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Honoring Mr. Lenny Martinelli of Boulder, Colorado

Location: Washington, DC

HONORING MR. LENNY MARTINELLI OF BOULDER, COLORADO -- (Extensions of Remarks - March 17, 2004)


Mr. UDALL of Colorado. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Mr. Lenny Martinelli of Boulder, Colorado for his exemplary service to the Colorado community.

In 1987, two cities on opposite sides of the world, in countries on opposite sides of the political spectrum, collaborated to bring their respective traditions, culture, and history to one another in a peaceful manner. During a time of great conflict and tension, the cities of Boulder, Colorado, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan, united as the Sister Cities. Over the next three years, dozens of Tajikistani painters, woodcarvers, and ceramicists worked on completing Dushanbe's gift to Boulder, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. The result was a magnificent structure and a wonderful restaurant that offers exquisite cuisine and atmosphere.

The success and beauty of the Teahouse would not have been possible without the leadership and management of Lenny Martinelli. For six years, Lenny has provided the direction, character, and culinary expertise for one of Colorado's most impressive restaurants. As proprietor of the Teahouse, Lenny has been responsible for maintaining the impressive reputation and quality of the Soviet Union's largest gift to the United States.

But Mr. Martinelli's dedication to the Sister Cities reaches beyond the walls of his restaurant. Every year he organizes a community cultural celebration on the Persian New Year of Navrus. He holds annual fundraisers to help finance Dushanbe's Cyber-Cafe, which is Boulder's gift to its sister city. A very positive and talented man, Lenny also is a constant advocate for worldwide unity and global awareness.

Mr. Speaker, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is a world-class facility. Its lovely architecture and artwork make it the largest example of ancient Persian art in the country. Its food is an awesome assimilation of the greatest tastes from across the East. As the name indicates, it has one of the most impressive collections of teas in the world. Adding to the overall excellence of the Teahouse is Mr. Martinelli's great proprietorship which has kept the Teahouse as one of the premiere dining facilities in the Rocky Mountain region.

Through his role in the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, Lenny Martinelli has demonstrated the greatest attributes of a global community. I urge my colleague to join me today in honoring him for his accomplishments.

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