Keeping Score at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

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Obviously Peyton Manning and the Broncos team garners LOTS of attention on game day; and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But what happens before, during and after the game for our own Epicurean/Broncos team is something to brag about. If we were the type to brag, that is.

We’ve been the exclusive premier concessionaire at SAF for over 20 years. That’s a lot of football. It’s also a lot of work. And a LOT of fun. What does it take to make game day a winner (at least off the field – we can only do SO much!)? Well, the numbers don’t lie:

  • 1800 pounds of prime rib, tenderloin, strip loin, turkeys and rotisserie chickens (all leftovers are donated to We Don’t Waste) to feed guests in –
  • 133 suites during each game which leads to the clean up of over –
  • 600 hotel pans and –
  • 1000 sheet pans which are par for the course for our –
  • 150 employees on site each game day; they can often be found in our  –
  • 1450 square feet of walk in refrigerator storage – the envy of every chef that’s every seen it. We use every single inch during the busy season which includes –
  • 220 special events including corporate parties and weddings. To get geared up we spend –
  • 3 weeks of traveling nationally and internationally during the off season, allowing our chefs and leadership team to research new trends. And by ‘research; we mean eat and drink our way across the globe. Not a bad gig. By sampling foods in different regions of the country, we can customize game day menus to reflect the opposing team. Think fish tacos when we play the San Diego Chargers; fried ravioli for the St. Louis Rams. Tackling all of this takes –
  • Unlimited amounts of energy and stamina to tackle the 1.7 million square feet of space at the stadium which seats over 76,000 fans, not including us – the biggest fans you’ll find.

View from the Venue | Spruce Mountain Ranch

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View from the Venue

Spruce Mountain Ranch

Larkspur, CO

We recently chatted with Brus Osborne, SMR’s Director of Business Development, to get an inside peek at what once was a well-kept secret sliver of heaven and is now one of the most sought after event spots in all of Colorado. If you haven’t been to Spruce Mountain Ranch, we are sad for you. Because words and photos cannot even begin to do this gorgeous place any sort of justice.

What’s your favorite time of day on the property?

Dusk. Hands down.  It’s beautiful to see the sun going down and reflecting on the limestone of Spruce Mountain.

There is really a Spruce MOUNTAIN?

Yes! The ranch is nestled at the base of the actual Spruce Mountain.  It’s real!

What’s your favorite SMR/Epicurean event so far?

The EKSH holiday party was remarkable. Epicurean always manages to add the special something at an event and this time they custom-branded each steak with the EKSH logo. It was a perfect touch. And we had a cattleman with a calf at the party talking with all the guests. The guests LOVED that. Everyone had a chance to be wined and dined,  but they were also given a taste of what happens on a working ranch and how the animals are cared for and how the ranch really runs.

Tell us something we don’t know about SMR.

We are building a new space on the property that will be christened “Grace’s Chapel” once its finished. I can’t give you all the details yet as it will be unveiled in May, but needless to say, its stunning and charming all at the same time.

How many animals live on the property?

A variety of wildlife at all times – fox, deer, coyotes and so much more. But the ranch has 160 head of cattle at any given time.

No other animals?

One horse.

Just one horse? What’s his name?

Deuce.

So the one horse is named for the number two?

He’s a big personality – he deserves a good name.

What makes SMR special?

It would be impossible to pick one thing. But the stocked fish ponds are amazing. Guests come and fish and camp on the property and it makes their experience different and better and more memorable than anything they could have dreamed. And spring is just phenomenal; the baby calves being born on the ranch is lovely to see. Plus, because Spruce Mountain Ranch is a true working ranch, caterers are able to buy the beef that came from SMR (SMR only breeds, but follows the genetic lineage of its animals to the end, allowing for future buy-back opportunity).

What would you say to someone who has never been to the ranch?

I’m sorry for you, because you are missing out on something beautiful!

Really, I would say that SMR embodies ‘rustic elegance’ – everyone uses that term, but we really live it. Being here is what Colorado is all about: beautiful views, amazing animals, unbelievable dining experiences and lasting memories. It sounds cliché, but there is really something magical that happens here. And we can handle all the details. We have recently struck up a partnership with SEMA and they handle all the transportation needs for us. Spruce Mountain embraces what special events should be – a time to celebrate without one bit of worry; a day that is just for you and your guests. That doesn’t happen that often in life, you know? We make it happen and we love doing it. And it shows.   

For more information on Spruce Mountain Ranch, contact Brus Osborne at info@SpruceMountainGuestRanch.com.

View from the Venue | Mile High Station

Mile High Station

Denver, CO
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It is said that history repeats itself; but Mile High Station events are always one-of-a-kind.

MHS (that’s the hipster lingo for this cool space) took recycling to a new level when the doors opened in 2001. Once known as the Midwest Steel and Ironworks Building in the late 1800s, hundreds of craftsman built large-scale ship sections for use by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Today, the space, tucked close to Sports Authority Field at Mile High, still boasts the brick walls, steel beams, and soaring ceilings that surrounded those early iron workers. Preserving the historical look and feel of the building while creating a space that works for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and conventions took some doing.

“We were in love with the history, but love is not blind, at least in our case,” says Joe O’Dea, President and co-founder of CEI, Mile High Station’s parent company. “We met with several tech companies, caterers, meeting gurus and wedding planners to make this space really, truly work. The technology is spot-on, the kitchen is ideal, and our staff is the best in the business,” claims O’Dea.

Haven’t seen the space yet? Take a peek at Mile High Station’s website. But be aware, photos don’t do this amazing spot justice.

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