Opened earlier this year in a restored industrial warehouse in Denver’s River North Arts District (RiNo), Nocturne is a modern take on jazz and supper clubs of the mid-20th century. Nightly live jazz, including regular performances by nationally touring jazz artists, and a menu that features “Standards” like cubano sliders and boardwalk frites and constantly changing “Renditions,” which are tastings inspired by iconic and historical jazz recordings, are part of the theme.  

Known for Root Down and Linger, Justin Cucci’s latest brainchild is Ophelia’s. Housed in an 1894-era Victorian brownstone listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bar, restaurant and live-music venue has a gastropub-inspired menu with unique versions of flatbread pizzas, burgers and wings.  

Inspired by European markets and food truck roundups, Avanti Food & Beverage can best be described as a modern-day food hall. Seven restaurant concepts are housed in modified shipping containers in Denver’s Lower Highlands Neighborhood (LoHi), providing affordable chef-inspired cuisine, draft beers, classic cocktails and wines.  

In the Vail Valley, chef Jason Harrison has established Red Maple Catering to deliver memorable food experiences at private homes and rental properties. The caterer serves groups of up to 150 and specializes in the cuisine, farms, ranches and food purveyors of the Vail Valley and Rocky Mountains.  

Mathew Yamali’s recipe for freedom, travel, food and happiness led to the Roll It Up Sushi Truck.

 

The Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted its annual golf tournament at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison on Aug. 20. The “Team Freeman” consisting of DJ Baca, Derek Barnes, Lee Byrd and Bonnie Yordy placed first, and Darnell Brown, Josh Ebaugh, Jeremy Wilson and Alan Wooldridge, who made up “Team Broadmoor,” landed second.

 

The National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter filled two vaults and two conference rooms at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center on Aug. 14 to find treasure in the form of information about the ins, outs and liabilities intrinsic to keeping events safe and secure. The “On Alert: Is Your Event Plan Ready?” gathering featured speak - ers Pete Hemschoot, Johnson & Wales University, Denver; Adrienne Gardner, The Gardner Effect Event Planning; Ed David, Denver Police Department; and Tony Clapp, Jachimiak Peterson.