The St. Regis Aspen Resort will donate 10 percent of revenue generated on Valentine’s Day to Aspen-based charitable partners.
Locals and guests are invited to join The St. Regis Aspen in spreading the love, through the purchase of a room package, meal, spa experience or gift, and in turn, raise funds for local charities.
Receiving organizations include Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, which helps families realize the American dream of home ownership and self-sufficiency; the Aspen chapter of Susan G. Komen, dedicated to combating breast cancer; LIFT-UP, an organization dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance in the Roaring Fork Valley and the Aspen Animal Shelter, a self-sustaining, no-kill shelter.
Two Leaves Tea Co. was recently awarded first place for its Jasmine Petal tea at the North American Tea Championship in the Jasmine Scented Green Tea category of the 2012 Packaged Single-Service Class.
Two Leaves’ Jasmine Petal whole leaf green tea is hill-grown in China. The tea leaves are then dried with jasmine flower petals to absorb their scent and flavor. Jasmine tea that qualifies for this competition must be scented without added flavorings, herbs or other agents.
A panel of professional cuppers judged Jasmine Petal and other submissions based on brewed color, aroma, flavor, mouth-feel and harmony. The ratings of each characteristic were then used to calculate an overall numerical value on a 100-point scale, with winners being determined by rank. In judging Jasmine Scented Green Tea, judges were looking specifically for tea that brews up bright and clear, light to medium bodied and golden to green in color.
The North American Tea Championship is produced by World Tea Media, a company that provides business solutions to the global tea industry. Their championship is the only professionally judged tea competition on this continent.
Two Leaves is based in Basalt and was founded in 2005 by Richard Rosenfeld.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association has announced that nominations are open for several awards honoring local businesses and individuals. Award categories include: DECA Entrepreneur of the Year, Bosco Tourism Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year, Philanthropic Business of the Year, Top Brass Awards, ATHENA Young Professional award, ATHENA award and Citizen of the Year.
The Chamber Ambassador Committee will select the Top Brass Awards based on personal or professional achievement, business expansion or milestones of the past year. The accomplishments must have taken place between January and December of 2012 to qualify.
This year marks the 20th year for the annual ATHENA award that honors an exceptional local woman or man who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential. Last year’s ATHENA recipient was Dorothy Snearly.
The ATHENA Young Professional Award will be presented again this year as well. This award recognizes an emerging leader who gives back to the community and serves as a role model for young women. Last year’s ATHENA Young Professional recipient was Jessica Lorah.
Locals also are invited to thank a noteworthy fellow citizen through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Citizen of the Year Award. The award is intended to honor an individual who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community receives notable benefits and becomes a better place to live and work.
Award winners will be honored at the chamber’s annual gala in April.
Nomination forms are available at glenwoodchamber.com/gala. The nomination deadline for all of the awards is Friday, March 1. Contact the chamber at 970 945-6589 for more information.