Here, a fool-proof menu complete with recipes for sides, entrées, desserts, and drinks—all pulled from 5280‘s archives, so you already know they’re good. Dazzle your friends with your flawless party-planning chops and let these collections guide you to your most memorable food-focused summer yet.

Pie may be the freedom dessert standard, but we like these hand-held trifles for their simplicity, portability, and cool factor.

(Check out more summer menus from this series)

Artichoke-Giardiniera Dip* (from Elway’s Cherry Creek, page 34)
Limoncello Chicken Wings* (from Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria, page 22)

Thousand Island potato salad
Sweet corn with roasted poblano* (from Edge Restaurant & Bar, page 103)
Jalapeño-cheddar grits* (from Duo Restaurant, page 98)

Homemade ketchup

Grilled bone-in pork loin chop* (from Fruition Restaurant, page 54)
Smoky fennel chicken (from Beast & Bottle)

Blueberry lemon icebox trifle

Royal hutch punch

Note: Dishes marked with an * can be found in 5280: The Cookbook, our collection of recipes from Denver and Boulder’s best restaurants. Pick up the book, or substitute with similar dishes found from other resources.

Discover more ways to enjoy summer in Denver with 5280’s Summer Guide