Mile High Life

Big wedding means money ... well, spent

Column by Penny Parker
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Penny Parker

If you thought keeping up with the Joneses was an unobtainable goal, try keeping up with the Smiths.

Kaily Smith, daughter of former Denver dwellers Iris and Michael Smith, two of the nicest rich people you'd ever want to meet, married Adam Westbrook Aug. 2 with reception entertainment by superstar singer John Mayer.

But wait, there's more. For the wedding rehearsal the night before at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., guests were moved and grooved by Usher and Stevie Wonder.

The father of the bride, who made his millions in the natural gas industry, spent $5 million on the parties, according to www.tmz.com, which also captured photos.

The pre-wedding party was staged in a carnival theme including a Ferris wheel flanked by walls covered in white roses.

Kaily, who grew up in Denver, and Adam have homes in Los Angeles and New York, but reportedly call New York home. She's an actress who made her Broadway debut in the romantic comedy "The Performers."

Check out the pictures at www.tmz.com.

Boulder, FoCo get nod

Boulder took the top spot and Fort Collins weighed in at No. 14 in Best College Reviews' list of the 50 Best College Towns.

The website used the criteria of livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence and large employers when ranking the country's top college towns.

Here's what the site said about Boulder's No. 1 position: "Boulder is known as a hip and healthy town with a hippy past and great views of the Flatirons. Boulder is one of the nation's most celebrated towns - in rankings it regularly gets voted the best outdoor town, the brainiest city, one of the top cities for artists and America's Foodiest Town."

As to Fort Collins, Best College Reviews said, "Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and on 'Money' magazine's Best Place to Live in the US list since 2006. A great homegrown music and microbrewery scene complement the town's collegiate vibes, with one of its most attended events hosted by New Belgium Brewery; 'Tour de Fat' as the event is called, draws over 20,000 people riding bikes and dressing in costume."

See the entire list at www.bestcollegereviews.org/50-best-college-towns-america.

Open and shut

Gallo di Nero, an Italian eatery at 1135 Bannock St. in the Golden Triangle, has closed its doors not long after a press event to celebrate the grand opening.

Restaurant owner Josh Barhaug issued a statement that said, "The reasons for the quick closing are as follows: there is a potential buyer for the property; Chef (Darren) Pusateri has accepted an offer at another local eatery and he would like to spend more time with his family.

"Gallo Di Nero's management team (consisting of Barhaug; Pusateri, and Noel Martin, general manager) would like to thank you for attending last month's private media event. The team would also like to thank their Denver patrons and restaurant regulars for their business and support."

Overheard

Eavesdropping a man discussing the night before on the morning after: "I'm going to hell, but I'm OK with that."

Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.