May 23, 2013 - Colorado Corks & Cuisine (Four Mile Historic Park)
What: Annual food and wine tasting event benefitting Four Mile Historic Park in Glendale, Colorado
Where: Four Mile Historic Park 715 S. Forest Street, Glendale, CO
When: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members
Beneficiary: Four Mile Historic Park
Executive Director: Brett Haydin
Sponsors: Rickenbaugh Cadillac Volvo Fisker, King Soopers, and the City of Glendale
Attire: Come as you are
Donors: Augustina's Winery, Black Canyon Distillery, Bonacquisti Wine Company, Catering By Design, Caveman Cafeteria, Colorado Catering Company, Colorado Cider Company Colorado, Native Lager, The Gourmet, Kitchen Catering, Jax Fish House, Cherry Creek King Soopers, Glendale Beer, Wine & Spirits Kingman Estates Winery Occasions Catering Relish Catering & Events, Snowy Peaks Winery, Taste of the Season, Y.LO Epicure
Board of Directors: Officers: Chairman, Larry Harte; Vice Chairman, Tyler Coombe; Treasurer, Chris Lozing; Secretary, Jim Wilkins; Trustees: Dennis Baldwin; Jim Banman; Susan Bell Trickett; Bar Chadwick; Edna Chang Grant; Edwin Crabtree; Lauri Dannemiller; Mary DeGroot; Tracy Dorland; Phil Flores; Margaret Fomer; Pat Grant; Alicia Hawthorne; Savannah Jameson; Robert Kapelke; Bob Lowdermilk; Delores Moreno; Nancy Parker; Dave Sheldon; Kat Vlahos; Craig Walsh; Jim White; Katie Wilkins; Barb Wyatt
Blacktie Photos by: Lorenzo Chavez
Board member Alicia Hawthorne, FMHP Executive Director Brett Haydin and board member Chris Lozing
Denver's early pioneers may have eaten beans, bread and bacon along the dusty trail, but 21st century foodies today expect more sophisticated fare featuring Italian, French and Thai influences using Colorado homegrown ingredients.
And they found it Thursday night, May 23, at Colorado Corks and Cuisine, an annual culinary event hosted by and benefitting Four Mile Historic Park at 715 S. Forest Street in Glendale.
Nothing illustrates Denver's twin identity as a backwoods cowtown or cosmopolitan city as this pre-Memorial Day tradition, featuring specialty wines, craft beers, and spirits set within a historic backdrop. The Park is home to Colorado's oldest standing structure, the aptly named Four Mile House, a frontier rest stop for weary travelers headed to Denver just four miles away.
Visitors savored high-end catering treats ranging from grilled meats and heavy hors d'oeuvres to specialty mini-sandwiches, and spectacular dessert trays. Funding this year was provided by gold sponsor Rickenbaugh auto dealership and silver sponsors King Soopers, City of Glendale, Renewal by Anderson and UBER.
Beyond the wood ranch rail and red lanterns that surround the 12-acre site were Rickenbaugh's selection of luxury Cadillacs and Volvos and the sleek and powerful (250-horsepower) Fisker Karma hybrid electric sports car.
Nestled along the banks of Cherry Creek, the park hosts some 14,000 school kids annually as well as thousands of tourists, but many locals just drive by. The new Executive Director Brett Haydin hopes to boost visitor traffic, expand educational programs and generate exposure thanks to a new southeast entranceway. More opportunities are expected with the Glendale Riverwalk Project in 2015-2016.
This year's open-air event attracted nearly 400 guests under a white DIA-like tent bustling with food connoisseur activity. Development and Marketing Director MacKenzie Pacifico kept things moving smoothly as Central City Opera mezzo soprano Jennifer DeDominici and baritone Chad Reagan sang for the crowd.
Glendale leaders including FMHP Board Chair and past Glendale Mayor Larry Harte and wife, Heather, and Glendale City Councilman Dario Katardzic, greeted guests and friends. FMHP board member Alicia Hawthorne handled wine tasting tickets and FMHP board members Nancy Parker, Chris Lozing, Katie Wilkins, Barbara Wyatt, staff and volunteers mingled with the crowd.
Based on the energy and turnout, support for the Four Mile Historic Park's mission to "educate, preserve, and interpret the western rural heritage of Colorado" remains strong. Preserving the 19th history requires foresight and long-term vision. Thanks to dedicated leadership, volunteers and 21st century innovation the park should endure for years to come.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, Four Mile Historic Park will offer free admission on the first Friday of each month starting in June thanks to funds from the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. (SCFD). Living History Day will be on Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the FMHP's Old Fashioned Fourth of July will be held Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.fourmilepark.org or call 720-865-0800.