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Denver Restaurant Week one 10-day (waistband) stretch next year

October 22, 2014

The oh-so popular Denver Restaurant Week (DRW), presented by Lexus and organized by Visit Denver, will revert to a single 10-day long event in 2015, running from Feb. 20 to March 1.

“We talked to restaurant owners, restaurant employees, diners, sponsors and restaurant week fans, and the consensus was that seven days of DRW was too short, but 14 consecutive days was too long,” said Justin Bresler, vice president of marketing for Visit Denver. “The perfect ‘best of both worlds’ compromise appears to be to run it for 10 days, encompassing two complete weekends in the traditional slow period of February.”

For Denver Restaurant Week’s 10th anniversary this year, at the request of participating restaurants, DRW was split into two separate week-long events, one in February and one in late August.

“While summer restaurant week was popular with both restaurants and diners, the challenge going forward was to find a week that wasn’t already occupied by an existing event, holiday or a week that didn’t have a major convention,” Bresler said.

Late summer and fall are Denver’s busiest convention months. “We really don’t want to bring 10,000 convention delegates to Denver and have them find that every restaurant is booked with DRW reservations,” Bresler said, adding that the restaurants also don’t want to be offering special DRW pricing at a time when there are thousands of hungry convention delegates in town.

“In the end, we couldn’t find workable dates for the summer event, and the consensus of opinion was to concentrate on the traditional February time frame,” Bresler said.

More than 300 restaurants participated in the 2014 winter DRW and more than 200 in the summer DRW, making this one of the largest culinary celebrations in the nation.

Bresler stated that registration for restaurants for the 2015 DRW will begin Nov. 10 at www.denverrestaurantweek.com.
Participating restaurants again will offer a multi-course dinner for the fixed price of $30 per person. The list of participating restaurants and menus will be announced in mid-January.


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Conde Nast readers pick top hotels in Best in the West category

October 22, 2014

Conde Nast Traveler just released its 2014 Reader’s Choice poll in the Best Hotels in the West category, and four Denver hostelries made the coveted list.

The historic Oxford Hotel, owned and operated by Sage Hospitality, earned the highest ranking at No. 4, followed by The Four Seasons Denver at No. 11, JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek (another Sage property) at No. 14 and The Ritz-Carlton Denver at No. 15. But the very top spot on the list was awarded to The Sebastian in Vail, a quaint spot with awesome amenities.

Nearly 77,000 readers voted in the 27th annual Readers’ Choice survey, which ranks the world’s best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts and is featured in the November issue of the magazine.

“We are very excited to have these two amazing Denver hotels once again be honored by one of the world’s top travel magazines,” said Sage President and CEO Walter Isenberg. “Both The Oxford and the JW Marriott Denver are very focused on offering guests a unique lodging experience and excellent customer service. This is a wonderful recognition of that commitment.”

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Broncos’ Miller raises $150K+ for Von’s Vision

October 22, 2014

More than $150,000 was raised for Von’s Vision, Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller’s foundation, at the second annual Celebrity steak Out last week at Ocean Prime.

The event featured Miller and several of his Broncos teammates trading in their uniforms for aprons to serve 187 guests a three-course meal.

The star-studded evening featured silent and live auctions, and guests were able to chat and take photos with Peyton Manning, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Lamin Barrow, Demaryius Thomas, DeMarcus Ware, Omar Bolden, David Bruton, Andre Caldwell, Tony Carter, Ben Garland, Malik Jackson, Steven Johnson, Terrance Knighton, Lerentee McCray, Brandon McManus, Will Montgomery, Rahim Moore, Corey Nelson, Brock Osweiler, Aqib Talib, Jacob Tamme, , Danny Trevathan, Mitch Unrein, Kayvon Webster and Kenny Anunike.

With proceeds from the evening, including a $50,000 donation from Miller himself, Von’s Vision exceeded its goal to raise the funds to get 5,000 area children in glasses.

Miller founded Von’s Vision in 2013 with the mission to better the vision of Denver-area youth by providing them needed eye examinations and eyewear to succeed in the classroom and in life. For more information visit www.vonmiller.org.

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Foxx added to charity fashion show star-studded lineup

October 22, 2014

Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx will join the roster of celebrities at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, 1550 Court Place.

This is the largest single fundraiser benefiting people with Down syndrome. The event features silent auction itemslive auction items, a sumptuous dinner, two Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award winners, an ambassador video, and an inspirational fashion show featuring models with Down syndrome and celebrity escorts.

In addition to Foxx, Emmy winner Alec Baldwin, Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt, Oscar nominee Laura Dern, award-winning actor John C. McGinley, supermodel Beverly Johnson, Nuggets players Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee and Arron Afflalo, Broncos players Britton Colquitt, Ben Garland, Malik Jackson and Brandon McManus, pro golfer David Duval, and self-advocates Steven Dulcie, Brad Hennefer and DeOndra Dixon will escort Down syndrome models on the runway.

For tickets, visit www.BeBeautifulBeYourself.org or contact Ashley Miltgen at 303-468-6669, amiltgen@globaldownsyndrome.org.


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H&M opens new outlet in Southlands

October 22, 2014

Southlands Shopping Center in Aurora announces the grand opening of H&M, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, at noon Thursday. The new 21,000-square-foot store will feature women’s, men’s and children’s apparel as well as accessories, shoes and cosmetics.

Established in Sweden in 1947, H&M is one of the world’s largest fashion retailers with a mission to offer fashion and quality at the best price including its designer collaborations and quick-to-market versions of runway fashions.  H&M features a wide range of styles, from basics to update to clothes that reflect the latest international trends.

Jeff Nemec, Southlands’ general manager noted, “The opening of H&M at Southlands is exciting as we continue to recruit top retailers to complement our existing store mix and to better serve our customers and community at large.”

H&M will open at Southlands with much fanfare. Beyond Thursday’s grand opening, there are planned festivities and giveaways through Sunday.

Noon Thursday:

* First 200 people in line receive scratch cards worth between $10 – $300 value and a goodie bag.

* $10 off and $5 off coupons given throughout opening day to customers entering H&M Southlands, while supplies last.

* Live DJ.

 Noon Friday:

* One hundred $50 H&M gift cards given away each day at noon. While supplies last.

* Bring H&M receipts totaling $75 or more, dated Oct. 23 – 26 from Southlands H&M to H&M reception area (near Southlands fire pit) between noon and 6 p.m. and receive a free Southlands gift bag with a $20 Southlands gift card, H&M 20 percent off a single item purchase, a free gift and exclusive offers from Southlands retailers and restaurants, while supplies last.

Southlands Shopping Center is a 1.7 million-square-foot outdoor shopping center at E-470 and  Smoky Hill Road in Aurora. For more information, visit www.shopsouthlands.com.


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Oh my Ina! Barefoot Contessa coming to the Paramount

October 22, 2014

You’ll need to wear shoes to see the Barefoot Contessa Nov. 19 at the Paramount Theater, 1621 Glenarm Place.

The show, “The Pleasures of Cooking and Entertaining” plus a Q&A session, begins at 7:30 p.m. Ina Garten, a fantastic Food Network star is known for her ability to make sensible recipes with a flair from her Hamptons home.

For tickets (starting at $49.50) , go to www.altitudetickets.com/event/ina-garten-the-barefoot-contessa-1440/.


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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

October 22, 2014

Eavesdropping on a man: “I made the mistake of answering the phone and it was a political call. Not even a Robocall. So I told them I vote for the Communist Party. Maybe they will leave me alone now. Or call the FBI.”

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October 22, 2014

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Jax opens Kansas City outlet as Royals get ready to rumble

October 20, 2014

What did Jax owner Dave Query know that the rest of us didn’t when he chose Kansas City as his first restaurant outpost beyond Colorado’s borders?

Call it coincidence, but the first Kansas City Jax opened in September in a new development adjacent to the tourist attraction Country Club Plaza in the same year that the Kansas City Royals are World Series bound. This new fish house pond could prove profitable in a town that’s waited 29 years for the team to co-host the ultimate baseball competition.

For those who know KS, the restaurant, open from 4 p.m. daily, is located in the Plaza Vista complex (4814 Roanoke Parkway) adjacent to the water-fountain-packed Country Club Plaza and 7 miles west of Kauffman Stadium, the Royals’ home turf.

About sticking his culinary toe in uncharted territory, Query told the Kansas City Business Journal: “We don’t want to go and teach people how to eat good food or what good food is; we want to go to a community where there’s a lot of good food and a lot of intelligence going on,” Query said. “We’re just blown away by the great restaurants and bars that are in the Kansas City area. It’s phenomenal. It doesn’t get as much ink as it deserves with the caliber of craft and culinary skill that’s going on in that town.”

Query opened the first Jax Fish House in 1994 in Boulder and founded the Big F Restaurant Group, which includes nine different concepts. For more information on the Kansas City location, go to www.jaxfishhouse.com/kansas-city/.

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