Penny Parker’s On The Town: Wow wedding takes guests to various venues

September 28, 2012

One of Denver’s most spectacular weddings took place earlier this month when Peter Marsico, of Marsico Capital Management fame, wed the lovely Mari Wieleba, a merchandising associate for eBags and a Cherry Creek High School and University of Kansas grad.

According to my spies, the Marsicos wed at Cherry Hills Country Club where cocktails were served, then had shuttles take guests to Peter’s parents home where more appetizers were passed and cocktails were poured during dancing to a 23-piece orchestra brought in from New York City.

The musicians’ play list included songs from Led Zeppelin, The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Cee Lo Green, but had to shut down the music at 11:30 to respect the neighbors. Epicurean Catering served amazing food at the event with lobster medallions with greens, choice of entrée cooked to order and all servers were dressed in tuxes and white gloves.

The tented event featured huge cream draping everywhere with chandeliers and centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses in shades of sand, pale pink, cream and white.

After the wedding reception, guests were shuttled to the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek North to wrap up the festivities.

“It was the most tasteful obscene expenditure of money I’ve ever seen,” said my spy. ” It was beautiful, class, class, class.” My spy added that the darling duo of guests Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld rocked it on the dance floor. The band reportedly played 14 songs in a row during the reception after toasts to the couple.


Three Denver hotels were included in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s readers poll of the 15th annual business travel awards, which presents hotels in 15 cities that had the highest-scoring business facilities.

They are: The Ritz-Carlton Denver, The Curtis: A Doubletree Hotel by Hilton and the Oxford Hotel. Highlights from the poll include comments from readers praising hotel employees, clean rooms, excellent service, a well-trained staff and a good location.

For the complete list, go to

Author, author

Thirteen authors will gather during this year’s Pen & Sword Literary Festival, a free event open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place.

Here’s the schedule of author appearances:

10-10:15 — Denny Dressman and Dr. John Elliff, Sterling Heroes of World War II, As It Was Lived – In Their Own Words

10:20-10:35 — Dusty Saunders, Heeere’s Dusty, Life in the TV and Newspaper World

10:40-10:55 — Kevin Vaughan and Jim Davidson, The Ledge, An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Ranier

11-11:15 — Robert Greer, Astride A Pink Horse

11:20-11:35 — Michael Madigan, “The GyPSy Line” in Gem Street

11:40-11:55 — Pat McNulty, Great Music, The Tattered Cover’s #1 Best Selling Author

Noon-12:15 — Joe McGowan, From Fidel Castro to Mother Teresa, An Associated Press foreign correspondent’s experiences abroad in the 1960s

12:20-12:35 — Terry Frei, Olympic Affair, A Novel of Hitler’s Siren and America’s Hero

12:40-12:55 — Peter Eichstaedt, Consuming The Congo

War and Conflict Minerals in the World’s Deadliest Place

1-1:15 — Alan Kania, Wild Horse Annie, Velma Johnston and Her Fight to Save the Mustang

1:20-1:35 — Casey Demchak, Essential Sales Writing Secrets

1:40-1:55 – Warren Hern, Risus Sardonicus

2-2:15 – Sharon Cooper, The Night of the Witching Moon

A continental breakfast buffet will be served for $6 featuring $4 Bloody Marys. The authors’ books will be available for sale. More information: 303-571-5260 or visit

Cool dining

Coohills, a fine dining restaurant at 14th and Wewatta, hosted A Taste of Iceland in Denver press event Wednesday to promote a celebration of Iceland’s food, music and film open to the public through Sunday.

The multiday Icelandic invasion will showcase the best of the country’s culture and lifestyle through a series of events.

Guest chef Hadon Mar Ovarsson collaborated with Coohills chef Tom Coohill to offer a special Icelandic menu that will include arctic char, langoustines, free range Icelandic lamb and Icelandic Skyr mousse on the special menu. For reservations, call 303-623-5700 or visit

Munching and movie

The Ritz-Carlton Denver is hosting its final Pop Up Dinner and Movie  with a taste of Americana and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Executive chef Justin Fields invites guests to gather ont he outdoor plaza for a multi-course tasting menu paired with cinema.

Cost is $75 per person not counting tax and tip or $125 with wine pairings. Reservations: 303-312-3826 or e-mail

Eavesdropping on a woman: “Sausage is my favorite thing in the world and I have the two chins to prove it.”

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