• A new-wave venue approach has guests dining in the unlikeliest of places

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     
  • A new-wave venue approach has guests dining in the unlikeliest of places

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

The shipping container trend is hitting the Mile High City with two fun examples in the form of Avanti Food & Beverage and Cart-Driver.

Avanti Food & Beverage, Denver’s first collective eatery and restaurant incubator concept, has a space that offers the most potential for groups and is based in the LoHi neighborhood. There are seven eateries (each one self-contained in a shipping container) located in the former Avanti Print and Graphics building that are anchored by shared seating, two attractive bar areas and a rooftop patio with great views of the city skyline. For groups, imagine attendees having seven restaurants to choose from and plenty of space on two floors and outdoors to mingle.

Cart-Driver is a slightly different concept, and it’s immediately clear you are in and around shipping containers as the entire small complex in Denver’s RiNo arts district is fashioned from them. There isn’t a lot of room to wiggle in the restaurant’s 640-square-foot space other than to order and find a few places to sit, but two connected patios and adjoining courtyard are where the options for groups really happen. Specializing in wood-fired pizzas, fresh oysters, prosecco on tap, seasonal market plates and local brews, the eatery also has a mobile wood-fire pizza wagon that travels around the state.

There are all sorts of happenings for meeting and event planners to plug groups into in Snowmass Village this summer, taking some of the pressure off building a memorable and effective agenda. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.