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Cherry Hills event gets tip of PGA cap

For an unprecedented third year in a row, the BMW Championship was named the PGA Tour’s Tournament of the Year at the tour’s tournament meeting on Nov. 20 in La Quinta, Calif.

The award was one of three earned by the 2014 BMW Championship, which also won the “Best On-Site Staging” and “Best Advertising Campaign/Promotional Idea” awards for this year’s tournament at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Conducted by the Western Golf Association, the 2014 BMW Championship continued to raise awareness and support for the Evans Scholars Foundation, the WGA’s 84-year-old sister organization that has been sending caddies to college since 1930.

The penultimate event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW Championship was one of the top-attended tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2014, attracting more than 125,000 spectators to Cherry Hills.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, I am delighted to congratulate the BMW Championship for the special recognition it has received with these three awards,” said Andy Pazder, PGA Tour executive vice president and chief of operations. “The tournament staff should be extremely proud of its hard work and for being recognized as the PGA Tour Tournament of the Year for the third consecutive season.”

Benchmarks achieved by the BMW Championship in 2014 — in the areas of revenue growth, charity integration, event advertising, host club and community support, title sponsor integration and player and caddie hospitality — were all significant factors in the event being named Tournament of the Year, tour officials said.

Top Chef winner opens eatery

It’s been years in the making, but Hosea Rosenberg, the much-heralded “Top Chef” season five winner, finally opened Blackbelly Market, a restaurant and butcher shop in a nondescript strip mall in east Boulder (1606 Conestoga St. No. 3).

Focused on seasonal and fresh farm-to-table offerings, the contemporary menu features Blackbelly Farms’ own livestock and locally sourced small-farm produce. There’s also an in-house butcher shop, crafted charcuterie program, and gourmet pantry sundries for sale at the small front-of-house market.

During the media party, we sampled specialty cocktails (including Pirate’s Apples made with Havana Club Rum, Leopold’s NY Apple Whiskey, lemon and hot cider), house-made charcuterie, a cheese plate, kobe beef hangar steak, a three-squash soup with apple bits and other assorted goodies.

For more information, go to www.blackbelly.com.

Zagat lists Denver bakery

Zagat, the national publication and website whose editorial team curates the best restaurants and nightspots in 18 cities worldwide, recently released its picks for The 12 Hottest Bakeries Around the U.S.

And among that coveted 12 is Maria Empanada, an Argentinean bakery in Platt Park. Here’s what the editors said:

“At this captivating Platt Park Argentinean bakery, which opened in spring, owner Lorena Cantarovici turns out the city’s most celebrated empanadas, their gold-tinged crusts enveloping everything from olives and scrambled eggs to sweet corn and spinach. And that’s not all: her tartas and Spanish tortillas are objects of beauty too, as are the sweet medialunas and dulce de leche roll cake.”

Maria Empanada is located at 1298 S. Broadway; www.mariaempanada.com; 303-934-2221.

See the rest of Zagat’s Hottest Bakeries at www.zagat.com/b/the-12-hottest-new-bakeries-around-the-u.s#10.

White Fence Farm changes hands

After 41 years of ownership by the Wilson family, Lakewood’s venerable White Fence Farm has changed hands. The new owners, P&C Family Farm Restaurants, led by business partners and hospitality veterans Craig Caldwell and Tom Piercy, said they won’t change the family-friendly ambience nor chicken dinner menu.

“It took me a long time to find the right owner,” said Charlie Wilson, whose family converted their property along Jewell Avenue into the destination restaurant. “It takes a certain type of person with the know-how, experience and love of the community to become the proprietor of our family legacy. We had numerous conversations, but it never felt right until I met Tom and Craig.

“Tom grew up with the original White Fence Farm in Joliet (Ill.). His childhood memories are similar to mine; he understands the joy, challenges and surprises. I never wanted this place to grow stale and old. I needed someone with enthusiasm and innovation, and these guys were perfect. And, the most important part, they aren’t going to change a thing, except for a few family photos on the wall.”

The 80-acre Wilson Farm was an original working hay and cattle farm. Today, it operates as a family enclave, and more than 5 million chicken dinners have been served since 1973.

More information: www.wff-co.net.

Pretenders visit Rockmount

Rockmount Ranch Wear’s retail store at 1626 Wazee St. has long been a celebrity magnet for rock `n roll royalty who make a visit mandatory during Denver gigs.Nov. 22 was no exception when The Pretenders stopped by while on tour. They picked up some shorts and invited the Rockmount gang to the gig at the Paramount Theater.

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 303-619-5209.

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