Colorado Meetings + Events’ ninth annual Best of Colorado readers’ choice awards and Hall of Fame induction was an evening of networking, celebrating and enjoying delicious food and beverage. More than 450 were in attendance on March 16 at Mile High Station in Denver to cheer on the winners and inductees.
The best in brews, food, parks, summer activities and more, as told by Colorado's most knowledgeable insiders.
There's nothing like some exercise or a creative activity to get the blood flowing and brain working in the middle of a week's worth of meetings.
Jillian Livingston had a special night to plan. Eclectic Hive, which she started just under three years ago, had a successful year and to celebrate Livingston wanted to throw an appreciation dinner for 40 of its top clients and collaborators. But how do you create an event to impress a roomful of industry professionals? Eclectic Hive managed to do so by going back to the basics and completely reinventing them.
What happens when you get 15 experts from around the state together at blanc in Denver and discuss the state of the meetings and events industry for an afternoon? Thoughtful conversation, idea sharing, camara- derie and some aha moments, along with a candid discussion about impacts of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, were all highlights from Colorado Meetings + Events Editorial Advisory Board meeting this spring.
Year in Review
With a scratch kitchen, three bars and entertainment options like bowling, table tennis, 1980s arcade games and pinball, Skee-Ball, shuffle board, corn hole, marbles and darts, Punch Bowl Social is currently thriving in Denver, Austin, Portland and Detroit. The 24,000-square-foot location in Denver, formerly a Big Lots, is popular for corporate outings and events and recently debuted two private karaoke rooms with more than 5,000 songs to choose from.
Repurposing injects a healthy dose of artistic flair while sparing the bottom line.
—.75 oz. Monin cucumber syrup
—8-10 mint leaves
—1.5 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.5 oz. St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
—1 oz. lime juice
—splash Sierra Mist
—mint sprig and cucumber spear to garnish
1. Muddle mint and cucumber syrup.
2. Add gin, St-Germain and lime juice and shake with ice.
3. Pour into glass, and then top with a splash of Sierra Mist, mint sprig and cucumber spear.
Vehicle Vault in Parker was transformed into all things red and white for International Special Event Society Denver’s Peppermint Party in December. Members were encouraged to put a little “pep” into their holidays with tasty food and drink, sweet sounds of live jazz music, time spent in the peppermint lounge and favorite holiday scents at an oxygen bar.
There's a golden rule for out-fitting hotels with artwork. “Never do the same thing twice,” says Martha Weidmann, co-founder of Denver-based NINE dot ARTS. The firm has curated art collections for about 25 hotels in a dozen states since Weidmann founded it with Molly Casey in 2009.