Larry DiPasquale, founder and chief executive officer of Denver’s most well established Epicurean Group, received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Food Service Entrepreneurship from Johnson & Wales University (JWU).
JWU is one of Denver’s premier, private institutions serving more than 1300 students from all 50 states and 8 countries; students prepping for careers in the food, travel and business markets. DiPasquale has served on JWU’s President’s Council for 10 years is proud to have many graduates in upper management on his team.
DiPasquale launched what would be known as Epicurean Group in 1984, after moving to Denver from California with his wife, Jill. Epicurean Group has since grown to a multi-million dollar company acting as exclusive caterer for The Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Palazzo Verdi and SoCo Clubs. DiPasquale, along with his business partner, Sharon Magness Blake, opened their first restaurant, Mangia Bevi Café, in 2008, to rave reviews. DiPasquale and Epicurean continue to receive many awards, including being named as one of the Top 25 Caterers in the World by Special Events Magazine, Visit Denver’s Tourism Hall of Fame inductee, and Colorado Meetings & Events Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Still, DiPasquale’s greatest reward is serving the Denver community; DiPasquale and his Epicurean Street Cuisine food truck can be found several times a month downtown, feeding the hungry and needy.
DiPasquale, along with Richard Sandoval of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, received the award at JWU’s graduation, on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center’s Bellco Theater. DiPasquale’s family, including his 81 year-old Italian father, step-mother, wife, and daughter, who inspired his love for food and friends and family, were in attendance.
Epicurean is an organization that has grown to become one of the top catering and special event companies in the world, winning over 20 local and national awards. Dr. DiPasquale, along with his executive team of Greg Karl and Paul Aylmer have set the benchmark as Denver’s catering, restaurant, and venue group.