The Gateway to the Rockies Podcast

We started this podcast to share the stories of the rich diversity, culture & history of Aurora, Colorado.

Updated with original episodes every month, the Visit Aurora "Gateway To The Rockies Podcast" serves to amplify the voices of the influential people shaping the future of Aurora, Colorado, with a focus on business owners, community leaders, and those preserving history and moving culture forward. To be featured in an upcoming episode, please click here.

Amanda Blaurock, Village Exchange Center

Eighty percent of Colorado's immigrant and refugee population lives in a vibrant Northwest Aurora neighborhood. The Village Exchange Center has become an anchor to that community, providing valuable resources, programs, & opportunities. Co-founder Amanda Blaurock discusses how VEC personifies the idea of "being the change you want to see in the world."

Thoa Nguyen, Bánh And Butter Bakery Café

Pastry Chef by day, Culinary Chef by night, Thoa Nguyen fuses Vietnamese and French baking traditions at the new Bánh And Butter Bakery Café, part of an influx of innovative businesses on East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado.

Terry Walsh, Rolling Smoke BBQ

Dazzling his friends with his backyard barbecue skills in Oklahoma, Terry Walsh moved to Colorado & transformed his weekend hobby into one of the pre-eminent BBQ restaurants in Colorado. Rolling Smoke BBQ in Stanley Marketplace has become a fixture for BBQ lovers in Aurora, & The Rocky Mountain region.

John Kim, Angry Chicken

During a trip to his birth country of South Korea, John Kim became enamored with its famed "rice chicken". Marrying Korean tradition with contemporary style, Angry Chicken has become a powerhouse in Aurora, Colorado.

Michelle Nguyen, Create Cooking School

The ultimate date night? Elite chefs teaching you how to cook world-class cuisine. Create Cooking School inside Stanley Marketplace merges culinary arts with high-value entertainment. Operations manager Michelle Nguyen gives us the story of this Aurora gem & her version of an epic dinner party experience.

Visit Aurora CEO, Bruce Dalton

In this episode, we sit down with Visit Aurora CEO Bruce Dalton to explore the future of tourism in Aurora & the challenges & opportunities emerging from the pandemic.

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