7 Easy and Delicious Holiday Catering Menu Ideas

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Now is the time to start thinking about your holiday parties and family gatherings if you haven’t already!

So today, we’re sharing a handful of sample holiday party catering menus to give a little inspiration. 

Each of our holiday catering menus has been thoughtfully curated to capture the essence of the holidays, from the service style to the actual dishes being served. You’ll find everything from mouth watering appetizers that kick off the festivities to sumptuous main courses that leave a lasting impression. Our chefs have been working hard to cultivate a symphony of flavors that complement the warmth and togetherness of the season. 

Check out our freshest holiday catering menus:


Thanksgiving Traditions

Style: Family-Style – Casual, Cozy, and Interactive

Blend the warmth of cherished family traditions with delectable flavors of the season and way less stress with a catered meal. Servers will provide platters of each option to the table for guests to serve themselves and share a bite!

Featured crème: 

  • Cider Brined Turkey: House Made Cranberry Sauce & Turkey Gravy

Featured Dishes:

  • Salad: Autumn Caesar 
  • Side: Mashed Potatoes 
  • Side: Gratin Sage Stuffing
  • Dessert: Caramel Apple Pecan Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise

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Happy Holidays

Style: Plated – Elegant & Upscale

Plated meals are great for more formal holiday parties because they provide a personalized dining experience that adds an extra touch of sophistication and care to the festivities! One thing people sometimes worry about with a plated option is the food being warm enough, but our Rocky Mountain team can serve 500 guests in 22 minutes or less. This means that everything comes out warm and ready to indulge in over conversation!

Featured Entree: 

  • Herb Roasted Sliced Beef Shoulder Loin: Imperial Pumpkin Ale Demi-Glace with Charred Green Onion

Featured Dishes:

  • Beet Apple Salad
  • Roasted Sweet Potato & Quinoa
  • Five Varieties of Roasted Potatoes 
  • Pan Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts 
  • Pecan Pie

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Style: Stations – Upbeat & Modern; encourages mixing and mingling!

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For a holiday gathering filled with mingling and festive cheer, consider dinner stations where your guests can sample an array of delightful holiday flavors while enjoying an open and social atmosphere. Great for corporate holiday parties where you want an element of relationship-building and camaraderie!

Featured Passed Hors D’oeuvres: 

  • Stuffed Mushroom
  • Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
  • Mini Crab Cakes

Stationed Appetizer:

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip & Bruschetta 

Drink Station:

  • Elevated Hot Cocoa

Petite Dessert Package:

  • Salted Caramel & Chocolate Ganache Bites
  • Cheesecake Bites
  • Macarons

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Everything Holidays

Style: Buffet – Casual & Interactive 

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Buffets are great for any style event. From family gatherings to team luncheons, they allow people to serve themselves, eat at their own pace, and strike up festive conversations over a bountiful, beautiful spread! Most groups also decide to do a cocktail hour first with some tasty passed hors d’oeuvres. 

Featured Passed Hors D’oeuvres:

  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Mini Chile Relleno Cups

Feature Buffets: 

  • Bright Lights:
    • Appetizer: Roasted Delicata Squash with Fennel, Chicory, Quince, Drunken Goat, Cheese, Crushed Walnuts Preserved, Lemon Vinaigrette
    • Entrée: Herb Roasted Chicken Breast with Grilled Endive and Smoked Almond Romesco Sauce
    • Entrée: Salmon a la Nage with Winter Vegetables, Crispy Kale, and Roasted Carrot Puree
    • Side: Pan Roasted Broccoli Rapini with Chili Sofrito and Brown Butter
    • Side: “Roasted 5” – Five Varieties of Roasted Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots and Scarlet Chard
    • Side: House Baked Rolls with Sea Salt Whipped Butter
  • Holly Jolly:
    • Salad: Winter Barley & Arugula with Acorn Squash, Chipped Aged Cheddar, Craisins, Puffed Farro, and Warm Maple Dressing
    • Entrée: Slow & Low Herb Roasted Shoulder Loin with Smoked Forrest Mushroom Veal Glace
    • Entrée: Speck Wrapped Colorado Trout with Haricot Vert, Roasted Corn & Tomato, and Sauce Bercy
    • Side: Lemon Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Shallots and Cider Gastrique
    • Side: Golden Potato Gratin with Caramelized Cippolini Onions, Pecorino Romano and Brown Butter Herb Crust
    • Side: House Baked Rolls with Sea Salt Whipped Butter

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Winter Wonderland Desserts

Style: Stations – Fun & Energetic

You can’t forget the sweet treats—it’s the season of indulgence after all! Dessert stations add an extra layer of sweetness and excitement to holiday parties, allowing guests to indulge in a variety of delectable treats and create their own personalized dessert experience.

Petite Dessert Package:

  • Pumpkin Mousse in Chocolate Cups
  • Banana Cream Pie Shooter
  • Macarons

Dessert Stations:

  • Flambéed Donut Station with Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Dessert Crepe Station with Strawberries Nutella, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce and Caramel Sauce
  • Creme Brulé Bar with choice of Vanilla Bean, Mocha and Espresso Pumpkin Spiced

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Pie-A-Palooza

Style: Family Style – Casual & Cozy

Because it’s not a holiday dessert spread without pie, right?

Featured Pies:

  • Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
  • Grasshopper Pie

Silent Night Beverages

Style: Stations – Easy & Abundant

Cocktails and Mocktails

Unique holiday beverages that keep the festivities going are always a good idea. These are placed as a spread, so it’s easy to grab and go.

Beverage Stations:

  • Elevated Hot Cocoa, Hot Caramel Apple Cider, Eggnog Chai Latte and Coffee Bar
  • Specialty Stationed Mocktails: White Cosmopolitan, Strawberry Nojito, Cranberry Mule and Blueberry Lemonade Spritzer

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Choose Your Holiday Party Spread & Taste Delectable Seasonal Favorites 

Our chefs are ready to welcome you to our table to taste everything Rocky Mountain Catering Denver has to offer. And if you have something in mind that’s not on the menu, let us know, and we’ll see if we can make it happen! Explore our holiday party catering services, or contact us to start planning.


How to Choose the Perfect Venue for Your Denver Gala

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Dreaming of an unforgettable gala in Denver?

The magic begins with the perfect venue. A chosen location isn’t just a backdrop—it’s the heartbeat of your event, crafting the narrative, elevating the atmosphere, and engraving memories into the hearts of your attendees.

From lavish fundraisers beneath twinkling chandeliers to intimate soirées, Denver’s gala scene offers a tapestry as varied and vibrant as the mountains themselves. Yet, with endless choices comes the challenge of selection.

Having planned many of Denver’s most important galas, our team is spilling the beans on some of the city’s most dazzling venues. Dive in as we guide you through our curated list, ensuring your gala creates memories that lost long after the last dance.

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How to Pick Your Gala Venue


How do you pick the perfect gala venue? Our team has planned 1000s of events in Denver, and when it comes to galas, here are the most important facts to consider:

Capacity

It’s essential to have enough space for seating, dining, entertainment, and any additional activities planned for the event. Especially when it comes to fundraisers, you want to ensure you have sufficient space for dining, dancing, a silent auction, cause displays, information stations, etc. Not having enough space to showcase your mission is a mistake that could cost you event success.

Location

If you’re putting in effort to plan a gala, you want to make sure the venue is easily accessible within Denver city limits or just beyond. The more convenient the location, the greater your attendance will be in many cases.

Ambiance and Style

The venue’s ambiance should match the gala’s theme and overall style. Whether it’s a sophisticated ballroom, a luxurious hotel, a historic mansion, or an outdoor garden, the setting should complement the event’s purpose and create the desired atmosphere.

Amenities and Facilities

Gala attendees expect certain amenities, such as parking (ideally complimentary), coat check, accessible restrooms, and adequate heating or air conditioning, depending on the event’s season and location.

Audiovisual and Technology

Galas are extravagant affairs by nature. This means that there will likely be more requirements for audio and lighting, presentations, etc. You want to ensure that your gala venue can support your vision.

Flexibility and Customization

A gala venue that allows flexibility in event setup and décor customization enables organizers to tailor the space according to their vision and theme.

Our Favorite Denver Area Gala Venues


So, which Denver area gala venues check all or most of these boxes? Here are a few favorites:

Cable Center

Central Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Cable Center, Central Denver, CO

Why we love it

The Cable Center is great for galas because it’s high-tech and has built-in opportunities for audio and visuals, decreasing rental costs on that front. A favorite feature is the simplicity that comes along with streaming a video of an award recipient or fundraising campaign kick-off in the Great Hall on the Grand Video Tower, with a podium underneath. Plus, it’s ultra sleek, modern, and adaptable to any theme.

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Cielo

Castle Rock, CO | Seated Capacity: 350 | Reception Capacity: 500

Cielo Event Venue, Castle Rock, CO

Why we love it

Situated conveniently near Interstate 25, a little more than thirty minutes from the heart of Downtown Denver, lies the tranquil haven of Cielo at Castle Pines. This rustic retreat takes guests to a mountainous getaway that allows them to breathe a little more deeply and focus on the celebration or cause at hand, removed from the bustle of downtown. Plus, they specialize in hosting non-profit events and galas and have hosted events for organizations like Toys for Tots, K9 Friends of DC, CASA, and more. We love doing a silent auction outside and the gala indoors for a fun flow.

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Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms

Denver, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 600 | Reception Capacity: 1,300

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Why we love it

A lot of people know about the Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street location (which we adore, too), but they overlook the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, which is located just outside the city in Littleton. Boasting 700 acres of natural beauty, Colorado’s unique landscapes are at the forefront of your event canvas. They have seven totally unique indoor and outdoor event spaces that allow for total flexibility. One really fun feature that is great for making gala events different than the rest is their add-on features like a flower happy hour, where they can make their own local bouquets to take home after the gala. It’s a great way to get people mixing and mingling before the night begins.

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Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street

Denver, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 600 | Reception Capacity: 1,300

Why we love it

Galas are innately celebratory. And there’s no better place to celebrate than a gala venue that immerses you in the beauty of life and nature. This is exactly what you find at the Denver Botanic Gardens York, with their 24 acres of lush event space that’s split between an indoor solarium space, outdoor gardens, and even an amphitheater—which is fun if you’re incorporating a program of some sort! Plus, the fact that it’s in the city and has one of the largest event capacities with all the facilities to match makes it incredibly convenient.

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Highlands Ranch Mansion

Highlands Ranch, CO | Seated Capacity: 250 | Reception Capacity: 250

Why we love it

If a private escape for your gala is what you desire, Highlands Ranch Mansion is an ideal option. It’s a 250-acre ranch, but it’s only 20 miles south of Downtown Denver, making it super accessible for your guests. The indoor-outdoor event space allows you to get creative with how you want to host your gala, as well as how many people. Regardless of the size of your event, there is only one group on the property per day, so you’ll have all 250 acres to yourself, which is incredibly special.

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PACE Center

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Pace Center, Parker, CO

Why we love it

The PACE Center is known for its knack for hosting performing arts and visual arts events, but it lends itself perfectly to galas in Denver, too. There’s no better spot to host a fundraiser for an arts or culture cause than in this space, since it’s so intertwined with the venue’s mission. Plus, there’s nothing better than featuring a band and dancing at a gala event, and the acoustics in these spaces are made for melodies.

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Spruce Mountain Ranch

Larkspur, CO | Seated Capacity: 450 | Reception Capacity: 750

Spruce Mountain Venue

Why we love it

When a venue’s motto is “Service from the Heart,” you know that it’s going to be a heartfelt celebration. The Spruce Mountain events team puts their all into planning fundraising galas, corporate celebrations, and social soirees to ensure that every detail is intentional and from the heart. There are plentiful options on their expansive ranch in the foothills, nestled in the center of Colorado Springs and Denver.

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The Establishment

Westminster, CO | Seated Capacity: 520 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Establishment, Westminster, CO

Why we love it

The Establishment at Bradburn Village lies just 20 minutes away from Downtown Denver and offers a blank canvas for any kind of event—especially galas. It was literally designed to be an event venue, and they have all the amenities you’d desire, from audio-visual equipment to tables and chairs, so rental requirements are definitely decreased when you host your event here!

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Upper Larimer

RiNo Neighborhood, Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 340 | Outdoor Reception Capacity: 220

Upper Larimer - Denver Event Venue

Why we love it

This modern industrial event space is housed in a late-1800s restored warehouse, which gives it unrivaled character. They offer a large sundeck and ballroom, allowing you to create an indoor-outdoor flow for seasonal events and plenty of amenities to make planning simple. There are a lot of logistics that go into planning a gala, so the more the venue has to offer in terms of infrastructure, the easier time you’ll have planning.

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Vehicle Vault

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 500 | Reception Capacity: 800

Vehicle Vault Corporate Event Venue, Parker, CO

Why we love it

When hosting gala events, built-in entertainment is always a plus. And the Vehicle Vault has some of the best built-in entertainment in Denver: cars galore. You know what that means? Photo ops and lots of social shares to advance your mission. Even non-car-loving guests will have a ball exploring the different makes and models, transporting themselves back in time with the vintage rides. With over 30,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor event space, you have plenty of room for dinner, dancing, auctions, presentations, and more.

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Wings Over the Rockies

Denver Metro, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 1,200 | Reception Capacity: 3,500

Wings Over the Rockies, Denver Metro, Colorado

Why we love it

Voted the best meeting/event venue in the Denver Metro area by Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine, Wings Over the Rockies is simply a fun place to host events, with over 180,000 square feet of open event space (yes, you read that right—it’s huge). For groups that love history, this is a great spot because the hangar is home to an interactive aircraft display, military vehicles, uniforms, and other historical highlights. Theming a fundraiser or gala event here is simple, and your organization will reach new heights after hosting here.

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Let Rocky Mountain Catering & Events Help You Source & Plan Your Gala in the Denver Area

There’s a lot that goes into planning a gala, especially if you have a volunteer committee or a small team. Our full-service Rocky Mountain Catering team—which includes chefs, planners, day-of coordinators, waitstaff, and more—can help with not only venue sourcing but helping you plan your organization’s most impactful gala yet.

Let’s chat about your upcoming Denver gala and how we can help!

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10+ Unforgettable Denver Corporate Event Venues Your Guests Will Love

You’ve got a lot on your plate, juggling tasks and ensuring everything runs smoothly for your company’s next big gathering.

And we know how crucial it is to find that PERFECT Denver corporate event venue to make your job easier and your event a smashing success.

But worry not! We’ve got your back.

At Rocky Mountain Catering, we’ve done the legwork, explored every nook and cranny of the Mile High City, and curated a list of the most fabulous Denver corporate event venues that’ll leave your attendees raving for months. ✨

From elegant spaces that scream sophistication to ultra-modern venues that capture the spirit of Denver’s innovative tech scene, our list has got it all.

And with our insider tips and exclusive relationships, you’ll have the keys to unlock the best-kept secrets of corporate catering experts.

So, let’s dive in and discover the must-book Denver corporate event venues that’ll elevate your next gathering from ordinary to extraordinary!

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Cable Center

Central Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Cable Center, Central Denver, CO

Why we love it

This state-of-the-art facility boasts multiple event spaces equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. From the Active Learning Lab (which is great for collaborative events) or the Bresnan Board Room (which is perfect for presentations) to the Tech Studios that make streaming a hybrid event a simple reality, you can get creative with how to utilize the space for your next conference, training, team off-site, or fundraising event. It’s also ideally located right next door to the University of Denver and right by downtown and Cherry Creek-area hotels for easy attendee access.

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PACE Center

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Pace Center, Parker, CO

Why we love it

When people think of the PACE Center, they typically think of shows and productions. But it’s actually an incredible spot to host corporate events in Denver due to the versatility of the spaces available! You can offer TED Talk-style presentations in the theater, followed by networking in one of the state-of-the-art meeting spaces.

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Upper Larimer

RiNo Neighborhood, Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 340 | Outdoor Reception Capacity: 220

Upper Larimer - Denver Event Venue

Why we love it

The Upper Larimer event space is a seamless blend of historic and modern. This restored warehouse and homestead from the early 1900s is now outfitted with modern fixtures and audiovisuals. It’s great for networking events, lunch and learn presentations, galas, awards dinners, fundraising dinners, and more.

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The Establishment

Westminster, CO | Seated Capacity: 520 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Establishment, Westminster, CO

Why we love it

If you want a space that’s modern and vast, The Establishment at Bradburn Village is it. It’s just 20 minutes away from Downtown Denver and has two ballrooms with separate foyers, an outdoor terrace space, a lounge, a green room, and plenty of breakout space. It would be ideal for a conference or team meeting with breakout sessions!

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Vehicle Vault

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 500 | Reception Capacity: 800

Vehicle Vault Corporate Event Venue, Parker, CO

Why we love it

The Vehicle Vault is one of the most fun corporate vent venues in the Denver area, hands down. Whether you’re a car buff or not, you have to appreciate the luxe and vintage rides on display at this museum/event venue. They feature nearly 30,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor event space that flows beautifully while providing an open floor plan for creativity. You don’t have to do much to wow your guests at a venue like this!

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The Conference Center at RidgeGate

Lone Tree, CO | Seated Capacity: 88 | Reception Capacity: 150

Why we love it

Naturally, a facility designed with corporate meetings in mind is going to be one of the best in the area to host a corporate meeting or event. The Conference Center at RidgeGate features a modern design with seven unique meeting rooms ranging from large general session spaces to intimate board rooms with plug-and-play audiovisual equipment that also allows for simple video conferencing and teleconferencing. Plus, they have a fully equipped business center on-site, which is a great perk.

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Highlands Ranch Mansion

Highlands Ranch, CO | Seated Capacity: 250 | Reception Capacity: 250

Why we love it

The perfect spot for retreats, team-building, or special corporate events, the Highlands Ranch Mansion is nestled among 250 acres of ranch less than 20 miles south of downtown Denver for easy access that feels like a world away. There are five indoor spaces and five outdoor spaces of varying sizes, so you can use them for general sessions, breakouts, meals, and more.

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Denver Botanic Gardens York

Denver, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 600 | Reception Capacity: 1,300

Why we love it

The Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street is highly popular for social events, but it’s actually also a super fun corporate party venue in Denver. Not all work events have to be stuffy. And when you’re among the blooms that cover 24 acres of transformational event space, it’s hard not to feel inspired and relaxed. A product launch event, celebratory anniversary event, investor dinner, or holiday party are all great events to host in one of the eleven different spaces available for rent at DBG York. Featuring both indoor solarium space, outdoor gardens with aquatic plants, and amphitheaters with twinkling lights above, you have so many options and spaces to get creative.

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Cielo

Castle Rock, CO | Seated Capacity: 350 | Reception Capacity: 500

Cielo Event Venue, Castle Rock, CO

Why we love it

Right off Interstate 25, just over half an hour away from downtown Denver, you’ll find the mountain escape of Cielo at Castle Pines. The rustic retreat immerses attendees in the nature that makes this state so special while still providing all the amenities required for a modern corporate meeting. This makes it perfect for team-building events, day-long strategy sessions where you need a little creative inspiration, or multi-day partner conferences.

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Wings Over the Rockies

Denver Metro, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 1,200 | Reception Capacity: 3,500

Wings Over the Rockies, Denver Metro, Colorado

Why we love it

Did you know that Wings Over the Rockies at Colorado’s Air & Space Museum was named the best meeting/event venue in the Denver Metro by Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine? And for good reason! It not only features 182,000 square feet of blank canvas event space for large corporate events in Denver, but it also tells a story and offers interactive displays of aircraft, military vehicles, uniforms, and even more history. It will definitely get attendees talking. Plus, it makes for a super easy theme!

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Lone Tree Arts Center

Lone Tree, CO | Seated Capacity: 160 | Reception Capacity: 225

Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, Colorado

Why we love it

The stunning architectural design and cutting-edge technology make Lone Tree Arts Center an excellent space for conferences, product launches, and galas. The Performing Arts Hall boasts a fully equipped stage with theater seating for 480, along with exceptional sound and lighting. On the other hand, you have the Event Hall as a more intimate space that is ideal for cocktail receptions and dinners.

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Let’s Start Your Venue Hunt Together –
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Leverage our insider knowledge and exclusive connections to access Denver’s hidden gems and event planning secrets.

We’ve gone the extra mile, scoured every corner of the Mile High City, and handpicked our collection of outstanding Denver corporate event venues that will have your attendees buzzing long after the event.

From classy venues radiating refinement to innovative spaces reflecting Denver’s dynamic tech scene, and from cozy, intimate settings to expansive, versatile locations, we’ll help you find a venue that matches your style.

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