The third annual Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K is officially in the books! We had an amazing turn out and some incredible support for the event and couldn’t be happier with the results. First, we need to say a huge thank you to our sponsors who made the event happen! The Eye Center of Northern Colorado joined for the first year as our presenting sponsor – and brought with them over 25+ runners and walkers on their team “Eyes Eyes Baby”! Our Corporate Sponsors came with support from Front Range Insurance Group, Cigna, and Employment Solutions – all wonderful partners of the Rodelle team. And, we can’t forget our super our community sponsors, the Fort Collins Running Club and Colorado in Motion. A big, heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our sponsors who donated to the Rodelle Vanilla Day 5k – the proceeds are all going to be used to benefit social programs for communities in the vanilla growing regions of Madagascar through the Rodelle Foundation.
Let’s take a minute to also thank all of the 200+ runners and walkers who took the time out of their busy weekends to join us on our 3.1 mile course in Fort Collins! We loved seeing all of the first-time runners, and the veteran speedsters out on the course. We had several families who joined us, and that’s what the Vanilla Day 5k is all about – enjoying those who love and burning a couple of extra calories during the delicious fall baking season.
For the 21+ crowd, we had a generous offering of vanilla-infused beer from 3 of our favorite northern Colorado breweries: a Key Lime Pie Berliner from WeldWerks Brewery, an Orange Creamsicle from Snowbank Brewing and an Orange Vanilla Ale from the Colorado State University Brewing Program – all were immensely enjoyed (responsibly).
For the kiddos, we had a bounce house and fun-run obstacle course. It was a great joy to see 30+ youngsters running with parents or solo. We also had several participants in the full-length 5K from elementary school. Start ’em young!
Thank you to everyone who sponsored, supported, volunteered, played music at, participated in, and made the Vanilla Day 5K a success this year!!
Mama V is the author and creative baker and chef over at Snowflakes & Coffee Cakes! We’ve been working with Diane all summer this year and it’s been a delicious partnership! We are excited to officially announce that Diane is our newest Rodelle Brand Ambassador! Diane’s site is the place to find family favorite and kitchen-tested quality recipes! We love the approach she takes on Snowflakes and Coffeecakes to balance easily approachable, timeless classics, and over-the-top delicious creations! From sweet to savory, you’ll be sure to find your next favorite dish on Snowflakes and Coffeecakes.
Diane has a great Rodelle giveaway going on right now, including our limited edition Rodelle Reserve Pure Madagascar Bourbon 2-Fold Vanilla Extract! We made less than 2000 of these hand-crafted and hand-bottled beauties! Diane’s sharing a 3 part recipe for Golden Caramel Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream and they are as delicious as the sound – trust us!! To sweeten the giveaway even more, Diane is adding in the cute decorating ingredients you need to make your cupcakes look as delicious as they taste. We love all the gold shimmery sprinkles!! The giveaway ends on August 31st so hop over to Diane’s site before then to get entered!
And, if you love to eat (and who doesn’t!?), save Diane’s blog for dinner recommendations and desserts you will use again and again!
Now that summer is fully underway, we are excitedly planning for our 3rd Annual Vanilla Day 5K! The 3rd Annual Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K will take place on Saturday, September 23rd!
We are looking forward to a great morning run/walk in celebration of the world’s most popular flavor – vanilla!! If you haven’t followed along for the past few years, here is a little history on the event. We started the Vanilla Day 5K as a fun way to kick off the baking season of Fall and Winter. Because we’re based in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of the most active cities in the US, it seemed natural to combine a healthy outdoor activity with our love for baking. Since the event started, we’ve grown the number of families who join us with kiddos and strollers to start their day with a quick walk or run around south east Fort Collins. We’ve also had fun growing the post-race events! This year, the fabulous KD & The Painkillers will be performing before and after the run, back from 2016! This band definitely adds a lot of great energy and great fun to the event. With some help from several wonderful sponsors, our Vanilla Day 5K is more than your typical run/walk event – we’re able to add in a little extra vanilla love with breweries making special small-batch brews for the event, tastings of vanilla goodies for some fuel after the run and more.
If you’re in Colorado in September, we would love to have you join us for a morning of family-fun, bounce house time, vanilla treats and more! You’ll learn more about vanilla while having a good time! Like…did you know 85% of the world’s vanilla supply comes from Madagascar? The Vanilla Day 5k brings a little more awareness to that country and the hard work of our vanilla farmers. The most fulfilling part of the race for us at Rodelle is that all race proceeds benefit social programs for communities in the vanilla growing regions of Madagascar through the Rodelle Foundation.
Would you like to learn more about the Vanilla Day 5k?
Click here to read all about the event and register!
Click here to download a sponsor document with event contact information: RodelleVanillaDay5k_2017
Rodelle’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response team after an annual training!
Rodelle is always proud of our great team and their hard work getting the best-quality baking essentials and gourmet spices to our customers! With all of our departments and teams, there are 65 Rodelle employees who support our production and operations. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, there are many ways our employees stay busy outside of work: fishing, hiking, biking, visiting one of our 15+ breweries, playing on the Rodelle Extractors Soft Ball and Kickball leagues, just to name a few! We’ve got some very busy and engaged members of the community on our crew. That’s one reason we are so impressed with the quality of work and the drive our employees bring with them to Rodelle!
Since the start of company history, we have made it 400 consecutive days without an injury at Rodelle! As part of our reporting about our work environment, we do record injuries and near misses (technical terms for keeping track of any events that may cause our employees harm). The last time we had an instance of a recordable injury at Rodelle happened in January 2016! Our record of 401 days without an injury is a huge testament to our employees and their approach to the job at hand. We have a safety committee who works to support our employees by implementing job-specific training, coaching on proper lifting technique, even helping our office employees creating an ergonomically-correct work space for themselves. Because we operate some heavy equipment, and have plenty of flammable liquids in our facility at all times, Rodelle is constantly working to prevent injuries and accidents. Our fabulous employees have created a culture of safety where we take one job at a time, look out for one another, and prevent injuries instead of reacting to them.
Thank you to all of our employees who make Rodelle a safe and fun place to work!
Mother’s Day is May 14th – a little over two weeks away! Are you ready to celebrate Mom yet? Or, perhaps you want to have someone pamper you this Mother’s Day? From DIY gifts to the perfect sweet and savory treats, Rodelle has you covered!
Here are some of our favorite DIY gift ideas:
Vanilla bean loofah scrubbing soap: The perfect homemade idea for upcoming Mother’s Day that’s both easy to make and a beautiful gift! This incredible recipe is super easy to customize with Mom’s favorite scents!
Vanilla body lotion: This soothing, creamy, and healthy homemade lotion will make lovely and thoughtful DIY gifts. No additives, all natural ingredients, and organic means they can enjoy guilt-free!
Cocoa lip balm: The cocoa powder and cocoa butter in this lip balm provide protection from UV exposure, plus the beeswax locks in moisture. It tastes great and adds a slight color to your lips!
We love these ideas for thoughtful gifts for any occasion. And, we know quite a few moms who will particularly appreciate the care and love that goes into making something by hand (with natural, healthy ingredients) with her in mind! You’ve got plenty of time to start crafting, so why not aim high and make Mom a homemade gift basket with some pampering gifts and fill it in with some Rodelle products so she can return the favor with your favorite cookie! It’s a win-win!