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State tourism numbers break all-time records

Colorado set all-time records in terms of both visitor volume and visitor expenditures in 2013, welcoming 64.6 million visitors who spent $17.3 billion, the Colorado Tourism Office announced Tuesday. The announcement came as part of the release of studies detailing visitation and spending in Colorado, as well as the effectiveness and impact of the state’s “Come To Life” marketing campaign.

“These record-setting gains both in the number of tourists who have been flocking to Colorado and the billions of dollars they have been spending while they’re here is big part of why our state’s economy continues to grow,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We are fortunate to have so many hard-working and innovative tourism-related businesses and entrepreneurs. The state will continue to do everything we can to get out the word about just how awesome Colorado is.”

Highlights from Colorado Travel Impacts 2013, Dean Runyan & Associates:

* Total direct travel spending in Colorado in 2013 reached $17.3 billion with 60 percent of that total coming from visitors who stayed overnight in commercial lodging (hotels, motels, rented condos, bed & breakfasts).

* This record spending figure represents an increase of 5 percent over 2012. Since 1996, visitor-generated spending has increased at an average annual rate of 4 percent, earnings by 3.1 percent, and local and state tax revenues by 5 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.

* The local tourism industry generated $976 million in local and state tax revenues in the 2013 calendar year.  This represented approximately $199 of tax revenue per person in the state or $796 for a family of four. Without tourism, each resident would pay $199 more in taxes.

*Visitor spending also benefitted Colorado’s local economy by spurring job creation. The tourism industry directly supported 150,700 jobs, a 3.8 percent increase over 2012, with earnings of more than $4.7 billion in 2013, a 6.8 percent increase over 2012.

“One of Colorado’s top economic drivers is tourism, and it is exciting to learn that our marketing efforts to attract visitors to the state continue to pay off in a big way,” said Al White, Colorado Tourism Office director. “Another year of record growth in visitor spending and visitation underscores the importance of the tourism industry to Colorado and speaks volumes about the unparalleled visitor experiences Colorado has to offer.”

Highlights from FY 2014 Ad Effectiveness Research, Strategic Marketing & Research Insights:

* Colorado continued its “Come To Life” marketing campaign for fiscal year2014 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014). Working with Strategic Marketing & Research Insights, the campaign demonstrated strong awareness and more importantly, generated significant incremental travel resulting in more than 2 million trips to Colorado.

* Given the number of trips the marketing was able to influence and the level of spending by those visitors, there was more than $2.6 billion in economic impact for fiscal year 2014. The campaign also resulted in outstanding return on investment for the Colorado Tourism Office, with $344 in travel spending for every $1 invested in paid media, up from $228 in fiscal year 2013.

“The Colorado Tourism campaign continues to score among the highest we test in terms of messaging that resonates with people, and the campaign’s ROI is at the top of the list of all destination marketing organizations we study – the highest we’ve seen in the past three years,” said Denise Miller, vice president at Strategic Marketing and Research Insights.

Highlights from Colorado Travel Year Report 2013, Longwoods International:

* Colorado welcomed a record 64.6 million visitors in 2013.

* The number of visitors coming to Colorado on marketable leisure trips totaled an all-time high of 15.1 million, a 4 percent increase over 2012. Marketable leisure trips are those trips influenced by marketing and exclude visiting friends and relatives.

* Overnight trips reached a record 31 million trips, an increase of 5 percent over 2012.

To view the full reports for each of the studies, click on the links below:




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Vail chef Liken demos a summertime supper on ‘The Talk’

Celebrated chef Kelly Liken, owner of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, will appear on “The Talk,” along with hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood for a “Summertime Family Backyard” themed cooking segment at 1 p.m. Thursday on CBS4.

“I am looking forward to sharing the taste and flavors of one of my favorite summer meals that I enjoy in my own backyard with America and ‘The Talk’ viewers,” Liken said.

The chef will demonstrate easy summer dishes that can be re-created at home including items such as grilled chicken wings with homemade buffalo sauce. Liken also will showcase a sweet corn summer salad emphasizing this quintessential summer dish that brings the flavors of Colorado and the summer season to the table. Finishing off the segment, Liken will demonstrate her cucumber lime elixir cocktail.

This James Beard Award nominee, “Iron Chef” and “Top Chef” alum continues to raise awareness of  the importance of eating and cooking in season.The Summer Harvest Sunday Suppers that take place Sundays through Oct. 5 at Restaurant Kelly Liken, exemplify the essence of Rocky Mountain ingredients and fresh products from Colorado’s local farmers and purveyors.

“A proper summer in Colorado is not complete without a backyard meal together with friends enjoying good cocktails or a beer, or a Sunday Supper around the table with loved ones,” she said.

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Barenaked Ladies will don clothes for Children’s Hospital gala

Canadian rock band the Barenaked Ladies will headline this year’s Children’s Gala benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado, one of Denver’s premier black-tie charity events, on Sept. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

The two-time Grammy-nominated band has been entertaining audiences for 25 years with a blend of humor and hit pop/rock songs such as “One Week,” “If I Had $1,000,000,” “Pinch Me,” and the theme song for the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” The band has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have the Barenaked Ladies entertaining our guests at this year’s gala,” said Cary Larger, senior vice president of community fundraising at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. “They are sure to bring great music, humor and fun to this high-profile event that raises critical funds for Children’s Colorado.”

The annual Children’s Gala brings together Children’s Colorado supporters from across the Rocky Mountain region for an evening of dinner and entertainment in support of the hospital. Over the past 37 years, this event has brought in more than $30 million to enhance the lives of Children’s Colorado patients, making it one of the hospital’s largest fundraising events.

This year’s gala will be emceed by radio personality Slacker of Alice 105.9′s Slacker and Steve Afternoon Show.

For more information, contact Megan Lane at 720-777-1782 or mlane@childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

The Barenaked Ladies.

The Barenaked Ladies.

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Brazil meets Boulder at weekend festival

Boulder went nuts for the World Cup this year, and the Brazil love just keeps on flowing in the city.

For the third year in a row, the Boulder Samba School presents Brazil Fest, a four-day celebration of Brazilian music, dance and culture, Friday through Sunday on the Pearl Street Mall.

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, 2027 13th St., will serve traditional Brazilian food and drink specials on Friday. The food and drink will coincide with the Boulder Samba School’s drum ensemble Bateria Alegria, which will perform in front of the Court House on the Pearl Street Mall from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Samba Colorado dancers. After the dance party on the Mall, the ensemble will parade to Shine for an evening of choro and forró, with Ginga, Dexter Payne and special guest Alessandro Penezzi.

The Brazil Fest will feature Brazilian performing artists as well as the region’s musicians, dancers, teachers and vendors offering an interactive showcase of Brazilian music, culture, and traditional cuisine throughout the city. For more information: www.ColoradoBrazilFest.org.


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Online voting open for Branch Rickey Award

Online fan voting has begun for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award, presented by the Rotary Club of Denver. This is the second year fans have been asked to vote for their favorite baseball player for the Branch Rickey Award and enter a drawing for a trip to Denver for the 23rd annual Branch Rickey Award event in November. Fans can access online voting through Facebook at www.facebook.com/BranchRickeyAwards or by visiting the Branch Rickey Award website at www.branchrickeyaward.org.

Fans may vote once a day until 11:59 p.m. MST on Aug. 17. 

Unlike the many baseball awards that are based on statistics, the Branch Rickey Award recognizes individuals who give unselfishly of themselves to their communities. All of the honorees personify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self”.

Each major league team was asked to nominate a humanitarian from their team for the 2014 award. A national selection committee, comprised of 450 members of the sports media, past award winners, baseball executives and Rotary district governors, has been invited to vote on the nominees. The Fan Vote will be taken into account in selecting the winner.

The Rotary Club of Denver will announce the 2014 Branch Rickey Award honoree in mid-September.  This year’s winner, along with all of the previous recipients, will be invited to attend the Branch Rickey Award dinner and Xtra Innings after party on Nov. 14 at the McNichols Event Center in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.  The winner will be inducted as the 23rd member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame.  Presenting sponsor is AMG National Trust Bank.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Denver Rotary Club Foundation and its programs. For ticket and silent auction information, visit www.BranchRickeyAward.org.

2014 Branch Rickey Award Nominees:

Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt*
Atlanta Braves Craig Kimbrel*
Baltimore Orioles Darren O’Day
Boston Red Sox Craig Breslow
Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo*
Chicago White Sox John Danks
Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson
Colorado Rockies Michael Cuddyer
Houston Astros Jason Castro
Kansas City Royals Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hank Conger
Los Angeles Dodgers Andre Ethier
Miami Marlins Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins*
New York Mets David Wright
New York Yankees David Robertson
Oakland Athletics Sean Doolittle*
Philadelphia Phillies Chase Utley*
Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen*
St. Louis Cardinals Jason Motte
San Diego Padres Yonder Alonso
San Francisco Giants Sergio Romo
Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez*
Tampa Bay Rays Joe Maddon
Texas Rangers Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista*
Washington Nationals Ian Desmond

* All-Star Team


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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

Eavesdropping on a man in the purse department at Nordstrom: “This place smells like success.”

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Colorado chefs making mark in New York’s restaurant scene

A writer for New York Eater, the national website that has a Denver version (www.denver.eater.com), has tracked the culinary trek of Colorado chefs who have packed their knives and migrated to The Big Apple.

While writer Nick Solares highlights the Colorado kitchen careers of a number of chefs who practiced their craft at The Little Nell in Aspen and Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder in particular, the story had a glaring omission – my son, On the Town Junior.

Mackenzie Parker Harden moved to New York City more than a year ago to pursue a performing arts career, but fell back on the restaurant training he received at Elway’s, El Diablo and (as a sage) at TAG, and landed a server job at Maialino, a much-lauded jewel in the crown of the Union Square Hospitality Group, helmed by noted restaurateur Danny Meyer.

Having said that, the Eater New York story follows New York City’s Colorado culinary connections.

The story says, “Right now, New York City is full of talented chefs and sommeliers that either grew up in Colorado or spent years working there. Two establishments in particular — the culinary program of The Little Nell resort in Aspen and Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder — have had numerous former employees go on to prominent positions in NYC restaurants. Among those are Dustin Wilson, the sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, Sabato Sagaria, chief restaurant officer for Union Square Hospitality Group and seemingly the entire staff of Charlie Bird, to name but a few.

“Is Colorado turning into a farm system for NYC kitchens? Is this just a strange coincidence? Or is there, in fact, a Colorado connection? Eater talked with some of the state’s notable expats to find out just why, exactly, so many talented hospitality professionals are migrating from Colorado to New York.

“Colorado is in many ways the quintessential western state, and the resourcefulness and spirit of independence that were such driving forces in the migration across the plains still manifest themselves there. ‘It’s hard to live in Colorado if you are not a motivated person,’ says Ryan Hardy, chef and owner of Charlie Bird in NYC. Originally from Kentucky, Hardy spent a decade in Colorado before moving to New York and opening his own restaurant. He has played a role in the cross-pollination of restaurant cultures between the two places, bringing others from Colorado, such as Grant Reynolds, the wine director at Charlie Bird, with him.

“Hardy moved to Colorado in 1999 after graduating  business school and deciding that he would rather cook beans than count them. A brief stint in culinary school proved to be fruitless. ‘It was like business school with knives,’ says Hardy. Instead the chef worked in every restaurant he could, eventually landing at Rustic Bistro in Aspen.

20140506-001-Colorado2.jpg“‘The lifestyle is incredible,’says Matt Aita (pictured left), chef of Le Philosophe, who worked in Colorado in the early 2000s before moving to NYC mid-decade. Aita planned on visiting Colorado for only two weeks, but found it so ‘gorgeous’ that he ended up staying for five years.

“Sabato Sagaria, currently the chief restaurant officer for Union Square Hospitality Group, moved to Colorado on a whim, after working at the renowned Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. He gave little consideration to the leisure aspects of the state, but soon became enraptured by the lifestyle. ‘You know you are in a special place when you keep your snowboard in your office,’ he says. ‘The minute you walk out your door you hop on your bike or snowboard, and you’re in the fresh air and wilderness.’

20140426-001-Colorado3.jpg“Reynolds, for his part, moved to Colorado to attend UC at Boulder (oops!) and to pursue skiing, which he did competitively for much of his life. ‘Colorado has it all in outdoor sports,’ he says. ‘The lifestyle is epic,’ concurs Dustin Wilson (pictured right), currently wine director at Eleven Madison Park and a veteran of both Frasca Food & Wine and The Little Nell. Wilson ended up in Colorado with the intent of ‘goofing off’ for a couple of years after graduating college, before he planned to enter graduate school. As an avid skier, his principle job requirement was that he wanted to work nights, so that he could hit the slopes during the day. Wilson had acquired the wine bug while working at a steakhouse, and had even begun taking classes back east in his native Maryland. But a chance meeting with Bobby Stuckey, master sommelier and owner of Frasca Food & Wine, led to job and a lengthy stint that saw him go from server to sommelier at the restaurant. From there he moved on to The Little Nell, eventually became a Master Sommelier himself, and landed his dream job at EMP.

“Bobby Stuckey … joined The Little Nell in 1995 as a sommelier, garnering numerous awards for wine and service. In 2000, he went on to work at The French Laundry with Thomas Keller and then returned to Colorado to open Frasca Food & Wine in August 2004.

Owen Clark grew up in Baysville, Co. He made it to Boulder after Frasca was firmly established, and was duly impressed. The chef explains: ‘I was like ‘Oh boy! That’s the place I want to work.’ He didn’t end up working at Frasca, but by attending the culinary school he got to travel to France and eventually landed in NYC at the ill-fated Gwynnett St.

“But aside from a profound culture of food and wine, there is clearly another affinity between NYC and Colorado: adrenalin. ‘There is a similar intensity to the people (in NYC and Colorado) — they work hard and play harder. Aspen really is a little bit of New York City in the mountains,’ says Hardy. Sabato draws a more visceral comparison. ‘You are standing at the top of a double diamond looking down, asking yourself ‘Can I do that?’ And then you just jump in, that’s the same mentality you need when coming to NY.

“Ultimately, the chefs and sommeliers in question moved to NYC because of professional opportunities. ‘There is no doubt that NYC is the center of the wine universe,’ says Wilson. ‘But Colorado is my second home.’ Aita, now married with children, still misses the place and looks forward to returning. ‘It would be amazing to bring my wife and kids out there,’ he says. As much as Hardy loved it out there, he feels that the ‘economics work better’ when running a restaurant in NYC. Sabato has another theory: ‘Colorado is way too beautiful and everyone got sick of it and said let’s move to NY,’ he quips.”


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There’s a new Teddy in town at Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo, in partnership with Children’s Colorado, unveiled its new mascot Sunday at the Zoo’s first Teddy Bear Care Fair.

Elbert, a 6-foot-tall 300-pound bear, debuted by pulling a wagon full of plush versions of himself at the Zoo’s Explore the Shore Play Area, presented by Children’s Colorado. After his introduction, families were invited to take stuffed animals around the Zoo for “medical procedures.”

“We are so excited to mark another important milestone in our longstanding partnership with the Denver Zoo,” said Jena Hausmann, chief operating officer, Children’s Colorado. “We look forward to the joy Elbert will bring our patients through regular visits each month.”

Elbert, named after the highest mountain in Colorado, doesn’t belong to an official species, but was born in the Rocky Mountains. He’s known for his soft brown fur, bright smile and heart-shaped patch of fur on his chest. With favorite foods of fish, fruits and vegetables and hobbies such as dancing, hiking and skiing, Elbert loves to promote healthy eating, kid safety, caring for animals and an active lifestyle.

This was the first Teddy Bear Care Fair  hosted at Denver Zoo. Together with Children’s Colorado, Zoo staff handed out plush mascots to the first 1,000 kids and certificates of health at check-in to all children who visited the Explore the Shore Play Area. Children and families were able to walk around the zoo to different stations all day so volunteers and staff could provide X-rays, bear limb casting and other medical procedures to stuffed animals.

“Denver Zoo is proud to have Children’s Colorado as a sponsor of our Explore the Shore Play Area, and as a partner for several community programs,” said Denver Zoo President and CEO Shannon Block. Our partnership is such a natural fit and our new mascot will enable us to continue to provide for children from the region.”

(Denver Zoo photo)

(Denver Zoo photo)

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