November 2017 Around Town

The Denver Athletic Club Hosts 
Seventh Annual Anschutz-Hunt Challenge Cup

The Denver Athletic Club (The DAC) will host the seventh annual Anschutz-Hunt Challenge Cup in conjunction with IMPACT-360, November 2-4, 2017. IMPACT-360, which operates its offices within The DAC, works intensively with underserved students in Denver public schools, from sixth grade through age 24, providing support in three core areas: academics, health and wellness, and life skills in preparation for a lifetime of independence and choice. Members of The DAC collaborate with IMPACT-360 to mentor its underserved students.

“We’re thrilled to host the Anschutz-Hunt Challenge for IMPACT-360,” said Mike Hestera, general manager of The Denver Athletic Club. “Many of our Members donate their time and resources to the program, and this annual event is yet another way in which we can align our mutual philanthropic efforts while showcasing a sport for which The DAC is renowned.”

Squash players throughout the state, including The DAC Members and star collegiate athletes from several Ivy League schools, will compete in the squash tournament, which will be held in an enclosed, portable glass court, coined the ‘Oracle NetSuite Challenge Court,’ built within The DAC’s gymnasium specifically for the event. Proceeds from the tournament, including several levels of sponsorship, directly benefit IMPACT-360. Tournament sponsors, The DAC Members and competitors can view the tournament, which begins Thursday, November 2 at 4 p.m., continues on Friday, November 3 from 12-7 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dairy Block Announces Three 
Additional Retail Tenants

Denver’s newest micro-district redevelopment in the heart of Lower Downtown – is thrilled to announce that three additional tenants are joining the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants on Denver’s first pedestrian-only Alley opening early 2018.

Denver Chef Frank Bonanno will open Milk Market at Dairy Block, a food hall featuring 15 restaurants and bars operated by his company, Bonanno Concepts. Located on the ground floor corner of 18th and Wazee Streets, the 15,000-square foot market will have a common-consumption liquor license and several seating areas, along with grab-and-go counters that open up onto the Dairy Block Alley.

“Dairy Block is going to be one of downtown Denver’s hottest new destinations for eating, drinking and shopping,” said McWhinney Co-Founder and CEO Chad McWhinney. “We’re looking forward to continuing to share the other exciting retailers and restaurants who will be joining the Dairy Block family soon.”

Other tenants planned for Dairy Block 
include a speakeasy and a multi-shop market hall, café and workshop offering a variety of clothing, accessories and homewares from local and global brands and studios.

Chef Sheila Lucero at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

Executive Chef Sheila Lucero of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar participated in the James Beard Foundation’s 11th annual Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. Held at Shelburne Farms in Burlington, VT, the summit aims to “teach effective policy and advocacy skills enabling chefs to be even more effective champions for food system change.” Lucero was chosen out of hundreds of applicants and joined 14 other civically and politically minded chefs from around the country, each with their own unique focus on sustainability.

“It was such an honor to be invited,” says Lucero. “It was an exciting opportunity, not only to participate in the educational program but also to meet the other chefs and learn about their unique perspectives on the state of our national food system. I feel like I’ve come home with a quiver of new tools to make Jax’s sustainability program even more effective.”

Denver-Based Startup CLOTH + GOLD Launches Dinner Party Décor 
Rental Service

CLOTH + GOLD, an online one-stop-shop for curated dinner party essentials, made its public debut on Monday, October 2. Following five months of successful beta testing, the Colorado startup provides sophisticated yet approachable tablescapes for party hosts to rent and return – no dishwashing necessary.

CLOTH + GOLD seeks to make in-home entertaining less of a feat and more of an opportunity to connect face-to-face and enjoy the company of others. The name is a nod to one of the greatest celebrations in history – the Field of the Cloth of Gold – a two-week-long festival of friendship between the French and English monarchs of 1514.

“Far too often, we get caught up in daily living and our online lives that we forget to live in the moment and make memories with those we care about,” said CLOTH + GOLD Founder, Bridget Rogers. “I’ve had some of the best nights of my life at dinner parties – totally unplugged – and want to make it as easy as possible for others to share meaningful experiences with great friends, family, food and drinks, in the comfort of their own homes.”