By 7, when the food-and-wine reception begins at the Onyx Room of the Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street, hikers should have worked up quite an appetite. Winemaker Cal Dennison will offer wine pairings with an adventurous spirit, and Explorers Exotics chair Gene Rurka will be on hand to satisfy both curiosity and hunger. "What we consider to be exotic foods today were the staple of past explorers," says Rurka. "In fact, insects and other delicacies remain an important nutritional food source in many parts of the world." Including downtown Denver this evening.
"The ant tart is really nice," promises Angela Tucker, who's promoting the Eaten Path on stops across the country. "It's sweet, it's sort of tart. The ant has a little bit of exoskeleton, so it's a little crunchy." And it goes so well with the Redwood Creek 2004 Syrah! The hike and feed are free, but reservations are required, so go (quickly!) to www.redwoodcreek.com.