Colorado first lady opens Gov Mansion for ‘Pints and Bites’

First Lady Jeannie Ritter hosted a collection of Colorado brewers and chefs at the Governor’s Residence, and showcased food from several Colorado farms at the first “Pints & Bites.” With more than 200 patrons in attendance, the event featured 30 different beers from 15 Colorado breweries, paired with 23 menu items using food from five Colorado farms, and all prepared by 17 chefs from the Culinary School of the Rockies.

First Lady Jeannie Ritter kicks the evening off as Kris Oyler, left, of the Colorado Brewers Guild and Adam Dolye, center, look on.

“What a fun and important event this turned out to be,” said First Lady Ritter.

“Not only did we raise important funds for preserving this magnificent facility, but we also showcased some of what Colorado has to offer in the way of breweries and farms.”

In addition to food and craft beer pairings, the event also had live entertainment by the Hillbilly Hellcats Band, and chef and brewer presentations. With the 100-year-old Boettcher Mansion as the backdrop, the unique event is part of Jeanne Ritter’s ongoing mission to preserve the Governor’s Residence and provide broader access to what she calls “Colorado’s home.”

“The governor and I inherited this place in such great shape,” she noted. “So we really feel like it’s our duty to establish a sustainable revenue source for it and just open the doors of the place so that we can expose it to as many people from around the state as possible.”

The event was a collaboration of the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, the Colorado Brewers Guild and the Culinary School of the Rockies.