Serving Up Hope 2016




Denver, CO: On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, thirteen Colorado hospitality organizations joined forces for the 23rd Annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon, along with a sold-out crowd, raised a record-breaking $34,000+ for Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program. A total of 826 industry professionals from around the state were registered, also setting another record for the highest attendance at the event to date.

Serving Up Hope is sponsored by the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado ( MIC is a coalition of professional meetings industry-related organizations. Incorporated in 2000, MIC is a partnership between 13 national and local member organizations either founded in Colorado or within state chapters. Its underlying purpose is to enhance collaboration among participating organizations through networking and education, while being the main source for industry knowledge and consultation as well as foster the continued growth of the meetings and event industry in Colorado. MIC also introduced a brand new, redesigned website to the attendees, greatly enhancing the site’s appearance and communication for all member organizations!

Chefs from local hotels and restaurants provided mouthwatering appetizers, exquisite entrées and delectable desserts. Judges included Darren Pusateri, Executive Chef at The Squeaky Bean; Jackson Lamb, Associate Professor of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver; and Sidney Stoper, J&S Audio Visual and Chair – MIC Colorado. The judges awarded prizes in four categories (Appetizer/Salad, Entrée, and Dessert) to the best entries among the (17) food stations. Culinary awards were given to The Palm Denver for Best Appetizer with their Roasted Red Pepper Soup; the Renaissance Denver Hotel for Best Entrée with their Seared Scallops; Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant for Best Dessert with their Carrot Cake; and The People’s Choice award as voted on by the attendees went to first time participant, Scratch Catering Services for their Bahn Mi Tacos. Winners received an award tile with artwork designed by Thulukshika Suresh, age 13. Suresh is a member of the Food Bank of the Rockies Kids’ Cafe. Event Chairs Tiffany Carson, CMP, CPE Operations Manager at the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA) and Kristin Hutton, CMP, Director of Catering and Events at Denver Union Station, presented awards to all recipients, along with a check for $30,000 to Food Bank of the Rockies President and CEO, Kevin Seggelke.

The special Serving Up Hope committee is a group of dedicated and compassionate individuals from the hospitality industry who work together to create a wonderful event with delicious food and fun for a great cause. Nearly everything is donated and 100% of the proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies and its Denver’s Table program.

An additional element of the Serving Up Hope event is the annual food drive competition between the thirteen MIC organizations. This year, over 1,270 meals were donated day-of by attendees, in addition to the $30,000 raised by the luncheon, contributing to an overall total of 139,478 meals which equates to over 167,373 pounds of food. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to two organizations – Christian Meetings & Conventions Association (CMCA) for the organization with less than 125 members and Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter (MPIRMC) for the organization with more than 125 members.

Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR), a non-profit organization, distributed 41.3 million pounds of food last year through their direct service programs and partner agencies, serving clients in Northern Colorado, including Metro Denver, and the entire state of Wyoming. 1 in 7 Coloradans, including 1 in 4 Colorado children, struggle with hunger. Since 1978, FBR has provided more than 472 million pounds of food to our community that translates to nearly 367 million meals for people in need.

For more information about Serving Up Hope or MIC, please contact Kelly Kucera, Director at Large, Communications at


See photos of the event here. Courtesy of All Digital Photo & Video