Recent Denver events caught our attention as they provide fun and tasty ways to bring local experiences to group gatherings, offering alternatives to popular wine, beer and spirit tastings.

Grand Coffee Bazaar
grandcoffeebazaar.com; twoparts.com 

Two Parts, a Denver-based events and promotions company, hosted the fourth annual Grand Coffee Bazaar on Oct. 14, 2017 on OZ Architecture Grounds in Denver. Unlimited tastings from 18 local coffee roasters and The Sophisticate’s Tea, roaster-led seminars, brunch bites and a mug were part of the $40 ticket price. Also included were one breakfast cocktail, a coffee beer from Epic Brewing, coffee, cider and beer samples from Stem Cider and 14er Brewing, and brunch cocktail samples from Bear Creek Distillery and Diageo. 

“We know that Denver has an incredible craft coffee scene, so we wanted to make sure this event gave coffee lovers an opportunity to experience the creativity and passion of their favorite local roasters as well as discover new companies entering the scene,” says Two Parts Relationships Director Sarah Wells. 

Cheese Block Party
cheesesociety.org; cheeseandprovisions.com

The American Cheese Society (ACS) held its 2017 annual conference “Cheese with Altitude” last July at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Attendees and the public were invited to Denver’s first Cheese Block Party organized by Cheese+Provisions, a Denver specialty and artisan cheese shop, in partnership with the Oldways Cheese Coalition. A dozen local and national cheesemakers, charcuterie makers and small-batch food producers set up to offer tastings in the courtyard at Cobbler’s Square, where Cheese+Provisions is located. 

“Having the American Cheese Society’s conference in Denver presented us with a unique opportunity to live up to our motto of ‘Celebrating the Artisans’,” says Kim Duty, Cheese+Provisions owner and 2017 national co-chair of the ACS Conference. “The best American artisan cheesemakers were convening in our city, and the Block Party was a fun way to let our customers meet some of them in person.” 

Ski areas around Colorado are introducing several new amenities and events to elevate the guest and group experience. Here are a few highlights from Ski Country USA.

 

Several organizations are collaborating on events from January through August 2019 for “celebrate bauhaus100: aspen,” which commemorates the impact of the Bauhaus art movement on Aspen. The theme “Our Legacy, Our Future/WorkPlay-Create” reflects Aspen’s Bauhaus heritage, primarily as it relates to Herbert Bayer, who was a student and a teacher at the Bauhaus, relocated to Aspen in 1946 to design the Aspen Institute and lived in the community until 1976.

 

The National Association of Catering & Events gathered on Sept. 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens to commemorate the NACE’s 10th anniversary and provide a glimpse into the future. A panel of several founding members—Monica Cheeks of Hyatt Hotels, Cal Cheney of All Digital Photo & Video, Amanda Michalek of AORN and Brandi Pressgrove of Reckon Creative—discussed how the chapter got started, favorite programs from the past and how networking through NACE has helped grow their businesses and more.