Who Do You Know? | Benjamin Garcia

Benjamin_01  Fun with Benjamin

Benjamin Garcia is one of the newest kids on the Epicurean block, and boy does he fit the bill. He sports a matching set of dimples, a quick laugh, and Capri Sun in the fridge. But under all of that contagious charm,  you will find a savvy business guy who loves what he does and does it really well. In fact, he was recently awarded Manager of the Quarter by the head honchos at Epicurean Culinary Group. That Capri Sun really does the job!

Favorite beverage?

Cream Soda or Vodka Press

What foods are overrated, in your opinion?

Lobster and Dim Sum

What is your favorite app?

Petite Naked Meatball

What is the one thing you always keep in your fridge?

Capri Sun

What is the one thing you always keep in your freezer?

Beer mugs

What is your favorite reality show obsession and why?

RuPaul’s drag race – it’s ridiculously funny

What would surprise us to learn about you?

I was a finalist in a local American Idol competition back in Texas

Do you have a favorite childhood meal?

Chicken Spaghetti

What’s your favorite time of day?

Walking through the front door of my house and being greeted by my dog Riley

What brings you good luck?

My argyle socks

What do you nosh on after a long event?

Cheese and crackers

Do you have a go-to menu when entertaining at home?

Pork loin, cous cous, fresh bread, salad and dessert

What is one food that you refuse to eat?

Crawfish

Do you have a favorite Epicurean item?

Short rib with polenta

What’s your favorite thing to make?

Chile con carne over white rice

What’s been your biggest accomplishment this year?

Becoming an Event Designer at Epicurean – and I couldn’t be happier!

During your career, what’s been your favorite event? Why?

The Special Event Show & Conference: I met designers and event professionals and walked away with tons of new décor ideas

What do you wish you had known then that you know now?

That things are not always going to go as planned….and that’s OK

What’s something you’d hate to live without?

The mall

Do you eat breakfast?

Cereal and a granola bar

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chicken fried steak – YUM!!!

What is your favorite holiday food tradition?

Making hot cocoa with mom and sitting by the fireplace with my family

If you got to visit the kitchen of a famous person, who would you choose?

P!nk- because she’s awesome!!

List one thing on your bucket list.

Backpack through Europe for three months

What is your motto?

 “It’s all part of the adventure”

The Queen Bee Gets in the Beer Game

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Denver’s famous grande dame, The Brown Palace Hotel, is in one honey of a business. Literally. First, they started a honey colony on the rooftop of the 120 year-old building and enjoyed the fruit-or at least the nectar-of their hard work. The honey is used for spa treatments, afternoon teas and other recipes perfected in the kitchen. But the Brown knows how to play it old school every now and again. In fact, last August, The Wynkoop and Breckenridge Brewery co-created a beer in a joint venture effort to celebrate the Great American Beer Fest. Rooftop Honey Saison, made with honey from the Brown Palace bees, was available at all three establishments. Forget cross-marketing and just go for cross-pollination.

-Ciao
Stephanie Blackford
Communications Director, Epicurean Culinary Group
sblackford@epicureancg.com

P.S. The Brown Palace bees are, obviously, all about the swanky digs. Read more about how they jive in the hive in this recent Denver Post piece.