Monarch Casino Resort Spa Team Members Receive Top Colorado Restaurant Association Industry Spotlight Awards!

Monarch Casino Resort Spa Team Members Receive Top Colorado Restaurant Association Industry Spotlight Awards!

Among the honorees are Monarch Chophouse’s Executive Chef Greg Weadick and TwentyFour-7’s Server Extraordinaire Marco Vasquez

Monarch Casino Resort Spa proudly announces that two of its Team Members are being recognized for their exceptional contributions to Colorado’s vibrant culinary scene by the Colorado Restaurant Association & Foundation. Executive Chef Greg Weadick of the Monarch Chophouse has been named Colorado Chef of The Year, and Marco Vasquez, a server at TwentyFour-7, has been awarded the Front of House Employee of The Year.

These awards spotlight the passion and professionalism both Chef Greg and Marco consistently deliver to Monarch Casino’s guests, furthering a collective goal to provide an ultimate dining experience.

Chef Greg and Marco will be honored and humbly accept their CRA Awards on Wednesday, November 8th, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, an annual event that celebrates the people who are the backbone of Colorado’s dynamic restaurant industry.

Chef Greg, renowned for his innovative approach and mastery over flavors, has guided the Monarch Chophouse for the past four years, earning numerous accolades. His recommendation for the perfect evening at the Chophouse reflects his philosophy of combining classic techniques with contemporary twists, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience. He suggests the ideal dining experience begins with a pre-dinner gin martini, then continues after being seated with an order of delectable oysters and bison carpaccio paired with a crisp glass of champagne, and then finally settling in to watch a Chophouse Chef (tableside captain) expertly prepare a steak Diane before a guests very eyes. Then, he advises guests to conclude with an irresistible bite of key lime-filled butter cake.

Marco is known for his ceaseless commitment and exemplary guest service at TwentyFour-7. His work raises the bar for servers and challenges his fellow Team Members to strive toward providing an ultimate guest dining experience. His guidance for the perfect lunch speaks to his intimate knowledge of the menu and a keen understanding of guest preferences. He suggests beginning with crispy calamari as an appetizer before moving on to the main course- blackened salmon served with seasonal veggies, mashed potatoes, and lemon caper sauce. Lastly, he encourages guests not to skip dessert because that would mean missing out on TwentyFour-7’s famed New York style Cheesecake.

“Their awards reflect our entire Food and Beverage team at Monarch Casino Resort Spa,” said Kris Thottekat, Food and Beverage Director for Monarch Casino. “These two individuals have the unique ability to make others around them perform at a higher level, raising the bar and expectations for guests at all of our restaurants.”

You’re more than welcome to enjoy a dining experience with Chef Greg’s team or Marco in person! The easiest way to book is to visit and search Monarch Chophouse or TwentyFour-7.

Jordan Sherman M&C Communications | On behalf of Monarch Casino Resort Spa



About Monarch Casino Resort Spa


Monarch Casino Resort Spa is Colorado's premier gaming resort destination. Located only 45 minutes from downtown Denver at 488 Main Street in historic Black Hawk, Colorado, guests who choose to stay, play, and dine at Monarch's award-winning resort can expect the ultimate experience. In 2023, Newsweek readers voted Monarch Casino Resort Spa the 4th “Best Overall Casino Outside of Las Vegas.” Gaming: More than 60,000 square feet of wide-open, red-hot, no-limit gaming space houses 1050 electronic games, 43 table games (including baccarat), a poker room featuring 14 tables including, and a well-appointed self-serve beverage lounge. Dining: Award-winning, elevated dining options include the flagship Monarch Chophouse, Bistro Mariposa, Twenty-Four 7, Buffet, and Java Etc. Lodging: 516 mountain-modern luxury hotel rooms and suites can be found within Monarch's 23-story hotel tower. Spa Monarch: Recognized as a 2023 USA Today 10 Best Hotel Spa finalist, Spa Monarch is a full-service luxury spa available by appointment only. Parking: Monarch has a free enclosed 1,350-space parking garage (including EV chargers), which features hi-tech technology alerting people how many collective and individual spaces are available on each level.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four-diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit

Monarch Casino Resort Spa
488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422