Larry DiPasquale, owner of Centennial, Colo.-based Epicurean Culinary Group--one of companies listed on the Special Events "25 Great, Big Caterers" list--has been appointed by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Tourism Office board of directors to represent the food, beverage and restaurant industry.

DiPasquale's company handles events ranging from high-profile business events to high-end weddings.

He also owns Mangia Bevi at Pallazzo Verde Café in Greenwood Village, Colo.

His community outreach has included projects ranging from feeding Denver’s hungry and homeless to teaching disabled children how to ski.

He is a past Colorado Restaurant Association board member and was inducted into the CRA’s Foodservice Hall of Fame in 2009.