Our fourth annual Sip & Savor planner luncheon showcased what we do best – stunning events with killer food. Occasions’ Marketing Manager and Senior Event Designer, Nate and Holly, had a great time designing this year’s look, along with a fresh spring-inspired menu from Executive Chef Chris and his team. This year’s luncheon was held at Hearth House – a brand-new venue in Monument.

Hearth House features magnolia-style fixtures, a large double-sided fireplace and custom furniture, built specifically to match the venue aesthetic. We incorporated the venue’s farm tables, rolling barrel tables and multi-tier shelving units into our food displays and seating floor plan.

Signature cocktails and two new Occasions food stations welcomed planners as they mingled. The Occasions bison tomahawk station offered live carving action of a logo-branded tomahawk steak, topping our signature avocado toast for a dreamy first bite. Rainbow crudités perched in creative hummus varieties in bamboo cones made a stunning display clipped to chains for easy grab and go.

Executive Chef Chris welcomed guests to a seated lunch featuring a wild mushroom cappelletti in a spring asparagus sauce, followed by a crispy Colorado striped bass entrée. After lunch, the large barn doors opened to reveal our brand new affogato dessert action station, with butterscotch bourbon ice cream drenched with local nitro coldbrew and presented on a custom ice sculpture. We’re thrilled to be able to offer these new menu items as we enter another event-packed wedding season.

Thank you to our vendor partners for making this event the success it was!

Stationery | Nate Couture

Event Design | Holly Page, Nate Couture at Occasions

Food | Chris Meier and his team at Occasions

Photography | Erin Cady at Sarah Roshan Wedding Photographers

Venue | Hearth House

Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals

Floral | Privé Event Design

Coffee | Coda Coffee Company

Ice Sculpture | Colorado Ice Works




Today is Earth Day. And on Earth Day we take time to reflect on our green efforts both personally and as a business, while trying to evaluate ways we can improve for the year ahead. So we naturally felt a bit inspired to share with you some of our big sustainability accomplishments this past year…

After a yearlong process, this past winter we were so happy to finally be given our certification by the City of Denver as a Certifiably Green Business. Although we’ve prided ourselves on being an environmentally-conscious company since 1970 – composting at events, partnering with We Don’t Waste, providing recyclable and compostable tableware options for our clients, etc. – we were so thrilled to take our business to the next level and make it official.

This certification process was lead by Occasions C.O.O Kevin Birka, who slowly but surely was able to check off many very specific requirements from the City of Denver, including: switching our standard office paper to paper made from recycled goods, installing new, low-flow toilets and faucets, installing LED lights throughout the entire building, and training our staff and team on public transportation and carpooling options to easily get to both events and the Occasions headquarters. Although at times the process seemed tedious, Kevin states, “it is simply a continuation of our already-established, ongoing culture of low-impact, eco-friendly practices… we are lucky that the City of Denver has goals that align with ours and are able to provide further education to organizations like ours.”

Kevin admits we probably could not have done all the checklist requirements within a year, without the help of team members Ari Barger and Cassy Cadwallader, though. Cassy Cadwallader, for example, joined our team as event staff in April 2017 and has quickly moved her way up to now being one of our most-requested event captains. As a current student studying Geography and Sustainability at Metropolitan State University, Cassy has a passion for reducing global food scarcity and increasing sustainability efforts, “all my international travels throughout school have made me realize food scarcity and sustainability issues. I quickly decided I wanted to learn how food moves throughout the world, and how to be more efficient with it, so that lead me to pursue my current degree. I wanted to focus on what I’m passionate about.”

 

Now in her junior year at MSU, Cassy has partnered with Occasions not only as an event staff, but also as an intern. For the past four months, she has helped us source more environmentally-friendly resources and trained and educated staff on waste management options on-site at events (what goes in the compost bins, what goes in the recycle bins, and what is left for the trash bins, etc.). She says her background and future career goals have landed her a home at Occasions,  “I’ve worked in restaurants my whole life and this is the only company that’s had this mentality. This mentality of caring about the environment and having consciousness around consumption.”

And with those words our hearts are beyond full. We truly know our company would be nothing without team members like these ones, and we are so happy that their hard work can be seen.

Last month, for example, proved to be one of our most green, with 90.4% of all of our waste being diverted from the landfills, to recycled materials and compo (see attached report).

Stay tuned to see how we can beat these records in the next months and beyond. Excited for the even greener future ahead.




Our third annual event planner luncheon was held at Denver’s newest event venue, Archetype Distillery, on March 7th. We welcomed over seventy-five of Denver’s top event planners to the luncheon, in order to re-connect and relax before the upcoming summer season.

Occasions Marketing Manager Krista Pass worked with Occasions Sales Director Dana Jones to plan out every detail of the afternoon and the hard work paid off! We were so happy to hear such nice reviews of the food – and overall event – from so many of our preferred partners.

Another perk was having our Executive Chef Chris Meier introduce some of our newest, spring menu items to our VIP guests:

First course: Carta di Musica
Second course: Seared salmon, scallion sorrel pesto orzo, green beans, purple cauliflower
Dessert: Chai Spice Tres LechesA huge thank you to all of our fantastic vendor partners:

Occasions Event Designer: Krista Pass, Dana Jones

Venue: Archetype Distillery

Florals and Décor: Privé Events

Photography: Sarah Roshan

Furniture: Hunt & Gather Rentals

Linens: Soirée Linen




Each winter, we explore major design and gift showcases to stay on top of trends and update our signature design looks with unique items. This year, Event Designer Lynn Hubert, who quarterbacks our décor initiatives, took a team to a major Denver design show and also traveled to Dallas with Jeremy Bronson, one of our owners.

In addition to their great finds purchased for our client events, here are some of Lynn and Jeremy’s overall observations:

GROWING POPULARITY:
  • African animals, especially elephants
  • Antlers, natural and metallic
  • Pressed tin
  • Colors: deep blues and greens, linen
  • Distressed painted wood
STILL STRONG:
  • Gold, silver and white
  • Irregular geometrics
  • Metallic painted wood
  • Fake succulent plants, metallic cast and paper succulents
  • Creative combinations of wood and metal

See how we’ve incorporated these trends with our signature looks of 2017.We will be introducing more vertical display pieces to our super popular collection of creative food station furniture. We are also excited to unveil our new Mountain White décor look, bringing to five the selections we include at no charge to our full-service clients.

HERE’S THE 2018 LIST:
  • Mountain Vintage
  • Modern Bronze
  • Urban Loft Silver
  • Gallery Gold
  • Mountain White

 




On October 22nd, 2017, we were so excited to partner with 5280 Magazine for the annual 5280 Dines, featuring some of Denver’s top-voted restaurants and chefs. Throughout the entire evening, our team and the 350+ guests could feel this wave of creative, positive energy being spread throughout Backyard on Blake in RiNo – we were honored to be working next to such culinary masters, serving up the bars and signature old fashioned cocktails.Plus – the evening could not have had better weather and location to view one of the season’s most memorable orange Denver sunsets that kicked off the night on the VIP rooftop. Check out some of the fun highlights of this large event, thanks to our talented friends at From The Hip Photo, and Gusto Studio Photo Booths.




On July 20th, 2017, hundreds of guests packed the new Dairy Block to enjoy 5280 Magazine‘s annual celebration of Denver’s top voted talent… and we were fortunate enough to be a part of the evening.

Our personal favorite aspect of the evening? The signature drinks!

Check out some of these highlight shots from From the Hip Photo, and a huge thank you to all our wonderful partners from the evening:

5280 Lead Planner: Piniel Simegn

Occasions Event Designer: Victoria Spizzirri

Host: Dairy Block and Sage Hospitality

Florals and Décor: Poppy & Pine

Primary Sponsor: Infiniti of Denver




We’re sure you know Kendra. You’ve spotted her infectious smile and clear hustle event after event. In fact, we’ve developed a term called “The Kendra Effect” – a noun describing the countless kind words and positive reviews from our clients and industry partners about her.

Take it from our recent client at Greenhouse Scholars, Kate Todd:

“I have (admittedly) high standards when it comes to catering, and your team absolutely killed it. Kendra was right there when I needed her, immediate and attentive, and truly one-of-a-kind. She would drop everything when I was speaking to her, she would respond without hesitation and with genuine enthusiasm. Event managers like that are few and far between, but she is one of the gems.” 

Kendra is our event service manager. She oversees the operations and staff at some of our largest events, making sure all components are working together flawlessly for our clients. This position became a clear fit for Kendra in 2016, when the number of clients raving about Kendra and asking for her by name reached critical mass. She has over fourteen years of service industry experience, half at Occasions and the rest in corporate hospitality training.

Our event designers and venue partners say it all the time – she is “simply the best.” One of the MVPs of Occasions, for sure, but we’re also willing to bet she is one of the most requested staff members in all of Denver.

So yes, we’re spoiled and insanely lucky to have her – but if she’s at your event, you’re the fortunate one.