Palace Arms’ New Chef Creates a Delightful New Menu

If you haven’t been to the Palace Arms since chef Justin Schreiber took over earlier this year, then you should make yourself a reservation.  The 36-year-old chef, who joined our team from The Little Nell in Aspen, continues to wow guests joining us for special occasion dining experiences with his modern touches. Dinner at the Palace Arms

Which of course leads us to the new dinner menu featured at the Palace Arms.  A few à la carte favorites are the Foie Gras,  Fresh Ricotta, Spring Beet Salad, Diver Scallops and Bison Rossini. A four course menu offers your selection of a tasty appetizer, soup or salad, an entrée and a delightful dessert.   Also available is the chef’s eight course tasting menu, which feature’s Chef Schreiber’s daily creations inspired by the offerings of the season. Be sure to end your captivating meal with sticky toffee pudding or bananas foster prepared table side.

The Colorado-based chef remains traditional in his approach, but the inspiring Denver food scene encourages a few twists here and there.   View the full dinner menu at http://www.BrownPalace.com/Dining and call (303) 297-3111 to make a reservation.

Make This Mother’s Day the Best One Yet

Being a Mom is a tough job, and she probably deserves more than just one day that’s all about her. With that being said, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to say thank you and show her how grateful you are to have her in your life. Here are some ways to make Sunday, May 12 a day to remember…

Dom Perignon Champagne Brunch at Ellyngton’s

A little bubbly makes every one smile. Choose from four tiers: just brunch, Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and Dom Perignon. Lavish buffet tables feature exquisite culinary creations from eggs and waffles to fresh seafood selections to freshly baked cakes, pies and pastries. There’s something for everyone at this Denver restaurant. Be sure to make your reservation now as tables book fast.

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Champagne Brunch featuring cakes, pies, pastries and a chocolate fountain.

Pamper Her at The Spa

After enjoying a nice family brunch, send your mother to the spa to relax and rejuvenate. This is one treat she will surely appreciate. From massages to facials to scrubs and wraps, you can’t go wrong with whichever treatment you choose to pamper your mom. Visit the spa to book now.

Treat Her to Afternoon Tea

No matter how you spend the day with your mom in Denver, afternoon tea in the historical atrium lobby is the prefect way to unwind. Indulge in scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches while enjoying the soothing sounds of the harp or piano. This too books fast, so make your reservations today. 

Valentine’s Day Brunch at Ellyngton’s

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Make this Valentine’s Day special with a sweet treat at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. This year we are very pleased to offer a “Chocolate Valentine’s Day Brunch” at Ellyngton’s. This brunch is a great opportunity for you and a loved one to come and enjoy together.

We will be offering a great menu including different stations offering: Eggs and Waffles, Carvings, Salad, Seafood and Sushi. To end the meal, we will have an amazingly delicious Dessert station to feed your sweet tooth. Brunch at Ellyngton’s will make for a memorable time together.

For more information on Ellyngton’s or The Brown Palace, please visit: http://www.brownpalace.com/

The Brown Palace Welcomes Michael Wright as Executive Sous Chef

We are very proud and excited to announce the promotion of Michael Wright to Executive Sous Chef at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.

From the age of 15, Chef Wright’s passion for food put him on a successful culinary path that lead to his most recent promotion to Executive Sous Chef here at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. He began his career in kitchens of local restaurants in Minnesota and went on to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in 2004. After graduation, Chef Wright joined The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa team as an intern. Since then, he’s learned all aspects of the dining experience at The Brown Palace by working as banquet chef, Chef Tournant, and most recently as the chef at Ellyngton’s.

“I’ve learned through my years that you can learn something for yourself with every person that you meet,” said Wright. “Respect all of your ingredients and use them to the fullest.”

Get Ghoulish with Monster Brunch at Ellyngton’s

Spooky servers, see-through spider webs and freakish treats—we’ve got it all at this year’s Monster Brunch: Ellyngton’s special Halloween edition of its famous champagne brunch.

The morbid morning feast is perfect for an eerie family outing, as servers and guests alike will be donned in their creepiest costumes, and the lineup of food will include everything from chocolate “spider”-topped cakes to candy corn adorned confections—alongside our signature spread of seafood, sushi and breakfast staples, of course.

Wondering what other spine-chilling Denver activities to explore while you’re here? Well, not all Denver accommodations come with their own resident ghosts, but at The Brown Palace, you can take a haunted “Ghost Tour” to learn about our hotel’s paranormal activity and unexplained phenomena. If you’re feeling extra brave, call ahead to stay in the notoriously haunted room #904. We hear it’s a scream.

Monster Brunch: Sunday, October 28; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $61.95 adults, $18.95 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under are free. Reservations strongly recommended. Call (855) 559-8617 to reserve your table.

Cocktail Recipe with Honey Infused Bourbon

The best cocktail in Denver, Colorado is one that combines elements of Colorado pride: bourbon and honey. We searched far and wide for premium bourbon for The Brown cocktail recipes and settled on one distilled in the highest distillery in the United States at 9600 feet, Breckenridge Bourbon. Next we infuse the bourbon with honey from our prized rooftop bee colony for 24 days in hand-crafted barrels of White Oak from Missouri. Join us at The Brown for one of our honey infused bourbon cocktails or mix this signature recipe in your own home bar.

Palace Manhattan

2 oz Honey Bourbon

1/4 oz sweet vermouth

1/4 oz simple syrup

3 dashes orange bitters

Bourbon soaked cherries

Muddle one bourbon soaked cherry. Add all other ingredients with fresh ice in a rocks glass. Stir 25-30 times. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a bourbon-soaked cherry.

Cheers to the best cocktail with American pride!

How to Plan Your Summer Staycation in Denver Colorado

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Why waste precious time and money on summer vacation when you can book your staycation right here in Denver, Colorado. We have a list of the best Denver accommodations and Denver attractions that will leave you wondering why you would ever leave.

Friday

First things first, Denver accommodations. Check in to The Brown Palace as a carefree mood is set with evening jazz in the lobby.

Unwind and wet the palate with an old-fashioned cocktail in the polished, club atmosphere of the Churchill Bar.

Ease into dinner at the nearby, newly-opened Kitchen restaurant. You are in for a fabulous experience of chic farm-to-table dining.

Saturday

Wake up and order a room service tea and light breakfast before bundling in luxurious robes and heading downstairs to the Spa at the Brown Palace. The Signature Massage pampers and restores with a blend of lemongrass and sage essential oils that melt stress away.

Walk over to Larimer Square for lunch and people watching at one of the many posh outdoor cafes. After lunch, stroll Larimer for premium home decor, fashion and gift shopping.

If you have the stamina, hop a short taxi ride over to the Denver Art Museum. The architecture is as breathtaking as the art work the museum houses. The Western American works are truly of a caliber you will not find outside of Denver.

After a long day, relax in the comforts of your elegant room before a late dinner reservation.

Supper tonight is on of elegance and class at our very own Palace Arms. Known for its contemporary fine dining in its unique Napoleonic setting, the menu features signature items as well as new twists to old classics.

Sunday

Finish the weekend staycation in style with Champagne Brunch at Ellyngton’s. Sip Dom Perignon and indulge in lavish tastes and pastries from the hotel’s very own bakery. The infamous brunch is a Denver attractions must!

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, actually less than four days away, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to get mom something extra special. Here at The Brown Palace we have oodles of great gifts that are fit for the queen that your mother is. Here are a few last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas here at The Brown Palace.

Spa Treatments. Nothing says the greatest son or daughter than giving the gift of relaxation. Here at The Spa at The Brown Palace you can treat mom to a series of massages, facials, body treatments, manicures & pedicures, nail treatments, waxing services and salon hair care. Better yet if you are really cramped on time to find a gift, our spa has a wide variety of spa and beauty products that make the perfect gift. Please visit here for a full list of spa treatments and amenities and to make reservations.

Traditional Afternoon Tea. For an afternoon of relaxation for your mom to enjoy solo or with her lovely children, be sure to take part in The Brown’s longstanding tradition of afternoon tea. Afternoon tea offers an elegant setting to enjoy tea, scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches, all of which are artfully prepared by our culinary staff daily. You will also experience the soothing sounds of The Brown’s harpist or pianist. To ensure a spot at afternoon tea you can make reservations now. Open daily from 12-4pm in our atrium lobby.

Brown Palace Flower ShopMake mom feel like the best mom ever on Mother’s Day with a flower arrangement from The Brown Palace Flower Shop that will make all other moms jealous.  Whether is’s an orchid or a dozen roses, your mom will love the sight and smell of the flowers you give her. To order your arrangement today, please visit our Brown Palace Flowers Page.

For more information regarding reservations or for general inquiries please call 303.297.3111 or e-mail us at concierge@brownpalace.com.

Recipes from The Brown: Brown Palace Macaroons

As we wrap up another week here in Denver and prepare for the beautiful weekend ahead, we would like to present you with a recipe straight from our kitchen at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa: Brown Palace Macaroons. These macarons are perfect for a weekend treat as they are incredibly easy to prepare and still deliver amazing flavor. Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

Brown Palace Macaroons

Ingredients
1 lb Almond Paste
½ lb Confectioners Sugar (powdered)
½ lb Granulated Sugar
5 oz Egg Whites (lightly whipped)

Method
Using a small mixer blend the paste, sugars and small amount of egg whites until mix is smooth and free of lumps. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add remaining egg whites. Scrape sides of bowl well. Line a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a pastry bag, pipe mix to the size of a nickel onto parchment paper. Bake in 350-degree oven until lightly browned. Remove from oven, let cool and serve.

A Few Things We Love about Denver’s Beer Culture

It’s no secret that the craft beer culture here in Denver is booming. From home-brewers to some of the largest craft breweries in the world, Denver is crazy about beer. And with 18 Denver breweries currently under operation and 15 more in the process of starting up, it is quite evident that this will continue to be the trend for a long time to come.  Craft brewing will only continue to get more and more attention as the beer gets better and the establishments become more enticing hangout spots for local Denverites and visitors alike.

Now to honor the beer-crazy culture here in Denver, we here at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa have a list of the 5 things we love the most about Denver and its beer. Check it out!

The beer itself. Regardless of what kind of ale or lager you are on the hunt for, you can find it here in Denver. And probably much more than you ever could imagine. As craft brewers continue to push the limits on what they can do with a beer and its flavor, they only continue to surpass our expectations. Ales and lagers have become more than your traditional beer, they have become a work of art.

The beer drinkers. What would a beer culture be without the beer drinkers themselves? Nothing. Denver is home to a wide variety of personalities and types of beer drinkers but one thing you can count on is that on any given day you are more than likely to find them in a local taproom or at home enjoying their favorite seasonal brew. The Denver beer drinkers have created this culture and will continue to keep it going for years.

The breweries. Like we said before, Denver now has 18 craft breweries with over 15 more in the works. That means more people are turning in their day jobs to become brewers and they have good reason to. Breweries like Denver Beer Co., Strange Brewing Company and Wynkoop Brewing Company deliver with some truly unique beers and taprooms to go along. These breweries are more than your everyday bar, they have become staples to local Denver neighborhoods.

The beer inspired events. With all the beer being brewed here in Denver, events and parties revolving around these same beers come a dime a dozen and we can’t complain. Perhaps the largest of all beer events is the Great American Beer Festival which brings together beer drinkers from around the world to sample over 2,000 different American beers. Mark your calendars because the GABF will be back in Denver from October 11-13, 2012.

We like it so much we joined it. Last September The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa paired with Denver’s first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company, to craft the Rooftop Honey Saison. This limited-edition batch of beer utilized over 75 pounds of honey from our rooftop honey bees. This Belgian-style saison boasts 6.5% ABV and a slightly spicy flavor that works to accentuate the honey flavor. Keep The Brown and Wynkoop on your radar in the coming months for more!