Intro from Michael Carr-Turnbough, Vice President of Culinary
As we near the holiday season and draw closer to the end of the year and begin our planning for holiday festivities and visiting with family and friends, I tend to reflect on the days, weeks, and months behind us in the year past. Where did it go? It passed by so fast; did I accomplish my goals at work, at home, in life? And, did I do the right thing all of the time, or at least try my best. For me, there are as many no’s as yesses. Maybe because I am hard on myself or because I do not have my priorities straight?
This year was a very busy and successful year for Sage Restaurant Group. We opened Pint Brothers Ale House at the Marriot Denver Tech Center, and our fourth Urban Farmer Steakhouse and second Kachina Southwestern Grill in downtown Denver. We have also been creating, designing and planning The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market, one opening this year in Fort Collins, CO and the second one will open early next year in Savannah, Georgia. (Personally for me it will be fun being back in the south for a while). Then of course, there is all the fun involved with the day to day operations of the restaurants, as well as the continued planning that comes with building a growing company.
(Have you noticed how work comes first; it’s that priority problem I tend to have sometimes.)
On the home front it was another amazing, crazy year with all those ups and downs that life can throw your way. On the very positive side, I got to be present for the birth of my first granddaughter, Leah Marie Manley. What a wonderful experience and opportunity to now be the grandfather of this amazing child! But of course life is not all rainbows and unicorns (or camouflage and game for some) as I also had to go through the sudden loss of a lifelong friend – Tony V. He was a funny guy with a big smile and bigger heart, but would call you out on your BS! He was everyone’s friend, the type of guy that would help you out with any situation without hesitation and the person you thought would be there forever.
So with the holidays almost upon us, and as the end of the year rolls around, I know one of my goals for 2018 will be to realign my priorities. I want to ensure I connect with, love and appreciate my family and friends as you never know what life will throw your way.
“Good Friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” – Old Saying