- thousands of pounds of prime Colorado beef,
- 15 kegs of local Rocky Mountain brews
- hundreds of pounds of organic produce
- created special menus and even cocktail recipes inspired by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, including Barack On The Rocks
- baked some 11,000 donkey-shaped cookies to be placed on guests' beds each night as turn-down amenities.
- preparing desserts such as Ballot Box Brownies and a red, white and blue Campaign ’08 Trail Mix, which includes healthy yogurt-covered almonds, dried strawberries, and for added crunch, blue M & M’s.
The hotel staff is preparing beyond the kitchen and bar, too --
- memorizing political factoids, the simplist of which is “What city is hometown for Senator Barack Obama?”
- practicing checking in large numbers of arriving delegates
- preparing for the nightly race to deliver more than 800 gifts reflecting the official DNC colors of red, white, blue, and eco-friendly green.
- the bell staff has been building its biceps for the 3,000 pieces of luggage it will be handling and opening the door some 5,000 times for entering and exiting guests.
If you haven't got your room booked yet, you're too late. The Ritz-Carlton has a waiting list. But you're never too late to become a fan of the Mile High city of Denver, which I love, especially in winter, when pass through on my way to the great Colorado ski country just west of town.