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Fantastic Foodie Events Coming to Colorado in March

Gorge yourself on flapjacks for National Pancake Day, imbibe Mardi Gras cocktails, sample over 100 Collaboration Fest brews, and much more.

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Oyster Month Deals at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar | March 1-31

In an ode to the humble oyster, for the entire month of March, all Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar locations will offer specials, wine-pairings, contests, giveaways, parties, and more. Standouts include A Dozen Dozens—a contest wherein diners ordering a dozen oysters are automatically entered to win free oysters for a year—as well as the National Oyster on the Half Shell Day deal, which offers $0.75 Emersum oysters on March 31. Multiple locations

National Pancake Day at Snooze | March 5

This year’s National Pancake Day coincides with Fat Tuesday, so you have an extra reason to gorge yourself on flapjacks. If that isn’t excuse enough, this should be: Snooze is bringing back six of its long-missed flavors just for this magical holiday. Iterations will include king cake (a honey cinnamon pancake topped with vanilla buttercream, maple bourbon sauce, and raw sugar) and blackberry sublime (which tops a white chocolate chip buttermilk pancake with key lime pie filling, graham cracker crumble, blackberries, and whipped cream). All Snooze locations 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Boulder 7 a.m.-3 p.m.) 

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Robert Sinskey Wine Dinner at the Bindery | March 7

Taste Robert Sinskey’s Napa Valley wines—which are produced with biodynamically farmed grapes—alongside four delicious courses from chef Linda Hampsten Fox. The menu is yet to be determined, but it’s sure to be an evening to remember. $125 for dinner and wine pairings; 7 p.m.; 1817 Central St.

International Women’s Day Dinner at the Ramble Hotel | March 8

Five of the females leading Colorado’s culinary scene will cook for attendees at this empowering—and delicious—dinner. Jennifer Jasinski, Nadine Donovan, Dana Rodriguez, Kathryn Caine, and Alex Jump—all prominent Denver tastemakers—will collaborate on a four-course meal replete with cocktail pairings. All proceeds will benefit nonprofit Girls Inc. of Denver, an organization that empowers girls through programming and advocacy. $75; 7-9 p.m.; 1280 25th St.

Viva Las Vegas Gala | March 9

What happens at this Sin City–themed gala won’t stay there because all the proceeds go to programming for the Boulder branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Held at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, there will be poker and other casino games, dishes from Blackbelly Market (think: rotisserie chicken with herb butter), drinks including Twisted Pine Brewing beer, and music from Elvis impersonator Aaron Black. Don’t forget to bid on prizes at the live and silent auctions. $125; 6-11 p.m.; 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder

Lay the Favorite Run for the Roses Preview at Seven Grand | March 9, 16, 23, 30

Dairy Block’s whiskey bar, Seven Grand, will host a series of cocktail hours every week this month on behalf of Run for the Roses, a forthcoming Dairy Block underground lounge. At each event, attendees will receive a gratis welcome libation before trying their choice of seven Run for the Roses drinks, each available for additional purchase. Reserve your spot here. $15; times vary; 1855 Blake St.

Eat Colorado Food Show | March 12

Join EatDenver and Centennial State culinary artisans, winemakers, brewers, spirits producers, and more at the fourth annual Eat Colorado Food Show, taking place at the National Western Complex. 120 producers from across the state will be on hand with delicious samples and information about how they grow and make their Colorado-proud wares. New this year: Colorado-themed prepared foods for purchase from KM Concessions and a speaker series featuring Ashley Hausman (Mistral Wine Co.), Eric Cornacki (Re:Vision), Krista Roberts (Slow Food USA), Slavica Park (Focus Points and Comal Heritage Food Incubator), and Todd Leopold (Leopold Bros.). Register hereFree; noon-4 p.m.; 4655 Humboldt St.

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36th Annual Great Chefs of the West Event | March 13

Celebrate the diversity of Colorado’s restaurant scene at this charitable culinary event. Gourmands will sample bites from Departure Denver Restaurant & Lounge, El Five, Old Major, and many more of the Mile High City’s best eateries. Pace yourself, though, as there will be chefs from more than 20 Denver restaurants cooking for the massive event, including the evening’s chef chairs Kathryn Caine of Death & Co. and Fruition Restaurant’s Franco Ruiz. Bid on live and silent auction items like a private dinner at Death & Co., all to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. $200; 6-9 p.m.; 1399 35th St.

Pi Day Deal at Mici Handcrafted Italian | March 14

Finally, a Pi Day deal as wacky as the holiday itself: Each of Mici Handcrafted Italian’s locations will give away 3.14 pizzas to the first four people in their lines at 3:14 p.m. The first three people will receive a full 10-inch pizza, while the fourth will be gifted a little more than a tenth of one. Multiple locations

High-Altitude St. Patrick’s Day Parties at Breckenridge Mountain| March 15-17

Breckenridge’s on-mountain Sevens restaurant will transform into O’Sevens for the entire month of March, and will throw a very special three-day St. Patty’s Day party hosted by Breckenridge Brewery. For each, revelers can expect live music, beer specials, and a snow sculpture bar slinging themed libations. Ski on over to experience North America’s highest Irish pub at 10,010 feet. Free; times vary; 1979 Ski Hill Rd., Breckenridge

Collaboration Fest | March 16

Have you ever wanted to taste an ale aged with blackberries? Maybe a kviek brewed with Ponderosa pine? If so, you’re in luck, for those are just a taste of the many unique concoctions you can sample during this teamwork-themed festival. Over 200 brewers from Colorado and beyond have paired up to make specialty collaboration suds for the event. The result? More than 100 one-off brews created by heavy-hitting craft partnerships, like Denver Beer Company and Minneapolis’ Dangerous Man Brewing Company. $65-$85; 2-6 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St.

Colorado Craft Beer Week | March 16-23

Cherish all the Colorado craft beer you can drink at the seventh-annual celebration. This sudsy, week-long soirée kicks off with more than 100 craft beer samples at Collaboration Fest (see above). The closing event, the Big Reveal, will be hosted at Union Station, where attendees can sample 20 traditional, Colorado-made IPAs. Throughout the week, breweries all over the state will host unique beer-centric events in their own taprooms. Prices and locations vary

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Greek Independence Day Party at Intrepid Sojourner | March 23

Join the folks at Intrepid Sojourner for an all-day party in honor of Greek Independence Day. The brewery will release a Baklava-inspired herb ale and lead a cookie and beer pairing for the occasion. Guests can also savor Greek dishes from Deputy Spudslinger food truck, browse a craft market put on by Denver’s Crafted Art Emporium, and play lawn games—including corn hole and giant versions of beer pong and flip cup—in the bar’s beer garden. Free; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; 925 W. Eighth Ave.

Roman Food Expert Katie Parla Comes to Colorado | March 24 and 25

Love Roman food? Get your fill at two separate dinners, both featuring journalist and food educator Katie Parla and her new cookbook, Food of the Italian South. Parla will be at Coperta in Uptown on the 24th and Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine on the 25th, where she’ll sign copies of her book and greet guests. Menus include southern Italian treats such as bread dumplings with tomato broth and pork cooked with grapes, respectively. $78 per person at Coperta, 400 E. 20th Ave.; $135 per person at Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; times vary

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