Like many businesses, the spark of MenusFirst was lit by an experience far from the business world. On vacation in Crested Butte in 2000, we picked up a printed menu guide and took it to our condo to figure out where we wanted to eat. Several months later, the idea that restaurant menus should be online popped out of the subconscious and into being.
It’s been 11 years now, and a lot has changed. It’s easier to search for topics you’re interested in. Social networking, blogging, and videos, are all ways we share our experiences now. We decided that it was time to expand our reach and become not only a national restaurant and menu guide, but one that incorporates sharing our food experiences in a fun way.
MenusFirst is always looking for creative and innovative ways to share experiences that bring us together around food. If you have ideas you think we should know about, please visit our contact page.
Would you like to expand your reach with MenusFirst.com?
We believe that our restaurant’s, caterer’s and chef’s time is best served doing what they do best . . . making great food! There are several affordable advertising options available. Please visit our contact page for more information.
What we’ve been up to over the years . . .
Chili Inferno Chile Cook-Off – Labor Day
The 8th Annual Chili Inferno Chile Cook-Off again pleased and torched many palettes. Congratulations to all your participants.
Chili Inferno Chile Cook-Off Results
The 7th Annual Chili Inferno Cook-Off was another great success. There were over 1500 tastes of chilis and salsas had that day. It took about 15 minutes for one inferno chili I tasted to wear off. Luckily I was able to follow it up with a delicious peach salsa. Congratulations to all our partcipants and thank you for your great cooking.
Boulder Rez Fest and the Chili Inferno Chile Cook-Off
Labor Day Weekend MenusFirst sponsored the Chili Inferno Chile Cook-Off. Restaurants, Cooking Schools, Caterers, Personal Chefs and the Public competed in 5 categories of Chili and 4 categories of Salsa. The variety ranged from mild fare, to rattlesnake chili. Visitors got to vote for their favorites and awards were given. One of the crowds favorites was Casa Alvarez, go by some time and check out why!
Denver – PrideFesters were 140,000 strong this year. The new location seemed to have a good flow. Our booth was swamped with record numbers voting for their favorite restaurants, winning prizes and learning more about MenusFirst.
The Taste of Ft. Collins
This years Taste of Ft. Collins was held in Old Town Ft. Collins. Our booth this year also included visitors voting for their favorite restaurants, and an expanded “Roll the Dice for Prizes” which included fun stuff for the kids.
Boulder Creek Festival
Boulder – Memorial Day. This three day event kicked off our summer events. “Rolling the Dice for Prizes” and “Registering to Win Gift Certificates” to local restaurants brought the crowds. Visitors voted and picked “The Mediterranean” as their favorite restaurant.
American Diabetes Association Show
Denver – This venue was a first for us. Many visitors stopped to learn about what our restaurants, caterers and personal chefs could offer them. David Straus of Elegant Fare Personal Chef and Catering Service joined us and talked with visitors about diets and how a personal chef could come to your home and cook for their special dietary needs.
WestEx Restaurant Trade Show
The two day show held in January at the Merchandise Mart in Denver, again was a great success. Visitors could draw from our “mailbox” and win a free year of service or other great value prizes.
The Taste of Ft. Collins
Over 20,000 people came to the Taste of Ft. Collins this year. Again, hundreds came by and “rolled the dice for prizes” and registered to win gift certificates from our Northern Colorado restaurants.
Over 110,000 people came to celebrate the 12th Annual Pridefest. “Rolling the Dice for Prizes” attracted hundreds to learn more about MenusFirst.com.
Boulder Creek Festival
Over 150,000 people attend this diverse festival. We were there to spread the word and the buttercream mints!
Colorado Convention Center Groundbreaking
MenusFirst was on hand (and knee with shovel) on April 29, 2002 when members of the Colorado Restaurant Association helped the at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Colorado Convention Center expansion. A total of 1,217 people turned out for the groundbreaking setting a new Guinness World Record. The previous record of 800 people was set in 1999 at an Ace Hardware groundbreaking in Loxley, Alabama.
WestEx 2002 Restaurant Trade Show
The two day show held in January at the Merchandise Mart in Denver, drew a record number of attendees with more than 500 exhibitors. What a great show! Our booth was located close to the Bartending Competition so we were entertained while we worked. Hundreds of restaurant owners, personal chefs, caterers, and service people stopped by to learn more about us and take home cool stuff.
The Taste of Ft. Collins 2001
What a great day we had! Hundreds of people gathered at our booth for 8 hours straight, filling out our surveys and rolling the dice for fabulous prizes! We also had a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the winner’s favorite MenusFirst restaurant.