Mingle with Colorado ranchers over cocktails while celebrating local cuisine. Along with a four course dinner (with ingredients sourced from a Longmont farm), Jason Rogers—the anti-corporate chef of Oskar Blues—will serve you delectable microbrews. This is what that buzz term "farm-to-table" is all about. Wed 6 p.m.
Revel in all things pie at this fundraiser for Denver's Anchor Center for Blind Children, a nonprofit that aids in the education of blind and visually-impaired children. There's something in it for the whole family—from a pie-baking competition and a pie-eating contest to a pie walk. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Local chef and restaurateur Frank Bonanno (of Luca D' Italia, Green Russell, and more) hosts acclaimed German winemaker August Kesseler. Taste Kesseler's foreign selection of vino over a multicourse, intimate dinner at Bonanno's noodle bar, with pairings like sous vide lamb with Pinot Noir. Mon 6 p.m.
A multicourse dinner created by Mark Monette—executive chef and owner of Flagstaff House Restaurant—is made even better with beers chosen by Adam Avery of Avery Brewing Company. Divine tastes such as vintage natural short ribs and Yukon Gold potato puree are paired with beers like Uncle Jacob's Stout. Wed 7-9 p.m.
Under the motto "work hard, play hard, give back" the Denver Habitat Young Professionals of Habitat for Humanity bring you a bracket-style day-drinking tournament. Teams of four will go against one another in games of flip-cup, giant beer pong, and an epic Das Boot chug off finale. The grand prize: A luxury Denver Nuggets package. Sat 11 a.m.
More than 40 breweries and micro-distilleries join together for one of fall's most popular boozing festivals. Start sipping on Thursday night in Odell's tasting room with a special release, fall harvest brew, then get crafty with samples from Dancing Pines Distillery, Funkwerks, and Twisted Pine Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Animal House. Thu 7 p.m.; Sat 7-10 p.m.
Frances Mayes' whimsical biography-turned-blockbuster Under the Tuscan Sun left us with yearnings for an Italian getaway. This time, Mayes delivers la dolce vita by the glass with her new wine brand, Tuscan Sun Wines. Enjoy a four-course dinner and taste her six unique blends. Wed 5:30 p.m.
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