Denver Union Station Holiday Lights

10 ways to celebrate the holiday season in Denver

Everything you need to deck the halls.

11 virtual escapes for your COVID-19 quarantine

11 virtual escapes for your COVID-19 quarantine

Restrictions on travel and outdoor recreation remain in place in Colorado for the foreseeable future, so get your wanderlust fix from your couch with these online experiences.

Yao Qian and Pablo Rivera enjoy the view of the mountains. Photo by Alyson McClaran

4 tips for climbing a 14er this summer

Recreation faculty member and outdoor enthusiast Ryan Campbell offers advice on making it to the top of the mountain.

Two hikers in Evergreen, Colorado. Photo Alyson McClaran.

5 trails to hike while the weather is still warm

Recreation faculty member Ryan Campbell shares the five best trails within an hour drive of Denver.

5280 Dines Apple Pie Shakes HERO

Shake it up

5280’s signature epicurean event featured new players on the dining scene – Roadrunners serving up a slider-and-shake pairing.

The big blue bear at the Colorado Convention Center

59,300 jobs under the big blue bear

Creating an economic impact of $700 million every year, the events industry reaches for a sustainable impact.

Panoramic view of Pike

7 must-see Colorado literary landmarks

Our English faculty round up statewide hidden gems to route your writerly summer road trip.

Denver International Airport sits with the Rocky Mountains as a majestic backdrop. As airports become increasingly busy and new technology such as drones crops up, the management of airports becomes more complex.

Flying into turbulence

Faced with more passengers, red tape and security concerns, airports are buckling. Aviation Professor Jeffrey Price discusses how they can stay a step ahead.

A server sets up the patio at Milk & Honey located in a lower level in Larimer Square. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Are the stars out tonight?

Michael Wray, professor of restaurant management, suggests the best Denver-area spots to dine al fresco

A plated croquette with a black ale beer behind it

Bacon, brats and brews

Our senses get confused. Here’s how we can use that to help figure out what beers to pair with different foods.

Beer Here!

Roadrunners tap into booming brewing industry to become tops in hops.

Aaron Johnson, a faculty member in MSU Denver

Behind handle bars

Faculty member Aaron Johnson’s research delves into why bicycle riders get a bad rap on the road.

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.


Meet the new meat

Alternative meat is all the rage – and it's about to be stocked at a grocery store near you. Here’s what you need to know before throwing a plant-based patty on the grill.

Nolan Ackerman chopping up vegetables and placing them in a bowl to make soup

Soup’s on!

A student-developed recipe for black-bean soup is helping other students combat hunger. Here’s the story – and the recipe.

A glass of bourbon with a pork slider on a plate behind it

Bourbon, meet barbecue

The American whiskey pairs perfectly with smoky, meaty flavors, so check out these 5 chef-approved picks before you fire up the grill.

This summer 10 students from the United States and 10 from Mexico spent a month together, learning how to use their technical skills to benefit vulnerable communities, while also breaking down misconceptions between cultures. Photo courtesy of Aaron Gross

Building relationships – not walls – in Mexico

What happens when 10 students from the U.S. and 10 from Mexico collaborate on an engineering project? They change the world.

Carol Krugman sitting at a desk

Coffee break with Carol Krugman

Get your caffeine fix as we spotlight great goings-on in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events.

Kathrin Troxler is an MSU Denver alumna and owner of Aspire Tours. Photo by Alyson McClaran

5 great ways to explore Colorado this weekend

Here are Aspire Tours founder Kathrin Troxler's picks for scenic escapes, whether you want to hit the trail or the open road.

AJ Maldonado ProStart HERO

WATCH: A ProStart to a culinary career

AJ Maldonado’s dreams of earning a college degree and owning a food truck are accelerating thanks to the Colorado ProStart hospitality education program.

Colorado Convention Center

The future of meetings during COVID-19 pandemic? Un-conventional

Colorado’s $1 billion events industry shifts to online offerings, virtual reality and more to keep things happening.

Chef Jackson Lamb cuts rosemary from his home garden. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

How to plant a pandemic garden

As COVID-19 exposes the precarious state of America’s food supply, chefs and historians say planting a garden can grow food – and community – to get us through difficult times.

“This is not a solution that I came up with, it’s a collective solution for a very complicated problem that a lot of people have put money and real work into.” Ricardo Rocha runs a startup social enterprise that delivers groceries and goods to low-income neighborhoods in Denver; he credited programs like CESA and CAMP for supporting his success at MSU Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Delivering equity and meals on three wheels

Alumnus Ricardo Rocha aims to solve food insecurity with grocery delivery to low-income neighborhoods.

WATCH: Farm to keg

Students in MSU Denver's Beer Industry Program harvest locally grown hops for a new Tivoli Brewing Co. IPA.

A top-down shot of the busy interior of Euclid Hall

8 picks for Denver Restaurant Week 2020

Chefs dish on top culinary hot spots in the Mile High City’s ever-growing culinary scene. Plus: Brewers weigh in on the best beers for DRW20.

Exterior shot of Little Man Ice Cream in the Highlands

9 must-try chocolate ice creams

Beat the summer heat with a scoop from one of Denver’s top ice cream shops.

A young girl connects with one of the dogs in the Canine Airport Therapy Squad at Denver International Airport. The program, begun by Metropolitan State University of Denver alumni Mark Inzana and Lisa Dittberner, helps travelers cope with flying-related stress.

Dogs of CATS treat travelers

Ironically named program, founded by alumni, helps calm anxious flyers at DIA.

Marijuana edibles are a booming business. Now, MSU Denver School of Hospitality is partnering with Medically Correct to bring CBD into the classroom and kitchen.

As edibles biz booms, Hospitality School brings cannabis into the kitchen

A new partnership puts marijuana-industry experts in the classroom to teach cooking with CBD and show budding entrepreneurs how to get their foot in the door of a $3 billion industry.

Hamant Patel, left, and Matt Maley, right, opened the Element Downtown Denver East Hotel just a few blocks from MSU Denver, the campus they both attended separately in the 1990s and 2000s. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Roadrunners hustle on a golden opportunity

These entrepreneurs just opened a hotel in Downtown Denver’s popular Golden Triangle and have another on the way near DIA.

Dimond fellow David Keller sitting in Degree Restaurant with his reflection in the glass door pane.

Turning chaos into order

Army veteran David Keller is transforming his tactical background and elbow grease into a new career in hospitality.

MSU Denver senior Angie Cole stocks the food bank located on the second floor of the Tivoli several times throughout the day. The food bank is free and open to all MSU Denver students. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Fighting hunger with research… and Brussels sprouts

Roadrunners turn applied study into sustainable resources for addressing food insecurity throughout Denver.

2015 hospitality graduate Tristin Lawrence credits the experience in the Dimond Fellows Program for subsequent success in the hospitality industry.

From standing water to standing ovations

Dimond fellowship alum Tristin Lawrence found success in hospitality – from expecting the unexpected questions.

MSU Denver alum Neil Dreher behind the scenes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. Photo courtesy StageOne.

Giving the Olympics the gift of flight

As athletes strive for new heights in Pyeongchang, Neil Dreher is already an expert on the air up there.

Janet Hernandez is the first MSU Denver student to win a Fulbright Scholarship.

Heading to South Korea and a Fulbright future

She was the first in her family to go to college; now she’s the first student in University history to win a Fulbright.

Student chef prepping chili in HLC kitchen

Get fired up for these winning chili recipes

Competition brings together firefighters and family recipes for flavorful way to help benefit Children’s Hospital and fight food insecurity on campus.

Chris Thibodeau pours hops into a beer kettle at Strange Craft Beer Company, as Rich Van Gilder, left, looks on.

How can beer save your life?

Connection through brew, locally and globally, helped an Air Force veteran discover a cure for what ales you

Stephanie Rayman, general manager of the Tivoli Tap House and director of marketing and strategy for Tivoli Brewing, serves a beer at the Tap House. Rayman is a 2009 MSU Denver graduate. Photo by John Arnold

Mixing business with education

Consumers can support students through beer, skis, coffee and baseball, thanks to creative partnerships with local businesses

MSU Denver Beverage Analysis Lab Manager Katie Strain

Lager in the laboratory

MSU Denver’s Beer Industry Labs allow craft brewers to test new recipes while providing students with industry-relevant experience.

Fall 2019 Provost Award winner Samuel Berg. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Accounting for success

Athletics and academics have been the cornerstone of Provost's Award-winner Samuel Berg’s collegiate experience, with both providing the MSU Denver graduate valuable lessons.

‘Ohana’ in action

Bryson Cayaban brings the Hawaiian tradition of treating guests like family to his career in hospitality.

Culinary student Eosther Fajardo-Anstine and Professor Jackson Lamb prepare soup in the food demonstration theater at the MSU Denver School of Hospitality. Photo by John Arnold.

WATCH: Leading the way in hospitality

Frank Day built a hot dog stand into a restaurant empire. Now, a gift by Gina and Frank Day to MSU Denver will infuse its School of Hospitality with Day's brand of inclusive leadership.

Jocelyn Banales with a salad on the left; enchiladas with mole and avocado on the right.

Food as a family legacy

For Necio Latin Eatery's Jocelyn Bañales, a family-led restaurant is the recipe for success – and amazing mole.

Rita Dimond, Jazmaray Martinez, and Navin Dimond are all smiles after Martinez is surprised with a five thousand dollar check for the Fellow of the Year award. Photo by Alyson McClaran

No reservations: Dimond Fellows embrace hospitality

The Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program gives students a deep dive into the hospitality industry while helping develop a diverse, skilled workforce in Denver.

MSU Denver

On a highway to ale

Fresh off a preeminent internship, this grad makes the case for making beer her business – and business is good.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rica in September 2017 - Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

Powering up Puerto Rico

In the wake of a tragic natural disaster, faculty member discusses sustainable humanitarian relief and rebuilding infrastructure.

MSU Denver event and meeting management major, Halee Everett, pours a nitro porter and wheat beer brewed by students Nov. 16 for people throughout the HTE-planned conference

Props for an out-of-this-world event

Drone lunch delivery. Galactic-inspired beers. For hospitality students behind this aerospace symposium, it was all systems go.

Students from MSU Denver’s school of Hospitality, Tourism and Events stand ready to serve a dining room of Denver restaurant and hospitality luminaries. Photo by Alyson McClaran. Video by Lindsay Pierce-Martin.

Turning up the HEaT

WATCH: Hospitality industry luminaries serve up real-world challenges to students in applied learning exercise at Degree Restaurant.

Diners eat on Larimer Street on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Restaurants and COVID-19: dining in Denver post-lockdown

What safety measures are in place? How is the pandemic impacting the industry? What’s next? Hospitality experts serve up what you need to know.

Following the recent Pepsi and United Airlines PR blunders, marketing expert Darrin Duber-Smith offers cautionary advice on how to control a story without losing the plot.

So, there is such a thing as bad publicity

Following the recent Pepsi and United Airlines PR blunders, marketing expert Darrin Duber-Smith offers cautionary advice on how to control a story without losing the plot.

Room and boards

MSU Denver Men's Basketball center Cain van Heyningen takes hospitality to new heights as a Dimond Fellow.

The inside of Denver International Airport, where security lines can grow exponentially during peak travel times. Photo credit: Jeff Price

Summer air travel survival guide 2017

How to be a road warrior this summer when you’re flying and not driving.

Stout and Pomegranate-glazed Chicken on a plate

Sweet, stout and sizzling

MSU Denver's David Beckwith, chef and lecturer, whips up a simple and delicious grill recipe: Stout and Pomegranate-glazed Chicken.

St Elizabeth of Hungary Church at night

The 5 most haunted places on the Auraria Campus

Paranormal investigator and MSU Denver alumnus Jason Cordova reveals the ghostly history of the tri-institutional campus

MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan addressing the crowd at the 2016 Summer Soiree, under a brightly lit tent.

The summer party of 2017… and you’re invited!

What makes the Summer Soirée the place to be this June 10? Here are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it!

Criminology and criminal justice students chose to spend their spring break in an exotic global locale – studying.

They did WHAT on spring break?

These criminology and criminal justice students chose to spend their break in an exotic global locale – studying.

A receipt shows suggested tipping percentages at a restaurant, with a minimum of 18 percent.

Tipping point

Economics and culture collide in tipping, a confusing tradition that shapes the U.S. restaurant industry — for better or for worse.

MSU Denver brewing student Meagan Rountree takes a sample of beer at Tivoli Brewing Company

Craft beer's new brew crew

Tivoli Brewing Co. teams up with the MSU Denver Beer Industry Program to premier a spicy Belgian tripel for Collaboration Fest 2019.

Chris Thibodeau, a student in MSU Denver

Cheers to canned beer

VIDEO: Tivoli Brewing Company rolls out canned craft suds with a new Cask Global Canning system.

Veterans Day Tivoli Brewing Co. beer HERO

Raise a glass to veterans

The proceeds from two new Tivoli Brewing Co. beers brewed by active and retired military members will support vets pursuing higher education.

women hospitality executives woman rings bell at hotel

No room in the C-Suite?

Despite overwhelming numbers in the hospitality industry workforce, women still lag behind men in leadership positions.

Britney Amidei lays a pizza down for Alejandra Martinez to cut and plate during Wood Fired University, a three day seminar hosted at the Springhill Suites. The two students submitted their pizza ideas for Jackson Lambs restaurant concepts class and secured a scholarship that covered the cost of the seminar. Photo by Sara Hertwig

Pizza prospers amid pandemic

Americans are eating more pizza than ever, and Wood Fired University is showing smart entrepreneurs how they can get a piece of the pie. Plus: Try this recipe for Nutella dessert pizza.