Denver’s top restaurants, Acorn, as well
as a bakery and beer-tasting room; Avanti
F&B, which features several international
eateries; and the newly opened Denver
Central Market, where groups will find
vendors selling everything from fresh fish
to ice cream.
Denver is also a top beer city, where
groups will find Coors Brewery as well as
many purveyors of microbrews.
“Groups can take advantage of our concentration of craft breweries by setting out
on the self-guided Denver Beer Trail,” said
Benedick, who added wine lovers in the
group can check out Infinite Monkey Theorem, an urban winery. “And Stranahan’s
Whiskey is one of Denver’s top distilleries,
offering tours, tastings and even bottling
The craft scene is flourishing in Colorado
Springs at venues like 3 Hundred Days
of Shine, a name that highlights both the
distillery’s production of moonshine and
the region’s ample sunshine.
“Discover delicious Western Sippin’
moonshine at the base of the Colorado
Rocky Mountains,” said Chelsy Offutt, di-
rector of communications for the Colorado
Springs CVB. “Groups can tour the dis-
tillery before trying flavors like apple pie,
During an outing with Rocky Mountain
Food Tours, groups will learn a bit about
Colorado Springs as they visit five down-
town culinary destinations for cocktails
Groups can also enjoy a meal at Till, a
new restaurant with a farm-inspired open
kitchen that’s committed to supporting
local food, and cooking classes at The
Broadmoor, which can be customized for
groups of all sizes.
According to chef David Patterson,
Cloud Camp, a Wilderness Experience at
The Broadmoor, offers the daily “Chef’s
Cooking Club,” a hands-on meal preparation that’s popular with groups.
Boulder is home to the 30-year-old Boulder
County Farmers Markets, which according
to Mary Ann Mahoney, executive director
of the Boulder CVB, is a great place to send
groups for a truly local experience.
The Food Lab, which opened downtown
last year, offers custom cooking classes.
“It’s the perfect spot to have an intimate
group experience in a modern setting,” said
Mahoney, and added hands-on classes and
demonstration classes that allow for more
networking are available. “You can even do
During the Coffee & Chocolate tour with
Local Table Tours, groups will taste sweets
and local brews.
“You’ll taste truffles from an amazing
shop on the historic west end of Pearl
Street, Piece, Love & Chocolate,” Mahoney
explained. “Try a truffle from their Colorado Spirits collection—they have beer-,
liquor- and wine-infused fillings from
Local Table Tours also operates in Fort Collins, and during one popular tour attendees
will taste waffles, gourmet coffee and chocolate at purveyors like Nuance Chocolate.
“All three stops will leave the group
with a greater appreciation of the craft
aspect behind the food but also allow for
interaction with the ‘makers’ and fellow
attendees,” said Katy Schneider, director of
marketing for Visit Fort Collins.
The company also offers Old Town culinary tours.
Also in Fort Collins, considered the
state’s Craft Beer Capital— 70 percent of
Colorado’s microbrews are made here—
groups can plan on a fun outing with Beer
& Bike Tours, during which they will stop at
three breweries and learn local history.
And at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins, according to Schneider, classes are
designed to engage team members from
preparation through enjoying the finished
GRAND OPENING AT TILL, COLORADO SPRINGS
What are your favorite things about Denver?
The weather here is my favorite. I love driving through the mountains on my motorcycle in
the summer and skiing in the winter. It’s great to live so close to the mountains and still
get to experience city life on a day-to-day basis.
How would you describe the current culinary scene in Denver?
Growing! We’ve had so many incredible restaurants open in the past few years. It is a very
What makes dining at ChoLon special for groups?
Our group dining experience is a little different than that at many restaurants because all
of our plates are designed for sharing. Among the most popular options are our French
onion soup dumplings, pork belly buns and Saigon lobster crepes.
Before booking the dinner, our event coordinator helps the leader of your large party select a menu for the table. Food then arrives at the table as it’s ready. It’s a fun experience
that encourages the members of your group to interact with the food and each other.
Do you have a favorite dish that you like to prepare for groups?
Our doughnuts with Vietnamese coffee ice cream are always a hit among our large groups.
What are some great culinary experiences you would recommend for groups
meeting in Denver?
I always recommend visiting the growing number of food halls that are opening in Denver,
including Avanti F&B, Denver Central Market and Stanley Beer Hall, to name a few.
There’s definitely a lot of variety for people who have different tastes to select from, and
they’re a fun demonstration of the versatility of Denver’s food scene.
Q&A with chef Lon Symensma // Executive Chef
and Owner // ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro // Denver