Colorado properties, suppliers, and meeting and event planners gather each year at Destination Colorado’s Front Range Trade Show, held this year on Dec. 1 at EXDO Event Center in Denver. The organization’s annual meeting and awards were held immediately before the show.
It’s back, the National Association of Catering & Events Denver Chapter’s annual holiday mixer, Naughty or NACE held on Dec. 13. Attendees were encouraged to take the recently added commuter rail line to the year-old The Westin Denver International Airport for holiday cocktails, food, entertainment and the opportunity to toast the end of the year in style.
The time-honored tradition of meeting in an establishment that places value in a perfectly aged steak says a lot about how the host feels about his or her guests. It reflects the importance of the people at the table and creates a lasting impression. And as American steakhouses go, Colorado is in the thick of many fine dining and blue-jean casual restaurants that fit the bill for a successful business outing.
EAST OF THE DIVIDE STEAKHOUSES
Guard and Grace, Denver
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Bess Miller was recently hired as general manager of Denver’s the Curtis—a Double Tree by Hilton.
Kingman Winery, a Denver winemaker producing 17 wines from grapes grown near Palisade, has introduced Big Hat Wines packaged in 3-liter boxes. The same wine sold in bottles by Kingman Winery is now offered in nonglass packaging. With advance notice, Kingman Winery can package different volumes up to 21-liter boxes and can prepare custom blends for volume customers wanting a unique Colorado house wine.
In a follow-up email for the 17th annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show held March 14 and 15 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, organizers attributed the record sellout attendance of 1,200 to “a perfect storm of collaboration.” I like that description and find that it also perfectly describes the 11th annual Colorado Meetings + Events magazine’s Best of Colorado readers’ choice
—2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka
—.5 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
—.5 oz. lemon and lime sour mix
—.5 oz. pomegranate puree
—splash of Sprite
Add the splash of Sprite or any lemon/ lime soda to a chilled martini glass. Place the Grey Goose, St-Germain and sour mix in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into the martini glass and add pomegranate puree, which will settle to the bottom to create a layered effect.
Occasions Catering in Englewood, Colo., announced that they will be taking over Tony’s Catering full-service catering operations. Tony’s Catering in Denver, a division of Tony’s Meats & Market, will continue to offer limited-service catering to its clients as well as pick-up and drop-off.
A special anniversary event on Nov. 19 recognized The Westin Denver International Airport hotel’s successful first year in style. A select list of VIP guests and clients enjoyed a night’s stay and culinary exhibition tour de force from Executive Chef Scott Snodell. As one of the first of its kind—a resort-style hotel at an airport that is only 5 minutes from the main terminal and on a new commuter rail route to downtown—the hotel is already 62.6 percent ahead of revenue expectations.
Several hotels are opening on the Front Range, significant renovations are happening at properties around the state, the Colorado Tourism Office’s press release on what’s new for summer is multiple pages long and the restaurants launching just seem to get more creative and find their own unique niches. These are exciting times in Colorado. Here’s just a few new things that stood out recently, and make sure to watch for the Spring and Summer 2017 issues of Colorado Meetings + Events. I don’t want to spoil what you'll find in those pages!