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Sugar Pine Farm Dinner

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The source of ingredients for your meal isn’t a mystery at this farm-to-table supper. Executive chef Carrie Grenier of Sugar Pine Catering uses just-harvested produce from the venue’s garden (think: heirloom tomatoes, fairy tale eggplants, and sweet peppers) to craft her delicious menu. Proceeds from alcohol sales at the event benefit the Southern Mutts Rescue…

Breckenridge HogFest – Bacon & Bourbon

If you’re looking for something a little heartier than wine and cheese, this indulgent culinary festival is your best bet. On Thursday, savor a four-course, pork-centric meal made by chefs at the Quandary Grille, then attend Friday’s tasting to try more small bites (Tender Belly bacon, anyone?) and bourbon pours from over 25 distilleries. Proceeds…

Colorado Burger Summit

Skip the backyard barbecue and try Colorado’s best gourmet sliders during this two-day competition. Fourteen Colorado restaurateurs, including Telluride-based former champ Steamies Burger Bar, will battle to become the Centennial State’s burger master. While you taste each grilled treat, listen to a live ska and reggae show by Front Range group the Alcapones, then judge…

Corks & Forks

Thanks to this rooftop soiree, you don’t have to search for the restaurant with the perfect patio: You’ll be dining at at 10 al fresco eateries. Sip seasonal suds from Denver’s  Strange Craft Brewery while eating your way through small bites from Habit Doughnut Dispensary, Blue Island Oyster Bar, and Tamayo. Proceeds benefit the National…

Hops in the Hangar

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Twenty-plus Mile High City brewmasters will come together under one roof at this charitable beer festival. Sample refreshing suds like the Lightshine Radler (a lager with raspberry lemonade) from Wibby Brewing as well as a grapefruit IPA made by Broomfield’s Nighthawk Brewery, and grab a snack from local food trucks. While you imbibe, check out…

Catch of the Day: Fresh Fish and Seafood

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If you’re looking to incorporate more seafood in your diet (without overspending at swanky  restaurants), learning to cook shellfish at this introductory workshop is a good place to start. In class, the Gourmet Spoon executive chef Dan Witherspoon will teach you how to prepare fresh coastal dishes, such as pan-seared scallops, oven-roasted salmon, and Jamaican…

Steamboat Wine Festival

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At this elegant wine-focused festival, celebrate your favorite vino the Colorado way: at more than 6,000 feet. Be sure to attend the tasting event, where 100-plus wines sourced from the Sierra Nevadas to the Swiss Alps are available for sampling. Then check out Friday’s lunch to savor modern French fare from Steamboat Springs’ Harwigs restaurant…

Five Points Brew & BBQ

With over twenty food options, you're sure to find a meal to satisfy your barbecue cravings at this Five Points festival. Dig into a pulled pork sandwich from Big G's BBQ or ribs made by Rolling Smoke Bar-B-Que, then wash it down with a pint of the neighborhood’s best suds from Spangalang Brewery or Black…
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Top Taco Denver

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Cinco de Mayo may be over, but it's not too late to chow down on the city's best tacos and tequilas. More than 50 local restaurants—including Los Chingones, Work & Class, and Tacos Tequila Whiskey—bring their best foldable Mexican fare to this showcase. People's choice and judge's choice honors will be given out to the…

Attack of the Big Beers

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Beers, mountain views, gourmet food, live music and indie movies—it doesn't get more “Colorado” than this. During this new summer event at Copper Mountain, guests can sample as many “big beers” (we’re talking rich, high alcohol content brew) as their heart desires, while pairing their beverage with gourmet grilled cheese samplings. As you chow down…

Do at the Zoo

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Embark on a culinary safari and taste sample dishes from more than 55 local restaurants and breweries at this tasting. Try Panzano’s lobster saladon endive or banana pudding with caramel sauce from Wheat Ridge's Post Oak Hall, and wash your small bites down with a Roadie Grapefruit Radler from Great Divide Brewing Company. While you snack,…
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Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing

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At this hoppier alternative to a wine and cheese party, pair four brews from Denver's Alpine Dog Brewing Company—a grapefruit IPA, a Belgian golden, a Belgian dubbel, and a cherry chili chocolate stout —with savory offerings from the Truffle Cheese Shop, such as a fleur de maquis French sheep's milk cheese and a Gorgonzola from Italy.…

Black Project Beer Dinner

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At this elegant dinner, you'll have the chance to eat and drink a feast made with Colorado-grown produce. A Notte chef Jeffrey Deakyne will use vegetables from the Boulder Farmers Market and Denver's the GrowHaus to create a four-course meal of grilled octopus and homemade tagliatelle. As you savor each dish, try a complementary wild-yeast brew  from Black Project Spontaneous & Wild…

Brewer’s Alley

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There's no need to choose one brewpub to spend your Saturday night when you can sip suds from 10 Centennial State beermakers at this outdoor festival. Savor delicious hors d'oeuvre, from salted pretzels to bacon-wrapped dates, and then wash down your snacks with brews from Durango-based Ska Brewing and Denver's Renegade Brewing Company. While you nosh, enjoy an acoustic performance…

Preserve the Harvest: Pickling with the Real Dill

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Learn all the perfect pickling techniques at this hands-on class. Tour the Real Dill’s facilities and then discover how to make a quick pickle brine and can cucumbers like a pro. After the lesson, enjoy a seasonal lunch of  sandwiches and pasta made with tangy pickled vegetables. Proceeds benefit the GrowHaus, a nonprofit focused on…

Easy Brews Beer Festival

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Raise a toast to summer at this beer extravaganza. Try unlimited seasonal samples from 19 local breweries, including Denver's the Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and Briar Common Brewery & Eatery as well as Aurora-based Launch Pad Brewery. If you get hungry, grab West African–inspired bites from the Pikene Grill, Asian fusion cuisine from the Ginger Pig, or Venezuelan fare from Arepas House.…

Taste of Louisville

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Kick off the first Louisville farmer’s market of the season by taking a culinary journey through the town's best restaurants. At the food festival, enjoy bites from more than 15 local eateries, including Pica’s Mexican Taqueria, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Sushi Yoshi. Then wash down your feast with brews from Louisville’s Gravity Brewing and Crystal Springs Brewing…

Farm to Table Dinner

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Chef Tussaint McPherson, formerly of Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor Hotel, will prepare his dishes al fresco at this dinner highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. Before the meal, savor a summer cocktail while you ride in an antique wagon around the farm to meet its furry residents (be sure to say hello to miniature horse Little Henry).…

Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival

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At this spirit-centric event, whiskey lovers and gin hounds alike can enjoy their drink of choice. Sample up to five tasters from 30 Centennial State distilleries such as Vapor Distillery, Spirit Hound Distillers, and Anvil Distillery, then grab a complimentary cocktail (try the lavender gin lemonade) made with local booze. Each purveyor will also offer…

Indulge for CASA

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Kick off this Italian feast by tasting tipples from Firestone’s Wild Cider and Broomfield’s Wonderland Brewing Co. After bidding on Sur La Table cooking classes in a silent auction, watch chefs from Balisteri Vineyards grill peach-glazed pork loin and wood-fired pizzas for your main course. Proceeds benefit CASA, a Broomfield nonprofit that advocates for victims…

Prosecco and Pancakes

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Before you’re serenaded by saxophonists at the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, satisfy your sweet tooth at a hearty brunch. Savor Ruffino prosecco mimosas while you sample mouthwatering pancakes topped with homemade hazelnut spreads or cinnamon-spiced apples (compliments of Keystone’s Black Diamond Catering). To round out the meal, don’t forget to add a side of…

A Night on the Ranch

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Spend a charming evening on a 1,500-acre ranch during the inaugural installment of this supper series. Start by taking a farm tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at the way meat animals (think: grass-fed Highland cattle and heritage-breed pigs) are raised, then enjoy a five-course dinner featuring oxtail-and-mushroom tartan as well as brisket with red…

Kombucha Workshop with Happy Leaf Kombucha

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You’ve sampled the refreshing fermented beverage at bars around town—now try making it yourself during this informative workshop. The owner of Edgewater’s Happy Leaf Kombucha, Jenni Lyons, will teach you the tools you need to craft the probiotic drink as well as tips on infusing your kombucha with herbal flavors like cranberry-lavender. Proceeds benefit the…

Guest Chef Dinner with Joshua McFadden

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If you want to incorporate more healthy recipes into your diet but aren't sure how to make veggies taste good, take some pointers from this plant-focused menu. Follow the expert knowledge of chef Paul C. Reilly (Beast & Bottle) and guest chef Joshua McFadden from Portland’s Ava Gene as they share à la carte seasonal dishes from McFadden’s latest…

Hygge Dinner

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“Hygge” is the Danish word for cozy, and that’s the perfect way to describe the atmosphere at this intimate dinner party. Relax on a sheepskin-clad bench at a communal dinner table as Kevin Grossi (the executive chef for the Regional) cooks a five-course meal over an open fire. On the menu is a whole grilled Colorado…

Beyond Burger Traveling Pop-Up

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Thanks to this pop-up burger bar, you can count on eating at least one plant-based meal this weekend. Boulder husband-and-wife chefs Ryan and Lindsay Cunningham will serve a healthy lunch of Beyond Meat vegan burgers, RollingGreens millet tots, and Health-Ade carrot-blood orange kombucha ($8). Proceeds benefit Metro Caring, a Denver nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief to low-income…
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Chicken Fight

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Ordinarily, watching a fight between fowl is frowned upon, but this brawl is a bit more civilized. Denver's best poultry chefs (Brider, Yardbird, and Fire on the Mountain are among the 40-restaurant list) face off for the finest edible chicken honors in this throwdown, with titles awarded for the best barbecue, fried chicken, wings, and overall dish.…

Mac & Cheese Fest

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Skip the blue Kraft box—thanks to this cheesy contest, you can taste more elegant versions of your favorite comfort food. Summit County restaurants (including Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe and Jack’s Slopeside Grill & Bar) battle to create the tastiest version, which means you can try Cajun-style macaroni with crawfish or applewood-smoked brisket mac-and-cheese. Still hungry? Enter…

Hickory & Ash Preview Dinner

You don't have to wait until Hickory Ash (the Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group's new meat-focused eatery) opens in Broomfield this June to get an exclusive taste of its hearty menu. At this preview dinner, sample hors d'oeuvres such as duck duck goose (duck, foie gras, and gooseberries) as well as delectable entrees like a braised short…

7th Anniversary Backyard BBQ

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Barbecues aren’t complete without a brew in hand, and at this backyard soiree, you can choose from more than 20. Load up on barbecued pork from Frank’s Bar-B-Que and starchy sides from Spudz food truck, then  sample unlimited pours from 10 Colorado breweries. (We recommend the new Mezcal Pale from Denver-based Strange Craft Beer Company.) Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for…