'Dinner and a Laugh' shows set for Valentine's Day weekend at new downtown Casper venue (PHOTOS) - Casper, WY Oil City News
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‘Dinner and a Laugh’ shows set for Valentine’s Day weekend at new downtown Casper venue (PHOTOS)

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CASPER, Wyo. — “Occasions by Cory” will be hosting their first public events at their new downtown event venue in Casper this Valentine’s Day weekend.

The Friday “Dinner and a Laugh” show has sold out but tickets are available for the 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 15 show.

“It’s going to be a comedy show with three different comedians,” owner Cory Poulos says. “All Denver-based comedians. We are bringing them up from out of town for a fun night for something different to do for Valentine’s Day weekend.”

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“For those that can’t get out on natural Valentine’s Day night, we’ll have something the next night, same structure same show. [The shows will be combined with] a really nice dinner buffet and dessert buffet so people can see a little bit about what we do if they haven’t had that opportunity.”

“Occasions by Cory” is a catering and special events company that moved to their new 303 South Wolcott Street location on Dec 4, 2019.

“We’re just hoping to bring some liveliness back to the downtown area and create some fun public events for people,” Poulos says. “Our goal would be to do at least one type of public event a month in our space.”

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“For March, we’re looking at doing our ‘Fondue Nights.’ Now that we have a larger space to accommodate a lot more folks we can do that down here. We’re going to be doing that on March 21st, that’ll be by reservation ahead of time.”

Looking further into the spring, Occasions by Cory are planning to do an Easter brunch and Mother’s Day brunch.

“That’s what we have, you know, for public events leading up to the summer time,” Poulos says. “We get a lot busier with wedding season at that point but we’d still like to do one thing in house each month open to the public to showcase the space here and extend our reach to a broader range of people.”

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Since making the move downtown, Poulos says the space has been busy.

“We had a lot of Christmas parties,” he explains. “We had a lot of off-site Christmas parties already booked but with the addition of our own space here we were able to actually pull in over a dozen events for the month of December just in-house, last minute.”

“A lot of people wait until the last minute and with the timing of our opening we were able to accommodate a lot of those folks. We wouldn’t recommend doing that for this next year because December is already actually fairly full for in-house.”

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Poulos says the move has been positive.

“It’s been great,” he said. “We were able to use the space a lot and see how people utilize the different areas and the main floor versus the upstairs locations. That gave us a really good feel of what works and what doesn’t work.”

“We had our private New Year’s Eve opening here, which was great. We brought in live music and just did food and had kind of a thank you for past clients and people who supported us through opening the new space.”

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Moving forward, the venue will host private events like weddings, fundraisers and company dinners.

“It’s also a great place just to have meetings,” Poulos says. “During the day we can do coffee and beverage service along with lunch service for folks that just want a little bit of private space for something like that from time to time. We’re just excited about the opportunity to offer an additional option downtown.”

“Being downtown has been great. We’ve had a lot of people stopping in just to see what we’re doing and excited that we’ve brought something to the building that’s been quiet for quite some time. It’s been positive so far and we just want to continue to give back to the downtown community. We’ve felt a warm reception so far and just want to continue that relationship and enhance that experience for folks as well.”

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