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También Spring Pop-Up Dinner

Date:
Apr 20, 2016 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$70.
Phone:

We can't assume the GrowHaus purposely chose to set this three-course culinary affair on 4/20, but they probably know it's a good day to have lots of food on hand. And there will be: Four well-known Denver eateries, including Ophelia's Electric Soapbox and the Squeaky Bean, will provide the munchies, while Jagged Mountain Brewery, Peak…

Coohills’ Allegrini Wine Dinner

Date:
Apr 23, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$100.
Phone:
(303) 623-5700

Welcome the warmer weather with this springtime- and European-inspired, six-course meal, during which each dish will be paired with a renowned Allegrini wine made in Italy's Valpolicella region. Start with a pour of the Poggio al Tesoro (2014), which pairs well with Chef Tom Coohill's halibut topped with turnips, Meyer lemon, mustard, and lavender. The…

Pizza Master Class

Date:
Apr 24, 2016 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$65.
Phone:
303-718-3012

Fire up your cooking during this two-part workshop series that features your favorite wood-fired pizza pies. Learn how to make a 12-inch pizza peel (that tool chefs use to slide pizzas into the oven) at the Craftsman & Apprentice. Then, join in on part two the following Sunday (May 1) when you'll actually make the…

Chefs Up Front

Date:
Apr 24, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
$500.
Phone:
(303) 228-8000

At this feel-good charity dinner, try a new take on culinary pairing. Guests kick off the night with a cocktail hour that includes a charcuterie station, a raw oyster bar, and signature libations concocted by eight of Denver’s finest bartenders. Attendees can rank their top three choices from a list of more than 30 of…

Javier Plascencia Dinner

Date:
Apr 27, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(720) 570-8686

Travel (through food) to Mexico with Baja-based Chef Javier Plascencia, who will heat up the kitchen with Lola chefs Jamey Fader and Dave Query for a night of six Baja-Mediterranean fusion courses. The courses include an ahi tuna parfait and wood-fired octopus. Cap it all off with a warm doughnut. Each dish is paired with…

Wind Gap Wines & Pax

Date:
Apr 27, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(303) 444-3622

Spring has sprung—we hope—thanks to Pax Mahle of Pax Mahle Wines, a leader in California winemaking. Join him and other vino aficionados for a five-course pairing meal featuring fresh springtime flavors. At the family-style table, spoon up Parmesan panna cotta and wash it down with a 2014 Pinot Noir from Sonoma-based Wind Gap Wines. Then…

A Growing Culture Benefit Dinner

Date:
Apr 27, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$80.
Phone:
303-444-3885

Spring is in the air—and on the plate. This four-course, farm-fresh meal includes a bread and butter plate with house-cultured butter, a beet tartare, and Colorado trout with fermented fry bread. Each course will be paired with a wine, beer, or cider from the restaurant's libations list. Proceeds benefit A Growing Culture, an organization that…

BrüFrou Craft Beer & Culinary Pairings

Date:
Apr 30, 2016 04:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$65-$95.
Phone:
303-360-5360

Tired of trying to attend the many alcohol and food pairing events held in the area? Just pick the largest pairing event of the year, which features more than 88 local brewers and 50-plus unique pairings. Come hungry for eats such as Osteria Marco's Oak Aged Yeti–braised short ribs paired with Great Divide's Oak Aged…

Trick Dog Takeover

Date:
May 05, 2016 to May 08, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 997-8886

When the Williams & Graham staff is away, the Bon Vivants will come to play. For four days, cocktail connoisseurs can enjoy the whimsical creations of the team from Trick Dog Bar, a San Francisco favorite, as its members take over one of Denver's best watering holes. We can't tell you much about the "Top…

Celebrating Mom Winemaker’s Dinner

Date:
May 07, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$80.
Phone:
720-560-7270

Spend Mother's Day on the couch after this five-course meal on the holiday's eve. Master chef Connie Ruel will craft everything from seared scallops and shrimp custard cake to a duck and beef chip Napoleon. Each creation will be paired with a Kingman Estate wine such as a Chardonnay or Merlot. Sat 6 p.m.

A Taste of Spring (Barrel Wine Tastings)

Date:
May 07, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$25.
Phone:

The season for bar crawls is starting, but it's an even better time to hit up your favorite wineries. Visit local vino producers such as Creekside Cellars and Water 2 Wine to get a taste of the fresh libation as wineries release their first batches of the season. Stay close to Denver or venture farther…

Rosé Brunch

Date:
May 08, 2016 11:30 am
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 442-6966

This reputable Boulder eatery will be open for brunch for the first time. A basket of pastries and baked goodies will come to the table first followed closely by delectable eats like yellowfin tuna or the soft-shell crab—all paired with your choice of rosé, champagne, or Chablis wine. Sun 11:30 a.m.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Date:
May 08, 2016 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
$12-$34.
Phone:
(303) 366-0007

Not having to cook is one of the best gifts you can give a mother. Between the prime rib-carving station and the omelet station at this buffer, she won't know where to begin. You can also indulge in the Bloody Mary bar or bottomless mimosas. To top it off, all mothers will receive a rose.…

Distinguished Visiting Chef Series: Pati Jinich

Date:
May 09, 2016 11:30 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(888) 598-2586

You might recognize Chef Pati Jinich from her PBS show, Pati's Mexican Table, or for her appearances on the Today Show, The Talk, or NPR's The Splendid Table. This event offers the rare opportunity to see her live for a demo of recipes from her new cookbook, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Chef and Little Meet And Greet

Date:
May 10, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-0965

Colorado is spicing up its Big Brothers Big Sisters program by throwing chefs into the mix for the Junior Chef Challenge (May 26). Before locals battle it out, they'll meet to devise a winning strategy. Chef Robert Juan of Zengo will meet with Little Sonya Reza; stop by to meet the pair—or just to enjoy…

Chef Joe’s Community Dinner

Date:
May 11, 2016 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
303-777-6443

With only 20 seats available for this four-course, community-style mea, you'll want to reserve your spot now. Chef Joe Cozza of Carmine's on Penn will woo his dinner guests with dishes like spicy chicken and okra gumbo and jambalaya-inspired stuffed bell peppers. Each creation will be paired with a hand-picked Italian wine. Wed 7-9 p.m.

Tapas, Cocktails, & Chocolate Pairing

Date:
May 11, 2016 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:
970-999-6016

Maria von Trapp's favorite things may have been strudel and schnitzel with noodles, but ours match up more closely with this spread of indulgences. CopperMuse Distilling bartenders will mix up five mini cocktails to be served with three tapas courses (think: seared scallops and locally raised guineafowl) prepared by xhef Chrissay Pleines. Pair it all…

Pie & Beer Pairing

Date:
May 14, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$25-$50.
Phone:
303-953-2058

Stop pairing beer with dinner and go straight for dessert. Mockery Brewing and Pie Bird are teaming up to bring you pairings like a mixed berry mini-pie with a lemon Pilsner. The whole event serves as a Kickstarter fund-raiser for the Brewtography Project, a photographic essay that will depict Colorado's craft brewing industry. Sat 6-9…

Dumpster Dinner

Date:
May 21, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-206-7657

One in eight Colorado households is food insecure, yet Americans throw out $165 billion worth of food each year. To combat this problem, Denver organization We Don't Waste rescues unused foodstuffs that would otherwise end up in a landfill—and now the nonprofit is entreating local chefs to help them transform their finds. Cooks like Mijo's…

The Pressed Conference

Date:
May 28, 2016 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-222-2136

Redd's Apple Ale and Strongbow are to cider as Budweiser is to beer—and there's nothing wrong with that—but we know the Centennial State can do better. This apple-infused celebration features tastings from 19 Rocky Mountain cideries such as Colorado Cider Company, Colorado Common Cider, and Stem Ciders, and everyone gets a full glass of Molly's…

Foodies Festival Markets

Date:
Jun 05, 2016 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

This biweekly food festival displays an international sensisbility despite its cuisine's local origins. To wit: It's modeled after European outdoor markets that bring together food vendors, artisans, and musicians for a true community experience. Its kickoff session on June 5 features almost three dozen food vendors from across town, including High Point Creamery and Spud…

Great Divide’s 22nd Anniversary Party

Date:
Jun 11, 2016 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$70.
Phone:
303-296-9460

One of Denver's oldest exisiting microbreweries is celebrating a birthday. Head to Great Divide Brewing Co.'s RiNo location to indulge in its newly released Denver Pale Ale, or be one of the first to try unlimited tastings of its latest 22 Anniversary Dark American Sour Ale. (You'll receive a reusable stainless steel tasting glass to…

Wings & Whiskey

Date:
Jun 12, 2016 04:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$65.
Phone:
303-800-7705

At this summer charity event, attendees judge chefs from eight of Denver's best restaurants as they vie for the title of Denver wing king—or queen. The most daring audience members can even throw their own hats into the ring in a wing eating contest, with the chance to win a Coleman portable grill. In addition…

Party Like It’s 1986

Date:
Jun 15, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
Free entry.
Phone:

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is turning 30 this month, and it's celebrating the significant birthday in almost as many ways. On June 15, all seven locations of the eatery will feature items that were on the original menu in 1986—for the original prices. Three days later, a block party will take over Old Town Fort…

One Night in Oaxaca

Date:
Jun 16, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:

Explore tequila's less popular cousin, mezcal (an alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant), at this tasty event. Guest cooks Martin Campos, executive chef of Comida at the Source; Jose Avila, executive chef and co-owner of Machete Tequila & Tacos; and Sean Yontz, a three-time event veteran, will each create a meal and signature mezcal…

Colorado BBQ Challenge

Date:
Jun 17, 2016 11:00 am - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

The challenge to find the best of the best of America's favorite cuisine has begun. At this Kansas City Barbeque Society–sanctioned event, more than 70 pit masters will compete in barbecue categories including pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, sauce, and "anything goes" to impress a panel of judges and take home the prize. If you aren't…

Rio Three-O Block Party

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-232-3840

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is turning 30 this month, and it's celebrating the significant birthday in almost as many ways. On June 15, all seven locations of the eatery will feature items that were on the original menu in 1986—for the original prices. Three days later, a block party will take over Old Town Fort…

Lake Dillon Brew Festival

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:

Prepare your taste buds for this boozy blowout, where more than 25 Colorado breweries, including LoDo favorites Wynkoop Brewing Company and Tivoli Brewing Company, will offer unlimited samples of craft beer. Stick around after the celebration to hear Live at the Fillmore, a tribute group to the Allman Brothers Band, play a free show at…

Rosé All Day

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
303-593-2554

The weather is warming up in the Mile High City, which means it's time to trade Cabernet Sauvignon for a pinker drink. During this seasonal tasting, sip on a large selection of rosés accompanied with light bites from Max's Wine Dive Denver, including loaded potato croquettes and sliders made from bison and fried chicken. Bonus:…

Patio Jam & Launch Party

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-588-2883

Summer nights call for meals on the patio and meat on the grill. At this launch party, experience just that as GoodBird Kitchen chef Mike Nirenberg serves up char-grilled barbecue chicken with coleslaw, barbecue pork and beans, and a biscuit. Enjoy this tasty meal on the lawn with other specials such as pitchers of the…

Prime Rib Derby

Date:
Jun 19, 2016 03:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$30.
Phone:

Wax nostalgic (and get competitive) at this old-school event, where beer lovers face off against one another in a pinewood boxcar race—no previous Cub Scout membership required. Competitors need only purchase a pinewood boxcar kit to obtain entry into the race and get a free beverage on the big day. After the victors are crowned,…

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Dinner

Date:
Jun 21, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$150.
Phone:
(303) 312-3107

Chefs at Elway's depart from traditional steak house fare to create a unique, summer-inspired menu. This four-course meal, complete with complimentary wine pairings from Napa Valley–based Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, features options ranging from octopus carpaccio with guava reduction and a glass of "Avita" Sauvignon Blanc to miso-lemongrass bass served with smoked wasabi mashed potatoes…

Classic Cocktail Dinner

Date:
Jun 22, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$65.
Phone:

Savor seasonal favorites like seafood and watermelon at this gourmet four-course feast. Executive chef Enrique Socarras will serve up a summery spread of ceviche with bluefin tuna, pickled watermelon with prosciutto, and braised beef cheeks. To wash it all down, Bear Creek Distillery and Tonix will create their own versions of traditional cocktails (think: mojitos…

Where the Vineyard Meets the Sea: A Night of Wine and Seafood Pairings

Date:
Jun 23, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$85.
Phone:
303-777-3473

A seven-course seafood meal is good, but a delicious briny spread paired with wine is even better. Chef Matt Stein will cook up delightful bites from the sea, and sommelier Ashley Hausman Vaughters will provide the ideal vino counterparts. After tasting fresh options such as curried jumbo lump crab paired with Domaine Ciringa Sauvignon Blanc…

Applejack BrewDown

Date:
Jun 25, 2016 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$32-$35.
Phone:
303-233-3331

With temperatures in the 90s this weekend, the only way to spend the day outside is with a cold beer in hand. After taking advantage of unlimited samples from more than 25 local breweries including Left Hand Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Co., pick your favorites and savor two full pours. Then indulge in a…

Denver Taco Festival

Date:
Jun 25, 2016 to Jun 26, 2016
Cost:
$5-$60.
Phone:
720-514-9615

With a Mile High Spirits margarita in hand, take a tasty journey through Denver's taco scene. More than 30 vendors including Chuey Fu's Latin-Asian Grub, Colorado Pig Rig, and Torchy's Tacos will offer at least one $2 taco option. Bonus: With a VIP pass, you can check out the Tequila Expo, where you can sample…

Ghost Pepper Wing-Eating Contest

Date:
Jun 30, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

The competition will really heat up during this food-focused battle of endurance. Look on as contestants devour wings covered in spicy ghost pepper sauces—the eater who makes it through every plate will take home $50 and dinner for two. While you watch these hungry candidates battle it out, enjoy live music by bluesy group Lady…

C Squared Cider One Year Anniversary Party

Date:
Jul 02, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

There's no better way to acknowledge a year of success than with a cold cider in hand. When you're not visiting the car and motorcycle show, enjoy barbecue from the Rackhouse while rock bands the Atomic Drifters and the Hot Apostles provide live music. Bonus: You can attend a gluten-free cider dinner on Wednesday and…

Lagers and Lumber

Date:
Jul 02, 2016 02:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

At this community-driven event, you can enjoy pitchers from local breweries including 300 Suns Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Company, and Oskar Blues Brewing as well as food from Samples World Bistro and Hefe's Tacos and Tequila to the soundtrack of a live show by Fort Collins–based funk group Eufórquestra. Volunteers from these brewhouses will volunteer…

Black Cat Farm Dinner

Date:
Jul 13, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$95.
Phone:
(303) 444-5500

For hours, award-winning Heritage Mulefoot Hogs swiveled on spits over plum-wood embers in preparation for this farm-to-table dinner. The smoky pork will be paired with fresh Lyons Farmette veggies tugged from the ground that morning. To truly celebrate the summer harvest, purchase a bottle of bubbly, which will benefit Middle Boulder Creek Coalition and its…

The Big Eat

Date:
Jul 14, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

Take a bite out of Denver's restaurant scene with food tastings from more than 50 restaurants, including Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar and Denver Biscuit Company. A ticket at this food-lovers festival gets you unlimited samples as well as beverages from many local breweries and distilleries including Great Divide Brewery Co. and Woody Creek…

Orthodox Food Festival & Old Globeville Days

Date:
Jul 16, 2016 11:00 am - 06:30 pm
Cost:
Free admission.
Phone:
720-913-1311

Float around and nosh on kebabs, Russian sochni, and sarma. (Yes, those are all food samplings, and they're served à la carte for optimal tasting.) Then, send the kids over to the jump castle as you enjoy ethnic performances such as folk dancers and singers. If you get a hankering to spend some money, hit…

The Butcher of Brighton Boulevard

Date:
Jul 16, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:
303-297-3902

Indulge in a "to-die-for" menu and don your detective cap for this murder mystery dinner, which celebrates Rebel Restaurant's first year of business. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour featuring slasher-themed drinks such as the "Hello Clarice," made with chianti and Apostles yerba mate gin. Then chefs Dan Lasiy and Bo Porytko will…

Vegetarian Farm Dinner

Date:
Jul 17, 2016 05:30 pm
Cost:
$95.
Phone:

For this seasonal meal, Chef Dakota Soifer from Cafe Aion will prepare a vegetarian menu with items grown at Oxford Gardens. Using a variety of greens, the chef will prepare a whole wheat tart with caramelized shallots, chilled Hakurei turnip soup, and rolled pasta with baby Swiss chard. The farm-fresh dinner will be paired with…

Licensed to Ill Musical Chairs Dinner

Date:
Jul 18, 2016 05:30 pm
Cost:
$55-$80.
Phone:
303-623-3223

Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Beastie Boys' debut album, this Musical Chairs dinner series meal appeals to music lovers and foodies alike. The dishes are named after songs on the album, including the "Brass Monkey," which is hop and vodka cured sockeye salmon, and the "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," a cheesecake parfait with…

Creating Our Cupcakes Happy Hour

Date:
Jul 21, 2016 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$25.
Phone:

Make a good lookin' (and tastin') cupcake with a glass of wine in hand. The hosts, Girls Gone Grape, know how its done. Join them for an after-work happy hour and relieve some stress as you bake and decorate these mini-cakes. Go home with a souviner—four cupcakes to get your through that Friday workday. Thu…

Beer, Cheese, and Charcuterie

Date:
Jul 21, 2016 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
303-330-2248

Come together for a night that combines music from the Beatles with a spread of brews named after their greatest hits. This evening tasting will feature new Joyride Brewing Company beers, including the White Double IPA and the Sgt. Pepper Sour Mashed IPA, paired with small bites such as the Spotted Trotter's black pepper salami…

Denver Summer Brew Fest

Date:
Jul 22, 2016 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$30-$55.
Phone:
(720) 946-7721

This beer-centric festival started in 2004—back before craft beer was even cool. (Well, maybe craft beer has always been cool, but you get the point.) Grab your souvenir glass and join some of your closest brewing friends including Avery Brewing Co. and Ratio Beerworks for a weekend full of hops. Mosey from tent to tent…

Arvada on Tap: A Craft Beer and BBQ Fest

Date:
Jul 23, 2016 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
303-424-0313

More than 25 craft breweries and 36 barbecue teams will take over Ralston Park for a summer day of 'cue and brews. As barbecue teams vie for that $10,000 prize (yes, you'll get to taste the meaty contenders), sip on some homegrown suds from establishments such as Boulder Beer and Loveland Aleworks. Our recommendation: Buy…

Beer and Pie

Date:
Jul 27, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
303-993-2799

The Long I Pie Shop and Black Shirt Brewing are teaming up for a night of unique beers and top-notch pies. At this collaborative feast, enjoy pairings including Spicy Peach pie with Hibiscus and Elderflower Saison or Coconut Chess pie paired with Black Beacon Sound Stout. As you snack, watch recordings of old concerts played…

Robert Mondavi Anniversary Celebration

Date:
Jul 28, 2016 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
(303) 825-7256

Robert Mondavi Winery the Palm Denver will pair up for this tasty birthday celebration. The restaurants have crafted a five-course appetizer and wine menu including a garlic parmesan polenta crisp served with Robert Mondavi prosecco and crab wontons with pinot noir. Feed your stomach and your mind with a unique lesson from master of wine…

Colorado Burger Summit

Date:
Jul 30, 2016 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free to attend.
Phone:
970-968-2318

Grab some burger bucks ($1 each) and make your way around this beefy festival; redeem your bucks for beers and burgers. Twenty of Colorado's best chefs fire up the grill and compete for the title of Colorado's Best Burger and a ticket to the nationally televised World Food Championship in Florida. (Stuft Burgers from Fort…

Beer vs. Beer Dinner

Date:
Jul 31, 2016 06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$55.
Phone:

See who will take the title of Beer vs. Beer World Champion as Ska Brewing takes on Wibby Brewing, the reigning champ. Will the hometown favorite retain its title or will the Durango-based, music-inspired counterpart dominate? You get to decide. Oh, and there will be food for noshing, too. Sun 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Making America Grate Again

Date:
Aug 01, 2016 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
303-484-8110

At this curious tasting, history buffs and dairy lovers can come together for an educational meal. James Beard Award–winning author Adrian Miller will share fascinating stories on the history of soul food in the White House kitchen as you chow down on bowls of three-cheese macaroni. This comfort food staple will be served up buffet-style…

Crawfish Boil

Date:
Aug 03, 2016 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$40.
Phone:
303-949-8797

Let this event take you down to the good old south. Join East Coast Joe's while they prepare an all-you-can-eat comfort meal of crawfish, corn, and potatoes. Enjoy live music from Soultyme, a bluegrass and funk band, and local beer along with your meal. Wed 6-8 p.m.

Film, Chefs, and Glorious Song

Date:
Aug 03, 2016 06:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$75-$80.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

This gourmet meal will delight all of your sense. Snack on tasty small plates, including stone fruit panzanella salad from River and Woods and Carter Country beef tartare from the Blackbelly Butcher Shop, while you enjoy a performance by Opera on Tap Colorado. Then check out A Tale of Three Seasides, a short film by…

Governor’s Cup Wine Tasting

Date:
Aug 04, 2016 07:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$90.
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

To celebrate the Centennial State's 140th birthday, sample 236 wines from 33 local wineries. Sip blends from Plum Creek Winery as you snack on small plates made by chefs from Cafe Marmotte and the Arvada Tavern. Plus, the judges will announce the first, second, and third place winners in the Governor's Cup Wine Competition. Thu…

Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 to Aug 07, 2016
Cost:
$40-$80.
Phone:
(970) 496-4000

Grab your official festival sampling mug and get sipping. This festival will feature more than 100 beers with options from multiple Colorado breweries including Left Hand Brewing Company and Great Divide Brewing Company. Snag an "Eat, Drink, Pick" pass for the kick-off event Friday to sample from six small plate stations each featuring New Belgium…

Taste of Ethiopia

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 10:00 am - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

The Centennial State's second-largest immigrant population will share the flavors of their homeland during this authentic feast. Savor a meal of injera (Ethiopian flat bread), spicy beef stew, and tiqel gomen (cabbage, potatoes and garlic) prepared by volunteer cooks with Ethiopian heritage while enjoying a folk dance performance by the Ethiopian Youth Dancers of Colorado.…

Invasive Species Mutiny at the Bottle

Date:
Aug 07, 2016 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$65.
Phone:
303-623-3223

Help eradicate invasive species by incorporating them into your next meal. Dine on a purslane salad, charcoal-cured lionfish with charred jimmy pepper vinegar and smoked olive oil, and prickly pear macaroons made by chef Paul C. Reilly. The seafood will be provided by Sea to Table, an organization that partners directly with fishermen to deliver…

Welcome Reception for the American Master Chefs Order

Date:
Aug 12, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(303) 866-5344

More than half of the United States' 68 Certified Master Chefs, an elite group who have passed an eight-day ACMC exam, will come together in the Mile High City for this gourmet dinner. The menu will feature ingredients sourced from Colorado, including lamb, seasonal vegetables, and peaches. Beer and wine will be provided by Colorado…

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

Date:
Aug 13, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$60-$80.
Phone:
(303) 394-2903

Among the 19 restaurants at this sophisticated feast are three newcomers offering a taste of their eclectic menus. Satisfy your curiosity by sampling bites from Departure Restaurant & Lounge, Sol Cocina, and Thirsy Lion Gastropub & Grill. As local band Mostly Harmless plays covers of classic rock hits, wash down your meal with a glass…

Hops in the Hangar

Date:
Aug 13, 2016 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$95.
Phone:
303-360-5360

Soar through the Colorado craft beer scene at this collaborative event dedicated to aircraft, cars, and icy brews. Sip samples from more than 30 Colorado breweries, including Little Machine Beer and Lost Highway Brewing Company, while enjoying barbeque provided by Jim 'N Nick. Proceeds benefit Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Sat 5-9…

Caffeine Crawl

Date:
Aug 14, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
$25-$28.
Phone:

Whether you're a caffeine addict or an occasional latte drinker, this tour is the perfect way to learn more about the Mile High City's craft coffee scene. Visit a handful of local coffee houses and sample three- to six-ounce pours of different roasts, chai, or kombucha at each stop. Bonus: The java experts at each…

Tacolandia

Date:
Aug 14, 2016 03:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$75.
Phone:
(720) 258-3000

While exploring the diverse dining scene in Denver, if you always find yourself gravitating toward tacos, you're not alone. Starting as one of many concepts at DISH, an annual dining festival, this taco-centric event is going solo this year. Indulge in unlimited tacos from 40 taquerias and Mexican restaurants including Lola Mexican Fish House, Rio…

Blackbelly Farm Dinner

Date:
Aug 17, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$120.
Phone:

Focus on summer vegetables during a seasonal, multi-course dinner prepared with hand-picked ingredients fresh from the garden. Chef Hosea Rosenberg and his culinary team will prepare the farm-fresh meal, and staffers from the Boulder County Arts Alliance will be serving beer and wine. All proceeds from alcohol sales will benefit the BCAA, which works to…

Corks & Forks

Date:
Aug 18, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$75-$105.
Phone:
303-405-2100

Aspiring critics can cast their votes for Denver's best dishes and drinks at this tasty competition. Prominent Denver chefs from restaurants such as Max's Wine Dive and Lucky Cat will create small plates, including tuna poke and fried snow crab sliders, as they battle to win the coveted Golden Fork award. Wash down each bite…

College Survival Cooking

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$99.
Phone:
303-494-7988

You won't find any ramen noodles or microwave pizzas at this introductory cooking class. Here you'll learn basic culinary techniques that won't break the bank if you're on a college budget. Recipes include carrot ginger soup, roast chicken, and a wedge salad with honey buttermilk dressing. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Global Fest

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 01:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 739-7000

Forget going around the world in 80 days—you can make the journey in one. This fête offers a tasty way to learn about different cultures: Delight in a feast inspired by the flavors of Nigeria, Vietnam, and Italy, sample local brews from breweries including Dry Dock Brewing Co., Ursula Brewery, and Caution Brewing Co., each…

Tequila, Tacos, & Cerveza Fest

Date:
Aug 21, 2016 02:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$30-$40.
Phone:
(720) 946-7721

Whether you're in the mood for beer and tequila or you're the designated driver for the evening, this festival has you covered. Sample more than 70 tequila options, including 1800 Silver, Patron, Herradura, and Corralejo, or opt for non-alcoholic beverages such as Jarritos soda. Local mariachi bands will give an entertaining performance as you snack…

Patio Rosé Wine Dinner

Date:
Aug 23, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$80.
Phone:
(303) 993-4200

Summer might be winding down, but that doesn't mean you should limit your rosé intake. At this four-course dinner, indulge in decadent pairings, including smoked goat cheese with greens paired with pinot noir rosé from Dundee Hills in Oregon and duck with sunflower seed risotto paired with Sangiovese Rosé from Montalcino, Italy. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Jack’s Backyard Bash

Date:
Aug 24, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$100.
Phone:
303-593-2066

When prominent local chefs come together to create a six-course meal, the results are bound to be delicious. For this gourmet dinner, Brett Smith of the Post Brewing Company, Hosea Rosenberg of Blackberry Market, and other guest cooks will craft a menu including lobster consomme served with oyster mushroom flan as well as crispy pork…

Summer Wines & Cheese

Date:
Aug 25, 2016 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
303-330-2248

The cheesiest night of your summer awaits. At this hands-on workshop, Steve Duty, former cheese- and winemaker at Cheese & Provisions, shows you how to select the perfect cheese to accompany any wine. Come prepared for a filling, seasonal platter of up to 18 cheeses and perfectly paired glasses of rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, and…

Cigar Dinner Under the Stars

Date:
Aug 26, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$150.
Phone:
(303) 796-0100

This sophisticated dinner is the perfect gentlemen's night out. Savor a gourmet meal, including a rib eye steak as well as jalapeño mac and cheese, prepared by chef Mario Hernandez as you listen to a live performance by Sinatra-inspired crooner Don D'Angelo. Then wash it all down with a glass of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select…

Colorado Cider & Beer Circus

Date:
Aug 26, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
$35-$55.
Phone:
970-968-2318

At this funky outdoor festival, you can indulge in two of Colorado's most refreshing craft beverages. More than 75 cideries and breweries, including Colorado Springs–based Colorado Common Hard Cider and Denver's C Squared Ciders, will offer samples while acrobats and jugglers show off their talents between booths. Bonus: On Friday evening, learn how to pair…

Breckenridge Hog Festival

Date:
Aug 27, 2016 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$85.
Phone:

Bacon and bourbon unite at this party dedicated to the salty meat and its ideal pairing. Sample 15 of the 75 bourbon options, including Old Forester, and attend a lavish hog-themed dinner at Taddeo's Breckenridge Italian Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds benefits Breckenridge Mountain Rotary, which organizes regional community service projects. Sat 3-6 p.m.…

Del Maguey Mezcal Pop-up

Date:
Aug 27, 2016 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
720-443-1135

As part of the Source's culinary Pop-up Series, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal will pour cocktails and spirits at this one-of-a-kind tasting. Join mezcal expert Evan Meeker from Del Maguey and RiNo Yacht Club's beverage director McLain Hedges as they teach you about different varieties and share delicious cocktail recipes. To make sure you don't…

Women & White

Date:
Aug 31, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$65-$75.
Phone:
970-631-8041

Thanks to this patio party, you have another excuse to wear your favorite white sundress. As you admire fragrant floral centerpieces, sip on a three-taster flight of organic white wine from the Harvest Wine Co. and nosh on cheese and charcuterie from the Farmhouse at Jessup Farm and the Loafing Shed. Proceeds benefit Women& Inc,…

A Taste of Colorado

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 to Sep 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 913-0700

Celebrate the best of Colorado cuisine by tasting old favorites alongside dishes from fresh new restaurants. New bites featured in this year's spread include baby back ribs and pulled pork from Souza's Smokin BBQ as well as chicken tikka masala from India's Restaurant. Enjoy samples of appetizers, entrees, and desserts as you jive along to…

Elsa Sroka Solo Exhibition

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 to Oct 01, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-0950

Elsa Sroka's method of painting—laying down foundational colors then scraping some of the paint away—is not the only unconventional element of the artist's work. At this solo exhibition, you can admire Sroka's unconventional cow series, which includes paintings of bovines in odd locations as well as intimate portraits of the animals. By juxtaposing elements of…

Mishawaka 100-Year Harvest Dinner

Date:
Sep 04, 2016 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$85.
Phone:

By indulging in a five-course, farm-to-table meal, you'll be doing more to support local agriculture than just eating it. Savor summer risotto, roasted pork, and a sweet corn salad made by Chef Brent Jackson from the Kitchen alongside brews from from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company or cider from Summit Hard Cider, while folksy duo…

Food Fight

Date:
Sep 07, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$75-$125.
Phone:

Trade Chopped reruns for Denver chefs battling live at this charitable competition. After local culinary celebrities, including Beast & Bottle's Jodi Poulson and Dan Kane from Del Frisco's Grille, craft five delectable courses, you can sample small plates and cast your vote for the most delicious entries. Proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the…

Unbridled Brews

Date:
Sep 09, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
303-468-5443

Forget Pokemon Go—it's time to test your Mario Kart skills. At RiNo's first annual beer and cider festival, Colorado brews and grub will be served with a side of arcade games. Local food trucks such as El Carte 303 and California Wrap Runner will provide food, and local breweries such as Great Divide Brewing Co.…

Lafayette Brew Fest

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 02:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

At this booze-lover's festival, more than 25 local breweries and cideries will quench your thirst. Sample four-ounce pours from a wide variety of local beermakers, including Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Beer, and Eddyline Brewery, or indulge in a refreshing, gluten-free glass of cider from Firestone-based Wild Cider. Throughout the day, satisfy your hunger by snacking…

Denver Chili Fest

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

At this heat lover's contest, sample six different chili dishes alongside a cheese quasadilla, then cast your votes to choose the $100 winners in each category. While you're there, be sure to try an unconventional twist on the spicy favorite: Sweet Action Ice Cream's Roasted Green Chile flavor. Proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies,…

James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 06:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
$115-$175.
Phone:
(303) 444-5500

Join chef Bradford Heap from Wild Standard as he works with other top chefs in Denver to craft a meal for particularly refined palettes. The multicourse menu includes hand-rolled cavatelli by Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision as well as a Colorado-sourced lamb dish by Boulder chef Dave Query. Each course will be complemented…

Rise and Dine

Date:
Sep 11, 2016 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$55.
Phone:
800-525-6651

Satisfy your a.m. cravings at this inaugural breakfast smorgasbord, which is part of the Denver Food and Wine Festival. More than 15 local eateries, including Denver staple Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, will be serving up tasty brunch favorites alongside a Bloody Mary bar with a world-record 57 garnishes. The best part: you're told to show…

Farm-To-Table Pop-Up Dinner

Date:
Sep 12, 2016 05:30 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:

Before you indulge in this five-course meal, get a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of your dinner. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of a working goat farm, then settle in to enjoy a seasonal supper featuring locally grown ingredients. Jeff Deakyne from the Plimoth and GrowHaus' aquaponic farm manager Marielle D'Onofrio…

Avery Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

Date:
Sep 13, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$79.
Phone:
(303) 443-5100

Say goodbye to summer with multiple cold beers and a fall-inspired meal curated by chefs Alex Schuler and Sven Hedenas from Arugula Bar e Ristorante. Avery Brewing Co. will offer seasonal brews, including El Gose, a German-style sour ale, and Salvation, a Belgian-style Golden ale to complement the five-course meal, which will include a Caprese…

Breckenridge Wine Classic

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 to Sep 18, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(970) 453-2913

At this vino lover's extravaganza, take in a breathtaking mountain view with a wine glass in hand. Sample a five-course, farm-to-table dinner by Sevens' executive chef Tristan Guger and don't miss the Wine on the Mountain Grand Tasting, during which attendees have the opportunity to sample small bites and wines from eateries including Briar Rose…

Girls Night Out Tapas and Sangria

Date:
Sep 16, 2016 06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$89.
Phone:
720-907-3838

If you prefer your wine chilled and adorned with fruit, this educational girls night workshop is perfect for you. As you sip on refreshing sangria, chef Chris Herrington will teach you and your gal pals how to cook up Spanish-inspired small bites, including gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), lamb meatballs, and chocolate-dipped churros with a…

Cocktails 101: Essential Classic Cocktails

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:
(720) 287-4823

After this hands-on workshop, you'll never need to leave your house for a well-crafted drink. Katy Foster, the chef and owner of Stir, will teach you all the tools and skills you'll need, such as muddling and straining, to craft perfect martinis, mojitos, and margaritas. Sat noon-3 p.m.

SausageFest: An Oktoberfest Celebration

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
720.668.8833

You don't have to travel to Munich this fall to sample a delicious spread of German fare. At this Oktoberfest bash, fill your stein with a frosty beer, such as a malty Märzen or a citrusy Weissbier, from Prost Brewing and snack on a roasted bratwurst from Denver's Continental Sausage. Show up before the noshing…

Steuben’s Ice Cream Social

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo ice cream until next year. Join the executive pastry chef of Steuben's, Nadine Donovan, as she showcases four frosty flavors: Cracker Jack, strawberry malt, banana cream pie, and graham cracker chocolate porter. Grab a cone from the Ace Bar Bus, then challenge your…

Second Anniversary Celebration and Pumpnik Pie-Eyed Release

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Forget pumpkin spice lattes—we'd rather satisfy our craving with a pumpkin-flavored brew. In honor of its second anniversary, Lost Highway Brewing Company will release its new Pumpnik Pied-Eyed brew alongside barbecue from the Ol' Skool Que food truck and small "bundtinis" from Nothing Bundt Cakes. In addition to the tasty treats, celebrate the brewery's birthday…

Sowing the Seeds at Acres Farm

Date:
Sep 18, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
$91.80.
Phone:

Join some of Denver's top chefs, including Blake Edmunds from Bar Dough and Andrew Van Stee from Cart Driver, as they craft a meal using organic produce grown by Josh Olsen from the Squeaky Bean Farm & Table. This seven-course menu will include farmed rabbit served with summer squash as well as vadouvan-seasoned duck served…

The DSTILL Showcase

Date:
Sep 23, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

Join some of America's top artisan booze makers, including 808 Distillery and Downslope Distilling, as they gather for a night that highlights the American small-batch spirits scene. With your complimentary commemorative glass, sample dozens of spirits as well as cocktails prepared by the Colorado Bartenders Guild, such as an Old Tom Mule and a Fancy…

Food Truck Safari: Nautical Nibbles

Date:
Sep 23, 2016 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$17.
Phone:
(720) 337-1400

Denver might be landlocked, but the zoo offers more than one way to consider marine animals this weekend. Grab a seafood bite from one of 10 food trucks, including ahi tuna burritos from Chuey Fu’s Latin-Asian Grub or sustainable eel rolls from Roll It Up Sushi Truck. Then Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the artist behind Washed…

Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
$32.50-$55.
Phone:
(719) 685-5481

This charity festival will appeal to you whether you're a history buff or simply a fan of tasty burgers. Sip on cold beverages from 25 brewers including Smiling Toad Brewery, Fossil Brewing Company, and Eddyline Brewing while enjoying pizza and burgers from local restaurants and tapping your toes to a live performance by bluegrass band…

Back the Truck Up: Food Truck Fundraiser

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 04:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-993-2799

Catch some of your favorite meals on wheels, including barbecue truck Chibby Wibbitz and the Mac Shack, before prime food truck season ends. As DJ Sawn Green plays live tribal and house music, you can nosh and sip on an IPA, pale ale, or saison provided by Black Shirt Brewing Co. or wine from Molly's…

Boulder Green Beer Fest

Date:
Oct 01, 2016 to Oct 02, 2016
Cost:
$25-$45.
Phone:
(303) 413-7200

Don your most convincing mermaid costume and venture into the sea of craft beer during this ocean-themed celebration of Colorado's favorite drink. At this eclectic event, sample brews from Boulder breweries and snack on a miso ramen bowl from Rama Ramen as you enjoy a live performance by indie rock back the Copper Children. Proceeds…

Yes I Can! Canning Party

Date:
Oct 01, 2016 09:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$45-$145.
Phone:

Thanks to this lesson, the cute mason jars in your cupboard can be more than just cute glasses. After this tasty class taught by Sari Kimbell of the Cooking Studio, you'll use those glass containers to store delicious homemade preserves, such as pear jam and apple butter. Learn the techniques for creating your own sauces…

Fresh Hop Fest

Date:
Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$40.
Phone:

If you're not familiar with what distinguishes a fresh-hopped beer from a normal brew, consider this tasting event a delicious chance to learn. Forty brewers, including locals from Denver Beer Company and Spangalang Brewery, will show off the concoctions they made with hops picked less than 24 hours before they were dried and used. Grab…

GoFarm Community Harvest Dinner

Date:
Oct 02, 2016 04:00 pm
Cost:
$70.
Phone:
303-384-8000

Experience a collaboration between Colorado chefs, restaurateurs, and farmers at this locally sourced dinner. Chefs from Golden restaurants, including Table Mountain Inn and Abejas Restaurant, will create a four-course dinner using ingredients from Kilt Farm and Arvada-based Micro Farms. The plant-heavy menu will include a grape and turnip appetizer as well as a kale-apple salad…

Great American Beer Festival Kickoff Dinner

Date:
Oct 05, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$55.
Phone:
303-623-3127

Even if you didn't score tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, you can sample a spread of unique craft brews—and score a hearty meal—at this pig roast. Chef Jon Tarvin from the Kitchen Denver will serve up six delectable swine-centric dishes, including crispy herbed pig shoulder, braised ribs with confit pork belly, and praline…

The Brewer’s Table

Date:
Oct 05, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$150-$170.
Phone:
720-460-3733

Kick off the Great American Beer Festival with a five-course dinner crafted by award-winning chefs from across the country. Local culinary leader Alex Seidel from Mercantile Dining & Provision will work alongside David LeFevre from Los Angeles and Steve McHugh from San Antonio to create a meal that pairs perfectly with local craft brews. Indulge…

Libations for Life

Date:
Oct 06, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$150.
Phone:
(720) 946-7721

Savor seasonal beverages and bountiful hors d'oeuvres during a night honoring female cancer survivors and researchers. During the cocktail hour, Old Major will serve a spiced pear Manhattan and Mercantile Dining & Provisions will pour up an autumn spiced sparkler, then you can choose your favorite toppings at a mac-and-cheese bar from Relish Catering &…

Choctoberfest

Date:
Oct 07, 2016 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-0628

The Great American Beer Festival might have sold out, but you still have a chance to sample local brews at this chocolate lover's tasting event. Indulge in decadent samples from the Chocolate Crisis Center alongside crisp local beer, such as a dark chocolate sea salt carmelita with a strong pale ale from Epic Brewing Company,…

Feeding the 5,000 Front Range

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-8224

In an effort to minimize waste and bring awareness to the amount of food that goes uneaten daily, James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski will use nearly 2,000 pounds of food from local nonprofit We Don't Waste to create a meal serving 5,000 people. While enjoying Jasinski's vegetable "Madras Style" curry, which will consist of…

Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 02:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$30-$115.
Phone:
303-350-1401

The only way to top a day filled with unlimited tipples and fried pastries is to walk away with free doughnuts for life. Indulge in unlimited samples from Carbon Beverage Cafe & Habit Doughnuts, LaMar's Donuts, Donut Maker, and Walton Donuts while sipping on whiskey provided by Denver-based Molly's Spirits. As a registered ticket holder,…

Harvest Week

Date:
Oct 16, 2016 to Oct 20, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-515-4751

For five nights, five different chefs from a multitude of legendary Denver eateries such as Steuben's, The Kitchen, Snooze, and more team up to serve a gourmet meal from Spanish, Italian, Southeast Asia, French, and Southern cultures. Sample unique dishes such as Sunday's Galician octopus a la plancha and Tuesday's foraged mushroom larb, and wash…

Copper Door Brew Off

Date:
Oct 18, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:

Leave your Keurig at home, and get ready to press, pour, and grind your way to coffee stardom. You don't need to be a seasoned barista to tackle this competition, just show up with knowledge of either Chemex, Aeropress, or V60 brewing methods to compete for designer coffee machines and other swag. And if coffee…

Bread Making

Date:
Oct 20, 2016 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cost:
$40.
Phone:
303-442-5246

During this class, cure your knead for bread by learning tips and tricks to help you bake the perfect loaf at home. Lauren Richardson from Greenhouse Grower, a nonprofit that unites the Boulder community through urban agricultural programs, will demonstrate kneading and shaping techniques you can use to make loaves of sourdough, whole grain, and…

Flatirons Food Film Festival

Date:
Oct 20, 2016 to Oct 24, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 441-3388

If dinner and a movie is your go-to weekend plan, add this four-day festival centered on culinary film and local food to your calendar. After hearing from culinary speakers including Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market and the Squeaky Bean's Theo Adley, cap off the weekend at Basta for the Taste the Wild: Bristol Bay Sockeye…

James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour

Date:
Oct 20, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$175.
Phone:
(303) 571-0011

Join eight celebrity chefs as they bring the experience of New York's historic James Beard House to Denver. Local chefs including Laurent Mechin of the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and Flagstaff House's Mark Monette will be joined by nationally-acclaimed chefs such as Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar in Chicago and…

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 23, 2016
Cost:
$20-$199.
Phone:
(970) 453-2913

At this event, you can participate in cooking classes, sample handcrafted spirits, and learn how to cure the hangover blues. After sampling spirits such as Old Blue Bourbon from Longmont-based Black Canyon Distillery and Devious Vanilla Vodka from Greeley's Syntax Spirits, cast your vote for the People's Choice award. Then learn to incorporate craft spirits…

The Bloody Mary Festival

Date:
Oct 23, 2016 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$75.
Phone:
303-468-5443

Thanks to this boozy festival, you can sample up to ten versions of your favorite morning cocktail without ever having to decide where to go to brunch. Ten local restaurants, including Sassafras American Eatery, Bacon Social House, and the Denver Biscuit Company, will pour up Bloody Marys made from their own innovative mixes. While you…

The Bloody Mary Festival

Date:
Oct 23, 2016 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$75.
Phone:
303-468-5443

At this boozy event, attendees can sample 11 Denver-made mixes and cast their votes for the best Bloody Mary in the Mile High City. As participants mill about, tasting entries from Denver Biscuit Company, Ace Eat Serve, Highland Tavern, Snooze, and other local favorites, they can also enjoy culinary offerings from food trucks such as…

Plates for the Peak

Date:
Oct 24, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$85.
Phone:
(303) 296-1970

Join the Secret Sauce restaurant team, which includes Vesta Dipping Grill, Ace, Eat, Serve, and both Uptown and Arvada Steuben's, for a meal provided by Vesta's executive chef Nicholas Kayser. The menu features more than ten small plates with options including house-made Andouille sausage jambalaya, crab cakes, and okra gumbo. Top off your meal with…

Butchers and Wine

Date:
Oct 26, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$66.95.
Phone:
720-479-8296

Hors d'oeuvre and wine will be in high supply at this autumnal event for curious epicureans. Expert butchers will hold demos on breaking down animals for different cuts of meat, while guests nosh on small bites and bid on auction items, including a half lamb from Boulder Lamb. Other (less meaty) prizes include goods and…

Bach & Beer

Date:
Oct 28, 2016 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Rather surprisingly, beer making and classical music have a lot in common. To commemorate this fine pairing, Steuart Pincombe will play Bach's Cello Suits while River North Brewery pairs three suits with their own brews. While sipping on witbiers, Saisons, IPAs, and ales, hear short explanations of the Pincombe's approach to music as well as…

Avanti Food & Beverage Halloween Celebration

Date:
Oct 29, 2016 to Oct 30, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

When you head over to Avanti Food & Beverage this Saturday, plan to stay the whole day. Happy hour pricing will be in full effect until close, and the Wolf Bar will be serving up Dogfish Head Brewery specials all day. Munch on some food from one of the seven restaurant concepts, sip on an…

Halloween Costume Party at Mister Tuna

Date:
Oct 31, 2016 to Nov 01, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Rather than filling up on free candy this Halloween, head over to Mister Tuna to indulge in a free pig roast and late-night food and drink specials. Small bites include Kobe beef sliders, Kampachi collar, beef heart skewers, and Vietnamese-style oyster shooters with tipples such as Jameson, jello shots, and a Halloween-inspired cocktail. Throw on…

Denver International Wine Festival

Date:
Nov 02, 2016 to Nov 04, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

During this three-day festival, explore a large selection of international and domestic without leaving the Rocky Mountains. Don't miss the grand tasting event, which will include varieties from more than 80 wineries, including South African Babylonstoren and Gibbston Valley Winery in New Zealand. At the Pairsine Food and Wine Pairing Competition, ten chefs—such as Alex…

T/ACO Pop-Up Dinner

Date:
Nov 02, 2016 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Join Steven Redzikowski of OAK at Fourteenth, Acorn, and Brider, as he teams with T/ACO owner Peter Waters for a taco-inspired pop-up dinner. Along with a selection of small plates, Redzikowski and Waters will be serving up three innovative taco options: the Brider Taco with roasted chicken, shishito pepper and corn hash, and jalepeño vinaigrette;…

Neighborhood Harvest Party

Date:
Nov 04, 2016 04:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Fall is in full swing at this community-oriented shindig. Bring the family and indulge in a pig roast featuring a tempeh entree from Happy Leaf Kombucha and tipples provided by Stem Ciders, Joyride Brewing Company, and Happy Leaf Kombucha. Celebrate the fall season with activities that include pickle making, candle dipping, henna, and yard games.…

Fall Back Beer Fest

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 12:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$60.
Phone:
970-586-6104

At this boozy festivals, you can sip on beer and learn to make it yourself. Sample seasonal tipples from more than 20 craft breweries, including Whistle Pig Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Co., and Left Hand Brewing Company. Then experts from Niwot Hops, a small organic hops farm, and Root Shoot Malting, a craft malt house…

Bacon & Beer

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 02:00 pm
Cost:
$50-$70.
Phone:
720-514-9615

If you think bacon is best paired with beer, then prepare for a day brimming with your ideal combination. Hosted by Eat Boston and Two Parts, this event will feature more than 20 local breweries, including Alpine Dog Brewing Company and Colorado Cider Company, and top-notch restaurants such as Max's Wine Dive and Second Home…

Colorado Cheese Festival

Date:
Nov 06, 2016 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
303-776-2000

Cheese connoisseurs and whey whizzes can come together for this large-scale cheesy extravaganza. Taste samples from more than 30 vendors including Ugly Goat Milk Company, Jasper Hill Farm, and Cheese Importers. Plus, you can learn how to turn your love of cheese into a hobby by taking an introductory workshop on making hard cheeses hosted…

Truffle Dinner

Date:
Nov 07, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-393-1040

Take a trip through Italy during this luxurious eight-course meal featuring plenty of truffle dishes. Barolo's executive chef Darrel Truett will craft multiple egg and truffle pairings, including a truffled egg with black truffle aioli as well as his ouvo raviolo, which contain a savory truffle-egg filling. Wash down the fancy supper with a variety…

The Prisoner Wine Company Dinner

Date:
Nov 10, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$125.
Phone:
(303) 825-7256

Indulge in one more gourmet meal on the patio before the weathy gets too chilly After enjoying light appetizers, savor chef Marco Ramirez's five-course meal with pairings from the California-based Prisoner Wine Company. The Cuttings, a cabernet sauvignon with aromas of black cherry, will be paired with a blackened steak, and the Prisoner, a red…

Gears & Grub Trivia

Date:
Nov 10, 2016 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-9460

Gear up for a night filled with bike-and-food-themed trivia and prizes including a Schwinn cruiser, a rover pack from Topo Designs, and Kaladi Brothers Coffee cards. Nosh on food from vendors including City, O' City, Sexy Pizza, and Little Man Ice Cream, sip brews from Great Divide Brewing Co., and learn about the Denver Food…

Veterans Day Deals

Date:
Nov 11, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Past or present members of the military can stop by Wazee Lounge & Supper Club, Tstreet Roadhouse, and the Roadhouse Boulder Depot to snag a free appetizer this Veterans Day. No other purchase is necessary, just bring proof of past or current service (a military ID, an old photo, or a piece of clothing works),…

Holiday Tamales

Date:
Nov 12, 2016 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$99.
Phone:
303-494-7988

As the holiday season quickly approaches, there is no better time to learn how to make this classic Mexican dish. Tamales, a Christmastime tradition in several regions, are typically made with masa harina—cornmeal flour—and stuffed with meat, chili, vegetables, and cheese before being steamed in a corn husk. At this handy workshop, chef Rebecca Stein…

Chocolate, A Curated Event

Date:
Nov 12, 2016 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:

If a night of unlimited samples isn't enough to lure you in, then the unique chocolate-inspired food offerings and libations from Kingman Estates Winery certainly will. In addition to sweet treats provided by eight Denver-based chocolatiers, Chocolate Lab will provide pulled pork sliders with bourbon chocolate bbq sauce, mini butternut squash with shaved dark chocolate,…

Mad Farmer Dinner

Date:
Nov 12, 2016 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(970) 682-2590

This five-course seasonal meal brings together food, poetry, music, and art. Guests can look forward to refined creations like coal burnt pimenton vin, shaved gjetost, beet dolma with tomato poached mushrooms, and a cast iron Spanish tortilla served with sunchoke purée. Local and foraged ingredients shape the evening’s menu, complemented by beer from Soul Squared…

Desserts and Presentation Cooking Class

Date:
Nov 13, 2016 03:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:

After this interactive workshop, you'll have an Instagram feed even food bloggers would envy. With guidance from chef Steven Nalls of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, create crowd-pleasing desserts, such as chocolate souffles, fruit tarts, and Dixie pie. Then learn tips and tricks for plating your culinary masterpieces like the pros. Sun 3…

Macallan Holiday Cigar Dinner

Date:
Nov 17, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$150.
Phone:
(303) 796-0100

If you believe scotch and cigars are as natural a duo as salt and pepper, then this event is for you. Each guest will receive two cigars and three Macallan scotch selections. The three-course meal will include pairings such as a shrimp cocktail with Macallan 15-year-old Fine Oak, a prime ribeye with Macallan Limited Edition…

Get Up and Get Out: Open Fire Gastronomic Gathering

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 02:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:

Featuring a surprise menu, this community-driven dinner encourages you to experience flavors you haven't tried before. Local produce will be the focus of this Argentinean five-course meal, which will include appetizers like bruschetta and crusty breads dipped in scented oils as well as meats cooked over an open flame. Sat 2-8 p.m.

Wild Fall Dinner Party

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:

Celebrate autumn in Colorado with a nourishing meal consisting of local game and fresh vegetables. This six-course spread will offer bison meatballs, elk cassoulet, venison carbonara, smoked trout, and tak steak complemented by squash, shallots, and farm greens. While enjoying a beverage of your choice (this event is BYOB), cap the night off with an…

Day of Darks

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
(303) 297-2700

Dark beers take the stage at this boozy charity celebration. Nearly 30 breweries—including Left Hand Brewing Company, Dry Dock Brewing Company, Fiction Beer Company, and Ratio Beerworks—converge to showcase their best dark beers alongside unlimited dark chocolates and other sweet treats. In addition to the limitless tastings and complimentary bittersweet desserts, ticket proceeds from the…

Bellwether Food Bank

Date:
Nov 23, 2016 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Give back to the community by heading to Bellwether Food Bank this holiday season. The coffee shop is providing meals to those in need as well as take-home Thanksgiving dinners for families. Lend a helping hand by passing out food or offer up your skills as a photographer, barber, or musician—this event is open to…

Punch Bowl Social Fourth Anniversary Party

Date:
Nov 23, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:

This beloved Denver hangout is celebrating its fourth year on the scene, and the staff wants to share that milestone with you. Hearty buffet-style appetizers will include a macaroni and cheese bar, a wing station, and copious pulled pork sandwiches. While enjoying live music by DJ Steze, sip on drinks of your choice (options include…

Thanksgiving Eve Under The Elm

Date:
Nov 23, 2016 04:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
(720) 728-8156

Spend the night before Thanksgiving feeling extra cozy—and extra grateful for Denver's booming culinary scene. Guests of this one-night event will get free range of The Way Back's inventive, locally sourced menu featuring dishes like lamb ribs with charred grapes, whole wheat crespelle with salt-roasted beets, and pork chops with carrot-pear pavé. After chowing down,…

Creede Chocolate Festival

Date:
Nov 25, 2016 to Nov 26, 2016
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
(719) 658-2374

Two days filled with decadent chocolate treats can make even a five-hour drive into the mountains worth it. Head up to Creede for this dessert-focused extravaganza, where more than 15 local businesses will be mixing up batches of homemade chocolate and creating delicious desserts, such as tiramisu and chocolate covered pretzels. Eating your way down…

Black Friday Early Morning Noir Brunch

Date:
Nov 25, 2016 06:30 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
303-572-8000

Celebrate Black Friday by going full noir for breakfast. Starting early enough so as not to interfere with a day of shopping, this twist on traditional brunch includes black truffle tortellini with prosciutto brodo, steak and eggs with black garlic aioli, and blackberry pancakes. And if you didn't get your turkey fix the night before,…

Holiday Mixology Food and Cocktail Pairing

Date:
Nov 30, 2016 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
303-825-7256

Have you ever wondered about the origins of some of the most iconic cocktails? (Think: sidecar, martini, Old-Fashioned, and Margarita) Well, chef Marco Ramirez of the Palm Restaurant will walk you through each beverage and share recipes to liven them up for the holidays. Guests will enjoy complimentary food pairings with each cocktail, recipe cards…

Bubbles & Oysters, Oh My!

Date:
Dec 02, 2016 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 736-8376

It's time to pop the bubbly and shoot some oysters to get the holiday season started. At this classy event, Marczyk Fine Foods will serve up the oysters and Infinite Monkey Theorem will provide the champagne. Only purchase as much as you desire while enjoying the creative stylings of abstract visual artist Robert Bell and…

Holiday Chocolate Festival

Date:
Dec 02, 2016 to Dec 03, 2016
Cost:
$5-$10.
Phone:
719-884-4588

There are 100,000 reasons to put this festival on your holiday calendar—and they all come in the form of delicious chocolate samples. Owing to its immense popularity, this event has stretched into two days for the first time in eight years. Take advantage of the extra day to shop for the holidays, listen to the…

Winter Market

Date:
Dec 03, 2016 to Dec 04, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 678-6235

Join more than 70 local food growers and more than 60 Colorado artisans as they gather for one of the last markets of the year. Offerings include root vegetables, winter squash, specialty cuts of lamb, beef, and pork, fresh eggs, preserved fruits and vegetables, wine, coffee, and baked goods. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Soup Cup Classic

Date:
Dec 04, 2016 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
$15-$30.
Phone:

Whether you prefer a brothy stew or a hearty chowder, there's no disputing the comfort of warm soup on a chilled winter day. And at this competition, the comfort is endless as local restaurants and amateur chefs bring their best bouillon game. While sampling multiple soups—and sipping on two complimentary New Belgium brews—you will act…

Holiday Beer Dinner

Date:
Dec 04, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(303) 796-0100

Indulge in an early holiday meal of local craft beer and decadent fare. Executive Chef Mario Hernandez's four-course dinner will include shrimp ceviche paired with Avery Brewing Company’s popular White Rascal ale, confit duck tacos and a Raja Double IPA, and pork chops and sweet potato puree complimented by an Old Jubilation Winter Ale. Avery's…

Holiday on the Rocks Cocktail Class

Date:
Dec 06, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Slip a few new tricks up your sleeve just in time for a month of holiday parties. With the help of the Crimson Room's bartender, learn how to mix and shake two vodka-based, holiday-themed tipples that would rival the creations of even the most seasoned mixologist. Tue, times vary.

Natural Epicurean Fall Harvest

Date:
Dec 07, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$58.
Phone:
(719) 577-5775

As part of the Mountaintop Dinner Series, this locally sourced meal will feature fare grown at the Broadmoor farms. With produce that highlights the flavors of the season, such as acorn squash, carrots, zucchini, and heirloom tomatoes, the feast will end a bountiful fall season. Wed 6 p.m.

Holiday Sparklers and Cheese

Date:
Dec 08, 2016 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
303-330-2248

Take your holiday entertaining to the next level by matching the ideal sparkling wine to your whey of choice. Come with an empty stomach, as chef Steve Duty will walk you through an extensive tasting experience with more than five cheese and beverage pairings. Thu 7-8:30

The Cocktail Project

Date:
Dec 08, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 832-8628

Celebrate the launch of The Cocktail Project, a comprehensive website offering an impressive collection of cocktail recipes to wannabe mixologists (alongisde drool-worthy photos). To show you how it's done in person, professional mixologist James Menkal of Departure Restaurant and Lounge will be serving up drinks featuring Effen Vodka, Honitos Tequila, and Knob Creek Bourbon. Each…

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Date:
Dec 10, 2016 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$99.
Phone:
303-494-7988

There might be no finer pairing than the holiday season and an abundance of sweet treats. With the help of Escoffier's professional chefs, learn the art of crafting Christmas brittle, classic toffee, peppermint bark, and rocky road fudge. Your holiday guests will thank you. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

Date:
Dec 10, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
$12-$20.
Phone:

Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for a traditional breakfast buffet consisting of a Denver omelet bake, biscuits and peppered gravy, sausage, potatoes, ham, and French toast. For the parents, Bloody Marys and mimosas are available to sip on while the kids make festive crafts and give their wish lists to Santa. Saturdays, times vary.

White Truffle & Barolo Dinner

Date:
Dec 12, 2016 to Dec 13, 2016
Cost:
$895
Phone:
(303) 442-6966

Experience truly rare and intoxicating tastes at this dinner featuring dishes flavored with one of the world’s most renowned culinary treasures—the divinely aromatic white truffle. Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef of 2010 Missy Robbins, who cooked in Italy before founding her acclaimed Brooklyn restaurant Lilia earlier this year, will prepare a six-course dinner…

Nativ Beer Pairing with Good River Beer

Date:
Dec 13, 2016 06:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
$30.
Phone:

Before Good River Beer releases their new brew—an unnamed Weizebock wheat beer—you are invited to enjoy a decadent four-course meal. This beer-paired dinner will start with provolone fondue (paired with the American pilsner) and a greek greens salad matched with the Fu Fighter ale. Indulge in an elk au poivre and a Gunney black lager,…

Otherworldly: a Pop-Up Dinner

Date:
Dec 14, 2016 07:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

This four-course, vegan meal will start with a seafood-inspired appetizer with oysters on the half shell and assorted vegan caviar and continue with a hearty portion of truffled mac and cheese, wild mushrooms, and micro greens. While finishing your meal with warm chamomile tea and dessert, enjoy the musical stylings of multiple bands including synth…

Chocolate and Cheese Night

Date:
Dec 14, 2016 05:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$38-$53.
Phone:

Start your holiday festivities early this year with an evening of fine cheeses and decadent chocolates from Sugarmill's executive chef and partner Ryan Witcher. For an extra 15 dollars, enjoy unlimited bubbles and house wine, plus live entertainment by local DJ and guitarist Eric David Castillo. Wed 5:30-7:30 p.m.; 8-10 p.m.

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Date:
Dec 16, 2016 to Dec 24, 2016
Cost:
$50.
Phone:

Tapping into the Italian tradition of a fish-filled meal the night before Christmas, Coperta is offering a seven-course seafood dinner all season long. Culminating on Christmas Eve, this family-style meal will offer sardine and fennel crostini, calamari and shrimp fritto misto, salt cod ravioli, monkfish rigatoni, linguini with mussels, wood-fired eel, and squid and chickpea…

Las Posadas Celebration

Date:
Dec 16, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
Price varies.
Phone:

Observe the nine-day procession of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem at this reverent celebration featuring live entertainment and a traditional Mexican menu. Enjoy all the festivities and culinary pleasures of this Mexican holiday in one evening as you treat your taste buds to Latigo’s delectable dishes, live music from the Talisman Trio and drink specials.…

Beer Festivus

Date:
Dec 17, 2016 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$65.
Phone:
303-360-5360

This craft beer festivus designated for the rest of us—aka Denverites—offers brews from more than 50 local breweries including the Great Divide Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewery, and Black Shirt Brewing Co. Taking place in a picturesque airplane hangar, this boozy event acts as an ode to Colorado's thriving beer scene.

Winter Seafood Dinner

Date:
Dec 17, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:

This decadent meal brings the flavors of the sea to the Rocky Mountains. Though TBD typically focuses on locally sourced fare, this meal—which includes oysters adorned with bacon, truffles, and pickles; white chocolate scallops served with bacon and berries; and lobster and corn dumplings—draws inspiration from the chef Terence Rogers’s New England roots. Finish off…

The Art of Brunch

Date:
Dec 18, 2016 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-470-0235

The winter season iteration of the First Friday Art Walks on Santa Fe combines the weekend gallery-hopping event with the city’s trendiest meal. Stop in the more than 30 participating galleries, from Spark Gallery to Abecedarian Artists Books, to take in new artwork and bites of classic brunch items (including mimosas). While all edible items…

Rosenberg’s Jewish Christmas Chinese Pop-Up

Date:
Dec 24, 2016 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$60.
Phone:

Live out your own Christmas Story with a Chinese feast this holiday season. This pop-up meal will include egg rolls, smoked salmon rangoons, fried rice, duck and vegetable lo mein, kung pao pastrami, and General Tso's chicken. Bonus: Screenings of holiday movies such as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Hebrew Hammer will play in…

The Fort Christmas Eve Dinner

Date:
Dec 24, 2016 03:30 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 697-4771

The Fort Restaurant, known for delicious food and beautiful countryside scenery, is the ideal spot to enjoy a languorous Christmas Eve dinner. This three-course menu will include your choice of soup or salad and freshly baked bread, a buffalo prime rib au jus entree with horseradish, green beans, and mashed potatoes, and a vanilla rum…

Range and Teller Bar Christmas Dinner

Date:
Dec 25, 2016 12:00 am
Cost:
$56.
Phone:
(303) 399-7500

Avoid the fuss of Christmas cooking this year and head over to Range for an indulgent four-course holiday meal. This feast features a roasted chestnut soup with apple butter; creme and pancetta; a spinach and endive salad with pomegranate, citrus, walnuts, and goat cheese; red wine braised short rib with confit carrots, porcinis and pomme…

Viewhouse Holiday Buffet Brunch

Date:
Dec 25, 2016 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
$9.95-$28.95.
Phone:
303-790-8439

Hungry well-wishers can expect plenty of cheer—and an abundance of food—at this sumptious holiday spread fit for a king. Guests will graze on delicacies from a meat carving station, a seafood tower, a build-your-own omelet table, a waffle station, and a DIY Bloody Mary cart with local hot sauces and a variety of garnishes. Sun…

Holiday Cooking Camp

Date:
Jan 04, 2017 01:00 pm
Cost:
$199.
Phone:

Are you ready to take your culinary skills to the next level? Join one of The Cooking Studio’s top chefs, Scott Manning, for an intermediate cooking class covering knife, saute, roast, and sauce-making skills. As part of the Holiday Cooking Master Chef Series, the class will put your kitchen knacks to the test by ending…

Duck and Apple Dinner Party

Date:
Jan 07, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:

Celebrate the late-season harvest of apples with an innovative six-course meal. By using every element of a duck—innards, bones, breast, and legs—chefs at TBD showcase the meat in a unique and complete way. Enjoy duck pâte with pickled apples; Knödle dumplings and duck broth; duck confit with brie and apple tortellini; crispy duck skin with…

12th Night with Orpheus: A Yule Concert and Viking Feast

Date:
Jan 07, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-271-6600

In celebration of the last night of the Yule season, Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, a group within Denver's Pagan community, will perform traditional and non-traditional Yule carols and songs. Following the concert, enjoy a 10-course feast from Sweet Lorraine's Catering consisting of yule ham, Swedish meatballs, braised red cabbage, and black forest cake. Sat 6…

Brick Stranahan’s Whiskey Dinner with Noah Segan

Date:
Jan 10, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-588-4107

If a viewing of the intense thriller Brick and a decadent four-course meal paired with Stranahan’s whiskey isn’t enough to draw you to this event, an appearance from movie star Noah Segan surely is. Start with grilled oysters, horseradish lemon ice, green onions, and whiskey jalapeño gastrique paired with a Diamond Peak single malt whiskey,…

Denver Bug Banquet

Date:
Jan 11, 2017 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
303-993-3120

Join David George Gordon—aka. the "Bug Chef"—for a creepy-crawly five-course meal featuring edible insects of all shapes and sizes. In collaboration with Linger restaurant, Gordon has created a diverse menu of bug-inspired dishes, from waxworm quesadillas to a pear and ant salad. Proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, the first and only edible insect…

Nosh & Posh

Date:
Jan 12, 2017 11:30 am - 01:30 pm
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
(720) 913-0700

Are you a foodie or a fashionista? At this clothing and culinary pop-up event, there’s no need to choose. Stop by Civic Center to munch on offerings from your favorite food trucks including Chuey Fu's, Roll It Up Sushi, and Still Smokin' before browsing wares from trendy fashion trucks such as Patterns & Pops and…

21st Annual Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival

Date:
Jan 14, 2017 07:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

You’re probably used to oatmeal topped with fruits and nuts, sometimes accompanied with simple syrup or the occasional sprinkling of brown sugar. But at this community-focused event sponsored by Quaker Oatmeal, 128 unique oatmeal toppings await you (jalapeños and gummy bears included). After beginning your day with this hearty fare, head to the Quaker Oatmeal…

Estes Park Winter Festival

Date:
Jan 14, 2017 to Jan 15, 2017
Cost:
$40.
Phone:
(800) 443-7837

Counter the winter chill by warming up with award-winning red and green chili and local brews from breweries including Lumpy Ridge Brewery, Rock Cut brewery, and Wild Cider. The festival will include kid-friendly activities such as an arts and crafts booth, obstacle courses, and a Frozen-themed bounce house. Live music by Amplified Souls, Dixie Leadfoot,…

Delicious Downtown Food Tour

Date:
Jan 15, 2017 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
719-886-0088

With groups of up to 14 members, this tasty three-hour tour offers an intimate look at five culinary destinations within walking distance of each other. While restaurants and meal options change with each trip, expect to be wooed by local favorites such as pretzel and Guinness sausage kabobs from Jack Quinn's and creamy lobster chowder…

Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend

Date:
Jan 19, 2017 to Jan 22, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(970) 845-9090

Although this culinary weekend offers numerous food-related activities, such as snowshoeing and a gourmet lunch, they're all just a lead-up to the main epicurean event: the grand tasting. Celebrity guest chefs Hugh Acheson, Gabriel Kreuther, and Suzanne Tracht will collaborate with some of the best chefs in Beaver Creek to create the ultimate tasting experience.…

Wine & Food with Erick Skokan

Date:
Jan 19, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
$80.
Phone:
(303) 449-9463

As part of the Wine and Foods with Local Chefs series, join chef Erick Skokan of Black Cat Farm Bistro as he prepares a decadent five-course meal paired neatly with BookCliff Vineyards wines. The menu includes country pork pate with a 2016 Viognier, mulefoot pork with a 2015 malbec, and chocolate dacquoise served with a…

Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend

Date:
Jan 19, 2017 to Jan 22, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(970) 845-9090

The most exciting part of this four-day mountain getaway isn't the slew of renowned guest chefs (including Tobie Pottuck from Melbourne, Australia and Gabriel Kreuther from New York City), interactive cooking demonstrations, or hand-selected wines—it's the fact that you can customize your experience. With multiple events per day—including a Snowshoe and Gourmet Lunch, grand tasting,…

Speakeasy Soiree

Date:
Jan 21, 2017 08:30 pm
Cost:
$20.
Phone:
303-400-5606

Swing, step, and slide your way around Dry Dock Brewing Company with professionals from The Ladies & Gentlemen dance troupe. After receiving a free swing dance lesson at the beginning of the evening, enjoy live jazz music by La Pompe Jazz band, sip brews and cocktails from the cash bar, and shop your way around…

Italian Regional Cooking: Rome

Date:
Jan 25, 2017 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$99.
Phone:
(303) 308-9300

Creating a four-course meal focused on the culinary stylings of Rome will have you feeling like a natural Italian. Prepare for an in-depth learning experience as a Cook Street School of Culinary Arts chef walks you through wine pairings for each course. You’ll leave knowing how to make pasta all'amatriciana, Roman-style hot house lamb, fried…

Denver Winter Brew Fest

Date:
Jan 27, 2017 to Jan 28, 2017
Cost:
$30-$55.
Phone:
(720) 946-7721

If you missed the Denver Summer Brew Fest, here’s another chance to quench your craft-beer thirst. More than 40 breweries from Colorado including Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Stem Ciders, and Breckenridge Brewery will be pouring tipples in commemorative souvenir glasses for guests. Listen to live music and enjoy food from local vendors at this…

Pairsine “Shaken Not Stirred” Mixology and Culinary Competition

Date:
Jan 27, 2017 07:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$75.
Phone:
(303) 438-6600

You’ll be the judge at Wine Country Network’s first Pairsine food and distilled-spirit pairing competition. Seven duos of chefs and mixologists from Denver and surrounding cities will team up and use the top 10 winning spirits from the 2016 Denver International Spirits Competition to create one-of-a-kind cocktails to compliment tasty dishes. Participants can then sample…

#LarkburgerLove Day

Date:
Feb 01, 2017 12:00 am
Cost:
Phone:

Burger-lovers, rejoice. Larkburger, the Colorado burger joint, is celebrating Larkburger Love Day by giving away free burgers to local organizations such as the Downtown Denver Partnership, Goodwill, and UC Health, as a gesture of appreciation for their important work. Customers who wear green before heading to any 12 Larkburger locations today will receive a free…

Wine Certification in Denver

Date:
Feb 04, 2017 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Cost:
#325.
Phone:

This one-day class covering wine tasting, wine and food pairing, characteristics of major grape varieties, grape growing and winemaking, and an overview of local wines, is your first step toward becoming a certified sommelier. After passing the exit exam administered at the end of the day, you'll receive your Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level…

A Chocolate Affair

Date:
Feb 04, 2017 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
Phone:

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this chocolate adventure in Olde Town Arvada. Samples will include scrumptious treats such as eclairs from Rheinlander’s Bakery, Petit Fours from La Patisserie Francaise, chocolate wine from Silver Vines, and chocolate whiskey from School House Kitchen and Libations. Take part in the Chocolate Treasure Hunt or venture to the Arvada…

Fruition Restaurant 10th Anniversary Dinner

Date:
Feb 06, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
$150. $75 optional wine pairing.
Phone:

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fruition, an authentic farm-to-table restaurant concept by Chef Alex Seidel. Former and current chefs will collaborate to create a seven-course communal dinner, which will begin with a champagne toast and appetizers such as a seeded pistachio crisp. Main courses include Nantucket Bay scallops with sea urchin custard and preserved apple…

Cooking with Cupid

Date:
Feb 09, 2017 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$220.
Phone:
(303) 308-9300

Want to try something new this Valentine’s Day instead of the traditional “wine-and-dine?” Prepare a special dinner with your significant other with the help of the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts. Chef de Cuisine Cada Fabian will lead a Cooking with Cupid class that kicks off with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and…

Beer Dinners with Local Relic

Date:
Feb 10, 2017 05:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$60.
Phone:

Common Cause Catering and Local Relic are partnering with Catholic Charities to bring you another night of delicious food and beer pairings. This five-course meal benefits Catholic Charities' Life Skills & Career Development Center, which helps people in need of work find employment opportunities. Fri 5:30-10 p.m.

Valentine’s Dinner

Date:
Feb 10, 2017 to Feb 14, 2017
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 253-3000

Sumptuous, fresh ingredients give this Valentine's Day dinner that little extra spark. The evening kicks off with the most classic of aphrodisiacs—oysters—served on a half shell alongside a mignonette granita, or with smoked and grilled octopus with candied Fresno peppers and blood orange. For the main course, star-crossed dinner guests can choose between buffalo strip…

Hatha and Hops Yoga

Date:
Feb 11, 2017 09:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost:
$10.
Phone:

You don't have to be an expert yogi or a craft beer aficionado to reap the benefits of this customizable workout class. After getting your zen on with instructor Samantha Lieurance of Yay Life Yoga, you can enjoy a medium cold brew from Zwei Brewing Company. Proceeds from the class benefit the Animal House, a…

Shaken, Not Stirred Martini Party

Date:
Feb 11, 2017 07:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

Whether you like it dirty, dry, or straight up, the search for Denver’s best martini is on as 16 local bars and restaurants battle it out for the best cocktail. Expect food, drinks, and live music from funk band the Tent Show Kings. Roadhouse Hospitality will be serving food such as meatballs in Sriracha peach…

Family Workshop: Chocolate Treats

Date:
Feb 12, 2017 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$12-$17. $10-$15.
Phone:
720-865-3501

Did you know chocolate actually grows on trees? The cocoa pods hold the cocoa beans that give chocolate its rich flavor. Head to the Denver Botanic Gardens with your little ones to discover how a chocolate turns from seed to sweet. Family and Children’s Manager Melissa Gula will then hold tastings of different chocolates before…

Yolk’n Around

Date:
Feb 25, 2017 02:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

At this seven-hour affair held at Longmont’s St. Vrain Cidery, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day—or at least the most delicious. Stop by for a full day of morning specialties, such as French toast, breakfast nachos, and steak-n-eggs, paired with various spiced and hopped ciders. Sat 2-9 p.m.

Sips, Sights, and Sounds

Date:
Feb 25, 2017 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$25-$45.
Phone:

With more than 200 bottles of wine from around the world and multiple local restaurants, art galleries, and concerts, the entertainment options at this festival are endless. The 21-and-up-event is happening rain or shine, so don't let a little weather stop you from sipping, tasting, and enjoying local and global delicacies.

Winter Craft Beer Festival

Date:
Feb 25, 2017 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
$30-$75.
Phone:
(303) 444-0722

If you're looking for an event to honor the explosive craft beer scene in Denver, you've found it at this boozy Boulder festival. There will be a wide-range of brew styles—IPAs, porters, stouts, and hard ciders—to fit any palate from around 50 different breweries. Sip tipples from locals including Upslope Brewing Company, Pug Ryan's Brewing…

River Run Gumbo Cook-Off

Date:
Feb 28, 2017 02:30 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
$12-$15.
Phone:
(970) 496-4000

Bring your appetite to this Louisiana Bayou—inspired cook-off featuring some of the best gumbo in the Centennial State. Enter your dish for the chance to win an award (all entrants are provided with a tent, two tables, linens, tasting cups, spoons, and napkins), and prepare your gumbo as you listen to live music by the…

Magic Meadows Yurt Dinner

Date:
Mar 04, 2017 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$85-$135.
Phone:
(970) 349-1707

Take a guided mile-long cross-country skiing adventure from the Crested Butte Nordic Center to the Yurt, where a four-course meal accompanied by cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks awaits. Guests will enjoy live music, libations courtesy of Crested Butte’s Montaya Distillery and Elevation Beer Company and a decadent meal—made by local catering company Tim Egglehof Chef Services—that…

Whiskey Warm Up Weekend

Date:
Mar 11, 2017 12:00 am
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

The best way to warm up on cold winter days is from the inside out—which means a few swigs of whiskey are in order. A variety of distilleries, including Bear Creek, Black Canyon, and Leopold Bros., will offer tipples at this cozy booze fest, while alternative band Panda and People serenades the crowd with catchy…

Taste of Thailand

Date:
Mar 11, 2017 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
$99.
Phone:
303-494-7988

Southeast Asian dining is no longer reserved for street carts and open-stall markets after this authentic cooking class. You’ll learn classic Thai cooking techniques and craft well-known dishes such as pad thai and sticky rice. Bonus: Bring home recipes for tom kha gai (spicy chicken soup with coconut milk), roasted red chile sauce, and panang…

Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

Date:
Mar 18, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

Give back to your local community by celebrating a classic Colorado food: Rocky Mountain oysters (proceeds will benefit Eagle County 4-H clubs). In addition to the selection of top-grade oysters, this fry will also offer beef, pasta salad, rolls, and a large assortment of homemade desserts. The family-friendly event will include a bouncy castle and…

Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ

Date:
Mar 19, 2017 04:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Cost:
$125-$200.
Phone:

Five winemakers, five chefs, and five heritage pigs unite to bring you a pork experience unlike any other. Guests will be greeted with an assortment of beverages including a punch, Manhattan cocktails, and wine; small bites such as artisan cheese and bacon; and up to six rich heritage pork entrees from each participating chef. The…

Collaboration Beer Fest

Date:
Mar 25, 2017 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
$60-$85.
Phone:
(303) 297-1166

Brewers from across the Centennial State and beyond will divide into teams with the mission of bringing you brews that are truly unique. With more than 100 participating breweries, this festival will boast more than 75 different beers that you can spend your day sampling. Prepare for unlimited samples, food vendors, and live music. Sat…

Dim Sum & Oolong Afternoon Tea

Date:
Mar 25, 2017 to Mar 26, 2017
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(303) 442-4993

At this sedate afternoon, traditional tea and crumpets will take on an Asian twist. Between sips of oolong (which tastes like a combination of black and green tea and offers numerous health benefits), guests will enjoy an assortment of tea-infused dim sum delicacies. Sat-Sun, times vary.

The Sushi Series Rolling Class

Date:
Mar 30, 2017 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Cost:
$50-$65.
Phone:
(720) 904-0965

Take sushi night into the comfort of your own kitchen after attending this hands-on cooking class. Learn the art of making both sushi rolls and nigiri sushi from Zengo's master sushi chef. For an extra $15, attendees can opt for sake pairings, in which a sake sommelier will perfectly match the tipple to every roll.…

Forward Food Summit

Date:
Apr 01, 2017 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
303-294-9281

Enjoy a weekend of food education at what event organizers have dubbed an "unconference." Speakers from food rescue groups based in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs will discuss the importance of providing access to healthy sustenance. You'll learn about new solutions for tackling food waste and the challenge of feeding a growing population—all while taking…

High West Oyster Fest

Date:
Apr 04, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
303-756-6449

Treat yourself to fresh seafood at this Cajun-inspired food festival. Adventurous eaters can enter an oyster-eating or shucking contest, while foodies sample gumbo, jambalaya, and crayfish. As you dine, sip a chilled Oyster Stout from Odell Brewing Co. and enjoy live music performed by the funky Guerilla Fanfare brass band. Proceeds benefit the Boulder County…

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Sacred Heart House Fundraiser

Date:
Apr 05, 2017 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$30.
Phone:
303-993-2799

Help out the homeless and attend Sacred Heart House’s first-ever fundraiser at Black Shirt Brewing Co. Sip  a free beer (try the Semitone Seasonal IPA) and snack on farm-to-table fare from Farmer in the Hive. After your meal, enter the raffle for a chance to win local prizes such as fitness passes for Core Power Yoga, gift certificates…

The 2017 James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour

Date:
Apr 07, 2017 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
$195.
Phone:
970-754-8050

Bring your appetite to this six-course dinner made by some of the finest cooks in Colorado. Six chefs from Larkspur, Frasca Food and Wine, Boxcar Restaurant and Bar, Black Cat Farm Table Bistro, and River and Woods will each create one appetizer and one main course. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception replete with hors d'oeuvre…

National Beer Day at The Post

Date:
Apr 07, 2017 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Phone:
720-466-5699

It’s been 84 years since Prohibition was repealed, and there's no better way to celebrate than with an ice cold brew from The Post Chicken and Beer. Order a pint of the Achtertuin Seizoen farmhouse ale, a fruity drink with a tart finish that will complement the weekend’s 70-plus-degree weather. Bonus: Enter a raffle for a chance to win 52 free beers…

The Hotbox Cave Unveiling Party

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 10 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Cost:
Phone:

If you’re a fan of the new Hotbox Roasters Coffee Beer Doughnuts in RiNo, don’t miss the chance to visit their new roasting location in Longmont. Start the day by sampling the Oskar Blues Coffee IPA, which has berry flavors and an earthy aroma, or the new Nitro Cold Brew, a sweet and smooth roast…

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ACH IPA Beer Release & Comedy Show

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 noon - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-997-8288

You've gone to plenty of beer and cheese events—this week, try pairing suds with comedy instead. At this release party, try the tangy new ACH IPA, a brew created through a partnership between local comedian Adam Cayton-Holland and Ratio Beerworks. As you savor the lemony beverage, watch its namesake (and several other local side-splitters) deliver a hilarious stand-up performance. —Image courtesy of Ratio Beerworks

Denver Grilled Cheese Festival

Date:
Apr 12, 2017 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$175.
Phone:
720-865-4220

At this party themed around cheese and beer, versions of your favorite childhood comfort food will be served alongside your favorite adult nightcap. Local breweries such as Alpine Dog Brewery and Odell Brewing Company will join cheese purveyors including New World Cheese, the Melt, and So Damn Gouda. Don't miss the live auction featuring prizes such as…

Hops & Vine: Spring Beer and Wine Dinner

Date:
Apr 14, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$90.
Phone:
970-449-5601

At this pairing event, you don't have to choose between your two favorite beverages. Four delectable courses made by chef Justin Burdick will be served alongside beer samples of Horse & Dragon Brewing Company as well as seasonal wines. Start with a refreshing fruit salad paired with Perambulation Ale or Big Easy Chenin Blanc, then savor gamey Colorado lamb…

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Titanic First Class Dinner

Date:
Apr 14, 2017 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$125.
Phone:
303-477-8205

The Titanic might have met its fate at the bottom of the ocean 105 years ago, but you can still experience its culinary delights at this lavish meal. Inside a Victorian mansion, executive chef Herb Kettelson will prepare an authentic 11-course recreation of the meal that was served in first class on the final evening of…

Wine Tasting and Dinner Benefit

Date:
Apr 15, 2017 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
720-489-9463

At this culinary fund-raiser, taste more than one hundred different wines—red, white, ice, and port samples will be available—to support a great cause. Start off with cheese appetizers and a main course prepared by the Olive Garden, then finish the evening with a chocolate dessert. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Five-Day Vegan Fusion Cooking Immersion

Date:
Apr 17, 2017 to Apr 21, 2017
Schedule:
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
$775.
Phone:
(303) 399-0093

Expand your cooking skills with plant-based cuisine. Explore raw cooking and make all kinds of animal-free dishes from pizza to smoothies. Vegan chef and author Mark Reinfeld, who hosts this traveling cooking class, will walk you through each recipe step before you taste your creations. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Colorado Natural Wine Week

Date:
Apr 17, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
720-425-2959

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or an environmentalist, this weeklong celebration of natural vino might pique your interest. Start with a sustainability-focused tasting on Wednesday night, during which you can sample more than 200 varieties of red and white while chatting with vintners about the importance of ethical sourcing in the industry. Attendees can also…

Killer Mai Tai Competition

Date:
Apr 18, 2017
Schedule:
7-10 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-778-8454

The battle for the best Mile High City mai tai is on. Cheer on bartenders from Linger and Low Country Kitchen as they compete to impress judges Cole St. Peter of the Sazerac Company, Adrift beverage manager Maggie Yarbrough, and tiki glass designer Pop Tiki. During the competition, spectators can munch on island-inspired bites, such as Kona…

Sunday Bird Pop-Up

Date:
Apr 21, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-443-1135

Bird is the word at the Source’s latest pop-up shop. Stop by to taste acclaimed San Francisco chef Dueki Hong’s Korean fried chicken (popcorn chicken made with kimchi salt and hot gochujang) and kimchi fried rice with chicharron. Pair your bites with RiNo Yacht Club’s special frozen banana daiquiri served in a Korean to-go container.…

Weecycle’s Blues, Brews, & BBQ

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$100.
Phone:

Here’s to a night full of beer and barbecue for a good cause. Moe’s Original Bar B Que will supply the food; beer will come from Oskar Blues Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, and Joyride Brewing Company; and blues band Delta Sonic will set the laid back mood at an old automobile garage north of Denver.…

Taste of Spring Delta

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$45.
Phone:
970-874-0923

This casual sit-down dinner delivers food, wine, and spirits from the western side of the Centennial state. Tastes and beverages will be by Horsefly Brewing Company, Woody Creek Cellars, Daveto’s Italian Restaurant, and High West Distillery and Saloon. Proceeds benefit Delta County Young Life, a youth Christian group. Sat 5-8 p.m.

A Perfect Pairing

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$100.
Phone:
303-569-2333

Tommyknockers Brewery, Raquelitas Tortillas, and Food Services of America have combined forces to create a scrumptious menu you won’t want to miss. Six dishes, including shrimp scampi, steak tacos, and macaroni and cheese with crab, will each be paired with one beer. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals, a nonprofit that will send 20 children with disabilities…

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Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-455-2221

Learn more about (and sample) unpasteurized milk cheeses like gruyère and parmigiano at this inaugural celebration of Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day. Experts at local shop Cheese & Provisions will teach you about a traditional method in which cheese makers use bacteria from local dairies' raw milk to create particular regional flavors, and then you can taste some of the Sunnyside cheesemongers' favorites. Before…

Hops for Homes: Craft Beer Festival

Date:
Apr 22, 2017
Schedule:
noon-4 p.m., 5-9 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$45.
Phone:

Denver’s craft beer scene is helping a family in need. Twenty breweries, including Boggy Draw Brewery and Dead Hippie Brewing, will pour sudsy beverages at this neighborly charity. Make sure to try Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s latest IPA or the new amber lager from Resolute Brewing Company. If you get hungry, nosh on fare from Wong Way Veg,…

Microbreweries for the Environment

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 7 p.m. - midnight
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
303-786-7030

Sip a craft beer in support of the planet at this rocking jamboree. You’ll enjoy live music from Americana string bands the Brothers Comatose, Chain Station, and the Drunken Hearts, plus drinks from 15 local breweries including 4 Noses Brewing Company, Boulder Beer, and Left Hand Brewing Company. Proceeds benefit various local organizations that safeguard…

Buck Beer Bash

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
720-458-5885

153 years ago, buck beers (slightly more alcoholic versions of a German-style bock beer) were so popular that Colorado breweries celebrated them at a festival every spring. This year, Tivoli Brewing Co. and 14 other local breweries will host a new event to resurrect the tradition. Taste suds such as the Maiden's Kiss Maibock from Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and a Doppelbock from Einstok…

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Belgian Brew Fest

Date:
Apr 29, 2017 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-650-2337

Let a North Denver brewery transport you to the Low Countries of Western Europe during this new festival celebrating Belgian beer. The host, Bruz Beers, and nine other local establishments (including De Steeg Brewing and Crooked Stave) will offer witbiers and farmhouse ales to complement food-truck fare from Street Frites Denver and Basic Kneads Pizza. As the food and booze transport you to Brussel, a…

Japanese Pub Food

Date:
Apr 29, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$210 per pair.
Phone:
720-907-3838

At this interactive class, experience a Japanese-style happy hour. Chef Sarah Kendrick will teach you the techniques you need to create several small plates typically found at a Japanese gastropub, or izakaya. Sip on a complimentary glass of chilled sake while making crunchy kara age (Japanese fried chicken) and pork gyoza, then savor a scoop of green tea ice cream.

Puppy Playtime and Brunch

Date:
Apr 30, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-228-1100

If you're debating on where to go to brunch this weekend, we'll help you make the decision—at the Nickel, you can play with puppies before you eat. Hang out with adoptable pups, and donate $5 to Lifeline Puppy Rescue in exchange for a complimentary barrel-aged Manhattan or Negroni. Then tuck in to a delectable  spread…

Taste of Highlands Ranch

Date:
May 05, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$35.
Phone:
303-471-8856

At this suburban food lover’s festival, taste popular dishes from Centennial’s Uncorked Kitchen and scrumptious cupcakes from Colorado Springs–based Sweet Celebrations. Then savor an apricot blonde ale from local Blue Spruce Brewing Company while you bid on Broncos memorabilia and lift tickets at the silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. .

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The Real Dill’s Five-Year Anniversary

Date:
May 05, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$10.
Phone:
720-509-9059

Celebrate this Denver dillery's fifth birthday with a local meal that will satisfy your pickle cravings. Start by grabbing a Bloody Mary made with the Real Dill's signature drink mix or trying pickle-and-beer pairing combinations suggested by the Colorado Pickle and Beer Society. Food trucks such as Quiero Arepas and the Ethiopian Food Truck will also serve dinner to those seeking…

Picnic of the Pig

Date:
May 05, 2017
Schedule:
2-6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-close
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-570-8686

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Lola Coastal Mexican will invite five Denver chefs to create a scrumptious pork-centric meal. Sample meat from Duroc pigs cooked six different ways, including Old Major chef Amos Watts’s porchetta with a pig skin pineapple salsa and Jax’s Fish House chef Sam Pepper's burnt-honey-and-citrus carnitas. Wash down your dinner with a $5…

Women Cook!

Date:
May 08, 2017 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-944-1920

Celebrate women's accomplishments at this delicious dinner catered by the top female chefs in the Mile High City. Taste mouthwatering dishes—including pesto-and-parmesan arancini (stuffed rice balls) from Spuntino’s Cindhura Reddy and jerk tri-tip sliders made by the WOW Cafe's Carrie Shores—alongside suds from Great Divide Brewing Co. After the meal, bid on items such as a trip to Disneyland…

Colorado Chocolate Festival

Date:
May 12, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$50
Phone:
(303) 292-6278

Instead of buying Mom a box of chocolates, treat her to an entire festival devoted to the sweet treat. Sample decent candies from 60 Colorado chocolatiers and sweet shops, including the Denver-based Fudge Ladies and House of Stewart Confections. Don't miss the Friday evening concert by jazz vocalist Hazel Miller: While the Denver-based singer belts out her sultry tunes,…

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Denver Bacon and Beer Classic

Date:
May 13, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 1-4 p.m., 7-10 p.m.
Cost:
$69-$139.
Phone:
720-258-3000

Get the two things you really want out of brunch—booze and bacon—at this indulgent festival. Denver's second iteration of this pork-centric event features bacon-infused food from nearly three dozen local restaurants (including Hearth & Dram and Il Porcellino Salumi) and beer from more than 80 area breweries, ranging from the classic (Odell Brewing Co., Oskar Blues…

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IPA Throwdown Finale & Auction

Date:
May 17, 2017 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Schedule:
Also held at Living the Dream Brewing Company, 12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-985-2337

For 12 days, Strange Craft Beer Company's Breakfast Grapefruit IPA and Living the Dream Brewing Company's Empty Trophy Case IPA have been locked in a battle—and that battle ends here. As a friendly fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the two breweries are competing to see which  location can sell more of its signature IPA.…

Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown

Date:
May 20, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 3:30-6 p.m., 6:30-9 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$115.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

Vote for your favorite cheat-day treats at this indulgent event. Try classic pastries from local favorites Habit Doughnut Dispensary and LaMar’s Donuts, then wash down your desserts with spirits from Breckenridge Distillery and State-38 Distilling. Proceeds benefit Minds Matter of Denver, a nonprofit that provides mentors for at-risk high school students.

Bar Wars

Date:
May 20, 2017 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
303-832-2687

Hosted by drag queens Gabriella But’zin and Lala Shearz, this contest gives bartenders from local watering holes five rounds to wow the judges. Competitors will battle to craft, you guessed it, the most creative shot during the “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” round. Between drinks, attendees can refuel with classic American fare from Hamburger…

Hickory & Ash Preview Dinner

Date:
May 20, 2017 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$75
Phone:
303-534-1455

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

Date:
May 20, 2017 noon - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$35
Phone:
720-985-2337

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…

Cajun Cook Off

Date:
May 21, 2017
Schedule:
12:30-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-922-0960

Whether you’re a Louisiana native or simply a fan of Cajun cuisine, you can show off your cooking chops in one of three categories—jambalaya, gumbo, or etouffee. The top three versions of each dish will win swag from Chain Reaction Brewing Company. As you snack on the spicy spread, enjoy live music from rock singer…

Study Programming: Crafting the Perfect Cocktail

Date:
May 25, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
303-288-1100

To celebrate the opening of its new classroom-style event space, Hotel Teatro will host an interactive mixology class. Bar manager Victoria Errio will help you create modern spins on two classic drinks—a martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives and a Manhattan with barrel-aged whiskey from Denver distillery Leopold Bros.

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Chicken Fight

Date:
May 25, 2017 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$65-$125
Phone:
303-931-2344

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.…

Guest Chef Dinner with Joshua McFadden

Date:
May 26, 2017 5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-623-3223

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

Date:
May 27, 2017 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Schedule:
Located at Milston Well Farm in Boulder County.
Cost:
$135
Phone:
303-725-0431

“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

Date:
May 27, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$8
Phone:
303-898-5026

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…

Cocktails on the Rocks

Date:
Jun 03, 2017 noon - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$50
Phone:
720-263-2736

Sip a mojito (or two) at this outdoor jamboree, during which more than 30 boozy purveyors will pour summer cocktails. As you taste a blueberry mule from Prairie Organic Spirits or a watermelon fizz from Spring 44 Distilling and sample pizza from Basic Kneads food truck, jam to tracks spun by DJ Steve Medina. Proceeds benefit the Posner…

Taste of Louisville

Date:
Jun 03, 2017
Schedule:
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-666-5747

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…

Summer Paella Party

Date:
Jun 06, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$69.
Phone:
720-377-3512

During this hands-on class, practice the classic Spanish cooking techniques that’ll wow friends and family at your first outdoor dinner party of the year. With the help of Sur La Table chefs, you’ll learn to perfectly toast calasparra rice and start a pepper-and-tomato base for two different paellas: one with chicken and chorizo and one…

Easy Brews Beer Festival

Date:
Jun 06, 2017 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$65
Phone:
720-545-0755

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.…

New Kids on the Block Beer Festival

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$40.
Phone:
(303) 997-9911

At this sudsy, ’80s-themed party, celebrate nearly 20 of the newest arrivals to Colorado’s craft beer scene. Breweries such as Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Banded Oak Brewing Company, and Call to Arms Brewing Company will pour their two best brews. Make sure to dress up in your best ’80s attire for a chance to win a swag…

Brewer’s Alley

Date:
Jun 10, 2017 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$35
Phone:
303-893-2233

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…

Wings & Whiskey

Date:
Jun 11, 2017 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$70.
Phone:
303-800-7705

Denver chefs—including Mimi Banish of Osage Cafe and Anthony Smith of Beast & Bottle—will face off for the title of wing king (or queen) at this delicious showdown. After sampling their takes on the game-day favorite, such as Asian-glazed duck wings, cast your vote for the people’s choice award. In addition, hungry carnivores can battle each other…

Black Project Beer Dinner

Date:
Jun 12, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$75
Phone:
303-900-7488

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…

Sampling for Hope

Date:
Jun 14, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$65.
Phone:
303-302-6126

You don’t have to choose where to go to dinner, thanks to this smorgasbord of small plates from local eateries. Mile High restaurateurs will serve delicious bites, such as Hearth &Dram’s beef tartare and barbecue sliders from Colorado Pub Company, in an attempt to impress the judges. A panel of five that includes Eater Denver…

Colorado BBQ Challenge

Date:
Jun 15, 2017 to Jun 17, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 8-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
970-668-5547

Pitmasters from the Midwest to the West Coast will show off their smoking skills at Frisco’s biggest festival of the year. Barbecue lovers can sample everything from Texas-style brisket to Kansas City burnt ends while sipping beers from Frisco-based Backcountry Brewery and Outer Range Brewing Co. Between snacks, cheer on contestants in the Firefighter Cook-Off…

Do at the Zoo

Date:
Jun 15, 2017 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$175
Phone:
720-337-1400

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,…

Cochon555 Heritage Fire Snowmass

Date:
Jun 17, 2017 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$125-$200.
Phone:
678-744-5886

At this exclusive wood-fired cooking demonstration, 30 chefs will gather to create a one-of-a-kind feast. Theo Adley from the RiNo Yacht Club and Blackbelly’s Hosea Rosenberg will grill heritage-breed meats (think: whole-roasted pig, chicken, and sturgeon) in front of a hungry crowd. Wash down the hearty meal with tipples from a tropical tiki bar. Proceeds…

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Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing

Date:
Jun 19, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-832-1245

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.…

Farm-to-Table Cooking

Date:
Jun 22, 2017
Schedule:
6-8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$40.
Phone:
303-443-9952

During this educational workshop, learn to transform homegrown produce into simple comfort food. With guidance from chef David Cordona, use seasonal veggies and fruits to make a tasty rabe and turnip frittata as well as a spinach salad with roasted strawberry vinaigrette.

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Top Taco Denver

Date:
Jun 22, 2017 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$69-$125
Phone:
303-931-2344

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…

Dim Sum Cooking Class

Date:
Jun 24, 2017 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$99.
Phone:
303-494-7988

You won’t need to order takeout after learning how to make these Asian-inspired bites. During this class, chef Dan Widmann will demonstrate proper dumpling steaming and folding techniques and share three filling recipes: tangy roast pork, spicy shrimp, and fresh vegetable. At the end of the lesson, feast on your creations while the chef answers…

Attack of the Big Beers

Date:
Jun 24, 2017 to Jun 25, 2017
Schedule:
Sat-Sun Noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
866-841-2481

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…

Dale’s Pale Ale 16oz. Can Launch Party

Date:
Jun 29, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-830-6839

If you consider yourself a craft-brew aficionado (or just a beer-fan at best), chances are you’ve had yourself at least one or two Dale’s Pale Ales. Recognizable by its red, silver and blue can, this Colorado original is getting a funky facelift—and you can celebrate it. Revamped for its fifteenth year of existence, Dale’s Pale…

Black Shirt Brewing Co. Pig Roast

Date:
Jun 29, 2017
Schedule:
6-9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
303-993-2799

Barbecue and beers — it doesn't get any more American than that. Denver’s own Tender Belly pork is on the menu (prepared by chef Matt Kender) so guests can feast on roasted pork with housemade IPA barbecue sauce, smoked mac and cheese, and red ale baked beans, while sipping on a Blood Orange IPA or…

Denver Morton’s vs. Oceanaire Chef’s Throwdown

Date:
Jun 29, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
$125
Phone:
303-825-3353

Test your food critic skills at Denver’s first-annual surf and turf chef throwdown. Going head-to-head in this gourmet five-course meal battle, the chef from each iconic restaurant will showcase their best dishes, leaving the voting for top restaurant/chef up to the guests. Come hungry and ready to drink: diners will be provided with 10 different…

Craft Bruz & Comedy Bus

Date:
Jul 01, 2017
Schedule:
4:30-9 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$50
Phone:
303-650-2337

Unwind this weekend with brews, fried chicken, and laughs. Start with a trip to Bruz Beers and grab a pint of Onyx Stout (a rich dark Belgian-style stout) with head brewer Charlie Gottenkieny. Then pile into the party bus with comedic beer cicerone David Hanan as he drives you to the Comedy RoomRoom to watch…

Kombucha Workshop with Happy Leaf Kombucha

Date:
Jul 08, 2017 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$25
Phone:
720-515-4751

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…

A Night on the Ranch

Date:
Jul 08, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$115-$150
Phone:
719-838-2770

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…

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Great Divide Summer Block Party

Date:
Jul 08, 2017 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$10
Phone:
303-296-9460

If the city creates a new urban park and you don't christen it with a cold craft brew, is it even really there? This fête celebrates Ballpark's latest green space with a long roster of Great Divide brews (including Denver Pale Ale, Titan, and Yeti), lawn games, and live music from Kitty Crimes and the Still…

21st Annual Colorado Brewers Rendevous

Date:
Jul 08, 2017
Schedule:
1-5 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$120.
Phone:

If you’ve been wanting to get a taste of Colorado’s beer scene, here’s your chance. Picture this: the rushing Arkansas river, stunning mountain vistas, and more than 75 Centennial breweries to choose from. Sample 300 kinds of draughts such as Champagne Saison from Upslope Brewing Company of Boulder. If you get hungry, pick from tasty…

Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival

Date:
Jul 09, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017
Cost:
$20
Phone:
720-864-6460

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…

Cho 77 & Ratio Beerworks Dinner

Date:
Jul 10, 2017
Schedule:
5:30-7:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m.
Cost:
$49.
Phone:
720-638-8179

Reward your taste buds with Cho 77’s tantalizing Asian-style street food and Denver’s own Ratio Beerworks at this delicious dim sum and beer supper. Join executive chef Ryan Gorby and Ratio Beerworks head brewer Jason zumBrunnen as they take you through a five-course prix fixe meal complete with beer pairings. We’re most excited about the…

Slow Food Nations

Date:
Jul 14, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(720) 381-0813

Attention, foodies! You will need all five senses to fully appreciate the biggest culinary event Denver has ever hosted.The Mile-High City takes center stage in the international food world this weekend as thousands will pour into Denver to meet this star-studded list of attendees from near (Rioja’s Jen Jasinski, Mercantile Dining & Provision’s Alex Seidel)…

Orthodox Food Festival

Date:
Jul 15, 2017
Schedule:
11 a.m-7 p.m.
Cost:
Free to attend.
Phone:
303-294-0938

When it comes to finding dishes from Eastern Europe and beyond, options in Denver are limited. This Saturday, enjoy a home-cooked meal from parishioners at the Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral in Globeville. Grab a plate of chicken and lamb kebabs with a side of couscous, or try the Serbian sampler made of potato and…

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
$25-$100.
Phone:
(970) 496-4000

If you’re looking for a way to unwind this weekend, relax with the perfect duet: jazz and wine. Sip on local wines from Carlson Vineyards and Grande River while admiring Independence and Tenderfoot Mountains. Indulge in delicious pairings such as the “Willy Wonka Wild Wine Ride” where Ashley Rowe of Constellation Brands will pair wine…

Prosecco and Pancakes

Date:
Jul 16, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$35
Phone:
970-423-8992

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…

Indulge for CASA

Date:
Jul 20, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$75-$150
Phone:
303-835-5540

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…

Food Truck Safari

Date:
Jul 20, 2017
Schedule:
6:30-10 p.m.
Cost:
$17.
Phone:
720-337-1400

Take your palate on a culinary road trip while enjoying exciting musical performances at the zoo. Attendees can choose from 12 Denver food trucks such as OG Burgers, Roll It Up Sushi, and Arepas House. Plus, receive one complimentary Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Roadie Grapefruit Radler or Denver Pale Ale. Don’t miss the animal demonstrations…

Kyle’s Brew Fest

Date:
Jul 20, 2017
Schedule:
5-9 p.m.
Cost:
$30.
Phone:

Beer aficionado Kyle Hollingsworth, the keyboardist for the popular Boulder band String Cheese Incident, invites you to a private performance where you can taste brews, bites, and ice cream. New this year, Kyle's Heady Yeti Caramel Heath is made with Great Divide Brewing Co. Yeti Stout, Sweet Cow ice cream, caramel, and Heath toffee chunks.…

Farm to Table Dinner

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$115
Phone:
303-229-9382

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).…

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Dining Al Fresco

Date:
Jul 22, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
303-534-2367

Sure, you could fight your way into a one-square-foot patio space at Avanti Food & Beverage—but we'd recommend adding a little luxury to your outdoor dining experience. Swanky eateries including Rioja, TAG, and Bistro Vendome extend their fresh-air seating areas into the street during this traffic-stopping evening, creating an outdoor foodie's paradise that stretches throughout…

Tasty Colfax

Date:
Jul 25, 2017
Schedule:
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$30.
Phone:

Here’s your chance to try Colfax Avenue’s treasure trove of eateries. At this block party, the ticket price includes all the sights, smells, and eats from 20 restaurants and breweries. Try Denver Biscuit Company’s famed biscuit sandwiches, or grab a bowl of tikka masala from the recently opened Saucy Bombay, the sister-restaurant of Bombay Clay…

Mac & Cheese Fest

Date:
Jul 29, 2017 to Jul 30, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
970-968-2318

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…

Denver Burger Battle

Date:
Aug 03, 2017
Schedule:
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$69.99-$124.99
Phone:

The heat is on between 16 Denver restaurants seeking the title of Best Burger in Colorado. At the competition’s new spacious outdoor digs, try mouthwatering burgers such as Cherry Cricket’s “Fire Burger,” a homage to the firefighters who rescued the restaurant from being burned down. Cast your vote for People’s Choice, or watch judges Josh…

Five Points Brew & BBQ

Date:
Aug 05, 2017 1 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$99
Phone:

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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Sesh Fest

Date:
Aug 05, 2017 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$26-$30.
Phone:
303-222-2136

Day drinking is great and all, but 8 p.m. hangovers? Not so much. Mitigate that problem (somewhat) with this fête dedicated to the low-ABV world of session beers. The day's roster features sessions from 51 mostly local breweries, including Odell's Easy Street and 14er's Key Lime Cream Ale. When you're not pounding back—er, politely sipping—easy-to-drink…

National Oyster Day

Date:
Aug 05, 2017 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-292-5767

If you’re a fan of Jax Fish Houses’ sustainable seafood approach, here’s another reason to love them. On National Oyster Day, Jax is shucking free oysters for the first 100 customers at the Denver, Glendale, Boulder, and Fort Collins locations. Guests will receive six free Emersum oysters on the half shell, along with a mignonette…

Steamboat Wine Festival

Date:
Aug 09, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Schedule:
Venues vary.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
203-900-5566

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…

Catch of the Day: Fresh Fish and Seafood

Date:
Aug 10, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$85.
Phone:
303-377-3222

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…

Hops in the Hangar

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$45.
Phone:
303-360-5360

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…

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Polish Food Festival

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Schedule:
Sat noon to 9 p.m., Sun noon to 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-504-6199

Get your comfort-food stomach ready. This celebration of Polish culture features folk dance and song performances, kids' activities, and a vendor fair, but the main draw is the Eastern European eats. Everything from kielbasa and stuffed cabbage leaves to pastries and imported Polish beers is available for purchase at the fest, and dumpling lovers are…

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

Date:
Aug 12, 2017
Schedule:
6-9 p.m.
Cost:
$85.
Phone:
303-394-2904

If you’ve always wanted to try Cherry Creek’s posh new restaurants, here’s your chance to go to more than 15 of them. Dines such as Quality Italian, Departure, and Enstrom Candies will be open for foodies to peruse and try small bites. Samples will also be accompanied with local wine and spirit pairings such as…

Breckenfritz Festival

Date:
Aug 12, 2017
Schedule:
1-7 p.m.
Cost:
Free to attend. $1-$20 for activities.
Phone:
970-737-2129

Get away from the city this Saturday for an afternoon packed with family-friendly outdoor activities and local brews. First, take advantage of the free shuttle from Lincoln Park in Greeley for a 20-minute drive to the Fritzler Corn Maze. When you arrive, head for the pedal go-carts or virtual reality skiing. Attendants can also compete…

Corks & Forks

Date:
Aug 17, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$60-$90.
Phone:
303-405-2100

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…

Colorado Burger Summit

Date:
Aug 18, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Preserve the Harvest: Pickling with the Real Dill

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
(720) 509-9059

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…

Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Date:
Aug 19, 2017
Schedule:
1-5 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$60.
Phone:
303-449-3774

Hurry and snag a ticket before they’re gone at this typically sold-out brewfest. Get the latest samples from more than 30 Front Range breweries such as Wonderland Brewery, Finkel & Garf Craft Beer, and Wild Woods Brewery. If you get hungry, grab an lechon bowl (slow-cooked pork, black beans, and plantains) from Arepas Caribbean, scratch-made…

Lafayette Peach Festival

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule:
Located along South Public Road between Cleveland and Kimbark streets.
Cost:
Free to attend.
Phone:
303-666-9555

You don’t have to go to the Western slope this weekend for your Palisade peach fix. Choose from all the peach helpings you want such as Huckleberry pies or cobbler, or take some to make your own at home with a fresh batch of organic Palisade peaches from Morton’s, Red Fox Run, and Tate orchards.…

Poke x Beer x Yoga

Date:
Aug 20, 2017 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$15. Food available for purchase.
Phone:
303-495-3105

This Sunday just got better with instructional yoga, a free brew, and poke bowls made with sustainable and fresh ingredients. Bring your mat to Hogshead Brewery for a relaxing yoga session and receive a complimentary pint of a fruity Finley's Farmhouse Saison or Etta's hopped grapefruit ale. Pair it with a bite to eat from…

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Lee Spirits Pre-Prohibition Cocktail Competition

Date:
Aug 21, 2017 7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-295-3333

Trump-inspired tiki drinks and Cosmos on dry ice, step aside. This evening is devoted to the classics. Local bartenders including Alex Daniluk of Ste. Ellie and Jesse Bowen of Occidental will whip up their takes on 100-year-old recipes for this contest–think: Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs alongside obscure picks like the rum-based Mary Pickford or the gin-based Bee's Knees.…

Oktoberfest Season Kick-Off

Date:
Aug 25, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 5-11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
$3-$5.
Phone:

October is over a month away but that doesn’t mean it isn’t too early to celebrate this popular German festival with a weekend of food and beer. Dress up in your favorite lederhosen and dirndls, and come feast on homemade cuisine by chef Walter Neuhold of Styria Catering with a traditional German beer. After, treat…

Breckenridge HogFest – Bacon & Bourbon

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$90.
Phone:

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…

Wine, Stein & Dine

Date:
Aug 26, 2017
Schedule:
5:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$550.
Phone:
303-871-2894

Put on your best cocktail attire for this delicious spread that benefits Denver youth. Munch on hors d’oeuvres while bidding on more than 100 silent auction items such as a weekend stay in New Orleans. After, enjoy a menu of grilled Palisade peach salad, pan-seared cod, braised short ribs, and a dessert trio of miniature…

Community Farm Dinner and Opera Pairing

Date:
Aug 26, 2017
Schedule:
6:30-8 p.m.
Cost:
Free to attend.
Phone:

Pair your food with live opera tunes in a lax setting for a new kind of sensory experience. Purchase food from the Ginger Pig food truck, who is preparing Asian-inspired cuisine with organic produce from Isabelle Farm. Sit down on the porch and let Opera on Tap Colorado serenade you with their song of choice.…

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Denver Brunchfest

Date:
Aug 27, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$65-$95
Phone:
720-500-3409

Put that "Brunch So Hard" tank top in your closet to good use. Dozens of local brunch favorites—including Brazen, Telegraph, and Revelry Kitchen—will be on hand for this ode to the mid-morning meal, serving up their signature dishes alongside bloody marys and bottomless mimosas. Eat and drink your way through the restaurants' booths and rest…

Sugar Pine Farm Dinner

Date:
Aug 30, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$100.
Phone:
303-746-6266

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…

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Chef & Brew

Date:
Aug 31, 2017 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$55-$75
Phone:
303-468-5443

OK, so you can figure out that cheddar goes with Chardonnay. How about marrying crab cakes and an IPA? This culinary competition challenges 20-plus local chefs and brewers—in duos ranging from Little Machine Beer and Avelina to Caution: Brewing Company and Cho 77—to create the city's best beer-and-bite combo. Judges (including 5280's own Denise Mickelsen)…

Dinner Under the Stars

Date:
Sep 06, 2017
Schedule:
7-10 p.m.
Cost:
$200
Phone:

If you’re gearing up for a culinary adventure at Denver’s Food and Wine Festival, don’t miss this elegant six-course dinner that’s hosted on the bridge behind Coohills Restaurant and Bar. Dine on dishes from the fine and talented Elise Wiggins (Cattivella), Frank Bonanno (Bonanno Concepts), Daniel Asher (River and Woods), Lon Symensma (Cho 77), and…

Festival Italiano

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 to Sep 10, 2017
Schedule:
10 a.m.-9 p.m., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-742-1520

Explore artisanal markets, taste freshly made pasta, and sip both Italian and local wines as Florentine flag throwers perform. Or, take the little ones to Balistreri Vineyards,where they can stomp on grapes—which will then be used to make Little Feet Merlot—while you sample the winery’s vino. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit that provides…

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Whiskey & Wings

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 noon
Cost:
$20-$50
Phone:
970-726-5514

At this wing-themed culinary showdown, both the competition and the food are sure to heat up. To determine the People's Choice champion, guests will sample spicy small plates (think: hot wing soup and classic Buffalo-style wings) from 10 Colorado vendors, including Denver's Fire on the Mountain and Winter Park's Smokin’ Moe's. Between bites, local spirit…

Clam Bake and Lobster Boil

Date:
Sep 10, 2017
Schedule:
3-6 p.m.
Cost:
$45.
Phone:
1-888-272-7246

Curb your seafood cravings with a trip to an unlikely location: a ski resort. Thanks to Arapahoe Basin executive chef Steven Vlass, landlocked Coloradans can still feast on dishes such Prince Edward Island mussels, New England–style clam chowder, and, for an extra fee, succulent lobster. While enjoying the fish, take in late-summer views from your…

Breckenridge Wine Classic

Date:
Sep 14, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(970) 453-2913

Raise your glass to this boozy mountain festival. Throughout the weekend, sample just-released sips from Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem, Poncha Springs’ Elevation Brewing, and Breckenridge Distillery. Other highlights include a farm-to-fork dinner from Breckenridge Ski Resort executive chef Steve Arndt, a Riedel wine glass demonstration, and multiple educational outings such as a tour through the…

Hops for Hunger

Date:
Sep 15, 2017
Schedule:
5:30-10 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$35.
Phone:
970-356-2199

Enjoy local brews and food truck fare at this festival that is all about giving back. Proceeds from the event will benefit Weld Food Bank, with each dollar donated providing five meals for those in need within the Windsor community. Be charitable by sipping on Front Range brews from High Hops Brewery and Horse &…

Westwood Chile Fest

Date:
Sep 16, 2017
Schedule:
2-9 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-936-4302

The southwest Denver neighborhood of Westwood convenes for this sizzling celebration. Indulge in Mexican-style cuisine such as tacos, tortas, and roasted chiles with sips ranging from agua frescas and micheladas to margaritas. And if you dare, enroll in the chile-eating competition (you’ll need to sign a waiver) and try to eat as many habaneros, jalapeños,…

Oxford Gardens & Cafe Aion Farm Dinner

Date:
Sep 17, 2017
Schedule:
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$100.
Phone:

Farm meets table at this seasonal Spanish supper prepared by chef Dakota Soifer of Boulder’s Cafe Aion. Start with a complimentary cocktail garnished with herbs fresh from the garden. Then chow down on delicious dishes such as gazpacho with late summer tomatoes, roasted honey-cumin lamb, and almond torte with stone fruits—all made with produce just…

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Taste of the Broncos: A Gourmet Tailgate for A Cause

Date:
Sep 18, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$100-$300
Phone:
720-258-3131

Thanks to this charity cookout, you don't need to spend an afternoon in the kitchen to enjoy mouthwatering game day snacks. Instead, savor small plates prepared by more than 30 of Denver's top chefs, including Korean-inspired fried chicken sliders from Troy Guard and fresh Peruvian ceviche crafted by Dana Rodriguez. While you snack, meet dozens…

Denver Oktoberfest

Date:
Sep 22, 2017 to Sep 23, 2017
Schedule:
Sept. 29-30
Cost:
$0-$175.
Phone:

Denverites love beer—so much that our fair city pours twice as many kegs as any other Oktoberfest in the country. Come armed with your stein (and clothed in traditional lederhosen or dirndl) so you can prost to 500,000 of your closest friends at this raucous German festival. If you’re a beer fanatic, opt for the…

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Tequila Taco & Cerveza Fest

Date:
Sep 22, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$30
Phone:
575-386-5520

It doesn't have to be May 5 to celebrate Mexican eats. Tequila forms the core of the fest (your ticket gets you 10 quarter-ounce samples), but with taco trucks including Fiesta Fusion and Teal Taco and esteemed Mexican beermakers such as Dos Equiis and Tecate on hand selling their wares, you need not live on agave…

Feast of Fermentation

Date:
Sep 23, 2017
Schedule:
6-10 p.m.
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
303-440-8303

This pickled feast is ideal for the brave foodie. Choose between a taco and Asian style noodles, and garnish with toppings, including kimchi, tempeh crumbles (made of fermented soybeans), or fermented hot sauce, prepared by chef-blogger Jordan Anderson. Wash it all down with sweet and bubbly kombucha or kefir. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Food Rescue,…

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Truck Stop Food Truck Rally

Date:
Sep 30, 2017 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:
720-220-4241

Millennial yuccies (young urban creatives for you Gen-Xers out there) and Instagram addicts, your choice eating moment has arrived. At this ode to mobile cuisine, four full blocks of Welton Street are transformed into a foodie's paradise featuring more than three dozen trucks and pop-up bars. Sip on signature cocktails like the Five Points Spritz, enjoy live…

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Mercantile Invitational

Date:
Oct 04, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$150-$175
Phone:
720-460-3733

With the wealth of beer-pairing dinners throughout Denver during the week of Great American Beer Festival, it can be hard to choose which one to attend. We'll make it easy for you: Pick this one. Seven chefs—from London foodie favorite Tomos Parry and Top Chef alum John Tesar to Mercantile's own Alex Seidel—will create the…

Cider Days

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 to Oct 08, 2017
Schedule:
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$30
Phone:
303-987-7845

The dog days of sticky, summer heat are over, and it's time to welcome crisp, colorful fall at Cider Days. This fall-themed festival in Lakewood embraces all things apple (think: apple pie, apple pressing, and of course, apple cider.) Adults can even try up to 50 hard ciders provided by the Rocky Mountain Cider Association.…

Mile High Pierogi Festival

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-425-7421

Pierogis Factory is bringing Poland to you for this festival celebrating the famed doughy treat packed with savory filling. Spend the afternoon tasting paczki from Royal Bakery, kielbasa, and six flavors of pierogi (three of which are vegan) or reserve your hunger for the pierogi eating contest. In between bites, enjoy a performance from the…

Preserve the Harvest: Canning and Dehydrating Fruit

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$40
Phone:
303-955-4739

Preserving this season’s fall bounty is a smart way to enjoy tasty produce whenever you want. With the help of Gigia Kolouch and Kristine Root from Slow Food Denver, a local group hoping to promote sustainable agriculture, you can learn how to make sauce, jelly, and chutney with Western slope fruits (think: peaches, apples, or…

Bites & Brews for Biodiversity

Date:
Oct 12, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$60
Phone:
303-546-0214

Taking care of the environment can be as simple as eating sustainable appetizers at this foodie fundraising event. Denver’s Mezcla Maggie Catering will feature wildlife-themed vegan and vegetarian tapas with fun names such as Cub Prints (spinach and cream cheese in baby portobello mushrooms) and Rocky Mountain Rocks (cocoa-covered peanut butter balls). You can also…

WhiskyX

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost:
$75-$125
Phone:
303-360-5360

This comprehensive whiskey tasting first debuted in Brooklyn this past June, but will head to the Mile High City for its second event. More than 45 distillers from around the world will come together for a spirit tasting experience complete with live music. Aside from sipping award-winning whiskeys and cocktails, attendees can sample alcohol-infused ice…

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Grand Coffee Bazaar

Date:
Oct 14, 2017 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$40
Phone:
720-213-6139

You're already a craft beer expert and a farm-to-table devotee—why not add coffee snob to the list? At this ode to artisan roasts, you can chat with and sample from 19 local coffee-makers (including Boulder Organic Coffee and Corvus) and enjoy a breakfast booze menu including Bloody Marys, mimosas, and Epic Brewing coffee-infused beer. To…

Elderberry Medicine

Date:
Oct 18, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$35
Phone:
303-263-7275

Denver herbalist Bridget Molloy will demonstrate how to keep cold-weather sickness at bay during this medicine-making class. She’ll convert antioxidant-rich elderberries into a low-sugar syrup that can help cure the flu, congestion, and pesky coughs. As an added bonus, Molloy will also teach how to bake with elderberries or create a concentrate for gin cocktails…

The Bloody Mary Festival

Date:
Oct 22, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$65
Phone:
303-468-5443

Take Sunday brunch to the next level with unlimited tastes of the best Bloody Marys in the city. Vote for your favorite sipper among cocktails mixed by bartenders from restaurants such as Jefferson Park’s Briar Common Brewery & Eatery, and LoHi’s Highland Tavern. Food will also be available from from the various restaurants whipping up…

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Dines

Date:
Oct 22, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$75
Phone:
303-832-5280

Thanks to this exclusive fête, Denver foodies don't have to choose where to make reservations this weekend. Savor small plates prepared by more than 10 local chefs from 5280's 25 Best Restaurants list, including Jeff Osaka from 12 at Madison and El Five's Justin Cucci. Local artist Calvin Lee will also be hosting a live…

Autumn Entertaining with Style

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$75
Phone:
720-287–4823

Just because you’re hosting the dinner party doesn’t mean you have to do all the cooking. Stir Cooking School chef-manager Ryan Schaefer, will teach you how to make a delicious five-course meal—featuring decadent dishes such as Yuko gold and turnip gratin with gruyere cheese, roasted pork tenderloin with bourbon apple chutney, and a chocolate cherry…

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The Halloween Project

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-993-2799

You might be too old for traditional trick-or-treating, but you can still enjoy a grown-up treat at this Halloween-themed release party. Black Shirt Brewing Co. will pour a limited edition fall-inspired brew while local alternative groups Church Fire and Motion Trap play a live show in the beer garden. Be sure to don your spookiest…

Othermama’s Bakery Grand Opening

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 to Nov 05, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-201-5693

Try a sweet treat (or 10) at the opening weekend of mother-daughter duo Brenda Lehenbauer and Stacey Courtney’s bakeshop in Longmont. The ribbon cutting ceremony will include free samples of baked goods such as snickerdoodle cookies, apple crumble bars, and mini cheesecakes. You can also sign up to win a gift certificate to the bakery…

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The Great Onesie Bar Crawl

Date:
Nov 04, 2017 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$34
Phone:
303-295-0706

Halloween may be over, but you don't have to surrender to street clothes just yet. In this Ballpark- and LoDo-spanning bar crawl, one-piece-clad revelers will enjoy discounted bevvies (we're talking $2 drinks, people) at bars from the Ginn Mill and Refinery to Retro Room and Howl at the Moon. Onesies of all kinds are welcome,…

Bottle, Cork, and Label with Central City Opera

Date:
Nov 06, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$100
Phone:
(720) 381-6663

Sip on vintage vino while mingling with your favorite world-renowned performers from Central City Opera. Waters Edge winery owners Judy and Newell Grant will demonstrate how to bottle, cork, and label wine bottles while guests help themselves to light appetizers and drinks from the cash bar. Proceeds benefit Central City Opera, the fifth oldest professional…

Beyond the Kitchen: A History of Presidential Food and Feasting

Date:
Nov 07, 2017 to Dec 05, 2017
Schedule:
Tues
Cost:
$195
Phone:
303-871-2406

Every foodie has his go-to indulgence—especially presidents. Discover previous commander in chiefs’ luxurious dishes with Adrian Miller, the James Beard Award–winning author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet. The event also includes a three-course meal—inspired by favorite recipes of past leaders—from University of Denver executive chef Timothy Downs.

diSTILLed: Pair

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost:
SOLD OUT
Phone:
720-354-4880

You and your plus one won’t be the only pair on this sophisticated evening at the Clyfford Still Museum. Match holiday-themed bites with Wine Dispensary’s executive sommelier, Rob MacKenzie’s pick of 10 wines, such as Tuscan chardonnay and Venetian prosecco. Before you finish your Sauternes dessert wine with mulled-sangria poached pear, be sure to enjoy…

Vintage Wine Tour

Date:
Nov 11, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$40
Phone:
303-674-5429

Make your way to this 200-year-old homestead where everything from the entrees to the wine is homemade by Humphrey History Park & Museum executive director Angela Rayne. She’ll guide you through a five-course Italian feast with vintage wine pairings. Start with a Pinot Grigio paired with antipasti of cheesy flatbread and lemon white-bean bruschetta. Then…

Nitro Fest

Date:
Nov 11, 2017 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$75
Phone:
303-772-0258

Step into an alternate universe of the wonderfully bizarre at the world's only nitro-exclusive beer festival featuring fire-throwing circus performers and “jamtronica” music. Come decked out in your best fantasy-wear (best dressed gets an $100 gift card to Left Hand Brewing Co.) and encounter the especially smooth-tasting nitrogen-infused beer from over 40 breweries around the…

Von Miller’s Celebrity Steak Out

Date:
Nov 13, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$450
Phone:

Von Miller is every NFL quarterback’s worst nightmare, partly because he received proper eye care as a child. This foodie benefit for Von’s Vision, the star linebacker’s nonprofit (which provides low-income children with eye care), is an attempt to pass on the same opportunity. Cocktail hour starts with hor d'oeuvre, including mini Cubans and Colorado…

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Thanks & Giving

Date:
Nov 13, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$95
Phone:
720-944-3323

Work & Class's typical menu of roasted goat and chile-braised pork might not seem like the most natural match for your Thanksgiving table, but this dinner proves that fancy and homestyle can (and should!) go hand in hand. This fundraiser for Work Options for Women, a nonprofit that helps provide culinary job training for women…

Carboy Wine Pairing Dinner

Date:
Nov 14, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$85
Phone:
720-531-5252

Belly up to this delicious and savory fall spread complete with wine pairings from Littleton-based Carboy Winery. Chef Scott Hybbeneth of Angelo’s Taverna has six courses planned, including Granny Smith apple and honey gorgonzola souffle, Alamosa striped bass crudo, and beef short rib with polenta. Finish on a sweet note with a caramelized apple tart.…

The Perfect Turkey

Date:
Nov 15, 2017 noon - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:

If you don't want a repeat of last year’s turkey fiasco (we told Dad that deep-frying was a bad idea), attend this crash course for surefire techniques on cooking the juiciest bird. Sheila Gains, a family and consumer science extension agent with Arapahoe County, will teach you how to safely buy, thaw, and prepare a…

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Beaujolais & Beyond

Date:
Nov 16, 2017 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$80
Phone:
720-255-5214

Thanks to this charity dinner, Francophiles can savor their favorite cuisine without buying plane tickets to the City of Light. Colorado chefs, including Jean-Luc Voegele, will compete to make a French dish that pairs best with Beaujolais Nouveau wine. After you nosh, check out live performers from the entertaiment troupe Imagination Circus Arts. Bonus: If…

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Thanksgiving Bounty

Date:
Nov 23, 2017 noon - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$21-$42
Phone:
303-893-9463

If you don't want to cook an elaborate meal for Thanksgiving this year, Crú Food & Wine Bar has you covered. Enjoy a three-course, seasonal meal featuring crisp apple cider and delectable dishes such as sweet potato-lobster bisque, spice-rubbed turkey breast, and bread pudding with apple and pecans. The best part? You won't have to…

Black Tie Fundraiser and Masquerade Ball

Date:
Nov 25, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$150
Phone:

Put on a snazzy tuxedo for this formal feast benefiting Denver youth. Enjoy stand-up from Comedian A-Train, dance to the soulful stylings Linda Styles band, and of course, taste delicious dishes prepared by local chefs from 100 Men Who Cook. Proceeds benefit the same organization, which hosts events in support of local nonprofits such as…

Making Spirits Bright, a Cocktail Tasting

Date:
Dec 02, 2017 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Cost:
$50
Phone:
720-263-2736

Even Scrooge could get in the holiday spirit at this cheerful cocktail tasting and dance party. Taste mixed drinks featuring more than 150 varieties of spirits from 30 Colorado distillers. Once the festive red-bell-pepper infused Red Panda Bear cocktail from Bear Creek Distillery has you feeling merry step onto the dance floor to jam to…

Community Fundraising Chili Cook Off

Date:
Dec 03, 2017 3 - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:
970-294-8940

Snow is falling, the fireplace is crackling, and you’re shaking the dust bunnies off your winter coats. That means it is officially chili season. Taste up to 15 of the most flavorful Denver chilis, from the mild to the red hot, at this community cook off. Proceeds will benefit the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, a…

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Strange Craft Ugly Sweater Party

Date:
Dec 08, 2017 12 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-985-2337

What if "ugly sweater" could describe both your outfit and your drink? That's the premise of this beer release and holiday bash. Wear your ugliest sweater for a chance to win prizes, and sip on the popular seasonal brew Ugly Sweater courtesy of Wit's End Brewing Company, the new tenant in Denver's first-ever co-taproom. —Photo…

Cooking with Tea: Holiday Treats

Date:
Dec 09, 2017 10:30 a.m. - noon
Cost:
$20
Phone:
303-573-0710

Learn how to make treats with the perfect combination of sugar and spice at this tea-infused cooking class. Local tea expert Suzanne Klein will teach you how to incorporate tea leaves into a wide variety of baked goods, including chocolate truffles, hot  cocoa, and sugared nuts. All these sweets will make for a tea-licious (yes,…

Colorado Wine Fest

Date:
Dec 09, 2017 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$30
Phone:
970-708-7595

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Danny Zuko walking through the door at this 1950s-themed wine festival. Explore Colorado’s vast wine industry by tasting wines that get better with age from Colorado-based wineries like Stoney Mesa and Garrett Estate. Pair the vino with chocolate from sweet shop Choke Cherry Tree before you swing and bop…

The World of Belgian Beers

Date:
Dec 09, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
$25
Phone:
303-650-2337

This workshop teaches aspiring beer-experts the storied history (it started in Trappist monasteries in the 18th century) and the art of Belgian beer and beer-making. Learn from Bruz Beers co-owner and head brewer Charlie Gottenkieny, who became hooked on craft beer during a visit to Belgium, as he takes you through a tasting tour of…

Beethoven & Brews at Epic Brewing

Date:
Dec 13, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$60
Phone:
303-623-7876

The Colorado Symphony proves that classical music doesn’t need to be stuffy at this laid-back beer tasting and performance. To wit: The orchestra has partnered with Epic Brewing to offer the unorthodox pairing of beers (think: RiNo Pale Ale) and Beethoven classics such as Minuet in G Minor. Be sure to come sporting your favorite…

Denver Beer Festivus

Date:
Dec 16, 2017 4 - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$65
Phone:

Prepare to raise a glass to a new year filled with lots of cheer and a whole lot more beer at this festive event. Air your grievances at the Seinfeld-inspired Festivus pole and take a tour of Denver’s mighty craft brewing scene by tasting beers from Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Fiction Beer Company, Ratio Beerworks,…

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Gingerbread Invitational

Date:
Dec 16, 2017 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-572-5172

Decorate a cookie (or five) at this ode to holiday baking. You can form a team and compete in a gingerbread house-building competition, non-competitively put icing and gumdrops on cookies, or kick back with a glass of ice-cold Gingerbread Helles Bock, brewed with real, icing-adorned gingerbread man cookies. If that's not enough, the day also…

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

Date:
Dec 23, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 5 to 9 p.m., Sun 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost:
$59
Phone:
303-777-3474

Why prepare your own Christmas feast when one of the city's best restaurants can make it for you? At this dinner, you'll enjoy Italian seafood delights ranging from swordfish carpaccio to risotto with scallops ragu. Some say the seven courses of the traditional Italian meal embody the seven Catholic sacraments or the seven days of…

Top Chef Camp

Date:
Jan 02, 2018 to Jan 04, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Thu 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
$240
Phone:
720-839-2417

Get your child prepared to compete in the 2023 season of Top Chef at this winter break day camp. Kids will learn how to cut, sauté, and roast their way to the head of the kitchen, and the experience culminates with a Food Network-style cooking competition, in which the mini chefs use their newly acquired…

Grain School

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 to Jan 14, 2018
Schedule:
Sun-Tue 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost:
$450
Phone:
719-255-3760

Learn how to become Denver’s next great master brewer at this three-day, intensive class on grain. Begin by studying the history and culture of heritage ancient grains (grains that have not been changed or adapted over the last seven hundred years) and how they compare to modern grains (think: oat and spelt versus wheat and…

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Barrel-Aged Beer Fest

Date:
Jan 13, 2018 to Jan 14, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-524-8065

Put down the cornhole bags and step away from the keg—this sophisticated and not-so-typical beer fest is as refined as the slow-aged brews it's promoting. Table and bar service will operate as usual for the two-day fest, but the menu will feature a special ode to beers aged in barrels that once held everything from…

Hot Cocktails and Cordials Tasting

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$35
Phone:
303-471-7020

Soda and ice is often the go-to when it comes to mixing alcoholic drinks, but hot cocktails can also make a great addition to your stock of home recipes. And this cozy tasting event will feature some of the most flavorful, such as mulled whiskey cider and peppermint hot cocoa with vodka and schnapps. Not…

Winter Brew Fest

Date:
Jan 26, 2018 to Jan 27, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7-10 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$60
Phone:
720-946-7721

Your beer blanket will keep you warm despite the chilly temperatures at this extravaganza of craft brews. You’ll be welcomed to the festival with a commemorative glass, which you can fill (and refill) with refreshing pints from well-known local breweries such as Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Alpine Dog Brewing Company. Make sure to…

Beer vs. Beer Pairing Dinner

Date:
Jan 28, 2018 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$55
Phone:
303-327-9318

This beer-pairing competition will prove that a sampling of the right suds can make a meal even better. You get to be the judge as Avery Brewing and Prost Brewing duke it out to see who can best match their distinctive beers with four different courses, including inventive plates such as lamb lollipops or drunken…

Beer Fight Club Championship

Date:
Feb 04, 2018 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$30
Phone:
303-320-8337

The first rule of this fight club is drink as many delicious craft beers as you can.. Attendees at this suds-filled event will blindly taste beers from eight different Colorado breweries—chosen through regional competitions that hadn’t wrapped up at press time— and pick their favorite The sole winner will snag a 12-month tap handle at…

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Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing

Date:
Feb 05, 2018 to Feb 06, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Tue 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost:
$20
Phone:
720-379-3191

Beer pairings have always been a tasty concept, but this one takes it to a whole new level. The brews included in this two-night pairing are kept under wraps until the event begins, but the baked contingent includes all your favorite Girl Scout Cookies such as Savannah Smiles, Trefoils, Samoas, and Thin Mints. The "name…

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Laws Whiskey Tasting

Date:
Feb 08, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$50
Phone:
303-825-6500

If you are ready to graduate from beer-and-snack pairings, try this sophisticated alternative. The team behind local craft distillery Laws Whiskey House will bring four of its finest spirits to serve as accompaniments for five tasting stations created by the host, the Corner Office Restaurant. Sip a Secale Rye while munching on honey-bourbon wings or…

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Festival

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$1-$2
Phone:
719-685-5089

Throw on some purple and green and prepare for soulful cajun deliciousness at this New Orleans–inspired cook-off. Both professional and amateur chefs will show off their most flavorful  gumbo, which attendees get to both taste and judge. Stick around after the competition for a jazzy Mardi Gras parade complete with live music, floats, and festive…

Denver Galentine’s Day Brunch Crawl

Date:
Feb 11, 2018 11 p.m - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
954-288-4187

Grab your closest girlfriends and get ready to fill your mimosa glass on Leslie Knope’s (and our) favorite made-up holiday. This pre-Valentine’s Day bar crawl includes discounted drinks at multiple RiNo brunch spots and watering holes, starting at Larimer Lounge. Bonus: Wear the color that represents your relationship status (green is single, yellow is complicated,…

Keystone Winter Wine Tasting

Date:
Feb 17, 2018 7 - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$45
Phone:
970-423-8992

Didn’t drink enough wine on Valentine’s Day? Keystone’s got you covered. This  tasting event will showcase more than 20  wines, with varietals ranging  from chardonnay to rosé. Once you’ve tasted your fair share of vino and passed appetizers (including TK examples), groove along to tunes from the swing band Deano.

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Beer Bacon & Coffee Festival

Date:
Feb 17, 2018 to Feb 18, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 8:30-11 a.m.
Cost:
$40
Phone:
303-433-2739

If brunchgoers can start their day with bottomless mimosas, why can't beer lovers start their morning with bottomless brews? At this festival, you'll receive a commemorative mug to fill with all the Denver Beer Co. and/or Coda Coffee bevvies your heart desires—and on the non-drinkable side, you can also score a free breakfast burrito from…

2-Day Charcuterie and Whole Animal Butchery Course

Date:
Feb 18, 2018 to Feb 19, 2018
Cost:
$600
Phone:
303-477-3206

Calling all meat lovers and aspiring butchers: James Beard Award–winning chef Brian Polcyn, of Il Porcellino Salumi, will teach you how to smoke, cure, and brine like a pro at this comprehensive class. Each day will feature multiple recipes, many of which include the whole hog present for the session. Once the course concludes, go…

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Public Good Gala

Date:
Feb 22, 2018 5:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$115
Phone:
303-647-4934

If you need a boost to your do-gooder cred, look no further than this feel-good feast. Put on by the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality and the African Community Center of Denver, this event features a cocktail hour, silent auction, and a four-course meal designed by chef David Patterson of the Broadmoor. But the night's…

Denver Restaurant Week

Date:
Feb 23, 2018 to Mar 04, 2018
Cost:
Price varies.
Phone:
303-892-1505

Denver’s restaurant scene has grown immensely in the past decade, providing everything from Southwestern classics (green chile and queso, anyone?) to upscale New American fare. This week only, gourmands can celebrate the diversity of the local culinary scene with $30, three-course meals from well-touted restaurants around the Mile High City. Be sure to pace yourself,…

Couples Class: Light Spring Seafood

Date:
Mar 02, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$170
Phone:
303-377-3222

If your Netflix and chill routine is getting boring, switch things up at this cooking class taught by Chef Dan Witherspoon of the Seasoned Chef Cooking School. You’ll learn techniques for smoking, steaming, and grilling seafood, ranging from more mainstream trout to luxurious oysters. At the end, relax with a glass of complimentary wine specifically…

Premium Sake Tasting

Date:
Mar 03, 2018 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$60
Phone:
720-330-8487

At this sophisticated tasting, pick from 30 varieties of sake, including Gaijin 24866, the only sake made in Colorado. While enjoying the plethora of rice wine, you can also chow down on Asian-style hor d'oeuvres, witness the traditional Japanese ceremony used to open sake barrels (think: breaking the lid with wooden mallets), and enjoy a…

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Eat Colorado Food Show

Date:
Mar 06, 2018 Noon - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-297-1166

Think you've got a handle on the Centennial State food scene? Head to this expo to meet all the producers you never knew you about. Aimed at food and drink buyers, the showcase features exhibits and samples from more than 120 local makers—from Leopold Bros. to the GrowHaus to Il Porcellino Salumi. Alongside the vendors,…

Après Ski Cocktail Classic

Date:
Mar 08, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
(970) 923-1227

Enjoy a first-class experience as spirits experts from around the world gather to discuss slopeside sips. Award-winning mixologists and brand ambassadors, such as Charlotte Voisey of United Kingdom-based William Grant & Sons Distillers, will host educational seminars about the intricacies of craft cocktails. The Great Après-Ski Pub Crawl will also return, featuring over 1o specially-…

MaxFund’s Chili Cook Off

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-298-7625

Stay warm during the last couple weeks of winter by digging into some flavorful chili at this heated competition. Chili aficionados can sample tasty offerings—ranging from red to green to vegetarian—from chili enthusiasts of all skill levels. Proceeds from the event go to MaxFund, a no-kill animal shelter and adoption center, that will also be…

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Garnish Games

Date:
Mar 12, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
TKFree?
Phone:
720-460-2725

Everyone loves tasty drinks, but pretty drinks are the real stars of the cocktail scene. Find both at this new event, pitting some of the city's best bartenders against each other in a battle for the most elaborate drink accoutrements in town. Attendees can sample each of the intricate creations—including a seaweed-infused gin drink topped with a spun-sugar…

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Brass Brewing Co. Grand Opening

Date:
Mar 22, 2018 to Mar 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:

The opening celebration for this brand new Colorado Springs brewery—owned by former service members—stretches all weekend long. Along with the requisite beer releases, there will also be Mexican eats from Mira Sol Food Truck and a bustling roster of live tunes. Stop by for UTurn Brass on Thursday, the Tejon Street Corner Thieves on Friday,…

Collaboration Fest

Date:
Mar 31, 2018 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$65-$85
Phone:
(303) 436-1234

At this teamwork-themed beer festival, nearly 100 breweries will come together to collaborate on more than 75 unique concoctions. Check out tasty creations such as an Imperial French Toast Stout from local combo Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing Company. The pair's invention was inspired by the Beastie Boys lyric, "I don't mean to brag, I…

Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 noon - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$95
Phone:
(970) 453-5000

This festival will welcome brewers from across the country—including many from the Centennial State’s formidable beer scene. Sip on a brew from California-based Ballast Point Brewing Company or try out local favorite Breckenridge Brewery as you jam to folk- and hip-hop-influenced band the Company Stores and bluesy rock band Tracksuit Wedding. And don’t miss authentic…

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Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$35-$75
Phone:

Just because it's mud season doesn't mean that there isn't good reason to head to the mountains. This mega-fest features more than 50 breweries—from Guinness to Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company—slinging samples, plus food and vendor booths ranging barbecue at The Good Smoke and Grill to CBD oils at Brecken Gold Hemp. Local rock band Tracksuit…

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Totally Colorado

Date:
Apr 13, 2018 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$35
Phone:
303-426-4800

When the Centennial State is home to so many tempting breweries and wineries, choosing a bar on Friday night can be a challenge. But thanks to this inaugural tasting event that features more than 120 Colorado-made beverage options, you and the crew are covered. Sample refreshing drinks from purveyors such as Station 26 Brewing Co.…

Kombucha Workshop

Date:
Apr 14, 2018 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
$25
Phone:
303-573-0710

Learn how to make the hippest beverage out there at this workshop with local kombucha brewer Ashlee Redger. You’ll spend the 90-minute class learning how to infuse fermented sweet tea with flavor using fruits, flowers, and extracts such as ginger. Bonus: Attendees will bring home their own kombucha starter kits to further impress trendy friends.

Parent Child Cooking Class – High Tea

Date:
Apr 14, 2018 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$95
Phone:
720-839-2417

Treat your little one to a fanciful afternoon of high tea on vintage china. The two of you will get your hands (and aprons) dirty as you create delicious classics such as cucumber finger sandwiches and traditional English milk scones with clotted cream and jam. And since no tea is complete without dessert, your final…

Denver Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

Date:
Apr 21, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018
Cost:
$5-$35
Phone:
(303) 297-1166

This traveling expo will teach you easier ways to enjoy a diverse diet while still remaining gluten-free. More than five dozen prepared-food companies and restaurants will exhibit their tasty food, which means attendees can munch on everything from Garden Lites’ chocolate muffins to Qrunch Organics’ quinoa-based burgers. Expo-goers can also participate in instructional classes such…

Thali Beer Dinner

Date:
Apr 25, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$51.89
Phone:
303-431-9000

Treat your tastebuds to a delectable paired food and beer experience at Yak & Yeti Restaurant. Enjoy five courses of Thali—the Nepalese version of tapas—while the suds experts from Spice Trade Brewery and Cheluna Brewing Co. pick the ideal brew for each dish. Brewmasters Jeff Tyler and Javier Perez will be on hand to provide…

Girls Pint Out – Craft Beer at Zuni Street Brewery

Date:
Apr 26, 2018 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-862-6525

This national organization’s Denver chapter is more than just a pun—it is also creating a community of women who both love and contribute to the craft beer community. At this free (save for the drinks) event, both males and females can explore brews from Zuni Street Brewing Company. German-, Belgian-, and American-style beers will be…

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Belgian Brew Fest

Date:
Apr 28, 2018 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$48
Phone:
303-650-2337

Thanks to this outdoor festival, you can relax in a European-style beer garden without ever leaving the Centennial State. While alt-rock outfit Jaded Traveler and jazzy ensemble Badda Boom Brass Band play live sets, nearly a dozen Colorado beer makers—as well as New York's Brewery Ommegang—will pour refreshing Belgian brews. Stuck being the designated driver?…

Taste of Evergreen

Date:
May 11, 2018 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$35
Phone:
303-674-3412

Evergreen is mostly known for its stunning mountain scenery (and the wealth of recreational opportunities that go along with it), but the quirky town also boasts a surprising number of nosh-worthy eateries. At this extensive festival, check more than a dozen restaurants such as Vivian’s Gourmet, Mac Nation Cafe, and Muddy Burk. This year’s iteration…

Bacon and Beer Classic

Date:
May 12, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cost:
$69-$125
Phone:
(720) 258-3000

With more than 30 original bacon dishes and 100 craft beer options, this tasty event might be Denver’s most indulgent of 2018. Check out savory dishes from Denver locales such as Butcher’s Bistro and Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery, or sample desserts such as a giant marshmallow with chocolate, bacon, pretzels, and potato chips from…

Happy Hour Pie Crusts 101 with the Long I Pie

Date:
May 12, 2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$50
Phone:
720-515-8611

A pie crust is notoriously difficult to perfect; if the dough’s absorbed too much flour, it tastes starchy and if you don’t roll it out smooth, it will bake unevenly. Thankfully, Shauna Lott, the chef behind Denver’s famous Long I Pie Shop is here to show you exactly where you’re going wrong—and how to make…

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Real School Food Challenge

Date:
May 16, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:

School lunches are not known for their culinary artistry or nutritional value. But at this tastebud-tickling event, four renowned Denver-area chefs (including Max MacKissock of Señor Bear and Cindhura Reddy of Spuntino) will try to prove that kids can get both delicious and healthy food for less than $1.25 a meal—the United States Department of…

Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown

Date:
May 19, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$65, 21 and over
Phone:
303-386-9223

This annual celebration first began six years ago when event organizers decided to throw an ode to their favorite (and possibly most unexpected) food-and-drink combination. But Denverites immediately recognized that the sugary sweet taste of fried pastries and the warmth of whiskey just go together and the event has grown to attract more than a…

Grand Valley Winery Association Barrel into Spring

Date:
May 19, 2018 to May 06, 2018
Cost:
$70, $35 for designated drivers. 21 plus.
Phone:
970-464-5867

Just because Colorado produces the third highest number of barrels of craft beer in the nation doesn’t mean our fine state can’t also churn out equally fine wine. Sample some of that high-caliber vino at this two-day event, featuring varieties from all seven wineries in the Grand Valley Winery Association. (The Grand Valley spans the…

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World Whiskey Day Special Tasting

Date:
May 19, 2018 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-623-0979

With over 400 varieties, Hearth & Dram is already a whiskey connoisseurs' paradise. In celebration of World Whiskey Day, they'll add one more special offering to that list: Peach Street Colorado Straight Bourbon. Made in conjunction with Palisade-based Peach Street Distillers, this dynamic spirit spent nearly four years in an American oak barrel developing complex…

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West Side Brewery Bike Loop

Date:
May 26, 2018 noon
Schedule:
The event will take place the last Saturday of every month through September.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-233-3742

If the gorgeous spring weather isn't enough motivation to hop on a bike, this guided monthly tour of popular West Denver breweries may provide the the needed incentive. For each of the four stops (WestFax Brewing Company, Joyride Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewery, and Seedstock Brewery) you visit on the 6.7-mile loop, you'll receive one dollar…

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bRUNch at Night with Snooze Union Station

Date:
Jun 07, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$50
Phone:
303-825-3536

Five years ago, Cortney Logan and Alexandra Weissner imagined a reality where fellow runners and brunch enthusiasts could collectively dash their way to breakfast joints around Denver. This Thursday, the now-established running group will gallop—participants choose between a 5K and 10K route along the scenic Cherry Creek Trail—to Snooze Union Station, where, for the second-straight…

Drink Pink Vino International Rosé Festival

Date:
Jun 08, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$70-$100
Phone:

Rosé’s dry flavor makes for easy drinking—exactly what you want on a hot summer day. This festival will epitomize that idea, with samples of dozens of blush-colored wines from makers such as Colorado’s own Creekside Cellars. While you sample the vino, enjoy live jazz by the Taylor Borgen Quartet and oysters from Westminster-based Big Mac…

Vail Craft Beer Classic

Date:
Jun 14, 2018 to Jun 17, 2018
Cost:
Varies by event
Phone:
(970) 754-8245

This beer-centric fest has such a packed agenda, you’ll have trouble choosing which tasty events to attend. The weekend schedule kicks off with the Brewer’s Dinner at Vail Ale House, a multi-course meal paired with beer samples from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Fate Brewing Company. The experience continues with activities ranging from nature…

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Better Together Collaboration Release Party

Date:
Jun 14, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-900-5620

After discovering a “serendipitous” chemistry while working on previous beer collaborations—including at the March 2018 Collaboration Fest—Molly’s Spirits and New Image Brewing Company are teaming up again. During this release party at New Image, the team will reveal Better Together, a juicy, tropical New England Style IPA. In addition to the suds, beer lovers can…

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Cochon 555

Date:
Jun 25, 2018 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$130-$200
Phone:

Atlanta chef Brady Lowe began this traveling competition in 2008 as a way to promote the use of heritage pigs, which are humanely raised and fed grass, grain, fruits, and nuts. At this Denver stop, five local chefs—including Nate Singer of Blackbelly Butcher and Cindhura Reddy of Sputino—will each use an entire pig to create…

Top Taco

Date:
Jun 28, 2018 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$75-$135
Phone:

This tasty event is trying to accomplish the (near) impossible: choosing the best tacos in the Mile High City. Denver staples such as Comida and Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey, as well as unexpected competitors like barbecue joint GQue BBQ, will compete for titles such as top creative taco, top traditional taco, and top vegetarian taco. A…

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Denver Pale Ale Series No. 3 Launch Party

Date:
Jun 28, 2018 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-502-5635

For the past three years, Great Divide Brewing Company has partnered with local up-and-coming artists to launch intricate designs for their Denver Pale Ale can. This year’s release party—set in RiNo's Helikon Gallery—will introduce attendees to a new outdoors-themed illustration from Denver artist Rachel Jablonski. Check out Jablonski's work while sipping on free Denver Pale…

America’s Beer Fest

Date:
Jun 30, 2018 noon - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$39-$69
Phone:
303-271-6600

With Fourth of July on a Wednesday this year, the previous weekend offers the ideal opportunity to begin toasting our country’s 242nd birthday—with beer, of course. This brew-focused fest—featuring only American craft breweries, and over 25 Colorado Craft Breweries like Black Bottle Brewery and Left Hand Brewing Co.—offers the opportunity to do just that. Along…

LoHi Bazaar BBQ

Date:
Jul 06, 2018 to Jul 08, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 4 p.m., Sat & Sun 9 a.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 287-4493

This fest has added more vendors and entertainment every summer since it first began seven years ago. At this iteration, head down 32nd Avenue for three days of tasty barbecue and craft beers as well as shopping from artisan vendors. Don’t miss whiskey cocktails from the Cowboy Glitter Bar (think: old fashioneds with a fruity…

Hootenanny! BrewBreck’s 28th Anniversary

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$45 General Admission, $110 VIP
Phone:
303-623-2739

Being 28 years old is young by human standards, but that’s not the case in Denver’s continuously growing craft beer industry. Amongst a long list of younger counterparts, Breckenridge Brewery—which celebrates being around for close to three decades this month—is the third oldest craft brewery in the Centennial State. In honor of the anniversary, the…

The Big Eat

Date:
Jul 12, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$70
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

Celebrate Denver’s thriving independent restaurant scene at this tasty event, which is a part of Slow Food Nations. More than 65 local eateries will share mouthwatering dishes, including classic fried chicken from the Way Back, along with specialty cocktails created by Jason Snopkoski, the bar director at Avanti Food & Beverage. Sales from the event…

Castle Rock Wine Fest

Date:
Jul 21, 2018 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$35 for regular tickets, $17 for designated driver
Phone:
303.688.4597

Wine aficionados will have their pick of 180-plus varieties of vino from more than two dozen Colorado wineries at this extensive event. Sip grape juice from locales such as Aspen Peak Cellars and Vino Passarelli, and sample food from vendors such as Woodhill Smash Batch BBQ and Ricky’s Island Cafe while listening to local bands,…

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Call to Arms Brewing Company’s Third Anniversary Carnival

Date:
Jul 21, 2018 noon - 11 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-328-8258

Rally the troops for this day of festivities to celebrate Call to Arms Brewing Company's third birthday. Square off in games, including ring toss or coaster fling, as you chow down on spicy chicken sandwiches from local Budlong Hot Chicken food truck or street tacos from Denver’s Mas Kaos. After playing on the brewery's porch,…

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Tasty Colfax

Date:
Jul 24, 2018 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$25-$30
Phone:

Savor scrumptious dishes from some of East Colfax's best eateries at this tasty event. As you eagerly walk through the area's Bluebird District, sample pastries from Humble Pie, custom cocktails and green chili sliders from Middleman, and flavorful chicken from Q House. Along with the delectable food, watch street-side entertainment such as Denver country band…

VegFest Colorado

Date:
Jul 28, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-985-2726

Whether you’re hoping to finally go full vegan or just looking for a way to make those salads tastier, this is the place to learn all about a plant-based diet. Catch presentations from top Colorado chefs—including Ron Pickarski, founder of Eco-Cuisine Natural Foods—on how to incorporate non-meat-based protein into your meals and Sarah Eastin of…

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Tour de Farms

Date:
Jul 28, 2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$50
Phone:
970-217-8786

Food lovers can cycle to four Fort Collins farms and gardens during this 37-mile educational bike trip. Participants will stop at locations, such Bartels Farm and the Growing Project, a nonprofit that supports local growers through education initiatives. At each location they will have the opportunity to chat with farmers and learn about how they…

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Denver Burger Battle

Date:
Aug 02, 2018 5 - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
877- 328-2783.

After your first mouth-watering bite into a perfectly grilled piece of meat, you’ll be glad there’s still more to sample at this burger competition. Twenty Denver beef enthusiasts, including past champions such as Park Burger and Stoic & Genuine, will battle in an attempt to win the favor of the judges like freelance food writer…

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Truck Stop Food Truck Rally

Date:
Aug 03, 2018 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-470-0235

Sway to live music while snacking on bites from some of Denver's best food trucks at this mobile munch fest. Settle into the evening with a crisp rosé from Denver's Infinite Monkey Theorem or a brew from Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewery. Then, stop by one of 40 local food trucks for mouth-watering noshes, including Japanese…

Taste of Ethiopia Festival

Date:
Aug 04, 2018 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-368-0832

More than 30,000 Ethiopian immigrants call the Mile High City home. Familiarize yourself with the well-established community at this festival dedicated to the African nation’s traditional food, such as soft mounds of injera bread (traditional Ethiopian flatbread) topped with spicy stew. Attendees can also participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, a social event that traditionally…

Shake It Up: Cocktail and Cuisine

Date:
Aug 07, 2018 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$75-$85
Phone:
(303) 652-0521

Enjoy an unobstructed view of the Flatirons at this dinner party on the Boulder Brands rooftop deck. Sample sumptuous small bites from Boulder farm-to-table restaurants Blackbelly and Bramble & Hare and sip refreshing cocktails provided by Local Table Tours. An auction for a hot air balloon ride, a group cocktail tour, and other prizes will…

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Crawfish Boil at Julep with Ratio Beerworks

Date:
Aug 11, 2018 noon - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$49
Phone:
303-295-8977

This messy feast celebrates the deliciousness of good old fashioned Southern cooking. Eager eaters will gather around a large community table where freshly boiled crawfish—flown in the night before from Louisiana—will mix with sausage, potatoes, and corn in a large, steaming pile ready to be devoured. Diners can dig into the shellfish bounty and sip…

Brunchfest

Date:
Aug 12, 2018 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$85
Phone:
720-500-3409

Nosh on Sunday morning favorites such as breakfast tacos and flapjacks from local breakfast eateries (restaurants TBD), while sipping mimosas and Bloody Marys provided by Keel Vodka. Guests can also spread out in a picnic area while Denver country band Matt Rouch and the Noise Upstairs will provide a soundtrack to sway to.

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Rialto Cafe’s National Rum Day Dinner

Date:
Aug 16, 2018 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$45
Phone:
303-893-2233

In honor of National Rum Day this 16th Street Mall establishment is throwing a spicy summer party full of dining, dancing, and drinking. Begin the festive evening with fruity sips, including a pineapple mojito and strawberry rum Moscow mule. After settling in, dig into Cuban-inspired fare, such as empanadas and Cubano sandwiches before stepping onto…

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Lakewood Brewery Collective Beer Block Party

Date:
Aug 18, 2018 noon - 11 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-233-3742

Five Lakewood breweries will sling suds at this all-day beer tasting event. Taste brews such as a Life Hack Double Hazy IPA from WestFax Brewing Company and Great Frontier Brewing Company's Coconut Porter. Attendees can also enjoy delicious bites from Mexican Street Grill, while enjoying a live performance from Denver country singer Larry Nix. Just…

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Culinary Hurly Burly

Date:
Aug 24, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$100
Phone:
720-204-6082

The culinary stars will be out for this delectable feast. Local celebrity chefs—Bar Dough's Carrie Baird and Brother Luck of Four by Brother Luck, among them—will each craft a tasty dish that will be paired with brew from Oskar Blues Brewery. After you've polished off your food, including Ricotta Cavetelli and a brownie sundae, head…

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Fire & Ice Cream Dinner

Date:
Aug 29, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$85
Phone:
720-526-2039

Instead of your run-of-mill Wednesday dinner routine, opt for this outdoor feast at the sprawling Long Hawk Farm in Longmont. GB Culinary from Boulder will be dishing out a smorgasbord of wood-fired creations, including a whole hog prepared with blackberry plum barbecue and popped corn. Veggie-lovers can enjoy a grilled radicchio salad and warm polenta…

Denver Food & Wine Festival

Date:
Sep 04, 2018 to Sep 09, 2018
Schedule:
Locations vary, times vary.
Cost:
ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-830-2972

Let the combination of fine wine and savory bites tingle your taste buds during this six-day culinary extravaganza. Stop by the festival’s signature grand tasting to try dishes from more than 40 acclaimed Denver restaurants, including Citizen Rail and Chocolate Lab Denver, paired with wines such as Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon made in Napa Valley. Foodies…

Bonanno Concepts Presents Mizuna

Date:
Sep 12, 2018
Schedule:
Wed 5:15-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m.
Cost:
$60 with concert ticket.
Phone:
303-697-4939

Mizuna’s food is delicious enough in its French-inspired Capitol Hill digs. It reaches a new level when it’s paired with the sweeping views at Red Rocks, though. At this pre-concert pop-up meal, diner’s can taste the New American restaurant’s signature lobster mac and cheese, tender roast beef tenderloin, and toffee pudding. Afterward head up the…

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Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour

Date:
Sep 12, 2018 to Sep 13, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-468-5443

Bourbon greats Maker's Mark, Jim Bean, Basil Hayden, and Knob Creek are hitting the road on an experiential four-city tour, and Denver is the first stop. Thirsty Denverites can dive into the history of the storied alcohol brands in this free, two-day event. In honor of one of the earliest ways of transporting the brown…

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Perk Up! Chocolates and International Coffees

Date:
Sep 15, 2018 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
970-221-4600

Most of us don't need an excuse to drink coffee and eat chocolate, but if you're looking for one, this culinary-driven lecture works. Nuance Chocolate co-owner Toby Gadd and Mountain Iris Café proprietor Daniella Kocher Hobson will discuss the culture and history associated with many of our favorite guilty pleasures. After the presentation, attendees can…

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“Cheers to Beers” Episode Screening

Date:
Sep 17, 2018 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-728-2337

Colorado boasts some of the best IPAs, sours, and stouts in the country. (Yes, we're bragging.) But do you know the history behind the state's tasty brews? At this screening party for Rocky Mountain PBS' sixth season premiere episode of "Colorado Experience", guests can learn more about some of the leading pioneers behind the Centennial…

Great American Beer Festival

Date:
Sep 20, 2018 to Sep 22, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 5:30 - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$80
Phone:
303-447-0816

Hopheads will have to forgive this renowned beer showcase for choosing a corporate sponsor like Buffalo Wild Wings to embody its love for locally grown craft brews. Focus instead on tasting unlimited one-ounce samples from a selection of over 4,000 beers (selections TBD) presented by 800-plus breweries and conveniently organized by region. As the competition…

The Chile & Frijoles Festival

Date:
Sep 21, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 3 p.m.-midnight; Sat 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
719-542-1704

Taste the famous fiery flavor of Pueblo chiles at this community-focused fest. Attendees can watch green chiles from six Pueblo growers—DiTomaso and Musso Farms included—turn over an open flame while chowing down on sloppers (chile-smothered beef patties) from Grey’s Coors Tavern. Once you cool your mouth off with a glass of water, don’t miss family-friendly…

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The Great BookBar Beer Fest

Date:
Sep 22, 2018 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-284-0194

Melissa Cole—one of the most famous beer writers in the world—believes that fall is an ideal time for hearty recipes and hoppy IPAs. The London-based author will share some of her favorite brew and food combinations at this event to celebrate the release of her cookbook, The Beer Kitchen. Along with a preview of her newest…

Beer, Bacon, and Bluegrass

Date:
Sep 29, 2018 2 - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-993-2799

Twangy rhythms will harmonize with the sizzle and pop of crispy bacon at this summer party. As you sway to the bluegrass beat of Denver band Rusty 44, savor free samples of salty cherrywood and habanero bacon from Denver’s Tender Belly. After whetting your appetite, devour bacon-centric guac alongside Black Shirt Brewing Co. brews, including…

The Great Grain Free Fair

Date:
Oct 07, 2018 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-4220

The Paleo diet movement runs against the grain, arguing that highly processed wheats and cereal crops contribute to health problems ranging from diabetes to chronic digestive illnesses. At this wellness fair, join health gurus as they present tasty anti-grain inspiration and free fitness classes. Start with a free yoga class taught by CorePower Yoga before…

Tapas Cooking Class with Chef Maggie O’Toole

Date:
Oct 09, 2018 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$75
Phone:
720-990-6743

Inject some Spanish flair into your timeworn Rolodex of recipes with this energetic cooking class. Settle into the evening with a complimentary glass of cabernet franc before watching Denver chef Maggie O’Toole concoct four flavorful tapas including tortillas de camarones (shrimp fritters) and patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a tomato aioli.) After the demonstration, participants…

Royal Gorge Route Railroad Wine Dinner

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 5 - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
719-276-4000

Dine off the beaten track during this luxurious dinner spent speeding through the Royal Gorge by train. As the locomotive chugs along the rim of the canyon with the winding Arkansas river 1,000 feet beneath, savor a carefully crafted five-course meal, including seared ahi tuna over polenta and Colorado Buffalo Wellington with rich marsala mushroom…

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Choctoberfest

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$50
Phone:
(303) 795-4955

This delectable festival is the type of cacao-filled wonderland that would leave even Willy Wonka in awe. Taste truffles, chocolate-covered cakes, brownies, and chocolate-infused alcohol from 70 different vendors, such as Chocolove from Boulder and Highlands Ranch's Cake it ez. (Options for gluten- and dairy-free folks, as well as vegans included.) There are even opportunities…

End of the World Pub Crawl

Date:
Oct 20, 2018 1 - 5 p.m.
Schedule:
Locations vary
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
816-812-1829

Lagers and the living dead abound at this beer crawl meets capture-the-flag extravaganza. In order to survive, costumed participants must run to all participating bars, scattered across Larimer Square. But they must do so while avoiding zombies trying to steal the two flags (lives) attached to their belts. After running to safety inside one of…

New England Seafood Boil

Date:
Oct 27, 2018 5 - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$55
Phone:
720-242-9803

After cracking open a few shells at this seafood smorgasbord, it’ll feel like you’ve shipped off to Boston. Nosh on ocean fare, including fresh whole lobster, clams, and shrimp supplied by Seattle Fish Co., and wash it all down with local brews from Odell Brewing Company and Evergreen Tap House. Afterward, sit back and listen…

A Taste for Life

Date:
Nov 01, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost:
$150
Phone:
(303) 436-1234

Start November off right by sampling good food and supporting the a worthy cause at this charity-focused event. Wander past a plethora of food stations, including upscale hot dog joint Biker Jim’s, and global cuisine served by the Edible Beats group (the minds behind Linger, Root Down, and El Five). Then participate in both live…

Fall Back Beer Fest

Date:
Nov 03, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost:
Presale $35-$55, Designated Driver $15
Phone:
(970) 586-3341

Just in time for National Learn How to Homebrew Day, this beer-filled bash is here to teach you the nuances of making your own ales and lagers. Attend a seminar about small-batch brewing systems presented by the folks at Ruby Street Brewing and learn how to grow your own hops with the team at Niwot…

First Bite Boulder

Date:
Nov 09, 2018 to Nov 17, 2018
Cost:
$19-$34
Phone:

Fresh and innovative Denver restaurants and chefs have received numerous national awards and accolades in recent years. But as this nine-day festival of restaurant deals proves, Boulder eateries are just as dynamic. More than 50 nosh-worthy joints will host three-course tastings ($34 each), with each menu giving diners a yummy exploration of the city’s most…

Nitro Fest

Date:
Nov 10, 2018 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket Prices Vary.
Phone:
(303) 772-0258

This event promises to be as dark and unique as the nitrogen-infused beer it celebrates. Enjoy smooth and creamy brews from more than 30 purveyors across the United States, including local suds slingers Wibby Brewing Company and Left Hand Brewing Company. While sipping brew, jam to North Carolina rock group Big Something, and enjoying performances…

Farm-To-Table Free Community Meal

Date:
Nov 20, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:
(970) 379-2323

Back in the early 2000s, before the farm-to-table movement infiltrated the United States, Eden Vardy stumbled across a network of popular Brazilian cafes that only used inexpensive, locally grown ingredients. The concept inspired the Aspen environmentalist to host a free dinner, incorporating a similar approach, for Roaring Fork Valley residents in 2008. Vardy still holds…

Date Night: Paris presented by The Cooking Studio Fort Collins

Date:
Nov 24, 2018 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$160
Phone:
720-839-2417

Continue the Thanksgiving food bender with a course on how to cook four classic French dishes. Local chefs, including Dana Demarco of the Cooking Studio, will showcase simplistic yet tasty recipes that even novice chefs can prepare. A class favorite: Parisian-style gratin potatoes mixed with cream that are baked until the top of the dish…

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