LARRY DIPASQUALE, CHAIRMAN & CEO
Larry DiPasquale's vision for hospitality has successfully put a permanent mark on Denver, Colorado's history and landscape of special events. As Chairman and CEO of Epicurean Group, his inspiration has forged new directions for Epicurean Group with expansive concepts of restaurants, sports hospitality, theatre and fine arts.
Larry's career and understanding of hospitality began in a variety of service and culinary industry roles. In 1976 he joined the management team at Harrah's Five Diamond Hotel and Casino, where he operated a fine dining restaurant, 16 individual themed concept restaurants, and all showroom, catering, and bar facilities. He is a graduate of Harrah's prestigious management and culinary training programs sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America.
In addition to his impressive business and entrepreneurial pursuits, Larry, his wife, Jill, and partner, Sharon Magness Blake have always been devoted to charity, serving on the boards of many prestigious non-profit organizations. They and their Epicurean family are committed to "giving back" to the community. In 2005, Epicurean Compassion was formed to oversee and promote the company's charitable endeavors leading with the Larry R DiPasquale Foundation, an education trust created to financially support Hospitality and Culinary students.
Larry, Jill and their two children enjoy all that Colorado has to offer including the beautiful outdoors, competitive sports teams and Colorado's cutting edge culinary scene.
DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN FOOD SERVICE ENTREPENEURSHIP HONORIS CAUSA
Johnson & Wales University
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2014
Visit Denver - Conventions
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2013
ICON Events Foundation
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2009
Colorado Meetings & Events Hall of Fame
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2009
Colorado Restaurant Association
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Denver Business Journal
ITALIAN BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR 2008
Andiamo, The Primo Award of Excellence
MAN FOR THE CURE AWARD 2008
Men for the Cure Foundation
CATERING OWNER/OPERATOR OF THE YEAR 2001 (presented by Julia Childs)
Crystal Pineapple Award
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD AWARD
The Adoption Exchange
SMALL BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR 1993 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce