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International Live Events Association Recognizes More Than a Dozen New CSEP Recipients

The International Live Events Association announced recognition of the following event professionals who recently earned the Certified Special Events Professional designation.

ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet standards. Earning the CSEP designation demonstrates a continuous dedication to enhance individual and professional performance.

Mammoth Resorts to be Acquired by Affiliates of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners from Starwood Capital Group

Mammoth Resorts will be acquired by a newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of the Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C., and KSL Capital Partners, LLC. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2017, and is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Mammoth Resorts is the current owner of Mammoth Mountains Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex Opens First Location in Colorado

Austin-based Chuy’s is opening their first Colorado location in Denver this June. The Tex-Mex joint will be located at 6595 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster. Chuy’s was founded in Austin back in 1982 and offers diners homemade Tex-Mex in a quirky environment.

Their most popular dishes include: stuffed chile rellenos, chicka-chicka boom-boom enchiladas and creamy jalapeno.

Guinness Store Las Vegas Announces Perfect Pint Experience

The newly renovated Guinness Store Las Vegas will teach customers the six steps to pouring a delicious pint. The Perfect Pint Experience allows guests an unforgettable experience that ends with mementos and a chance to enjoy their own pint.

The experience is meant for beer lovers who are interested in learning about Guinness’ history as wells as brushing up on their pint-pouring skills. The individual package it is $20 per person, or for groups more than 20 it’s $15 per person.

For more information about the experience or to make a reservation call 702.632.7773.

Columbia Hospitality Launches Wellness Program

Columbia Hospitality, a hospitality management company based in Seattle, has launched Work Hard, Play Hard, a wellness program aimed to improve meetings. The program will be offered at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Kitsap Conference Center and Talaris Conference Center.

The program is aimed to improve participants’ health and happiness through customizable options. Offerings range from creative stations to interactive fitness activities. The program is a bit different for each conference center.

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Announced Renovations

Denver’s longest running AAA Five-Diamond Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, will undergo renovations this month.. The remodel will include updates to the lobby and the 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space on the Plaza Level of the hotel. Renovations are slated to complete in mid-March.

The design of the hotel is inspired by Denver’s adventurous spirit and contemporary architecture, and will have a combination of rustic and contemporary aesthetics. The hotel will use neutral champagne tones with contrasting pops of color, including deep blue, purple, gold and white.

Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

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