I am running a hospitality suite for a convention taking place at Denver Convention Center. It starts in ten days. We will be at a nearby hotel. As my organization has a very strict budget, I will do a lot of the catering on site. I need recommendations for local places to shop for higher-end goodies without the higher-end prices. The suite will run 18+ hours each day during the convention, so I need to cover the "Hobbit" diet. :-)
(Hobbit diet- breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, tea, dinner and supper. Plus putting on the kettle for tea and filling in any digestive crevices as needed.)
What I am looking for:
local farmer's markets
gourmet markets on the level of Trader Joe's in terms of pricing and of equal quality or higher
a wine selection that won't break my budget or reputation
While I will be able to shop at places far from the convention site before the event, during the days that the convention takes place, I will be restricted to one supply run per day, preferably under two hours. Locales and addresses would be much appreciated, as none in my group are familiar with Denver and we will be relying heavily on GPS for navigation.
Also, what is the sales tax for food in Denver? From a quick glance, it seems that Colorado's tax system is a tad bit complex.
Any help would be very much appreciated!