Check out the latest food and beverage news of interest to groups from the Front Range, Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Silverthorne.

The Annex at Weldwerks, a chef-driven eatery led by Chef Tim Meador, opened inside WeldWerks Brewing’s Greeley taproom. Like the brewery’s constantly rotating tap list, menu items at The Annex are ever-changing and expertly paired with the current beer menu. weldwerks.com/the-annex

Bluebird Market launched at Fourth Street Crossing in Silverthorne. Tenants of the nearly 30,000-square-foot market include a dozen chef-driven culinary concepts, along with three local retailers and a coworking space. Summit Assembly, a 6,000-square-foot venue space attached to Bluebird Market, features 45-foot-high ceilings, concrete floors, large glass garage doors, an exterior patio with bistro lights, and catering options from Bluebird Market businesses. bluebirdmarket.co

Cruise Control Kitchen and Cellar will be the state’s first fast-casual winery concept and is aiming for a summer opening in downtown Grand Junction. Cruise Control is focusing on gourmet foods designed to pair with delicious wines, flavorful craft beer, and one-of-a-kind spirits and will serve Sauvage Spectrum wines on tap. Proprietors Taryn and Kaibab Brooks are part-owners of Sauvage Spectrum Winery in nearby Palisade, where Kaibab is the winemaker. cruisecontrolgj.com

Fuel & Iron Bar launched in April at its Blake Street location in Denver’s LoDo district, several months in advance of sister entity Fuel & Iron Food Hall in downtown Pueblo. In Denver, guests can experience a mini tour of Pueblo through food and savor green chile cocktails and Fuel & Iron-branded beer on tap. fuelandironbar.com

Fuel & Iron Food Hall is part of the Holmes Hardware Block redevelopment, which seeks to forge a bridge between Pueblo’s industrial past and a future that honors the city’s diverse population and bountiful agriculture. The five distinct restaurant spaces will be occupied by talented local chefs and independent restaurateurs. fuelandironpueblo.com

Since Longmont's Can’d Aid was founded in 2013, more than 2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 9,600 skateboards and bikes and 4,000 art kits built for underserved youth, and more than 3,000 instruments donated. This has been accomplished with the help of volunteers nationwide and through relationships with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and corporate partners. 

Inspiring an Inclusive Park 

 

The Gate Expansion Program not only has delivered 39 new gates to Denver International Airport (DEN), there will be colorful new artwork. The expansion increases the airport’s capacity by 30%, making it easy for groups to access meeting and event destinations in the state. Outposts of favorite local restaurants also are being added throughout the facility.  

Public Art by Detour

 

When it comes to planning a holiday party for your team or a client, isn’t it nice when you don’t have to worry much about decor? It helps not only the budget but also your checklist.

Here are four of Colorado’s best-known historic hotels from around the state that pull out all the stops to add sparkle and festive activities that delight groups and leisure guests.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver