Snooze’s Adam Schlegel, Chef Alex Seidel, Open Chook Charcoal Chicken

On December 7th Chook Charcoal Chicken opened at 1300 South Pearl Street in Platt Park. Chook, which means Chicken in Australian lingo, was inspired by co-owner Adam Schlegel, who spent years in Australia with his Aussie native wife and their children. An often go to family meal, the neighborhood chicken shop, brought delicious, responsible and affordable food that made everyone happy. Luckily for all, he partnered with James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Seidel (of Fruition and Mercantile Fame) to bring this idea to light.

Chook cooks entirely over charcoal, from rotisserie chickens to a very friendly vegetarian menu featuring great salads, fresh sides and a responsible approach to food and business. Of course, beer wine and even cocktails are part of the experience. 

The design, brought to life by Aleks Kaplan of SAR, works to integrate family, fresh, Australia and community, replete with a small kids nook for any family to enjoy. Enjoy Chook in or just as easily as take away. 

Delicious food sourced right, fit for all. Lovely.

Colorado Classic is Now a Women-Only Pro Cycling Race

Rather than dividing limited resources on men’s and women’s races, organizers of the Colorado Classic announced Tuesday that the four-day event next summer will be a standalone women’s race.

In a news conference at the state capitol, incoming Gov. Jared Polis said the reconfigured event had the potential to become “the premier women’s race in the Western Hemisphere.” Ken Gart, chairman of RPM Events Group, said the move would allow organizers to put on “one great race instead of two average ones.”

The races, which are expected to attract 20 teams, will be held August 22-25 at locations yet to be determined. Organizers see the opportunity to create a women’s race with international impact. In the past, the women were overshadowed by the men in races that were run the same day. Gart said next year’s prize money of $75,000 would be $5,000 more than the purse for the men’s races this year. The women’s purse this year was only $20,000.

“We love men’s cycling,” Gart says. “We’re proud of the work our team has done the last couple of years, and I think we were very innovative, but our ability to impact men’s cycling really was very minimal. Our potential to impact women’s cycling around the globe, we think, is really dramatic.”

Vail Resorts Commits to over 175 Million in Capital Investments to Reimagine the Guest Experience

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced on December 7th that the Company plans to invest approximately $175 million to $180 million in the guest experience in time for the 2019-20 winter ski and snowboard season across its network of 18 resorts. This latest investment is in addition to approximately $150 million invested for this season, bringing the Company’s industry-leading resort investment total to more than $1.2 billion over the last decade.

From new mobile technology enhancements that will improve direct-to-lift access to the pursuit of snowmaking upgrades at Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone, the Company announced significant investments that showcase its commitment to getting skiers and snowboarders on the mountain earlier in the season and faster. Other significant investments include exciting upgrades to lifts, dining, ski school and skier services.

“Vail Resorts has been the leader in resort investment year after year and this year is no exception,” says Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “We are continuing to raise the bar for skiers and riders with meaningful, impactful improvements that will help to provide consistent, reliable and seamless experiences all season long.”

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to Play Match in Colorado Ahead of 2019 World Cup

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City as part of a 10-match “Countdown to the Cup” tour in advance of the quadrennial women’s World Cup next summer.

The defending cup champions will play Australia here on April 4.

The World Cup will be held in France, June 7-July 7. Two of the key players for the U.S. team are local products Mallory Pugh, a forward from Highlands Ranch, and Lindsey Horan, a midfielder from Golden. 

“We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play quality opponents in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA,” says national team coach Jill Ellis in a release. “It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.”