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Not planning to drink your weight (by volume) at the Great American Beer Festival this week (Sept 20-22)? No matter—there are plenty more fantastic food and booze events taking place before the end of this month that should help cure some of that FOMO you’re feeling. Read on for seven not-to-be-missed September happenings.
Citizen Rail Anniversary Menu & 365 Day Dry-Aged Steak | September 4-30
Union Station’s Citizen Rail is celebrating its first anniversary by treating guests to a $40 prix fixe menu featuring mesquite-wood-fired mussels and smoked, bone-in short rib. For just $10 more, you can upgrade your entrée to its 365-day in-house dry-aged steak. Reservations are suggested. 1899 16th St., 303-323-0017
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Hearth & Dram / Green Flash Brewing Dinner Pairing | September 19
Union Station neighborhood’s Hearth & Dram may be known as a whiskey destination, but this month it’s hosting a brew-fueled dinner in honor of the Great American Beer Festival. The four-course meal will be paired with brews from San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing. Feast on scallop poke paired with the vibrant Passionfruit Kicker ale and an oak-grilled rib-eye steak paired with the extra hoppy West Coast double IPA. Tickets are $49; reservations can be made by calling Hearth & Dram. 6:30 p.m. 1801 Wewatta St, 303-623-0979
Fall Wine & Food Classic | September 21-22
Vail’s Fall Food & Wine Classic is a must-do thanks to the stunning fall colors in the high country at this time of year. The fest features 35 wineries from around the globe, as well as bites from 25 Vail Valley chefs. The Grand Tasting headlining event is a picnic at the outdoor Gerald Ford amphitheater, which is surrounded by vibrant aspen trees. Tickets cost $85 and can be purchased here. Times vary. Gerald Ford Ampitheater, 520 S Frontage Rd. E, Vail
Sprout City Farms’ Farm to Table Dinner | September 22
Kickstart fall the right way with a five-course dinner that highlights sustainably sourced ingredients from Colorado farms. Private chefs will treat you to unique dishes such as Moroccan-spiced pork belly and pattypan squash upside-down cake. Proceeds from the dinner will support Sprout City Farms’ education program which emphasizes farm food access for urban areas. Tickets cost $90 per person or $540 for a group of six. 5-7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Farm, W. 13th Ave & Depew St., Lakewood
Rosenberg’s Bagels x Comal Impact Brunch | September 23
When Rosenbergs Bagels & Delicatessen and Comal team up for a brunch event, you know it’s going to be good. The menu alone has us drooling: babka French toast with tahini whipped cream; open-face bagel sandwiches featuring the likes of tequila-cured lox and caviar; and an “Epic International Dessert Table” laden with everything from “arroz con leche” to rugelach. Better still, the event benefits Focus Points Family Resource Center (the non-profit that runs Comal) and VOYCE, an organization that assists low-income families and youth in Denver. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3455 Ringsby Court, Ste. 105
Here Series Dinner | September 29
You won’t want to miss this first-of-its-kind alfresco event at the Dairy Block. Three Sage Restaurant Group chefs—Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer Denver, Denis Zvekic of Kachina Denver, and Khamla Vongsakoun of Departure Denver Restaurant & Lounge—are collaborating on four courses of exciting, globally inspired fare. The centerpiece? A roasted whole pig. Fittingly, each course will be paired with whiskey from Vermont’s WhistlePig Distillery. Tickets are $155 a person and include parking. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1800 Wazee St.
Howdy Fest at the Post Brewing Co. | September 29
There’s no better way to celebrate the end of summer than with an outdoor barbecue stocked with cold brews and swinging tunes. Lafayette’s Post Brewing Co. is delivering exactly that with this boozy party, which also features drinks from nearby Odd13 Brewing, Liquid Mechanics Brewing, and Stem Ciders. Howdy Fest guests will enjoy mechanical bulls, fried chicken, and bluegrass tunes from Head for the Hills and Wood Belly. Tickets cost $15 and include one free drink; kids under 12 are free. Noon-4:30 p.m., 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette