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The Penrose Room Up for National Award; RootDown DIA Recognized

Plus three Colorado distilleries are celebrated with medals and more and a Denver health inspector is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Penrose Room
Penrose Room
Courtesy of the Broadmoor

The Penrose Room at The Broadmoor Hotel is one of the nominees in the latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. The beautiful restaurant is one of 20 contenders for the Best Hotel Restaurant category in the country, as chosen by hotel travel experts. Penrose is up against hotel restaurants from Washington, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Supporters of the home-restaurant can cast votes online before May 11 at noon ET. Winners will be announced May 13.

Two Colorado distilleries made Food Republic's a list of 35 Independent Craft Distillers That Need To Be On Your RadarLeopold Brothers, Denver's extremely diverse and environmentally conscious distillery offrs a gold-medal-winning Silver Tree American Small Batch Vodka, as well as some fruity libations. Breckenridge Distillery also made the list, pouring high-rye bourbon and vodka using "snowmelt water".

Woody Creek Distillers, located in Basalt took home gold at the 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The distillery received the highest honor, taking home the double gold medal for its Woody Creek Colorado 100% Potato Vodka. Woody Creek was more than pleased with the win from the nation's highly esteemed spirits competition.

The Wall Street Journal featured a "day in the life" article of Denver food safety supervisor Antonio Pasquarelli. It describes the big no-nos Pasquarelli looks for when inspecting a restaurant. From rodent droppings to improper hand-washing and temperature tests - Pasquarelli searches for all the things diners don't want to think about during their meal.

Last week, Root Down DIA, operated by Denver concessionaire Mission Yogurt, Inc., was recognized as Airports Council International-North America's (ACI-NA) "2015 Best New Food and Beverage Full-Service Concept." This year's contest received more than 300 nominations from airports of all sizes throughout the U.S. and Canada.


1400 Pearl Street, , CO 80302 (303) 444-3622 Visit Website


15 Henry Thomas Drive, , LA 70124 (504) 218-5413 Visit Website

Woody Creek Distillers

60 Sunset Drive, , CO 81621 (970) 279-5110 Visit Website

Leopold Bros.

5285 Joliet Street, , CO 80239 (303) 307-1515 Visit Website