The restored Commodore Bar and Restaurant, St. Paul’s Art Deco-gem that first opened in 1934 and closed in 1984, reopened to the public in October 2015. The full-service restaurant, bar, cocktail lounge and banquet venue crafted a signature drink in honor of the iconic Commodore Hotel in which it resides. The Commodore features an artisandistilled bourbon from 45th Parallel, a Wisconsin distillery. “We want to be the Twin Cities showcase for the best in locally and regionally distilled spirits,” says Bob Crew, director of food and beverage operations, Commonwealth Properties. Using its house-made crème de cacao—rich in flavor, like a boozy, chocolate-covered cherry—the cocktail is best enjoyed in house, where a selection of other classic drinks with a local twist are served.

INGREDIENTS:
—45th Parallel Border Bourbon
—Commodore Crème De Cacao (specialty of the house)
—Tattersall Sour Cherry

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.

 

2020 was on track to be a record year. For some catering companies across the state, continuous growth year-over-year had set them up for success, and they thought it would be their best 365 days yet.

And a record year it was—but not for good reasons. Layoffs and furloughs, major losses in sales, and too many cancellations and postponed events to count made 2020 a year that catering companies will never forget.

 

Breweries and beer lovers gathered to learn, network and enjoy Colorado’s craft beer scene.