Penny Parker’s On The Town: Dog daze at Visit Denver

October 15, 2012

Wazee (the yellow lab mascot of Rockmount Ranch Wear in LoDo) received an invitation addressed to him from Visit Denver because he was a winner of a Mile High Hospitality Award recently. This was his response:

Dear Jayne (Buck),

I get a lot of mail but not that many invitations to breakfast.  (Eating is something I enjoy almost as much as catching balls.) Sure I will attend, thank you very much. Would it be OK if I bring a guest? Steve handles most of my press inquiries, daily walks, appointments, etc.

Oh one question, will the blue bear be there? I want to apologize for barking the last time we met.

I look forward to seeing you on the 14th.



as interpreted by

Steve Weil, president

Think pink, drink pink

During the month of October, breast cancer awareness and the color pink go hand-in-hand. At The Four Seasons Hotel Denver, the cause and the color are being celebrated – on the rocks.

Three drinks are available throughout this month at Edge Restaurant & Bar as part of The Four Seasons Drink Pink! promotion. A portion of sales from each speciality drink will benefit Sense of Security (, a Colorado organization that provides financial assistance for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment.

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Baby on board

Kathy Lee, the producer and foil on the Lewis and Floorwax show on 103.5 The Fox, announced on the air last week that she is pregnant, expecting her first child.

Lee, 40, said the baby is due in April but she and her husband, Eric White, don’t know the child’s gender yet.

“We are so excited,” she said.

Mr. Bill

Bill Hanzlik, best known as a college basketball star at Notre Dame and later as a player for the Denver Nuggets, will be recognized for his commitment to Colorado’s youth with the Crystal Globe for Distinguished Service Award at the annual Jefferson Foundation Crystal Ball on Saturday.

The Gold Crown Foundation was established by Hanzlik and Colorado leader Ray Baker in 1986 to provide basketball camps and programs for a time when school budget cuts were eliminating athletics.

Gold Crown has grown to offer sports and enrichment activities to more than 20,000 youth year-round.

The Jefferson Foundation’s 27th Crystal Ball fundraiser, Masquerade, will be a mysterious fantasyland party complete with silent auction, dancing and live entertainment, games and activities, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast to honor Hanzlik.

The event takes place from 6:13 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Tickets are $125 each or $200 per couple available by calling Pam Heiny at 303-982-2210. All proceeds benefit The Jefferson Foundation.

Wining ways

It’s wine time at Charcoal Restaurant, 43 W. Ninth, during the VinBoutique Burgundy Wine Dinner on Sunday.

VinBoutique brings you the delights of Burgundy, Cremant, Aligote, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir paired with delectables by Charcoal in the private dining room. Meet and mingle fellow wine enthusiasts during the event.

VinBoutique’s senior buyer and level three sommelier will be there to introduce everyone to everyone and to the wines. Cost is $55, not including tax and tip. Reservations:  303-454-0000 .

For the month of October, Charcoal would like to show its appreciation to all of Denver’s hard-working educators by offering a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa at all Saturday and Sunday brunches. Please let any teachers in your life, who could use a break, know about this event.

Movin’ on up

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants announced the promotion of Heather McCormick to general manager of Ocean Prime Denver, the restaurant group’s modern American supper club concept located in Larimer Square.

“I have been very fortunate to be part of the Cameron Mitchell family,” said McCormick. “I am constantly learning new things and am continually striving to be better tomorrow than I am today.”

Previously the restaurant’s assistant general manager, McCormick joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants family in October 2011. Spending more than 20 years working in restaurants, McCormick has also served as manager and assistant general manager at Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Great Northern Tavern, as well as posts as general manager at Brook’s Steak House & Cellar and Shanahan’s Steakhouse.

“Our team has enjoyed watching Heather’s growth as a leader over the past year,” said Mitchell. “We are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her success in the years to come.”

Ocean Prime is at 1465 Larimer St., Denver. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit or call 303.825.3663.

Surf n’ turf

The Palm in the Tabor Center is asking customers to “vote” for their favorite classic surf n’ turf combo now through Nov. 6.

Which surf n’ turf ticket will emerge victorious? Cast your vote by ordering your favorite combination from the new $49.90 three-course election prix fixe menu.

Entrees – either filet and crab, filet and lobster tail or filet and jumbo shrimp – include a starter of classic Caesar salad, lobster bisque or mixed green salad; surf n’ turf candidate and pumpkin spiced creme brulee. There’s no limit on how many times you can vote.

Reservations: or by calling 303-825-7256.

Eavesdropping on two women at Green Valley Ranch Golf Course Friday after the trains at DIA stopped running: “Can you just hear wide spread panic?”

“That’s Tyler’s favorite band.”

“No, I mean wide spread panic at DIA. I didn’t even know that was a band.”

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