• 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.

Charley Co. & RISE Collaborate Workspace, Denver

 

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort.

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.