Dame Holly Arnold Kinney Named Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the Denver Business Journal

holly-arnold-kinney-dbjCongratulations to Holly Arnold Kinney, who won the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year award in the category of Mile High Leaders! The Denver Business Journal recognized Denver’s most influential women in business for 2016 in 13 categories: architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; energy; health care; large business owners (more than 20 employees); law; lifetime achievement; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner (20 or less employees); and technology and telecommunication. Nominations were taken online at the DBJ website for several months. More than 240 nominations were received for 190 individuals.

holly-kinney-acceptance-of-dbj-award-2016Newly appointed Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne was the keynote speaker, Belen de Leon of 9 News was the emcee and Lifetime Achievement Winner, Yana Vishnitsky of Jewish Family Services gave a powerful and touching acceptance speech upon receiving her award. Holly accepted the award at the ceremony at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. Holly graciously thanked her late Aunt Mary for her influence and guidance in her life, inspiring Holly by her strength and leadership. Holly also thanked her husband Jeremy for insisting she buy The Fort from her father (Sam Arnold), and for being her partner and rock. Holly also thanked Tesoro board members in attendance, Max Bryant and Lorenzo Trujillo, Fort Staff (Chris Seres & Victoria Lathrop) and Tesoro Staff, and Chelsea O’Neill of B Public Relations, all of whose support has been a significant part of her success.


Italian Pasta Class with Italian Tour Guide and Cooking Teacher, Dame Michele Morris

mam-lecce-cookingHave you always wanted to learn the secrets of pasta making from the Italians? Dame Michele Morris is a chef, cooking teacher, and award-winning cookbook author, but nothing brings her more joy than taking guests every year on a food and wine adventure to Italy. Michele’s ancestors came from Pascoso in northern Italy, and this year she will return to Rome and Puglia for her 8th organized trip. She and her guests will make handmade pasta every day for lunch and dinner, and when she returns, she will share what she has learned from her Italian colleagues and friends about making authentic Italian pasta dishes. Continue reading →


Food Photography Classes Offered by Root PR

root-pr-logoDame Kuvy Ax’s company, ROOT PR, has teamed up with The Daily Meal’s and Global Gumshoe’s Ron Stern to host two food and beverage photography workshops in Boulder this month. Photojournalist Ron Stern is an international food and travel photojournalist. His work has been featured in publications such as Shape Magazine, The Daily Meal, and The Chicago Tribune. He will teach attendees camera basics, lighting fundamentals, composition, subject matter, and styling in a fun and comfortable environment. The workshops are designed to teach photography essentials that will help attendees promote their business, increase social media followings, develop Pinterest pages, create marketing content or simply supplement their love of sharing food photos. Continue reading →


Dame Michele Morris’ Summer Series of Classes for Budding Chefs

chloe-332x500Each summer Dame Michele Morris teaches a wide range of cooking classes for kids’ in her teaching kitchen in her home. The classes for Budding Chefs cover Sushi, Pizza, Dessert, Italian, Mexican and Breakfast, and kids can sign up for just one, a few, or all of the classes.

Class size is kept small – 8-10 kids typically – and includes a full meal or take home desserts. Visit the Budding Chefs page on Michele’s website for complete information and to sign up.


Dame Carol Fenster Teaches Gluten-Free Baking At Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School

carol-fenster-bobs-red-millPeople on a gluten-free diet find it hard to navigate the menus at springtime celebrations (graduations, bridal showers, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings) since these menus usually feature baked goods—which are forbidden if you can’t eat gluten.To help these people, Carol Fenster, author of Gluten-Free 101, demonstrated how to make gluten-free cakes, cookies, cream puffs, breads, and mini-pie crust tarts at the Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School in Portland, OR. Students sampled these treats while Carol offered tips and answered questions on making the more difficult gluten-free foods—such as rolling pie crust or handling yeast breads.
The clear hit of the class was Cream Puffs, which were filled with whipped topping or pudding for a dessert. Or, filled with egg salad or herbed cream cheese for sandwiches. One student said, “I’m going to serve these for Afternoon Tea.” Bob’s Red Mill is a worldwide leader in whole grains, as well as a leader in gluten-free products. Carol developed the initial gluten-free line of foods and has taught at the cooking school for over 12 years.


Dame Archibald’s NCG Health Solutions Receives Accreditation

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 3.31.25 PMAmanda Archibald’s new company, NCG Health Solutions, co-founded with Roberta Kline, MD and Joe Veltmann, PhD, has received approval from the University of Virginia School of Medicine for Continuing Medical Education Credits. The newly accredited course, Advanced Certification in Genomics teaches physicians, dietitians and healthcare providers how to use genomic information to improve the lives of Americans. Importantly, accreditation of this course by the University of Virginia represents an acknowledgement of the role of food in medicine. Amanda’s role in the course is Culinary Genomics, an emerging field in which culinary translation is applied to genomic information. This emerging field, pioneered by Archibald, enables patients to translate their personal genomic blueprint to the plate. Literally, matching foods containing targeted nutrients and phytonutrients to the unique needs of their DNA. For more information visit ncghealthsolutions.com.


Book Signing with Dame Lee Clayton Roper

Fresh-TastesPlease join Colorado Dame Lee Clayton Roper for a book signing of her most recent cookbook, Fresh Tastes, on Thursday, April 28th from 4pm to 6pm at The Stationery Company, 2818 East 6th Avenue in Denver. Lee will provide nibbles from her newest book, Fresh Tastes, along with wine.


Napa Harvest 2016: A Gourmet Food & Wine Adventure with Pack a Fork!

September 25 – 30, 2016
Group Size: 15 max.

elu_at_dollarhide-1Discover Napa during harvest or ‘crush’ season – the best time of year to visit! This tour is custom-designed to offer the best Napa has to offer. The trip focuses on harvesting of grapes, the art and science of wine making, gourmet California cuisine, the bounty of local seasonal ingredients, cooking with a Napa chef, wine blending, olive oil tasting, picnics, the farm-to-table movement and more! Napa is a bountiful valley and just waiting to be discovered during its harvest season. Important to Pack A Fork! tours is time to unwind and relax. That element is also built into the small group tour!

  • Experience guided tours of select Napa Valley estate vineyards and wineries; wine tastings at each
  • Learn about viticulture from a wine educator – from ‘vineyard to glass’
  • See the ‘crush’ process in action as well as other seasonal winemaking activities
  • Taste Napa’s red and white wines – some with food pairings
  • Tour the Napa Farmer’s Market and Oxbow Market with a local chef who will introduce us to regional produce, meats, cheeses, oils, vinegars and spices from around the world
  • Participate in a hands-on cooking class with our Napa chef using ingredients purchased from the farmer’s markets culminating in our own wine country feast! Learn chef techniques and tips.
  • Experience the Carneros Valley with its stunning views, vine-covered hills and cool ocean breezes perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes
  • Learn about the process of making award-winning California olive oil from the owner of an olive oil ranch; experience an olive oil tasting you will always remember!
  • Learn to blend your own wine with a wine expert in a private wine-blending course
  • Enjoy lunch on one of the most beautiful outdoor terraces in Napa while overlooking vineyards
  • Picnic on the grounds of a Tuscan winery
  • Fall in love with farm-to-table dinners! Experience one you will not forget.
  • Discover why so many chefs source from their own farms and culinary gardens; take a tour of a chef’s culinary garden
  • Visit a winery that’s as well known for its contemporary art as it is for its exceptional wines

Five nights accommodations at the 5* Senza Hotel
Gourmet meals, food pairings and picnics
Guided, private tours and experiences
Wine tasting fees, taxes and gratuities
A private coach and driver

Not Included
Airfare and airport transfers

Note: Trip starts in Napa

For further details, visit the website at www.packafork.com. Contact Patty at info@packafork.com or 303-652-1535 for questions or to register.  
A great trip for family and friends (guests must be 21 years of age)!
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