We’re pretty sure he loves Mountain Crust as much as he loves video games, but the jury is still out on which passion is the real winner! Disser does a bit of everything at MC – one thing you can always count on from Diss is his incredible friendly and fun-loving attitude at our events!

Favorite Party Song: Brick House by Commodores

Favorite Pizza: Spicy Hawaiian #SweetHeat!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Elora Hotz (they/them)

Elora Hotz is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! As one of our kitchen all-stars, we wouldn’t have so many delicious creations without them and we definitely wouldn’t have as much fun at work without them either! If you’ve ever had an incredible and creative salad dressing or our homemade cinnamon buns, you can thank Elora for that amazing tasty experience!

Favorite Party Song: I’m a Ram by Al Green

Favorite Pizza: All Veggies, All Day!

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Sebastian (Seabass) Vondrak (he/him)

Yet another DU Alum! Sebastian, affectionately known as Seabass, originally joined the Mountain Crust fam when he was an intern in the summer of 2021. We’re beyond stoked that he has stuck around all these years later! He is a jack of all trades on our team – he packs our trucks, he manages our warehouse, he runs events, he really does it all!

Favorite Party Song: You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Favorite Pizza: As long as it’s 42 slices in a night, it doesn’t matter what’s on it!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Janae Bell (she/her)

Janae joined the team in 2024 as one of our incredible Venue Managers! She came in hot with lots of good ideas and an incredible eye for all things design. She’s a wizard on social media and tends to the many, MANY plants that we have at our venue (no easy task!). Janae is just about the sweetest human you’ll ever meet – when you see her crushing day of coordination or managing venue chaos any day of the week, make sure to say hi!

Favorite Party Song: I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers

Favorite Pizza: White Sauce Veggie Lovers

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Spencer Pendleton (he/him)

Where to start with Spencer…WHAT A GUY! He joined the Mtn Crusties full time in 2024 to manager our entire beverage program. No easy task! But Spencer is a beast so it’s really just a walk in the park for him. Or more of a bike in the park actually – when he steps out from behind the bar, he’s a pro cyclist and we just love that about him! We’re so lucky to have Spencer mixin’ up drinks at our venue and at off-site catering events too!

Favorite Party Song: Ramblin’ Man by Allman Brothers Band

Favorite Pizza: MEAT – he needs that protein all day!!!

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here

Matt Gagliardi (he/him)

Matt joined our pizza fam in 2023, making his way into our hearts immediately with his heart of gold demeanor, sick chef skills, and his true pizzaiolo expertise! He has brought so much creativity into our kitchen; from new takes on classic pizza toppings to new appetizers to delicious staff meals. At this point, we’d be missing a piece of our hearts and souls without Matt’s beautiful energy around!

Favorite Party Song: Bad Girls by Donna Summer

Favorite Pizza: A perfectly cheesy cheese pizza

Check out our Mountain Crust Playlist on Spotify: Listen Here