Tastings Blog – Sissy Biggers, Panel Moderator

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Meet – Sissy Biggers – Panel Moderator

 

 

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We first had the pleasure of working with Sissy when Summit opened and she came out to do her video blog of the opening.  It was quite exciting at the time, as the term “social media” was still in its infancy.  Welcome back to The Broadmoor Sissy!

 

The Taste and Savor Questionnaire – Chefs

 

 

Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:

What looks good at the market that I can still make well for the family at home!

 

What is your earliest food memory?

Earliest:  The ground beef casserole with Campbell’s Mushroom Soup.  It is an important memory because it traveled with us from the US (Minneapolis, Minnesota) to the UK (Green Street, London) when my parents were divorcing so it was the ultimate comfort food and touch point for the five, uprooted, Cargill kids.    But in those days, finding Campbell’s Mushroom Soup in London meant a hunt or access to a US Commissary or—better yet—an improvised version with crème fraiche.   Not sure which it turned out to be that turned out that casserole, but was a sigh of relief for us all when it landed on the table.

Next:  My mother’s meat sauce in an electric frying pan skillet that she could let simmer as she went off on an evening and I could ladle into the bowls.  Maybe there is a pattern here, but we had saucy stuff that served the brood.  To this day, I also make a meat sauce in my All Clad that is a family fave.  OK, maybe Heinz’s ketchup is still a sneaky ingredient today!   Obviously, we have no Italian ingredient.

 

Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?

Hosting “Ready, Set, Cook!” on Food Network back in the early days of the network catapulted me into a mix of chefs into new television content.  That first day in front of that camera, I stood between Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten and Chef Michael Lomonaco—neither of whom I had ever heard of—nor had America….and…(humbly I write this) the era of the celebrity chef began in earnest.  I am proud of the time I was at the helm of that show—not just for the first cooking competition on television we turned out on a dime on a few burners—but for the chance I had to realize I had a natural appetite and ability to recognize and share culinary content with the viewers.  That experience followed me into restaurants and into my home kitchen.

Name your favorite food city and why.

ANY CITY I AM IN AT ANY TIME.  MY PURSUIT OF THE CITY’S FOOD CULTURE IS MY JOB AND I TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!

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What food item or dish is your guilty pleasure?

Dairy Queen Hot Fudge Sundae on a swirl in a cup with chopped nuts.

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

Sauvignon Blanc from CALIFORNIA! 

What is your ultimate day off meal?

We are empty nesters…so I can always be off duty.  I do love a proper pizza in a variety of styles. What makes it a “day off” is that my husband is obviously out of town when I indulge in that slice!

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Movie Schedule: November 1st – 15th

The Broadmoor’s movie theater is free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend. if you’re staying with us in the next couple of weeks here’s what to expect. Feel free to stop by Espresso’s in the main lobby before the show to pick up a snack and bring it with you. See you there!

Saturday, November 1st 
12:00 pm Hoot – PG (1 hour, 31 minutes)
7:00 pm Begin Again – R (1 hour, 44 minutes)

Sunday, November 2nd 
2:00 pm Sahara – PG-13 (1 hour, 44 minutes)
7:00 pm Earth to Echo – PG (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Monday, November 3rd 
7:00 pm Million Dollar Arm – PG (2 hours, 4 minutes)

Tuesday, November 4th
7:00 pm Begin Again – R (1 hour, 44 minutes)

Wednesday, November 5th
7:00 pm Earth to Echo – PG (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Thursday, November 6th 
7:00 pm Million Dollar Arm – PG (2 hours, 4 minutes)

Friday, November 7th 
7:00 pm Begin Again – R (1 hour, 44 minutes)

Saturday, November 8th 
12:00 pm Where the Red Fern Grows – (1 hour, 26 minutes)
7:00 pm Earth to Echo – PG (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Sunday, November 9th 
2:00 pm Joshua – G (1 hour, 31 minutes)
7:00 pm Million Dollar Arm – PG (2 hours, 4 minutes)

Monday, November 10th 
7:00 pm Begin Again – R (1 hour, 44 minutes)

Tuesday, November 11th 
7:00 pm Earth to Echo – PG (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Wednesday, November 12th
7:00 pm NO MOVIE

Thursday, November 13th 
7:00 pm Million Dollar Arm – PG (2 hours, 4 minutes)

Friday, November 14th 
7:00 pm Begin Again – R (1 hour, 44 minutes)

Saturday, November 15th
12:00 pm Ray – PG-13 (2 hours, 32 minutes)
7:00 pm Earth to Echo – PG (1 hour, 31 minutes)


Tastings Blog – Steve Olson Master of Ceremonies for Taste and Savor 2015

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Meet – Steve Olson, Master of Ceremonies

 

 

 

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We are so thrilled to have our friend Steve Olson, join us for our inaugural Taste and Savor culinary weekend !  In the weeks leading up to Taste and Savor we will be featuring a fun questionnaire from of our guests as well as a short biography of their lives.

The Taste and Savor Questionnaire Beverage Experts

Describe your beverage philosophy in one sentence:

If you like it drink it:  make your own decisions, as there is no right or wrong to this.

What is your earliest beverage memory?

I was already working as a soda jerk at the age of 12, so my memories go waaaay back, but regarding wine, it was a sip of Mateus with my tea-totalling Iowa-farm-raised parents when they finally had a glass of wine with a special dinner.  It was terrible, but I was hooked.

Who is or was your biggest influence?

Far too many to name here, as I have been very lucky to have many great mentors over the years, but the first that really influenced me in the restaurant service and hospitality world, that I have lived in and worked my entire grown life, taught me that it was not about me, or my wine list or my cocktails or even about our incredible service—-it is all about the food.

What is your favorite beverage that most would consider to be a guilty pleasure?

In my role, I am not allowed to have favorites, but if I have to choose only one liquid to consume for the rest of my life, it would definitely be Mezcal.

After a long day, do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail?

Depends upon who I am with, where I am, what day it is—how long that day really has been—-and what I am eating—-I love them all! That said, I love wine, I love cocktails, and I teach about and consume more than my share of each, but I am a beer drinker at heart.

Money is no option – what is your drink of choice?

see above—-Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Tobala.

OR

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache, since you are buying!

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Steven Olson is dedicated to the education and consultation of degustation for appreciation and celebration.  He teaches, lectures, and writes all over the world about wine, beer, spirits, sake, and virtually any other beverage under the sun, discussing their integral cause-and-effect relationship with food as he preaches the gospel of his mission: making tasting fun by removing the intimidation factor and the pretense.

 

Olson’s company, aka wine geek, based upon his standing as one of America’s foremost experts and most sought-after lecturers in the business, and his 30+ years of experience in the restaurant business, specializes in beverage and service consulting, and has focused on the professional presentation of beverage education for the trade, consumers, press and the media since 1992, always striving to empower both members of the trade and consumers to make their own decisions, and to trust their own palates.

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Over the years, Steve has hosted a few of his own TV series’ and been a guest on many others, and has served as host of several trade education and product information videos, including being the voice of Virtual Bartender kiosks in retail stores nationwide.  He was also selected as Santé Magazine’s Spirits Professional of the Year for 2003, awarded CHEERS Magazine’s Beverage Innovator of the Year, a lifetime achievement award in 2005, chosen to judge at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Diageo Reserve World Class Finals, and honored as Best Bar Mentor at the Spirited Awards at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail.

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Olson may be best known to many, however, for his restaurant and bar consulting, having designed the innovative beverage programs and service systems for several nationally acclaimed operations, including the Relais Chateau, Mobil Five Star award-winning Mayflower Inn in Connecticut, New York City’s #1 Zagat-rated restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, and the Adam Tihany-designed Summit at the Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond BROADMOOR in Colorado Springs. Olson designed the beverage programs for OTG Management, which exclusively operates dozens of restaurants and wine bars in airports, and designed the beverage programs for Aqua in Cancun, Mexico, the prize jewel of Grupo Posadas, which opened in 2008.  His most recent ventures are Isola and Hudson Common, both in Manhattan, where Olson and team acted as beverage consultant to the Morgan Hotel Group in NYC.


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Before I begin my junior year at college I knew it was vital to find a summer internship with an amazing company. I did not want to lose an opportunity for career experience and spend my summer watching Netflix. 1

That’s why I was ecstatic when I received the Human Resources Internship with The Broadmoor Hotel! Growing up in Colorado I always knew about The Broadmoor and even attended a few events at the hotel, but I never dreamed I would end up working for them! After attending Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for two years I was ready to put the knowledge I learned at school into a real work environment where I would have to perform to the five-star, five-diamond level standards that The Broadmoor Hotel demanded.

My first week was a bit nerve racking as well as overwhelming. I was trying to absorb in all the new information as well as fit in with the other interns and employees in the office. I was quickly relieved when my stress dissipated as the employment office team and the other HR interns accepted me immediately and made me feel very welcome.

2Over the next several weeks I gained valuable experience working in the Broadmoor Employment office that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else. I learned about conducting interviews, new employee orientation and improved my overall communication skills. I also shadowed other employees in the hotel which broadened my knowledge of the ins and outs of the hospitality business. I was able to shadow the manager of The Golden Bee, the Food & Beverage PR & Marketing Manager, and an Executive Meeting Manager in the Conferences Department.

Working for the Broadmoor Hotel has given me real world experience that I could have not gained in my college classes. I have gained valuable experience while making connections and friends that I know I can call on for advice in the future. I am sad to leave this magnificent hotel and its employees behind, but I am very grateful for the opportunities that the Broadmoor provided me this summer!


Movie Schedule: October 16th – 31st

The Broadmoor’s movie theater is free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend. if you’re staying with us in the next couple of weeks here’s what to expect. Feel free to stop by Espresso’s in the main lobby before the show to pick up a snack and bring it with you. See you there!

Thursday, October 16th
7:00 pm Godzilla– PG-13 (2 hours, 3 minutes)

Friday, October 17th
7:00 pm Edge of Tomorrow- PG-13 (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Saturday, October 18th
12:00 pm The Seeker – PG (1 hour, 39 minutes)
7:00 pm Heaven is For Real– PG (1 hour, 39 minutes)

Sunday, October 19th
2:00 pm Charlotte’s Web –G (1 hour 36 min)
7:00 pm Godzilla– PG-13 (2 hours, 3 minutes)

Monday, October 20th
7:00 pm Edge of Tomorrow- PG-13 (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Tuesday, October 21st
7:00 pm Heaven is For Real– PG (1 hour, 39 minutes)

Wednesday, October 22nd
7:00 pm Godzilla– PG-13 (2 hours, 3 minutes)

Thursday, October 23rd
7:00 pm Edge of Tomorrow- PG-13 (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Friday, October 24th
7:00 pm Heaven is For Real– PG (1 hour, 39 minutes)

Saturday, October 25th
12:00 pm Amazing Grace – PG (1 hour, 58 minutes)
7:00 pm Godzilla– PG-13 (2 hours, 3 minutes)

Sunday, October 26th
2:00 pm The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian –PG (2 hours, 30 minutes)
7:00 pm Edge of Tomorrow- PG-13 (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Monday, October 27th
7:00 pm Heaven is For Real– PG (1 hour, 39 minutes)

Tuesday, October 28th
7:00 pm Godzilla– PG-13 (2 hours, 3 minutes)

Wednesday, October 29th
7:00 pm Edge of Tomorrow- PG-13 (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Thursday, October 30th
7:00 pm Heaven is For Real– PG (1 hour, 39 minutes)


TASTINGS BLOG – Announcing Taste & Savor 2015

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March 5-8, 2015 will bring; Michelin Star chefs, Food and Wine Magazine, Best of’s, a Spirited Award Winner, Master Sommelier’s, James Beard Award winner’s, etc… all together and for one weekend at The Broadmoor.

Weekly in Tastings, we will be updating and showcasing the talent with their latest news, information and some interesting tidbits about them!

Be a part of this inaugural event because only the best will Taste and Savor.

 
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This exclusive, culinary event will provide guests an opportunity to savor gourmet dishes, world-class wine and craft cocktails; attend seminars and panel discussions and interact with culinary and viticultural leaders, all set against the backdrop of the picturesque, Rocky Mountains.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:

  • Steve OlsonRenowned, award-winning beverage consultant, teacher and lecturer; Founder of aka wine geek

PANEL MODERATOR:

  • Sissy Biggers – Lifestyle expert and television host (Food Network’s Ready, Set, and Cook!, ABC’s Extreme Makeover), New York, NY

GUEST CHEFS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDE:

COLORADO CULINARY STARS INCLUDE:

WINE, SPIRITS AND BEVERAGE EXPERTS INCLUDE:

  • Tony Abou-GanimMixologist and pioneering bar professional, author and National Ambassador of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild
  • Doug FrostMaster of Wine, Master Sommelier, noted wine writer and author
  • Sean KenyonAmerican Bartender of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014
  • Frédéric DrouhinPresident of the Executive Board, Joseph Drouhin Wines
  • Martin RieseWater Sommelier, Ray’s & Stark Bar, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christina PerozziThe Beer Chicks Founder, Los Angeles, CA

Three-night room packages, a 25 percent discount on suite upgrades, and discounts on select retail items are available; to book and for more information, click here! 

The Broadmoor’s Taste & Savor is sponsored by Denver Life MagazineRent-A-Center, Kitchen Aid, San Pellegrino and Lavazza Coffee


Special Edition: Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp

For those of you who joined us for the Women’s Weekend of Wellness, you know how beneficial it is to work with doctors and specialists to improve your wellness. This October, our co-presenter of that event, The University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, is launching a new program to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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This program is for both men and women who want to see positive change in their bodies. The “Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp” was inspired by the ABC television show Extreme Weight Loss and has been designed for transformation.

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Each session of The Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp is a week-long. The program is available to 120 people in the month of October 2014,  and participants stay at a hotel near the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Co. . It starts with an overall assessment of your state of wellness including nutrition, metabolic fitness, sleep, mindset and stress.. The program also includes education, physical activity and self-discovery so ensure you have the tools and strategies necessary to effectively start your weight-loss transformation. After completing this first week on-site, participants have the opportunity to continue the program in three additional phases, concluding with coming back to celebrate their successes in one year.

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Participants who choose to complete the whole program will go from their week at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to 15 weeks of applying the principles. Guidance is continually  given during weekly online sessions with your transformation coach. Bi-weekly sessions will teach you how to live in your new body while continuing your progress and finally, you will be able to reconnect with your team and gain recognition for your success!

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The Broadmoor understands that taking care of yourself is a very important part of living a well-balanced and happy life. That is why we are proud to offer to our guests options like our natural, organic and locally sourced restaurant, Natural Epicurean, as well as a number of fitness classes at our Forbes Five Star Spa and Fitness Center. We are also pleased to work with the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center on our Wellness Weekend, April 16-18, 2015, to help inspire you to take those first steps toward your weight loss goals.

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For more information on the Anschutz Wellness Center’s Extreme Weight Loss Boot Camp, please call 1-844-404-2008 or go to http://www.ewlbootcamp.com. Information on The
Broadmoor’s Wellness Weekend in April, click here to book now or call (855) 586-0957.

 


Movie Schedule: October 1st – 15th

The Broadmoor’s movie theater is free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend. if you’re staying with us in the next couple of weeks here’s what to expect. Feel free to stop by Espresso’s in the main lobby before the show to pick up a snack and bring it with you. See you there!

Wednesday October 1st
7:00 pm Redwood Highway – PG-13 (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Thursday October 2nd
7:00 pm Words and Pictures – PG-13 (1 hour, 51 minutes)

Friday October 3rd
7:00 pm Decoding Annie Parker – R (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Saturday October 4th
12:00 pm Hoot – PG 1 hour, 31 minutes
7:00 pm Redwood Highway – PG-13 (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Sunday October 5th
2:00 pm Swimming Upstream – PG-13 1 hour, 54 minutes
7:00 pm Words and Pictures – PG-13 (1 hour, 51 minutes)

Monday October 6th
7:00 pm Decoding Annie Parker – R (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Tuesday October 7th
7:00 pm Redwood Highway – PG-13 (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Wednesday October 8th
7:00 pm Words and Pictures – PG-13 (1 hour, 51 minutes)

Thursday October 9th
7:00 pm Decoding Annie Parker – R (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Friday October 10th
7:00 pm Redwood Highway – PG-13 (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Saturday October 11th
12:00 pm Where The Red Fern Grows – PG 1 hour, 26 minutes
7:00 pm Words and Pictures – PG-13 (1 hour, 51 minutes)

Sunday October 12th
2:00 pm Mr. Mongorium’s Wonder Emporium – G 1 hour, 33 minutes
7:00 pm Decoding Annie Parker – R (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Monday October 13th
7:00 pm Redwood Highway – PG-13 (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Tuesday October 14th
7:00 pm Words and Pictures – PG-13 (1 hour, 51 minutes)

Wednesday October 15th
7:00 pm Decoding Annie Parker – R (1 hour, 31 minutes)


A Summer to Remember

If someone were to ask you what your favorite memory is, what would you say? A couple years ago if someone were to ask me that question I probably would have said swimming with dolphins, shopping on Rodeo, or something else that has absolutely no relevance to my life or my future. If someone were to ask me now, I would 100% say my summer internship at The Broadmoor.

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This summer I have learned more, seen more, and experienced more than I could have ever imagined possible during a three-month period. I came into my internship knowing nothing more than what it was like to be a guest at a hotel.

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While working in Human Resources and Employment I got to see the process of hiring and training exceptional employees while also getting the opportunity to be an exceptional employee at the Golf Club Dining Room. I also got the opportunity to attend several training classes, visit our newest property, Cloud Camp, shadow different departments around the hotel, like Loss Prevention and the Front Desk, and learn even more than what my internship entitled.

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During my internship I gained extensive knowledge in Human Resources and hospitality. While at The Broadmoor, I also made lasting relationships that made it hard to leave. My co-workers and fellow interns became my family and close friends over the summer and I can’t thank them enough for everything they taught me throughout my time there.

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Working in Human Resources and Employment has opened my eyes to all the hard work that goes into running a hotel smoothly and upholding high standards. It was an amazing learning experience within the hospitality industry.


Movie Schedule: September 16th – 30th

The Broadmoor’s movie theater is free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend. if you’re staying with us in the next couple of weeks here’s what to expect. Feel free to stop by Espresso’s in the main lobby before the show to pick up a snack and bring it with you. See you there!

Tuesday, September 16th
7:00 pm Draft Day – R (1 hour, 50 minutes)

Wednesday, September 17th
7:00 pm Captain America-The Winter Soldier – PG -13 (2 hours, 16 minutes)

Thursday, September 18th
7:00 pm The Fault in Our Stars – PG -13 (2 hours, 6 minutes)

Friday, September 19th
7:00 pm Draft Day – R (1 hour, 50 minutes)

Saturday, September 20th
12:00 pm The Lorax – PG (1 hour, 27 minutes)
7:00 pm Captain America-The Winter Soldier – PG -13 (2 hours, 16 minutes)

Sunday, September 21st
2:00 pm The Chronicles of Narnia-Prince Caspian – PG (2 hours, 23 minutes)
7:00 pm The Fault in Our Stars – PG -13 (2 hours, 6 minutes)

Monday, September 22nd
7:00 pm Draft Day – R (1 hour, 50 minutes)

Tuesday, September 23rd
7:00 pm Captain America-The Winter Soldier – PG -13 (2 hours, 16 minutes)

Wednesday, September 24th
7:00 pm The Fault in Our Stars – PG -13 (2 hours, 6 minutes)

Thursday, September 25th
7:00 pm Draft Day – R (1 hour, 50 minutes)

Friday, September 26th
7:00 pm Captain America-The Winter Soldier – PG -13 (2 hours, 16 minutes)

Saturday, September 27th
12:00 pm Sahara – PG-13 (1 hour, 44 minutes)
7:00 pm The Fault in Our Stars – PG -13 (2 hours, 6 minutes)

Sunday, September 28th
2:00 pm Danny Deckchair – PG-13 (1 hour, 40 minutes)
7:00 pm Draft Day – R (1 hour, 50 minutes)

Monday, September 29th
7:00 pm Captain America-The Winter Soldier – PG -13 (2 hours, 16 minutes)

Tuesday, September 30th
7:00 pm The Fault in Our Stars – PG -13 (2 hours, 6 minutes)