We just received word from Garden of the Gods Gourmet owners Lynn Schlemeyer and Eric Allen, announcing the company's merger with Black Forest's Pinery Enterprises, effective immediately.
The Pinery has been behind the effort to overhaul the former Fish Market on the hill above downtown Colorado Springs, which we first reported on here.
And we just reviewed the Garden of the Gods' Gourmet's worthwhile Dinner With Our Chef in the Kitchen series here last month.
We'll likely update you more on this move in next week's Side Dish column.
But for now, here's the full press release:
Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet, Inc. and Pinery Enterprises, Inc., both award-winning companies dedicated to excellence in the field of gourmet cuisine and all-inclusive, resort-style events, today announced an exciting organizational combination. Effective September 4, 2012, Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet, Inc. , currently owned by husband and wife team Lynn Schlemeyer and Mike Cookson, will be joining Pinery Enterprises, Inc.
Together, the two companies share the values of five-star excellence, unparalleled customer service, and innovative approaches for expansion of their organizations. They will leverage the strengths of both companies to broaden their menu of services for enhanced results beginning in 2012. Eric Allen, Managing Partner and COO of Pinery Enterprises, and Lynn Schlemeyer, President and CEO of Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet, bring a wealth of complementary experience to the combined entity. Allen has over 20 years of experience at culinary and hospitality power houses, including the Ritz-Carlton, Roy’s, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and at various senior positions at The Broadmoor Resort. Schlemeyer has over 20 years of corporate and community-minded experience, including executive marketing positions at Compaq Computer Corporation and four years working directly for President George H. W. Bush overseeing activities such as the Bush/Clinton Katrina relief efforts. She currently serves on the advisory boards of several prestigious universities. The combination of these skills provides a unique and solid management foundation on which to grow this business.
Pinery Enterprises, named as the Gazette 2012 Best of the Springs “Gold” Wedding Center, and located in Black Forest, recently announced (August 13, 2012) plans to expand to a secondary location, to become known as “Pinery on the Hill,” centrally located in Colorado Springs. They will soon be breaking ground on this second location, formerly the Fish Market at 775 E. Bijou St., with plans for completion in mid-2013. With this expansion, Pinery Enterprises will be able to provide state-of-the art, all-inclusive, resort-style facilities for its clients throughout the Southern Colorado region. “With our upcoming expansion in mind, we believe that it is only natural to combine forces with the leading gourmet catering company in our area”, said Allen. “Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet has continually demonstrated a level of culinary and gourmet excellence in its catering and gourmet market offerings that is consistent with the vision and goals of The Pinery. I am truly excited to combine efforts with this award-wining company.”
Pinery Enterprises, Inc. plans to retain the Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet Market at 2528 W. Cucharras for the foreseeable future. “We, along with so many others, are big fans of the Market and see tremendous opportunity for growth going forward,” said Allen. Schlemeyer will be named as Vice-President of Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet Market and Retail Operations at the newly combined company, with a focus on development and expansion. In her new role, Schlemeyer announced, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to focus on development and expansion of our Market. I have always known that there was tremendous opportunity for growth.” Garden of the Gods’ Gourmet has grown from its humble beginnings as a provider of gourmet seasonings to a full-scale caterer, gourmet market and dine-in restaurant. “The steady growth of the business over the past ten years, against economic odds and location challenges, proves the viability of the market concept,” according to Schlemeyer.