Here, a full-proof themed menu complete with recipes for sides, entrées, desserts, and drinks—pulled out from the 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.

And trust us, tomatoey bloody marys are a great way to kick off a seascape meal. Meanwhile, bright citrus carries all the way through to dessert’s tangy lemon curd.


Shuck-yourself oysters



Jumbo lump blue-crab cakes with grilled lemon-tartar sauce* (from Jax Fish House, page 26)

Beet salad* (from Colterra, page 102)


Striped bass


Lemon curd with ice cream


Ultimate bloody mary

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.