The dinner, which takes place on the patio, gets under way at 6:30 p.m. with a sparkling sangria reception, followed by four courses, all matched with more fizzy bubbles. Barto, whos culling ingredients for the seasonally inspired board from the bountiful garden just outside the front door of Strings, as well as local farms, promises that the pairings will prove that champagne and fried chicken, for example, have every right to co-exist. Theres absolutely no reason not to serve casual foods with champagne, he insists.
Dishes include an heirloom tomato and cucumber salad, char sui pork belly with watermelon, radish and heirloom carrot slaw, seven-spice fried chicken with Olathe corn and a goat cheese and Palisade peach dessert. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity; call 303-831-7310 to book your seat. Strings is at 1700 Humboldt Street.
Thu., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., 2010